I can’t even wrap my head around the fact that it’s June. No clue whatsoever where the past five months have gone.
We had fabulous weather here this past week. Back to back days of blue skies, sunshine and near 30°C. My kind of weather. And then, overnight temperatures plummeted to about 15°C and I’m back to being a tad grumpy, wearing layers and complaining about the miserable drizzle.
Prompted by the weather and deciding to do the 20 Books of Summer, I have been reading up a storm! I’m trying to get ahead on blog tour reading so I have plenty of time at some point to fit in those other 20 books I’ve committed myself to. Speaking of that list, there will be fiddling as I forgot I had a book on pre-order and I’m definitely going to squeeze that one in.
Anyway, blah blah, here’s what I read this week.
Books I’ve read this week
Not too shabby at all.
Books I’ve bought this week
I’m really trying very hard not to buy any so two is okay. 😂. Besides, I had to get The Cliff House as it is on my 20 Books of Summer list and then I realised I didn’t even have it.
ARC’s received via Netgalley
All for blog tours. Still have an approval rating of 92%. At least that’s one shelf that isn’t getting completely out of control. Yet.
Bookpost that landed on my doorstep this past week
My review copy of It Was Her was lost in the post so Little Brown were kind enough to send me a second one. Luckily for me, I had already bought the kindle version as that second copy arrived on Thursday when my stop on the tour was the next day. I read fast but not that fast!
On the blog this past week
Monday : Joined the blog tour for Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling
Thursday : Joined the blog blitz for If Fear Wins by Tony J. Forder
Friday : Hosted the final stop on the blog tour for It Was Her by Mark Hill
Saturday : Joined the blog blitz for Faceless by Rob Ashman
Sunday : Tried to put together some coherent thoughts about The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton and posted my weekly wrap-up.
Next week on Novel Deelights
A mere 6 blog tours. Accidentally spread out over 4 days. It’s okay! I have everything under control! *sobs in corner* 🤣
I’ll be joining the tours and blitzes for Carpenter Road by N.M. Brown, Big Sister by Gunnar Staalesen, Body Heat by Candy Denman, Rogue by J.B. Turner, Love Will Tear Us Apart by Holly Seddon and Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh.
In between, I’m hoping to share my reviews for The Retreat and Jane Seymour.
In other news, I forgot to mention last week that I got my Netgalley auto-approval badge. That was one of my goals this year so I’m really pleased with that one. Because I obviously need access to more books. 🙄
In other, other news : I don’t tend to get involved with things like this. I quite happily hide myself away, nose in a book and ignore the world. But I can’t just sit back and ignore these recent shenanigans.
You may have seen some negative blogger stuff going around this past week. For once, it’s actually justified. People who are just in it for the “free books”, who sell ARC’s for ridiculous prices when it clearly states these are not to be sold, who beg for books and never read them, who grab a spot on a much coveted blog tour and don’t take it seriously … they should NOT have a place in this wonderful community. This is not what we’re about.
Receiving an ARC or a book is a privilege, not a right. Being quoted in a book is a privilege, not a right. Publishers and authors don’t owe you anything!
A book review blog isn’t about you, it isn’t about making money to pay your rent. That’s what a job is for. It’s about the books, spreading the book love, promoting something an author has worked on long and hard. Publishers and authors alike need to somehow step up and take note, tackle these issues. These things are frustrating, unfair and make serious bloggers wonder why they work so hard at actually getting it right. These people give all of us a bad name. Don’t be that blogger!
Take a few minutes to read this post by Jill, who says it all far better and more eloquently than I ever could.
Right, that’s it. Off to find my happy place so back to reading, I go.
Wishing you all a wonderful week and lots of happy reading! xx