A Year of Orenda – The First Six Months @OrendaBooks @mgriffiths163

We’ve made the first step, announcing the project, but now it’s time to put a little meat on those bones. What exactly does a year of Orenda consist of?

Well … first and foremost, this is about sharing the #booklove and that means reviews. 110 of them to be precise. We’ve put together a schedule (of sorts) and I’ve even written things in a diary, so that means we have to do it. But what can you expect and when? Well, 2020 starts tomorrow so for those you who want to stalk your favourite books and see if our opinions match yours, then some of the highlights for the first half of the year can be found below:


In January, Mandie will be sharing her thoughts on the Six Stories series by Matt Wesolowski, A Modern Family by Helga Flatland, The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn and The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen. I’ll have original reviews of The Home by Sarah Stovell, as well as A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone. We’ll also be dipping our toes into the Lori Anderson series by Steph Broadribb, and making time for a catch up with Chastity Riley with Simone Buchholz’s Blue Night.


February sees us looking back at some more Lori Anderson classics with Deep Blue Trouble and Deep Dirty Truth, plus Simone Buchholz’s Beton Rouge. While Mandie is getting her teeth into Sarah Stovell’s Exquisite, Overkill and The Ringmaster by Vanda Symon and Welcome To The Heady Heights by David F. Ross, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on Beast and Death Deserved, the latest offerings from Matt Wesolowski and Thomas Enger/Jørn Lier Horst.


March is a big month for our Year of Orenda as it marks the fifth birthday of the very first paperback books published by Orenda Books. The Abrupt Physics of Dying by Paul E. Hardisty and The Last Days of Disco by David F. Ross have their fifth birthdays this month and we will be celebrating with a giveaway for each book. Mandie will be sharing her thoughts on Inborn by Thomas Enger, The Courier by Kjell Ola Dahl, and Johana Gustawsson’s Roy and Castells series with reviews of Block 46, Keeper and Blood Song. I’ll also be taking a look back at Faithless by Kjell Ola Dahl and sharing my thoughts on Containment, the latest book from Vanda Symon, Deep Dark Night by Steph Broadribb and Mexico Street by Simone Buchholz.


Hold on to your hats folks. In April we are treating you to a full “Week of Thomas Enger”. I am planning to read and review the last books in the Henning Juul series that I’ve not read yet, and between us we will bring you a full set of Henning reviews, Burned, Pierced, Scarred, Cursed and Killed. We’re cheating a little as the first three aren’t Orenda titles but it seemed rude to leave them out. Plus we’ll be revisiting our reviews of Inborn and Death Deserved. I’ll also be reviewing The Evolution of Fear by Paul E. Hardisty, I Am Dust by Louise Beech and Sister by Kjell Ola Dahl. Mandie will be sharing her thoughts on Worst Case Scenario by Helen Fitzgerald, Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone and Do No Harm by L.V. Hay while I take a look back at my review of Wolves in the Dark by Gunnar Staalesen.


May sees Mandie share her thoughts on The Mountain In My Shoe and Maria In The Moon, The Lion Tamer Who Lost and Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech. I’ve already advised her to stock up on tissues. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on Where Roses Never Die by Gunnar Staalesen, Ash Mountain by Helen Fitzgerald, The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir, and Reconciliation for the Dead by Paul E. Hardisty. Seems like we’ve gone part time after last month …


It’s another celebration this month, with two more titles celebrating their fifth birthdays. This time it’s Gunnar Staalesen’s We Shall Inherit The Wind and Ragnar Jónasson’s Snow Blind. We’ll have giveaways for both of those books so stay tuned. Mandie will be taking a look at Breakers by Doug Johnstone, House Of Spines by Michael J Malone, The Closer I Get by Paul Burston, In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings and my book of the year, Turbulent Wake by Paul E. Hardisty. I’ll be reviewing Blood Red City by Rod Reynolds, Fallen Angels by Gunnar Staalesen and looking back at The Ice Swimmer by Kjell Ola Dahl … plus anything else that might come along. Who knows right? Karen hasn’t announced her full catalogue yet …

So quite a busy start to the year huh? 58 books in 6 months leaving 102 to go. Plenty more to come then. I’ll be sharing the plans for the second half of the year much closer to the time when I have the full 2020 list (plus all the lush covers). But we’ll have plenty more giveaways throughout the year and hopefully a few interesting features to tempt you along the way. I’ve got plans afoot for plenty of Orenda Author Stalking throughout the year.

See you next year for a full year of Orenda Book Love.

Jen & Mandie

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