My Week In Books (w/e 26th Jan) #MeAndMyBooks #BookNews

Welcome to another week of what I have been reading. Over the past few weeks I have been moaning about how January seems to take to get through and now suddenly we are almost at the end!

So something really exciting and special happened to me this week, if you follow me on Facebook you may have noticed my post! I got super excited as I submitted a short story to Emma Mitchell for consideration for the next Help 4 Heroes book and it was accepted! I am still in shock!!!!

I never expected it to be accepted at all and it made me wonder… How many of you have a story that has been sat there, that you have taken the time to write, that you are too nervous to send? This was me as well. If this is you then do something about it! Be brave!

Now then, to what I have been reading…

The Southern Belles by Katie Simpkins

This was the next book I was only just about to start when I wrote up last weeks Update post. What did I think? Well I loved it! It is a brilliant read and threw up some unexpected surprises, in a good way I may add. It was a riches to rags story that followed three sisters who suddenly found themselves out of their home, very little money and having to work for a living. This is the first in The Brighton Belles series and I am really looking forward to reading more. Keep you eye out for my review for the Blog Tour soon.


Are You Watching by Vincent Ralph

This is another Blog Tour read and has quite a modern feel to it. Jess uses a You Tube reality series to highlight that her mothers killer has never been caught. Using the show, she hopes to get more information and possible leads for finding the Magpie Man. This is a YA book that is tense and at times dark and I really enjoyed it.


Going Rogue by Nail Lancaster

I have been looking forward to reading this one, it is the 2nd in the Tom Novak series and i had recently read Going Rogue which was the first one. In Going Rogue, Tom goes to prison, I should say he is undercover at this point. He is trying to infiltrate a group responsible for bombings. This is another action packed read that I thoroughly enjoyed.


This is where I would normally share what I am going to read next… but at the moment I am not sure what it will be yet. It may be another Blog Tour Book or it may be one from my own TBR!

Well that is me done for the week, so I wish you all a good week ahead

Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 19th Jan) #BookNews #BookUpdates #MeAndMyBooks

WooHoo we are now over half way through January ๐Ÿ™‚ sorry but it is a month that really does drag on and on and on! Roll on the spring, that’s what I say ๐Ÿ™‚ I did manage an hour out in the garden finally, a couple of dry days helped, cold but dry so it was good.

I have also hit double figures on my books this week, it is always a nice milestone to reach. I have just finished my 11th book of the year and it was a brilliant read.

Let me show you what I have read and what I am going to read next…

A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone

Oh what a brilliant read this was. A family coming to terms with the loss of a family member means the rest of the family picking up the pieces of the Funeral business and also the Private Investigating business. A great read from start to finish with many surprises along the way. Keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog Tour.


No Mercy by Robert Crouch

I love this series and it feels like it has been far to long since I last caught up with Kent Fisher. This is another fantastic read that I was so glad to get my paws on. Kent is an Environmental Health Officer who finds himself in the wrong places, just as well for this reader! He is once again in the thick of things, but not in a good way as he is the one that is the frame for murder! Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour and my review.


Going Dark by Neil Lancaster

This is the first book in the Tom Novak Thriller series, I decided to grab a copy as I am on the Blog Tour for the 2nd book in a few weeks. Check me out reading a series in order… I wonder if it will last!!! Well anyway, this book was brilliant, action and fast paced all the way. A brilliant introduction to a series and I cannot wait to grab the next book and see what thrills, spills and adventures the author comes up with next. I will post this review for Going Dark in a few days.


The Choice by Claire Wade

This was a recent purchase and it is a brilliant read. A dystopian that is an absolute page-turner from start to finish. A government that is concerned about health, diet, exercise sounds good, but when it is taken to the extreme and the government doesn’t advice but makes its wishes law you have a scared society. The author has done a blooming brilliant job with the themes in this book. See my full review later this week.


