Thursday, 23 May 2019

Books From The Backlog - To The Blossom From The Flame by Jason Srebnick

Books from the Backlog is a weekly post hosted at Carole's Random Life In Books. Carole says it's "a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread. If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks." Find out more and link up your own posts on Carole's Random Life In Books.

I enjoyed taking part in Books From The Backlog last year, but got out of the habit of the weekly posts. Now I hope to use this meme to stoke my enthusiasm for my 2019 Mount TBR Challenge. I'm posting one BFTB a fortnight and then Actually Reading The Book before the next post is due!

Last time I chose Alone In Berlin by Hans Fallada and my review is on Literary Flits.

Next up is:

To The Blossom From The Flame by Jason Srebnick

The city of New Boston...

In the world of Aaron Cogwell going to work at his Corporation seven days a week for a minimum seventeen hour work day is the norm. Weekends are an archaic thing of the very distant past. Now there are workends: Four hour work stoppages every thirty-six days. The Corporations are nothing if not efficient. People are judged by marks such as Corporate status, the size and class of their residence and by how much "stuff" they have in their display chambers. And this information is all very public and available for viewing on the HRN. Government still exists but is a small and meaningless footnote in a very large Corporate world. People now pledge allegiance to their Corporation. 

Aaron is more than happy with his life like this. He's thankful to his Corporation for all it has given him. For all of the stuff that he and his wife have been able to accumulate. They were given this life by the Corporation. And they are forever loyal for it.

Then again this is all Aaron or anyone else in CorpWorld has ever known. There are no alternatives. At least that is what Aaron believes. Until one day a major event changes his life’s course and he meets a mysterious stranger who helps him to realize that, indeed, there is a choice.

I downloaded Jason Srebnick's debut novel from NoiseTrade so long ago (three-ish years, oops!) that it's now got a completely different title! Escape From Corpworld has become To The Blossom From The Flame. It's a dystopian tale and I do enjoy dark dystopia so fingers crossed for this one.

Monday, 20 May 2019

It's Only 6 Weeks until #PlasticFreeJuly! + #giveaway

2019 will be my third year of taking part in Plastic Free July, a month long challenge which encourages people around the world to be more aware of how much single-use plastic we encounter unnecessarily in our daily lives - and what alternatives are available to help stem the plastic tide!

You can read my previous years' posts through this link and visit the Plastic Free July website for inspiration and encouragement with your own challenge.

Some of my favourite plastic avoidances are:

1. Collecting glass jars for my store cupboard and fridge instead of buying rolls of clingfilm or plastic tubs.
2. Using upcycled cotton dishpads and coconut scourers for washing up instead of plastic 'sponges'.
3. Making my own Mouthwash and Toothpaste, and using a Bamboo Toothbrush.
4. Buying produce such as fruit and veg, nuts and dried fruit, oats, etc, loose rather than prepackaged.

Other ideas are to:
1. Refuse plastic straws in drinks.
2. Use and reuse a flask instead of buying bottled water.
3. Avoid expensive pre-chopped fruit and vegetables.

Plastic Free July is a time to try out different ideas and to be inspired by sharing tips and hacks with a global community. It's not a question of launching into a Plastic Free life overnight, but of each of us taking small steps to reduce our plastic consumption. Together we really can make a difference!

The hardest part initially for me to get used to was being prepared. It's now second nature to keep a cotton shopping bag rolled up in my handbag, or to carry a water flask when we go walking, but this wasn't always the case. For miserly me, it helps that Plastic Free solutions are often cheaper in the long run and I do love saving money! They're not always as convenient though so I needed to be aware of planning until the new habits were established.
For example my £4.99 water flask easily paid for itself within a couple of months and it's still going strong after two years. But it wouldn't have been any good buying the flask if I never remembered to fill and carry it, therefore still buying bottled water as well! Preparation is key!

