April 2018 Monthly Round Up

Hello my bookish folks,

Well, hasn’t April been an interesting month? I’m not going to lie to you, April has been a tough one for me. Essentially, I have been house bound since March the 24th due to a nasty flare up of my Colitis which wasn’t great (you can read about it here) but on the flip side of that I have managed to read an awful lot. I think this month has been the most book heavy month I have had in a long time.

Here is what I read:

First Date by Vanessa Wester (Short Story)

Spring at the Café at the End of the Pier by Helen Rolfe (Short Story)

The Bletchley Park Enigma by Alan Johnson and Amanda Strickland (Short Story)

Beat on the Brat and other Stories by Nigel Bird (Short Story Collection)

Bookish Boyfriends by Tiffany Schmidt (NetGalley Review Copy)

Derby Girl by Shauna Cross (Hardback – Reread)

Chick-Lit Saved My Life by Maureen Riel (Short Story)

Murders, Lies and Cover Ups: Who Killed Marilyn Monroe, JFK, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Princess Diana by David Gardner (NetGalley Review Copy)

Brief Encounters by Kate Harrison (Short Story)

Dead Feminists by Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring (NetGalley Review Copy)

How the Marquis Got His Coat Back by Neil Gaiman (Short Story)

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Paperback Copy)

Lunch with Harry by Tony Drury (Short Story)

The Girl with More than One Heart by Laura Geringer Bass (NetGalley Review Copy)

Love, and You by Gretchen Gomez (Poetry Collection)

Labyrinth: Coronation #1 by Simon Spurrier (Graphic Novel)

Everybody Needs a Bridge by Colleen D. Scott (Paperback Review Copy)

Labyrinth: Coronation #2 by Simon Spurrier (Graphic Novel)

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery (Hardback Copy)

Halfway to Paradise: The Life of Billy Fury by Caroline and David Stafford (NetGalley Review Copy)

Cocktails and Dreams by A. L. Michael (NetGalley Review Copy)

Julia Jones: The Teenage Years (Book #1 Falling Apart) by Katrina Kahler (Short Story)

Kisses on a Paper Airplane by Sarah Vance Thompkins (Short Story)

Conquer Colitis by Dr Brad Turner (Non-Fiction)

The World at War (Poems) by Wilfred Owen (Poetry Collection)

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran (Hardback Copy)

Stealing Marilyn Monroe by Sophie Warren (NetGalley Review Copy)

Dear Ijeawele – A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi (Essay)

Next Year, For Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson (Hardback Copy)

Clean by Juno Dawson (NetGalley Review Copy)

Brief Encounter at the Picture House by the Sea by Holly Hepburn (Short Story)

Bitter Betrayal by Amanda M. Thrasher (NetGalley Review Copy)

Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi (Hardback Copy)

Singing in the Rain at the Picture House by the Sea by Holly Hepburn (Short Story)

The Other F-Word by Natasha Friend (Hardback Copy)

Dirty Dancing at the Picture House by the Sea by Holly Hepburn (Short Story)

The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink (NetGalley Review Copy)

The Frontman by Ron Bahar (NetGalley Review Copy)

Some Like it Hot at the Picture House by the Sea by Holly Hepburn (Short Story)

Fatigue Free with Crohn’s and Colitis by Greg Williams (Non Fiction)

The Best Minds of My Generation – A Literary History of the Beats by Allen Ginsberg (NetGalley Review Copy)

Votes for Women by Jenni Murray (Non Fiction)

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron (Essay Collection)

So yeah. That is a lot.

But, I managed to get my NetGalley percentage up to 38% – huzzah. I will endeavour to get it up to 39% by next month. Also, I now have reviews ready to go live all the way through to July so I am feeling pretty damn good about myself at the moment.

I am currently reading The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee and I won’t lie guys, I am bored. Alas, I will plod on and get it read

Overall, my favourite books of the month have to go to Derby Girl by Shauna Cross – which technically is a reread but by god I love this book and How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran. Caitlin Moran is my spirit animal. I love her.

In other news, I have realised I am an emotional book buyer. I will do another post on that soon but let me tell you, it ain’t pretty.

Oooh, just as a quick note. Clare over at A Book and Tea has branched out. She has rebranded and she is doing some great things over on her blog. Go check her out, you will be awfully glad you did.

Have a great May

L x

How to Build a Girl Derby Girl

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