Welcome to another week of books I have read. As we all struggle to come to the reality that is the world at the moment, I like others worry about what will happen.
There are many free resources out on the internet at the moment. One of them is for Audible Stories, it is a resource that has been made free and there is no sign up required. It is aimed at children but it has some Classic Stories that I am a big fan of. I am currently listening to The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett, a childhood favourite of mine.
Here is the link for Audible Stories or you can just type Audible Stories into your browser.
Anyway, to the books I have read…
On last weeks round up post I was just about to start Mine by Clare Empson, and what a cracking read it was. It is about family relationships as an Luke finds and meets his birth mother. It is a story that was very addictive and you can read my review as part of the Blog Tour at the end of the month.
What a wonderful read From Venice With Love by Rosanna Ley was. It the story of sisters, family and secret letters from a past era. A wonderfully evocative read that I absolutely adored. Keep an eye out for my review.
This was such a good book, but I do think that it will not be for everyone especially given its subject. Goldilocks by Laura Lam is a story that is so current. Earth is dying as climate change and disease are rife, see what I mean about it being not for everyone! But it is a book that is more about the relationship between 5 women and for me this was the book was about, as well as the obvious disease and climate threads.
What a brilliant book Clover Cottage by Christie Barlow was. It is the third book in the Love Heart Lane series and yes you could read it as a stand-alone, but why would you want to miss out on the previous books. This story focuses on Rory and Allie, about the dreams and their futures. A brilliant read.
If you like your crime to be macabre then you need to have Killing Pretties by Rob Ashman on pre-order, its released on 30th March and is a fantastic read. A thriller that has such a great psychological aspect, its brutal and fantastic but definitely not for the light hearted, it had me wincing a time or two!!!! Absolute belter of a read.
Audio-books read listened to…
I finished The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle, it was a good listen and then I did watch a film version based on the book that I found on Prime Video.
Then I listened to the first story in the Sherlock Holmes Collection – A Study In Scarlet, I love Stephen Fry as a narrator and he really adds some wonderful dynamics.
The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett is a story I loved from childhood. I will admit that Audible Stories is not as good to use as Audible where I can download my book, streaming a book means I have to remember my place when I next listen so I can forward to my place again.
Many thanks for reading my post, I wish everyone a safe week ahead.
I was just writing up the date for this post and was quite shocked that we are mid march already, I am sure it was only the 10th yesterday!!! 😀 It will soon be time to change my subject headings to something a bit more Spring-like, so time for me to head over to Canva.
This week has been a bit quieter for reading, well I thought it had been until I checked back on Goodreads. I do love using Goodreads for not only keeping a check on the books I have read for the challenge but, I also find the “My Books” tab really handy. It lists the books and the date I have read them, so it makes it an ideal “at a glance” tool when I write my weekly book updates.
While on the subject of Goodreads, I am currently 12 books ahead on my challenge and as I write this I have read 52/200 books so far this year.
So what have I read this week…
In last weeks post I had just read a few chapters of East Side Hustler by Leopold Bortinski. This is the 2nd book in the Alex Cohen Series and I am loving it. It is a hist/fic that took me to 1920 America. The setting is perfect as this story is rife with crime, mobs, racketeering and the appearance of a certain Alfonse Capone. A brilliantly atmospheric read that the author has done a cracking job with. My full review will be part of the Bog Tour that I will be opening and I am so excited to shout about.
The next book does not yet have a picture up on Goodreads and I don’t like to show them just in case they are part of a cover reveal. The Runaway by Linda Huber and what a cracking read it was. This is the first time I have read anything by Linda and I was delighted when I discovered she has loads more books out there for me to buy and read. The Runaway was very captivating and I loved the way the story was tackled. It is a story of a family that moves to a new area and gradually cracks begin to show. Keep an eye out for my full review as part of the Blog Tour.
Mexico Street by Simone Buchholz is another Blog Tour read that even though is a crime book feels very different to the norm , in a good way. I really like the style that Simone has when writing and this is the latest in the Chas Riley series. The story has a topical feel to it as the focus is on a community that has no country, they have settled and have a self goverrn style system that makes the investigating hard due to a mistrust of authority and not talking to strangers. A really good read, but one that I think I would have got on better with if I could have read it in one or two sittings. I did occasionally find I lost the thread. I did have to backup and re-read a few paragraphs before I got the thread back again before continuing. Still a good read and I think it is one I will come back to.
