Hello May (Fictionophile updates and April’s bookhaul)

If you’ll remember, I vowed to NOT have a very big bookhaul this time.  I’ve been attempting to control my over-large TBR by planning out my reading month and, most importantly, NOT adding to my every growing list of review commitments.

Well……..  my reading plan was very successful.  I read eleven books in April.

BUT !!!! my book haul was almost as large as it was before!

My weakness is appalling!

I completely forgot to factor in that I had already requested some titles from NetGalley that I hadn’t heard back from yet – which have since been approved.

Our house” by Louise CandlishDeep fear” by Rachel LynchDead and gone” by D.L. Michaels


AND some lovely publishers sent me NetGalley widgets for titles I just couldn’t pass up:

Thomas & Mercer/Amazon Publishing UK
sent me a widget for “The retreat” by Mark EdwardsSimon & Schuster sent me a widget for “The Lido” by Libby PageSt. Martin’s Press sent me a widget for “She as the quiet one” by Michele Campbell


and, I’m taking part in a book tour in August with Rachel’s Random Resourcesso, I had to get the book “The Cheesemaker’s House” by Jane Cable for the tour

and the ever generous Thistle Publishing sent me “The woodcutter” by Shaun Bainesand… I had a huge fail severe weak spell when I visited Edelweiss to find that the following book was a Download Now title for me.  As I had read her debut novel and loved it, I couldn’t help but take them up on the offer of “A double life” by Flynn Berry

Can you believe it????  NINE more review commitments!

After I had vowed to have no more than two….  

Hope I do better next month……….

so I’ll have to fit in at least one short story.  I choose

The text” by Claire Douglas (40 pages)

My Goodreads Challenge is coming along nicely:

My NetGalley feedback ratio still needs some improvement:

My Edelweiss feedback ratio needs recusitation even more improvement:

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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28 Responses to Hello May (Fictionophile updates and April’s bookhaul)

  1. Vera says:

    Oh, I fall into the same category with NetGalley. I request books and then find out I have most of them approved weeks later all at once. 😊🙈
    I’m planning on reading We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It’s a shortish essay – would you classify it as a short story as well? 😊

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  3. Holly B / Dressedtoread says:

    I’ve never seen my feedback ratio on EW. I didn’t even know it was recorded! I saw The Double Life, but wasn’t sure having not read the author (sooo maybe I do need it)! Your month looks busy, but in a GOOD way!

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  4. Zoe says:

    Great update, Lynne! 😂
    I keep trying to cut back as well but it’s impossible when all these great sounding books keep coming along! Have a lovely May!

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  5. Glad I’m not the only that can’t resist a NetGalley widget! I love that kitten gif! Happy reading 😊

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  6. Books are just so tempting aren’t they!!

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  7. gkdewolfe says:

    So very pleased to see Flynn Berry
    has a new book. When you recommended Under The Harrow
    I became a fan of this author and
    I was delighted to see A Double
    Life…..just have to hunt down a
    copy. We are book crazy Lynne…..
    as Anne said “we are kindred
    spirits”!!! Difficult to say “no” to a
    book…..I’m sure you will handle
    your TBR pile…..as you have in the
    past……you sound so very delighted!😘

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  8. Carrie Rubin says:

    Put on the kettle and grab a mug, because you’ll be needing some tea to go with all that reading!

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  9. skyecaitlin says:

    Wow, this is incredible!

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  10. I love your brutal honesty about your own lack of self-discipline…we’ve all been there! Having said that, you’ve picked up what sound like some great books. Would have been a crime not to, lol. I’ve been hearing a lot of positive noise online about The Lido. I’ll be interested in what you think.

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  11. The Text grabbed my attention – and before I realised it’s a short story – which I’m reading more and more of.

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    • Yes, I had “The text” on my TBR and didn’t realize it was a short story until I was looking for something to read for May which is short story month. I just scanned the pagination of all the books on my Goodreads TBR and when I came to one that said 40 p. I stopped looking any further.

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  12. carhicks says:

    Well, I figure it is too hard to pass on a good book, so I try not to even look. Notice I said try. It looks like you got some good ones though. Time to draw up my May list. BTW, where do you find your ratio on Edelwiess or do you just figure it out yourself?

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