And if you want to treat yourself to a Plastic Free solution or two so you are all set for Plastic Free July, I might have just the Giveaway for you here! Ethical Superstore stocks a good Plastic Free range of products (as well as many other fair trade, organic and eco-friendly products) and I have a £10 Ethical Superstore gift voucher to give away! Simply enter through the Gleam widget below:

£10 Ethical Superstore gift voucher giveaway

The Giveaway is open to the UK and ROI until the 3rd June and I will pick a winner on the 4th. Please be aware that Ethical Superstore only deliver within the UK and the Republic Of Ireland so if you don't have a delivery address in these countries you will not be able to use the voucher!
The giveaway is entirely my own and is not endorsed by either Plastic Free July or Ethical Superstore.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Oh no! Horace the Hymer is poorly

I'm linking up with The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer and The Sunday Salon at Readerbuzz.

A mixed week of glorious sunshine and dreary rain showers so we've enjoyed some time lounging on our pretty riverbank (with a book or six, obviously!) and we've been for some pretty local walks. Roses are blooming here in a fabulous variety of colours and scents, and it's the beginning of elderflower season so I might, finally, get around to making elderflower cordial this year.

We got bad news about our motorhome on Monday. We took it to a recommended local garage last week because the front tyres seemed to be wearing strangely. A mechanic had a look and we've now got the repair quote. Gas struts, ball joints, new tyres ... Yeah, it's quite a lot of money :-(
Fortunately (always look on the bright side?) the garage is within walking distance of our static and we're not actually living in the motorhome at the moment. So it all could have been a lot more inconvenient, although it is still frustrating.

Let's change the subject! I got the Dead Good newsletter yesterday announcing the last chance to make nominations for their annual Dead Good Reader Awards is Tomorrow. Dead Good are a crime and thriller publisher so the six categories are all crime fiction related, hower your nominations can be books from any publisher within the past year. See your favourites recognised and maybe even win £100 worth of crime books as a reward for participating!

And something other than books which always cheers me up is food. This week's Recipe Recommendation is a practically fat-free alternative to feta cheese made from this Simple Vegan recipe. It's actually a marinaded tofu which is very simple to create with just a few store cupboard ingredients. I marinade the tofu cubes for 24 hours in the fridge, then drain them and sprinkle with a little salt. I don't think anyone would be fooled that this is actually feta, but I am loving it's fresh tangy flavour as a lighter cheese substitute in Greek-style salads with chopped vine tomatoes, sliced radishes and black olives.

Giveaways closing soon
22nd May: Win a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of The Strongman And The Mermaid by Kathleen Shoop. (Hosted at Passages To The Past)
23rd May: Win a $20 Amazon gift card to celebrate the A New World - Conviction by M D Neu blog tour
24th May: Win a signed PB of In The Sun by Mixie Plum
25th May: Win $20 Amazon gift cards and copies of Free Pizza by G C McRae
25th May: Win one of ten print copies of The Pale-Faced Lie by David Crow

(All current giveaways here)

On my blogs this week were:

Stephanie Jane
#Notebooks - Covetable Stationery inspired by my #BookOfTheMonth
COYER Summer Hunt Challenge signup
Book Blogger Hop - Which author would you like to interview?

Literary Flits
Where The Wild Winds Are by Nick Hunt review
I Who Have Never Known Men by Jacqueline Harpman review
A New World – Conviction by M D Neu Spotlight + #Giveaway + Excerpt
Bloom Where You Are Planted (Life the Expat way) by Lasairiona E McMaster review
Alone In Berlin by Hans Fallada review
Twelve Unending Summers by Cholet Kelly Josué review
In Love With The World by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche review

Artisan Rainbow
Seven Beautiful Butterflies Craft Supplies
Seven Anne Boleyn #Tudors #GiftIdeas

Have a great week!

Friday, 17 May 2019

Book Blogger Hop - Which author would you like to interview?

This week's question (17th - 23rd May 2019) is:
Which author would you most like to interview, and why? (submitted by Nicki @ Nicki J. Markus/Asta Idonea

Another tricky question here because I'm not sure there are any particular authors I would like to interview. I enjoy reading question and answer segments on blog tour posts, especially ones that give me insights into the various ways authors go about creating their works, however generally I prefer to simply experience their resultant books without knowing much (if anything) about the specific person behind each pen.

