I feel like I’ve been doing nothing but reading Paws and Portals over and over again these last few weeks. I got some feedback on it and moved some things around, cut some extraneous waffle, added more relevant waffle (aka dialogue), and I feel it’s in a place to send out to reviewers now. Which is quite terrifying! The media kit page is updated with more info and a sample of the first two chapters if you want to see if it’s something you might like.

So now I can concentrate on reading other people’s books. Huzzah!

Here’s Scully enjoying the brief sunny weather at the beach:

Headshot of panting Labrador dog. Sky behind her is bright blue.

On the blog:

Review: A Letter to the Luminous Deep by Sylvie Cathrall

Review: The Husbands by Holly Gramazio

Top Ten: Spring TBR

On My Radar: April

Books read:


[ARC] Running Close to the Wind by Alexandra Rowland

This was ridiculous, and worth reading for the cake competition alone. Avra’s horniness got a bit tiring though, it’s supposed to be funny but bordered on sexual harassment.

  • Popsugar # 6. A book about pirates

[ARC] The Husbands by Holly Gramazio

See link to full review above.

  • ATY # 47. A book with a two-word title beginning with THE
  • Popsugar # 35. A book with magical realism

🎧 Red Side Story by Jasper Fforde

Just brilliant, smart, and funny. I’d actually forgotten a lot of the details of Shades of Grey but Red Side Story does a decent job of filling up in. It follows Eddie and Jane as they start to learn more about the world they live in, the Somewhere Else and the Something That Happened. Cried a little at the end.

  • ATY # 4. A book related to something mentioned in the lyrics of What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

🎧 Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells

My least favourite Murderbot, but it’s still Murderbot.

  • Popsugar # 19 A book set in the future

A Tempest of Tea by Hafsah Faizal

Considering the hook is tearoom by day blood house by night, they spend hardly any time in the establishment. Which was a shame, it sounded like a cool, vampiric speakeasy set-up. I feel like not having read the other books set in this world, I was missing a bit of context.

  • ATY # 15. A book whose author’s name includes one of the 4 least used letters in the English language (JQZX)

Bride by Ali Hazelwood

I didn’t need to read about knotting in a sex scene, but the rest of it was fun! And at least I learnt I want to stay away from omegaverse fiction.

  • ATY # 20. A book with a single word title

Someone You Can Build a Nest In by John Wiswell

Cosy and gruesome, what a combination! I loved it! I’ll probably write a proper review next week…

  • Popsugar # 46 A book in which a character sleeps for more than 24 hours

Books acquired:


For Review:

Long Live Evil by Sarah Rees Brennan (Orbit)

Bought – Physical:

The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo

Someone You Can Build a Nest In by John Wiswell

Bride by Ali Hazelwood

The Last Murder at the End of the World by Stuart Turton

Floating Hotel by Grace Curtis

Bought – Digital:

Voyage of the Damned by Frances White

System Collapse by Martha Wells (audiobook)

A Power Unbound by Freya Marske (audiobook)