This post has been rather too long in the writing, courtesy of work and our family holiday to Le Moulleau on the South West coast of France. Indeed, I am typing away on my laptop here under an almost cloudless blue sky, with a gentle breeze blowing, a full tummy after an al fresco lunch on our terrace and only birdsong to disturb the peace, as mini-Falaise’s long-suffering grandfather has taken her out for a promenade (and, probably, yet another ice cream, for which she appears to have an unquenchable appetite).
Anyway, back to business. Whilst perusing Gaskella’s blog a few weeks ago, I read her post about the Transworld Book Group, organised by Lynsey at Transworld. Participants get to pick four titles from a selection of their autumn list. Transworld then send them out one at a time and everyone taking part reviews the titles they have been sent.
Now, having only been blogging for 12 months (my bloggiversary was on the 27th but I was on the beach so didn’t bother marking it with a post), I am still getting used to the idea that publishers will allow bloggers access to ARCs and send out recent titles for review. So anything like this really gets me excited and I signed up with alacrity. From their selection, I chose the following:
The Water Room by Christopher Fowler
Twelve by Jasper Kent
Caligula by Douglas Jackson
The Odin Mission by James Holland
None of them are authors I have read before and three of them are from genres I don’t normally pick up so it should be an interesting set of reads. The first title, The Water Room, has arrived and, I have to confess, I have already finished it – review to follow shortly.