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

COYER Summer Hunt Challenge signup

I spotted the 2019 COYER Summer Hunt Challenge over at Because Reading Is Better Than Real Life when Books Of My Heart posted their signup post, and I decided that I would like to take part. This will be my first COYER challenge and I am looking forward to getting involved.

The Challenge runs from the 1st June until the 31st August and, as I understand it, all books read during these three months are eligible for the Challenge. As well as reading a lot of books generally, there are also lots of themed readathons and a treasure hunt to get involved with. Most of these extras take place over different weeks during the three months so I've made myself a calendar below which I'll add to as needed. If you're interested in taking part too, I'd suggest going straight to the Official Sign-Up Page for all the information because there's Facebook and Instagram events planned too!

June 1st: Challenge starts
June 7th: Twitter Kick-off (6pm EST)
June 9th-22nd: Deserted Island Read-a-thon
July 7th-13th: Sharknado Read-a-thon
July 20th: Twitter Check-In (1pm EST)
July 21st-27th: Swabbing the Deck Read-a-thon
August 11th-24th: Evil Octopus Read-a-thon
August 25th: Twitter Wrap-Up (4pm EST)

Let's get reading!

Monday, 13 May 2019

#Notebooks - Covetable Stationery inspired by my #BookOfTheMonth

My Book Of The Month for May 2019 is the insightful writers' guide Writer Get Noticed! by Colleen M Story.
I don't often read self help guides, but the subject of this one appealed to me and I did find it useful to me as a blogger. Not as useful as I am sure it would be to authors, but still very much worth the read. Alongside her guidance and real-life examples, Colleen includes a number of thoughtful exercises which help identify writers' individual motivations and potential future avenues. For these you will need a notebook so not only is Writer Get Noticed! a useful resource, it is also an Excuse To Buy Stationery. Perfect!
(You can read my full book review on Literary Flits.)

Click each image to visit its shop website page ...

Yes You Can lined notebook
at Paperchase 
Black Cat notebook
by Compoco at Etsy 
Sari Covered notebook
by Ruby Sparrow Design at Etsy
Stone Paper notebook
(yes, the paper is made from recycled building debris!)
by Onyx and Green at Ethical Superstore 
Manchester Bee notebooks
By Nikomi at Etsy 
Swan fabric covered notebook
by Little Bun Design UK at Etsy 
Set of three Magical notebooks
by Literary Emporium at Etsy 

Links on this post are affiliate links. Should you click through on one of the images and make a purchase, I would receive a small commission.

Sunday, 12 May 2019

And then there were nine

I'm linking up with The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer and The Sunday Salon at Readerbuzz.

The duckling family which inspired last week's Artisan Rainbow post has now sadly decreased from a dozen tiny ducklings to nine, but they're considerably more grown up in just those few days and are getting curious about their surroundings. Last year there were several duck families on this stretch of river and the mums were all extremely cautious of people. We wonder if someone has been feeding this year's only family though because they are all surprisingly relaxed about being near to people.

My random recipe finds seem to be popular so I've got another for you today. It's not duck! My dinner last night was a successful combination of two brand new-to-me concoctions inspired by the beautiful bunches of fresh local parsley currently for sale at our local Intermarche. For just over a euro I can get a huge bunch of mixed curly and flat leaf parsleys - the only problem is being able to use it all up quickly enough. So I discovered this delicious Parsley Cashew Pesto recipe at Scaling Back blog. I served mine hot swirled into egg-free short spaghetti with mushrooms, and topped the dish with a generous shake of Simple Vegan's Not Parmesan. Even Dave said it tasted good - praise indeed!

In blogging news, I've almost caught up with replying to all your lovely comments (meaning I'm within within a week of the most recent!) so I'm pleased with that. However I have noticed that since Google discontinued Google+ it's now not always possible to tell where non-Blogger visitors have their own blogs. If you feel I owe you a few visits and I never arrive, please do include your blog link in your comment here!

