It’s that time of year where I’m always wondering if I’m getting a cold or it’s just a particularly high pollen count. I do love seeing nature spring into life, but it would be great if my immune system wouldn’t attack it! With the improving weather we’ve managed our first picnic of the year, headed to the beach and walked up the other St. Catherine’s Hill (the one in Christchurch). Little did we know there is a firing range located there, so the constant gunshots added a bit of tension to the walk…

Salty sea dog:

Wet Labrador dog at the beach with a grumpy expression

Somehow three weeks have passed since I last checked in, but here’s what I’ve blogged about, read and received:

On the blog:

On My Radar: May

Review: Scarlet by Genevieve Cogman

Books read:


[ARC] Mortal Follies by Alexis Hall

The fairy narrator and the faux-regency fantasy was fun but I didn’t really connect with the romance, so it dragged a little when the fantasy bits weren’t happening.

  • ATY # 26. A book related to pride

Death of a Bookseller by Alice Slater

I usually don’t enjoy books with unlikable characters but I felt both Roach and Laura came across as real, if flawed, people who at times invited sympathy. I did enjoy the chain bookstore setting (clearly based on Waterstones) which meant it wasn’t a romantic portrayal of bookselling. The audiobook was excellent.

  • Popsugar # 46. A book with a pet character

The Salt Grows Heavy by Cassandra Khaw

That cover! This is a beautifully written yet gory fairy tale, loosely based on The Little Mermaid, but with a terrifying mermaid and a plague doctor.

  • ATY # 22. A book with a faceless person on the cover

[ARC] My Week With Him by Joya Goffney

Honestly this was a bit of a disappointment considering how much I enjoyed her previous books. I felt it kind of skimmed over homelessness like it wasn’t an issue and the main character had these unrealistic safety nets. And her mother was so inconsistent, maybe if we’d had her perspective, it might have been more convincing. I guess I’ll be revisiting my thoughts in a full review.

  • ATY # 37. A book with the theme of returning home

Books acquired:


Bought – Physical:

Cursed Crowns by Catherine Doyle + Katherine Webber

Bought – Digital:

The Secret Life of Fungi by Aliya Whiteley

Sentient by Jackie Higgins

Going Zero by Anthony McCarten

For Review:

House of Odysseus by Claire North (Orbit)