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 ๐Ÿ˜‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜€


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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚


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 ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Yvonne xx

Many thanks for reading my post ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

My Week In Books – (2 weeks worth of reading!) #MeAndMyBooks #booknews #bookupdates and other stuff

This post should be called ABC…

A is for Animals (specifically cows!)

B is for Books/ Bloggers

C is for Cakes…. all will be revealed ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚

Welcome to my weekly 2 week update. I have had time off work over the past two weeks and I had a few days up in Lincolnshire to visit my parents. I would like to say a huge and massive thank you to everyone who shared the Blog Tour reviews that I posted. When I am off work I always take a break from Social Media, usually I don’t take on Blog Tours when I have a holiday, but this time it went pear shaped!

I had a long journey to Lincolnshire, usually 7 ish hours with at least 2 sometimes three stops for a coffee pit stop this time there a few delays on my journey and it led to just over 8 hours travelling! In fact the delay in the journey started before I had got 5 miles up the road from leaving home… I had to wait for cows to cross the road after being milked!๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ yes there was quite a few of them! Oh the joys of living in the countryside never ends ๐Ÿ˜‚ Further on in my journey there were several tailbacks due to traffic and also road works on the motorway oh and hay bales! Yes Hay bales!!!

You would have thought that once I was off the motorway that things would be a little better as there is less traffic… No! It was not meant to be! As I left the motorway I was then caught behind a car transporter that was slower than a snail, OK maybe I exaggerate but it felt like that, but Oh I do digress! For 20 ish miles I followed that blasted thing! But I got there in one piece and so that was good.

My route up the motorway passes by the fabulous Farm shop at Gloucester Services, I always go and drool over their cakes, not literally drool I might add as that would be disgusting. This time however I decided to buy a couple of cakes or 4 to take up and share with Mum and Dad.

Just look at the size of that meringue! I did make a visit on the way home as well, thought I had better get the OH a cake or two OK THREE! Unfortunately they got eaten before I remembered to take a photo ๐Ÿ˜ and they were just as yummy!


While away Me and Mum went to the Book Blogger & Author Meet up at the North Stafford Hotel in Stoke. The 2 hour journey there and back was so worth it and we both loved it. For me it was a chance to finally meet some fellow Book Bloggers and also meet some Authors. It also meant I purchased some more books for my kindle when I got home ๐Ÿ™‚ It was a small meet up and for me it was ideal as I didn’t feel overwhelmed, even so I still didn’t get to chat to everyone that was there. I loved this event and loved chatting to those I did get to meet, Mum loved it as well and it led to a lot more excited chatter on the drive back home again.

If you have never been to one of these and you are able, I definitely recommend going to one. It is great to be able to meet face to face rather than across a screen. It is so good to be able to chat to like minded people and talk all things bookish as well as other stuff as well.

We all had our own name tags and it was quite amusing that my Mum’s one said “Yvonne’s Mum” as I had forgotten to mention my Mum’s name when I said we were both going! ๐Ÿ˜‰


I suppose I should let you know what books I have read over the past couple of weeks.


I read…

All Summer With You by Beth Good

A heartwarming and really interesting book that is set in Cornwall. A romance that had a few surprises up it’s sleeve. I really enjoyed all things Cornish in this story as the author wove superstition, the Cornish language and also Cornish tales of old into this story.


The Reunion by Guillame Musso

This was quite a complex read, by that I mean that there was quite a lot going on in it and it took a bit more concentration on my part. A story that is intriguing and dark with some very surprising turns of events. This is the first time I have read anything by this author and I am looking forward to reading more.


Blackpool’s Angel by Maggie Mason

I love this author and she also writes as Mary Wood. This is a historical fiction that is the first in a planned trilogy and I am so excited about it. THis was read as part of the Blog Tour and my post will be later this week.


