It’s been a while since I last checked in, I’ve fallen into a Planet Zoo hole lately. It’s amazing how much time you can spend making a little virtual shed that isn’t even functional in the game… But hey, it takes my mind off things.

I will have reviews up of Scarlet, Ink Blood Sister Scribe and My Murder in the next couple of weeks. I don’t really want to get behind on NetGalley feedback again. Annoyingly Amazon have removed release dates off wishlists, so that’s slowing me down on my monthly On My Radar posts, because now I have to go in and look up the dates of everything and whack them on a spreadsheet. May’s round-up might be a bit late.

The bluebells are starting to emerge, I think another week and it will be Peak Bluebell up the woods.

Bluebell woods showing first smattering of flowers

I finally gave in and bought a new phone, so I’ve had the joy of finding things aren’t set up fully when I need them. Though it is nice having a battery that lasts a whole day of use again. And it does seem to do less weird things with the background blur on photos.

On the blog:

Review: Infinity Gate by M. R. Carey

Books read:

[ARC] Infinity Gate by M.R. Carey

See review above.

  • ATY # 25. A book with a tropical setting
  • SFF Titles . Gate

You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry

I liked this more than I thought since I’d seen so many meh reviews hating on the characters. I felt it was a friends to lovers that actually made sense, since they just kept having bad timing throughout their lives.

  • Popsugar # 3. A book about a vacation

Lone Women by Victor LaValle

A sort of western horror, this started off strong but I think it just started introducing too many characters and it lost a bit of momentum. It was nice seeing women of colour represented in a time and place in history where they are often forgotten about.

  • ATY # 16. Three books, each of which is set in a different century: Book 2

Assassin of Reality by Marina + Sergey Dyachenko

The sequel to Vita Nostra, which wasn’t quite as good but it did clear up a lot of the stuff I was just plain confused about in the first book.

  • ATY # 36. A book that has been translated from another language

In the Blink of an Eye by Jo Callaghan

I don’t think the audiobook narrator on this one was very good, she could have been an AI herself, with the blandness some of it was read. It’s the first in a series with a detective paired up with an AI in a pilot scheme to use it for reducing police workload, and I think it was fairly realistic with the capabilities of AI today (except believable holograms). I did find the main character a bit high and mighty, but she softened a bit by the end so I would consider reading more.

  • ATY Rejects: A book involving genetics or DNA
  • Nadine’s Mini Challenge # 1. A book involving genetics and/or genealogy

Babel by R.F. Kuang

This took me so long to read. I liked the match pairing of translated words being magic but it was full of so many lectures, the alternate history didn’t really work if you sat down and thought about it and there wasn’t a whole lot of plot to drive it forward through the 500+ pages. I seem to be in the minority on this book though. I guess if you didn’t know anything about the British Empire (yes it was awful) it could be enlightening.

  • ATY # 31. A book found by inputting a favourite author on literature-map.com

Books acquired:

Bought – Physical:

A House with Good Bones by T. Kingfisher

For the First Time, Again by Sylvain Neuvel

This Delicious Death by Kayla Cottingham

Bought – Digital:

Belladonna by Adalyn Grace

Death of a Bookseller by Alice Slater (audiobook)

For Review:

Mortal Follies by Alexis Hall (Gollancz)