Giveaways closing soon
14th May: Win $150 Paypal cash in the Spring Cash Bash giveaway (Hosted externally at Michigan Savings blog)
(All current giveaways here)

On my blogs this week were:

Stephanie Jane
Books From The Backlog - Alone In Berlin by Hans Fallada
Cover Characteristics - Railways

Literary Flits
Free Pizza by G C McRae spotlight + #Giveaway + Guest Post
The Pale-Faced Lie by David Crow review + #Giveaway
The Suspects by Katharine Johnson spotlight + #Giveaway + Excerpt
New Rwanda: From Hell to Heaven by Patricia Bamurangirwa review
In The Sun by Mixie Plum review + #Giveaway
Hypnosis: A Return to the Past by Maria Inês Rebelo review
The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal review

Artisan Rainbow
Seven Pretty Flowerpots / Planters #GiftIdeas

Have a great week!

Friday, 10 May 2019

Cover Characteristics - Railways

I've long been a fan of the beautiful Cover Characteristics posts that Kristen curates over at Metaphors And Moonlight so I thought I might try putting together a similar post myself. The idea is to choose book covers which are linked in some way (featuring an object in common, perhaps, or a similar title font) and to then display them artfully. Sounds easy, turns out not to be! But it is fun to look back through my old reviews.

This month's collection is:


Click each cover image to see its review on Literary Flits

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Books From The Backlog - Alone In Berlin by Hans Fallada

Books from the Backlog is a weekly post hosted at Carole's Random Life In Books. Carole says it's "a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread. If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks." Find out more and link up your own posts on Carole's Random Life In Books.

I enjoyed taking part in Books From The Backlog last year, but got out of the habit of the weekly posts. Now I hope to use this meme to stoke my enthusiasm for my 2019 Mount TBR Challenge. I'm posting one BFTB a fortnight and then Actually Reading The Book before the next post is due!

Last time I chose Once Upon A Time In The West ... Country by Tony Hawks and my review is on Literary Flits.

Next up is:

Alone In Berlin by Hans Fallada

Inspired by a true story, Hans Fallada's Alone in Berlin is the gripping tale of an ordinary man's determination to defy the tyranny of Nazi rule.

Berlin, 1940, and the city is filled with fear. At the house on 55 Jablonski Strasse, its various occupants try to live under Nazi rule in their different ways: the bullying Hitler loyalists the Persickes, the retired judge Fromm and the unassuming couple Otto and Anna Quangel. Then the Quangels receive the news that their beloved son has been killed fighting in France. Shocked out of their quiet existence, they begin a silent campaign of defiance, and a deadly game of cat and mouse develops between the Quangels and the ambitious Gestapo inspector Escherich. When petty criminals Kluge and Borkhausen also become involved, deception, betrayal and murder ensue, tightening the noose around the Quangels' necks 

Another campsite book exchange find here, but a considerably more serious novel than Hawks' memoir I think. Fallada was a highly successful novelist before the Second World War, but fell foul of the Nazi regime and died as a result of alcohol and morphine addiction in 1947. My OH has already read this and finished it, but wasn't exactly overwhelmed. I hope it appeals more to me.

Monday, 6 May 2019

Happy Birthday to Me!!

I'm linking up with The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer and The Sunday Salon at Readerbuzz.

It was my birthday on Friday and I'm now forty-four years old. Eeek! My super lovely boyfriend not only got me a fab new pair of walking shoes (I recycled a disintegrating pair of espadrilles so still only five pairs of shoes in my wardrobe!) but he also arranged a surprise lunch at The Secret Garden in Melle. We've visited this cafe-restaurant before and I think it's my favourite of all the ones we've tried locally. I tried a new-to-me dish, a Flammekueche, which is like a rectangular pizza with a very thin base. It was piled with roasted pepper strips and julienne carrot, crumbled tofu and rocket leaves (arugula). Delicious, but I forgot to take a pic until I'd eaten most of it so you'll need to imagine! Dave enjoyed his beef burger too.
I received generous Etsy and Amazon vouchers as well so am looking forward to future Shopping Opportunities!

My vegan cooking adventures contined with baking Quick Biscuits and Fruit Scones, neither of which were actually particularly adventurous because it was simply a question of swapping the butter for vegetable oil spread and dairy milk for soya! However I also had a stab at Vegan Mayonnaise and this was a revelation. So much easier than the egg version and a far nicer taste than the commercial products. I'd recommend this Minimalist Baker recipe here to everyone.