Sleep by C.L. Taylor

OMG I love Cally Taylor’s books, though I have not read them all…yet! This latest one is so dark and mysterious and I loved it. Set on a remote Scottish Island gave it the most amazing isolated feel. Suspicions are rife and when the characters all seem to have a secret they want to hide then guilt is everywhere! Brilliant psychological thriller and so addictive.


Darkest Hour by Rachel Churcher

Darkest Hour is the 3rd book in this series. It is based around a post Brexit Britain. It is aimed at Young Adult/Teen Readers and I love it. It has roots that are steeped in corruption, propaganda and has a strong Big Brother vibe to it. A fabulous dystopian thriller and I cannot wait to read the next one and the next one! This is another Blog Tour book and I have not shared the cover as it is not up on Goodreads or Amazon yet!


Reach For A Star by Kathryn Freeman

This is not the first time I have read a book by this author and her latest book is fabulous. It is a romance that I could not put down, I read it in a single evening! I found it had many suprising turns and it kept me on my toes right to the very end. Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour for this book


Notting Hill In The Snow by Jules Wake

This is a wonderful, heartwarming festive fiction read and was ideal for reading while snuggling under a blanket with a big old mugs of coffee close by, I do admit the coffees did go cold because I forgot about it several times as I was so engrossed in the book! Another Blog Tour book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Coming Home to Winter Island by Jo Thomas

I have read a couple of books by this author and she is an author I will automatically read even though I have only read two of her books! This is such an addictive read. Setting is wonderful, characters are fabulous and the story-line is fabulous. This is the last of my Blog Tour books for October!


Christmas at Ladywell by Nicola Slade

This is a novella and was ideal for a quick read, it is a mix of past and present that combines old family traditions and a little mystery. A lovely read and is for an upcoming Blog Tour.


While I was driving to and from Lincolnshire and Cornwall I had my trusted Audible app to keep me company. I downloaded The Chronicles Of Narnia and I am just finishing up listening to it.

The Complete Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis BBC4 Full Cast Production

I really enjoy audio-books and I do seem to have fits and starts with them, sometimes weeks go by and I am constantly listening to them and then suddenly I go weeks without one on the go. But when I have a long car journey by myself I love to have one playing in the background. I like to choose a story I know and I also like a full cast production. This version is fabulous and absolutely brilliant and it has all of the books – The Magicians Nephew, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair and The Last Battle. The beauty of this collection is that as soon as one book finishes then the next automatically starts.


My Next Read is…

Revolution by Piet Hein Wokke

I have not yet started this one, here is the synopsis for it…

Escape to the Middle East in this thrilling tale about Khalid, Abdullah and Jalal โ€“ young men who try to shape the kingdom of Beledar.

While the nearest battlefields of WWII are hundreds of miles of away, on the streets of Mayasin, the capital of Beledar, Abdullah struggles to survive. In a remote village, Khalid sets out in search of his father, and must face the brutal laws of the desert.

Jalal, the young king, wants to break through nepotism and corruption, but in a conservative, Islamic country, change doesnโ€™t come easy. That the western world preys on his countryโ€™s oil fields, doesnโ€™t make his life any easier either.

In this exciting book, Wokke expertly and poignantly shows the roots of modern conflicts in the Middle East, through the people and ideas that inhabit it. 


Well that’s me all done, thanks for stopping by and looking at my post.

Happy Reading folks ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

Books for Christmas #readingchallenge #winterreading #booktag @littlejojackson

So a couple of weeks ago I saw a fellow Blogger saying how much they enjoyed the #20booksofsummer Reading Challenge. She decided that it would be great to have one that went through the winter months as well. I know some Bloggers take part in Blogtober and Blogmas and so this could run in conjunction with them as well.

If you took part in the Books for Summer Challenge, then you will see it is the same format. It runs from tomorrow 1st October until the 31st December. The books Do Not have to be Christmas books, but are books that you may recommend for Christmas gifts or ones that seem to be falling down the TBR. Again 10, 15 or 20 books, its up to you.

