I missed my wrap up post for September thanks to an unplanned break from blogging, so this month I’m combining both September and October into one big post.
Books read: 14
I’ve managed to read some really great books over the last couple of months. In particular, City of Circles, The Ninth Rain and American War all stand out as favourites.
- City of Circles, Jess Richards
- Three Days and a Life, Pierre Lemaitre
- The Last Tudor, Philippa Gregory
- The Ninth Rain, Jen Williams
- American War, Omar El Akkad
- Eligible, Curtis Sittenfeld
- Mercy, Jussi Adler-Olsen
- The Children Act, Ian McEwan
- The Break, Marian Keyes
- Elizabeth is Missing, Emma Healey
- The Thousandth Floor, Katherine McGee
- Artemis, Andy Weir
- Death is a Welcome Guest, Louise Welsh
- The Burning Page, Genevieve Cogman
Books acquired: 18
Over the past couple of months I’ve been on a tighter budget for book buying, so all of the books I’ve acquired have been ebooks on sale on Amazon (£2 or less), found in second hand shops or got through my Audible membership. Continue reading
Books read: 5
This month I read fewer books than usual, but those that I did read were longer and quite intense (4 3 2 1 was just under 900 pages while The Ministry of Utmost Happiness tackled some really complex social and political issues and was definitely not a quick book to read). I really enjoyed The Word is Murder – which was a really unique take on the classic detective novel.
- The Good Daughter, Karin Slaughter
- The Word is Murder, Anthony Horowitz
- The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roy
- The Readymade Thief, Augustus Rose
- 4 3 2 1, Paul Auster
Books acquired: 7
I was much more reserved this month than I was last month – acquiring just 7 books compared to last month’s 24. I’m really looking forward to reading City of Circles and American War, both of which have been on my wishlist for a while. Continue reading
As book bloggers, writing book reviews is a core part of what we do. However, I’ve heard from lots of people who say that review writing is the most challenging or least fun part of blogging.
I’ve written posts in the past that set out some of the reasons that I personally find writing reviews difficult. There are a lot of times where I’ve gone to write a review but put it off – sometimes I can’t seem to get the thoughts in my head down on the page in a way that makes sense or think of the right phrasing, or sometimes just I draw a blank and can’t think of anything interesting to say.
Assuming that at least some other people out there also suffer from the same issues – I thought I’d share some of my experiences, processes and tips for writing book reviews.
I know that everyone writes their reviews differently and I’m by no means an expert! If you’ve been blogging for a while and already have your own style for review writing, this post might not be so useful for you!
However, if you are at all interested in hearing my thoughts and top tips for writing book reviews, please read on! Continue reading
Books read: 7
In July I finally got around to reading A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson – which might just be my favourite read so far this year. I don’t know why I waited so long to read it, but it definitely lived up to expectations. I also really enjoyed The Heart Goes Last. I wasn’t at all sure about The Butcher’s Hook though.
- A God in Ruins, Kate Atkinson
- The Owl Always Hunts at Night, Samuel Bjork
- The Butchers Hook, Janet Ellis
- Frostblood, Elly Blake
- The Heart Goes Last, Margaret Atwood
- The Good Daughter, Karin Slaughter
- The Diabolic, S. J. Kincaid
Books acquired: 24
This month I made the mistake of looking through the Kindle books selection on Amazon, and there far too many deals on books that I wanted to read. I also received a number of ARCs that I’m looking forward to reading this summer and took some out of the library – which given how many books I’ve acquired this month wasn’t a very sensible idea! Continue reading
Books read: 8
I started off so well this month but hit a bit of a reading slump towards the end of the month – I’ve been trying to read an arc of a new fantasy novel for a couple of weeks as I know it needs a review soon, but I just can’t get into it. My favourite read this month was The Wise Man’s Fear, but I was really disappointed by The Sense of an Ending. The Power by Naomi Alderman was also a really interesting read and this month won the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction.
- The Shadow Sister, Lucinda Riley
- The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss
- The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes
- The Power, Naomi Alderman
- House of Names, Colm Tobin
- Outlander, Diana Gabaldon
- He Said/She Said, Erin Kelly
- The Roanoke Girls, Amy Engel
Books acquired: 4
After last month’s buying spree, this month I was a lot more reserved. I only acquired four new books, all of which I’m really looking forward to reading. Continue reading
Books read: 8
I really enjoyed a lot of the books I read this month, which was great as it’s been a while since I had a 5 star read. My favourites were The White Road and And the Rest is History. The book I was most excited about reading this month was A Court of Wings and Ruin, and although I did enjoy it, it didn’t quite come up to the high standards of ACOMAF in my opinion.
- A Court of Wings and Ruin, Sarah J Maas
- The Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare
- The Green Road, Anne Enright
- Into the Water, Paula Hawkins
- And the Rest is History, Jodi Taylor
- The White Road, Sarah Lotz
- The Hundredth Queen, Emily King
- The Ice, Laline Paull
Books acquired: 20
Whoops. This list is quite long. Only two are review copies and only two are library books, which means that my book shopping got a little out of control this month. Four were bought using up credits that had built up on my Audible account, but even taking these out I still bought too many books! Continue reading
Books read: 6
Compared to usual, I haven’t had a great month for reading. Of the books I did read, my favourite was probably Flame in the Mist, followed by Magpie Murders and How to Stop Time.
Books acquired: 5
I spent less on books this month than usual. Three of these books were reduced on Amazon and I got a couple of ARCs from Netgalley. I also put in a couple of pre-orders for May but I haven’t received them yet.
- Flame in the Mist – Renee Ahdieh
- How to Stop Time – Matt Haig
- The Roanoke Girls – Amy Engel
- Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
- Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
Blog posts published: 9
April was actually my second best month for blogging in terms of visitor stats since I first began blogging in January 2013 – so thanks everyone for reading my posts and chatting to me! Unsurprisingly, my giveaway of A Court of Wings and Ruin was the most popular post. Other top posts were my discussion post looking at what makes fan fiction and a review of Hannah Tinti’s The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley.
TBR for May:
Realistically I don’t think I’ll get around to reading the last one on this list, as it’s been on my TBR list since January. But you never know, May might be the month I finally get to it. I’m already part way through The Green Road, so hopefully should finish this one off quite quickly.
- A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J Maas
- The Green Road – Anne Enright
- House of Names – Colm Tobin
- The Ice – Laline Paull
- Into the Water – Paula Hawkins
- The Wise Man’s Fear – Patrick Rothfuss
Goodreads Challenge: My Goodreads reading goal is to read 50 books this year. I’ve now completed 27 books – meaning that I’m currently ahead of schedule by 11 books. (27/50)
Beat the Backlist Challenge: The Beat the Backlist challenge is all about knocking off titles that have been on your TBR for a while. Books need to have been published prior to 2017, and I’m only including books that I actually bought before 2017 and that have been sitting around waiting for me to read them – so no new purchases or library reads.
This month, none of my reads qualified, so my total remains at just two books towards a goal of twelve. (2/12)
How was your April? Did you read anything great? What do you have planned to read in May?