Looking Back At April and Forward to May

I can’t believe it’s May already? Where is this year going? I’m seriously wanted to put some brakes on it, this is the last month for me in my 30’s as in June I turn 40! It seems surreal, I don’t even feel like a grown up yet! 
April was a month of rest really for me. I was off work for most of it after suffering some anxiety and panic attacks. I’m generally an anxious person, but now and then it gets a bit out of control. I went back to work last week, and to be honest I was dreading it, and yes – it was tough, but got a bit easier every day and I made it through the week, albeit fairly exhausted! 

Book Of The Month

Anyway, it did mean I had plenty of time for reading and in April I read 15 books. I’m very happy with that! It was an excellent month for books, and it was a hard choice between two for book of the month, but April has to go to Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton  
Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a man murders a young woman. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There’s just one survivor. 

She’s seen the killer’s face – but he’s also seen hers. And he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the only witness to his crime. 

Alone, scared, trusting no one, she’s running to where she feels safe – but it could be the most dangerous place of all . . . 

Published April 20th by Transworld (UK) 

I also interviewed Sharon Bolton as part of her blog tour (Squeee!!) See HERE 

However, my other book of the month isn’t out until June, but definitely needs a mention. Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig is absolutely STUNNING and I urge everyone to get it on their wishlist. I’ll be reviewing it nearer publication. 

Meet Ginny. She’s fourteen, autistic, and has a heart-breaking secret…

‘Brilliant’ – Graeme Simison, author of The Rosie Project

Ginny Moon is trying to make sense of a world that just doesn’t seem to add up….

After years in foster care, Ginny is in her fourth forever family, finally with parents who will love her.

Everyone tells her that she should feel happy, but she has never stopped crafting her Big Secret Plan of Escape.

Because something happened, a long time ago – something that only Ginny knows – and nothing will stop her going back to put it right…

A fiercely poignant and inspirational story a lost girl searching for a place to call home. Ginny Moon will change everyone who spends time with her. Published by HQ 1st June 2017 

Coming Up In May


Tomorrow I’m off to Manchester for a four day work training course, so I’m planning lots of reading time in my hotel on an evening! Here’s some of the books I’m most excited about coming out this month: 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 


A stunning debut about a girl who has learned how to survive – but not how to live.

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is fine. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except sometimes, everything.

No-one’s ever told Eleanor life should be better than fine. But with a simple act of kindness she’s about to realise exactly how much better than fine life can be. 

Published May 18th by Harper (UK) 


The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last?

Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—at the very beginning.


Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.  Published May 18th by HQ 


Into The Water by Paula Hawkins  

The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train returns with Into the Water, her addictive new novel of psychological suspense. 

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.


Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return. 



The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins 

Professor Olivia Sweetman has worked hard to achieve the life she loves, with a high-flying career as a TV presenter and historian, three children and a talented husband. But as she stands before a crowd at the launch of her new bestseller she can barely pretend to smile. Her life has spiralled into deceit and if the truth comes out, she will lose everything.

Only one person knows what Olivia has done. Vivian Tester is the socially awkward sixty-year-old housekeeper of a Sussex manor who found the Victorian diary on which Olivia’s book is based. She has now become Olivia’s unofficial research assistant. And Vivian has secrets of her own.

As events move between London, Sussex and the idyllic South of France, the relationship between these two women grows more entangled and complex. Then a bizarre act of violence changes everything.


The Night Visitor is a compelling exploration of ambition, morality and deception that asks the question: how far would you go to save your reputation?  Published May 4th by Quercus (I’ve read this already – It’s BRILLIANT – Review tomorrow)

The Last Piece Of My Heart by Paige Toon 

When life feels like a puzzle, sometimes it’s the small pieces that make up the bigger picture … Join Bridget on a journey to put her world back together.


Meet Bridget, a successful travel journalist with ambitions to turn her quirky relationship blog into a novel. But, after numerous rejections from publishers, she accepts an alternative proposition: Nicole Dupre died leaving behind a bestselling novel and an incomplete sequel, and the family need someone to finish it. Bridget is just thankful to have her foot in the publishing door. But as she gets to know Nicole’s grieving family, and the woman behind the writing, Bridget’s priorities begin to change. 

Published May 18th by Simon & Schuster UK 





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Hope everyone has a lovely May with lots of sunshine and amazing books!!!

