Monthly round ups

May round up

May has been a pretty life-changing month for me – I got married!

Yep, in between book club, book reviews and bookish events I organised a wedding and tied the knot with Stephen.

My wedding
My husband and me

Planning the wedding has been a bit of a whirlwind – I booked everything two weeks after getting engaged in Paris on New Year’s Day and put the finishing touches together over the spring. It was everything we wanted and a brilliant day. The process did help me realise that I have a tendency to take on too much, though, so I’ve decided to slow down on the blogging front and do a little less. You can read more about my plans here.

Guest writers wanted

Part of my plan to slow down involves offering more guest writing opportunities on Book and Brew. June’s spots are taken but if you’d like to write for Book and Brew in July, email me at Find out more here.

Book reviews

There were some amazing book reviews this month.

May’s book club read was The Power and we absolutely loved it. It’s certainly got our backing to take home the Baileys Prize in June.

We also got stuck into our Man Booker International Prize shadow judging duties by devouring Fever Dream by Samantha Schweblin. It’s another book that wowed us – while also scaring us witless! The tiny novel is a wonderful read and we’re keen to explore more from Argentina after this taster.

Book club reads Fever Dream
Book club reads Fever Dream

Claire from book club introduced you to a brand new book that’s getting rave reviews – including from her. Check out her verdict on Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman now.

I profiled some French noir with an introduction to new thriller, Block 46and I finally found the Parisian novel I’ve been craving with Fran Cooper’s debut These Dividing Walls

Book picks

Reading lists got a bit bigger this month with my picks for self-help books with sass and new reads for June. The lovely Tina from TripFiciton also recommended Moroccan-themed books for my honeymoon, with four great reads to choose from.

Writing tips

There were loads of writing, publishing and editing tips on Book and Brew this month. Moira Forsyth told us what an editor is for, Julie Kirk shared her 5 tips for self-publishing and we explored the writing process with Papaya Press.

A special treat

And, finally, to celebrate Short Story Month we were lucky enough to get a brand new story from writer Frances Holland.

Things will be a bit quiet around here until I’m back from my honeymoon but I have some wonderful reviews, guest articles and writing tips lined up for you in June.

See you soon,

Dawn x

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