April Round Up

Fallen Angel

April has proven to be our busiest month yet at Book Social. In this post we give you a round up of books we have read and obtained.

What have we been reading?

Louise Beech gave us a true ‘Wow’ moment with her last book. This time she changed genre giving us a dark psychological thriller and a lead protagonist that reminded us of an onion! Call Me Star Girl doesn’t disappoint.

Non fiction was next up with the doorstop of a book, Victoria by A.N Wilson. Used as the inspiration for the current TV series, it was a fascinating insight and left me slightly in love with Prince Albert.

The Dark Game by Jonathan Janz was the first of two horror books reviewed this month. With several nods to Stephen King, there was a slight thriller feel to the book which newbies to the genre would love.

The Circus was in town for The Ringmaster by Vanda Symon. A breath of fresh air to the smoke riddled, pint drinking English Detectives. What with Symon and Jane Harper, the Southern Hemisphere is really delivering right now with its crime fiction.

The Ringmaster by Vanda Symon
The Ringmaster

The Pale Ones by Bartholomew Bennett was our second horror book this month. It’s slim, easy to read but it’s subject matter is……….BOOKS!

Fallen Angel by Chris Brookmyre was a brilliant thriller about a missing child in Portugal. Family secrets, killer twists and conspiracy theories had me racing to the end. This is the one to take on holiday with you this year if thrillers are you thing.

The last Blog Tour of the month was Eye For Eye by J.K Franko. Every bit as good as Fallen Angel in the thriller stakes yet totally different. I’m waiting with baited breath for book number two, Tooth For Tooth!

What were April’s Books of the Month?

April’s Book of the Month was The Cactus by Sarah Haywood. A little too neat, a little too sweet and just not Eleanor Oliphant. It was easy to read however and would also make a good contender for the suitcase when it comes to packing for summer holidays.

The Last Chance Hotel by Nicki Thornton was our Children’s Book of The Month. A perfect introduction to the ‘whodunnit’ genre we are celebrating by giving away a copy of the book to one lucky Book Social-er. Read our review of the book to find out how to enter!

What was our Read of the Month?

What a strong month it has been for crime! Some absolute killers (tragic, I know). But due to it’s local connection, and it’s all round feel good factor, A Farmer’s Diary by Sally Urwin wins it. You couldn’t fail to fall in love with Sally, aka ‘The Pint Sized Farmer’, her family and of course, ‘The Fat Pony’.

A Farmer's Diary

And what was added to our shelf?

A trip to The Old Pier in Morecambe led to a pile of books being added to my shelf including two books for my daughter, The Babysitter’s Club books that I read as a child.

Book Haul

A few tasty Blog Tour books were delivered, here is a sneak peak to wet your appetite

Those Who Are Loved
Those Who Are Loved y Victoria Hislop

The unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas
The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas

10 Things To Do Before You Leave
10 Things To Do Before You Leave by Bernard O’Keeffe

What have you been reading with Easter Egg in hand this month?