Hello June (Fictionophile updates & May’s bookhaul)

Hello lovely folks! The months are slipping past at an alarming rate. (That’s a sign of old age, if there ever was one.)  It is June already – the month that we Nova Scotians dig in the dirt / aka garden preparation.  I expect my reading progress will reflect the added time I spend outdoors this month, so bear with me.

In my valiant attempt to gain control over my reading/review commitments, I have been a bit better this past month.  I read 9 novels + 2 short stories and 3,638 pages in May. I fell one book short of my May reading plan, but will add that title to my June list.

I received “The word is murder” by Anthony Horowitz from Harper
via Edelweiss

Putman invited me to read/review “Where the crawdads sing” by Delia Owens, which I received via Edelweiss

I received an email from NetGalley with my eleventh auto-approval! Interestingly enough, although I’ve received auto-approval from eleven publishers, only nine of them are active. Two of the publishers, Red Adept and Open Road Media, are no longer affiliated with NetGalley. 

Because Amazon Publishing UK was SO nice to grant me auto-approval, I HAD to get at least one title from them. LOL

I chose “The beekeeper’s promise” by Fiona Valpy

I received “Tell me a secret” by Samantha Hayes from Bookouture via NetGalley

I received a print copy of Iain Reid’s “Foe” in the post from Simon & Schuster Canada.
This was a lovely surprise, as I was unaware of this book’s existence until I opened the package.  I very much enjoyed his previous novel “I’m thinking of ending things“.

So…. that’s it!  My shortest book haul ever!  Only FIVE more review commitments!
Way to go ME!

On a less upbeat note, I was saddened to hear that my request for Kate Morton’s newest title was declined by NetGalley. 

I’m delighted to report that there are now 2.682 people following this blog!

My Goodreads Challenge is coming along nicely:

My NetGalley feedback ratio still needs some improvement:

My Edelweiss feedback ratio needs recusitation even more improvement:

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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38 Responses to Hello June (Fictionophile updates & May’s bookhaul)

  1. This was the first book I have actually ever read by Karen White, however certainly will not be the last!!! The story was incredible. P.S: I love your blog. Thanks


  2. carhicks says:

    The Beekeeper’s and the Crawdads look good. You did a good job with the requesting last month. I was denied the Kate Morton book as well.

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  3. Where is this year going? It’s racing by! I need to step away from Netgalley – the temptation is just too much!

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  4. Okay, that Iain Reid book just became my most anticipated novel of the year. I still get chills every time I think about I’m Thinking of Ending Things.

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    • Me too. I don’t think there ever was a girlfriend… what are your thoughts?


      • I was completely just along for the spooky/unsettling/strange ride up until the very end. When I finished reading, I had a severe “OOHH” reaction and had to look up some message boards/blog posts about the ending to make sure I wasn’t just taking a big leap with its meaning. It’s a genius book (I actually wrote about it on my blog for my reading challenge last year).

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  5. Pragya says:

    Wow, you read quite a bit this past month. Got some great review titles too. Ah, I think you are actually doing good with your reviewing. I stopped looking at mine long ago. Shh.

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  6. Holly B / Dressedtoread says:

    My blogger friend was declined for the Kate Morton book as well. Don’t understand their thinking. I also have The Word is Murder. Congrats on the book post!

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  7. Well I’m feeling virtuous as my NetGalley feedback ratio is at 87% and I recently got my 100 Reviews badge but still no auto-approvals 😞

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    • I’m SO jealous of your great NetGalley feedback ratio Cathy! Hopefully I’ll get there some day… Congratulations on your 100 reviews badge. I wish they had a badge for every increment of 100. After you get your 200 badge, you have to wait until 500 for another one.

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      • Haha, I can only dream about reaching 200 reviews, let alone 500! That feedback ratio has taken A LOT of discipline, I can tell you…especially when certain people mention new Kate Morton books. Fortunately (for my TBR pile) it doesn’t seem to be on the UK NetGalley site at the moment.

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  8. I know what you mean about the months flying by it’s crazy isn’t it! I didn’t know about Red Adept I was auto approved by them as well but didn’t read many of their books.

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  9. Elaine Howlin says:

    Congratulations on your follower count!
    It can be hard to keep up with the reviews for NetGalley and stuff. There are just so many books to read! I’ve never heard Edelweiss, might try them out.

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  10. Anjana says:

    I am still waiting on a response for the clockmaker’s daughter too(do not have very high hopes for it though 😦 )! I started reading her books thanks to your blog 😀

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  11. Vera says:

    Congratulations to gaining another auto-approval. That’s truly amazing. 🙂
    And well done for acquiring only 5 titles, I am banning myself from NetGalley… I have a problem and my book acquiring it a bit out of control. 🙂
    Happy reading. 📚

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