It’s the prettiest time of year in the local woods. There are so many bluebells, as well as other wildflowers, and they’ve spread much further than the usual patch. Which I guess is a sign the woods are healthy? I haven’t noticed the stitchwort before, but they are pretty little things, and make a nice contrast to all the blue.

Labrador dog standing in the woods surrounded by bluebells.

White wildflowers (stitchwort) in long grass.


Next month the blog will be focusing on Wyrd and Wonder, with lots of fantasy related content. There are a few games releases coming up which have the potential to derail my reading plans, but I have already written a few posts, so I’m prepared!

I also held Paws and Portals in my hands for the first time! I have a giveaway for both ebook and paperback copies running on StoryGraph at the moment too.

Copy of Paws and Portals surrounded by leaves. Cover shows an illustrated curled up squirrel.

On the blog:

Review: Someone You Can Build a Nest in by John Wiswell

ARC Review: A Novel Love Story by Ashley Poston

On My Radar: May

Books read:


[ARC] A Novel Love Story by Ashley Poston

See review linked above.

  • ATY . A book with a touch of magic

System Collapse by Martha Wells

Murderbot deals with PTSD (not surprising really) and helps outsmart the Barish-Estranza corporation. An improvement on the previous instalment and I’m all caught up with Murderbot!

  • ATY # 50. A book posted in one of the ATY Best Book of the Month threads in 2023 or 2024

Bryony and Roses by T. Kingfisher

Retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a focus on plants. I really liked the Beast in this one. I will read anything T. Kingfisher writes and likely enjoy it.

  • Popsugar # 49. The 24th book of an author

Books acquired:


For Review:

Elusive by Genevieve Cogman (Tor)

Not For the Faint of Heart by Lex Croucher (Bloomsbury)

Bought – Physical:

Burning Crowns by Catherine Doyle + Katherine Webber

Bought – Digital:

The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher

Funny Story by Emily Henry