My week In Books (w/e 14th July) #MeAndMyBooks

Hello once again to my weekly round up of bookishess. I have had a slower reading week as once again my concentration level has taken a dip. It is so annoying when this happens, but, if the concentration is not there then it can be forced. I have enjoyed the books I have read a huge amount but I am only able to read in short bursts.

I decided at the beginning of the month that I was due for a social media break and blogging break. So this post is for two weeks, but for my week off I didn’t really read anything or even listen to anything because of the concentration.

So let me show you what I have read…

First up is a book that I was on a Blog Tour for

Come Back For My by Heidi Perks is a fabulous and very atmospheric mystery read. More about the mystery that a crime thriller as such. A totally addictive and wonderful read that I adored from the very start.

Here is the Synopsis…

A shocking discovery. An island wrapped in secrets.You can bury the body, but the truth will always surface…

A tiny island community is stunned by the discovery of a long-buried body. For Stella Harvey, the news is doubly shocking, as the body is found in the garden of her childhood home. The home her family fled without explanation twenty-five years ago.

Now, questioning her past and desperate to unearth the truth, Stella returns to the Dorset island.


But she quickly finds that the community she left isn’t as welcoming as she remembers – and that people in it will go to any length to protect their secrets. But one thing rings true… You can’t bury the truth forever.

Fans of THE BAY, BROADCHURCH, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR and Lisa Jewell’s THEN SHE WAS GONE will not be able to put this novel down.

You can find my full review HERE


Next up is another Blog Tour book

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The Awakening Aten by Aiden K. Morrissey is a historical fiction with many historical facts incorporated into the story. It is a fabulous read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is also the first book in a planned saga series. If you like ancient Egyptian fiction then I think you will really enjoy this one.

Here is the synopsis…

Book One of ‘The Aten’ Saga

The Awakening Aten envelops the reader in an Egypt of whispers and fears, of webs within webs, deceit upon deceit. Its themes of murder, intrigue, political and religious conflict, corruption, tomb robbing, war and executions are set against a background of fundamental ideological change. 

Ancient Egypt is seen through the eyes of two families; one royal, the other commoner. Yuya, whose tomb is in the Valley of the Kings, is a foreigner who rises from slavery to become Regent to an infant Pharaoh and thus, the most powerful man in the world’s wealthiest empire. His children and descendants will remain at the very heart of the country’s destiny. Kha is a tomb painter and builder who experiences both the despair of imprisonment and the horror of war. As Overseer of the King’s Works he restores the Great Sphinx, and inscribes the ‘Dream Stela’ placed between its paws, still visible today. Through tragic and deathly events his family and that of Yuya become entwined.

Review to follow.


My current read is for another Blog Tour, I know I said I was dropping back from them at the beginning of the year but I do seem to have picked a few up…!!!

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Wanderers by Chuck Wendig… OMG I am loving this book so much, I am half way through it and I am addicted to it. It has been a while since I have read a dystopian/ sci fi and this one is hitting all the right notes for me.

Here is the synopsis…

A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world’s last hope. In the tradition of The Stand and Station Eleven comes a gripping saga that weaves an epic tapestry of humanity into an astonishing tale of survival.

Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and are sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.

For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them–and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them–the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart–or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world. 

Review will follow.


I have a couple more Blog Tours to read for this month, and with the exception of one in August I have no more until september. This means I can try to read a few more of my #20 Books of Summer reads. I am up to number 4 at the moment so it will be interesting to see how close I get to my target.

Hopefully you will be able to see the images I have included, they kept disappearing while I was writing this post up. WordPress and its trickery or me and my fat fumbs… hmmm Im not sure… 😂😂


So, how about some non bookishness for you to wrap this post up with… Dogs, my two rogues just had their yearly shear and they were definitely due for it especailly as summer seems to have arrived….

Meet Billy with his before and after pose!

Meet Buster with his before and after pose!

They are both Springer / Cocker Spaniel crosses know as Billy Bony Bum and Buster Big Bum for obvious reasons! They are a great pair of characters and are inseperable, they are also cousins and we love them to bits 💖💖

Right that’s me done for another week, I look forward to seeing what everyone has been reading and I will see you next week for another Bookish catch up.

Take care and enjoy your reading folks 🙂 xx

My Week In Books (w/e 30th June 2019) #BookNews #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome once again to a round up of Bookish and Non-Bookish news! Once again a day late as I had a Blog Tour post yesterday!

What a week it has been, and not just because of the very random and unpredictable weather!

I have to mention the most amazing parcel I recieved last week from the Author Caroline James. I have been entering her competitions for a while now to win a certain little Bear! This time I was so lucky to have finally had my name pulled out of the hat! Not only did I win the gorgeous chap himslef, I also got a signed copy of her fabulous book The Best Boomerville Hotel, but also a smart little bag and card as well!!


I work a couple of nights each week and there are times when it really does pay to be awake right through, especially as the sunrises are so fabulous in Cornwall. Photo’s on my phone really didn’t do the stunning sunrise justice…


At the end of the week I got a wonderful surprise from Amazon in my email inbox, inviting me to join Amazon Vine Voices, Yes Me!!! What the hell, I thought originally that this must be a scam but they had all the right details on the email. So now I have 2 Amazon Badges on my profile ” TOP 1000 REVIEWER” and “VINE VOICE”.