The Southern Belles by Katie Simpkins

I am due to start this later today (its Sunday as I type this post up) and I am looking forward to reading this ready for the Blog Tour. Here is the synopsis for it…

Not Just Any Old Riches to Rags Story.

Heiresses, Evelyn, Georgia and Olivia Belle, nicknamed The Southern Belles by the tabloid press, have everything theyโ€™ve ever wanted. Then, suddenly, on Evelynโ€™s 30th birthday, their father dies in a tragic road traffic accident, leaving a massive hole in his businessโ€™ finances. With the worldโ€™s media, and the National Crime Agency looking on, their family home, cars and all other assets are sold at auction, leaving the sisters penniless, homeless and jobless.

Shunned by their celebrity friends, the Belle sisters must learn to fend for themselves for the first time in their lives. Evelyn, the eldest, knows how dire their situation is, and asks their fatherโ€™s solicitor, who has kindly paid for their first two monthsโ€™ rent on a rat-infested bedsit in Brighton, to look into their Fatherโ€™s case, while they hunt for jobs to make ends meet, which inadvertently leads to them meeting new guys, falling in love, and learning along the way that the world doesnโ€™t owe them a favour, and that money doesnโ€™t buy you happiness. 


I don’t post about anything I have watched very often, mainly because I don’t watch that much, but this week I have been found a wonderful TV series that you can find on Amazon Prime Video. If you like your history then you may be interested in The Silk Road, it is a 15 part series that is in 26 minute episodes that make for great bite sized viewing. It is really interesting as Alfred de Montesquiou takes you along the Silk Road stopping at all the major stops on this historic route.

Here is the link if you are interested – The Silk Road

A war correspondent for the AP news agency and a journalist for Paris Match will be our guides. Take an extended trip through six countries and cultures. Journey through time, encountering specialists, historians, or just everyday people with a passion who will help you grasp the past and present identities of those countries. From Bursa in Turkey to Xi’an in China.


Well that’s me done for the week, another good reading week and I hadn’t realised that I had read this many books in one week!

All that’s left is to wish you all a fantastic week

Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 12th Jan) #BookNews #BookUpdates #MeAndMyBooks

Is it only me who thinks that January feels like a never ending month! ๐Ÿ˜’ It feels like we have been in January a few weeks already and yet we are not even half way through!

Well this week saw my first full week of posting reviews and that was a bit of a shock to the system, but also great to be able to catch up with what everyone has been reading.

Once again I have been a little lax on sharing my reviews to the various Facebook groups, but this does have a bit of a deliberate decision attached to it. I have watched various threads that have again attacked Book Bloggers, it makes me angry and sad that people think that a Book Blogger is not a real reader! How some people reach this decision is beyond me. I read a lot, I like to share my thoughts about books I have read and I like to share books I have enjoyed and I will continue to do this, I will be sharing this week any reviews I have on Facebook.

Now then, to the books I have read, yes I actually read all the words because after all I am a reader and this is what I do ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜

The Missing Letters of Mrs. Bright by Beth Miller

This was such a fabulous read and it is the story of Kay Bright who has made the decision that she needs to do something more with her life. She wants to travel and see an old friend, all this without her husband. This is such a fabulous book that had different perspectives and a brilliant story line. You can see my review for this book HERE. I had forgotten that I had this book to read, luckily I checked my diary in time.

The Place We Call Home by Faith Hogan

Oh what a fabulous read this book was, I loved it so much. Set in Ireland, this is the story of Miranda and her family. It told of her life growing up and also of her three children. It was so beautifully written and it took me on a wonderful journey. A wonderfully paced book that mixed historical fiction with present day and it was so wonderfully told. A few surprises along the way and the odd family secret as well. Keep an eye out for my review as part of the upcoming Blog Tour.

