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Tales of the TBR – April 2020

Oh, hi there friend!

We’ve not had a Tales of the TBR post for a wee while, I thought it was about time.

  1. To terrify myself at the number of books I’ve agreed to review
  2. To try and hold myself accountable for the number of books I’ve agreed to review
  3. To break up the list of reviews with something a bit different!

What I’ve Recently Finished Reading

These books are now off my TBR pile – HURRAH!

I’ll give you the last 5 books I read. I’ve been struggling with a reading slump for the past few months… not helped by the whole world going to shit at the same time. Anyone else struggling to concentrate to read? Or are you finding that a book is the perfect escape from the real world?

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben This was a Netgalley request which was made simply because I’d just binge watched Strangers on Netflix (so good, so weird, so confusing). You can read my review of The Boy from the Woods here.

Power Play by Tony Kent Power Play was read and reviewed as part of a blog tour – I loved this book. Tony Kent has had other releases but this was the first one I’d heard of. It’s a twisty, turny political thriller. Think House of Cards and you’ve almost got it. My review of Power Play is on the clicky link.

I Am Dust by Louise Beech Another blog tour review – I was so chuffed to get a spot on this tour. I Am Dust is the new chilling thriller from Louise Beech – she who wrote Call Me Star Girl. It’s terrifying. Click the link for my review of I Am Dust.

The F*ck-It List by John Niven Love, love, loved this one. My spot on the blog tour is coming up on the 24th April.

Q by Christina Dalcher The latest release from the author of Vox was a disappointing read for me unfortunately. You can read my review and why I didn’t rate it here.

What I’m Reading Right Now

As is standard for me, I have 3 books on the go at the moment! A paperback, a kindle book and an audiobook.

The Paperback

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (with The Merry Men & Other Stories) by Robert Lewis Stevenson I’ve been trying to read some of the ‘classics’ as my back-catalogue is somewhat lacking! Luckily this is a short one so in theory I should have been able to power through it. Slump says no 🙁

The Kindle Book

Death of a Painter by Matthew Ross I am reading this little gem as part of a Red Dog Press blog tour which starts shortly. It’s about the death of a painter as the title would suggest! My review spot is on 30th April and I can’t wait!

The Audio Book

Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett Thief of Time is one of my favourite Discworld novels – it’s just so wonderfully weird. Making a clock to stop time so the auditors of the world can keep everything organised. Only a monk and his apprentice can stop them. And it features my favourite character of Death SO IT IS OBVIOUSLY GOOD.

The TBR Pile

Okay. Here we go. I’ll only list those I have committed to read for Blog Tours and books I’ve been approved for from Netgalley. I am actively ignoring my bookshelves… those books aren’t going anywhere anytime soon!

Blog Tour Reads

Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis An absolutely MAHOOSIVE The Write Reads blog tour in conjunction with Penguin! My slot on this tour is 2nd May.

Ash Mountain by Helen Fitzgerald Part of an Orenda Books tour, the Online Blanket for slot is 5th May.

Hidden in the Shadows: Untold WW2 Stories by Imogen Matthews Part of a Random Things Tour. This one isn’t my usual genre but the blurb sounded absolutely fascinating. My spot on the tour is 12th May.


I shouldn’t be allowed on the NetGalley website unsupervised. These are the ones that have been approved… there’s at least another 6 or 7 pending…

The Cabinet of Calm by Paul Anthony Jones Open The Cabinet of Calm to find a comforting word that’s equal to your troubles. Published 14th May 2020.

The Cat and the City by Paul Bradley A stray cat dances through Tokyo, connecting a group of apparent strangers, in this inventive literary debut. Published 4th June 2020.

The Resident by David Jackson There’s a serial killer on the run and he’s hiding on your house. Published 16th July 2020.

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher You’ve never met the other wives. None of you know each other, you see your husband only one day a week. Thursday. But you don’t care, you love him that much. Or at least that’s what you’ve told yourself… Published 25th June 2020.

So, there we have it. A few books to read while in the middle of a reading slump and the world is in the midst of a global meltdown. I’m sure it’ll be fine… you??

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