Hello February 2019 (blog updates & January #bookhaul)

February is my birthday month. Here in Nova Scotia, it is often the worst weather month of the year, so I can be forgiven for planning a month of snuggling up with some really good books… right?  I really, really, really tried to not request any ARCs in January.  Despite my efforts, I ended up adding FIVE titles to my long list of review commitments. But look at these titles – you can’t blame me right?

From Edelweiss I received two titles:

I was pre-approved for this title on Edelweiss by G.P. Putnman’s Sons

I was pre-approved on Edelweiss for this title by Blackstone Publishing


From NetGalley I received three titles:

I received this title compliments of Canelo Publishing via NetGalley

I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via NetGalley

I was sent a NetGalley widget from St. Martin’s Press

The last time I got YOU to vote for my next police procedural read, it paid off in spades!  I absolutely loved “For Reasons Unknown” and now I can highly recommended it too.

The poll was SO successful for me that I tried it again in January.  If you haven’t yet voted for my next police procedural read, you can find the poll to VOTE HERE.

Kindle titles I purchased from Amazon.ca

Even though I added four titles to my review commitments, I also purchased 6 Kindle titles in January.  I’ve put the price I paid underneath the graphic. Just click on the cover to find out more on Goodreads.  Total price for six books = $ 7.25 Cdn.  NOT BAD!

$ .99 published by Aria Books

$1.99 published by Thomas & Mercer

$ .99 published by Orenda Books

$1.30 published by Thriller Bests

$ .99 published by Bloodhound Books

$ .99 published by Bloodhound Books


TLC Blog Tours sponsored a GIVEAWAY of the novel “The Widows” by Jess Montgomery. To qualify, you had to live in either Canada or the U.S.A. Although 27 people kindly shared my book review on Twitter, only six of these lived in the qualifying countries. So the chances were 1/6.  Not bad!Congratulations to Tina Woodbury!  She has won a print copy of the book!


Thank-you to all the book bloggers and other followers who supported me so strongly when I was blocked on Twitter by another blogger. This community of ours is not to be taken granted.  One bad experience morphed into a lot of blogger love coming my way, which worked well to warm my heart.  The blogger in question never did respond to my (polite) message – so her blog will no longer be ‘liked’ or ‘tweeted’ by me. She was on my list of Top Twenty book bloggers so I used to support her faithfully… Oh well… she obviously doesn’t need me.


Hope everyone has a delightful February with lots of Valentine love thrown in for good measure. And remember…

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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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27 Responses to Hello February 2019 (blog updates & January #bookhaul)

  1. carhicks says:

    Happy Birthday month Lynne. 🎂🥂 Cold weather sounds like a great reason to curl up and read and so many great books too. There are a couple I am checking out for sure.

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  2. Happy birthday month! Mine is January, so I understand about the cold.

    The Disappeared caught my eye right away. I’m off to hunt for that one now…

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  3. Sarah says:

    Oooo I have no idea what Blackberry & Wild Rose is about, but that cover is GORGEOUS!

    Happy birthday month!!!

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  4. Jee Wan says:

    And happy birthday month!! 💃🏽💃🏽

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  5. Jee Wan says:

    What a great haul!! I’m envious! ❤️❤️

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  6. Happy Birthday month!!! Hopefully the weather isn’t too bad! My mom is from Nova Scotia and my aunt still lives out there, so I know the winters can get pretty rough!

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  7. Zoe says:

    Have a Happy Birthday, Lynne and stay warm! 🎉🎂🍾

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  8. Wonderful wrap up post! I’m guessing you get loads of snow in February, stay safe and warm and enjoy all your books. 😀

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  9. Karen says:

    An exciting haul there Lynne. A Suitable Lie is excellent. I’m sorry I missed the Twitter blocking but don’t waste another thought on that person. Twitter can be weird. I was blocked by someone that I had never had any interaction with or wasn’t even following!

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  10. Carol says:

    Happy February reading and happy birthday month! ❤️

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  11. _booksarelove 💕 says:

    Great post! They all look like such good reads, I have Spare Room on my Kindle, and am looking forward to getting into it this month!! I will let you know what I think of it! 🙂
    happy reading!
    Kim

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  12. Ah those ARCs! They are so tantalizingly addictive! 😛 I also added a few ARCs to my mounting TBR pile!

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