This month has been a good month for reading including actually enjoying audiobooks for the first time, it’s also been a good month for my blogging in general.
At the start of the month I decided to do some blog consolidation and have now ended up with just four blogs:
- Big Bearded Bookseller – my main blog, a bit of anything and everything but mainly a book review site
- Ephemeral – my art/photography blog and gallery
- Indie Bookshops – concentrating on Indie Bookshops and Indie Publishers
- Potentially Lethal – my gaming blog, tabletop, board, and card games
Then to complete the social media line up, I’ve now got a Tumblr and Pinterest (though this was suspended in less that 24 hours as I was populating one of the boards and they considered this spam…), just other places for people to connect and see content in the way that they would prefer.
There’s been a lot of work going on in the background on the various blogs. On Indie Bookshops the bookshop listings have been separated into regional pages based on continental areas, it has been one of the most requested features of the website, this will also eventually be converted into an ebook/book with photographs and book tour routes. This is all in place to help Andy and Jack get to know. the blog better.
On this blog I made sure I’ve added all the reviews to various sites around the Internet, I’ve also added links to the To Review list to the actual reviews.
Here’s a quick rundown of the books I’ve read (or listened to) this month:
Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
Just finished a whole book! Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff had heard mixed reviews of this book, but I really enjoyed it’s twist on the Lovecraftian mythos, low on cosmic horror, high on thrills ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Promise Witch by Celine Kiernan
Wow, bloody hell, what a brilliant finale to The Wild Magic trilogy by Celine Kiernan.
The Promise Witch pulls all the threads from the other books together in a wonderful adventure with Mup and Crow facing frightening enemies and the ending was just beautiful. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Ministry of Pandemonium by Chris Westwood
Just finished my first audiobook ever Ministry of Pandemonium by Chris Westwood, a brilliant urban fantasy set in the London of dead souls, Mr October and The Enemy – a war between good and evil and Ben Harvester is in the middle of it – really enjoyed it ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tips from a Publisher by Scott Pack
A brilliantly informative and fun read about how to go about getting your book published – loads of tips and help from Scott Pack. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Holiday Heart by Margarita Garcia Robayo
Translated by Charlotte Coombe.
A couple apart, exploring both their lives. Raw, funny, incisive – Margarita gets to the core of a complicated domestic drama.
Charco Press do it again, I *don’t* read this genre ever but I finished this in a day and wanted more. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
A quick paced, punchy thriller with great characters, really wasn’t the ending I was expecting either.
The audiobook really brought the characters to life in a way I found really satisfying. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Sad Part Was by Prabda Yoon
Translated by Mui Poopoksakul.
A joyfully playful collection of stories with such a wide range and not a weak one amongst them, magical, mystical, mythical, magnificent – personal favourite was Shallow/Deep, Thick/Thin ⭐⭐⭐⭐
SLOOT by Ian Macpherson
Complex, yet compelling, funny and dark at the same time, some great characters inhabit this murder mystery, twists and red herrings, maybe some whopping red whales. Loved the playfulness of it all. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Book of Sheffield edited by Catherine Taylor
An interesting collection of short stories based around the shared experience of living in Sheffield, I really enjoyed the eclectic choices, but I think my favourite by far was How To Love What Dies by Gregory Norminton, really sad. ⭐⭐⭐⭐