Booklover Book Reviews Recap – July 2015

Oh my goodness, where did July go? It was a busy month for me, but on reflection not as much as I expected made it’s way onto my blog.

Let’s quickly recap what did happen here on Booklover Book Reviews (plus behind the scenes) in July, before we discuss all the bookish things I’m excited about in August.

Books Featured

Wave by Hoa Pham Little Pretty Things by Lori Rader-Day Pond Books Grid Resistance Is Futile by Jenny T Colgan All The Little Pieces by Jilliane Hoffman Book Giveaway Flask of the Drunken Master by Susan Spann

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Giveaway Winner

Simon Pond New Agenda Series

To celebrate the release of the fourth and final title in her New Agenda Series, The Torrent, Simone Pond offered the chance for one lucky reader to win the entire New Agenda Series in ebook – 4 titles – The City Center, The New Agenda, The Mainframe and The Torrent.

The winner is Febri

Congratulations! Simone Pond will be in touch via email with your prize very soon.

During July we also announced the winners of our Skin Deep and All The Little Pieces giveaways.

US readers still have a week to enter our giveaway of a paperback copy of Susan Spann’s Flask of a Drunken Master (Shinobi Series, Bk 3).

Other Bookish Banter

This month I participated in my first ever readathon – really enjoyed devoting that much time to reading, BUT I’m still catching up on my reviews!

24 in 48 ReadathonBWF GridSneak Peek Tweet

I was one of the lucky people invited to a sneak peek at what will be on offer at the Brisbane Writers Festival this year, before the program was launched – it’s time to get excited South-East Queensland booklovers! Tickets on sale now.

In July I began an online Magazine & Newspaper Writing Course – which is taking some of my free time away from this website but am finding it really interesting so far and filled with great practical advice.

We spruced up a few things on the Booklover Book Reviews website and social media accounts – if you haven’t already, we’d love you to Like our Facebook page. I have invested in a subscription with CoSchedule which is really simplifying my behind the scenes processes too.

I welcomed new titles into my home and shared 10 titles being released in August that have caught my eye.

Book releases that caught my eye - August 2015

Aussie Author Challenge 2015The Aussie Author Challenge 2015 is going strong, with a total of 128 reviews published by 25 registered participants thus far. There’s still plenty of time to join in the appreciation of great Australian literary talent (plus earn extra entries in giveaways of new release titles).

And we published Issue 35 and Issue 36 of our Booklover Book Reviews & Bites Newsletter – subscribe to have it delivered straight to your inbox.

What is planned for August?

  • In July I didn’t get around to reflecting upon my reading highlights in 2015 so far and checking my progress in reading challenges, so that will happen this month instead
  • More great interviews and giveaways, including visits from Claire Varley and Kate Forsyth to discuss their August releases
  • I will share my tips for getting the most out of your trip to a writers festival, as we look forward to the 2015 Brisbane Writers Festival (2-6 September). I’ve already booked my tickets.
  • Looking forward to attending the opening night of the Queensland Poetry Festival (28-30 August). This year’s theme is ‘Language Is A Virus’.
  • Featuring the following titles:

The Bit in Between by Claire Varley Superposition by David Walton The Beast's Garden by Kate Forsyth Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery The Turn of the Screw by Henry James audio the-port-fairy-murders darkness-and-day Muse by Jonathan Galassi

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What was your bookish highlight in July ?

What are you looking forward to in August?

Share with us in the comments below.