May 2018: #WrapUp

I really hoped we could have an extra week of May; June, and July, are set to be busy months for me, and I’m just not ready for them yet! I read 16 books this month, which I’m really pleased about – I was hoping for 20 as I had quite a bit of free time, but since the 26th May, I haven’t read a single page – not that I’m counting or anything! I did manage a fair few from my May TBR Post, along with a few impromptu reads, as always. As I haven’t picked up a book in days, I won’t set a June TBR, I’m just hoping I feel like picking up a book soon, like today, as in right now!

While I continue to feel sorry for myself for not wanting to read anything, let’s recap the month of May. I’ve also included a review copy I received yesterday, it’s just my luck, that on the very same day I posted my book haul, I got some book mail!

The standout books of the month were:

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton

Trafficked Girl by Zoe Patterson

Read, and recommended, this month:

Needful Things by Stephen King

Deadly Secrets by Robert Bryndza

Kill the Angel by Sandrone Dazieri

Call to Arms by Rachel Amphlett

The Girl With No Name by Lisa Regan

The Good Son by You-jeong Jeong

Snap by Belinda Bauer

The Mercy Seat by Elizabeth H. Winthrop

Indigo Lost by S R Summers

Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler

Read this month, but weren’t for me:

Birds of Wonder by Cynthia Robinson

Paper Ghosts by Julia Haeberlin

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Other bookish posts this month:

Book Box Unboxing: Call Number (Homeland)

Book Box Unboxing: Ninja Book Box (Conspiracy by Candlelight)

Book Haul

Criminally Good Book Club:

Looking for an online book club? Come and read some criminally good books with us over on Instagram – @criminallygoodbookclub. Our June book is:

Beware the Past by Joy Ellis

Beware the Past - Joy Ellis


When Matt Ballard was starting out his career, three boys were murdered in the same area, the remote and bleak Gibbet Fen. When the main suspect was killed in a hit-and-run, the killings stopped. But Matt was not satisfied that the real murderer had been caught.

Over 25 years later, Matt gets a photo in an unmarked envelope. It’s of the Gibbet Fen crime scene. And the picture was taken before the murder took place.

More photos arrive, relating to the historic murders, as well as intimate pictures of Matt’s very secret private life.


Then another murder happens, with some of the hallmarks of the old case. Has the killer returned or is this just a sick copycat determined to ruin Matt’s life and reputation? Everyone around Matt is in danger as the killer plays mind games with the detective.

In an absolutely breathtaking conclusion, Matt and his team race against time to stop a vicious killer who knows no limits.


Review Copy:

The Woolgrower’s Companion by Joy Rhoades (Penguin)

The Woolgrower's Companion - Joy Rhoades

Australia 1945. Until now Kate Dowd has led a sheltered life on her family’s sprawling sheep station but, with her father’s health in decline, the management of the farm is increasingly falling to her.

Kate is rising to the challenge when the arrival of two Italian POW labourers disrupts everything – especially when Kate finds herself drawn to the enigmatic Luca Canali.

Then she receives devastating news. The farm is near bankrupt and the bank is set to repossess. Given just eight weeks to pay the debt, Kate is now in a race to save everything she holds dear.

And that’s a wrap for May. Join me on the blog… I don’t know when, when I next read a book, I guess! I’ve got a blog tour on the 7th June so I might just take a week off from blogging and recharge my batteries, see if I can get into the swing of reading again. It makes sense, because if I’m not reading, I don’t have any content, so I guess, I’ll see you guys in a week!

What were your reading highlights of the month?

29 thoughts on “May 2018: #WrapUp

    1. Maybe, I’m only on two blog tours next month, one at the beginning of the month, one at the end, so as long as they’re read, I’m happy.

      Eleanor Oliphant was a wonderful read, so much deeper than I was expecting it to be!xx

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    1. Haha, I know that distraction, stay away from WP and all forms of social media until you’ve finished! I always like when my total number of books read is even too.


  1. My favourite book of the month is Strange the Dreamer (I’m a bit late to this party) and I’m also glad that I finally finished The Fellowship of the Ring because I needed five months to do so. So yay. Glad to see that you enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant too. This book features such a great distinctive voice.

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    1. I haven’t read Strange the Dreamer but I do remember seeing the hype surrounding it! And yay to finishing Fellowship of the Ring, I want to tackle Game of Thrones, it’s always an achievement when you finish those bigger books!

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  2. Fingers crossed that the reading mojo comes back soon! I’m powering through some books at the moment ready for the first week of June. Summer months tend to be so busy!

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  3. I know you you didn’t read quite as many as you had hoped, but you still had such an amazing reading month!! 👏🏼 I’ve been meaning to Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine! I’ve heard so many good things about it. 😄

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  4. I’ve been going through the same phase of not wanting to read anything and it’s frustrating. I’m reading two good books, nothing wrong with them, I just don’t ever feel like reading them, for the past two weeks or so! This coupled with a sudden onslaught of work limiting any potential free reading time is bumming me out so much. I’m comforted that you went through something similar, lol!

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    1. Happy to be a comfort, lol. I’m getting back in the swing of wanting to read but now I’m on clinical placement doing shift work, I hardly have the time – I’m doing a mix of long days (7am-9pm), earlys, lates and nights – I have no chance, haha!

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