May wrap up

May was still a hectic month with work but my running is getting better. I managed to finish a 5k full of hills , made a bit more progress with my crochet monster, finished my lego flowers. and am slowly making my way through Agents of Shield on tv.

So here is a summary of my month in books

Reading challenges

Beat the Backlog challenge ( click here for more details)

Balls to the backlog buys

The Hourglass Throne by KD Edwards

I loved this book, review to come soon

The Burning Gods by  R f Kuang

The third book in the Poppy Wars Trilogy ( review to come soon)

Historical Fiction Challenge

I have read a few historical fiction books this month and enjoyed them. I may need to increase the stakes in my challenge

Elizabeth of York by Alison Weir ( review here)

I enjoyed this historical fiction following the fascinating story of Princess Elizabeth of York- a woman who should have been a queen in her own right.

The Vanished Days By Susanna Kearney ( review here)

A beautifully written historical love story set in the Jacobite Scotland with one of the best endings I have ever read.

My favourite book

The Knave of Secrets by Alex Livingston ( review here)

I loved this fantasy with its ragtag group of gamblers on a heist trying to win an unbackable game- this is hustle set in a fantasy world.

My Least favourite book/DNF

Drake by Peter McClean

I couldn’t finish this book after a child was just randomly killed- a shame because I was enjoying this till then. I might go back to it another time.

ARCS/Blog Tours

Equinox by David Townsend ( review here)

I enjoyed this interesting horror where two souls share a body and have to solve a murder which is a little difficult when only one personality can come out at a time.

Mercury Rising by   R WW Greene    ( review here)

This was an interesting science-fiction set in an alternate US where Aliens have invaded earth.

Tell me Ending by Jo Harkin ( review here)

This was an a fascinating exploration on how our memories make us the people we are and what happens to us if we stay to mess around with them.

Under Fortunate Stars by Ren Hutchings ( review here)

This was an enjoyable romp in outer space-  a time-travelling space opera with a strong firefly vibe.

Island of Time by Davis Burn ( review here)

I really enjoyed the genre busting blend of missing person, time travel and science fiction

The Carnival of Ash by Tom Beckerlegge ( review here)

This literary fantasy will appeal to bibliophiles with its clever prose and interlinking stories but this is not your typical fantasy .

Other books reviewed on my blog

Seven Devils by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam (review here)

A space-opera featuring a group of women rebels fighting an evil empire.

Amongst our weapons by Ben Aaronovitch ( review here)

Peters Grant story continues as finds another magical society, battles evil angels and deals with the – imminent birth of his half divine twins- These books just get better and better

Other posts ( click on post to read)

Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish Characters

Top ten Book – memorable Lymond Chronicles quotes

Top Ten -comfort reads

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