I don’t share much in the way of really personal stuff, because, well… it’s personal. But on Thursday my Dad finally got to go to hospital to have his ICD implant (defibullator / pacemaker) fitted. I am so happy to say he is home and apart from a little discomfort he is right as rain. Phew such a relief for us all and it will take a lot of worry away as his poor old ticker has a bit of extra help now!


Well I suppose I ought to mention the books this week 📚😁

HIDDEN by ROGER A PRICE

I read this as part of the Blog Tour and I posted my review yesterday. A crime thriller that I thoroghly enjoyed though it does deal with some tough topics, trafficking and prostitution. It is part of a series but worked well as a stand-alone.


MEET ME IN MONACO by HAZEL GAYNOR & HEATHER WEBB

An absolutely stunning story that I adored. It’s about a small perfumier and a photographer who are brought together by chance by Grace Kelly as she hides in the perfume shop. This was a story that had me smirking and sobbing, beautiful and took me quite by surprise for many good reasons.


The Teashop On the Corner by Milly Johnson

This is the 2nd of my #20BooksofSummer books. It is also the 2nd Milly Johnson book I have read. It is also the 2nd time I have read one of her books from start to finish in one sitting. Another fabulous and absorbing read, I think I have found another favourite author to add to my list!


Someone You Know by Olivia Isaac-Henry

This is a book I have swapped into my #20 Booksof Summer list. When I made my list up I forgot to include some of the NetGalley Reads, this is one of them.

I found this to be one of those quietly addictive books, I wanted to know what happened to the missing sister and it kept me turning pages. A timeslip that alterantes between past and present to get to the truth. My review for this will follow soon.


Meet Me In Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May

I am on the Blog Tour for this one and, it is part of a series. I have not read the previous book and I wish I had before I started this one, there are returning characters and references that I want to know more about. It doesn’t spoil the reading but I am a nosy reader who wants to know all the gossip and shenanigans of the past stories! My review will be posted later this month.


WHAT I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO:-

PYGMALION by GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

I love the musical of My Fair Lady and it forms part of the work by Shaw. This is a version with a fabulous cast and is a BBC Audio Drama.

I borrowed this online using my libray card to access BorrowBox. I am pleased to say I have now sorted out my problems with listening to audio’s from them and it makes it so much easy for continual listening.


The Hat Shop on the Corner by Marita Conlon-McKenna

This is another BorrowBox Audio book and is a wonderful listen as I got to know the owner and customers of the local Hat Shop and also surrounding shops.

This is set in Dublin and has a good range of characters that the narrator does a fantastic job with. She has a great range to her voice and really brings the story to life.



Well that is my lot, quite a busy and interesting week for various reasons. I also just remembered I got my hair cut… and to be honest I had not long got up when I took the first photo😂😂😂😂 I didn’t realise how much my hair really needed cutting…😬

I think I waffled plenty long enough and if you are still reading this then I am impressed!


So I will wish you well for the week ahead and hope you all enjoy your reading. I have decided to take a few days away from the computer and social media to give myself a chance to catch up with other things, so I will catch up with you all next week 🙂 xx

I will leave you with a few photos of my garden at the moment… 🙂 xx

Thanks for sticking with this post until the very end! 🙂

My Week In Books – (w/e 23/6/19) #MeAndMyBooks

Hello again!

Welcome, this week I have had quite a good week for books read. I finally got round to using my library card to sign up to BorrowBox so I can borrow e-books and e-audiobooks online from my local library. In the past I have also used Librevox. Do you have any favourite sites?

Borrowbox is such a great service to use, and I am using it for audiobooks at the moment. I decided to put my Audible Account on temporary hold while I try Borrowbox, and while I like the idea of being able to borrow audiobooks and support library services, it doesn’t quite match Audible. I like the sync feature of Audible and also the continous running. While with BorrowBox I am finding i have to listen to each chapter individually, or am I missing something here! Is there a way to listen to chapters continously?

So what have read and listened to this week…


Cold As The Grave by James Oswald

OH WOW!!!! I am so glad I signed up to the Blog Tour for this book it is abso-flamin-lutely awesome! Yep, I might have liked it more than a little bit 😁😉. Talk about edge of the seat stuff, I didn’t want this one to end…

Review as part of the Blog Tour later this week.


Blackberry & Wild Rose by Sonia Velton

I have had this on my kindle for a little while now and decided that instead of choosing one of my #20BooksOfSummer I decided I fancied this instead…

A fabuolous and wonderful Historical Fiction book that has a story as stunning as the cover. I adored this one so much, again another one I didn’t want to put down. I might just purchase the hardback copy of this book becasue the cover is absolutely gorgeous!


I Looked Away by Jane Corry

I have been a fan of this authors previous books and when I saw the chance to hop onto the Blog Tour for this book I was messenging straingt aay. I have to say I might have just read my favourite book by this author. This is yet another edge of my seat read that I found so absorbing, and emotional on so many different levels. This author tends to tackle mental health issues and this one is no exception. Her research is impecable and with I Looked Away she completely had me from the first few paragraphs.


