April: My Month in Review


April appeared and then I blinked and it was gone.  I’ve had some great books this month.  Plus I’ve been on a short break to Cornwall for a few days which was lovely.

Books read: (with links to reviews)

  1. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
  2. Eleanor by Jason Gurley
  3. Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis
  4. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
  5. The Silent Army by James A Moore (reviewed on Speculative Herald)
  6. Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
  7. The Warrior Witch by Danielle L Jensen
  8. An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire

Last month’s covers are here

Backlist books

Okay – I’m not doing well with this – but I still have faith!  I will read some of my long waiting and very patient books!

Unfinished series completed:

Another blip – but not one that cannot be conquered!

Books Bought:

  1. A Room With a View by EMForster
  2. And Then There were None by Agatha Christie
  3. Five Children and It by E Nesbit
  4. Sawbones by Melissa Lenhardt
  5. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

I admit I went a bit silly this month BUT in my defence I had gift vouchers – and it would be rude not to spend them and look at the lovelies.

Review Books (loads to look forward – I’m so excited for these):

  1. The Shadowed Path by Gail Z Martin
  2. The Deadhouse by Harry Bingham
  3. Company Town by Madeline Ashby
  4. Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
  5. The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire Hope
  6. The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence

Which cover?:

This is a difficult one to choose between but I actually really like the one with the mobile phone on the cover – gives me the chills – review of HEX to follow and author interview can be found here!


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 although I’ve not done very well recently.

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

Waiting on Wednesday is an event hosted by Breaking the Spine where every week we get to shine the spotlight on a book that we’re looking forward to.

The Friday Face off by Books by Proxy

Announced two readalongs for March:

  1. Kushiel’s Justice by Jacqueline Carey – now up to week 7
  2. An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuide now completed – readalong of Book No.4 to be announced shortly

Classic Clubs read:

The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

Once Upon a Time by Stainless Steel Droppings (details here):

Books already read for OUaT:

  1. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  2. Fellside by M R Carey
  3. The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey

Previous months in review:

  1. January
  2. February
  3. March

Also: The next Self Published Fantasy Blog Off 2 (SPFBO2) is about to commence (detail to follow)



30 Responses to “April: My Month in Review”

  1. TheTattooedBookGeek

    Yay for The Wheel of Osheim, I hope you enjoy it, it should be an epic conclusion to the trilogy. Surprisingly I’ve been lucky enough to receive an ARC of it to. 🙂 Both HEX covers are good, I do like the one with stitched writing but think the one with the mobile phone also suits the tone of the book.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I can’t wait for the Wheel of Osheim – I definitely think it will be epic!
      Lynn 😀

  2. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    I want to go to the beach NOW and read there. It was 40, windy, and rainy where I was today 😦

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, we’ve had some sunshine but still fairly cold.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Joey @ thoughts and afterthoughts

    That Hex cover would have been more eerie if it was a flip phone, yeah? LOL.

  4. Cover2CoverMom

    I read Sawbones last month and really enjoyed it!

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Yay, so happy you picked up Sawbones! And I’m so curious to see what you think of Warrior Witch. It got some mixed reviews from a couple of bloggers I know and now I’m kinda worried!

  6. Tammy

    I’m reading Company Town too, I’m excited about it! And I’m dying to read Claire North’s new book, I’ll look forward to your review. And Hex! Really going to try to make time for that. Ooh your beach photo is lovely:-)

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks. Looking forward to Company Town and Claire North’s new book – I haven’t read any of hers but she seems to be really well regarded.
      Lynn 😀

  7. sjhigbee

    I do love your beach pic:). We, too, are still enduring an unusually cold Spring, without any sign that summer is anywhere close. I haven’t read any of your current books, though I’m determined to get hold of the new Claire North – I really like her work. But I reckon you’ve netted a nice group of classic books – the John Wyndham, in particular, is a real favourite of mine and ditto the Agatha Christie. I really enjoy Forster, but I do know he’s not to everyone’s taste, so I’ll be interested to see how you get on with it. Have a great month:)

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, I’m trying to catch up with my classics read so I hope I like Forster too.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        I’m looking forward to hearing your response. He’s an interesting author.

  8. Ria

    April really did just fly by! I can’t believe it’s May already. I feel like I did absolutely nothing last month. Here’s hoping May will be pretty productive for both of us.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I hope so too – well, we have the SPFBO11 now so we’ll have to get busy!
      Lynn 😀

  9. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, I blinked and missed April too! That’s a beautiful picture, whereabouts in Cornwall did you go? I hope you have a happy May and enjoy your new books, I particularly look forward to your thoughts on The Five Children and It 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      We stayed at a few places. The picture is Looe. We went to Mevagisey, St Ives, Fowey, Perranporth and Padstow – not in that order – and had a great time. Even managed to catch the May Day festivities on the 2nd.
      Lynn 😀

      • jessicabookworm

        Sounds like a wonderful trip 🙂

      • @lynnsbooks

        Yeah, we got to revisit a lot of old haunts which was great.
        Lynn 😀

  10. proxyfish

    Great month Lynn 😀 April really did fly! Company Town looks really interesting. I look forward to your review! And Then There Were None is most certainly on my reading list this coming month too!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m really looking forward to And Then There were None.
      Lynn 😀

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