Looking Back At March and Forward To April 2017

So, spring has sprung finally and in true British style, last week we had snow one day followed by beautiful, warm sunshine just a couple of days later. I went from woolly coat to t-shirt in 48 hours! I did manage to get some control over my overgrown garden and have been spring cleaning indoors too. I’ve had to become ruthless where books are concerned. I live in a tiny house, and to be honest they were taking over and becoming a massive problem. I had cupboards and shelves stacked with them, and not much room for anything else. So I had a cull. Around 300 books have now left my house, and if I’m honest, it felt somewhat of a relief. There were lots I’d read, plus lots I’d been sent unsolicited going back years that I was never going to read. Hopefully now, they’ll find someone to love them. I now have 3 bookcases – one for read but keepers, one for TBR and one for signed pretties. And I’m operating a new system of read it, then pass it on. Fingers crossed it works and I don’t become overwhelmed again! 
I’ve struggled a bit recently with anxiety/panic attacks and I’ve had to take a couple of weeks off work. Keeping busy at home has been a good distraction, as has reading, blogging and all the amazing bloggers, authors and book people on twitter. I’m feeling a lot better this week. 
Anyway…I read 11 books in March, and my 50 book challenge on Goodreads was almost 50% completed! I’ve moved that now to 75 books, and I’m still ahead but I like to give myself breathing room so I’ll stick with that for now! You can see what I read and reviewed in the archive section —> 
but without doubt, my book of the month was: 

 

(click on the image for reviews) 
Coming Up in April…  
Lots coming up in April, starting with the following blog tours next week: 



                     And here’s just some of the books I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing in April (some have already been read…look out for the reviews coming soon!)
What was your book of the month and which books are on your TBR pile for April? I’d love to know! 

Looking Back at February and Forward to March 2017

I love saying goodbye to February. It hasn’t been a bad Month, in fact book wise it has been great. I’ve read some fantastic books this month, with the bonus on having the half term break to spend doing lots and lots of reading. But March is when you can feel change is in the air. The spring flowers are well on their way to pushing their way up in the world, the nights are getting lighter. I really struggle with dark nights, so when March comes round, I feel like I’m waking up and find energy that had disappeared over the dark winter months.  
At Work This morning…lovely!
Book of The Month
I read nine books in February…and enjoyed them all. However, my book of the month was Sealskin by Su Bristow
  
Coming Up In March  
Here’s some of the books I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing in March  

I’ve read The last Act of Hattie Hoffman since taking this photo…watch out for a review coming soon. 
Are any of these on your list? What are you looking forward to reading in March? 



Looking Back At March, And Forward To April

WOW! 2015 is storming on isn’t it? I can’t believe it’s April already. SLOW DOWN! 
The good thing though is the nights are now light and the spring flowers are out! The weather may not have cottoned on just yet, but the promise of summer IS there. It always makes me feel so much better. And of course, the Easter Bummy will be making a visit this weekend…CHOCOLATE! 
March was a very, very busy month for me. In mid February I took on an extra job doing one nightshift a week in a residential home for Elderly people. This was great, as at the moment I only work three days during the week at College. However, they had a bit of a staff shortage and I ended up doing more shifts…and almost killing myself. I need to learn how to say no! 
So I didn’t get as much reading done as I hoped. But I did read some amazing books… 
Still to review: 
His Other Life by Beth Thomas
A Room Full Of Chocolate by Jane Elson 
March Book Of The Month was difficult, but I’m going with…


The Girl In The Red Coat by Kate Hamer

Coming up in April… 

I’ve been thinking about how to mark 5 years since I started blogging, and came up with an idea for 5 posts, over 5 weeks, with top 5 lists of bloggy & bookish stuff and memories from the last 5 years. There may be a giveaway or two tolook out for too. Starts Saturday 4th April
New Books this month… 

Finally, here’s the new books that have made their way into my home over that last month. I’m really looking forward to getting to these over April!

March Recap and Where I’ve Been…

March started off so, so well! By the 17th I’d read 8 books…which for me is a big deal…and had big plans for the next couple of weeks of reading. Then my Nan got taken into hospital and I’ve kind of not been here since.

She’s ok, well she has Alzheimer’s which is totally hideous, but physically she’s fine. She’s stuck in hospital now waiting for a care package. I’ve mentioned before on the blog how my Nana is the biggest influence on me as a reader, ever since I was tiny. Even as confused as she has been, she was most worried about getting the library books she checked out recently back on time. (Which I did for her and had a gawp at the pretty awesome YA Section while I was at it)

So I’ve had very little time for the last couple of weeks. In fact, it’s taken me that two whole weeks to read one book. I also failed to take part in my own challenge of reading one of the oldest books on the shelf *sigh* Two in April to make up? We’ll see. 


But although March has ended up being pretty horrible, I did still fit in some great reading and bloggish stuff before it all went to pot! There seems to have been a witchy theme going on with my reading and my favourite book this month was Hollow Pike by James Dawson, closely followed by Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake & Bunheads by Sophie Flack.  



I also took over the popular weekly meme, On My Wishlist, from Book Chick City which I officially start hosting this Saturday! I’m looking forward to that and hope you’ll join in. 



Of course I managed to fit in a visit to the cinema to catch The Hunger Games. I thought it was good, but not as emotional as it should have been. If that makes sense? Anyway my friend who’d never read the books said she thought it was sweet. I sent her on her way with a copy of the book. 

So how was your March? Hope you all managed to make the most of that week of gorgeous weather!