Million Eyes by C.R. Berry

I really enjoyed this book and I am really pleased I saw the Blog Tour sign up for this one. This is a story that is a mix of historical and also time travel fiction. I like a good conspiracy in my reading and Million Eyes has quite a few of them. The author has taken some historical events that have a mystery behind them and then added a fabulous conspiratorial twist to them. The most recent event is one that most people know, the death of Princess Di, after her death there was and still is various theories about who was involved. The author has used these sorts of events and added them to his story that was really well written and also easy to follow. Keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog Tour.

Archie and the Enchanter by Alexander Weir

As many of you know, I do like to read the odd children’s book and Archie and the Enchanter is one aimed at 8-12 year old readers. This is a fabulous story that I loved, it had me smirking and sniggering along with Archie as he discovers a set of very old bagpipes in his grandfathers cellar, these bagpipes are very special as Archie soon discovers. This is a wonderful book that has a bit of history, a fabulous community feel and a bit of magic. This was a lovely story that has a good moral to it and also is a very readable story. My review should coincide with its publication.


What I am currently reading…

Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone

Well I say currently reading, but as I type this post up I have yet to start it, but I do plan beginning it this afternoon (it is Sunday at the moment!)

Here is the synopsis…

Meet the Skelfs: well-known Edinburgh family, proprietors of a long-established funeral-home business, and private investigators. When patriarch Jim dies, itโ€™s left to his wife Dorothy, daughter Jenny and granddaughter Hannah to take charge of both businesses, kicking off an unexpected series of events. Dorothy discovers mysterious payments to another woman, suggesting that Jim wasnโ€™t the husband she thought he was. Hannahโ€™s best friend Mel has vanished from university, and the simple adultery case that Jenny takes on leads to something stranger and far darker than any of them could have imagined. As the women struggle to come to terms with their grief, and the demands of the business threaten to overwhelm them, secrets from the past emerge, which change everything. A compelling, tense and shocking thriller and a darkly funny and warm portrait of a family in turmoil,ย A Dark Matterย introduces a cast of unforgettable characters, marking the start of an addictive new series.


Well that is the books I have read in the last week. I wish you all a great week ahead, take care and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 5th Jan) #Book Updates #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly updates for books that I have read. I took a complete social media break over Christmas and New Year and it has been refreshing. A chance to step back and take a breather.

2019 was an exceptional year for books, there were so many amazing reads and this is why I read the most books I have ever read in one year 232 books in total.

I did various book posts just before Christmas listing the books I had loved, and then on Christmas Eve I published my blog post for My Top 10 Absolute Best Reads of the year, you can see that post HERE

I still have a few book reviews for books I read at the end of the year and they should be sorted over the next few days.

The New Year see’s the start of the Goodreads Challenge, I have set 200 again as the total of books I would like to read in 2020.

So what I have read this week…

Deadly Harm by Owen Mullen

Well this was an exceptional way to start the year, a book that is a mix of crime, thriller and mystery. It has such a wonderful underlying uneasy edge to it, it kept me on my toes and occasionally had me holding my breath and this made for an amazing read.


The Tear Collector by Shawn Burgess

It has been a while since I dipped my eyes into a horror style read and boy oh boy was this a cracking book to read. A small town setting and an ominous presence definitely had me on the edge of my seat. A mix of murder, mystery and an amazingly atmospheric edge to it. Leep an eye out for this, is was brilliant.

Victoria Day by Rachel Churcher

This is the next instalment in the Battleground series by Rachel Churcher, a YA dystopian thriller that I am absolutely loving. There is no cover available for this book on Goodreads yet, but if you have been following the series, then it is in the same style. This is a fabulous series and a brilliant instalment, tensions and risks are rising as friends and family are in the firing line.

That’s all for the week, 3 books not bad when you think it is only the 5th ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope everyone had a good New Year and I wish you all the very best for the months ahead, take care and happy reading

Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 15th December) #BookNews #Bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly round up of bookish stuff. It has been a really good week for books this week, although the postie may not have agreed.

