Hello September (Fictionophile updates and August’s bookhaul)

Hello lovely folks! Summer days will soon be over, it is September already!  The photo below shows my husband and I enjoying the beautiful sunset at our summer cottage.

Though I’ve been reluctant to add to my already lengthy TBR, it is only expected that I had to add a few titles.  I am a book hoarder bookworm after all.

During the month of August I added thirteen titles to my TBR.

I downloaded 3 titles from Edelweiss in August:


The Orphan of Salt Winds” by Elizabeth Brooks

(published by Tin House Books)






Bitter Orange” by Claire Fuller

(published by Tin House Books)




The Au Pair” by Emma Rous

(published by Berkley)



I downloaded 4 titles from NetGalley in August:


Finally !!!  I’ve been after this one for ages.

The Clockmaker’s Daughter” by Kate Morton

(published by Simon & Schuster Canada)




Truth and Lies” by Caroline Mitchell

(pre-approved by Amazon UK)




Murder at Hawthorn Cottage” by Betty Rowlands

(published by Bookouture)





The Wartime Sisters” by Lynda Cohen Loigman

(published by St. Martin’s Press)

and directly from the author I received two more titles…


The Girl in his Eyes” by Jennie Ensor

(received from Jennie Ensor)


When the Storm Ends” by Rebecca L. Marsh

(received from Rebecca L. Marsh)

and directly from the publisher, I received one more title…

Death in Paris” by Emilia Bernhard

(received from Thistle Publishing)

So…. that’s it!   TEN more review commitments!

I also purchased the following 4 titles from Amazon.ca



Dark Lies” by Nick Hollin

(I paid $3.99 for this title published by Bookouture)



Finding Eva” by J.A. Baker

(I paid $ .99 for this title published by Bloodhound Books)



The Last Thing I Saw” by Alex Sinclair

(I paid $1.99 for this title published by Bookouture)




The Spinster Wife” by Christina McKenna

(published by Lake Union Publishing)

I’m delighted to report that there are now 2.867 people following this blog!

My Goodreads Challenge is doing okay

My NetGalley feedback ratio is still short of the coveted 80% (it seems I get just as many new titles from NetGalley as I review in a month – I’m just treading water…)

My Edelweiss feedback ratio is dismal…

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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25 Responses to Hello September (Fictionophile updates and August’s bookhaul)

  1. Sammie says:

    Looks like you’ve got some great new books to read! I think we’re right about at the same stage on our reading challenge, and you’re just a teensy bit ahead of me at NG (I’m working on it, I promise!). I never seem to have much with EW, so I don’t have much concern there haha.


    • That old 80% NG badge is just SO hard to get (especially when you get as many or more books from them each month then you get the chance to read LOL)
      I wonder… why do you not use Edelweiss very much?

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      • Sammie says:

        *puts on wizened voice* I had it once. Back in the old days. Before the Book Wars.

        I’m at 66%. In my defense … I had quite a few that I had given up on because the request sat for months, and then it was approved during the two months I took off from doing everything because of a family crisis, sooo. I mean, yay, because I really wanted those books, but now I’m behind where I intended to be. xD There are just too many good books out there.

        I haven’t had much luck with Edelweiss. I did end up getting a couple books I was excited about, but it seems like 90% of the time, I’m either outright rejected or told to go to NetGalley and request there. Twice, I’ve even been declined on EW and approved on NG. So now, I tend to use EW more to look through their download now section.


  2. Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins says:

    Given the rate you’re going, I’d say 76% on NetGalley is still pretty damn good! 😉 And how exciting to see your follower count growing, well deserved!! ❤

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  3. That is certainly an impressive book haul, stats, and accomplishments. Also, congratulations on being so close to 3000 followers. Heaven knows I can understand why, I certainly enjoy your blog as well. Just wish ole WP would send me notifications when you post!

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    • Thanks so much for the kind words. WordPress does seem to have a few bugs. One of my best friends has had to follow my blog on 4 separate occasions and she still isn’t getting notifications of my posts…


  4. Wow, I love the cover of Bitter Orange. And you scored The Clockmaker’s Daughter! Looking forward to your review of that.

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  5. skyecaitlin says:

    Wonderful, lovely books!!!!!!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. carhicks says:

    Great books coming up for you. You have such discipline when it comes to requesting books. I love the picture of you sitting and enjoying the sunset. So jealous. Congrats on almost reaching 3000 followers. You have such great posts and reviews, i am not surprised. Enjoy the rest of Labour Day Weekend.


  7. So many great books – enjoy!

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  8. Jessie says:

    I cannot wait to read Bitter Orange and The Clockmaker’s Daughter! Hope you enjoy all these and happy reading!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. nsfordwriter says:

    Wow that’s a good book haul… happy reading! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Gorgeous photo. Your holiday cottage must be on an idyllic spot.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. celinelingg says:

    I can’t wait for your review of all of those books! Btw, congratulations for almost reaching 3K followers!! You definitely deserve it!❤

    Liked by 1 person

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