Happy Friday! How had your day been going so far? Mine has been okay. I’m still really missing home. Doesn’t help that all the worldly signs I’ve been getting are telling me to move back home. Anyway,
I definitely got more books this month than I have recently. I’ve been decent with my spending however. I got most of the ones on this list from Netgalley and a few from Amazon or shops but I was still really good with not spending much – especially as I’m saving up for my Uni texts for this term which will probably be pretty expensive as per usual. But, because this month’s list is so long I’m just going to put some of my thoughts and then links to Goodreads rather than putting the blurbs because this would be a ridiculous amount of words if I did that. Enough rambling from me, let’s see the books I got this month.
Christmas on the Island by Jenny Colgan – The Works (£2)
I picked this up because my best friend is obsessed with Jenny Colgan but I have never read anything by her and when I saw this in the shops for so cheap I knew I had to grab it just to check it out. I’m planning on saving this until December for obvious reasons so you probably won’t hear about this for a while.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – Amazon (£1.80)
I’ve heard a lot of great things about this book but for some reason I never googled it to see what it was actually about. I stumbled across it in a blog post the other day with the blurb below it and I instantly could tell why it was a hit – it sounds amazing. So I hoped on Amazon straight away and hunted down a second hand copy of it. I want to say I’m going to put off reading this because I have a lot of other things I have to get to first but I know this will probably sneak up the list a little bit.
The Con-Artist Dates by Kurt Dinan – His Website (Free)
After I read The Scam List and fell in love I went to Kurt Dinan’s site and found that he had a prequel of short stories to the Scam List and I just had to grab it. I read it as soon as I got it and I loved it! I posted a mini review on it in one of my compilation review posts. But yeah, it’s a freebie and I got more Boone so that’s all that matters to me!
(Scam List Review)
(The Con-Artist Dates Mini Review)
Murder at the Dolphin Hotel by Helena Dixon – Amazon (£1.97)
Murder at Enderly Hall by Helena Dixon – Amazon (£1.97)
Murder at the Playhouse by Helena Dixon – Amazon (£1.97)
I’ve bundled these together because they are all the same series. I picked this up because I actually got the fourth in the series from Netgalley but I didn’t know it was the fourth in the series so I bought the first three so I could read the fourth one. I have started reading the first one and I am really liking it so far. It really reminds me of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries which is one of my favourite TV shows. I can’t wait to see how things develop.
Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly – Netgalley
I picked this up because I saw it was being published by Hot Key Books. They are a publisher that I tend to really enjoy the books of so I knew I had to request it. It also sounds like a really interesting and fun take on the classic fairy-tale. I wanted to read it by now but I kind of got myself into a short story phase so I wasn’t really in the mood to pick up something this long – but hopefully in October.
A Moment in Time: Volume 1 by Joan Reeves – Netgalley
I picked this up on Netgalley because this was really the start of my short story and novella obsession this month. I have already read this. It was a collection of short stories and I enjoyed it but some were definitely better than others. This is another one that I posted mini reviews of so you can check that out too if you’re interested.
Knock Out by Willow James – Netgalley
Yet another short story that I got from Netgalley and also wrote a mini review for in that compilation review post. I really enjoyed this one. It’s definitely one of the more 18+ content reads out of all the novellas that I read but it was done really tastefully and I would definitely read more from Willow James.
The Perfect Match by Anita Lemke – Netgalley
You guessed it – a shorter length book again! It had a good premise. I also have already read this. It was decent but it lacked depth. I wish we had gotten some more about Vicky’s past with Ricky to cause some more drama. It was rather predicable, both the main plot and the side plot with Sylvia but a lot of romances are. It was still enjoyable. I found scenes with Tonya quite uncomfortable to read. There were definitely elements of cheating emotionally in this that I didn’t enjoy at all. I also wish we met Marks Mum and Dad.
Love and Other Disasters by Terri Jones – Netgalley
What a surprise this one is…it’s a book under 300 pages haha! I actually really liked the start of this one but it just dragged on too long. It was almost like two books with a plot switch halfway through. The first half was amazing and and me really invested but the second half was a slog so I enjoyed elements of it.