Check out Jo’s Blog at Tea & Cake For The Soul and tag her in your post if you decide to take part.

My Book picks for the challenge are…

Now you may be thinking that these are not exactly Christmassy books, but they are books that have more of of autumnal feel. So, as I am already reading some more festive feeling reads as part of blog tours ,I am going to include a couple of them as well ๐Ÿ™‚

And for a few more from my TBR that are more festive…

So there we have it 15 books to read in 3months ๐Ÿ™‚

I decided to choose 15 as I do have Blog Tour reads as well. 15 just seems do-able and also gives a chance to catch up with previous festive as well as TBR reads that I have neglected.

Don’t forget to tag Jo in your introduction and summing up posts as she will share your posts.

If you are joining in with this Reading Challenge or others then I wish you Happy Reading. If you are not joining in Happy Reading as well ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

That’s all from me, and I thank you for reading my post, a like or share is always appreciated xx

My Week In Books (w/e 29th sept) #MeAndMyBooks #BookUpdates #BookNews

Welcome once again to another weekly bookish update. As autumn has definitely started to make its presence felt I have been play around on Canva and also Giphy to create some new headers and titles on my page, they have a more autumnal feel. These are brilliant free sites where you can find loads of stuff for your blog, there are somethings on Canva that you have to pay for and you do have the option to upgrade, but I have never needed to pay for anything that I have wanted. Go check the sites out.

I have decided to join in with a new autumn/winter Reading Challenge and I hope to have my list ready to share later today.

I also have a post ready for Wednesday for another #booktag, this one is the Finally Fall and features books that evoke autumnal thoughts for the readers.

So let me share with you all the books I have read over the past week…

First up is…

99% Mine by Sally Thorne

This is a good read and I did enjoy it but I just didn’t feel anything for the characters. It is a story of sibling rivalry of sorts and how adult twins are fighting over their best friend. It is a good good read as I said, the story was engaging and had some really nice moments and I did read it through quite quickly, but for me it was just missing something.


Then I read…

Cage by Lilja Sigurdardottir

This is the 3rd and final book in this trilogy. It has been a great series and Cage has a very different feel to it. This threw me a little bit at the beginning and after reading reading a few pages I then decided to read the synopsis, it always helps! Then things started to fit a little better. So, this story has corporate crime at its core. I did think the previous two books were more engaging though Cage is still a very good read. My review will be as part of the blog tour.


The I read…

The Girl Downstairs by Stacey Lee

Oh I liked this one a lot. A historical fiction with a nice subtle element of romance that discusses issues of the day in Atlanta, America in the 1890’s. The author delves into racial inequality, the Suffragists movement in the US, social etiquette and also the different class and social aspects of the time. This is a cracking book that threw up some surprising twists and I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Then I chose…

A Grave For Two by Anna Holt

This is my first time reading this author and I was really enjoying this story but did feel that the end started to drag a little. A story that is focused around sports, doping, murder, blackmail and elitism. I enjoyed reading about the characters and Selma was one that really caught my attention, there is a lot more to her than meets the eye and I am going to have a look and see if there are previous books that mention this character. Keep an eye out for my review in the next couple of weeks.


Next up was…

The Holiday by T.M. Logan

A nice French resort see’s Kate and her 3 best friends on holiday, It is a slower read that gradually wrapped me up in its intrigue. I am still processing this book as I have literally just finished reading it. My review will follow in a couple of weeks.


My next read will probably be…

All Summer With You by Beth Good

Yes summer is over and I am thinking about reading a summer book… well why not! Here’s the synopsis…

There’s no place like home…

Nursing a broken heart, Jennifer Bolitho retreats to Pixie Cottage. Her new landlord – a former soldier turned movie heartthrob – has grounds so large, she’s sure the little house nestled in the woods will bring her solitude.

Alex Delgardo also has reasons to hide away. Seeking refuge after a tragic incident turned his world upside down, he knows that the most important thing now is to care for his ailing family.

