Mid Year Freak Out Tag


I saw this tag last year but I never took part myself so this year, after seeing the little book owl’s post I decided to give it a go myself.

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I’ve never done a read-a-thon.  I either hear about them too late to participate or I can’t think of any books to fit the prompts so I never bother.  However, I saw this one hosted by Holly Hearts Books on Youtube and I thought it looked fun.  It runs from 1-31st July and the upside is that most of the books I’ve already chosen for my July re-read and various challenge prompts fit perfectly for this read-a-thon.  Here’s the Twitter account

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Review: The Stone of Farewell by Tad Williams

The Stone of Farewell

Tad Williams

Memory, Sorrow and Thorn #2

Hodder & Stoughton

852 pages (minus appendix)



I’ve found that the key to enjoying this series is to just accept that it’s never going to go anywhere at a very fast pace and just sit back and immerse myself in it.

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Review: The Last Mortal Bond by Brian Staveley

The Last Mortal Bond

Brian Staveley

Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne #3

Pan Macmillan

878 pages



Sometimes you read the last book in a series and it absolutely blows you away and sometimes you finish a series and you find it really disappointing.  Then there are series that you finish and you just think ‘that ended ok’.  The Last Mortal Bond was that.

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Review: Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker

Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City

K.J. Parker


350 pages



I’ve never read any Tom Holt.  My dad owned some of his books when I was little but I never read them.  I also didn’t know that he wrote under the pseudonym K.J. Parker.  I also didn’t know that K.J. Parker had written quite a few fantasy novels before picking up Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City.

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Review: Twelve Kings by Bradley Beaulieu

Twelve Kings

Bradley Beaulieu

The Song of the Shattered Sands #1




Don’t say that I don’t ever learn.  I’m taking on board the fact that it isn’t a very good idea to continue with series when I don’t remember what I’ve previously read and therefore, before I read the third book in this series, I am re-reading books one and two.

I now remember the story a lot better.

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Review: Mindhunter by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker

Mindhunter: Inside the FBI Elite Serial Crime Unit

John Douglas and Mark Olshaker

Arrow Books

409 pages



I don’t read true crime, it’s not something that I’ve ever really been into but I needed to read one for a book challenge prompt so my brother suggested Mindhunter.

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