Hello May! (Fictionophile updates and April book haul)

It would seem that spring has finally arrived in Nova Scotia!

I sincerely hope that everyone had a good Easter.

In April I was thrilled to be invited to read and review a new novel from Tony Black!

Over the past month I have received EIGHT new titles from NetGalley!

Despite my best intentions to not request from NetGalley until my review queue is under control (130 titles), I was VERY WEAK this month.  A few publishers invited me to read their novels and they provided NetGalley widgets – then, when logging on to NetGalley to download those novels with their widgets I inadvertently saw a few more that I just had to have…  Like I said, WEAK.  It would seem that the elusive 80% badge is even more elusive than ever before.  The good news?  My 200 reviews badge is on the horizon.

Just click on the cover to read about the title on Goodreads.

Why I chose this one?  I read a review by Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe.  Blame her! No seriously, it is about a bookshop in York.  Enough said!

Why I chose this one? I follow Barbara Coppertwaite‘s blog and have heard much praise for her work from my fellow bookbloggers.  Just HAD to try one of her novels.

Why I chose this one?  Catriona McPherson is one of my favorite authors. She seldom disappoints!Why I chose this one?   The author. Denise Mina is a marvel.  Love, love, love her novels!

Why I chose this one?  I read the blurb and just knew it was for me!

Why I chose this one?  Duh! Rochester – Jane Eyre is my favorite classic novel! Also, the publisher invited me to review it.

Why I chose this one?  The stunning cover and even more stunning description.

Why I chose this one?  The setting/title of Malagash.  Malagash is a small community in the province where I live.  Our summer cottage is a brief half hour’s drive away…

In April I obtained one title from Edelweiss: 

Why I chose this one?  I guess I was in the mood for some historical fiction that day. This one sounds like a great read!

That’s TEN more review commitments!

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

$ 1.33

$ 1.49

$ .99

$ 1.99

$ 1.99

$ 1.32

Don’t know why I keep purchasing books as I have SO MANY to read already!  Don’t know when I’ll get around to reading these….  It is a sickness! LOL  My excuse?  They were bargains!

Fictionophile’s readership continues to grow!

During the month of April an additional 81 people have begun following this blog!  That makes a total of 1,489 followers altogether!   I appreciate the support and I’m grateful for all your blog comments.  Thanks everyone!


So…. that’s me.  May 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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17 Responses to Hello May! (Fictionophile updates and April book haul)

  1. carhicks says:

    Sounds like some good books up for May. I keep buying as well, Pretty soon, my kindle will have no more room. Too many books, not enough time.


    • Fictionophile says:

      Truer words were never spoken. I’m getting older and I sometimes wonder if I’ll live long enough to even finish the TBR I have today…

      Liked by 1 person

  2. skyecaitlin says:

    This is a wonderful list and some have made their way onto my TBR list. The covers and titles are very alluring.


  3. dandelionsinspired says:

    Great looking TBR list! I’ve worked really hard at resisting NetGalley lately because I have so many on my shelf in the “older than 3 months” section and then there’s the rating battle, etc. I have cleared 8 off of my list since March and only requested 2-3 new ones, lol. I call that progress 🙂


    • Fictionophile says:

      Great progress I’d say! My aim now is to read the oldest NetGalley titles alternately with titles that are time sensitive. I have 59 titles in my “Older than 3 months” shelf… Gulp!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Sandra says:

    Ha! I may be one of those 81 people – can’t remember when I hit that follow button! All those titles sound captivating. Oh dear…. looks like my own list might be growing a bit too when you finally get to some of these 🙂


  5. crimeworm says:

    I suffer from the same sickness! But we’re not hurting anyone (well, except when I trip over a pile of books waiting for shelf space!)
    I too really rate Catriona McPherson – Dandy and her standalones – and Denise Mina is probably my favourite author. I saw her talk about The Long Drop at Aye Write!, but I haven’t read it yet as I don’t feel like getting inside Peter Manuel’s head atm….!


    • Fictionophile says:

      SO jealous that you got to see and hear Denise Mina in person! I live in Nova Scotia, Canada so without a trip over the ocean that is a remote possibility for me. 😦


  6. We need to start NetGalley anonymous club. 🙂


  7. Christine says:

    We are all such addicts, aren’t we? It’s wonderful to be so passionate about books though!


    • Fictionophile says:

      Well Christine, there ARE worse things we could be passionate about I guess. I’m really going to try to be more realistic in my reading goals from this day forward… Oh look! A flying pig!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Faith says:

    These look like some good titles, worth breaking a few commitments 😉



    • Fictionophile says:

      Yes Faith. It seems I’m always juggling my review queue after looking at other blogger’s book hauls. Ha-ha.


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