Spice-fried chips with salad, vegan mayo and chutney 

In bookish news, I'm delighted to be this month's Bookish Bingo winner over at Chapter Break. I matched 22 squares. If you don't already play their Bookish Bingo, why not download May's grid and give it a try? It's fun!

Giveaways closing soon
7th May: Win 1 of 3 signed copies of The High Court by Chris Ledbetter. 1 winner also gets a $50 gift card.
9th May: Win a $30 Amazon gift card and signed copies of Forgiven Are The Starry Eyed by Christine Doré Miller
9th May: Win a $15 Amazon gift card to celebrate the publication of Of Shadow And Light by Ebony Olson
9th May: Win a $25 Amazon gift card to celebrate the I Spy The Boy Next Door by Samantha Armstrong blog tour
11th May: (post on the 8th) Win copies of The Suspects or The Silence by Katharine Johnson

(All current giveaways here)

On my blogs this week were:

Stephanie Jane
State Of The ARC - April 2019
A Month In Books - April 2019
Book Blogger Hop - Which book do you wish you'd written?
April Reading Challenges and Bookish Bingo
#WorldReads - Five Books From Wales

Literary Flits
Forgiven Are the Starry-Eyed by Christine Doré Miller Spotlight + #Giveaway
The Red Badge Of Courage by Stephen Crane review
Of Shadow and Light by Ebony Olson Spotlight + #Giveaway
How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee review
Salads That Satisfy by Aysegul Sanford review + #FreeBook
I Spy the Boy Next Door by Samantha Armstrong Spotlight + #Giveaway + Excerpt
The Devil's Gorge by Dora Ilieva review

Artisan Rainbow
Seven Adorable Ducklings #GiftIdeas

Have a great week!

Sunday, 5 May 2019

#WorldReads - Five Books From Wales

If this is your first visit to my WorldReads blog series, the idea of the posts is to encourage and promote the reading of global literature. On the 5th of each month I highlight five books I have read from a particular country and you can see links to previous countries' posts at the end of this post as well as finding out how to join in the challenge.

Click the book titles or cover images to visit their Literary Flits book review pages.

This month we are going to Wales!

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

A classic BBC Radio full-cast production of Dylan Thomas' poetic play for voices starring Richard Burton as the narrator. To begin at the beginning: it is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black....
When Richard Burton breathed the opening words of Under Milk Wood into a microphone, broadcasting history was made. For this 'play for voices' conjures up the intimate dreams and waking lives of the inhabitants of a Welsh seaside village in a remarkable way. It is bawdy and beautiful; its colourful characters lust and love, gossip and fantasise. Through the magic of language, 'Under Milk Wood' creates a rich modern pastoral which, once heard, touches the listener with its poetry and haunts the imagination for ever. This radio drama is the completed version broadcast in 1963, which includes several passages that were omitted from the first recording in 1954.

Niedermayer and Hart by M J Johnson

Jim Latimer reads of fellow photographer John Loxton's suicide in a daily newspaper. An old friend offers Jim an opportunity to take over Loxton's next assignment. He enters the orbit of Niedermayer & Hart, porcelain dealers with elegant headquarters in Hove. Jim's friends Ruth and Erich sense something isn't right and try to warn him. He is brought face to face with a terrifying manifestation of evil that had its inception in mediaeval Acre. A band of unlikely vigilantes takes on an implacable enemy. This is a story of friendship, courage and steadfastness, taking the reader on more than one journey before it arrives at its conclusion in the Berwyn Mountains of North Wales. More than just a fight for life - these friends are playing for the highest stakes of all.

