It’s great to see signs of spring, with crocus and early daffodils popping up and the magnolia trees look like they’ll be blooming any day now. Even if it does all come with the telltale sniffle of hayfever. Ironically, I find peak grass pollen season not too bad, presumably because so much of the grass round here is grazed, it’s not doing much flowering.

Purple crocus flowers in sunlight

I got a tax refund this week from me not working most of this tax year, it was a pleasant surprise as I didn’t realise I would get it in my payslip. And before the end of the tax year too! I have been very grown up and put most of it on the mortgage, since the interest rate on our renewal is double what we have been paying. Grumble grumble.

Endpaper of the Week is from my newly arrived copy of The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty. This is going straight to the top of my TBR.

End papers of The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi showing a brightly coloured map of the Indian Ocean and its surrounding land, in a faux vintage style.

On the blog:

Review: A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon by Sarah Hawley

On My Radar: March

Books read:

[ARC] Scarlet by Genevieve Cogman

The French Revolution with added vampires? Yes please! The Invisible Library‘s author’s take on the Scarlet Pimpernel in a new series, following a housemaid that gets mixed up in one of the Pimpernel’s schemes. This was fun and I liked how it didn’t just take one side as right and the other wrong. Actual review in the future.

  • Popsugar # 14. A modern retelling of a classic
  • ATY Rejects: A book set during a revolution or uprising
  • Nadine’s Mini Challenge: The 23rd book on a list

Murder at Haven’s Rock by Kelley Armstrong

New town, same formula. Despite it being listed as first of a new series, it really is Rockton Number Eight. Which is fine, I enjoy the Rockton series but it would have been nice to have refreshed it a bit.

  • ATY # 43. A book that involves a murder
  • Popsugar # 44. A book that was self-published*

*She self-publishes in the UK, that’s good enough for me.


Books acquired:

I haven’t had the time for browsing this month’s ebook deals yet but I did remember to use an Audible credit. Only 19 credits to go! 🀣

Bought – Physical:

The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty

Bought – Digital:

Clytemnestra by Costanza Casati (audiobook)

Promise Boys by Nick Brooks