Balancing the Books – May 2021

The year is gathering apace as we enter soon come to the half way point of 2021. They say that time flies when you are having fun. Whilst there have been times when the day seemed interminable, I have begun to think that time does speed up, the older I get. I still occasionally feel like Christmas was only a month ago!

Whilst time may be speeding up my reading pace isn’t. And all this time whizzing by does not help me make a dent in my to be read pile. (Room, it’s a TBR room).

So what made it’s way into the house in May and what managed to escape the clutches of my bookshelves?

Here’s what arrived.

  1. Venetia by Georgette Heyer.
  2. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer.
  3. Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer.
  4. Arabella by Georgette Heyer. All of these kindly sent for review by Arrow.
  5. The Orange Grove by Rosanna Hey.
  6. Daughters of Sparta by Claire Heywood.
  7. The Black Dress by Deborah Moggach. The last three sent for review by Team Bookends.
  8. The Darker Arts by Oscar de Muriel, sent for review by the author.
  9. The Trawlerman by William Shaw, sent for review by Riverrun.
  10. The Good Neighbours by Nina Allan, also sent for review by Riverrun.
  11. Notes from the Burning Age by Claire North, sent for review by Orbit.
  12. A Taste of Home by Heidi Swan, a giveaway prize from Simon and Schuster.
  13. People of Abandoned Character by Clare Whitfield, sent for review by Head of Zeus.
  14. The Man That Got Away by Lynne Truss, sent for review by Bloomsbury.
  15. The Waiter by Ajay Chowdhury, sent for review by Harvill Secker.
  16. Triflers Need Not Apply by Camilla Bruce, sent for review by Michael Joseph.
  17. The Rules by David Jackson, sent for review by Viper.
  18. Bad Apples by Will Dean, sent for review by Point Blank Books.
  19. The Chianti Flask by Marie Belloc Lowndes, sent for review by the British Library.
  20. Saving the Day by Katie Fforde, sent for review by Midas PR and the Reading Agency.
  21. A More Perfect Union by Tammye Huf, sent for review by Myriad Editions.
  22. Fresh Water for Flowers by Valerie Perrin, sent for review by Europa Editions.

I also received 2 ebooks; The Saturday Morning Park Run by Jules Wake and V for Victory by Lissa Evans.

Here’s what I managed to read:

  1. The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary.
  2. Tennis Lessons by Susannah Dickey.
  3. Hidden Secrets at the Little Village Church by Tracy Rees (ebook).
  4. Barn 8 by Deb Olin Unferth.
  5. The Killings at Kingfisher Hill by Sophie Hannah.
  6. The Saturday Morning Park Run by Jules Wake (ebook).
  7. Tension by E M Delafield.
  8. Saving the Day by Katie Fforde.
  9. Good Evening Mrs Craven by Mollie Panter-Downes.
  10. V for Victory by Lissa Evans (ebook).
  11. Venetia by Georgette Heyer.

I also posted out six books and gave away another three. So that makes a total of 24 in and 20 out. Oh so nearly there…

Until next month, happy reading!

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Happy reading to you, too, Janet!

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  2. Kath says:

    That’s impressive and a pretty balanced book month on the whole. Do you keep any of the read books, Janet, or does out mean you’ll find them new homes?

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    1. janetemson says:

      I keep some and release others back into the wild. It depends on whether I think I’ll ever read them again 🙂


  3. A good ratio! Well done and happy reading in June!

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  4. Nearly there Janet, I’d count that as a win 🙂

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  5. emmar says:

    So many I want to read! I really must buy The Road Trip, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you make of The Black Dress. I read my first Deborah Moggach last year and I’ve heard good things about her latest!


    1. janetemson says:

      My reading has reduced to near zero so I’ve no idea when I’ll get to The Black Dress!

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      1. emmar says:

        Hope you’re ok, I saw you’re taking a blog break. It’s all a bit much sometimes, isn’t it x


      2. janetemson says:

        I’m fine thanks, just trying to get everything to balance. Sorry I won’t be able to share your posts for a little while x

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      3. emmar says:

        Oh, don’t worry about that!! Just take care of yourself. Bar one, I’m having July onwards off blog tours. Just going to enjoy reading and post when I want to without a schedule. It’s nice to step back sometimes and just take a breath x


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