BLOG: April and May Round-Up

This year is whizzing by far faster than I realised! 13th June will mark 6 months in my role at Igloo, which is extremely exciting. I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone. Mostly now I’m looking forward to a long, hot summer of lounging in my garden and reading all the books I have piled up.


When A Duchess Says I Do – Grace Burrowes

A regency romance in the style of Georgette Heyer, but with a little more smut. A damsel in distress, a hero with a white knight complex, and a mutual love of chess set the scene here.

These Old Shades – Georgette Heyer

I took the time to revisit one of my favourite books, but also to discuss the elements of it which perhaps might make it less attractive to a modern reader, and perhaps look at how Heyer addresses some (sadly not all) of these.

VOX – Christina Dalcher

A fantastic piece of feminist dystopic fiction, it filled me with righteous fury, but also seemed far less bleak than other books within the genre.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing – Hank Green

This book is Giant Robots for Literary Fiction fans – taking the idea of an alien invasion and dealing with the individual and societal impacts. It wasn’t quite for me, but I could see where it stood.

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

I struggled with this novel a little because the subject matter was so personal to me, and yet at the same time I found the execution to be unfamiliar to my own experiences. I am still not quite sure how I felt about it, but it was an easy read.

Crown of Feathers – Nicki Pau Preto

I really loved this book, and was delighted to see a fantasy exploring phoenixes when dragons have so long been the flavour of the day. I also loved how it built a world whilst keeping the magic and mythology carefully constrained – it didn’t overburden itself, and was better for it.

Kid Gloves – Lucy Knisley

I love everything Lucy Knisley does, and I was so excited to read this book. It follows on from Something New (in as much as life is chronological and first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the biographical comic about your pregnancy) and discusses her difficulties with getting pregnant and her experiences with pregnancy. It’s funny, warm and wonderful.

Queenie – Candice Carty-Williams

This was the book that everyone on my twitter feed seemed to be talking about for months, and it nearly made me cry. Pitched as a funny book – and it is delightfully satirical and insightful – for me I picked up on the anger and the sadness, and I felt like Queenie’s mental health struggles hit a little close to home for me to laugh.

Flame in the Mist – Renée Ahdieh

A bit of cross-dressing, a bit of conspiracy, a tiny bit of magic – I’m looking forward to reading the second book in this duology because the first one was really a grand old romp that hit all the tropes I really love.



The Sunshine Blogger Award

I got nominated by two separate people for the Sunshine Blogger Award, so this post is a self-indulgent one answering questions all about me! Thanks to Writing the Blues Away and Mommin’ in the Real World for the nominations.

How Book Piracy Impacts Authors

Piracy has become a real part of our society, but it’s often not clear about the impact it can have. If you’re curious about some of the facts and figures, I’ve put together a post discussing how ebook piracy can impact both author income and book contracts.

LBF19/Bookmachine – The Art of Commissioning

At London Book Fair, I attended a panel on “the Art of Commissioning Debut Novels”, and then I was lucky enough to attend a Bookmachine event on building lists through commissioning. Both panels seemed to mesh well, so I combined them into a single post.

LBF 19 – Getting Ahead in Publishing

I rounded up the SYP panel I attended at London Book Fair discussing how to further your career in publishing after getting your initial entry-level role.

February and March Round-Up

This seems so long ago and yet it wasn’t really! All my posts from the start of the year are bundled up here.

13 thoughts on “BLOG: April and May Round-Up

  1. Bexa says:

    Always love reading your blogs and book reviews, Claire! It looks like you have had an awesome couple of months! 🙂 I can’t believe how quickly this year is going too, wow June already, crazy!! I hope you have a lovely relaxing summer with lots of reading! Looking forward to your reviews, have a great week! ❤ xx

    Bexa |

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  2. Lindsey says:

    Ooh you’ve read some great books this year. Fangirl is one of my favourites precisely because I see myself in it way too much – think it might be time for another re-read there actually. It always just leaves me motivated and inspired. I’ve got Crown of Feathers waiting for me, must get onto that one…

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