I was trying to be “good” this week, honest I was. I really thought I was going to have a quiet week book wise. It didn’t quite happen
Esme King messaged me at the start of the week to tell me about her novel Reasons to go Outside. This looks like a fabulous read, I’ve already shared the epilogue here on Thursday as I loved it so much. I’m also recommending this one to my irl bookclub.
I then got a message from Charlie King to ask if I’d like a copy of her book Wolfgang and the Baby Lunatic, this is one I wouldn’t have considered based on the name but having read the synopsis, and all the glowing reviews it’s had so far I’m really eager to read this, I’m thinking it might be like a mummy banter type book, funny but covering the serious issues affecting mothers. As my irl book club is formed from a birthing group I’m part of from when I had my little monsters, I figured they might like this one as well. I’m sure when they formed the group they had no clue how much I was going to bombard them with options!
I’m trying to read more independently published and debut novels so when Sarah Bell shared about her book, The Murder Next Door, on Twitter I went and had a nosey and downloaded that via Kindle Unlimited.
Georgie over at Penguin RandomHouse kindly sent me an audio copy of With A Mind To Kill by Anthony Horowitz, read by Rory Kinear, I’d actually already downloaded A Line To Kill (Horowitz’s previous book) last month and haven’t got round to listening to it yet.
I did manage to limit my NetGalley books this week, I only got two – Hooked by AC Wise, a feminist take on what happened to Wendy and Captain Hook after Neverland and One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke, I read The Castaways earlier this month and loved it so I’m excited for this.
I was reading Years of Reading Selfishly on Wednesday and there were a few books on their that caught my eye, I added them to my wishlist and then they just somehow got added to my cart, I’ve no idea how it happened 🤷♀️ A Tidy Ending by Joanna Cannon, Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart and The Exhibitionist by Charlotte Mendelson
Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! And audiobooks. Don’t forget audiobooks! In other words, if you can read it or if it can be read to you – no matter how you got it – it belongs in Stacking the Shelves. The Stacking the Shelves meme was originally hosted at Team Tynga’s Reviews. For the last few years it’s been co-hosted at Team Tynga’s and Reading Reality. Reading Reality became the one and only host of Stacking the Shelves when Team Tynga’s Reviews closed its virtual doors in 2021.
My May LoveMyRead box arrived on Monday with Elektra in. LoveMyRead was taken over by Fane last month so I had high hopes that this would be extra special. I posted my unboxing yesterday if you want to check out this post.
I have also just received my Illumicrate box, this is always the highlight of my month. Want to see what’s in it? You’re going to have to wait a few days, I’ve not had chance to take any photo’s yet. It’s not a spoiler to tell you that the book for this month is The Book of Night by Holly Black, one that I’ve been wanting to get my hands on as I love her writing.
I had a lovely surprise from HarperCollins this week when I received The Silence That Binds Us by Joanna Ho. I’ve read Eyes That Kiss In the Corners with my 6yo daughter so was interested in this which is aimed at a slightly older age group. I’ve already read the authors note in the front of the book and will hopefully be able to pick this up soon, it’s out on the 14th June.
I received three books on NetGalley this week – The Friendship Pact by Jill Shalvis, A Sliver of Darkness by CJ Tudor and Keep It In The Family by John Marrs (if you’re not already following him he has a fantastic Insagram account). I’m trying not to order as many books through NetGalley but it’s hard! When I first got my account I assumed that I wouldn’t be accepted for many books so I requested loads, BIG MISTAKE. At the start of this year my review percentage was 40% and it was not improving. I’ve made a big effort to review more books this year. This week I finally hit 50%, it’s taken me nearly 5 months. I don’t think I’ll make the elusive 80% by the end of the year but I’m hoping I can maybe get it up to 70%.
I also went on a library binge this week, I managed to max out 2 library cards! I tend to get audio books out of the library as for some reason in the UK you can’t read them on your kindle, functionality that I believe is available in the United States. I love getting to “read” while I’m preparing dinner or doing the cleaning.
It’s not like I don’t already have a huge TBR but it seems that no matter how fast I read, I receive books quicker than I can possibly read them, there’s just too many books out there that I want to read.