Balancing the Books – April 2021

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Well May has arrived already. The year that threatened to drag appears to have speeded up. I found myself back in my natural environment last month. That’s right, the first none food shop I found myself in was a bookshop. Books were bought, shelfies were taken. It was glorious. April also saw me chair my first ever event, a crime panel with Nina Allan, Rebecca Wait and William Shaw at the Stay at Home Festival. I had huge fun. After all, what’s not to enjoy about an hour of talking books with authors?

The aforementioned book buying may account for a small amount of the books incoming (ahem). As for outgoing, I found my attention wandering so not as many were read as could have been. No matter, even reading a page, or the back of a cereal box is good. Any reading is good.

So what arrived to help test just how much weight the floorboards in my house can withstand?

Here’s what landed through the letterbox:

  1. In the Mirror, a Peacock Danced by Justine Bothwick, sent for review by Agora.
  2. One Ordinary Day at a Time by Sarah J Harris, sent for review by the author and Harper Collins.
  3. The Lock In by Phoebe Luckhurst, sent for review by Michael Joseph.
  4. The Lost Storyteller by Amanda Block, sent for review by Hodder & Stoughton.
  5. The Heeding by Rob Cowen and illustrated by Nick Hayes, sent for review by Elliot & Thompson.
  6. Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T. A. Willberg, sent for review by Trapeze.
  7. The Plague Letters by V. L. Valentine, sent for review by Viper.
  8. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave, also sent for review by Viper.
  9. Poison for Teacher by Nancy Spain, sent for review by Virago.
  10. The Girl Who Read on the Metro by Christine Feret-Fluery, bought on bookshop day.
  11. The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed, sent for review by Viking.
  12. The Last Act of Adam Campbell by Andy Jones, sent for review by Hodder & Stoughton.
  13. Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin, sent for review by W&N.
  14. Toddler-Hunting and Other Stories by Taeko Kono, also sent for review by W&N.
  15. Conjure Woman by Afia Atakora, included in my Books That Matter subscription box.
  16. The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House by Audre Lorde, also included with the subscription box.
  17. The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams. An online book purchase.
  18. The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow. See above.
  19. Due to a Death by Mary Kelly, sent for review by the British Library.
  20. The Harpy by Megan Hunter, sent for review by Picador.
  21. The Others by Raul Garrigasait, sent for review by Fum D’Estampa
  22. Tension by E M Delafield.
  23. Mamma by Diana Tutton, both this and Tension sent for review by the British Library.
  24. Skincare by Caroline Hirons, sent for review by HQ.
  25. Who They Was by Gabriel Krauze, sent for review by 4th Estate.
  26. We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride & Jo Piazza, sent for review by HQ.
  27. The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird, sent for review by Borough Press.
  28. Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny, sent for review by 4th Estate.
  29. Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny, another book purchase.
  30. girl, 11 by Amy Suiter Clark, sent for review by Pushkin.
  31. Katherine Parr: The Sixth Wife by Alison Weir, sent for review by Headline.
  32. The Chalet by Catherine Cooper, a signed copy sent by the author.
  33. Death and Croissants by Ian Moore, sent for review by Farrago.
  34. New Girl in Little Cove by Damhnait Monaghan, sent for review by the author.
  35. Our Father by Rebecca Wait, sent for review by Riverrun.
  36. Widowland by C.J. Carey, sent for review by Quercus.
  37. Sunlight on a Broken Column by Attia Hosain, sent for review by Virago.
  38. The Killings at Kingfisher Hall by Sophie Hannah, sent for review by Harper Collins.
  39. Hidden Secrets at the Little Village Church by Tracy Rees, an ebook via Netgalley and Bookouture.

I also received four books that I won’t list here for reasons.

As for what went out, here’s what I read:

  1. Peril at End House by Agatha Christie.
  2. Yours Cheerfully by A. J. Pearce.
  3. The Heeding by Rob Cowen, illustrated by Nick Hayes.
  4. Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T A Willberg.
  5. Persuasion by Jane Austen.
  6. Lost Property by Helen Paris.
  7. Murder by Milk Bottle by Lynne Truss.

I also sent out one book. So that’s 43 in and 8 out. About as balanced as a jumbo jet and a mini cooper on a set of weighing scales.

What books did you enjoy last month? Have you spotted any on here that interest you? Do let me know. And until next month, happy reading.

15 Comments Add yours

  1. MarinaSofia says:

    My goodness, Janet! And I thought I was somewhat unbalanced in terms of books in and out. Still, I wish you much joy reading them… eventually.

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  2. janetemson says:

    It doesn’t seem that much when they arrive in dribs and drabs! I think May will be calming, though 10 arrived on May 1st so who knows…

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  3. Don’t disappear under that pile, Janet! Absolutely loved The Liar’s Dictionary, Early Morning Riser and The Harpy. Happy reading!

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  4. hemmiemartin says:

    Good grief, Janet, this puts my purchases into perspective! Enjoy!

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    1. janetemson says:

      I don’t think I could have got away with buying all of these! It doesn’t feel that many when they arrive spread out across the month.

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  5. Such an impressive haul Janet! I really enjoyed Megan Hunter’s debut so I hope The Harpy is a great read for you.

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    1. janetemson says:

      I’ve heard good things about it. It’s quite short too so may be one I can squeeze in between other books 😊

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  6. Um yes. What a ratio – you do make me feel better. Hope you enjoy lots of the incomings!!

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    1. janetemson says:

      Happy to help 😂 I’ve not told Mr Janet how many came in. Don’t think I’d dare!

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  7. Joanne says:

    My goodness what a pile of books have arrived. I love getting book post (though never get that much) but I think I’d feel a bit overwhelmed with all those! What one are you looking forward to most?

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    1. janetemson says:

      It can be a bit overwhelming! I’m looking forward to Early Morning Riser and reading The Other Bennet Sister and The Liar’s Dictionary, though because I bought both of those they may have to wait a while.

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      1. Joanne says:

        I loved The Other Bennet Sister!

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      2. janetemson says:

        I’ve seen it get a lot of love! It was Twitter that told me to buy it 🙂

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  8. I actually stopped counting ins and outs a couple of months ago as it was getting like this, so it’s nice to see I’m not alone, haha!

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    1. janetemson says:

      I didn’t count for ages. Now I sort of wish I hadn’t started 😂

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