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! 😒 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

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 🙂

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

#MeAndMyBooks – My Top Ten Absolute Favourite Books of 2019 #MustRead #TopReadsOf2019

So for the past 3 days I have listed the books from various different genres that I have loved this year.

It has been such an amazing literary year and it has made it very, very difficult to keep my list short… hell, let’s be honest it is far from short, hence the past 3 daily posts… and I could still have added more. So many books that really did deserve a mention.

I have finally added all the books I have read this year to my Goodreads tally, well apart from two manuscripts that I beta read. I am just starting 232nd book of the year. (The Book of Dust Vol 2 The Secret of the Commonwealth by Phillip Pullman, in case you are wondering)

If you want to check out my previous posts then follow the links below

Part 1 – Crime, Thriller, Mystery and also Fiction

Part 2 – Romance, Rom-Com and also Historical Fiction

Part 3 – Fantasy, Dystopian, also YA & Children, and also Non-Fiction.

From all of the books listed I have chosen My Top 10 Absolute Favourite Books of 2019.

So without further ado, here we go…

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My Absolute Favourite Books of the Year from those listed in my previous 3 posts are listed below, in no particular order 🙂

Out of the Silence by Owen Mullen. This was the first book that I added to my rough draft list when I read it in January, and it has stayed with me right the way through the year. It is such a stunningly beautiful and also heartbreaking book that is a murder, mystery and then some. This book will stay with me for a long time!

Dear Rosie Hughes by Melanie Hudson. I didn’t think I was going to get on with this one when I first started it. I was planning on only reading the first chapter before going to bed… yeah I read the whole book! It is told in a series of messages, emails and letters about friends Aggie and Rosie, this book was so addictive and so emotional.

Amazing Grace by Kim Nash. Oh my goodness, this book was an absolute pleasure to read. Yet another one sitting read that had me laughing one moment and sobbing the next. This is a stunning read with some amazing characters and a brilliant story line and those sections in italics… Wow!. I also loved her next book Escape to Giddywell Grange.

The Death of Justice by Tony J Forder. I am a big fan of Tony’s books and I am always so impatient for the next one. The Death of Justice is Book 5 in the DI Bliss series and it is by far my favourite book to date. I felt the author took a real step up with this book. It felt more emotional and there was something extra special about this latest instalment, so special that he reduced me to tears. Fabulous series and a fabulous book.

Dark Deception by Amanda James. This is another author I will automatically read and a favourite of mine. This is another author who I thought also stepped things up this year with this book. The title is so perfect for the devious and deceptive nature of the story within. She completely reeled me in, building more and more intrigue with each chapter. An absolute belter of a read.

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher. This is the story of Griz, never played a game of football, because, well… there just aren’t enough people, and he has never known that many people. This is an emotional, atmospheric and fantastic book that just felt so right when I read it. A book that I savoured and adored, an absolutely cracking read.

Meet Me In Monaco by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb. I just fell in love with this story from the first pages and it kept me hooked right through until the very end. It is set in the height of Hollywood Film Royalty and Grace Kelly steps into Sophie’s perfumer shop, following Grace is a reporter and the story that follows is stunning. The story had the style, luxury and class of the time as the story follows not only Sophie but also Grace. I loved the feel and style of this book, a stunning read.

Becoming by Michelle Obama. Audible version. I loved having Michelle sat with me in the car as I drove 7 hours up to visit my parents and then back again! Well that is what it felt like, it felt as if she was actually talking to me. She spoke of her life growing up, meeting Barack, working, elections, being the First Lady as well as a wife and a mother. She has such a wonderful voice to listen to and an amazing story to tell. I loved listening to this a huge amount.

Black Summer by M.W Craven. Up until last week The Puppet Show, the first book in the series was on my Top 10 list, then I read this 2nd book in the Washington Poe series! I had been told by other Book Bloggers I would love it, and they were so right. I love the characters of Poe and Tilly, they are two opposites in personality and character and they are a readers dream, I love the dynamics between them both. And then there it the story line , dark, deep, twisted and so addictive. Awesome read and a single sitting book as well.


Right if I can count I think that makes 9 out of 10 books to make my Absolute Favourite Books of 2019. I was going to do a drum roll thing but then I thought just get on with it…


So my #1 Book of the year absolutely blew me away. It was a book that sounded so intriguing from the synopsis and then took me on one hell of a journey. It had so many things that made it compelling reading…

Here is what it is all about…

A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world’s last hope.

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 her 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. 

You can read my review of Wanderers HERE


I would just like to thank all of you amazing folk out there who have commented, liked, shared my posts throughout the year. You are all absolutely amazing. To Book Bloggers, Authors, Publishers and Blog Tour Organisers thank you for a fantastic literary year and for making sure I never run out of books to read.

I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and I will see you all in the New Year.