I bought and received my first ever My Chronicle Book Box, I selected the Crime box and I love it. The detail that goes into these boxes is amazing, I loved the Christmas themed wrapping, red and green, and the book was beautifully wrapped, so much so that I was a little reluctant to spoil it by opening it to get to the book. There was also a brilliant journal that is going to be great for me trying to be organised for next year…๐Ÿ˜ฌ

If you don’t want to see what was in it then scroll past the next 2 photos really fast!

I also received two more books that I had pre-ordered ages ago. The first is a very special book and that is the collection of short stories that has been compiled by Emma Mitchell. I already have a digital advanced readers copy that I have read for my stop on the Blog Tour. But as all the procceds are going to support our troops then getting my own physical copy of this book was a no-brainier and it supports such a good cause. The finished copy is gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜

The next one to arrive in the post was the second book in the Washington Poe series, yep it is Black Summer by M.W. Craven and I cannot wait to get into it. The Puppet Show was an amazing read and I loved evrything about it. Woe betide anyone that tries to speak to me when I sit down to read this one… you think I’m joking!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚


Now then to the books I have read this week…

Gone by Leona Deakin

I really enjoyed this book and such a good read for fans of psychological thriller. The basic premise is a birthday card is received with a message asking them if they would like to play a game. The recipient then just disappears, walking away from their lives with just the clothes on their back, the only clue is the mysterious birthday card. I loved the way this book panned out and it has a reasonable believe-ability to it. It had me nervously flipping the pages to see how it turned out. Keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog Tour soon.


My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

This is one that I had on NetGalley so I am really pleased to have read another from that TBR. This is a twisted and quite sinister book and another that is a psychological thriller. I read somewhere about this being compared to Dexter and something else but I can’t remember what it was, but Dexter was a TV series I loved, and yes I can see why it has been compared to it. This book is a prime example of not knowing what goes on behind closed doors and then it has been taken several steps further. I really enjoyed this and a review will follow soon.


Why She Ran by Geraldine Hogan

This week seems to have been a thriller week, Why She Ran is a mystery thriller that I again really enjoyed. This is the second book in the Detective Iris Locke series and I wish I had read the first one before diving into this one. While it does read very well as a stand-alone, there are various things that are mentioned that I wanted to know more about, the author does give the basics to keep the reader up to speed, but I wanted to know more. This is a story of two stories that are linked, one is the murder of a nurse, the other is the disappearance of a vulnerable teen. As well as these stories, there are the personal lives of the two investigating officers. Another Blog Tour book that I will have a review for soon.


Violya by Rosalyn Kelly

I have just started this book, it is the second in The Heart of the Mountains series, I had the privalidge of reading the first in the series Melokai about this time two years ago. Melokai was an amazing read and I have been eagerly awaiting the continuation of this series.


Non Bookish stuff…

I don’t include many photo’s of my boys on my blog, but occasionally I get to snap the odd photo. Billy was keeping the OH’s chair warm and being a proper lounge lizard…

And Buster realised the sun had peeped out and was shining on a spot near him, he managed to get up enough energy to move his nose…

Talk about a dog’s life, energetic they were not ๐Ÿ˜‚

Well that is me all about done for the week. I have tried to turn my attention to the books I have read this year that I have absolutely loved. This is not easy and trying to get a post of the “Best Books of the Year” it is difficult to narrow down, well I have read over 200 books this year, so I have around 40 books that will make the Best Books post! I am planning this post as my last post before Christmas and then I will take a blogging break over the Christmas period.

I wish everyone a good week ahead and Happy Reading โค

My Week In Books (w/e 8th December) #Booknews #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome back to another weekly round up of books I have read. It has been quite a good week for reading and I have finally hit my Goodreads target so I am over the moon with that. I did mention a couple of weeks ago that I was missing a few books off my Goodreads shelf for this year, so once I had hit my target I then added them.

