Balancing the Books – June 2022

We are officially half way through the year. I don’t know about you but for me it seems to be flying by. I swear a year gets shorter every time.

It was quiet on the book front, for incoming at least. I would have had a balance if it hadn’t been for me going to the office and finding some review books there and attending the Orion on Tour party in Sheffield. (This was a great, informal event where publishers, authors, publishing and writer hopefuls and reviewers mingled and discussed all things books. It was also great to see events like these outside of London as Orion ran simultaneous events in Manchester, Bristol, Newcastle and Edinburgh as well as online).

This month sees me returning to Theakston’s Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate. The last time I went was in 2019 so I’m looking forward to catching up with authors and reviewers and listening to panels from authors discussing all things crime.

So what arrived this month?

  1. Paper Cup by Karen Campbell, sent for review by Canongate.
  2. The Vanishing Days by Susanna Kearsley, sent for review by Simon & Schuster.
  3. Murder Before Evensong by Rev. Richard Coles, sent for review by W&N.
  4. In the Heart of Hidden Things by Kit Whitfield, sent for review by Jo Fletcher.
  5. A Kiss After Dying by Ashok Banker, sent for review by Michael Joseph.
  6. More Than You’ll Ever Know by Katie Gutierrez, sent for review by Michael Joseph.
  7. Everyone in the Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin, a prize from Queerly Books.
  8. Ten Thousand Stiches by Olivia Atwater, sent for review by Orbit.
  9. I Am Not Your Eve by Devika Ponnambalam.
  10. The Happiness Factory by Jo McMillan, both of these were sent for review from Bluemoose and had been sat for a while on my desk at work!
  11. A Narrow Door by Joanna Harris.
  12. The Lost by Simon Beckett.
  13. The Accomplice by Steve Cavanagh.
  14. The Summer That Changed Us by Cathy Bramley.
  15. Writing in the Dark by Will Loxley. These last five were picked up from the Orion on Tour party.

Here’s what I read:

  1. The Goldhanger Dog by Wanda Whiteley.
  2. Perfect, Stories of the Impossible by Sally Emerson.
  3. Wake by Shelley Burr.
  4. The Bloater by Rosemary Tonks.
  5. It’s Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty and Other Tragedies of Married Life/People and Other Aggravations by Judith Viorst.
  6. Isaac and the Egg by Bobby Palmer.
  7. The Gospel of the Eels by Patrik Svensson.
  8. Malice by Keigo Higashino.
  9. O Frabjous Day! by Lewis Carroll.
  10. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde.

So 15 in and 10 out. So near and yet so far. The good thing seems to be that my reading slump is over. Long may it stay away! I hope you had a lovely June and enjoyed whatever you read. I’m looking forward to seeing what July has in store.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Kath says:

    Hooray for the end of reading slumps! I’m hoping my reading picks up soon – I’m averaging about 3 books a month and a few more than that are coming in through the letterbox!


  2. Glad the slump is over – that’s a good month of reading!


    1. janetemson says:

      Thank you! I’ve been a bit slower this month but mainly because I thought I’d treat myself to a bit of TV for a change!


  3. BookerTalk says:

    Well done on beating that reading slump. I went to an Orion on Tour event just before the first UK lockdown and like you, found it great fun. Sadly they are not coming anywhere near me this year


    1. janetemson says:

      Hopefully more and more publishers will start to visit other parts of the UK and not just be London centric.


  4. BookerTalk says:

    I’d like to think that would happen but I’m not going to hold my breath 🙂 They seem to think you need a passport to get into Wales


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