Hello and welcome to another weekly round-up of books I have read this week. Down here in our end of Cornwall we have missed all the snow and ice, but boy has it been bitterly cold with the wind. As I write this we have gone from being cold, windy and dry to raining and wind once again! Back to normal me thinks!
This week has seen another mix as far as the reading goes.
I did say there was a mix! Block Printing For Beginners by Elise Young was an excellent book full of tips for lino or block printing. This is something I have done on and off occasionally and my knowledge of the technique is what I can remember from secondary school (many years ago now!). I got approval for this book after seeing it on NetGalley. This book was really great for not only reminding me but also introducing me to the techniques involved in creating blocks for printing. A great place for those like me with limited knowledge or for those who want to have a go at a never tried craft. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and I have some great ideas for future craft projects.
Sometimes its nice to return to stories or fairy tales that I knew as a child. Malice by Heather Walter is a re-telling of the the sorceress who appears in the tale of The Sleeping Beauty. This was such an easy book to get caught up in, for me it felt like a teen/ Young Adult read and this worked really well. I enjoyed how the author gave a different side to Alice, and how, in the authors tale, she became the evil and wicked person from the classic fairy tale. Again this was another NetGalley approval and it is due for publication in April. I loved this one and I have to mention that cover… simple, effective and gorgeous!
I read The Wheelwright’s Daughter last year and I was delighted to sign up for the Blog Tour for the second book. The Good Wife by Eleanor Porter continues the story of Martha, a woman once accused of witchcraft but now living north with her husband Jacob. This is a story that shows a woman trying to do her best against suspicion and doubt, hiding her healing gift for fear of further accusations. Life isn’t simple and this story tells of how changes and challenges once again impact Martha. Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour this week.
Another book that is the second in the series is Seven Days by Michelle Kidd. I read the first book, The Phoenix Project, last year as part of the Blog Tour so was delighted when I saw this book. It continues the story of three main characters that were introduced in the previous book. Jacob and his brother Stu, and café owner Isabel soon came back to me as I started reading this second book. It is 2012 and in 7 days the opening ceremony of the London Olympics will begin. In 7 days the bosses want Jack to have caught a killer. DI Jack Macintosh is a brilliant and very troubled character, in with the case that he is trying to solve I got to know more about him. I really like this series and I cannot wait to read more. Full review next Monday!
I did say it was a mixed week for books!
I also bought a book that I have been thinking about on and off for years. I finally decided to hunt out a copy and found one on World of Books. I Can Jump Puddles by Alan Marshall is a book I read when I was in the last years of primary school or possibly the beginning of secondary school. It has been a book that I have been wanting to re-read. I cannot remember seeing the Tv series, but I can remember the book!
Well there we go another week done and dusted.
I wish you all the very best for the week ahead
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