Tuesday, 30 April 2019

A Month In Books - April 2019

Welcome to April's Month In Books roundup! I will link this post up with Nicole's Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

I read 18 books this month including some real stunners. I'm delighted that two of my 5 Star reads were by indie authors - particularly appropriate for #IndieApril! I also found that I read lots of historical fiction this month, not by design but it just worked out that way!

Regular blog series:
In March I blogged Bookish Bingo and State of the ARC updates as well as a Cover Characteristics collection themed Flying Birds. I also started a new series entitled 5 Books, 1 Theme and chose five WW1 novels to start. WorldReads featured books from Colombia and I will be 'visiting' Wales for May's WorldReads on the 5th.


Now, on with this Reading Roundup!
(Clicking each cover image will take you directly to my Literary Flits review or Spotlight page)

My Reviews


  
 
 
    
  
  
 
 


Spotlights


  
  


My Book Of The Month for April was such a difficult decision! It could easily have been An Empty Nest by Sandy Day or The Garden Of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng or We, The Survivors by Tash Aw, but in the end I finally decided on ...



I hope you have found some books to tempt you in this selection! You can keep up with my daily book posts on Literary Flits and don't forget all the Giveaways are listed in my Giveaway Linkup.

Monday, 29 April 2019

State Of The ARC - April 2019

I saw this State of the ARC meme over at Avalinah's Books blog in January 2018 and thought it would be fun to join in.

The idea is to keep track of all the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) books I've got awaiting reading and reviewing, and to make headway through the overdue pile. For my State of the ARC, I am including all books sent to me for review whether they are pre-publication copies (as ARCs should be) or simply review copies of books already available publicly. I don't include books that I have purchased myself, book exchange swaps, or free downloads.

In April I blogged my reviews of these ARCs:
(Click the cover images to visit their reviews)

  
   
  
 


Here's my State of the ARC numbers as of today:

Awaiting Reading

Read / Reviewed / Blogged

Overdue

NetGalley

13

0

0

From Authors

1

1R

0

Blog Tours

5

1R

0

From Publishers

1

0

0


RRB (Read, Reviewed and Blogged) essentially means those book reviews are completed and I'm just waiting for their scheduled blog post date.

April was a wonderful month for ARC reading! I gave five or six of these books a full five star rating and I don't think any book got below a three.


No State Of The ARC would be complete without checking out the additions to my ARC stash. Twelve new books during April, but thirteen read so I am pleased with that.

Here are April's new arrivals







If you want to join this State of the ARC meme check out This Page at Avalinah's Books.