Now to the books…

Unlocked – A Short Story by Soulla Christodoulou

It was an absolute pleasure to read Unlocked by Soulla, it is a beautiful story about Helen who has isolated herself. She makes a sudden decision to make a trip which is a journey of discovery and gives her a chance to heal her mind and body. It is a great story and given it’s length, it has a lot of detail. A beautiful cover and a beautiful story.


In Plain Sight by Adam Croft

I have quite a few books by Adam on my kindle that I have bought over the past couple of years, and not quite got to them. I have wanted to read this series for a while and I have finally started… with book #9! About right for me. This is a really good read and yes it works well as a stand -alone, but also it has introduced me to well established characters and made me curious about mentions of past incidents. I love the combination of Knight and Culverhouse as they investigate escalating crimes that start with the robberies of petrol stations. Keep an eye out for my review soon.


The Places I’ve Cried In Public by Holly Bourne

This is a fabulous book and I love my copy with it’s purple sprayed edges! The story is about Amelie, a young girl who is broken after the breakup with her boyfriend Reese. She retraces all the places she cried in an effort to come to terms where things went wrong. This is such a heartbreaking book and also it has a very important message. Young love is real, it has all the emotions that an adult relationship has and is a book that not only it’s teen target audience should read, but also one that adults should pick up as well. Keep an eye out for my review soon, it is a stunning read.


Johanna Spri’s story of Heidi – Retold by Jeanne Willis & Illustrated by Briony May Smith

Last week I mentioned that I would be reading and featuring a few books for younger readers, this is a book that would make a wonderful Christmas present.

I love the story of Heidi, I still have my copy that I had and read many times as a child. I also adored watching the TV series and so this is a story that is a childhood favourite. First off the book is stunning, and the inside cover is beautiful. The story itself is a simplified version of the original, with superb illustrations that compliment the story. It still has the essence of the story and it brought back some wonderful memories for me. Here is a look at the cover with the dust-jacket off…


Woman On The Edge by Samantha M. Bailey

“She gave you her baby… and then she jumped” is a tag line that is powerful and it made me very curious about this book. The opening chapter is the end of the story with the suicide. The story then back tracks through alternating chapters, I got to know Nicole and what led her to her action. The other chapters about Morgan, the woman who was given the baby. This is a heartbreaking read at times as I read about the downward spiral of Nicole. The author did a fabulous job of showing two sides of a story and creating a read that was literally one I didn’t want to put down.


Gone by Leona Deakin

This is my next read, it is Sunday morning as I type this, so I will be snuggling down in front of the fire this afternoon to read this. Here is what it is about…

Four strangers are missing. Left at their last-known locations are birthday cards that read:

YOUR GIFT IS THE GAME.
DARE TO PLAY?

The police arenโ€™t worried โ€“ itโ€™s just a game. But the families are frantic. As psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom delves into the lives of the missing people, she finds something that binds them all.

And that something makes them very dangerous indeed.

As more disappearances are reported and new birthday cards uncovered, Dr Bloom races to unravel the mystery and find the missing people.

But what if, this time, they are the ones she should fear?ย 


Well another weekly round up done and time to get Sunday roast on ๐Ÿ˜

Many thanks for reading my post, have a great week everyone

Love Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 1st Dec) #Booknews #MeAndMyBooks

How did it become December so quickly! That means it closer to the New Year and I have to remember to write 2020 instead of 2019… I’m sure I am not the only one who struggles remembering not only a month change but also a year change as well ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜‚

I have also updated my banners this โ‡Š week, hopefully this will be the only snow we see down here in Cornwall this winter!

November was NaNoWriMo month, and it started off so well for me, but after missing a couple of days with being ill, I completely lost my mojo for writing and only managed a few days on a hit and miss basis for the rest of the month!

November has been an odd month indeed, I have been very lax in sharing my Blog Posts to various Facebook groups. Time just seems to run away from me, maybe this is why the month passed in what felt like 2 weeks! I will try harder in December to get up to speed again and try to get some posts on Instagram as well!

