My Week In Books (w/e 15th March) #BookNews #BookUpdates #MeAndMyBooks

I was just writing up the date for this post and was quite shocked that we are mid march already, I am sure it was only the 10th yesterday!!! 😀 It will soon be time to change my subject headings to something a bit more Spring-like, so time for me to head over to Canva.

This week has been a bit quieter for reading, well I thought it had been until I checked back on Goodreads. I do love using Goodreads for not only keeping a check on the books I have read for the challenge but, I also find the “My Books” tab really handy. It lists the books and the date I have read them, so it makes it an ideal “at a glance” tool when I write my weekly book updates.

While on the subject of Goodreads, I am currently 12 books ahead on my challenge and as I write this I have read 52/200 books so far this year.

So what have I read this week…

In last weeks post I had just read a few chapters of East Side Hustler by Leopold Bortinski. This is the 2nd book in the Alex Cohen Series and I am loving it. It is a hist/fic that took me to 1920 America. The setting is perfect as this story is rife with crime, mobs, racketeering and the appearance of a certain Alfonse Capone. A brilliantly atmospheric read that the author has done a cracking job with. My full review will be part of the Bog Tour that I will be opening and I am so excited to shout about.

The next book does not yet have a picture up on Goodreads and I don’t like to show them just in case they are part of a cover reveal. The Runaway by Linda Huber and what a cracking read it was. This is the first time I have read anything by Linda and I was delighted when I discovered she has loads more books out there for me to buy and read. The Runaway was very captivating and I loved the way the story was tackled. It is a story of a family that moves to a new area and gradually cracks begin to show. Keep an eye out for my full review as part of the Blog Tour.

Mexico Street by Simone Buchholz is another Blog Tour read that even though is a crime book feels very different to the norm , in a good way. I really like the style that Simone has when writing and this is the latest in the Chas Riley series. The story has a topical feel to it as the focus is on a community that has no country, they have settled and have a self goverrn style system that makes the investigating hard due to a mistrust of authority and not talking to strangers. A really good read, but one that I think I would have got on better with if I could have read it in one or two sittings. I did occasionally find I lost the thread. I did have to backup and re-read a few paragraphs before I got the thread back again before continuing. Still a good read and I think it is one I will come back to.

I love this story and I finished listening to The Journey to the Centre of the Earth I have to say that this version with Tim Curry was not as good as I thought it would be. The story is great but I did find Tim’s voice to be a bit clunky on the place names, and I did find he sounded a little bit on the droning side. I did enjoy the story but this was not my favourite version. @nickimags at The Secret Library Book Blog mentioned having the Alan Dale version, I listened to this one a few years ago and tat one is the one I prefer out of the two.

What I am currently listening to

Continuing with my Classic Adventure Audio listens I got a copy of Arthur Conan Dolyle’s The Lost World. This version is narrated by John Richmond and he has a lovely voice to listen to. Only a few chapters in at the moment and I am enjoying it. This is yet another book that I have read a couple of times and I do love it.

What I am currently reading

I am looking forward to settling down with Mine by Clare Empson as I have not yet started it as I write this post up let me share the synopsis with you…

‘Who am I? Why am I here? Why did my mother give me away?’

On the surface, Luke and his girlfriend Hannah seem to have a perfect life. He’s an A&R man, she’s an arts correspondent and they are devoted to their new-born son Samuel.

But beneath the gloss Luke has always felt like an outsider. So when he finds his birth mother Alice, the instant connection with her is a little like falling in love.

When Hannah goes back to work, Luke asks Alice to look after their son. But Alice – fuelled with grief from when her baby was taken from her 27 years ago – starts to fall in love with Samuel. And Luke won’t settle for his mother pushing him aside once again… 

Well that’s another week done and dusted.

Wishing you all a fabulous week and see you all next time.

Yvonne xx