April brings the primrose sweet…

Posted On 29 April 2015

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My monthly round up – what I’ve read/plan to read, any events, etc:

Books read:

  1. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
  2. The Unremembered by Peter Orullian
  3. When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord
  4. The Doll Maker by Richard Montanari
  5. Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman review to follow
  6. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
  7. Daughter of Shadow and Blood by J Matthew Saunders
  8. The Last Quarrel by Duncan Lay review to follow
  9. Traitors Blade by Sebastien de Castell


    1. Traitors Blade by Sebastien de Castell

Unfinished series completed:

None – hangs head in shame!

Books Bought:

  1. The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
  2. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
  3. Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman
  4. The Once and Future King by T H White
  5. The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley
  6. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Review Books:

  1. Cities and Thrones by Carrie Patel
  2. Resistance is Futile by Jenny T Colgan
  3. The Last Quarrel by Duncan Lay
  4. The Fatal Flame by Lyndsay Faye
  5. If You Go Away by Adele Parks
  6. 22 Dead Little Bodies by Stuart MacBride

Books Gifted:

  1. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich (thank you lovely Jenny at Wondrous Reads)

Cover Spotlight:

US or UK cover:?? (US for me with this one)


Self Published Fantasy Blog Off –  Update post to follow but at this stage two further books have been taken from the list and two have been highlighted to read.

Once Upon a Time event being hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
  2. Daughter of Shadow and Blood by J Matthew Saunders
  3. Traitors Blade by Sebastien de Castell

Readalong of Max Gladstone’s Two Serpents Rise – completed three weeks – final concluding week to follow shortly

Backlist Backburn is an end of month event organised by Lisa at Tenacious Reader. If you’ve caught up on any of your backlist then call over and link up.   I find this a good incentive to dust off some of my books!  This month I read Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell – which, by the way, was bloody good!

Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and Bookish (every Tuesday).

Tough Travel by Nathan at the Fantasy Review Barn  (every Thursday)

16 Responses to “April brings the primrose sweet…”

  1. Tammy

    I really like the first The Doll Maker cover, is that US? Definitely my fave. Wow, you got quite a bit read this month. I had an awful reading month, just too many things got in my way, I guess. And when I say “awful” I mean I didn’t read enough. But the books I read were really good:-D

    • lynnsbooks

      The first cover is US – frankly I just wouldn’t have requested the book if I’d seen the UK cover. Which just shows how covers really do pull you in. I usually aim for 8 books but – some of these are shorter (the Gaiman books). That being said if you’re socialising and doing family things you just can’t read the same amount – it’s just impossible, unless you stay up every night until stupid o’clock.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Michael

    I’m going to go with the US cover on the book.

    My question is — do I need to have read the first seven books in the series to enjoy the eighth?

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’m also going for the US cover too and no, you don’t have to have read the other books in the series. I mean, they probably build up more of the two main detective characters and family history but I think each book seems to be a standalone story.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Book Guy Reviews

    Love love love Dandelion Wine! It’s such a beautiful book. I look forward to reading your thoughts! Either way, thanks for sharing the lists! If you’re ever interested in some great book reviews and musings, be sure to follow! Thanks!

    • lynnsbooks

      Thanks for visiting. I’ll certainly come over and check out your site.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Strangely enough, I think the US cover is better in this case! A rarity.

  5. Ria

    I loved Traitor’s Blade. I’m really looking forward to reading the sequel too, and I’m hoping it’s as much fun as the first book!

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’m hoping to get to it in May while the plot and characters are still fresh.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Can’t believe it’s going to be May already, where does the time go?

    I’m really intrigued by Orullian’s The Unremembered, didn’t get to fit it in this month, maybe later this summer!

    • lynnsbooks

      I actually liked it – Nathan mentioned that a lot of people feel it’s a rip of Jordan’s series but I haven’t read WoT so I wouldn’t know if that’s correct or not. I liked where it was going though.
      Lynn 😀

  7. jessicabookworm

    As always I think you’ve done so well, 9 books is a great amount! I am so excited to see you have got yourself a copy of Dandelion Wine. I look forward to your thoughts on it. I hope you enjoy it! Happy reading in May 🙂

    p.s. for once I would have to pick the US cover, for The Doll Maker.

    • lynnsbooks

      I’m really looking forward to the Bradbury – I’ve really liked both books I’ve read so far. I was actually hoping for 10 books but didn’t quite manage it.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

    I am so glad you enjoyed Traitor’s Blade! I just finished Knight’s Shadow which was much darker! But loved all the same.

    • lynnsbooks

      I don’t mind the next one getting darker – I quite like a series that starts off a bit more light hearted – it’s got plenty of room for change that way.
      Lynn 😀

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