Passenger 23 by Sebastian Fitzek

This is the Audible version of the book and I am sitting on the fence with this one a little bit. There are some hard subjects tackled in this book and while I think I would have been ok reading I had a really hard time listening. This is made harder as it is not just a narration, it is an Audible Drama, so has actors along with the narrator. I enjoyed the story and it would not stop me picking up something else by this author, but I think I may just stick to reading them in future.


Bollywood Wives by Alex Khan

This is another book that has sat on my kindle for a while now. I saw it during the Blog Tour and it had a good response from the reviews I read. I was unsure as it is focused around the film star/celebrity culture, not something I normally go for. But, I was proven wrong, I loved this stopry a huge amount. Just goes to show you can’t judge a book by it’s cover!!!


So I am quite pleased with last week especially as I am also working on Principles of Dementia Care course for work, really interesting and certainly useful, halfway through so far.

So 4 books read and 1 listened to. This takes my Goodreads up to 51% or 101/200. I am 7 books ahead of schedule, considering I had a bit of a slump I am still on course. As for NetGalley… least said the better 😬😕

I must get properly started on my #20BooksofSummer Reading Challenge, I’ve still only read 1 out of 20. I keep picking up books that I didn’t put on my list… no hope for some readers!

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Here is question… I like to use Gifs from Giphy. Does anyine know the protocol for using these? I just mention where the image has come from and include the link! Is this right?


What am I currently Reading & Listening to…

Hidden by Roger A. Price is for an upcoming Blog Tour.

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi is on loan from BorrowBox and an Audiobook.


Once again I seem to have a good mix of genres, I love to Genre Hop. For me it is as if I am coming back to something I love and keeps things fresh, if you know what I mean! 🤷‍♂️


It is Sunday afternoon as I write this post, it is wet and windly and generally bloody ‘orrible. Yesterday was t-shirt and shorts weather, today jeans and jumper! What’s it all about…

I’m off to read for the rest of the afternoon and wish you all the best, have a great week 👍📚💖

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My Week In Books – a day late! (w/e 16th June 2019) #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to a catch up on the books I have read this week. I say read, and while I did read 2 books I also listened to a third. I know I would normally post this on a Monday (when I remember) but I was taking part in a Blog Tour and decided to stick to one post a day! I could have posted on Sunday just gone, but I keep away from social media and the PC then, well until the OH is having his post Sunday Roast afternoon snooze 😂

As promised last week I have photo’s of my newly organised spare room, now know as “My Library” 😁.

So to the books I read…

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Monopoli Blues by Tim Clark & Nick Cook

I read this for an upcoming Blog Tour.

SYNOPSIS – In November 1944, Sub Lt Bob Clark, a twenty-year old agent with Britain’s top-secret Special Operations Executive, parachuted into northern Italy. He left behind the girl he had fallen in love with, Marjorie, his radio operator. 

Captured by the enemy, Bob’s fate hangs in the balance and Marjorie won’t know for six months whether he is alive or dead. 

Monopoli Blues recounts the story of Tim Clark’s journey to uncover the story of his parents’ war – and the truth behind the betrayal of his father’s Clarion mission to the Nazis… 

“Monopoli Blues puts the big picture in perspective. It is a detailed and intimate account of the Second World War drama as it affected two individuals who are in love and who are separated by the conflict. The story is the more powerful for being told by their son, Tim Clark. His assiduous search uncovers the drama and danger of facing a British agent who is betrayed and captured by the Nazis and whose girlfriend has no clue what has happened to him. This is the reality of war behind the headlines.” – Jonathan Dimbleby.


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The Outsider by Stephen King

This is the first of my #20BooksofSummer Reading Challange. I took it to work with me to read on a break… I was on a nightshift and the only person awake… I didn’t read any of this that night… just in case 😬😂

SYNOPSIS – When an eleven-year-old boy is found murdered in a town park, reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town’s popular Little League coach, Terry Maitland, as the culprit. DNA evidence and fingerprints confirm the crime was committed by this well-loved family man.

Horrified by the brutal killing, Detective Ralph Anderson, whose own son was once coached by Maitland, orders the suspect to be arrested in a public spectacle. But Maitland has an alibi. And further research confirms he was indeed out of town that day.

As Anderson and the District Attorney trace the clues, the investigation expands from Ohio to Texas. And as horrifying answers begin to emerge, so King’s propulsive story of almost unbearable suspense kicks into high gear.

Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy but there is one rock-hard fact, as unassailable as gravity: a man cannot be in two places at the same time. Can he?


The Tapestry Bag by Isabella Muir – Audiobook

I was lucky to be picked as a winner of the Audiobook version of this book. It was a Giveaway that Isabella was running as part of the Blog Tour with Rachel’s Random Resources.

SYNOPSIS – A young woman named Zara goes missing, one year to the day that her boyfriend, Joel, was killed in a hit-and-run. Is Zara in danger? Is she still alive? What really happened to Joel, and who is to blame?

In the quiet seaside town of Tamarisk Bay, the police appear to be doing little to find Zara. Her friend Janie decides to make it her mission to track her down. It’s the “swinging sixties”, and Janie fears that Zara may be mixed up with drugs, alcohol, or worse. As Janie explores the strange circumstances of Zara’s disappearance, she starts to question the truth about Joel’s death.

