Month In Review: June 2019

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Well June is at an end and it’s time for another review post. I didn’t do one for May so this will actually be a combined two-month in review post.

Let me start by saying things have been going a little slow here at Off The TBR. I kinda fell into a reading slump and I’m not sure why. It isn’t that I haven’t been wanting to read as much, I just have been reading at a slower pace. Some of that may be due to my son’s baseball schedule and being tired from work, but I don’t think those are big reasons. It really started in April just before the D.C. field trip with my youngest and I just slowed down after that. Can’t really explain it. Instead of my goal of reading and reviewing one book a week (roughly four a month), I’ve been closer to two reviews a month the last couple months.

When May started I was reading Sworld: The Chronicles of Malick by William Harris. The following books were on my TBR for the month:

  • Up To The Throne, by T.A. Frost
  • Tales of Kingshold, by D.P. Woolliscroft
  • By Fire Above, by Robyn Bennis
  • The Ninth Rain, by Jen Williams

Did I read all of these? No. I didn’t. I finished Sworld and I read The Ninth Rain and that was it for May. I didn’t ever post any goals for June and I also didn’t read the remaining books above. I know, I’m a slacker, you don’t have to say it.

So here’s what I did manage to do in May and June…

Book Reviews

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I started by posting a review for Legends Of The Exiles, by independent author Jesse Teller. I had read this one back in April and only managed to get the review posted in like the second week of May. Legends Of The Exiles is four interconnected novellas telling the stories of four women struggling against the walls and barriers their culture and society places in their way. It’s a bold book taking a bold approach to female characters in fantasy. I gave it 3.5 of 5 stars because I enjoyed it, but there were a couple of hang-ups for me. You can read the review here.

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In June I reviewed Sworld: The Chronicles of Malick, by William Harris. Sworld is a slow-burn space exploration sci-fi novel hitting on themes of power, colonialism, and the unintended consequences of scientific exploration. A novel with a definite Star Trek vibe, Sworld takes the reader on a journey into the unknown on a planet with elements both familiar and alien. I gave it 3 of 5 stars. I enjoyed it but I’m not much for slow burns and it really took a while for me to feel like I knew there the plot was going. The lead character was also something of a Gary-Stu. You can read the full review here.

The Ninth Rain Read Along

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One fun thing I did in May was participate in The Ninth Rain read-along hosted by the crew of Wyrd And Wonder. We spent four weeks reading and talking about The Ninth Rain together over on goodreads. I didn’t post a review but I did post my answers to the questions for each week. I’ve listed them below:

The Ben Galley Ultimate Blog Tour

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One highlight of June was that I participated in the Ben Galley Ultimate Blog Tour hosted by The Write Reads. Over 100 bloggers read and reviewed one of independent author Ben Galley’s books. I chose Chasing Graves. The blog tour was a lot of fun and I love the book.

Chasing Graves is a dark and gritty introduction to what I’m sure will be a must read series for all grimdark fantasy fans. I was hooked on this story from the opening pages. In an empire built upon the backs of bound shades, Galley brings the dead to life in a thrilling and suspenseful fantasy page turner that will end before you’re ready and will keep you wanting more. I gave it 4 of 5 stars. You can read my full review here.

Cover Reveal

June brought one of the most exciting events I’ve had on the blog to date; my first ever cover reveal. I was contacted by independent author Angela Boord to host the cover reveal for her debut novel Fortune’s Fool which came out June 25, 2019.

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Cover Art: John Anthony Di Giovanni; Cover Design: Shawn T. King

I was super excited to show off this cover for the first time and spent a couple days building up for it over on Twitter. I can’t thank Angela enough for asking me to host this major event for her. Here’s a quick blurb about the book:

A secret affair. A disfiguring punishment. A burning need for revenge.

Kyrra d’Aliente has a bad reputation and an arm made of metal.

Cast out of the safe and luxurious world of silk to which she was born, played as a pawn in a game of feuding Houses, Kyrra navigates a dangerous world of mercenaries, spies, and smugglers while disguising herself as a man.

War destroyed her family and the man she loved. Vengeance is within her grasp.

But is she willing to pay its price?

If you’d like to see the cover reveal post click here.

Book Haul

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I also started a new book haul post series when I bought The Gallows Black, and Symphony Of The Wind. I’d thrown up a book haul post once a while back, but hadn’t really done another in probably a year. I thought it might be interesting to do these every now and then to talk about books I’ve hauled, and more specifically why I’ve hauled them. It’s one thing to post pics of what you bought, but the why of why you decided to spend your money on a book seems more interesting to me. You’ve only got so many dollars to throw around, so explaining why you chose one particular book gets to what makes you tick as a reader at any given time. At least I like to think so. Here’s that book haul post if you want to read it. I may do something similar with my book mail I get from authors and publishers too.

Well that was it for May and June. Only three book reviews, but I did manage some other things that I hadn’t really done before which partially made up for the other lack of content. I’m still behind on my reading though and I need to readjust my reading schedule. More on that to come when I post my goals for July. I may give a look ahead for the rest of the year too. Until then happy reading everyone!

 

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7 thoughts on “Month In Review: June 2019

  1. You definitely seem to do better when a group is involved. Personally, I’ll cut my own throat, with a dull spoon no less, before participating in things like blog tours and big group readalongs but….
    have you considered making that aspect of blogging a bigger part of your blog?

    I know I didn’t respond to your readalong posts but your interest really shined through. So no pressure but that might be something to think about 🙂

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    • It’s something to think about. I’m gonna host a read along in November. Maybe do some more. I was almost on a team judging for SPFBO5 but backed out. It’s funny though because I always hated group projects growing up.

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