The Runaway by Jordan Ford – Netgalley
I haven’t read this yet but it’s next on my list. I really liked the sound of the romance in it, but it also sounds like it has a darker side which is something I have always loved about NA is the balance between the cute stuff and the harder topics. It’s around 300 pages so again not a massive book but still long enough for a great plot and some character growth. I am excited for this one.
Where Birds Fly: The Sculptor by Catherine Goldstien – YA Bound Book Tours
I got this from YA Bound Book Tours but sadly I had to DNF it at the 30% mark. The romance in it wasn’t my cup of tea. I will still be on the promo tour because I quite liked the writing style and I would read more from this author but this one wasn’t for me.
The First Time We Met by Jo Lovett – Netgalley
I have read this…and I adored it!! It was incredible! Cannot recommend it enough. It was a super sweet adult contemporary that just made my heart happy. I wrote a full review on this one so I’ll link that if you’re interested. But yeah, I really liked it. If this is the kind of book you’re into I would definitely check it out when it comes out.
Filthy Liar by Ansley Booth – Netgalley
I liked this when I read it. It was enjoyable and a nice pick me up. It was more action and less romance than I expected but despite it being a bit different for me I was pleasantly surprised. A great hate-to-love build up with a very dramatic ending. I felt like pieces were missing but it was the last in the series (despite being a standalone too) and the only one I have read so I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt and saying it was a good read.
The Cowboy’s Baby Agreement by Leslie North – Netgalley
This is another short novel. And I also managed to read this this month. It was enjoyable. I liked the plot. The romance was cute. All around just a nice wee pick me up. It was actually a bit of a surprise for me because the blurb used to advertise this was actually for a different book in the series by mistake so when I started reading I was confused but then I realised that there had been an error but either way I liked this book and it was a nice surprise.
Stand-In Saturday by Kirsty Moseley – from the Author
If you know me – then you know the second I was sent this ARC that I dropped all other books and dived straight into this one! I adored this – SHOCKER HAHA! I adore basically everything Kirsty writes. This was no different. Just a perfect romance that had me laughing my face off. A full review of this is coming on Monday so stay tuned for that!
Boots & Mistletoe by Edith MacKenzie – Netgalley
I also managed to read this book this month. Sadly it wasn’t my favourite read. While I liked the writing, there was no really drama or excitement. It lacked something to keep you interested really. So it just fell a bit flat for me.
The Witchling’s Girl by Helena Coggan – Netgalley
This is one I haven’t read…and I’m not going to lie – It was the cover that really lured me in. It’s stunning. The blurb sounds great too but it’s not my typical read so it was really the cover that drew me in.
Murder on the Dancefloor by Helena Dixon – Netgalley
This is the 4th in the series from earlier that I bought the first three of. I really liked the covers for these too but the blurb is just as excited. Not much I can say on this other than I already said above. There still isn’t a goodreads page for this as it’s not out yet so you’ll have to just go off the first few in the series to see if it’s your kind of thing.
The Cowboy’s Second Chance Family by Leslie North – Netgalley
I actually read this last night. It wasn’t really my cup of tea. Obviously I really liked the writing style as I liked the one before this in the series. But my issue with this one was that the relationship seemed quite toxic and it’s hard to enjoy a romance when you don’t actually want the couple together.
Rescue Me by Sarra Manning – Netgalley
When I saw this I knew I had to request it. Everything was too cute – the cover, the blurb! It’s an adult contemporary romance…with match-making cats!! Is there any more you could ask for? So I am super excited to get to this. I wanted to read this at the weekend but I don’t know if I’ll get around to it so it will probably wind up being an October read.
The Innkeepers’s Daughter by Bianca M. Schwarz – Netgalley
I only got this the other day but its a historical mystery romance. It sounds just up my street. I’ve always been a fan of mystery movies/shows since I was a kid but I don’t dip into the genre when it comes to books very often so this could be a really nice fun change for me.
If you managed to stick around to the end then well done for you – get yourself a cookie! That’s the books that I got this month – and it’s a long list. But I did actually read a lot of them this month so do they even really count? haha! Before today’s questions I just want to say I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and I can’t wait to hear about what you got up to on Monday! See you then ❤