I love this story and I finished listening to The Journey to the Centre of the Earth I have to say that this version with Tim Curry was not as good as I thought it would be. The story is great but I did find Tim’s voice to be a bit clunky on the place names, and I did find he sounded a little bit on the droning side. I did enjoy the story but this was not my favourite version. @nickimags at The Secret Library Book Blog mentioned having the Alan Dale version, I listened to this one a few years ago and tat one is the one I prefer out of the two.
What I am currently listening to
Continuing with my Classic Adventure Audio listens I got a copy of Arthur Conan Dolyle’s The Lost World. This version is narrated by John Richmond and he has a lovely voice to listen to. Only a few chapters in at the moment and I am enjoying it. This is yet another book that I have read a couple of times and I do love it.
What I am currently reading
I am looking forward to settling down with Mine by Clare Empson as I have not yet started it as I write this post up let me share the synopsis with you…
‘Who am I? Why am I here? Why did my mother give me away?’
On the surface, Luke and his girlfriend Hannah seem to have a perfect life. He’s an A&R man, she’s an arts correspondent and they are devoted to their new-born son Samuel.
But beneath the gloss Luke has always felt like an outsider. So when he finds his birth mother Alice, the instant connection with her is a little like falling in love.
When Hannah goes back to work, Luke asks Alice to look after their son. But Alice – fuelled with grief from when her baby was taken from her 27 years ago – starts to fall in love with Samuel. And Luke won’t settle for his mother pushing him aside once again…
Well that’s another week done and dusted.
Wishing you all a fabulous week and see you all next time.
I seem to have had a random week this week, anyone that knows me won’t be surprised at all! I don’t tend to watch much TV and with the ongoing speculation, media frenzy, panic-buying news about a certain worldwide virus I decided to stick mostly with reading books, listening to books and watching movies based on books, in particular movies from the 50’s and 60’s.
It all started with a Jules Verne Audible Book, Around The World In 80 Days, to be precise. I then watched the film – the 1956 one with David Niven (the best one in my opinion). I then decided to watch Journey to the Centre of The Earth (again the proper 1959 one with James Mason) I then found that I had an audible credit so used it on the audio-book that I am in the middle of listening to that at the moment. So a slight Verne obsessed week to say the least, I have read quite a few of his books a few times over the years and I do enjoy them.
I do like these Classic films and have ordered a few more DVD’s to add to my collection, though not all Verne ones.
So let me show you what I read this week…
I was only going to read a couple of chapters of It Started With A Snub by B. R. Maycock and was planning on doing some housework, well… housework got done the next day 😂😂 this was such a good read that had me sniggering and it also got my blood boiling. Heather has just moved into a shared house with 4 rather fine sounding men 😁I should mention that Heather has a rather obnoxious boyfriend, yeah I really didn’t like him at all. The book is a fab read and is a mix of rom-com and also life, family and friends, full review will follow soon.
I am delighted to be on the Blog Tour for Dead Wrong by Noelle Holten and what another great read this author has created. DC Maggie Jamieson has really got a case in front of her this time. When the bodies of missing women start turning up there is a major problem especially when the killer is behind bars. How on earth could the women be recently killed when the killer has been incarcerated before they were killed?…!!! This was such a tense and fast paced read and kept me avidly turning the pages. Keep an eye out for my full review as part of the tour.
Love At First Like by Hannah Orenstein was a quick read and quite enjoyable, it is a story of Eliza a jewellery shop owner who gets a little drunk and mistakenly posts an Instagram post. What follows is a story that at some points did stretch things a bit regarding people who are not on social media, but all the same did have a good pull on my curiosity for me to keep avidly reading to see how it turned out in the end. Review will follow soon.
I do like a good Victorian mystery and The Woman Who Spoke To Spirits by Alys Clare was just that. This is the first book in the “A Worlds End Bureau Mystery” series and was a really good introduction to Lily Raynor, owner and investigator of Worlds End Bureau, she has been building up her investigation business and needs help with the admin. The clerical position is taken up by Felix Wilbraham who then starts to help Lily as she tries to solve the various mysteries in 1880’s London. A good read that was atmospheric and one that left me wanting to see where this series is going to go next.
This is what I am reading at the moment…
I am delighted to be part of the Blog Tour for the 2nd book in the Alex Cohen series. As I have only read a couple of chapters, let me show you the synopsis for East Side Hustler by Leopold Bortinski.
Alex lived through the war, but will he survive the peace?
Jewish gang member, Alex comes back from the Great War almost destroyed by the horrors he has seen. When he is plucked from certain death by an old friend, he commits to making so much money he’ll never know that agony again.