Janie runs the mobile library and has a passion for crime fiction, especially Agatha Christie. Can Poirot help Janie solve the mystery of Zara’s disappearance? 

As she looks for clues she comes across some unsavory characters who each have a reason for wanting Joel dead. Can Janie untangle the web of lies and find out the truth?


Reviews for all three books will follow soon(ish) 🙂


MY CURRENT READ IS – James Oswald – Cold As The Grave

MY CURRENT LISTEN IS – Passenger 23 by Sebastian Fitzek


I am just 2% off reaching the half way point of my Goodreads Challenge, so I am very happy with this.


I suppose you want to see what I have done with my books…

So this was the before photo…

At this point I had to empty a bookcase, bring it upstairs, bring the books up and randomly put them on the bookcase to sort when I had ALL my books upstairs… I did this over several days, or it may have been couple of weeks! I had several bookcases, lots of books and very sore legs, arms and, shoulders.

If only there was an easier way of moving books!!!!!

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Once they were all up, came the days of sorting into order and also buying some more books cases. I may still buy two more to replace the odd one that is on one side of the room, you will see what I mean when you get to it…

Along with my books I decided as this is my own space, it would be nice to add some of my photo’s and artwork.

Right here is the end result, it still needs a bit of tweaking as I am still not quite happy with the order of them at the moment.

🔰 This is such a random corner to try to sort out but I have my complete Robert Ludlum set of books, as well as older clothbound and paperback classics. With a smaller bookcase that I still need to sort out properly.

🔰The top shelf contains my Signed Books, as well as more that need sorting out. It will eventually hold my reference books.

🔰 As you see a little better this part of the shelf really does need more sorting. But the full set of Encycloepedias is staying put they are too heavy to keep moving around…

🔰 This is more military fiction, historical reference and the bottom is Classics like Hardy, the Bronte’s, Dickens, Austen and my favourite – Wilkie Collins. The case on the right is fantasy with just peepeing next to it more general fiction, historical and women’s fiction.

🔰 This is the rest of the shelf that has women’s, general and historical fiction. The shorter case next to it is one I may replace as the books on this one are double stacked… I hate that I can’t see all of them at the same time. That one contains mainly crime, thriller, murder mystery reads. The children’s books are on the top, with old annuals that i found in a charity shop dating back to the 50’s/60’s.

🔰 The little white shelf is all Agatha Christe, with Bernard Cornwells Sharpe series on the top. The boxing in the back has more reference books, if only the staircase didn’t come up just under there… I have a much better use for it…


Right then that’s the lot from me for this week. I am hoping the weather dries up and I get to see that mysterious and warming phenomenon that I heard is called “SUMMER”!

Happy reading folks and if you feel like shairng it would be very welcomed indeed 🙂 xx

My Week In Books w/e 9th June #MeAndMyBooks

This week has been a quiet week for me on Me And My Books. I read 2 books and started a third, listened to one audiobook. This week my reading concentration level has not been at it’s best and so I have only been reading in short bursts rather than hours.

So while the weather is hit and miss I have managed to finally move all my books from the lounge up into the boxroom. I have bought some more book cases and have managed to create a space I am very happy with. I will take photos and will include them in next weeks My Week In Books post. When the weather thas been nice I have been out in the garden, weeds seem to grow faster than the plants at the moment, but things are looking good out there.

Anyway enough of me gabbling on lets have a look at the completed reads this week.

WOLVES AT THE DOOR BY GUNNAR STAALESEN

Having read one of this authors books before and thoroughly enjoying it, so when I saw a chance to read another I jumped at the chance to join the Blog Tour. This is book #21 in the Varg Veum series. Varg is a Private Investigator who finds himself looking into an ol case. I have to say if you love Nordic Noir then you will love this. It is quite complex and at times uncomfortable to read at times. I will be posting my review next week .


THE SECRET – VIOLET’S STORY (LIFE ON THE MOORS)

As you can see there is no image available for this yet, well at least not on Amazon or Goodreads. This is the 3rd in the Life On The Moors Series and each of these books take one of the different characters and makes them the star of the story. I have not read the first book “The Letter – Kitty’s Story” but I do have it on my tbr. The second book “The Talisman – Molly Story” had me in tears and I absolutely adored it. This third book focuses on Violet and is an absolute beauty. This is another one that I am reading for the blog tour later this week.


MORTAL ENGINES BY PHILLIP REEVE

I decided to listen to this book rather than wait to watch this on Amazon Prime. I also wanted to listen to something that what different to the genres I was reading. I listen to audiobooks as I am in the garden weeding, doing the housework or decorating.

This is a great book to listen to. Narrated by Barnaby Edwards it is a fantasy novel and the author has created a post apocalyptic version of London. I loved the word-play on various place names. It has left me wanting to sit and read the books as well as watching the film.


I have decided to take part in #20BooksOfSummer Reading Challange and if you are wondering how I am getting with that… I have not started any of my 20 books yet although I am planning on reading my first this week.