But when Jennifer enters their lives, that changes. Because, as they both learn, you can’t heal others until you learn to heal yourself…


Other Stuff…

You may have noticed that I have mentioned a couple of reviews will be following in a couple of weeks time. This is because I have time off work and I am off to my parents for a few days. I am not sure if I will drive up on Wednesday or Thursday as yet, it depends on the weather as I would rather have nicer weather for the 6-7 hour drive. While I am away I will not be on Social Media very much, I do have a review going out for a Blog Tour while I’m away and, any shares would be hugely appreciated.

While there me and Mum are going to have a girly day out and are looking forward to going to the Book Blogger Meet up in Stoke. I am so excited to finally meet fellow Bloggers for the very first time and you will get a hug ๐Ÿ™‚ When I mentioned I was going, Mum asked me if she could come along as well, she said she would be quiet and not embarrass me!!!! What the hell mother! You most definitely can come and you will not sit quiet at all, you will join in and enjoy yourself! ๐Ÿ™‚


A photo to finish up with. I managed to get to the flowers in my garden before the downpour and cut some flowers before the petals got damaged.

Well that is me done for another week. Can you believe that it is October tomorrow! I wont be around to write a post next Monday so it will be a double update the week after ๐Ÿ™‚

Before I go, here is a quote that I found…

Only one thing left to say, have a great week everyone and Happy Reading ๐Ÿ™‚

Yvonne xx

Me And My Books (w/e 22nd Sept) #bookupdates #booknews #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to yet another weekly update post. It was one of those “not much really happened this week” weeks! I read, I went to work, I read a bit more, I wrote reviews and then… yes I read a bit more ๐Ÿ˜

I don’t take part in too many Blog Tours now and that means I have quite a few free days for posting reviews… Would you ruddy believe that I still manage to book 2 tours for the same day later this week! There is no hope for me ๐Ÿ˜€

So let me share what I have read…

I finished reading…

The Secret Life of Books – why they mean more than words by Tom Mole

This is a fascinating book about books. How books play a role in our lives, how we use them, what we do with them, their history and how they can shape society. A brilliant book that I originally planned on just dipping in and out of but in fact read from start to finish!

Look out for my review as part of the Blog Tour on Wednesday.


Then I read the first of 2 books I was sent by Run Amok Publishers…

Our Baby Was Born Premature (the same way he was conceived)

by Paul Alexander.

This is a humorous book about first time parents dealing with a new baby. It is told in little snippets of a single sentences to some being a full page paragraph and then all different lengths in between. It is a book of observations that made me so glad that my children are all grown up. This book had me chuckling knowingly to myself on several occasions. One of my favourite one liners was – “Always feed the baby after playing aeroplane” ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜‚

Review will follow soon.


Then the 2nd book from Run Amok was…

Stealing the Scream by Theodore Carter

This is a book that the author has created around the theft of the painting of The Scream by Edvard Munch from Oslo in 1994. He has then taken a very unique and different approach to a story that really surprised me, in a very good way I might add! A thoroughly enjoyable and very addictive read. Review should be out this week!


I also read…

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames

I can remember seeing this book earlier in the year and for some reason never got to reading it. When I did, I did my usual and didn’t read the synopsis and just dived right in. This is another book that caught me by surprise as I thought I was going to be reading a mysterious novel. Yes, it is mysterious but it is Oh so much more than that. It is a historical fiction story about the Fortuna family and their lives in a remote Italian village and then their emigration to the US just as WWII starts. It spans 100 years and is an absolute belter of a read. A 400+ page book read in 2 days because I could not put it down!

Keep an eye out for my review soon.


Then I read one my pre-ordered book…

Blood Song by Johana Gustawsson

I love this series, it is the 3rd in the Roy & Castells series and is bloody brilliant!