#TopReads (Part 3) – Books I have loved this year (2019) by genre – Fantasy, Dystopian, YA & Children, Non- Fiction #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome back to my Top Reads of the Year. I have read some amazing books this year and I have beaten my own record for the amount of books read in a single year.

I have set my Top Reads out in 4 Parts, today is the turn of Fantasy, Dystopian, YA & Children, and finally Non-Fiction.

You can see my previous posts by clinking on the links below –

Part 1 – Crime, Thriller, Mystery and Fiction

Part 2 -Romance, Rom-Com and Historical Fiction

Fantasy & Dystopian

Young Adults & Children

Non-Fiction

If you pop in again tomorrow you will get the chance to see which books I have chosen from those listed over the past 3 parts made my Top 10 Books of the Year. I do have a Top Read of the Year… I wonder if you can guess which one it will be! 🤔😉

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…😬

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 😍

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!!!! 😂


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 😂

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 ❤

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 😯😂

I have also updated my banners this 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 😁

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 🙂


Well that is me done for yet another week, so take care and Happy Reading folks 🙂

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” 😁😂 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 🙂


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 🙂

My Week In Books (w/e 3rd Nov) #MeAndMyBooks #Bookupdate

Welcome to yet another week for my book reading updates, a day later than normal as I had a Blog Tour review post yesterday. I find it too stressful having more than one blog post a day! Good job my weekly book update post is movable 😂

November is here and what an entrance it made down here in Cornwall, high winds and torrential rain!

November sees the start of NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. I have only semi-participated in this and never actually signed up for it. This year though I have decided to sign up properly. My project for the month was decided the week before when I wrote a list of daily writing prompts. My goal this year is different to my failed attempts of the past, I am aiming to write a Short Story a day. So far I have completed three days and surprised myself by hitting the daily word target. I am finding the short story format better for me and it gives me a chance to try different genres and styles of writing. We’ll see how it goes 😯😀


Right now to the books I have read…

The Rector’s Daughter by Jean Fullerton

I hadn’t started this book last week and I sat down on Sunday afternoon I read the whole book. I like how the author set the scene for the book and had mentions of items that kept me in the time of the setting. This was such an addictive book and I was hooked within the first few pages. I tried, unsuccessfully to drink a hot cup of coffee, but it seemed that whenever my hand finally made it’s way toward the cup it was cold! This is such a fabulous historical fiction and romance novel and I loved it. Look out for the Blog Tour later this month.


Next up was…

Hemlock Jones & The Underground Orphans by Justin Carroll

Last year I had the pleasure of reviewing the first book in this series and loved it, I have been waiting, very impatiently I may add, to read this second book. I loved it and I am a fan of Hemlock and her assistant, oops sorry Associate, Edward. This is book is aimed at Young Adults and is fabulous. Hemlock is a demystifier, and is not to be confused with a certain Consulting Detective who wears a deerstalker and plays the violin! This is such a well paced novel full of twists and turns. Another Blog Tour book that I will share my review for later this month.


Dark Deception by Amanda James

I have no image for this book as it is not on Goodreads yet. Mandy James is an author who I automatically read, though I have not read all of her books I love her writing. This latest book is a wonderful tale of deception and the author has been quite devious with her story. For me, this sees a step up in her writing, as I have read previous books I notice certain things about her writing style, this book feels very confident. I think she may have taken some extra risks and for me they have paid off superbly. I loved it and devoured it in one sitting. Look out for my review later in the month.


The Bowery Slugger by Leopold Bortinski

This is the first time I have read a book by this author and I loved it. The Bowery Slugger reminded me of The Gangs of New York that I read several years ago. The Bowery Slugger is the tale of Alex Cohen as he and his family come to America for a new life. It is a tale of opportunity, risk and chance. A fabulous historical fiction read that I adored. Reading this book has meant I now have another author on my list that I want to read more books by.


The Raided Heart by Jennifer C Wilson

Yet another Hist/fic read, I seem to be on a roll with this genre just lately. The Raided Heart is a fabulous snap shot back into English history and the author has woven a tale of intrigue as raiding parties, threats, allegiances and marriage . Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour and my review.


My next read is not a hist/fic, I feel I need a break from that for a couple of books and my next read will be…

The Louise Fawley Symphony by Rikki Evans


Well that is me pretty much done this week. I only need to read another 15 books and my Goodreads challenge of 200 will be hit!!! I am a little excited about that 🙂

Hope the weather this coming week treats you well and the wind doesn’t get too windy, the rain is not too rainy and the cold is not too ermm… coldy! 😂

Have a good week folks and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 27th oct) #MeAndMyBooks #Bookupdates

Welcome to yet another weekly bookish wrap-up. The clocks are due to change and it doesn’t seem that long since they sprang forward! There is an image that comes around at these times of year and every time I see it I nod knowingly…


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

I hadn’t started this one in last weeks post so I could not make any comment on how I was finding it, but… I have now finished it 🙂

Until We Meet Again by Rosemary Goodacre

This is the story of Amy and Edmond and is told during WW1 and is a beautiful story. A story that deals with the challenges of love during the war and also the opinions of the families. It dealt with hardships, uncertainties, duty and hope and is a fabulous read. Keep an eye for for the Blog Tour.


