Week in Review – 3 September 2017

This week, this happened, 500 posts is kind of crazy right? That’s a lot of talking, sorry about that!

I’m really behind with reviews at the moment, I will try and catch up with them over the next few week’s but I’m also trying to not stress about the blog so if I don’t, so be it!

I had a wonderful time in Lincolnshire with my Sister and Niece, we did some fun things and had lots of fun hanging out. My Niece even helped me with my work out, I had 140 sit ups to do to complete my 30 day challenge I’ve been taking part in with my circuits class. My Niece decided she would be my personal trainer for this, but also sat on me for it! My Sister recorded a bit of it…I thought I would share, you can view it on Instagram.

I also met up with a blogging friend while I was up in Lincolnshire, it’s a friend from the other blog, and someone I’ve spoken to for at least two years now so it was nice to put a face to the name and have a chat over a cup of tea for an hour.

Right, here is my bookish update for this week!

Book of the Month

So it’s that time again to pick another winning book, I didn’t read a huge amount in August, I was completely tunnel visioned on writing my book! But here is my choice!

The Last Dragon Rider by Errin Krystal
The Last Dragon Rider - Errin KrystalThe Last Dragon Rider is a superb Fantasy novella which absolutely blew me away. I have been following the progress of this for some time as a reader of the authors blog so was super excited to get one of the ARCs as part of the blog tour to review. I highly recommend this to fans of epic fantasy, sword and sorcery, and dragons.

Click here to read my full review.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post



I’ve reviewed Sunsets at Seaside by Addison Cole, The Law of Attraction by Roxie Cooper.

Other Posts

My most recent Marketing Monday post has gone up, I focused on the difference between Marketing and Sales this time. I featured an excerpt of Denai Storm by Tiffany Shand and In The Moment by Jennifer Wilck. Plus I took part in Music Monday, the This is My Truth Now tag, the One Lovely Blog Award, and the Unique Blogger Award. As it’s a new month my TBR Topple post has gone up for this month and voting is open! Teri Polen was the author on The Bookshelf this week so don’t miss out on checking out her choices.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

The Authors Bookshelf – Teri Polen @TPolen6

Welcome to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.

This week I have Teri Polen, I’ve been speaking with Teri via our blogs for a while now, and her horror novel, Sarah has received some fantastic reviews from bloggers I highly regard.

I hope you enjoy peeking into her bookshelf…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
I know there were plenty before, but the one I still remember is Summer of Fear by Lois Duncan.  It was my first ‘age appropriate’ horror novel – I think I was 8-years-old at the time.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang – I heard it’s an entertaining read about a dysfunctional family, which is something everyone can identify with.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
I’m constantly working on my TBR pile, and that doesn’t count the books I review from NetGalley, Edelweiss, and other writer friends.  I’m also in two book clubs, so when it’s my turn to choose a book, it’s something from my pile in the hopes of knocking it down a few notches.  Right now, I’m reading The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey and I just finished Project Cain by Geoffrey Girard.  Both have been in the TBR for quite a while.

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
That’s a hard one – I had to look at my Goodreads list from last year.  I’d have to say A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, Scythe by Neal Shusterman, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, and The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater.  You can tell I lean heavily toward sci-fi/fantasy/horror.

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater, One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake, and A Desolate Hour by Mae Clair, the last in her Point Pleasant Series.

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?
At a writer’s retreat, a friend recommended The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi – I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve used that book.

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?
I only have Sarah so far, but that was a huge accomplishment for me.  Like most writers, I had a pile of rejections, but I just kept swimming (one of my favorite phrases from Finding Nemo) and hard work and persistence finally paid off.

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?
I think a lot of people say the Harry Potter series (obviously), and I’ll just jump on the bandwagon and agree, but I’d also say V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic Series – the world-building is just phenomenal.

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?
Yes!  I’m working on The Gemini Connection, a YA sci-fi/fantasy that will be released later this year or early 2018.  Looks like I’m a multi-genre author, but that’s no surprise considering my reading preferences.

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?
I took a few snaps of the various shelves and piles of books around my living room, for a blog post I wrote a little while ago ~ here are two of them.

Teri Polen’s Bookshelf

*These may not be all of the author’s publications but are the most recent. Check their links below for full details.

About Teri Polen

Teri Polen reads and watches horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.  The Walking Dead, Harry Potter, and anything Marvel-related are likely to cause fangirl delirium.  She lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband, sons, and black cat.  Sarah, a YA horror/thriller, is her first novel.  Visit her online at www.teripolen.com


The Bookshelf

the-bookshelf-logoThanks so much for stopping by Teri, there are definitely a few books I didn’t have on my radar there so I will be checking them out.

Want to take part?
If you are a blogger or author and would like to take part in The Bookshelf click here, and fill in the really short contact form to let me know! I’m currently looking for people to fill spaces through June.

I can’t wait to hear from you!