It’s been an uneventful couple of weeks since my last update. Last time I was made redundant I had all these grand plans to fill my time but this time, I just feel like I need to be getting a new job, but I don’t like the sound of any of the vacancies I’m finding. I don’t want to work for an evil company! And now I’ve tasted part-time I hours I don’t want to go back to full time either.

Of course, everyone’s talking about Threads. I’m a bit skeptical that the people behind Facebook and Instagram will actually make it a success and not an algorithmic horror show, but since I already am on Instagram, I am giving it a go. You can find me with the usual username @patchworkbunny. I can at least keep in touch with publishing folk when if Twitter dies its final death.

I’ve also updated my Amazon affiliate shop with this month’s UK Kindle bargains, if anyone is interested in them. And I briefly reached 80% feedback ratio on NetGalley! Then I got a couple of requests accepted and went back down to 79% but staying about 80% now seems feasible in the long term as I am up-to-date on requests from after 2019.

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On the blog:

Top Ten Most Anticipated

Review: After That Night by Karin Slaughter

Review: My Week With Him by Joya Goffney

On My Radar: July

Books read:

the sentence the seven year slip

The Sentence by Louise Erdich

This took me so long to read, I just don’t think this is my sort of book.

  • ATY # 49. A book posted in one of the ATY Best Book of the Month threads in 2022 or 2023

The Seven Year Slip by Ashley Poston

Loved this story about a time travelling apartment! Romance was adorable, and the side story about her aunt dying had me in tears.

  • ATY # 19. A book related to the arts
  • ATY Rejects A book with a character who time travels

Books acquired:


For Review:

Boys in the Valley by Philip Fracassi (Orbit)

A Study in Drowning by Ava Reid (Del Rey)

Bridge by Lauren Beukes (Michael Joseph)

Bought โ€“ Digital:

Happy Place by Emily Henry

Role Playing by Cathy Yardley

The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E. Smith

Fake Dates and Mooncakes by Sher Lee