It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these monthly posts and that’s been purely down to a lack of time on my part but I do enjoy doing them so I’m going to have another go – and hopefully keep it a regular feature *fingers firmly crossed*!
May saw many new books arriving in the house, a lot of Kindle and paper book buys but also the ever fabulous #bookpost for review. I’ve been trying to stay away from Netgalley as my percentage is currently woeful – because I’ve now completely run of out of shelf space for paper books, I’ve been concentrating on reading them to make some space and as a consequence the Kindle books get neglected. I do have a long holiday coming up in the summer though and I’m hoping to make a big(ish) dent in my Netgalley, and my own Kindle reads then.
These are the Kindle purchases this month:
Books received for review:
Paper books purchased:
May has been a great month for events, as you can see from these photos.
In the first week of May I went to 3 events, all at Waterstones Piccadilly, in London
The first one was the #Bad Girls in Crime panel – chaired by Alex Clark, discussing historical fiction with Sarah Schmidt (See What I Have Done), Anna Mazzola (The Unseeing), Jake Arnott (The Fatal Tree) and Emma Flint (Little Deaths). (I had already bought copies of Little Deaths and The Unseeing so that was 2 less books to come home with!). This was a really interesting event and if you’re able to get to London its well worth keeping an eye on the Waterstones events page for further details.
From the BATC team at Simon & Schuster, an invite to the launch party for The Woman at Number 24 by Juliet Ashton. I do have a copy of this on my ‘next to be read’ pile and its one that I am looking forward to getting to.
And next, on the Saturday, an invite to the launch celebrations of The Wild Air by Rebecca Mascull. Author Louisa Treger did the honours with the interview and Rebecca talked about her book and introduced the pilot of the small aircraft who after many attempts finally persuaded her to take a flight – the things authors have to do for research!!
On 17th May, it was back to Waterstones Piccadilly for the Orenda Roadshow. Karen Sullivan had 15 of her authors all talking about their books and taking questions from the audience. This is the second Orenda London roadshow I’ve been too and they are always great fun. They do travel around the country at times so keep an eye out. If you follow Karen Sullivan – Orenda Books on Twitter, all venues and dates will be given.
Finally later on in May, I was at the Soho Hotel in London, courtesy of an invite from Harper Collins to their Harper Fiction Showcase. It was great to meet some of the HC publicists who are normally only a name on a email and to see some book blogger friends. HC were very generous with their books and had goody bags available for us to select whichever ones we wanted. I did try to show some restraint! I had already read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and reviewed it here on the blog but I loved that book so much I couldn’t resist picking up a finished copy for my keepers shelf.
So that was May and a very good month it was too. We’re only a few days into June but I’m already collating a list of new books that have come into the house – I might have bought ‘one or two’ Kindle books! 🙂 Have you read any of these, or were you at the same events? I would love to hear your comments.