It’s May! Which means it is time to participate in the Caffeinated Book Reviewer’s May Clean Sweep where we attempt to read as many Advanced Reader Copies as possible.

I seriously am inundated with ARCS. I have about 90 on NetGalley, a few on my bookshelf and some waiting patiently on my iPad for me to get to.

Last year I managed to read 3 ARCS. Now I would be happy with 4 but my ultimate goal would be 10. I need to free up some space on the kindle and iPad.

If you would like to join the challenge, you have until the 10th to link up.

1. The Last Painting of Sara de Vos – Domonic Smith

‘In 1631, Sara de Vos is admitted as a master painter to the Guild of St. Luke’s in Holland, the first woman to be so recognized. Three hundred years later, only one work attributed to de Vos is known to remain–a haunting winter scene, At the Edge of a Wood, which hangs over the bed of a wealthy descendant of the original owner. An Australian grad student, Ellie Shipley, struggling to stay afloat in New York, agrees to paint a forgery of the landscape, a decision that will haunt her. Because now, half a century later, she’s curating an exhibit of female Dutch painters, and both versions threaten to arrive. As the three threads intersect, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos mesmerizes while it grapples with the demands of the artistic life, showing how the deceits of the past can forge the present.’

I won an advanced reader copy of this last year through Facebook and have only just managed to pick it up.

2. The Jolly Coroner – Quentin Canterel

‘Amongst the strip malls, concrete blocks and empty parking lots of the Southern town of Hokum, the American dream lies broken. A helpless immigrant the state has declared dead finds himself unable to prove otherwise. Abused Mexican kids abduct their schoolteacher escaping back across the border. A haunted hillbilly dangles from a flagpole refusing to believe his wife and children aren’t ghosts. The Warden, a camo-wearing military obsessive pedals drugs whilst blaring Stockhausen. A down on her luck junkie fails to drown herself and resurfaces to find love. All these characters have one thing in common: they will all find a way to wind themselves in to the coroner, Billy’s life.’

I downloaded this book from NetGalley about this time last year, I suppose I should read the book now.

3. The Mother Road – Meaghan Quinn

‘What is supposed to be a fun, family bonding experience across Route 66 turns into a war of pranks, awkward moments and bathrooms full of dirty flannel shirts and day old beard clippings. Paul’s know-it-all attitude and Porter’s devilish charm brings me to the brink of my sanity on my seven day trek across the United States with three bearded men in a small 1980’s RV.’

I downloaded this book in January of 2016. More than a year ago. It sounds hilarious though and I look forward to reading it.

4. Match Me If You Can – Michele Gorman

‘Three friends upcycle their exes through London’s most popular boyfriend recycling website, but haven’t bargained on the consequences of the exchanges they make.’

Another book I downloaded from NetGalley in January of last year. This sounds like it will be right up my alley.

5. You Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist – Sunil Yapa

‘Over the course of one life-altering afternoon, the lives of seven people will change forever: foremost among them police chief Bishop, the estranged father Victor hasn’t seen in three years, two protestors struggling to stay true to their non-violent principles as the day descends into chaos, two police officers in the street, and the coolly elegant financial minister from Sri Lanka whose life, as well as his country’s fate, hinges on getting through the angry crowd, out of jail, and to his meeting with the president of the United States.’

This was also requested in January of last year. I am sensing a common theme here.

6. We Just Clicked – Sophie Childs

‘Erin Cochrane loves the gossip and the countless bizarre stories about her best friend Bex’ adventures with online dating. Not that she’d ever sign up for the site herself. Erin’s far too busy planning her dream wedding to her gorgeous fiancé, Tyson. 
But when Tyson decides that he is not ready for marriage, Erin’s world is turned upside down. Forced to move back in with her eccentric mother, things couldn’t get any worse. Thrust back into the singles’ scene, could online dating be the escape Erin needs from it all? Or will it be just another disaster?’

I think I have a serious NetGalley problem as this too was downloaded in January of last year. I have some serious catching up to do.

7. Beyond the Stars – Stacy Wise

‘Most girls would kill for the opportunity to work for Jack McAlister, Hollywood’s hottest actor, but twenty-one-year-old Jessica Beckett is ready to kick him out of her red Ford Fiesta and never look back. She should be spending her junior year in France, eating pastries and sharpening her foreign language skills. Instead she’s reluctantly working as Jack’s personal assistant, thanks to her powerhouse talent agent aunt.’

Another book I downloaded from NetGalley in January of lat year. This challenge is definitely needed.

8. The Vatican Princess – C. W. Gortner

‘This is the dramatic, untold story of a papal princess who came of age in an era of savage intrigue and unparalleled splendor, and whose courage led her to overcome the fate imposed on her by her Borgia blood.’

I am so looking forward to reading this book. I also downloaded this in January of last year but I am intrigued by Lucrezia Borgia.

9. I’ll See You in Paris – Michelle Gable

‘After losing her fiancé in the Vietnam War, nineteen-year-old Laurel Haley takes a job in England, hoping the distance will mend her shattered heart. Laurel expects the pain might lessen but does not foresee the beguiling man she meets or that they’ll go to Paris, where the city’s magic will take over and alter everything Laurel believes about love.’

Just another book I downloaded from NetGalley in January of last year.

10. The Witches of Cambridge – Meena van Praag

‘As romance and longing swirl through every picturesque side street, The Witches of Cambridge find their lives unexpectedly upended and changed in ways sometimes extraordinary, sometimes heartbreaking, but always enchanting.’

And finally the last book for the goal of ten. Except it is not the last book downloaded in January of last year.

Do you have a goal for May?

Cai xx

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