April has been a busy month for family related activities. As my children grow older I see less of them so prioritise in their favour when we can be together. A local road closure and the ongoing engineering work on the GWR affected my ability to travel so I did not attend any literary events. Added to these issues I was working my way through an 800 page non fiction book which, although fascinating, proved more technical than expected and would not be rushed.
I posted reviews for 16 books in April and interviewed one author – links are below. However, the month opened with a random opinion piece that was inspired by some negative debates on social media around book blogging and negative reviews. You may read it here: Random Musings: Book love and negative reviews
On then to the books. As long time readers will know I have a particular fondness for the small presses and am always happy to discover a new one. Ampersand Publishing sent me four titles which I devoured. These included two poetry collections:
and two works of fiction:
I also reviewed a translated poetry collection from the fabulous Little Island Press:
Shortening the Candle’s Wick by Andres Ehin and Ly Seppel (translated by Ilmar Lehtpere)
Unusually for me there was only one book of translated fiction this month, although I did get to interview the author:
I posted a couple of reviews originally written for Bookmunch
In non fiction I posted reviews of a nature monograph that made me want to return to Ireland and revisit the places described, and a best selling memoir.
I also posted a review of the latest non fiction offering from Galley Beggar Press:
Wrestliana by Toby Litt
Other fiction reviews posted included the following:
Mayhem and Death by Helen McClory, published by 404 Ink
Finally, I acquired a new hen enclosure this month which got me so excited I had to write about it: Constructing the Perfect Walk-in Run
As ever I wish to thank the publishers who send me their titles to review – the arrival of a book parcel makes my day.
My thanks also to those who share my words across their social media platforms. Your support is always appreciated.
Next month I have two short breaks planned with my family. It is therefore likely to be a quieter month on social media and on my blog, although there may be pictures of my adventures.