Before I go I am going to leave you with a photo of some of the books before I started to organise and put on shelves properly…

That’s all for me, I hope everyone has a great week 🙂

My Week In Books w/e 30th April #MeAndMyBooks

Well hello once again! I was going to post this yesterday but as I was taking part in the Publication Day Review for Jaded by Rob Ashman I decided I would change the day for My Week In Books rather than have two posts on one day 🙂

Another month gone!!! April has been a mix of sunshine and showers and a bit windy thanks to Storm Hannah, but my garden survived pretty unscathed, thank goodness.

This week has been a better one as far as my reading has gone and I have managed to read a five books.

So let me share the books I have read this week…

The Queen of Wishful Thinking by Milly Johnson.

I have several books by this author and, do you know what? I have never actually read one! I saw a review post by the fabulous Linda at Linda’s Book Bag for one of this Authors books. As I had just finished reading one book and deciding which to pick up next, Linda’s enthusiasm for Milly Johnson made me go to my TBR and pick up The Queen of Wishful Thinking.

This is a good sized book at just short of 500 pages. I will tell you it was so good that I read it in one sitting! Yes it was a brilliant read that captivated me completely. I am really looking forward to reading the other 7-8 that I have and obviously buying the ones I am missing.


Dead Inside by Noelle Holten

If you are a Book Blogger then I am sure you have seen Dead Inside by fellow Book Blogger and now Debut Author Noelle. Check out Noelle’s Blog at Crime Book Junkie I have been excited to read this book and I had been hearing so many amazing things about Dead Inside.

If you like your crime thriller reads to be hard hitting, emotional deeply intriguing and want a real belter of a read then you seriously NEED to pick this book up when it is published. As soon as I had finished Dead Inside I immediately nipped over to Amazon to pre-order the next book in the Maggie Jamieson series. A fabulous debut and one that I would Absolutely and Most Definitely recommend.


Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green

I was mooching around on my kindle not quite sure what I wanted to read next when I came across this gorgeous cover. It is the first instalment in the Little Duck Pond Cafe series. It is a short read at 127 pages but it is a wonderful intro to a wonderful sounding community that Ellie finds herself drawn to. I am definitely looking forward to reading the rest of this one.


Step Sister by Jennifer Donnelly

I was a lucky recipient of this paperback book via Readers First. When it arrived I immediately picked it up to read, one of those right books at the right time things…

This is the story of what happened to the Ugly Sisters after Ella was whisked away by her Prince. I love a chance to remember childhood fairy tales and I do admit that Cinderella was one I really liked. The author has done a fabulous job of keeping the magical fairy tale feel in her story but also injecting moral aspect that I really, really enjoyed. This was a fabulous escapism read on a rainy April afternoon.


The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

When I read a Hardback book I always take off the cover so it doesn’t get damaged and also so I can see if there is any other details hidden underneath…I love these Magpies on a white cover. The significance of the Magpies are part of the story in this fabulous read, I have had this book since last year and I am so pleased I have finally managed to read it. It is one of those books that has a sad almost bleak style to it, this is not a criticism at all in fact it is this style that really draws a reader in, it plays on the emotional ties that you start to build with the character. This is a fabulously atmospheric and creepy feeling read that I thoroughly enjoyed.


Books In The Post

I have been very lucky with books this week. I enter a few giveaways, yes it is a bonus to win but I do it to help share the #BookLove it is my way of helping the promotions and Blog Tours in the hope that my tweets will help other readers find “new to them authors”. So, as well as winning a copy of Step Sister by Jennifer Donnelly, I also won a paperback copy of…

A Sister’s Sorrow by Kitty Neale

My copy came from the wonderful Avon Books in a Twitter Giveaway, I have seen but as yet not read any books by this author and I am really looking forward to starting this one.


The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

I recieved my copy of this Hardback, and I have to say it is gorgeous, from Penguin Random House. I entered a Giveaway on Cathy’s blog and you can find her wonderful Blog at What Cathy Read Next. I had seen many wonderful reviews about this book and I am looking forward to reading this so much.


Baxter’s Requiem by Matthew Crow

This is another book I had got on my reading radar, and this paperback copy is one that might just be my next read! Many thanks to Anne who has an amazing Blog at Random Things Through My Letterbox. If I say that Anne has said that she ” adored it” and also that she “adore this author.” I think this is one I will also enjoy!


Well, that’s me rounded up for the week. My total books read for the month of April was 15 taking my Goodreads tally to 72 out of my planned 200 for the year, so still on target.

My Netgalley tally is 18 on my shelf with 2 of those slipping into the older than 3 months, but with my 88% Feedback Ratio I think I can live with that for the moment, but I do hope to get them read soon!


My Week in Books (Week ending 21st April)

Welcome to another My Week in Books post, this week is actually a two week round-up. Last Monday I was delighted to be one of the readers to take part in the Publication Day Celebrations for The Feud by Amanda James, hence the reason for a double book week.

It is quite amazing how quick the weeks and months are flying past. It really doesn’t seem that long ago that we were celebrating the start of a new year and now we are at Easter…

I also have an apology. On Good Friday I was part of the Blog Tour for Amazing Grace by Kim Nash, it is an excellent read and if you have not read it then go and get a copy. Now for some reason WordPress wouldn’t show my post on my reader, I didn’t realise this until lunchtime when I woke up…I should mention that I had worked a rather busy night shift 🙂 Not only was WP being a sod, I also had problems post to FB and Twitter was being a bit of an arse as well which meant I was having problems seeing people sharing AND I have a stinking cold …enter the drama queen that swoons saying… “Oh Woe is me!!!”😉😂 . So if you shared my post or retweeted then I am very grateful and thank you so much.