Once again the author uses her dual timeline structure that works so well and deals with horrific historical murder and abuse in Spain in 1938 at Las Ventas women’s prison. Also with the gruesome murder of a wealthy family in Falkenberg, Sweden. I love the way this author writes and also the stories she creates. Her charcaters are fabulous and have been so well developed, and yes to get the full benefit you should read her previous books – Block 46 and Keeper.

Yet another review that will follow soon!


I then had a bit of a book hangover! I also needed to give my brain a break as that was a lot of pages read through the week! I will probably read my next Blog Tour book which is…

Cage by Lilja Sigurdardottir

This is another series that I absolutely love. Cage is the 3rd and final book in the Reykjavik Noir Trilogy and yes you absolutely need to read this series in order.I do love my noir fiction, I do love this series and I am so looking forward to reading this and also gutted that it is the final one! ๐Ÿ˜ข


Well, that is my books for the week. My current tally on my Goodreads Challenge is sitting at a very healthy 157/ 200, that is 12 books ahead of schedule!!!!


Now as you may know I took part in the #20booksofsummer Reading Challenge, and then this week I saw that fellow Book Blogger Jo at Tea & Cake for the Soul (you can also find her on Twitter @littlejojackson) decided that she would like to do a similar one – 20 Books For Christmas, it is not just Christmas books but books that would be good to make the time to read over the winter months. If you took part in Cathy’s #20 Books of Summer Challenge then you will recognise the format.

Head over to Jo’s Blog and check it out. I will be compiling my list soon, I’m not sure yet how many books I will choose to read yet but it will be a good opportunity to catch up with some more seasonal reading. It starts Oct 1st and runs to 31st Dec xx


BOOK POST & PURCHASES

On Thursday the OH had a hospital appointment, I love hospital waiting rooms because they often tend to have second hand books for sale. I did manage to pick up a few fab books… well it would be rude not to!๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜…

I also had a couple of Blog Tour Books…

I love Maggie Mason aka Mary Wood, her hist/fic books are fabulous and addictive reading and I am really looking forward to reading Blackpool’s Angel.

The Photographer of The Lost by Caroline Scott is another hist/fic and looks as if it may be a very emotional read.


Well that is me done for another week apart from to share a photo. As the weather is gradually turning to cooler and cloudier days, you have to make the most of the odd ray of sunshine that appears… well that is what “the boys” Billy & Buster think anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

only thing left to say…

Thanks for reading my post and have a wonderful week ahead

Yvonne xx


Guest by SJ Bradley @BradleyBooks @MorecambeVice @BOTBSPublicity #MorcambeVice #BOTBSPublicity #BookReview #QandA

Today I am absolutely delighted to welcome you to my Blog. I do hope you are sitting comfortable because the post today is a bit of a long one! Not only have I got a review for Guest by SJ Bradley, she also kindly answered some of my questions.

I am taking part in this Blog Tour to read and review Guest and also to help with a shout out and to the Morcambe & Vice Crime Writing Festival. Before I get into share my review and also the fab Q&A with the author let me share some things about the festival…

It started in 2016 and is held at the Morecambe Winter Gardens and is described as ” weekend ‘full of warmth, wit and wisdom’, authors, speakers and guests from across the globe flocked to the sunny seaside for a weekend filled with criminal shenanigans.” This year it is being held on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th of September. All details about the attending Authors, booking tickets and the program of events can be found on WEBSITE TWITTER FACEBOOK


Now let me share the synopsis for Guest by SJ Bradley

Samhain is a young, angry and bewildered squatter living in an abandoned hotel in the North of England. One day he receives a message: his father – a man he never knew – was an undercover policeman infiltrating the Green movement in the 80s. What’s more, he finds out that he too is now a father.

Sam leaves for Europe, pursuing freedom and fleeing his responsibilities: but finds it impossible to escape. Guest is a story of disillusionment, protest, and eventually, redemption.

This is the story of Samhain as he reaches a crisis point in his life. Yes he is an adult but he needs to be an adult. He needs to learn that his actions have consequences and that peoples feeling are important. He needs to learn to take on responsibilities instead of ignoring them or running away.