Echoing his journey in London Orbital over a decade ago, Iain Sinclair narrates his second circular walk around the capital. Shortly after rush-hour and accompanied by a rambling companion, Sinclair begins walking along London's Overground network, or, 'Ginger Line'. With characteristic playfulness, detours into folk history, withering assessments of the political classes and a joyful allegiance to the ordinary oddball, Sinclair guides us on a tour of London's trendiest new transport network - and shows the shifting, changing city from new and surprising angles

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters 

Sue Trinder is an orphan, left as an infant in the care of Mrs. Sucksby, a "baby farmer," who raised her with unusual tenderness, as if Sue were her own. Mrs. Sucksby’s household, with its fussy babies calmed with doses of gin, also hosts a transient family of petty thieves—fingersmiths—for whom this house in the heart of a mean London slum is home.
One day, the most beloved thief of all arrives—Gentleman, an elegant con man, who carries with him an enticing proposition for Sue: If she wins a position as the maid to Maud Lilly, a naïve gentlewoman, and aids Gentleman in her seduction, then they will all share in Maud’s vast inheritance. Once the inheritance is secured, Maud will be disposed of—passed off as mad, and made to live out the rest of her days in a lunatic asylum.
With dreams of paying back the kindness of her adopted family, Sue agrees to the plan. Once in, however, Sue begins to pity her helpless mark and care for Maud Lilly in unexpected ways...But no one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and reversals.

Whitewalls And Straitjackets by David Owain Hughes

Meet Crystal and Harry - sweethearts and lovers who work in the lower fringes of the entertainment business. After brutally murdering three critics for poor reviews of their show, Crystal and Harry decide it best to skip town and head for the coast. Once there, they know that everything will turn out just fine - it will be their chance to start afresh. A new beginning. But, before they make their way to the seaside, Crystal insists that they visit her sister at Castell Hirwaun, a renowned psychiatric facility for the dangerously insane - because, after all, it is because of Crystal that her sibling sits rotting in the place.
At the beginning of their adventure, Harry discovers a book in the van’s glove compartment - Whitewalls and Straitjackets - written by an unknown author who exhibits the most intimate knowledge of the deadly duo, along with the other nut jobs who lurk about the Rhonda Valleys in that most picturesque part of South Wales. As lives and stories collide head-on, Crystal and Harry soon realize that escaping the Valleys won’t be quite as easy as they’s first assumed - especially so with another vicious serial killer hot on their heels….

That's it for May's WorldReads from Wales. I hope I have tempted you to try reading a book from this country and if you want more suggestions, click through to see all my Literary Flits reviews of Welsh-authored books! If you fancy buying any of the five I have suggested, clicking through the links from this blog to do so would mean I earn a small commission payment.

You can join in my WorldReads Challenge at any time! Simply read 1 or more books from a different country each month, write a post about it/them, grab the button below and add it to your post. Don't forget to pop back here and Comment your link so I can visit!

Instructions: Select all code above, copy it and paste it inside your blog post as HTML

If you missed any earlier WorldReads posts, I have already 'visited'

Africa: Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Jamaica, United States of America,

Asia: India, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Turkey

Australasia: Australia, New Zealand,

Europe: Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,

In June I will be highlighting five books by Pakistani authors. See you on the 5th to find out which ones!

Saturday, 4 May 2019

April Reading Challenges and Bookish Bingo

I've got several challenges on the go this year so, instead of cramming all the information into my Month In Books roundups, I thought I would make these monthly Bookish Bingo posts into Challenge roundups. Visit my Current Reading Challenges page to see the whole year's links. Last month I added:

Alphabet Soup (2019): 2 in Apr / 17 overall

Books In French (2019): 0 in Apr / 1 overall

Classics Club (2018-23): 1 in Apr / 19 overall

Decade Challenge (2018-19): 0 in Apr / 10 overall

Mount TBR Challenge (2019): 4 in Apr / 16 overall

New Release Challenge (2019): 10 in Apr / 29 overall

Vegetarian / Vegan Character (ongoing): 2 in Apr / 6 overall

This challenge wrap-up post includes my new month of Bookish Bingo which is hosted each month at Chapter Break. I include books I actually read during April, but I might not have blogged all their reviews yet so if the cover image doesn't go anywhere when you click it, that's (probably) why!

This month I've got 19 squares completed

Recommended book
Physical book
Not in a series
Library book
In a series
Shelf love
Free book
Tricks or pranks
Free Space
Games of skill
Easter egg
Vampire /Witch/ Daemon
Male author
Animal on cover
New adult