Monthly update: April, 2017

A few days later than the actual end of the month, I’m finally saying goodbye to April with this post and I have to say it’s been a pretty good month – life and reading wise.  Life wise I got to take a lovely holiday to the seaside (sun included…you don’t get much better than that in April) and I also made some pretty big decisions which I’m now trying to figure out the logistics of (more on that to follow once it’s all clear in my head I’m sure).

Reading wise, this is what I loved, liked and didn’t really care for…

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The Killer on the Wall by Emma Kavanagh, where a murderer seems to be back on the lose after twenty years since his last “kill”…the problem is he’s in prison.  It’s a close call but this is definitely my book of the month.

Last Breath by Robert Bryndza, another cracking episode in the Erika Foster series with Erika back in the murder investigation team and on the trail of a serial killer.

Driven by James Sallis, visiting one of my favourite characters eight years after I first met him in Drive – add to that it’s one of my favourite authors, it felt like nothing could go wrong with this book.

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Before The Fall by Noah Hawley which looks at the aftermath of a plane crash on the survivors and the all pervasive (can you say evil) nature of the press.

The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger, the first book by this author that I’ve read but it won’t be the last – this is a clever thriller with plenty of twists and turns that keep you guessing.

He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly, a thriller with a difference; it makes you think – not just about what is going on but your attitudes toward sex and sexual assault.

What Goes Around by Julie Corbin, another thriller (yes, I read a lot I know) where two women battle wits over a man I’m not sure is worth it at all.

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Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson, which I had high hopes for (possibly too high) and just didn’t hit the mark for me, character-wise especially.  Shame.

The Lauras by Sara Taylor, where a young girl goes on the run (aka a road trip) with her mom.  Or it might be a young boy and his mom.  It isn’t clear, which is true of a lot of things in this book (for me at any rate).

Fell by Jenn Ashworth, which left me perplexed in how to rate it (it’s so close to liked a lot but not quite there).  The story left me wanting but the writing – beautiful!

not-for-meNone – yay!

And that’s it for me.  How was your month – what’s worth adding to next months to read pile?

Emma x

 

 

This month, I’m linking with Kathryn at Book Date and Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction with their monthly round-up posts (clicking on the images will take you to the posts to check out what others have been reading).

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32 comments
  1. Looks like you had a good reading week! 🙂

  2. I had planned to give Sara Taylor another chance after the disappointment (for me) of The Shore…but now I think I’ll pass. Thanks for sharing your month…enjoy May!

  3. This is definitely a good month for you Emma – isn’t it great when you don’t have to trudge through someone you don’t like or DNF it? Hope that May is as kind to you:)

  4. You have had a good month! Hopefully all the logistical issues will work themselves out this coming month. You’ve been a terrible influence on my TBR as I’m pretty sure I’ve added at least all the Loved and Liked a Lot (except for the one I’d already read) to my TBR

    1. I hope you can find plenty of the books in the library – save yourself a bit of money 🙂

  5. Glad it was a good month for you. Happy May!

    1. Me too…:-)

  6. Yay to seaside vacations and reading! especially if it was sunny 🙂 [you can tell I live in New Englad I get so excited about “sunny”] Now of course I’m curious and hope you post about those “big decisions” ;-P
    Glad all your books were good in April!

    1. England and New England – similar weather this time of year I wonder? I hope my big decision doesn’t let you down when it comes..just big deal for me.

      1. omg as long as it’s not that you are taking a break from blogging! 😉

        1. No and thank you for being worried that would be it. It’s not that dramatic but has already been making me happier.

  7. It sounds as though you had a good month Emma – I really must read Robert Bryndza as all my favourite bloggers rate him!

    1. It really was. I wish I could share the books with you…the downside of ebooks!

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  9. Glad you enjoyed your vacation and I hope you work out all the details of those big decisions soon! 🙂

    1. Me too…on both counts!

  10. I’m glad you had a good vacation. I could really use a beach trip right now. Happy May!

    1. It was nice to get away…nothing now till July though *sigh*

  11. Such a great wrap up! I’m glad that you didn’t dislike any books 🙂
    Megan @ http://wanderingsofabookbird.blogspot.co.uk/

    1. Thank you! Will head over and check yours out 😀

  12. Great reading month. I am with you on Her Every Fear.

  13. Looks like you had a good reading month! Good luck with the logistics, I hope you’ll work it all out soon!

    1. I did. I do wonder if it’s because I pick so many similar books though? Or does that matter?

      1. Hmm that is a possibility, but I guess it only matters if you’re trying to step outside of your comfort zone? Otherwise, I think the most important thing is that you’re enjoying your reading experience. 😀

  14. Glad to see you liked all your books! I would have liked He said She said too 🙂 I’m curious about the big decisions! Hope all is well. Good luck 🙂

    1. It is always a good thing to enjoy my reads…though have to say I have two reviews of not so good ones to write for May!

  15. hahah I just realized I had visited your April wrap already. No wonder it sounded familiar but since I’m always here I assumed I just had read about your “big decision” in another post 🙂 LOL Another Dory moment for me 🙂

  16. I’m happy you found every book enjoyable to read. I’ve been finding great middle grade books recently that I’ve loved.

    1. Me too…haven’t been as lucky this month!

  17. I haven’t read any of the books that you read this month, but I hope you have a great reading month next month!

    1. Me too…it’s started quite well 😀

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