Author's Note

June Reading Wrap Up – and July Hiatus Announcement

I feel like every month I have to curb the urge to say ‘I don’t know where the month went’, but it’s true! June absolutely flew by, and it’s already time to do my wrap up.

Things have been pretty stressful chez Cat for the last few weeks (the work being done to our house continues, for one!) and I’ve found myself really not enjoying blogging – and worse, really not enjoying reading, which is something that’s a real shock to me as its always been my main hobby! I’ve been noticing that I’ve been rating books lower on average than I would normally, which makes me think it’s probably me rather than just a bad run… I really need to take a bit of a break and let myself read without deadlines and without feeling like I need to take notes or analyse books, so I’m going to be taking the whole of July off from blogging. I’ll honour any blog tours I’m signed up to, but otherwise, you won’t see any posts from me until the end of the month. Apologies to anyone waiting on a review from me, they will come eventually! I’m just so tired. I’m hoping that this will give me space to relax and just enjoy reading with less pressure, so that I can come back refreshed.

Anyway, onto June’s reading stats, since that’s the fun part!

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Tags and Fun

Mid Year Book Tag!

I’ve read over 200 books so far in 2022, so it’s a great time to check in at the halfway mark with this tag and recap some of my favourites!

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2021

I think this is between Nettle and Bone by T Kingfisher (which I reviewed here) and Which Way? by Theodora Benson (review here). Two very different books! The former was pure fun, and the latter was just one that really got stuck in my brain.

Best Sequel of 2020 so far

A Mirror Mended by Alix E Harrow is such a fabulous, entertaining book – my review of both books in the series is here!

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Book Reviews

Kitten Corner: Exploring and Learning

From tiny bugs to the entire universe, there’s a lot to learn about when you’re small, and these five books all showcase different things to get little kids interested in the workings of the world. All of these books were sent to me free of charge, but that doesn’t affect my opinions – I enjoyed all of them and think they’ll get a lot of reading!

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Author's Note

What Have I Done?? A Historical Romance Windfall

So, the other day someone in my local Facebook group asked if anyone wanted to take a few historical romance novels off her hands. I thought, “sure, I can always read a few more” – so I beetled off to her house expecting maybe like half a dozen or so at most.


Oh no.

What she handed me was this:

That’s 41 – forty one – books. And some of them are bind ups!

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