Monthly Round Up – May 2016

May Overview

Well May has been a pretty mad month, in a good way. Bloomin’ Brilliant Books went from being just a Facebook page to this blog! Being a bit of a technophobe it took some doing (spending seven hours trying to suss out how to point my domain name to my host was not a particular highlight!!!) but I got there and I’m quite pleased with it. I still have some bits to sort out on it but I’m sure it will be a continuous work in progress. We also hit Twitter which initially for me was a bit like social media with ADHD but I’m slowly getting used to it.

Reading wise, it’s been a hell of a month!!! I have been in an addictions therapy group in Mark Billingham’s Die of Shame, met Jack and Vera from Corrie on a body farm in Angela Marsons’s Play Dead (my hubby informs me that body farms do exist in the USA!), been wooed by an alleged serial killer in Sharon Bolton’s Daisy In Chains, was blown away by Jane Corry’s debut thriller My Husband’s Wife and chased chickens with Kitty Lewis in Christie Barlow’s Kitty’s Countryside Dream! I have been lucky enough to love every book I have read this month and am grateful to all the authors, publishers and Netgalley who have granted ARCs in return for reviews.  I can highly recommend each of these books.

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Plans for June

My reading for next month will include The Transition by R J Tomlin, a young author who is self published and publicizes his books on the streets of Leeds.  This is a venture into a different genre for me, being a sci-fi/dystopian novel, but I like to try new things!  I will also be reading two cracking looking thrillers – Last To Die by Arlene Hunt and Baby Doll by Hollie Overton – which I am really looking forward to.  The reading group I am part of are reading Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain, an old favourite of mine (how could I not love a book that is narrated by a dog!) so I’m looking forward to re-visiting that.   I will also be reading Kate Hewitt’s  Now and Then Friends ready for Bloomin’ Brilliant Books first ever blog tour, which I’m really excited about! So my reading for June is going to be an eclectic mix, which I love.

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Reviews will also be posted for two fantastic books – Louise Jensen’s The Sister and Joanna Cannon’s The Trouble With Goats and Sheep – both stunning reads.
I have been so lucky to come across some lovely, friendly, supportive bloggers, authors and publishers. All in all May has been a blast!

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My Quote of the Month

‘…one never really knows a person properly.  Especially ourselves.  Every human is a melting pot of contradictions.’ (My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry) 

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