Friday, 31 May 2019

A Month In Books - May 2019

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

First important news: Happy Birthday to Literary Flits! Tomorrow marks three years of a-book-a-day and you can see the index of every book featured here. My sincerest admiration goes out to anyone who has read them all? (Full disclosure: I haven't!)

Completely unintentionally on my part, May turned out to be the Month Of Memoirs. A nice bit of alliteration for those of us who like that sort of thing! Nine of my reviews were memoirs or biographies. I also reviewed two great cookery books and have reviews of another two lined up for June. May's books were more of a mixed bag than I've had for ages though. I actually DNFd two books, both of which would have been the fifth for their respective WorldReads posts so I now need to find more books by Rwandan and Chilean authors! Any recommendations?

Regular blog series:
In May I blogged Bookish Bingo and State of the ARC updates as well as a Cover Characteristics collection featuring Railways. My 5 Books, 1 Theme quintet are all books which have been made into films. WorldReads featured books from Wales and I will be 'visiting' Pakistan for June's WorldReads on the 5th. And I'm still up to date with actually Reading my Books From The Backlog.
Phew! I think that's everything?

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

My Reviews




My Book Of The Month for May is the amazingly powerful How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee, a historical fiction novel of Chinese women in Japanese-occupied Singapore during the Second World War.

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.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

State Of The ARC - May 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 May 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




1 R / 1 RRB


From Authors




Blog Tours




From Publishers




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

May was a good month ARCwise because I got 13 read, 1 of which will be my Book Of The Month - you'll have to wait until the 31st to find out which, if you haven't already guessed of course! To counterbalance though, I did have a DNF, New Rwanda, which was disappointing as I'd been particularly looking forward to this one.

No State Of The ARC would be complete without checking out the additions to my ARC stash. Only 7 new ARCS which is an unexpectedly low number, but Look At That Last One!! I am so excited for Pan's Labyrinth! And thank goodness NetGalley sent out an email because otherwise I wouldn't have known anything about it. The ARC is only on, not on Grrr!

Here are May's new arrivals

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