Balancing the Books – May 2022

So here we are, half way through the year already. Time seems to be flying. Talking of flying by, our week in Cornwall seemed to pass in a blink of an eye. Unfortunately the journey there and back didn’t, especially with three kids in the back and the M5 deciding we needed to spend more time on it than anticipated. All is well now though as today heralds the first day back at school and I can finally get my favourite thing: peace and quiet.

As for reading, that was a quiet month too, sort of. I seemed to have found my reading steam again. Then of course came the holiday where I technically should have more time to read but it ends up being far less.

So did the books coming in outweigh those leaving? Spoiler, of course they did.

Here’s what arrived:

  1. Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister.
  2. Disorientation by Elaine Haleh Chou. Both of these were given to me by fellow reviewer Jules.
  3. Trust by Hernan Diaz, sent for review by Picador.
  4. China Room by Sunjeev Sahota, sent for review by Vintage.
  5. Isaac and the Egg by Bobby Palmer, sent for review by Headline.
  6. The Movement by Ayisha Malik.
  7. The Museum of Ordinary People by Mike Gayle.
  8. Skip to the End by Molly James. These three were sent for review by Team Bookends.
  9. The Goldhanger Dog by Wanda Whitely, sent for review by Midas PR.
  10. The Colour Storm by Damian Dibben, sent for review by Michael Joseph.
  11. Perfect by Sally Emerson, sent for review by Grace Pilkington.
  12. Girl A by Abigail Dean.
  13. Oh Frabjus Day by Lewis Carroll.
  14. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde. These three were charity shop finds.
  15. The Book of Gothel by Mary McMyne, sent for review by Orbit.
  16. The Slow Lane Walkers Club by Rosa Temple, sent for review by Simon & Schuster.
  17. Green for Danger by Christianna Brand.
  18. The Edinburgh Mystery edited by Martin Edwards. Both of these were sent for review by the British Library.
  19. It’s Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty by Judith Viorst, a purchase.
  20. This is Happiness by Niall Williams, another purchase after seeing the author mentioned on Twitter.
  21. The Death of Remembrance by Denzil Meryrick, sent for review by Polygon.
  22. The Mirror Man by Lars Kepler, sent for review by Zaffre.
  23. Dark Earth by Rebecca Stott, sent for review by 4th Estate.
  24. The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri, a charity shop find.
  25. The Boy Who Rescued a Rainbow by Corrina Campbell.
  26. Happy Sad by Pippa Goodheart, both of these sent for review by Little Door Books.
  27. The Double Life of Daisy Hemmings by Joanna Nadin, sent for review by Picador.

Here’s what I read:

  1. The Swimmer by Graham Norton.
  2. Persuasion by Jane Austen.
  3. Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian.
  4. Skip to the End by Molly James.
  5. To The Grave by John Barlow.
  6. The Slow Lane Walkers Club by Rosa Temple.

It’s been such a long month I can’t even remember if I gave any books away. So 27 in and 6 out. Can’t even spin that into a win. Time to draw a line under it and move on with the priorities of the day, getting the reading done.  Until next month, unless my bookshelves organise a vote of no confidence in me before then.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. I adored Trust Janet, hope you do too. Enjoy the peace and quiet!


  2. Glad you had a lovely break and that the reading mojo has come back. Great incomings!!


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