Still on the historical fiction and books set during the war, I then read…

The Photographer of the Lost by Caroline Scott

This is a hauntingly atmospheric and beautifully told story. It is set after WW1 and is a story about finding out what happened to those who are lost. Edie is desperate to find out where her missing husband is, whether he is alive or has been killed. Harry returns to France as a photographer and captures images for the families back home, a chance for them to see the final resting place of their loved ones. It is a heartbreaking read that is so poignant and yet holds glimmers of hope. You need a tissue or 6 for this one. Again, this is for a Blog Tour so keep your eye out for the reviews.


As much as I love reading hist/fic I felt like I needed to read something that was less emotional a lighter read. So I chose…

Hemlock Jones and the Underground Orphans by Justin Carroll (book not on Goodreads yet, so no image)

This is the 2nd book in the Hemlock Jones series and I loved the 1st one so much. Hemlock Jones is a demystifier and is definitely not to be confused with the “Consulting Detective” who resides in Baker Street! This is a fabulous book aimed at young readers 8 years and above. It was so good to get back to Hemlock and her sidekick Edward and their antics. Another Blog Tour read so look out for the reviews for this one as well.


My next read will take me back into hist/fic again…

The Rector’s Daughter by Jean Fullerton

I am looking forward to this one and yes it is another Blog Tour book, I could not resist this one as I have read this author before and really must get more of her books.


Well that is it for me for another week. Thanks for reading and wishing you all the best 🙂

Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 20th Oct) #bookstuff #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome once again to my weekly round up of books that I have read.

It has been one of those “uneventful weeks” if I am being honest as far as life in general goes. Me and He did have a wander out between showers, I do love our Cornish country lanes in the autumn, It’s a chance to see a little bit more now the leaves are starting to fall and the saying “you can’t see the wood for the trees” does seem appropriate!

Here are a few photo’s as they were taken, no faffing or filtering 🙂


So now to the books I read…

Last week seemed to have a few festive, Christmas themed books, this week it seems that I have gone all hist/fic 😯😁

Revolution by Piet Hein Wokke

This was a really good historical fiction that was set in the Middle East starting in the 1940’s. It is a tale of three boys and follows their very different journeys as they become men in a country that is seeing the start of a transformation. A really interesting read that is full of corruption and conspiracy as well as loyalty and honour. Even though it reached a conclusion where all the immediate questions were answered it also has left a lead in to another book.


Fire Queen – The Tale of Ophelia by Joanna Courtney

This is another hist/fic novel and is the second in the Shakespeare’s Queens series, I have not read the first one and I didn’t need to as they are stand alone stories. But after reading Fire Queen I will probably look up the first one. This is “Joanna Courtney’s new trilogy unearths the real women behind Shakespeare’s most infamous queens.” A great read that was gritty and full of interesting scenarios, Ophelia is a warrior and one of the men. Not wanting to be seen as weak or wanting to be wed and being beholden to her husband, she is a real tough lady. I really enjoyed this one.


The Secret Santa by Trish Harteniaux

The Secret Santa is definitely not a nice cosy Christmas read, in fact it is a murder mystery! An isolated setting gives a good backdrop to a story that has intrigue, mystery and secrets. This is a book I read for an upcoming blog tour, so keep your eye for a review soon.


The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson

This is an absolutely beautiful story aimed at younger readers. It is the story of Yank a girl who is a little different from other in her village and so she sets out on a journey to discover her roots. I loved the folklore, fairy tale style of this story and the descriptions are stunning. A story that has a dragon, bears, an elk, a lone wolf and a house with chicken legs! I know this is aimed at young readers but, never mind them enjoying it I loved it and read it in one sitting.


Currently Reading…

Until We Meet Again by Rosemary Goodacre

I say “Currently Reading” I am due to start this book later today so I can’t let you know what it is like yet! It is for a Blog Tour in a few weeks so keep you eye out.

Currently Listening to…

Mythos – Narrated by Stephen Fry

I am really enjoying listening to this, Stephen Fry is a brilliant narrator and I decided that I would rather listen to this than read it. It is so full of so much stuff and a lot of things are explained with their modern connections in language. His pronunciations of names is very different to how I would say certain names and this is where it is good to listen. I will definitely be getting the next audio-book “Heroes – Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures.”


Well that is it for books this week. My Goodreads tally is creeping ever closer to my target of 200 for the year. As I write this post I only have 23 books to go 🙂

Hope everyone has a great week and I wish you all the best

Yvonne xx

Many thanks for reading my post 🙂 xx