We have officially made it to Spring. The blossom is on the trees, the birds are up extra early because of the clocks going forward and there’s a sense of peace and quiet now the kids are back at school. For six hours a day at least.
My reading slump has decided to stick around a bit longer, unlike my Easter egg which disappeared in about a day. It’s fair to say that more books have found a home on the book shelves (and boxes, piles, heaps…) than have left them.
Here’s what arrived this month:
- Not Exactly What I Had in Mind by Kate Brook, sent for review from Corvus.
- Faro’s Daughter by Georgette Heyer.
- Royal Escape by Georgette Heyrer. Both of these were sent for review by Arrow.
- Welsh Food Stories by Carwyn Graves, sent for review by Calon Books.
- Miss Aldridge Regrets by Louise Hare, sent for review by HQ.
- Poirot’s Early Cases by Agatha Christie.
- Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie.
- A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie. These and Murder on the Orient Express were kindly sent by fellow blogger Paul who knew I collected old editions of Christie’s novels.
- The People on Platform 5 by Claire Pooley, sent for review by Bantam.
- Three by Valerie Perrin, sent for review by Europa Editions.
- The Maid by Nita Prose.
- You Will Get Through This by Daniel Howell.
- Pretending by Holly Bourne. These three were sent for review by Tandem Collective.
- The No-Show by Beth O’Leary.
- How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie.
- The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez. These three were purchased from Waterstones during their double points weekend.
- Ledge by Stacey McEwan, sent for review by Angry Robot.
- Deadly Cure by Mahi Cheshire, sent for review by Vintage.
- The Swimmer by Graham Norton.
- Would I Lie to You? by Aliya Ali-Afzal.
- Gypsy Boy by Mikey Walsh.
- Laidlaw by William McIlvanney.
- Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam. These five were sent for review by Four Comms.
- The Bloater by Rosemary Tonks, sent for review by Vintage.
- To the Grave by John Barlow, sent for review by HQ.
- Dead Rich by G W Shaw, sent for review by Riverrun.
- Other People’s Husbands by Elizabeth Noble, sent for review by Michael Joseph.
As for reading I managed to finish these:
- Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus.
- Death and Croissants by Ian Moore.
- A Little Hope by Ethan Joella.
- Miss Aldridge Regrets by Louise Hare.
I also gave two duplicate books away, always an easy win when it comes to culling books. So that’s 27 in and 6 out. Completely unbalanced but then it rarely is.
I hope you enjoyed whatever you read this month and here’s to an enjoyable May.