Monthly Wrap Up

I cannot believe that we are almost halfway through 2019!! Before I start with the books and post of this month, it’s time for… Partaaayyy!!!!

There’s cake for everybody so don’t push. Please stand in a line.

You! The one with the green cap and red T-shirt! Don’t jump the line!


There’s cake

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vegetables italian pizza restaurant
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four wine bottles on ice bucket
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Orange juice and lemonade for those who don’t drink Champagne.

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And some choco lava cake! Slurp!!

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If you want anything else, don’t feel shy to ask!

So what is this party all about? The Book Decoder turns one today! The (blog)baby (blogaby??)Β  is now ready to be potty trained! Uh-huh!

My very first review on this blog was of While the Light Lasts by Agatha Christie. My reviewing style has changed a lot since then!

Thank you to all those who follow my blog. You guys can have some more cake if you wish. πŸ˜‰

So, moving on, I read a total of 21 books this month! Woohoo! I might decide to read a novella this evening and if so then the count would be 22.

Let me start with the books I reviewed for blog tours this month. Dinner in the Sky by Anne Ligali, Tiger Catcher by Paullina Simons, Left Fur Dead by J.M Griffin, Southern Sass and Killer Cravings by Kate Young and Every Dog has his Day by Chloe Grace.

The review of Southern Sass and Killer Cravings was posted on 26th of May. Dinner in the Sky and Tiger Catcher are scheduled this coming week. The review of Every Dog has his Day will be posted on the 13th of June. Left Fur Dead is scheduled for July. πŸ˜€

You all would know by now that I am a huge fan of Chief Inspector Littlejohn Series by George Bellairs. I make it a point to read at least one book each month. I got to read Surfeit of Suspects – it was released sometime this year by British Library Publishing. Littlejohn is no longer the Chief Inspector in this story. I admit I liked him better when he was the Chief Inspector. As a Superintendent, he’s become a tad lazy! πŸ˜‰

I read three more crime classics in May. The Teahouse Detectives collection by Baroness Orczy is a must read crime classic. It is a collection of short stories but the old man solves all the unsolved police cases and he’s quite remarkable at it! You can read my review here: The Teahouse Detective: The Case of Miss Elliot by Baroness Orczy

I also read my first Inspector Appleby mystery. Death on a Quiet Day was a nail-biting story. The first half kept me on the edge of my seat. Phew! I read Murder on the Mill-Race by E.C.R Lorac two days ago. Since I haven’t posted the review yet, I am not going to talk much about the book. Just so that you know, I liked Littlejohn and Appleby better than Robert MacDonald!

I read quite a few cozy mysteries this month. The Oxford Mystery by Faith Martin (Jenny Starling series), Murder at Brightwell by Ashley Weaves, Be Still My Heart and The Last Ride by Sonia Parin, A Quiet Life in the Country by T.E. Kinsley, Southern Sass and Killer Cravings, Every Dog has his Day by Chloe Grace and A Twist in the Tail by Leighann Dobbs.

I also read The Last Straw by Ed Duncan, A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green andΒ The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw. Some more blog tour posts include:Β  How (Not) To Date A Prince by Zoe May;Β Coming Home to Wishington Bay by Maxine Morrey; and Staging is Murder by Grace Topping;

I came across this wonderful historical mystery series last week. It’s called the Higgins and Hawke series by Lee Strauss. I am totally in awe of this series. There are two books in this series so far. The author told me that the third book would be releasing in a couple of months. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Death at the Tavern and Death on the Tower – highly recommended!!

What have I planned to read in June? I am participating in almost 10 blog tours in July (greedy much?) so I will have to read them all in June. Plus, my KU subscription is ending soon. I haven’t gotten to read many through KU so I guess I need to spend the last month of my subscription browsing and reading all the books that are in my wishlist! I wish there were 60 days in June! I wish it would rain chocolates every day! I wish roses were made of marshmallows!


Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed the party!


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24 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap Up

    1. Thanks, Deb. πŸ™‚ You are working, right? When I used to work, I could read 2 or 3 books a month. Now that I am at home full-time, I spend some time everyday to read books. πŸ™‚

  1. Congrats dear R. New blog already an year old….hmm…time flies. 21 books in a month….gosh though I love to read,can no where come close to that number. Wish you all the success dear. Best wishes πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much, R πŸ™‚πŸ’– even I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started book blogging. πŸ™‚

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