So now down to the books I read last week…sorry over the last 2 weeks!

KIN by Snorri Kristjansson

I think it was the beginning of the month when I saw a post by Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek, he was looking forward to reading the 2nd book in the Helga Finnsdottir Mystery series, this reminded me that I still had Kin on my TBR. So off I tootled to grab my copy to start reading and look what I saw…

“Kin will appeal to fans of crime, thrillers, mystery and historical fiction and is well worth a read” – The Tattooed Book Geek

I can tell you, Drew is spot on with this quote. It is a fabulous read, I loved the historical fiction in this story and it is a brilliant read leaving very eager to see what Helga gets involved in next. Highly recommended as well!


Time Will Tell by Eva Jordan

Did you know that the paperback of this book is due for publication very soon! Eva got in touch with me to ask if I would like a copy of her book to read and to review for Publication Day…I replied no thank you as I already have a copy but I will happily bump it up my TBR 🙂 And what a fabulous story it is as well. If you are after a story with emotion and wonderful characters then I urge you to go and check out this author. Time Will Tell is a beautiful, captivating and a totally wonderful read.


Jaded by Rob Ashman

I was delighted when Rob got in touch to ask if I would read Jaded as part of the Publication Day team of readers to share their reviews. I love the main protagonist DI Roz Kray. Somehow along the way I have missed books 2 and 3 in this series, but I have read book 1.

If you are a fan of crime thrillers that pack a punch then this is definitely one you want to pick up. It is a fabulous read and one that I read in one sitting and I would highly recommend it. You can pre-order your copy now for publication on 29th April.


Blackpool’s Daughter by Maggie Mason

Oh Maggie you had my heart in my mouth once again with this stunning read. The author Mary Wood also writes as Maggie Mason and if you are after emotional and heartbreaking family saga reads then this author is fabulous.

The story of mother and daughter, Julia and Clara and their separation and evacuation in 1940 from Guernsey to the mainland is one that really does pull on the heartstrings. If you are a fan of histfic and family sagas then look up this author.


The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel

OH WOW! I have just discovered a fabulous Gothic thriller. I was wandering through Amazon, as you do and I came across this fabulous book. The setting is Edinburgh in 1888 and see’s to very different detectives coming together to solve a very interesting and bloody murder.

I love a good gothic read and this is bloody brilliant, from the characters, the setting, the plot, everything about this one ticked all the boxes in this genre for me. And, sorry pause for my happy dance… there are more in the series. Look this author up and have a look at the Frey & McGrey series.


Twisted by Steve Cavanagh

This is another OH WOW, OH WOW!! book by this fabulous author. I write my initial thoughts on paper when I finish reading a book, then I use those to then write my review up. I have just read my notes and they are so convoluted as I tried to put into words what I thought!

This is such a wickedly brilliant read, so many twists that kept me reading. I am dreading trying to get my thoughts in order to actually write a review that makes some sense. It is another highly recommended read!


Dear Jane by Allie Cresswell

I am in the process of reading this book. Oh this is a sweet and sorrow for me. I am so glad to read the next in the Highbury Trilogy and gutted that it is the end of the Highbury Trilogy. I have loved this series and it is inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma.

This is a historical fiction that has had me wrapped up in it’s words as I have been immersed into a such a fasbulous setting, with wonderful descriptions and characters. If you are a fan of classic literature or books written in that style then you really should pick this series up.


So 7 books over two weeks is not bad, but still a little less than my normal. My Goodreads tally I think is at 66/200 for the year.

Books I received this week …

I had a wonderful email from Quercus Books about a “wish” for a NetGalley book… my wish had been granted for The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary


I am one of the Book Bloggers on the Blog Tour by Anne Cater for Never Be Broken by Sarah Hilary and I was delighted to be sent a Hardback copy of the book. I am really looking forward to getting to this one.


My final book for you is one I won on Readers First for adding my Initial thoughts on a book cover. When the book arrived in the post I was again stunned by another Hardback copy. I have to say it is a beautiful cover…

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

Published by Zaffre, this story is about Nuri and his wife Afra leaving the city of Aleppo in Syria and making a perilous journey to Britain when all they care for is destroyed by war. They make their way to a cousin in Yorkshire to keep bees.

This sounds like it could be an emotional read and also a fabulous read. I am looking forward to this one a lot.

I have got a few bargains on my kindle but if I added those as well this post would be miles long, so until next time…

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My Week In Books w/e 7th April 2019

It has been another quiet-ish week for me as far as reading goes, three books this week, so still a good number. I have been quite busy sorting out our spare room and making it into some sort of office/ study/ craft room. So painting, moving furniture, sorting through boxes of craft supplies and random scraps of material, paper, paints and accumulated odds and sods. It is quite amazing how much stuff I have managed to pack into the small box room that has been home to all my supplies. This GIF is so perfect for what I have literally what I have been like 😱🤬😂

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I should mention the box room is going to be home to some book cases so hopefully some sort of order will be on the horizon.