In someways Samhain is immature and he has never really got to grips with taking a more responsible role. He has lived in squats and with his band has done music gigs around Europe. He has a more carefree lifestyle and while this does suit him, things from his past are now coming to light.

The author has done a fabulous job creating Samhain. She has used her own experiences to create a story that I suppose you would call a coming of age style for Samhain. Using her own knowledge gives a much better insight into his lifestyle and the things he experiences as he walks through life.

This book is more in the literary fiction style and the author has a really lovely way of writing. There are lots of beautiful lines that at times border on the poetic side. This gain is another thing I really like and it makes for a lovely read.

The story is in someways simple but beautifully told. It is about a young man who has reached a crossroads in his life. It is slower in pace and this works very well with the style the author writes.

I really enjoyed this and I would recommend it to readers who like literary fiction, coming of age, and dilemma elements to their reads.


Now you have seen the synopsis and read my thoughts on the book. So it is time for the Author Interrogation ahem… Q&A Section of my post today…

When you originally had the idea for this book did the story go as planned or did it take itโ€™s own path?

Luckily, it largely went as planned. Before I started, the characters and their stories were so well-formed in my head, that everything just sort of fell into place as I went along. Samhain, his best mate Frankie, their long-suffering pal Marta, and Samhain’s ex, were all so familiar to me that I found I knew exactly how they’d behave in given situations, and how they’d help each other… or not! Above anything else, it was clear to me that everyone, even his ex-girlfriends, had a lot of affection for Samhain, despite his many failings. 

Did any of your own interests or experiences show up in the story?

At one point in the book, Samhain and Frankie go off on tour with their band around Europe in the back of a splitter van. They play gigs in squats, in crappy bars, and sleep on people’s floors, and sometimes Samhain wakes up wondering where he is. When I was younger, I had some of the same experiences. A friend and I had a band, and we mainly toured in the UK, setting our own gigs up, playing gigs in flats and squats and bars, and sleeping on people’s floors and on one memorable occasion, on a coffee table (don’t ask.) Playing a tour like that is so much fun, especially when you’re young, because you never know what you’re going to get. We did a few gigs where we literally played to six people: the sound guy and the people in the other bands, but there’d be other nights where we’d play to a hundred or more people, and it would be amazing. One night we played this gig in a village hall in the middle of nowhere, and hundreds of school age teenagers showed up. This was in the days when it was still fairly easy for kids to get hold of booze. Imagine a hundred pissed-up teenagers singing and doing a conga around the village hall, then later forming a human pyramid that almost touches the ceiling. Another time, we played a gig in somebody’s flat. The host of that gig worked in a fancy dress shop, so he had access to glitter cannons, which he set off at the end of the gig. I dread to think how long they had to spend hoovering the next day. 

The drawbacks of DIY touring are the tiredness and the long drives. I’ve been on tours where you had to pack the van a certain way to get the doors closed, and only one person really knows how to do it, and I’ve also been in situations where I’ve left my towel or something else important behind, and haven’t been able to go back and get it. When you’re in a strange place and in a rush to get out, because you need to drive hours to the next gig, and you’ve usually got loads of stuff to take – the instruments and leads and everything that you need, and all of your personal stuff as well, your sleeping bag and washbag or whatever else you’ve got – it’s a bit too easy to forget something in the rush out of the door, as Samhain does at one point in the book. 

All of that stuff was from my own experience. The stuff about squatting, and activism – that was from spending a lot of time in DIY social spaces and around the fringes of green activism and anticapitalist activism in my 20s. I wasn’t much of a hardcore activist myself. When I started to write the book, there wasn’t a ton of stuff written about undercover policing, apart from Paul Lewis’ excellent book “Undercover.” More stuff has started to come out now in the public enquiry, and there’s a lot of information on the Police Spies Out of Lives website, too. 