But the route to the top is fraught with danger and every time he helps one of his powerful friends like Al Capone, he acquires more enemies who want to see him dead. When organised crime financier, Arnold Rothstein dies, the turmoil caused by his loss sets in train a chain of events which means Alex must once more fight for his life. How far would you go to attain your American dream?
The second book in the Alex Cohen series is a violent historical novel, which tears through the Prohibition years of the Jewish New York mob. Leopold Borstinski’s gripping crime noir pierces the heart of every reader like a bullet from Alex’s sniper rifle.
Well another good week in books, audio’s and also films. I wish everyone a great week ahead.
Well we are in March another month closer to warm sunshine ( I hope!) I have tulips in bud int he garden and if I could get on my veg garden I could actually pick some rhubarb, but its so soggy I would be up to my armpits in mud before I get to them.
February was quite a month, it was my Mum & Dad’s Golden Wedding Anniversary, my 3rd year as a Book Blogger and also my actual Birthday 😀
Now let me share what I am listening to this week. It happens to be the same Audiobook that Nicki at The Secret Library Book Blog is listening to and we had a conversation about one of our childhood favs. I am on about The Wind In The Willows, this version is narrated by Michael Horden. He was the original voice of Badger in the old TV series and I think we are both agrred that Michael is the only possible narrator for this story…
Now what have I read?..
Last week I had only just started…
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins is the story of how far a mother would go to save her son from cartels. This is a story that follows the pair as they flee their home and make the trek into the US in the hope that they can be safe. The author does mention at the beginning that she wants to highlight the journey that many people make as they flee various South American countries. I found this book to be a very good read and it definitely highlighted some of the more dangerous aspects of crossing the border from fellow travellers and unscrupulous guards but also the generosity of people. A eye-opening book that really enjoyed reading.
Belvedere Crescent by Misha Herwin was a fabulous read and it is a story that dips its toes in a few different genres. It told the story of two sisters and a house and its past inhabitants. It was an atmospheric read and at times quite chilling and was thoroughly addictive. You can read my full review HERE.
I am a huge fan of Tony Forder‘s Bliss series and Endless Silent Scream is another that I would definitely recommend. I have had this book for a little while now and my fingers have been itching to get to it but other commitments held me back until now. This is a book that had me on my toes right the way through. It is the 6th in the series and there are mentions of previous things and so obviously yes you should read the series! Keep an eye out for the upcoming Blog Tour.
Botany For Artists by Sarah Simblet is a gorgeous book that I received and immediately fell in love with. It is full of gorgeous illustrations, studies and photographs as well as being full of tips and hints. I do like drawing and this book is good for inspiration as well as being a great book to flick through.
This is the first book by Steph Broadribb that I have read, I originally planned on reading the previous books in the series… yeah well me and plans and books… say no more!!! So as I had not read the previous books I was delighted to find that Deep Dark Night worked really well as a stand-alone, a tense and pacy read that I absolutely loved and wished i had read the previous books as there are threads there were mentions of past stories that were very tantalising. Full review will be part of the upcoming Blog Tour.
I have just finished reading…
Bury Them Deep by James Oswald is a blooming brilliant read and I am still trying to process my thoughts into some sort of review! It is a book that has a wonderful sinister air to it and of secrets that shock. Fabulous plots and sub-plots that move the story along at a good pace. This is a book that can be read as a stand-alone even though it is the 10th in the series. Definitely recommended, review will follow when I can sort out my thoughts 🙂
What I shall be reading next…
I could read a Blog Tour book or one off my TBR, but right at this moment (well as I finish up this post) I may just watch a film 🙂
Hello to another update of books I have read this week and also a bit about what has been going on.
I did mention a few weeks ago that my short story had been accepted to be part of the next H4H Book Two, Anthology that is due to be released on 16th June. Emma Mitchell has just started to put the word out in various Facebook Book Groups looking for Bloggers to take part in the Blog Tour. For me this is getting so exciting and is also quite nerve wracking. I have just set up my Author Page on Amazon, nothing on there yet though as I have to write a Bio, I swear this is harder than writing my story was 😂
Right then, down to what I have read this week. I was quite surprised at how many books I read when I was writing up this post -6 books read and listened to 1 Audio book… I didn’t realise I had my nose stuck in books for this amount of time! I think the Other Half must have had a very peaceful week without me wittering away at him, it may explain why he not only cooked the Sunday roast but also washed up and cleaned the cooker… note to self – must try this more often 😉😊
Last week I was due to start, and have finished…
Bridge of Lies by Misha Herwin, this is the 2nd in the Letty Parker series and I loved it. I did share my full review in the week so if you want to read that HERE IS THE LINK This book follows Letty and her Associates as they start their new business of solving mysteries and finding missing persons. Its a Young Adult series and you don’t have to a younger reader to enjoy it .😁
Last week I was also listening to, and have now finished…
I love Treasure Island and it is a book I read several times over the years. This version is from Amazon Audible, a dramatisation that was brilliant, the cast and the performance were great and really helped to bring the story to life.
