May Review Round-up

No blood tests this month, just iron supplements. However, the tiredness continues and because of it I even struggled to get 4 books read this month. It’s becoming a bit of a nightmare as by the time I get home from work in an evening I’m not much good for anything else, so I’m not getting as much reading (or anything else for that matter) done as I’d like. Apologies to anyone awaiting a review from me.

Anyway, here’s what I did read & review…

 Circle of Shadows by Imogen Robertson Edge of Dark Water by Joe R. Lansdale
 The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts by Billy Bob Thornton and Kinky Friendman

13th May 2012 – Circle of Shadows by Imogen Robertson
The latest in the Crowther and Westerman series, this book sees them return for a dark and exciting story of murder, power and alchemy among the nobel and elite of Marlberg, Germany. An excellent read! Each of the Crowther & Westerman books can be read as stand-alone or as part of an exciting, historical, crime fiction series.

20th May 2012 – Edge of Dark Water by Joe R. Lansdale
Set in East Texas during the Depression, one good deed by Sue Ellen and her friends attracts deadly consequences. A bit gruesome in places, but very atmospheric and a very good read.

27th May 2012 – The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
A wonderful book full of wonder, magic, excitement and sadness, with a big dollop of adventure. An enchanting tale that can be read by readers of all ages

31st May 2012 – The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts by Billy Bob Thornton and Kinky Friedman
An autobiography from the man that brought us Karl from Sling Blade and Willie from Bad Santa. From Arkansas to Hollywood – this is Billy Bob Thornton’s story. It’s honest, touching and entertaining.

At the beginning of the month I was lucky enough to be invited to s small gathering to meet the wonderful S. J. Bolton. The setting was The Cage at Gordon’s Wine Bar in London. Lit by candle light in a dark, confined basement, it was the perfect atmosphere for the gathering. Sharon had her notepad and pen to hand and set about listing our fears so she could write a short story based on them. I’m not sure if I’m going to want to read that or not!

Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, was kind enough to participate in a Meet The Author interview in May and I found we share the same idea of what we’d like our “special talent” to be if we were in Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children!

I also held a couple of giveaways this month. The two winners of copies of Dead Scared by S. J. Bolton are Barbara and Michelle Moore, and the winner of the copy of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is Petty Witter. All winners should have their books by now, so I hope they enjoy reading them.

This month I’ve got trips planned to Hay Festival and to London for a blogger’s brunch just after my birthday. Here’s hoping I have more energy this month!

8 comments on “May Review Round-up
  1. Hi Nikki,

    Apart from the obvious lack of reading time, due to the demands on my time in arranging mum’s funeral, I am finding that my reading levels are getting slower and slower.

    I am starting to feel a bit guilty about taking on any more reviews, as I now have quite a backlog and I don’t want to let any author down if they are expecting a review within a certain time.

    I do read them in strict order of receiving them, but I am sure that there must be authors out there somewhere, wondering what the heck is going on.

    It really is about time that they came up with some plausible explanation for your health symptoms, so that you could receive the correct treatment to help alleviate some of the symptoms.

    Anyway take care and have a great holiday weekend.


  2. I always enjoy your reading round-ups it’s a good reminder about some of the things I want to read.
    Dead scared has arrived (thank you so much), and I can’t wait to start it. I’m just finishing three hoodies save the world by Roger Lawrence (a thoroughly entertaining read) then it’s on to dead scared. I’m finding out about loads of books that would pass me by if I didn’t read so many lovely blogs.
    I hope you will soon be back to full health.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear you are having health problems, I hope you find relief soon.

    I enjoyed reading your reviews. and thanks for the visit to my reading corner.

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