What’s interesting to me, anyway, is that most of the police infiltration was done to nonviolent environmental activists and groups. These were groups who were doing the work of Extinction Rebellion 20 and 30 years ago, long before Extinction Rebellion existed. Now, of course, we’re seeing huge protests and increasing public support in favour of the same sorts of ideas – getting carbon neutral, stopping the rise in global temperatures, stopping fossil fuels, more use of renewable energy sources. Those ideas seem to have become much more mainstream and urgent, probably because we’re seeing the effects of what environmental activists were talking about all those years ago.  

What are you working on at the moment and what are you planning for the future?

I’m writing a novel set in an outsourced prison in the Nottinghamshire border, and I have tentative plans to write a horror novella, too. I’m poking away at a few short stories as well. Short stories are how I started out, and I love writing and reading them. I don’t know when any of them will be published. I also have vague future plans to try and find an agent, too. 

A few fun questions because I am nosy… What do you do when you are not writing?

Writing is a thing that takes up a lot of my free time! However, when I’m not writing, I’m organising the North’s only dedicated short story festival, The Northern Short Story Festival (www.bigbookend.co.uk/nssf) and a DIY writers’ social night called Fictions of Every Kind. Being busy is kind of my ‘thing’, but I do try and take a bit of time off every now and again. I’ll go and watch films, hang out with the cat, or go on rambles with my husband. 

Do you have a favourite reading spot?

The place I read most often is probably on the sofa at home, but I like reading in the library too. I save short stories to my phone and read those whenever I’ve got a minute. For me the key thing is to always have something to read, no matter where I am!

If I could wave a magic wand, what would you wish for? It can be anything, otherwise what would be the point of a magic wand!!

Can I have three?

Well why not, Aladdin had three wished from the genie in the lamp!

My first wish is for less inequality. There’s too much poverty in the UK. At one end of the scale you’ve got billionaires owning houses in London that they don’t even live in, because they have homes elsewhere, and at the other, you’ve got people with disabilities being mistreated by the benefits system, and people using food banks. Nobody should be having to struggle for a basic standard of living. People can’t even afford their rent. They’re choosing which bill to pay every month. Nobody in this country should be having to live like that. So that would be my first wish, end poverty and inequality. 

My second wish, and this probably doesn’t sound very exciting, is for there to be more buses and trains. In my wish these buses and trains always run on time, and they make it easy to get where you’re going. They run all night, so you can always get home safely, and the carriages and seats are always clean. Every journey, no matter where you go, only costs ยฃ1. Let’s throw in a free cup of tea, too. A free cup of tea and a friendly dog to pet. Luxury! 

My third wish is obviously for everybody to either buy my book, or check it out of the library, and to think it’s wonderful, and to tell all their friends about it… 

Thank you so much SJ, I love your answers and I completely agree with your buses wish. Less inequality would have such an impact on so many peoples lives who are at the lower end of the income bracket.

Your answer to what experiences you have brought to the book is amazing, now I have read the book I can see how your DIY Gigging helped with the story. I do hope other people buy or borrow your book as I thoroughly enjoyed it. I wish you all the best with The Northern Short Story Festival and I hope you have a fabulous time at Morcombe & Vice xx

SJ Bradley is a writer from Leeds, UK, whose short fiction has been published in the US and UK, including by Comma Press. She is a K Blundell Trust Award winner, a Saboteur Award winner for her work on Remembering Oluwale, and was shortlisted for the Willesden Herald Prize.

Her first novel, Brick Mother, was published in 2014 by Dead Ink Books, and was shortlisted for the Gladstone Writers in Residence award and her newest novel, Guest, was published in 2017 by Dead Ink Books.

She is fiction editor at Strix Magazine, has held residencies at West Yorkshire Playhouse, First Story and Alton Towers (Liminal Residency) and is director of the Northern Short Story Festival.