I was delighted when I received and Advance copy of Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins. When I started this book I was not expecting to read it so quick, I really struggled to put it down. It is a slow-burner of a story and completely captivated me. This is a book that is told from the perspective of Dee, a Nanny who is being interviewed about the disappearance of the girl she is looking after. The questions she is asked are leads that take the reader back into Dee’s memories and so a bigger picture is gradually filled in. Brilliant book!
This next book does not have a cover listed on Goodreads as yet. I read The Widow’s Mite by Allie Cresswell for the Blog Tour in mid March. This was a fabulous read that I again did not want to put down. It is the story of Minnie, married later in life and also recently widowed. It tells of how living in a fine house doesn’t mean you have the money to run it. Such a wonderful story even though it is quite sad at times. If I was to put this book into just a few words I would say it, friendship, trust, pride, heartwarming, heartbreaking and wonderful.
From Thailand With Love by Camilla Isley was a wonderful rom-com read that not only had a good dollop of will they/ won’t they tension but had a good story line as well. Winter is a photographer who is on assignment with an archaeological team trying to find a lost city. There is drama from the outset as Winter and team leader Logan clash, but underneath the animosity is a certain amount of attraction. A cracking read and one I really enjoyed. Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour when I will share my full review.
I was offered the chance to read Closer To You by Adam Croft. This is a domestic thriller that I enjoyed, it is quite a short read at 229 pages and is about Grace and the new man in her life, Tom. He is a charming man, a gentleman and Grace is loving life. But as her relationship is blooming her work life, family and friends appear to be failing. She struggles to work out what she has done wrong! A story of manipulation that is a quick and pacy read. Keep and eye out for my review very soon.
Well this had quite a beginning to it, The New Guy by Kathryn Freeman in a sultry, steamy read that is full of sexual tension between two of it’s characters. Sam meets a guy in a bar, they have a one-night-stand, the next day Sam goes to work only to find out that this guy is her new employee. The story that follows had me smirking as the banter between the various characters flowed. This is a rom-com that has a lot more to it than just a quickie, it is a story of trust, friendship, shame, and of course how a relationship between a boss and her new employee is not on the cards. I loved this book.
I have only just read the first couple of chapters of American Dirt by Jeannie Cummins.
Here’s the Synopsis….
Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.
Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.
Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?
Well another week done and dusted, so this ony leaves me to say…
Well it has been a tad breezy again! I hope you are all alright and still have your roof tiles where they are supposed to be. We have had quite a bit of bashing from the wind and had a whole lotta rain but suffered no effects. I think it was a couple of weeks ago that I replied to a comment saying how I love the randomness of weather in February!!!! Now however I am fed up of being buffeted around.
So what have I read this week…
This time last week I was only just about to start City of Secrets by Misha Herwin and you can read my full review HERE. A brilliant read that I thoroughly enjoyed and left me eager to read the next book. Ideal for Young Readers as well as Adult Readers.
I have now read a few books by this author and so when I saw the invite for the upcoming Blog Tour for A Springtime To Remember by Lucy Coleman I was eager to take part. This book had a slightly different feel to it, there was still all the elements that I love her books but this also had a little more history and info about the setting, the setting btw is the gardens at the Palace of Versailles. Another excellent read and keep an eye out for my review.
“OMG!” and “WOW!” followed by “How the hell am I going to do justice to a review” for Death Unleashed by Steve McHugh as I finished this amazing book. This is the latest in the Rebellion Chronicles and continues on from Sorcery Reborn. I am a big fan of this authors books and I am always delighted to take part in the Blog Tours for his books. This author weaves a fabulous fantasy series that draws together characters from history, legend and mythology and adds a modern day setting. Brilliant series and Awesome book. Full review as part of the Blog Tour.
🔊What I am Listening to 🔊
I am loving this and am a good way through it already it sticks to the book and has a great cast. It is a dramatisation and I do love this style of audio-book.