So let me share the books I read last week with you…

This first one is one that has been on my shelf for several years, it has gone unnoticed and for no particular reason, but last week it caught my eye. It is by Peter Benchley, the author of Jaws. It is so very different from the misrepresented shark that saw its notoriety soar after the release of the film that was based on the book. It is called The Girl of the Sea of Cortez.

Synopsis –

On an island in the Gulf of California, an intrepid young woman named Paloma carries a special legacy from her father—a deep understanding of the sea and a sixth sense about the need to protect it.

Every day, Paloma paddles her tiny boat into the ocean and anchors over a seamount—a submerged volcanic peak sixty feet underwater that is clustered with spectacular sea animals and a wondrous web of marine life.

It is there that an astonishing event takes place, when on one of her dives Paloma is shadowed by a manta ray—an animal so large it blocks the sun. She develops an extraordinary relationship with this luminous, gentle creature, but instinctively knows its existence is a secret she must fiercely protect.

Benchley’s novel paints a poignant picture of humanity’s precarious relationship with the ocean, which unfolds alongside a heartrending story of familial bonds, often revealing that the ignorance of man is far more dangerous than the sea. Full of beauty, danger, and adventure, The Girl of the Sea of Cortez is triumphant—a novel to fall in love with.


The second book I read was one that was sent to me last summer by Urbane Publishers. I have, I am embarrassed to say, just re-discovered it buried under a pile of other books. The Lighthouse Keepers Daughter by Cherry Radford, is a beautiful story that I adored. Here is the cover and the synopsis –

After the break-up of her marriage, Imogen escapes to her aunt’s converted lighthouse on Beachy Head. Writing for a tedious online magazine but hoping to starting a novel, she wants to be alone – until she finds an entrancing flamenco CD in her borrowed car and contacts the artist via Twitter. It turns out that actor-musician Santiago needs help with English, and is soon calling her profesora.

Through her window, the other lighthouse winks at her across the sea. The one where her father was a keeper, until he mysteriously drowned there in 1982. Her aunt is sending extracts from his diary, and Imogen is intrigued to learn that, like her and Santi, her father had a penfriend.

Meanwhile, despite their differences – Imogen is surrounded by emotional and geographical barriers, Santi surrounded by family and land-locked Madrid – their friendship develops. So, she reads, did her father’s – but shocking revelations cause Imogen to question whether she ever really knew him.

Two stories of communication: the hilarious mistakes, the painful misunderstandings, and the miracle – or tragedy – of finding someone out there with whom you have an unforeseen, irresistible connection.

‘A wonderful romance that deftly weaves past and present – a story so full of music it sings.’ Avril Joy, author of Sometimes a River Song, Costa Award Winner

‘A fresh new voice telling a charming and moving story of love, loss, loneliness, Twitter and Spanish lessons. An absolute delight.’ Louise Douglas, bestselling author of The Secret by the Lake. 


Finally I have a book that I won on a Twitter Giveaway and it was sent out by DHH Literacy Agency. When I recieved this back in November I decided to buy the first book and read that a little while ago and really enjoyed it. I have a 1/4 of this book still to read, and I know I will finish reading it tonight (it’s currently Sunday afternoon, I have just finished watching the Boat Race 🙂 ) Sleeper – The Red Storm by J D Fennell is a wonderful read, let me share the cover and the blurb –

1943. Sleeper spy Will Starling has been drafted in to the SOE, joining forces with the French Resistance in the fight against the Nazis; but Will’s memory is fractured and only occasional flashbacks reveal fragments of his past. Despite this, he has not forgotten his pledge to find and rescue his sister, Rose – if she is still alive. When his mission in France is compromised, Will suspects he’s been betrayed.

Back in London he hears that VIPER are in league with the Axis powers and are developing a new and deadly weapon. As he and MI5 agent Anna Wilder set out to destroy it, their every move is anticipated by their enemies. Who is the mole in the British Secret Service? As they close in on VIPER’s Swiss headquarters, it seems no one can be trusted. Are Will and Anna able to prevent the unleashing of the Red Storm that will bring mass destruction on a scale even the Nazis haven’t dreamt of?

While Will tries to save the world, Rose has become the key to VIPER’s future plans and is drugged to dull her kinetic powers. But Rose faces danger from an unexpected enemy and her time is running out.


I had some fabulous “proper” books in the post this week as well 🙂

The Path To The Sea by Liz Fenwick

I finally got my pre-order for Twisted by Steve Cavanagh

That’s me done for another week, I was going to write up the 7 reviews that I have waiting, but instead I am grabbing my book, you never know I may even start another …

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Have a great week everyone 🙂

and Happy Reading xx

My Week In Books w/e 24th March 2019

It has been a quiet week for me as far as blogging goes. I decided that as I was having a week off work then why not have a week off from Blogging and all that goes along with it. It has been very nice to get up in the morning and not reach for my phone straight away. I think it is something that many of us do out of habit rather than just to check on our various social media accounts.

A nice quiet coffee or two seemed in order as well.