You can find SJ on her WEBSITE TWITTER

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Wow! Well done for getting through this very long post today ๐Ÿ˜ŠI loved putting this together and also for those wonderful answers to my questions. I would love to attend this festival and I will be stalking keeping my eye on Twitter and Facebook for photo’s of the event.

Many thanks for reading my post, any likes or shares are always appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜˜

#20booksofsummer – Update #MeAndMyBooks #booknews #readingchallenge

Over the summer I took part in the Reading Challenge #20 Books Of Summer organised by Cathy@746books (this link will take you to Cathy’s update.)

The challenge was to read up to 20 books over 3 months. This was the first time I had taken part in this challenge and I loved it, even though I did scarp the last book in with only a few hours to spare.

I did swap a couple of books out, this was because when I first compiled my list it was rushed with only a couple of days to go before it started. Next year I will, she says in a wavering yet determined way, I will be organised and ready ๐Ÿ˜

Here are the books that I read…

I think you will agree that there is a good mix of genres here, crime, thriller, rom-com, hist-fic, dystopian and fantasy. This has been a great way to finally start some new to me authors and their very successful series, as well as trying to catch up with my own reads on the ever-growing and never-diminishing TBR shelves.

Many thanks for reading my post, a like or share would be great ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

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

Another week has come and gone, time is absolutely flying by and it only seems a couple of days ago when I last wrote up a weekly book update!

This week has been a good week, we managed to rearrange our kitchen after taking out the old fire. It’s amazing how much space this took up! It was also an opportunity to go through the cupboards and get rid of all the crap that we seem to have accumulated.

So to the books I read this week…

I finished reading…

KULT by Stefan Malmstrom

This is a dark crime fiction book. It is atmospheric, insightful and poignant. As the title suggests this is a story that spends some of its time in a cult. The author uses his own experiences from when he was lured into one, and boy you can tell he knows what he is on about. This is a fabulous read and I am so glad I signed up for the blog tour for this book. My review will be at the end of the month.


Next up was…

Coming Home to Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters

Anyone that knows me knows I don’t do Christmas until December, but this was a an author I recognised from other Book Bloggers reviews and I wanted to read one her books.

So even though it is not officially winter, the evenings are feeling a little chilly and this worked really well for me. It is a lovely heartwarming read that I loved. It had various threads weaving through it that gave it such a good depth, there were wonderful characters who had to work through dilemmas. A great read and another Blog Tour book that I will review at the beginning of october, yes you read that right October!


Then I read…

The Demons Beneath by WD Jackson-Smart

This is a creepy crime thriller and the synopsis really intrigued me. It is a really good crime thriller that has a bit of something else… This is a new author for me and after reading this one it will not be the last time, and I have just discovered the 2nd book in the series is available ๐Ÿ™‚ Look out for my review in, yep you guessed it October.


Currently Reading…

The Secret Life of Books by Tom Mole

This is a book for a Blog Tour in September, its a book about…well…books or rather how books can transform and evolve. It is about innovations and errors and people defacing books, burning books and books that create. I am really looking forward to this one. It has been a while since I have read a non fiction and this looks good.


Well that’s the Book stuff done… now for the Non Bookish stuff…

It has been another day today (sunday) of cooking again. Its all well and good growing food but then I have to deal with it. Now you know how homegrown and home cooked food is supposed to be healthier? Well not in our house in ‘aint, I was brought up proper and that means puddings, cakes, jams and chutney ๐Ÿ˜‚

So this week saw me finally making a start on the raspberry jam, I have been picking these for weeks and bunging them striaght in the freezer until I had a good stock for a proper jam making session. So 12 jars of my “Almost Seedless Raspberry Jam” was made along with 2 jars of runner bean chutney, some coffee and walnut buns because the eggs needing using up and finally another crumble, this time a plain apple one, I say plain but a good dollop of maple syrup and also some cinnamon adds a nice bit of mmmmmm to it.

Well that’s the lot!

I wish everyone a great week ahead

Yvonne xx