My Week In Books (w/e 8th December) #Booknews #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome back to another weekly round up of books I have read. It has been quite a good week for reading and I have finally hit my Goodreads target so I am over the moon with that. I did mention a couple of weeks ago that I was missing a few books off my Goodreads shelf for this year, so once I had hit my target I then added them.

Now to the books…

Unlocked – A Short Story by Soulla Christodoulou

It was an absolute pleasure to read Unlocked by Soulla, it is a beautiful story about Helen who has isolated herself. She makes a sudden decision to make a trip which is a journey of discovery and gives her a chance to heal her mind and body. It is a great story and given it’s length, it has a lot of detail. A beautiful cover and a beautiful story.


In Plain Sight by Adam Croft

I have quite a few books by Adam on my kindle that I have bought over the past couple of years, and not quite got to them. I have wanted to read this series for a while and I have finally started… with book #9! About right for me. This is a really good read and yes it works well as a stand -alone, but also it has introduced me to well established characters and made me curious about mentions of past incidents. I love the combination of Knight and Culverhouse as they investigate escalating crimes that start with the robberies of petrol stations. Keep an eye out for my review soon.


The Places I’ve Cried In Public by Holly Bourne

This is a fabulous book and I love my copy with it’s purple sprayed edges! The story is about Amelie, a young girl who is broken after the breakup with her boyfriend Reese. She retraces all the places she cried in an effort to come to terms where things went wrong. This is such a heartbreaking book and also it has a very important message. Young love is real, it has all the emotions that an adult relationship has and is a book that not only it’s teen target audience should read, but also one that adults should pick up as well. Keep an eye out for my review soon, it is a stunning read.


Johanna Spri’s story of Heidi – Retold by Jeanne Willis & Illustrated by Briony May Smith

Last week I mentioned that I would be reading and featuring a few books for younger readers, this is a book that would make a wonderful Christmas present.

I love the story of Heidi, I still have my copy that I had and read many times as a child. I also adored watching the TV series and so this is a story that is a childhood favourite. First off the book is stunning, and the inside cover is beautiful. The story itself is a simplified version of the original, with superb illustrations that compliment the story. It still has the essence of the story and it brought back some wonderful memories for me. Here is a look at the cover with the dust-jacket off…


Woman On The Edge by Samantha M. Bailey

“She gave you her baby… and then she jumped” is a tag line that is powerful and it made me very curious about this book. The opening chapter is the end of the story with the suicide. The story then back tracks through alternating chapters, I got to know Nicole and what led her to her action. The other chapters about Morgan, the woman who was given the baby. This is a heartbreaking read at times as I read about the downward spiral of Nicole. The author did a fabulous job of showing two sides of a story and creating a read that was literally one I didn’t want to put down.


Gone by Leona Deakin

This is my next read, it is Sunday morning as I type this, so I will be snuggling down in front of the fire this afternoon to read this. Here is what it is about…

Four strangers are missing. Left at their last-known locations are birthday cards that read:

YOUR GIFT IS THE GAME.
DARE TO PLAY?

The police arenโ€™t worried โ€“ itโ€™s just a game. But the families are frantic. As psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom delves into the lives of the missing people, she finds something that binds them all.

And that something makes them very dangerous indeed.

As more disappearances are reported and new birthday cards uncovered, Dr Bloom races to unravel the mystery and find the missing people.

But what if, this time, they are the ones she should fear?ย 


Well another weekly round up done and time to get Sunday roast on ๐Ÿ˜

Many thanks for reading my post, have a great week everyone

Love Yvonne xx

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 ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜‚

I have also updated my banners this โ‡Š 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 ๐Ÿ˜

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 ๐Ÿ™‚


Well that is me done for yet another week, so take care and Happy Reading folks ๐Ÿ™‚

Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 24th nov) #booknews #bookupdates

Welcome to my weekly update for the books I have read. I am back to feeling hooman after my bout of bronchitis, thank god, and apart from a bit of a head cold I feel loads better.

I had some good news this week. I finally got my Top 500 reviewer badge from Amazon. I put all my book reviews on there as well as review any purchases and have been in the 700-800 reviewers for about 3 years. But when I decided to check where I was listed I suddenly saw I had jumped into the top 500. I dare not check again in case it was all a mistake ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜‚

So let me share the books I have read…

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

This was such a lovely book to read, a whimsical fantastical book that I got on with really well. There were so many things that caught me by surprise with this book. At times it felt like a magical mystery journey as I followed January on her travels, it also felt a little bit like a historical fiction read. It is the story of January finding out who she is and what she wants to do with her life. A truly captivating read and one I would recommend to readers who like books of discovery with a literary fiction feel to it.


The Poker Game Mystery by Peter Bartram

I am a big fan of Peter’s books and his latest book is brilliant. Colin Crapmton is a journalist for The Chronicle. Colin is a fabulous character and I love the dry humour and wit that the author has injected into him. Another favourite character is Shirley, Colin’s girlfriend and between them they investigate a murder. The banter that these two have is great reading. Even though this is part of a series, each book can be read as a stand-alone, but in my opinion you are missing some of the dynamics that make Colin and Shirley work so well. Fabulous read and highly recommended.


