Hello April! (Fictionophile updates and March book haul)

Fictionophile’s readership continues to grow!

During the month of March an additional 96 people have begun following this blog!  That makes a total of 1,408 followers altogether!   A milestone surpassed!  I appreciate the support and I’m grateful for all your blog comments.  Thanks everyone!

Last month I participated in “Reading Ireland Month“!

(or The Begorrathon as it is affectionately known)7-titles-for-reading-ireland-month-2017

I read 5 titles that are set in Ireland/written by Irish authors.

  1. The Old Jest by Jennifer Johnston
  2.  Secrets we keep by Faith Hogan
  3. The stolen child by Lisa Carey
  4. Out of the blue by Gretta Mulrooney
  5. Controlled explosions by Claire McGowan

I also featured an Irish themed post in “Series I started and would love to finish” blog series featuring Erin Hart’s Nora Gavin mysteries.

For more “Reading Ireland” posts see the Twitter hastags: #readireland17  and/or #begorrathon17

I meant to read more Irish fiction but ran out of time as I also took part in two blog tours this past month.

  1. Wilde Lake” by Laura Lippman


2. “Duplicity” by Jane Haseldine

I was invited to read and review a debut psychological thriller that sounds brilliant!  I’m excited to be getting in on the ‘ground floor’ with this author.

Over the past month I have received two new titles from NetGalley

North American cover

Despite my best intentions to not request from NetGalley until my review queue is under control (128 titles), I HAD to request this one on the strength of how much I loved Eve Chase‘s last novel.  See my review of “Black Rabbit Hall“.

United Kingdom cover


Just between you and me, I MUCH prefer the United Kingdom cover with a slightly different title.  Which is YOUR favorite?


The second title from NetGalley, “Persons Unknown” is the second installment in the fabulous Susie Steiner’s series featuring Manon Bradshaw.  The first book in the series, “Missing, persumed” was a favorite of mine last year.

In March I obtained three titles from Edelweiss: 


That’s six more review commitments!

 Anyone who says that book reviews don’t sell books are very misinformed.  I read a glowing review by fellow bookblogger, Renee from “It’s Book Talk“, and immediately purchased the novel in Kindle format.

and thanks to a post by Cleo (Cleopatra loves Books),
I bought this one on Kindle as well!

and I also purchased the following Kindle books (prices listed under bookcover):

$ .99

$ .99





So…. that’s me.  April all planned out.  But you know what they say about the best laid plans. LOL  Happy reading!

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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13 Responses to Hello April! (Fictionophile updates and March book haul)

  1. Gloria Bowes says:

    It was steak or buy ‘Out of the blue’, bologna again tonight!


    • Fictionophile says:

      I’ll be interested to hear what you think about “Out of the blue”. Thanks for supporting my blog by commenting.


    • Fictionophile says:

      I’ll be interested to hear what you think about “Out of the blue”. Thanks for supporting my blog by commenting.


  2. Congrats on reaching that milestone! Thank you for the shout out and link…I’m thrilled my review led to you buying that one, it’s so good I really hope you enjoy it! I don’t think it got the word of mouth it deserved so I’m happy I could contribute in some way:) So I’ve been stressed with 20 net galley books on my shelf…like they’ll revoke my privileges if I don’t clear it soon😂so I have to say I feel so much better seeing that you have 73!!


  3. madbooklove says:

    Every time I think I’m going to get my requesting under control, you review something enticing (The Gift by Louise Jensen – which was amazing!), or bring attention to something I missed (I loved Black Rabbit Hall, how did I not know about this new one???), and then I’m sucked into the NG catalog, and lose my mind. 😉 And I also often buy books recommended by blogger reviews. Also, I’ve noticed a lot lately, particularly in YA books, bloggers getting mentioned in the author’s Acknowledgements. It really does make a difference. 🙂


    • Fictionophile says:

      Ha-ha! You make NetGalley sound like a whirling vortex. Glad I’m not the only book blogger influenced by other book bloggers. We are our own best audience. Thanks for your wonderful feedback.


  4. carhicks says:

    I am so behind on my reading for reviews that I just don’t let it bother me anymore. I agree, I like the UK cover much better. It looks like you have some great books up for this month, I look forward to your reviews. I love the pic of the little girl in the rain, I might have to use that one some day. Happy April.


  5. Annie says:

    Ohh, I was supposed to get Eve Chase’s latest book but I haven’t got it yet… I think it got lost in the mail so thanks for reminding me, I will ask the publisher again haha Happy month ❤


  6. 128 books on Netgalley??? Still to read? *comes over all faint* I’m in a flap about having 10 😂
    I love other blogger recommendations too and am reading one off the back of them right now.
    The UK version of Eve Chase is definitely the better. Hope you enjoy 😊


    • Fictionophile says:

      Only 73 of the 128 are NetGalley. The rest are either Edelweiss or individual publishers or authors. Thanks for your comment, it made me smile.

      Liked by 1 person

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