Well, now to the books I have read this week…

Six Steps to Happiness by Suzie Tullett

I had only just started this book last week and what a great book it was! While the story is one about the break-up of a 25 year marriage, it also has some humorous antics. There is an underlying sadness to it but the author has tackled it so that it is not the main theme of the story. A wonderful read that I will be reviewing as part of the blog Tour.


When Stars Will Shine – Helping Our Heroes One Page at a Time – Compiled by Emma Mitchell.

Oh what a week Emma has had! She has worked so hard on battling with Amazon after the book was removed from the site. I am delighted to say that the book is now back up and can be pre-ordered again. If you had the book on pre-order please check your account as you may have to re-order it ๐Ÿ˜

This is such a fabulous read and is a collection of short stories that authors have written to help raise funds for our troops. Every story and all the behind the scenes work has been done for the benefit of fundraising. The stories cover a great range of themes and are wonderful reading. I enjoyed every single story and I will say now, I do have a few favourites.

Keep you eye out for my stop on the Blog Tour for this fabulous book, I warn you now it will be a long post as I have written a brief line or two about each story.


The Vagabond King by Jodie Bond

I have just finished this book and I loved it. A fabulous fantasy story that has so many things I like in a fantasy book. This has battles, interfering gods, witches, different races of people and power struggles. A brilliant read that I was reluctant to put down for a moment. Keep an eye out for my post on the Blog Tour.


Now as we are in December, I like to include some books that would make wonderful presents for younger readers. I will be posting these reviews over the next couple of weeks ๐Ÿ™‚


Well that is me done for yet another week, so take care and Happy Reading folks ๐Ÿ™‚

Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 24th nov) #booknews #bookupdates

Welcome to my weekly update for the books I have read. I am back to feeling hooman after my bout of bronchitis, thank god, and apart from a bit of a head cold I feel loads better.

I had some good news this week. I finally got my Top 500 reviewer badge from Amazon. I put all my book reviews on there as well as review any purchases and have been in the 700-800 reviewers for about 3 years. But when I decided to check where I was listed I suddenly saw I had jumped into the top 500. I dare not check again in case it was all a mistake ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜‚

So let me share the books I have read…

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

This was such a lovely book to read, a whimsical fantastical book that I got on with really well. There were so many things that caught me by surprise with this book. At times it felt like a magical mystery journey as I followed January on her travels, it also felt a little bit like a historical fiction read. It is the story of January finding out who she is and what she wants to do with her life. A truly captivating read and one I would recommend to readers who like books of discovery with a literary fiction feel to it.


The Poker Game Mystery by Peter Bartram

I am a big fan of Peter’s books and his latest book is brilliant. Colin Crapmton is a journalist for The Chronicle. Colin is a fabulous character and I love the dry humour and wit that the author has injected into him. Another favourite character is Shirley, Colin’s girlfriend and between them they investigate a murder. The banter that these two have is great reading. Even though this is part of a series, each book can be read as a stand-alone, but in my opinion you are missing some of the dynamics that make Colin and Shirley work so well. Fabulous read and highly recommended.


The 24-Hour Cafe by Libby Page

This is one of those “quiet books” and I thoroughly enjoyed the comings and going of the customers and staff of Stella’s a 24-hour cafe. The book is set out in chapters that are titled by each hour of the 24 hours that the book is set in. It switches perspectives between the main customer at each hour and also the tow main waitresses. It is a really laid out story that I found very captivating. Even though you only get a snapshot of each customer, I found it emotional, but not the full blubbering eyes watering kind. It felt very representative for its setting. It is a story that I can describe as “people watching” and it is a book I would definitely recommend.


Fighting Back by Rachel Churcher

This is the fourth instalment in Rachel’s YA dystopian series and “Boy Oh Boy” is the intensity building! This is such a brilliant series and it is proving to be so addictive, I am going to be so lost when it ends ๐Ÿ˜ฆ This is set just after Brexit and in an Independent Scotland scenario and so it feels very relate-able.

