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. Continue reading

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Book Haul: 6/1/19

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I’ve been trying to think of ways to diversify my posts so you’re not just getting reviews and month-in-review updates. It’s been a while since I made a book haul post and I bought a couple of books today so I thought, “why not do another book haul post?” My last one was probably over a year ago, and I know you’re all dying to critique my spending habits. Maybe I’ll make this a more regular thing.

For this post I don’t just want to tell you what I hauled, I also want to tell you why I hauled it. Today I bought two books on my Kindle. Here they are… Continue reading

Month In Review: April 2019

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Well March has come and gone and I don’t have much to show for it. I kinda slacked off this month. Well…that isn’t really fair. I was busy all month, just busy doing other things. In the end I didn’t do nearly as much reading and blogging as I’d planned. Which is OK I suppose, only now my whole reading schedule is thrown off and I need to rework it. That’s just how it goes sometimes.

Here’s a quick overview of what I’d planned to read and review in March:

  • Seven Blades In Black, by Sam Sykes (I was actually reading this as February ended and March began)
  • Legends of The Exiles, by Jesse Teller
  • SWORLD: The Chronicles of Malick, by William Harris
  • Up To The Throne, by T.A. Frost
  • Holy Sister, by Mark Lawrence

Here’s what I actually read:

  • Seven Blades In Black (reviewed this one)
  • Legends of The Exiles (didn’t review this one yet)

So what happened? Well I’ll tell you… Continue reading

Seven Blades In Black Review

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Author: Sam Sykes
Series: The Grave of Empires Book 1
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date:  April 9, 2019
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 704 (661 + Extras)
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher.

Seven Blades In Black is the dark, gritty, sarcastic, epic, guns, swords, and sorcery revenge story you’ve been wanting, even if you didn’t know it. Continue reading

Monthly Reading Goals: April 2019

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Nicole over at Thoughts Stained With Ink talked me into trying out this post topic back in January and after running with it a couple of months I’ve decided to keep it going. For now at least.

This isn’t something I usually do because I hate locking myself into a specific reading list. It just never works out for me. As my previous Month In Review posts reveal, I rarely stick to what I set out to read. I might read more, less, or switch books out for others. Rarely to I finish the month as I intended.

So my ongoing rule for this topic will be…

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