Hello to a bumper round up post this week, I didn’t post last weeks as there were several Blog Tours and posts I had planned. You know me, I don’t tend to post twice in one day unless my diary skills let me down!
So I have 9 books that I have read this 2 weeks and also 2 audiobooks! Quite a fortnight for reading, so here we go…
I am so glad I signed up to the Blog Tour for Under an Island Skye by Lisa Hobman. This was a fabulous book to escape into and also a first for me by this author. A gorgeous tale of love, loss, and of taking a chance. The author absolutely nailed this book for me, there were a few hard things to tackle in this book but the author managed to keep it hopeful. Loved this a lot.
If you are looking for a slightly bizarre and entertaining mystery read then Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka may be one for you. I do think this may be a marmite book (you’ll love it or not). I say this is bizarre, because at times I almost felt like I was reading something from that had a Japanese theatre feel to it. It was a mystery as well as a crime book but it also had me sniggering at some of the strange events during the train ride. I did enjoy this book and I shall pop my review up soon.
I adored Can You See Me Now by Trisha Sakhlecha and this is another one I am so glad I signed up for. This was one of those books that is addictive and gripping reading. There is an old mystery that that is being brought into the present and it is told over two timelines. One from 15 years ago and from the present day. I am going to be vague about this one, in fact my full review is also vague beacause I don’t want anything to slip! This is one for those who like timelines, mysteries, suspense and thrillers. I loved it as I am sure many others will. Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour soon.
I do wish I had read the first two books in this series, not because I needed to but because I really enjoyed Bobby Parks Will Live Forever by Alan Parks. I really like this police procedural crime thriller set in Glasgow in 1973. The way the author used the setting and the era for this story was brilliant and his characters are definitely memorable for various reasons. This is another book where my full review is vague, and deliberately so as there are many things I would love to shout about but it would spoil it for other readers. Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour for this one as well.
It’s so nice to read a new to me historical fiction and family saga author. The Hat Girl from Silver Street by Lindsey Hutchinson was a wonderful read as I followed Ella as she makes the decision to leave her current job and styart out on her own. This is a wonderful saga novel and one that I found very hard to put down. One for those who also love historical romance, again keep an eye for the Blog Tour.
This authors books are one that feature regularly on my reviews so I was delighted to get a spot on the Blog Tour for Mr Right Across the Street by Kathryn Freeman. Kathryn is an author who knows how to right rom-coms that just can just fall into, this one I thoroughly enjoyed. This is a book about opposites, as I got to know Mia I discovered more about her as well as the guy who lives opposite. This has some really wonderful moments and is such a lovely story.
I love it when authors mixed fact and fiction and Anthrax Island by D. L. Marshall was just that, as well as being a terrific crime thriller read. I also see this is the first book in the John Tyler series and I am really pleased about this because it means I get to read more about his main protagonist. This is a book that brought together the bleakness of a remote island that is contaminated with Anthrax. A body is found that leads to more questions than answers. This book kept me on my toes, full review as part of the Blog Tour.
I have all of this series of books and yet only just got around to reading the 2nd book, Hydra by Matt Wesolowski. This is a crime, mystery thriller style read that is told in a transcript format, and it works so well. Scott King interviews people that have a connection to an old crime. He interviews six people. The Six Stories series is very popular among crime readers and I can see why. The author gives a brilliant tale that has such an addictive format. I listened to the first book and I thought it worked really well. You never know, I might have read all of the books in this series before he gets to release number 6! Full review to follow shortly.
I had recently seen the Blog Tour for Opposites Attract by Camilla Isley and there was a good deal on this book at the time so I bought it. I am so glad I spotted it because this was a story that I read one evening, yep in one evening. I loved the chemistry or lack of between the two main characters and how they gradually got past their differences. One for those who enjoy a lovely bit of escapism in their reads with the odd chuckle or two thrown in as well! Review to follow soon.
Now onto the two audiobooks.
When I saw The Orwell Collection performed by Stephen Fry on Audible I knew straight away that this was going to be worth my credit! First, I love Fry as a narrator. Second, I love the book Animal Farm. Third I love 1984, but not quite so much as Animal Farm! One credit for two stories and by Fry! Well, a no brainer in my opinion. Listening to these over several days was great and a nice reminder as to how much I enjoyed reading both books. Yes they have a political slant. but let’s be honest, we know this before we start them. These are classics and ones that are easily accessible bot in terms of reading as well as listening. 1984 does drag a bit in places, but then that matches the atmosphere of the story. Both are fab stories to listen to and I would recommend both.
Well there you are my lovelies! 2 weeks and a total of 11 books! Quite how that happened is still a mystery to me. My OH doesn’t mind as he has obviously had hours of peace and been able to watch as much of his crappy TV programs as he wants 😉😂.
So its that time again. So, take care and have a great week ahead
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