We may be one fifth of the way through April already but that’s not going to stop me from posting my monthly summary post, oh no! Rules. Ha! They’re made to be broken, right? That or I’m just a disaster at the moment and can’t get myself organised enough to publish my #CaseClosed posts on the first of the month. I should probably add it to my extensive list of goals I shared with you last month…now there’s a thought!
Happy April everyone! I’m delighted to report that the weather here in the UK has become more ‘Spring-like’ and I have finally managed to defrost after a long, cold Winter. My kids have finished for the Easter break (I know, how early?!!) which means the amount of reading and blogging I’ll be doing over the next week and a half will be significantly reduced, boo! But I get to spend time with the children, yay!
During March I managed to read the grand total of 11 books! For those that have a vague memory of the ‘goals’ I set myself last month…goal one – tick. I also managed to read Dark Houses by Helen H Durrant which is the book I’ve had on my NetGalley shelf the longest (goal two – tick) as well as one of the books my husband gave me as part of my Christmas present, The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore (goal three – tick). As for goal four….well, let’s not even go though (hehehehe).
So, what happened on the blog last month? I was absolutely thrilled to welcome some incredibly talented guest reviewers to damppebbles. I featured reviews of Nowhere Girl by Ruth Dugdall and Watch Her Disappear by Eva Dolan from the lovely Tracie Delaney at Passionate About Books, Madam Tulip by David Ahern from Nicki over at Nicki’s Book Blog, Splintered by Kelly Miller from the gorgeous Dee over at Novel Deelights, The One by John Marrs which could end up being Sam over at Clues and Reviews top read of the year! And The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti from Helen Claire over at baattyaboutbooks. Thank you to all my guest reviewers for volunteering to help reduce the #terrifyingTBR. I am eternally grateful.
I took part in 10 blog tours during March:
Of these six were reviews:
Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski | The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman | The Place That Never Existed by Jim Ody | Mystery at Maplemead Castle by Kitty French | The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney | After She’s Gone by Maggie James |
And four were either guest posts or extracts:
I also hosted a series spotlight for the lovely Sheryl Browne and her new crime thriller series featuring DI Matthew Adams.
And on top of all of that, I actually managed to read and review some non-blog tour books…WOAH!
In other news I made my 200th post to the blog. I’m sure many of my fellow bloggers achieved this a very long time ago but as a slow reader I was rather proud.
I plan to set myself the same goals this month as last so keep an eye out for a review of The Rule of Fear by Luke Delaney as that’s the oldest resident on the NetGalley shelf at the moment. I haven’t decided which of my Christmas present books I’ll read but I can share my April book with you:
“This was meant to be the perfect trip. The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship.
A chance for travel journalist Lo Blacklock to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse.
Except things don’t go as planned.
Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin. But the records show that no-one ever checked into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat.
Exhausted and emotional, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a mistake – either that, or she is now trapped on a boat with a murderer…”
I’ve been hankering after this book for some time so it was good that I never mentioned it to the hubby (otherwise he wouldn’t have bought it for me, ha!). Have you read it? What did you think?
On a slightly more grumpy note, I have decided to reduce the number of blog tours I feature on. I think I’m starting to suffer from the dreaded blogger burnout as I’ve found it hard going writing reviews and sharing the book love of late. Hopefully this is just a temporary thing but I think I need to take a break (particularly from social media for a while). I know I’m not the only one who feels like this as several of my blogger friends have said they feel exactly the same. I will try to do as much as I’ve always done, but you may notice a dip in the number of posts I share. I’m sorry. I really do want to spread the #booklove and support my fabulous fellow bloggers but I’m running out of time each day and the kids sulk when I make any kind of move towards my phone. Grump over, normal(ish) service to resume (kind of!).
Well, that’s it my lovelies for another #CaseClosed. Have a fabulous April, one and all.