Rachel doesn’t put her books up on Goodreads until publication date, so this is why I have not included the book cover, I have seen it and it it does follow the same format of her previous ones.


It Started With A Secret by Jill Mansell

Confession time… This is the first book I have read by this author! I do have a couple of her books on my kindle and on my bookshelves and, like every reader knows, they have just got lost amid the other books on the shelves. But now I have read one her books I will most definitely be reading more. This book is just fabulous and I made the mistake of planning to read just a couple of chapters at 11pm… What a fool I was, and I now know the error of my ways when picking up a book by this author. I was yawning and feeling rather tired when I decided to glance at the clock and see what time it was… 01:17 and reluctantly put in the bookmark and went to bed. I then finished it yesterday afternoon and I loved it sooooooooo much! ๐Ÿ˜


My next read will take me back to my scheduled reading for a blog tour…

Six Steps To Happiness by Suzie Tullett

This for me sees a return to an author whose books I have not read enough of. The couple of books that I have read by Suzie have been fabulous and I have enjoyed them so much. So when I saw the Blog Tour shout out for this book I was right there asking if I could join up ๐Ÿ™‚


A good reading week for me this week and I am really pleased with that because some of these books were 400+ pages.

I also decided to be brave and hop over to Netgalley and check to see if I needed to add reviews for any books that came via there for Blog Tours. I was good and didn’t request any ๐Ÿ™‚ When I arrived I was sitting at 83% and left with a 89% Feedback Ratio… happy days!

My Goodreads Challenge is almost complete, currently at 197/200 but as Fighting Back has not been listed it is actually 198/200. I have actually read more than 198 books this year, but have not put all the books on as yet. I read a few Amazon Vine Children’s books and also a couple of manuscripts So very pleased indeed :).

Well that me done for yet another week.

Wishing everyone a good week ahead, Happy Reading Folks

Yvonne xx

Many thanks for reading my post, a like or share would be wonderful and greatly appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

My Week In Books (w/e 17th Nov) #MeAndMyBooks #BookNews

Well what a week this has been! One that I don’t want to repeat that is for sure. I had a ridiculous cough that really wasn’t shifting and left me feeling… well like crap if I am honest. After a few days of it not getting any better I finally went to the Doc’s and been diagnosed with Acute Bronchitis, never had it before and never want it again. I am still struggling with shortness of breath, sleepless nights and feeling rough. I was hoping the steroid tablets and inhaler would help more than they are but at least I am not coughing as much.

So as my husband finally gets the thumbs up to go back to work after being signed off on Sick Pay since the beginning of August, it is now my turn to go off sick! Roll on January that is all I can say!!!!

I have still managed to just about keep up with NaNoWriMo and my short stories, though I have missed a couple of days, I just didn’t feel any motivation. Also I decided that it would probably be better to complete the on-line courses that I am required to complete as part of my job.

So enough of my whinging and moaning, after all you are here for the books ๐Ÿ™‚

What I read this week…

It’s Not PMS, It’s You by Rich Amooi

If you have not come across Rich Amooi then take my word for it whern I say you should. This is the second book I have read by Rich and he is fabulous. He is on point with his stories and also the humour he injects into his writing. Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour for my review.


The Wronged Daughter by Mary Wood

This is an author who I adore, whether she writes under Mary Wood or Maggie Mason it makes no odds I love her books. They are historical fiction that are full of emotion, surprises, twists and are simply fabulous reading. Again another Blog Tour review, for the end of the month.


The Blog Tours that I have agreed to take part in for November are now all read, so instead of ploughing straight into Decembers Tour books I decided this was the ideal time to beta read a couple of manuscripts. I don’t beta read often, and I am always a little nervous about doing it. But I also like to get the chance to give a reader opinion.


