September Upsum


It is time to wrap up September. How is it September? I could have sworn it was still January, this year has just gone by so fast. I hit my goodreads goal of 100 books this month. That was good. Don’t think I’ll try that again, it’s too stressful giving myself a large goal.

I’m taking a week off from blogging next week. I’m off to Prague for five days and I’m not going to spend my time writing posts when there’s so much to see. See you in a week when I’ll be back with a massively ranty post, so enjoy that when you see it.

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Review: An Officer and A Spy by Robert Harris

An Officer and A Spy

Robert Harris


479 pages




If you didn’t automatically assume that I was going to start a post about a book on the Dreyfus Affair by quoting the headline from the famous Émile Zola open letter in L’Aurore then you really don’t know me at all.

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This or That Tag

This or That Tag


It’s time for another tag post that no-one has actually tagged me in. Can’t you tell I’m just trying to fill the void before I go on holiday? Only a week and a bit to go. As usual, I’m not tagging anyone so if you want to do it, go ahead.

I also don’t know where this tag originated so, if anyone knows, tell me and I’ll link it.

Reading on the Bed or the Couch?

Bed, definitely bed. My bed is far more comfortable than the couch.

Male Main Character or Female Main Character?

I can genuinely say that I have no preference one way or the other. The gender of the main character doesn’t matter, what matters is that they are well written characters in an interesting and compelling plot.

There are male characters that I love, there are female characters that I love but I don’t love them because of their gender, I loved them because they are excellent characters.

Sweet Snacks or Salty Snacks while reading?

People actually eat while they are reading? What if you got greasy fingerprints all over your nice clean books? No thank you.

Trilogies or Quartets?

Trilogies, for the most part. There are a few quartets that I really love, The Faithful and Fallen by John Gwynne and The Greatcoats by Sebastien de Castell for example, but I prefer trilogies. It’s very rare that you can draw a series out for more than three books without it feeling like it was just done for the money.

Reading First Person or Third Person POV?

Third person. There was a time when I utterly detested first person narratives thanks to The Handmaid’s Tale and, although I have got over that to an extent, I still much prefer a third person narrative. Even though Robin Hobb happens to be one of my favourite authors, he he.

Reading at Night, or in the Morning?

I usually read more in the morning, just because for the last few years I have worked a lot of afternoons and evenings so it has just been easier to read in the morning. My concentration tends to be better in the mornings as well.

Libraries or Bookstores?

At the moment I am going to have to say bookstores. I buy most of the books I read and I love browsing a bookstore. My village doesn’t have a library and my nearest ones don’t have a great fantasy section, meaning I have to order them in so it is just easier to go to a shop.

Although, my county council is on the Libby app so I am going to try and borrow books form there rather than buying books if I can.

Books that make you laugh or cry?

There aren’t many books that have ever made me cry, even the emotional ones. I do love a book that can make me laugh, though. I would rather be happy reading a book than sad because I hate crying.

Black book covers or white covers?

White. As I write this I am looking at my Oxford World Classic editions of Émile Zola’s Rougon-Macquart series and they look so beautiful with their pristine white spines. Of course, white turns to yellow after a while but when they’re knew, they are gorgeous.

Character driven or Plot driven?

Character driven. That’s not even a hard question to answer. It’s always going to be character. I have always said I can forgive a weaker plot as long as there are compelling and interesting characters but I cannot enjoy a brilliant plot with boring or clichéd characters. The characters are the heart of the story, at the end of the day so if I don’t like them then I cannot love a book.

Review: The Copper Promise by Jen Williams

The Copper Promise

Jen Williams

The Copper Cat #1


535 pages



The Copper Promise by Jen Williams was not quite what I was expecting in a number of ways. I didn’t expect it to move so fast. I wasn’t expecting so much stuff to happen in 535 pages and I wasn’t expecting it to be one story in one novel. Despite the story not being quite what I expected, I found it to be a very entertaining debut novel and a series I am looking forward to continuing.

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Review: Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan

Theft of Swords

The Riyria Revelations vol. 1

Michael J. Sullivan


664 pages (minus extras)



This isn’t going to be so much a review as one massive squeal-fest about how much I loved Theft of Swords. I haven’t read a debut fantasy novel that I have fallen so instantly in love with since Assassin’s Apprentice. There are not enough words to describe just how amazing I found this book.

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Review: Chaosmage by Stephen Aryan


Stephen Aryan

Age of Darkness #3


454 pages



Chaosmage concludes Stephen Aryan’s first trilogy, Age of Darkness; following Battlemage and Bloodmage.  The action of this novel shifts to Voechenka, in Shael, and follows three people as they try to save the city from the attacking forces of the dead.

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Review: A Demon In Silver by R.S. Ford

A Demon in Silver

R.S. Ford

War of the Archons #1

Titan Books

459 pages



A Demon in Silver is the first book in a new series, War of the Archons.  For a hundred years magic has not existed but it is now returning and things are about to go to hell.

And it is absolutely fantastic.

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Review: A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

A Spark of Light

Jodi Picoult

Hodder & Stoughton

Release Date: 30/10/18



Back in July, I wrote a post about Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult and I mentioned that, for a time, I absolutely loved her books.  I read so many of them between 2005 and 2010, I couldn’t get enough of them.  I stopped reading her books a while back after I couldn’t get into quite a few of them but I still do like her as an author so when A Spark of Light came up as a read now option on Netgalley, I decided to give it a go.

I read this book through Netgalley, all opinions are my own.

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Review: The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

The Poppy War

R.F. Kuang

Harper Voyager



The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang has been a massively hyped book this year, with many people praising it. It tells the story of Rin, a young and poor woman, who passes tough exams to gain entry into a prestigious military school. Goodreads has thousands of four and five star reviews of people absolutely loving it and I was so looking forward to reading it that.

And I didn’t.

I hated almost every second of it.

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