2021 keeps on marching on at a pace, despite of the lockdown. The evenings keep on getting lighter, the weather usually warmer and the sense of Spring is definitely in the air.
Reading took a bit of a back burner this month as I discovered Unforgotten and had to binge watch the first three series so I could watch the latest one. No spoilers here but I’ve decided the only way I can get over the fourth series is to pretend it never happened. I’ll jump from series 3 to 5 and we shall all never mention series 4 again.
As for books, it had seemed like I’d not received many. In fact I know of 8 books (the shortlisted titles for the Rathbone Folio Prize) had been sent out but never arrived. They are stuck residing in the eco-system that is Royal Mail’s lost post. However, though they arrived in dribs and drabs, it turns out there were quite a few. How many? Well have a look below to see. But there were definitely more in than went out this month.
Here’s what made it’s way to me this month:
- A Quiet Death in Italy by Tom Benjamin, a present to my mum which she sent back to me to read after she’d done with it (that of course was the plan all along when I bought it).
- A Mediation on Murder by Robert Thorogood, another present to my mum (see above for details).
- The Case of the Gilded Fly by Edmund Crispin, yep, another present for my mum.
- Everything Happens for a Reason by Katie Allen, sent for review by Orenda.
- Cathedral by Ben Hopkins, sent for review by Europa Editions.
- Remote Sympathy by Catherine Chidgey, sent for review by Europa Editions.
- Animal by Lisa Taddeo, sent for review by Bloomsbury.
- The Therapist by Helene Flood, sent for review by McLehose.
- Yours Cheerfully by A.J. Pearce, sent for review by Picador.
- A Trip of One’s Own by Kate Wills, sent for review by Blink.
- Three Weddings and a Proposal by Sheila O’Flanagan.
- The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton.
- The Secret Bridesmaid by Katy Birchall, sent for review with the previous two books by Team Bookends.
- The Stranding by Kate Sawyer, sent for review by Coronet.
- The Ophelia Girls by Jane Healey, sent for review by Mantle.
- The World at My Feet by Catherine Isaac, sent for review by Simon & Schuster.
- This is How We Are Human by Louise Beech.
- One Last Time by Helga Flatlands, this and the previous book were sent for review by Orenda.
- Exciting Times by Naiose Dolan, the first book with my NB subscription (which I received for being shortlisted for their Blogger Book Prize).
- Two-Way Murder by ECR Lorac, sent for review by the British Library.
- Palace of the Drowned by Christine Mangan, sent for review by Little, Brown.
- Don’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry, sent for review by Vintage.
- Date with Deceit by Julia Chapman, sent for review by Pan Macmillan.
- Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson. a Mother’s Day present.
- A Road to Extinction by Jonathan Lawley, sent for review by Envelope Books.
- Lost Souls by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman, sent for review by Arrow.
Here’s what I managed to read:
- The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex.
- Where Stands a Winged Sentry by Margaret Kennedy.
- The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward.
- A Trip of One’s Own by Kate Wills.
- This Nowhere Place by Natasha Bell.
- The Secret Bridesmaid by Katy Birchall.
- The Woman Novelist and other stories by Diana Gardner.
- A Quiet Death in Italy by Tom Benjamin.
So there we are, 26 in and 8 out, not even I can pretend that balances. Hopefully more books will be read in April now I have my Unforgotten marathon finished. We shall see. I hope you had a great March and here’s to an April where light is emerging from the end of the tunnel.