Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, guess what…. this month has been my best reading month EVER! I channelled my inner Clues and Reviews and read a total of 24 books! I know some of you read that every month but I usually read about 10 – 14 books a month so for me this is a BIG deal! And, bar two book club reads and a buddy read with Zuky @ BookBum, they were all review copies. So, without further ado, let’s look at my month in books and then we’ll look at what the bookish future holds for Keeper of Pages…
The standout reads of the month were …well, this is significantly harder than it usually is… – but, after much deliberation, I managed to narrow it down to these four:
The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne was my only 5 star read of the month, from cover to cover, I loved everything about this book and it’s easily one of my top 10 reads of the year so far – reviewed here.
One To Watch by Rachel Amphlett is the third book in the Detective Kay Hunter series, fast paced and thrilling – a series I can’t wait to continue – reviewed here.
Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips is narrated in “real time” and will keep your heart pounding for the entire read – reviewed here.
Ice Cold Alice by C. P. Wilson features an ultra likeable serial killer who is cleansing the world of evil – reviewed here.
Also read and reviewed this month:
The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
Marked for Life by Emelie Schepp
That One May Smile by Valerie Keogh
The White Road by Sarah Lotz
Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki
My Sister by Michelle Adams
Don’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon
Three Days and a Life by Pierre Lemaitre
The Magpies by Mark Edwards
Between You and Me by Lisa Hall (buddy read review swap)
x2 Mini reviews x2:
Reviews coming soon:
I was so adamant about lowering my review copies there were no other bookish posts this month. In other news, I did DNF my first book of the year Where She Went by B.E. Jones – this book wasn’t to my liking at all, I began skim reading at 31% and gave up completely at 38% – I won’t be posting about this one on the blog but you can read a short description about why I DNF’ed this one here.
Criminally Good Book Club:
My online book club is perfect for anyone who enjoys reading and discussing crime, mystery and thriller books. It’s hosted on Instagram – @criminallygoodbookclub – all discussions take place there at the end of the month. All book club books are voted on by you so come and join us!
July’s book is Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land
‘NEW NAME .
Annie’s mother is a serial killer. The only way she can make it stop is to hand her in to the police. But out of sight is not out of mind.As her mother’s trial looms, the secrets of her past won’t let Annie sleep, even with a new foster family and name – Milly.
A fresh start. Now, surely, she can be whoever she wants to be. But Milly’s mother is a serial killer.And blood is thicker than water. Good me, bad me. She is, after all, her mother’s daughter…
Review Copy Management:
As you know, this month I had a big push to lower my review copies, and while I hoped they’d be lower, I’m happy and I feel I can spend some more time reading my own books without feeling guilty about it.
I have a total of 10 Netgalley books to read but I’m okay with that because they’re like a revolving door, I’m constantly reading and requesting new ones, there’s no one book sitting on the shelf gathering dust.
Excluding Netgallies, I have a total of 12 review copies, again, I’m okay with this amount as they don’t have a reviewing deadline and I’m confident they’ll be read over the coming months.
Some of my own books I’m looking forward to reading are:
I’m pretty sure this is the longest wrap up I’ve ever done, so, I’ll wrap things up now. If you’ve made it with me to the end – I thank you for your loyalty and wish you nothing but good things!
If you bailed out on me half way through, then you’re not reading this but still I say to you – good, no one wanted you here anyway! That was a joke people!