My Week In Books (w/e 8th March) #BookUpdates #BookNews #MeAndMyBooks

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.

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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.

Take Care

Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 1st March) #BookNews #BookUpdates #MeAndMyBooks

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 🙂

Well that’s me done for another week,

I wish you all a safe and enjoyable week ahead

Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 23rd Feb) #BookUpdates #BookNews #BookBlogger #MeAndMyBooks

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…

Have a great week ahead and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 16th Feb) #BookNews #BookUpdates #MeAndMyBooks

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. 

Right then, thats me done for another week.

Keep safe and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 9th Feb) #BookUpdates #BookNews #MeAndMyBooks

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…

I wish you all a good week ahead.

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 2nd Feb) #MeAndMyBooks #BookNews

Wohooo we areout of January, I know I have spent the whole of the month moaning how long it has gone on for. But… 1st Feb arrived and it was a gorgeously sunny day, that means we are on the road to spring and warmer weather 😁

So what has happened this week? Well not much really, just the usual work, reading, blogging and reviewing… so let me show you what I have been reading.

The House at Silvermoor by Tracy Rees

A historic fiction set in Yorkshire starting in 1899. It is a story of mines, life at the time, hopes for a better future and so much more. I loved this book a huge amount. It had some wonderful descriptions, vivid imagery, brilliant characters as well as drama, heartbreak, dreams and wishes and a nice romantic element.

Cold Fusion 2000 by Karl Drinkwater

I read this for the upcoming Blog Tour and I am so glad I signed up for the tour or this one. I did have a little of a wobble at the start of this one as I couldn’t quite get to grips with it, then suddenly I found i was having a different problem… I couldn’t put it down. This is what I love about reading, the ability that some authors have to hook you in such a subtle way. Anyway, this is a book that is almost like a coming of age one, but the main protagonist is in his 20’s rather than a teenager. Keep an eye out for my review on the Tour.

The next book is actually a series of 4 stories by the one and only Helen Rolfe. I loved this authors Cafe at the end of The Pier series and when she released her Lantern Square series I bought them and somehow I got waylaid and so have only just read them. There was an advantage for me though as I was able to sit and read them back to back rather than having that agonising wait for each part to be published.

So let me sow you each of the four gorgeous books…

Lantern Square Series by Helen Rolfe

With a gorgeous village setting of Lantern Square in the Cotswold Village of Butterbury, Hannah begins a new chapter in her life. She has a business that is growing and takes up a lot of her time, but she also finds the time to get to know the local residents. It’s not long before she feels part of the community and joins in with various functions and groups. Her past life is still hanging on and a surprise visit or two from her past leaves her unsettled about her future. A fabulous read with amazing characters and a story line that is heartwarming with the occasional drama. Keep an eye out for my reviews of each book soon.

Stalin’s Final Sting by Andrew Turpin

I am a fan of Andrew’s Joe Johnson thriller series. This is the 4th in the series and sees Joe in the midst of things once again. This story takes him back to his past and he once again teams up with Jayne Robinson as they look into one thing while looking into something else. How vague was that! I really like the combination of Joe and Jayne, great friends and nothing else, one ex CIA the other ex MI6, a great combination indeed. This was a brilliant and well written, fast paced book that I thoroughly enjoyed.

What I should have read…

Well this was a book that I actually popped in my diary ready for the Publication Day Blog Tour… but in the wrong month! What an idiot I am! So my current read is…

Dreaming of Verona by TA. Williams

Here is the synopsis for it…

Verona is the City of Love. But will Suzie find romance there or, like Romeo and Juliet, will it all end in tears?

When Suzie is hired to accompany spoiled, abrasive Lady Alexandra Tedburn on an all-expenses paid holiday to Italy, she fears the trip will be a disaster.

But she soon discovers there’s more to Alex than shopping and tantrums, and she’s determined to help her realise her potential – against Alex’s authoritarian father’s wishes.

As they settle in Verona, Suzie can’t stop thinking about local artist Michael, who is still mourning the tragic death of his wife. With Suzie’s future uncertain, and Michael’s past holding him back, it seems there’s no hope for romance in the city of star-crossed lovers… or is there?

I will share my late review later this week xx

Well that’s all that I have read this week. My Goodreads is well on it’s way and I have read 20 books so far this year 😁

Take care all and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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

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

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

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

Now then, to what I have been reading…

The Southern Belles by Katie Simpkins

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

Are You Watching by Vincent Ralph

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

Going Rogue by Nail Lancaster

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

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

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

Yvonne xx

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

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

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

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

A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone

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

No Mercy by Robert Crouch

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

Going Dark by Neil Lancaster

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

The Choice by Claire Wade

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

The Southern Belles by Katie Simpkins

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

Not Just Any Old Riches to Rags Story.

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

Shunned by their celebrity friends, the Belle sisters must learn to fend for themselves for the first time in their lives. Evelyn, the eldest, knows how dire their situation is, and asks their father’s solicitor, who has kindly paid for their first two months’ rent on a rat-infested bedsit in Brighton, to look into their Father’s case, while they hunt for jobs to make ends meet, which inadvertently leads to them meeting new guys, falling in love, and learning along the way that the world doesn’t owe them a favour, and that money doesn’t buy you happiness. 

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

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

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

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

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

Yvonne xx

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

Is it only me who thinks that January feels like a never ending month! 😒 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 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 ❤