So the big day is finally here. The kids are back at school tomorrow. After 7 weeks “off” school, with 5 of those being a trip to the seaside and the rest made up of me doing some work in between feeding them regularly, I’m hoping to take a few days off this month and give myself a mini home made reading retreat. And having 6 hours uninterrupted silence. The stuff dreams are made off.
So what will I be able to potentially read? Here’s what arrived last month to bolster the TBR.
- Black Widows by Cate Quinn, sent for review by Orion.
- Growing Up by Angela Thirkell, sent for review by Virago.
- The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor, my first purchase in August.
- Somewhere Close to Happy by Lia Louis, also part of my first purchase of August.
- The Truth Will Out by Jane Isaac, the third book in my first purchase of August (if you buy three at once it only counts as one).
- The Betrayals by Bridget Collins, sent for review by Borough Press.
- Cracked by Louise McCreesh, sent for review by Hodder & Stoughton.
- A Girl Made of Air by Nydia Hetherington, sent for review by Quercus. You can read my review here.
- The Wolf Road by Richard Lambert.
- Inside the Beautiful Inside by Emily Bullock, sent for review with the last book by Everything With Words.
- Snooze by Eilidh Muldoon.
- One Button Benny and the Gigantic Catastrophe by Alan Windram, sent for review with the last book by Little Doors.
- Cover Your Tracks by Claire Askew, sent for review by Hodder & Stoughton.
- The Windsor Knot by S.J. Bennett, sent for review by Zaffre.
- Checkmate to Murder by E.C.R Lorac, sent for review by the British Library.
- If I Could Say Goodbye by Emma Cooper, sent for review by Headline.
- The Gospel of Eels by Patrik Svensson, sent for review by Picador.
- Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, a purchase from Berts Books.
- How to Marry Your Husband by Jacqueline Rohen, another purchase from Berts Books. You can read a Q&A with Jacqueline here. Jacqueline sadly died the day before her book was published in ebook. I had promised myself I would buy a paperback once it was released and I had to honour that promise.
- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, a bonus free book from Berts Books as part of their first birthday celebrations.
- The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton, sent for review by Bloomsbury Raven.
- Love Orange by Natasha Randall, sent for review by Quercus.
- People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd, sent for review by Mantle.
Here’s what I read this month.
- The Search Party by Simon Lelic. You can read my review here.
- Reasons to Be Cheerful by Nina Stibbe. You can read my review here.
- Frankisstein by Jeanette Winterson.
- The Blessed Girl by Angela Makholwa.
- Checkmate to Murder by E.C.R. Lorac
I also gave three books to my cousin. So 23 in and 8 out. No way I can even pretend that balances. I have a feeling next month will be a more close run thing. What did you read this month? Do let me know.