May 2018: #WrapUp

I really hoped we could have an extra week of May; June, and July, are set to be busy months for me, and I’m just not ready for them yet! I read 16 books this month, which I’m really pleased about – I was hoping for 20 as I had quite a bit of free time, but since the 26th May, I haven’t read a single page – not that I’m counting or anything! I did manage a fair few from my May TBR Post, along with a few impromptu reads, as always. As I haven’t picked up a book in days, I won’t set a June TBR, I’m just hoping I feel like picking up a book soon, like today, as in right now!

While I continue to feel sorry for myself for not wanting to read anything, let’s recap the month of May. I’ve also included a review copy I received yesterday, it’s just my luck, that on the very same day I posted my book haul, I got some book mail!

The standout books of the month were: Continue reading “May 2018: #WrapUp”

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#BookHaul: May 2018

It’s book haul time! I’m extremely excited about this haul because my latest unbound book pledge book arrived, so keep an eye out for that. And I’ve lost all hope with Netgalley, there’s just so many fantastic sounding books being published! My hauling is simply out to control! With that noted, let’s take a look at the latest additions to my shelves.

Review Copies:

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh (Penguin)

The Water Cure - Sophie Mackintosh

Imagine a world very close to our own: where women are not safe in their bodies, where desperate measures are required to raise a daughter. This is the story of Grace, Lia and Sky, kept apart from the world for their own good and taught the terrible things that every woman must learn about love. And it is the story of the men who come to find them – three strangers washed up by the sea, their gazes hungry and insistent, trailing desire and destruction in their wake.

The Water Cure is a fever dream, a blazing vision of suffering, sisterhood and transformation.

Should You Ask Me by Marianne Kavanagh (Hodder Books) Continue reading “#BookHaul: May 2018”

Looking Ahead – This Month’s TBR List (May 2018)

I’m linking up again with Tina @ Reading between the Pages to look ahead at the books I’d like to read in May. This month I’m hoping to read at last half of the books on my Netgalley shelf; my rating is disturbingly close to falling below the 80% mark, and I just cannot allow it, so I’ve got 9 Netgalley reads planned! I’ve also got some buddy reads and book club reads planned, which I’m looking forward to. So, here’s May’s hopefuls…

Currently Reading…

I’m hosting a 4 week readalong on Instagram for this one

NEEDFUL THINGS by Stephen King

Needful Things - Stephen KingThere was a new shop in town. Run by a stranger.

Needful Things, the sign said. The oddest name. A name that caused some gossip and speculation among the good folks of Castle Rock, Maine, while they waited for opening day.

Eleven-year-old Brian Rusk was the first customer and he got just what he wanted, a very rare 1956 Sandy Koufax baseball card. Signed. Cyndi Rose Martin was next. A Lalique vase. A perfect match for her living room decor.

Something for everyone. Something you really had to have. And always at a price you could just about afford. The cash price that is. Because there was another price. There always is when your heart’s most secret, true desire is for sale . . .

AND Continue reading “Looking Ahead – This Month’s TBR List (May 2018)”

April 2018: #WrapUp

Can you believe, April has come to an end already? I thought the first half of the month dragged, but the second half flew by! April has been my most productive month this year, in terms of books read. I managed a total of 19 books!! 13 of the books were listed in my planned April TBR Post, so it’s fair to say: I’ve got this whole sticking to a TBR thing down. With so many books to read, I like that I can just look at my post and pick a book from there – it certainly makes deciding my next read easier. As any bookworm will tell you, there’ll always be impromptu/unplanned reads.

And did you notice, I got some new graphics for my blog this month – kindly made for me by the lovely Marija @ Inside My Library Mind. Marija has been my bookish angel this month, after I tweeted my frustrated about the complexity of Edelweiss, she created this blog post: All You Need to Know to Start Using Edelweiss.

Between reading and working on my essays (two of which are now completed, one to go), I didn’t manage any bookish posts, except my usual monthly book haul, but I’ve got a few in mind, so hopefully they’ll feature next month. For now, let’s recap the books I read this month – and I’ve even got a mini review for you too.

The standout books of the month were: Continue reading “April 2018: #WrapUp”

#BookHaul: April 2018

It’s book haul time! Another wonderful month of hauling, so get comfy, and let’s take look at all the fab new additions to my shelves…

Review Copies:

Birds of Wonder by Cynthia Robinson (Smith Publicity)

Birds of Wonder - Cynthia Robinson

One August morning while walking her dog, high-school English teacher Beatrice Ousterhout stumbles over the dead body of a student, Amber Inglin, who was to play the lead in Beatrice’s production of John Webster’s Jacobean tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi. Barely able to speak, Beatrice calls the police. That is to say, she calls her daughter. Jes is a detective with two years of experience under her belt and a personal life composed primarily of a string of one-night-stands, including the owner of the field in which Beatrice has found Amber. In addition to a house and a field, Child Services lawyer Liam Walsh owns a vineyard, where Amber Inglin, along with a handful of other teens who’ve had difficulty negotiating the foster system, was an intern. Set among the hills and lakes of upstate New York and told in six vibrantly distinct voices, this complex and original narrative chronicles the rippling effects of a young girl’s death through a densely intertwined community. By turns funny, fierce, lyrical and horrifying, BIRDS OF WONDER probes family ties, the stresses that break them, and the pasts that never really let us go.

The Mercy Seat by Elizabeth H. Winthrop (Sceptre) Continue reading “#BookHaul: April 2018”