Hello April (Fictionophile updates & March #bookhaul)

I am inordinately proud of myself that I read twelve books and blogged 28 times in March! I know this pace will not continue once the good weather kicks in and the temperatures lure me outside.

Twelve titles I read in March

I took part in Reading Ireland Month again this year and read SEVEN titles that were either written by Irish authors or were set in Ireland.

I read the second winner of my Police Procedural series poll.  It was an amazing beginning to a series I definitely want to pursue – “Perfect Remains” by Helen Fields.  This polling lark has been so successful for me the first two times that I created a 3rd poll.  The winner this time was not so clear cut as the first two polls. It was a close race, but “Holy Island” by L.J. Ross was the winner. I will be reading this title in June.

As usual, just click on the covers to go to Goodreads to read more about the title.

I received FOUR titles from NetGalley in March:

I LOVE Backman SO much that I requested this title from Atria and was, thankfully, approved.

I was auto-approved by Severn House

I received a publisher’s widget from Lake Union Publishing

a ‘Read Now’ title from Joffe Books

I received FIVE titles from Edelweiss in March:

I was pre-approved for this titles from Berkley

I was pre-approved for this title from G.P. Putnam’s Sons

William Morrow approved my request for this one

I was pre-approved for this title from Dutton

William Morrow approved my request for this title (which expires in 21 days! Gulp!)

Even though I added nine titles to my review commitments, I also purchased 7 Kindle titles in February.  I’ve put the price I paid underneath the graphic. Just click on the cover to find out more on Goodreads.  Total price for seven books = $ 16.72  This is excellent because I got a $25.00 Amazon gift card for my birthday so I still have money to spend!



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All bookish (and not so bookish) comments welcome.

Hope April is not too rainy where you are – unless you like to curl up
with a good book on a rainy day. LOL

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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36 Responses to Hello April (Fictionophile updates & March #bookhaul)

  1. Amazing month for you! Well done.

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  2. I’m beyond excited for the new Louise Candlish!!! You’ve got a great April ahead of you!

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  3. Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins says:

    March was a cracker for you, and it looks like April is shaping up well too! The month has been a bit of a mixed bag so far here in Sydney – it looked for a minute like we were getting winter early, then the sun and heat came back in force. The new Backman book looks soooo good, looking forward to hearing what you think of it ❤️

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  4. stargazer says:

    Love your feature picture with the umbrella. Are you using some special software to create these graphics? And congrats with your reading / blogging stats, you do set the bar high for us bloggers 😉

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  5. carhicks says:

    Great wrap up Lynne. You had a great month. I always love your posts because of the graphics you find and use, that must take a long time, so 28 posts is amazing. Great haul with your Amazon card. I love when I can get those sale books using gift cards. Wonderful. Happy April to you. ☔🌈🌦

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  6. Kelly says:

    I am perhaps a teeny tiny bit jealous that you have Those People 😄


  7. Great month and post, Lynne, and as always in awe over your graphics. So pretty. Yes! I also read seven for Reading Ireland Month, and sounds like you also had a March birthday. Aries? Happy belated birthday!

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  8. eLPy says:

    Well done, very nice progress. I’m still working on the whole reading faster thing. Lol. I feel ya on the weather change, it makes me a little anxious that I won’t read as much but I’m going to find ways to make it happen. Thanks for sharing and here’s to a great April inside and out! The Binding btw is on my TBR, curious to hear some thoughts on it.

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  9. Alexandra says:

    Wow, you had a great month for blogging, reading, and reviewing. Very impressive. Me? Not so much. But I hope with a better selection of books for April, I’ll get more reading done. And I have Us against You up next from Fredrik Backman, like you, I love his storytelling.

    Looking forward to reading more of your reviews from hints and suggestions. 😀

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  10. Lorilin says:

    Congrats on those stats!!!

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  11. Sandra says:

    Very impressive Lynne! I really must remember Reading Ireland; I say that every year! Although this year I was immersed in a Welsh reading month and I did pretty well, though I say it myself. 10 books read and 2 more not quite finished. 5 books in a month is usually the norm for me!

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  12. Thank you SO much for all your enthusiasm for Reading Ireland Month. You’ve been brilliant!

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  13. The Avid Reader says:

    That’s an impressive amount of books! I hope April proves to as good, reading wise.

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  14. Annika Perry says:

    Great books, Lynne! 😀 I’ve just got a copy of The Binding after seeing Bridget Collins at a book talk! She’s lovely and eloquent … the book sounds amazing and the cover is stunning!! Gold foil on the hardback! There’s a new Backman book coming out … I can’t wait! Enjoy! 😀

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  15. Wow, you got through a lot of books this month! I only managed 5; three fiction books and two memoirs: https://mymasheduplife.com/2019/03/31/recent-reading-list/

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  16. Kim Rogers says:

    Great books coming up! I really am looking forward to Those People and The Nanny! Happy reading! You had such a productive March!! xx

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  17. Carol says:

    Wow! 🙌 congrats on your productive month! I read 10 and published 10 posts which is a good number for me. I attribute my productivity to all the rain we had in Feb and March! You’re right, when the weather gets nicer it’s tempting to be out and about! I also was fortunate to receive an arc for the Backman book! So fun! Cheers 🥂 to April!

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