Time to wrap-up the Clean Sweep ARC Challenge for another year. It’s been a busy month, and I was surprised to find enough time to read as many as I did, especially as a couple of them gave me reasons to pause before going back to them. I’ll talk about that when I do their reviews in the coming weeks, but here’s the final tally.
A Seven Book Wrap-up
I got through seven of my fifteen books listed, including all those I needed to read urgently (publication dates or Net-Galley feedback). I’m pretty pleased with that. The titles are linked to Goodreads.
- Abducted Life Patricia Josephine (read 2-May)
- Deeply touching story involving alien abduction and memories. Highly recommended. (See review)
- Death by Adverb Rebecca Douglass (proof copy) (read 5-May)
- Very enjoyable third in the Death by… (JJ McGrath) series. It was really a beta copy, so not eligible for the Clean Sweep, but I got it done anyway.
- Death By Pumpkin N A Granger (read 12-May)
- Third in the Death by… (Rhe Brewster) series. Maybe I should have read it closer to the second in the series, but it leaned heavily on previous events, and was not so much a cosy mystery as a serial suspense.
- The Creeping Shadow (Lockwood & Co #4) Jonathan Stroud (read 15-May)
- I had to take a pause while reading this to make sure I read it in daylight – the first part in particular is horror rather than paranormal/suspense, even for older MGs. Having got through that, it returned to this series’ customary excellence.
- Did you See Melody Sophie Hannah (read 19-May)
- Tense psychological thriller featuring child abduction, but with plenty of Sophie Hannah’s wonderful twists!
- The Ugly Teapot Fred Holmes (read 26-May)
- Lots of this book is very good. Some parts I didn’t like, and it’s always difficult to know whether that’s just personal preference or something not quite right with the story. I’ve not tagged it MG because I think Chapter 20 is too violent.
- Blood Sister Dreda Say Mitchell (read 29-May)
- This book took me a long time to get into, then a long time to read even though it got more and more gripping. Deserves all the praise heaped on it.
Why do I read genres I don’t write?
I thought about this during the A to Z. I don’t seem to read and review books that would attract my readers to my blog. If people read my reviews and wonder if they’d like what I write, well, there’s no similarity at all. There are only two ostensibly MG books in there – although, to be fair, The Princelings series is also only ostensibly MG. There’s one that falls within scifi – and that suggests that the Perihelix and its sequels falls within NA.
The trouble is… I don’t like reading plots that might influence my own work, especially if we have similar ideas. So I read thrillers and crime mysteries and enjoy them. I need to finish my two series and then I can read more fantasy and scifi without fear of plagiarising them.
But I should review more books in my own field. I need to know what’s out there.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my wrap-up. Nip over to the Caffeinated Book Reviewer to see what others have been reading!