So while I have been off, I managed to get out in the garden and finish weeding the flower beds and getting the veg plot dug over again. I’m still not willing to plant anything out at the moment as the weather can still change. so I’m erring on the side of caution. Something the rhubarb is not aware of at the moment as it’s shooting away.

I also managed to get a bit of reading done 🙂 There are 3 Blog Tour books that I wanted to get started on, one from my own shelf and also one that I am reading for a publication day review. Now I know I said I was stopping Blog Tours and was just finishing up the ones I had already committed to…but I may have snuck the odd one or two in over the past month 🙂

So let’s have a look see what I did read…


The Culmfield Cuckoo by Celia Moore –

This is the second in the series by this author, although the blurb states it can be read as a stand alone, I think it is better read in order. Maybe this is because its how I have come to this series. It builds on the characters and the story from the first book Fox Halt Farm. My review for this will be as part of the Blog Tour.


Maybe Baby by Carol Thomas –

This is another in a series book, and because I have not read any other books in the series, I can say this works very well as a stand -alone. I do have the first book on my kindle though 🙂 This is such a fun read, it has so many things that I loved. Pets, friends, old flames, moving forward and just a really good feel good read. Look out for my review as part of the Blog Tour.


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Arbitrage by Colette Kebell –

This is another book I read for the up coming Blog Tour. Now this is one I saw as I was passing through FB, and saw there was a space going on the tour, and decided it was one I fancied. This is a financial thriller, the world of Russian Mafia, money and deals. This is a fab read and one that I was a bit worried about. I though it might have been full of too much jargon, but this was not the case.


The Puppet Show by M.W. Craven –

This is one from my own shelf and it’s books like this that make me wish I could retire or win the lottery and retire so I could read all day. This is such a great story, the plot is yummy and dark, devious and twisted. But for me the real star or I should say stars were Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw. The contrasts between these two characters is outstanding and they have been worked so well into an amazing story. A cracking read. Review will follow soon.


The Feud by Amanda James –

I am delighted to be one of the readers to take part in publication day reviews for Mandy’s next book. If you have read any of her books before then you know you are going to get a great story, with vivid imagery and there is usually a twist or two along the way… I have not yet finished reading this book, but by the time this post goes live I will have (it’s sat afternoon at the moment 🙂 )


I also had some amazing book post this week…

I got an proof copy of I Looked Away by Jane Corry

I have read all of Jane’s previous books and really enjoyed them. This one is due to be published 27th June this year 🙂


Right then that’s me done for another week, I can’t believe that next Monday it will be April 😶. I may well do a ‘top reads of the month’ in the post next week and maybe some stats… but then maybe I won’t …🙄 😂

I’ll see what I feel like 😂🤣😅

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That’s all folks, have fun and read loads :)

My Week In Books w/e 17th March

So last week I managed to read 6 books. A good week for reading and a good week for reducing my NetGalley shelf to 14 now. Talking of NetGalley, I had a good peruse through and discovered that they send a weekly update for whats on my shelf. How had I missed this!!, it’s very handy because it lets you know if you have any books to download, how many are on your shelf to be read and also if a book on your shelf has been published.

I am also on Annual leave this coming week, and very pleased about that as well.

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I have not got anything planned on the blog, and I may not be as active on social media either. So taking time out and a chance to do a bit of long over-due Blogmin 😦

So let’s have a look at what I read shall we…

The Darkness by Ragnar Jonasson – I bought this one and read it straight away, normally I buy a book and it sits on my tbr for a while. The reason I read this as soon as it arrived through my letterbox was because I had a very nice email from Michael Joseph books inviting me to read the 2nd book via NetGalley.

I loved The Darkness, loved its main protagonist Hulda and you can read my full review HERE


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The Island by Ragnar Jonasson – Is the second in the Hidden Iceland Trilogy, and it is different in some ways to the first but still has the same wonderful descriptive, atmospheric details that I am coming to expect from this author. Again this is another one that I absolutely loved and now I have to wait till 2020 until the final book is released… I have it on pre-order


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The Rumour by Lesley Kara – I have had this on my TBR since it was first published and I bought the hardback while doing my weekly shopping. I quickly got caught up in the story, a simple rumour that turns this story head over heels. I completely got caught up in this very clever story that had turns I didn’t expect and when I got to the end well… Holy Shit Bags!!!!


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A View To A Kilt by Wendy Holden – I received this one via NG, I really liked the idea of the story and it looked like a fun read. While I did enjoy this story and the humour, it didn’t quite hit my expectations, but I still read it and enjoyed it.


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The Little Vintage Carousel by the Sea by Jaimie Admans – Oh just look at that cover, if that doesn’t cheer you up on a miserable march day then I dont know what will. The story inside is just as stunning as the cover, it had me smiling and smirking on many occasions, some fabulous facts that compliment a not so straight forward romance story.


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The Afghan by Andrew Turpin – I have been a fan of this author and his main protagonist Joe Johnson for a while now. I have read the previous books in the series and now there is a prequel, so if you have not come across this author then this is the ideal place to start. It is a prequel to the first 3 books and is a link to the 4th book ‘Stalin’s Final Sting’ Reviews for both books will be on their way soon.


Well that’s it for another week.

Happy Reading Folks ! 😉 xx