📚What I’m reading next📚
Having read the first book in this series City of Secrets I was eager to see what happens next to Letty Parker and so my next read will be Bridge of Lies by Misha Herwin. Here is the synopsis…
Letty Parker and Associates Detective Agency is finally in business. Before they can take on their first case, Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s famous suspension bridge is blown up. Letty decides to investigate but getting hired is not as easy as she thought, especially when the Dark Ones have their own plans for her. Then there is Ma Pountney and her witches, plus The Bear and his gang of villains each determined to stand in Letty’s way. Nothing goes right and one by one Letty’s friends desert her. Even in a city, crowded with folk arriving for the Balloon Festival, Letty finds herself alone. “Bridge of Lies” is the second book in the Adventures of Letty Parker.
Welcome once again to the books I have read this week. I had the week off work so managed to get out and about for a couple of days. I finally visited the Tate St. Ives Gallery and it is a brilliant place to visit. Also had a day out in Falmouth with the OH and had a pleasant lunch sat by the marina, and then a day pootling about in the garden. Three gorgeously sunny days that I made the mode of before the winds of Storm Ciara decided to put in a appearance! The randomness of February weather is crazy 🙂
So let me show you the books I read this week…
Dreaming Of Verona by TA Williams
This is the first book I have read by this author and I loved it, so much so that I have just bought a couple more and have just signed up for another Blog Tour. Dreaming of Verona was a brilliant read as I was immersed in life, food and life in Italy for Suzie as she accompanies Lady Alexander Tedbury on a month long holiday.
The book was an amazing read as I discovered that my first impressions about both the ladies was wrong, I love it when this happens. It is a romance that had me hanging on every word. I highly recommend this book.
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
I was very fortunate to receive an ARC of Hamnet. Maggie O’Farrell is another author who I have never read before. I was taken back to the time of William Shakespeare in the late 1500’s. This was a wonderful story that I fell in love with. Maggie explains how she came to write this book and it was a good way to introduce what followed. It has some wonderful descriptions and a story line that was addictive.It is a book I would definitely recommend.
Coffee, Tea or Me by Rich Amooi
I first came across this author when I took part in a Blog Tour for It’s All About A Cowboy with Rachel’s Random Resources, since then I have done another Tour for It’s Not PMS, It’s You. I also bought a couple of his earlier books and Coffee, Tea or Me is one of them. Rich Amooi is an author that I find delivers a light hearted rom-com that is ideal for just pure escapism. Coffee, Tea or Me was a brilliant read it in a couple of hours, it left me with a lovely “Aaahhh” feeling and a smirk on my face. I would recommend Rich’s books based on the 3 I have now read, and there are plenty more for me to catch up with.
Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds – Living the dream in rural Ireland
by Nick Albert
This was a brilliant book that I totally fell in love with as I followed Nick and his wife Lesley have big decisions to make when Nick receives news about his health. Nick’s job causes him a huge amount of stress and this gradually leads his Doctor to warn him that he needs to completely change his lifestyle or else. The story tells of how Nick and Lesley met, the major aspects of their life and then how they got to Ireland and what they encounter. This is a fabulous book that is such an easy book to disappear into. Wonderfully written and one I would definitely recommend.
What I am going to read next…
City of Secrets by Misha Herwin
I had a very pleasant chat with Misha during October’s Book Blogger Meet-Up last year. When I got home I decided to have a look at her books and bought this one, The City of Secrets. Here is what it is all about…
Letty Parker lives by her wits. Estranged from her family, she sells pies on the streets of Bristol. But this is a Bristol full of dark secrets, peopled by gangs, monsters, dragons and gargoyles – and by creatures older than time. When her friend and stepsister disappear, when members of Jeb’s gang vanish, Letty is plunged headlong into a conspiracy where homeless children are being spirited away to a place where a terrible fate awaits them. These are the poor and the lost children of the streets whom no one seems to care about – except for Letty. But what if a rich child went missing? Would the authorities then act? Together, Letty and Jeb hatch a plan…
Misha had also mentioned that she had a new book coming out later this month called Belvedere Crescent, keep an eye out for my review as she very kindly sent me an ARC.
Well, that is me done for the week and I am going to leave with a few photos from Tate, St. Ives and also Falmouth…
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
Is it only me who thinks that January feels like a never ending month! 😒 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 😉😁
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, it’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 wasn’t the husband she thought he was. Hannah’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, A Dark Matter 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
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 🙂
Hope everyone had a good New Year and I wish you all the very best for the months ahead, take care and happy reading