Welcome to Bethan May Books, where I review books I've read and babble out my life in general.
I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Four stars out of five. Hannah Green is an eleven year old whose mundane life suddenly becomes irrevocably unmundane, when she learns her grandfather is somewhat older than they all suspected and, despite being long past the age of retirement, has a very… Continue reading Hannah Green And Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence by Michael Marshall Smith
It's Friday again, and every Friday I feature a book cover I particularly love. This week I've chosen Diana Wynn Jones's Howl's Moving Castle I first came across Howl in Studio Ghibli's animated adaptation. I adored the film, but loved the book so much more (particularly with all its little references to Wales, like Calcifer's song about… Continue reading Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway. A Divided River contains a short story (The Mudlarks Tale) and a novella (The Winter Fayre) set in the city of Vasini; the two are companions to Ellingsen's series The Vasini Chronicles but do not contain the main characters from the series. The Mudlarks Tale is the story… Continue reading A Divided River
This post has been somewhat delayed... Last week, hubby and I abandoned our children with my mother and gallivanted off to Tenby for the night, to celebrate the fact that at the end of the month, our friend Rhys Jones is turning thirty (the last of us to do so). When I go anywhere, I… Continue reading Tenby With Rhys Jones
The lovely (and apparently sweary) Laura M Hughes from Fantasy Faction has captured my imagination with this month's Tough Travelling theme, Strongholds. Now, I have always had a love for strongholds (castles); as nurtured by my father and grandfather. Living in a country with over six hundred of them, that's more per square mile than any other… Continue reading Tough Travelling: Strongholds
It's Front Cover Friday! Throne Of Jade by Naomi Novik My mother-in-law bought me a gift voucher for Waterstones a couple of years ago now. I stood in front of the SFF shelves in my local store, in an agony of indecision. I settled on this book purely for the cover, I thought it was… Continue reading Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik
I received this book from Y Lolfa in exchange for an honest review. An Empty Chair is available here 5/5 stars. An Empty Chair is the English translation of Haf Llewelyn’s Diffodd y Sêr; the story of Welsh First World War poet Hedd Wyn. Aimed at "teens", the narrative is told in the present tense… Continue reading An Empty Chair by Haf Llewelyn