My Next read…

The Poker Game by Peter Bartram

I have read a few of Peter’s books and always enjoy them. I am looking forward to getting stuck into Book 4 of the Deadline Murder Series ready for the Blog Tour in December.


I also had a sneaky peep at this book …

When Stars Will Shine – Helping Our Heroes One Page At A Time

I read the first short story in this compilation… OH WOW! What an amazing start to what is going to be a fabulous book. PURCHASE LINK CLICK HERE

IT WILL BE THE BEST FIVER YOU EVER SPEND

Here is the synopsis for it…

When Stars Will Shine is a collection of short stories from your favourite authors who have come together to deliver you a Christmas read with a twist.

With true war tales that will break your heart, gritty Christmas crimes that will shake you to your core, and heart warming tales of love lost and found, this anthology has something for everyone. And, with every penny made being sent to support our troops, you can rest assured that youโ€™re helping our heroes, one page at a time.

From authors such as Louise Jensen, Graham Smith, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Lucy Cameron, Val Portelli, and Alex Kane, you are in for one heck of a ride!

Go and pre-order your copy now and Help Our Heroes! If you don’t want to use my link then just go to Amazon UK and type in When Stars Will Shine.


That is me done for another week, and it’s getting closer to the festive season, this means that it is closer to next year and Spring and hopefully some warmer weather ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great week folks, and wrap up warm

Take Care, Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 10th Nov) #Booknews #Bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Another week and another bookish update for the books I have read this week.

But first a quick update of my NaNoWriMo. So far I have managed to hit the word count everyday and this is something I am quite pleased about. I am writing short stories everyday as a way to explore different genres and styles. I have explored a few different genres that fall into contemporary, humour, mystery and crime. I am using my pre-written writing prompts and seeing where they take me. I am a “pantster” so it has been fun discovering where my brain takes me. I had always wondered about this when I see some authors mention how they never know how a story will develop. I have found that stories can tell themselves and I have discovered that i have ventured down paths that I hadn’t expected or that a story has taken a route more naturally one way than what I thought it would when I began,

Now to the books I have read this week…

The Louise Fawley Symphony by Rikki Evans

I had only just begun this book last week. It is for an upcoming Blog Tour and when I saw it I was intrigued, I was also aware that this was not my usual reading style. What I found was quite humorous read that was a little tongue in cheek at times. Keep an eye for my review soon.


Children of Fire by Paul CW Beatty

This is yet another Blog Tour book and is set in 1841 in the North West of England. It’s feet are planted in the industrial revolution as well as a religious group. This was a story that once I had got into was a good read, a little slow at times but with enough mystery and questions to be answered to keep me turning pages.


Sorcery Reborn by Steve McHugh

This is the first in a new series by Steve, I read The Avalon Chronicles last year and loved them, this series follows on from that and I am already eager to read the next book! Another fantastic read from a fabulous author. Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour for my review.


Here’s what I listened to this week…

These were both brilliant to listen to and I loved them. I admit to adoring the Disney version of The Jungle Book, so as soon as I had finished listening to the audio my next task to ask Alexa to “Play The Jungle Book Soundtrack” ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ I had downloaded this a couple of months ago I seem to think it was a free download from Audible!

I have recently acquired an Alexa Dot and I had noticed that Audible have 3 books a month that can be listened to via Alexa. Planet of the Apes was one of the choices. The Planet of the Apes was the a little different, in a good way, to what I was expecting, I had seen the various films over the years and the audio was not like the film.

If you have an Alexa device and Audible checkout what additional extras you can get with your subscription. Or I could be kind and tell you…

Alexa – “Read” – Planet of the Apes or Nickolas Nickleby or The Thirty-Nine Steps ๐Ÿ™‚


Well that’s the lot, hope everyone has a great week. I am going to curl up in front of the fire with a big box of tissues, some nasal spray and cough sweets and read a book ๐Ÿ™‚