The 24-Hour Cafe by Libby Page

This is one of those “quiet books” and I thoroughly enjoyed the comings and going of the customers and staff of Stella’s a 24-hour cafe. The book is set out in chapters that are titled by each hour of the 24 hours that the book is set in. It switches perspectives between the main customer at each hour and also the tow main waitresses. It is a really laid out story that I found very captivating. Even though you only get a snapshot of each customer, I found it emotional, but not the full blubbering eyes watering kind. It felt very representative for its setting. It is a story that I can describe as “people watching” and it is a book I would definitely recommend.


Fighting Back by Rachel Churcher

This is the fourth instalment in Rachel’s YA dystopian series and “Boy Oh Boy” is the intensity building! This is such a brilliant series and it is proving to be so addictive, I am going to be so lost when it ends ๐Ÿ˜ฆ This is set just after Brexit and in an Independent Scotland scenario and so it feels very relate-able.

Rachel doesn’t put her books up on Goodreads until publication date, so this is why I have not included the book cover, I have seen it and it it does follow the same format of her previous ones.


It Started With A Secret by Jill Mansell

Confession time… This is the first book I have read by this author! I do have a couple of her books on my kindle and on my bookshelves and, like every reader knows, they have just got lost amid the other books on the shelves. But now I have read one her books I will most definitely be reading more. This book is just fabulous and I made the mistake of planning to read just a couple of chapters at 11pm… What a fool I was, and I now know the error of my ways when picking up a book by this author. I was yawning and feeling rather tired when I decided to glance at the clock and see what time it was… 01:17 and reluctantly put in the bookmark and went to bed. I then finished it yesterday afternoon and I loved it sooooooooo much! ๐Ÿ˜


My next read will take me back to my scheduled reading for a blog tour…

Six Steps To Happiness by Suzie Tullett

This for me sees a return to an author whose books I have not read enough of. The couple of books that I have read by Suzie have been fabulous and I have enjoyed them so much. So when I saw the Blog Tour shout out for this book I was right there asking if I could join up ๐Ÿ™‚


A good reading week for me this week and I am really pleased with that because some of these books were 400+ pages.

I also decided to be brave and hop over to Netgalley and check to see if I needed to add reviews for any books that came via there for Blog Tours. I was good and didn’t request any ๐Ÿ™‚ When I arrived I was sitting at 83% and left with a 89% Feedback Ratio… happy days!

My Goodreads Challenge is almost complete, currently at 197/200 but as Fighting Back has not been listed it is actually 198/200. I have actually read more than 198 books this year, but have not put all the books on as yet. I read a few Amazon Vine Children’s books and also a couple of manuscripts So very pleased indeed :).

Well that me done for yet another week.

Wishing everyone a good week ahead, Happy Reading Folks

Yvonne xx

Many thanks for reading my post, a like or share would be wonderful and greatly appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

My Week In Books (w/e 17th Nov) #MeAndMyBooks #BookNews

Well what a week this has been! One that I don’t want to repeat that is for sure. I had a ridiculous cough that really wasn’t shifting and left me feeling… well like crap if I am honest. After a few days of it not getting any better I finally went to the Doc’s and been diagnosed with Acute Bronchitis, never had it before and never want it again. I am still struggling with shortness of breath, sleepless nights and feeling rough. I was hoping the steroid tablets and inhaler would help more than they are but at least I am not coughing as much.

So as my husband finally gets the thumbs up to go back to work after being signed off on Sick Pay since the beginning of August, it is now my turn to go off sick! Roll on January that is all I can say!!!!

I have still managed to just about keep up with NaNoWriMo and my short stories, though I have missed a couple of days, I just didn’t feel any motivation. Also I decided that it would probably be better to complete the on-line courses that I am required to complete as part of my job.

So enough of my whinging and moaning, after all you are here for the books ๐Ÿ™‚

What I read this week…

It’s Not PMS, It’s You by Rich Amooi

If you have not come across Rich Amooi then take my word for it whern I say you should. This is the second book I have read by Rich and he is fabulous. He is on point with his stories and also the humour he injects into his writing. Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour for my review.


The Wronged Daughter by Mary Wood

This is an author who I adore, whether she writes under Mary Wood or Maggie Mason it makes no odds I love her books. They are historical fiction that are full of emotion, surprises, twists and are simply fabulous reading. Again another Blog Tour review, for the end of the month.


The Blog Tours that I have agreed to take part in for November are now all read, so instead of ploughing straight into Decembers Tour books I decided this was the ideal time to beta read a couple of manuscripts. I don’t beta read often, and I am always a little nervous about doing it. But I also like to get the chance to give a reader opinion.


My Next read…

The Poker Game by Peter Bartram

I have read a few of Peter’s books and always enjoy them. I am looking forward to getting stuck into Book 4 of the Deadline Murder Series ready for the Blog Tour in December.


I also had a sneaky peep at this book …

When Stars Will Shine – Helping Our Heroes One Page At A Time

I read the first short story in this compilation… OH WOW! What an amazing start to what is going to be a fabulous book. PURCHASE LINK CLICK HERE

IT WILL BE THE BEST FIVER YOU EVER SPEND

Here is the synopsis for it…

When Stars Will Shine is a collection of short stories from your favourite authors who have come together to deliver you a Christmas read with a twist.

With true war tales that will break your heart, gritty Christmas crimes that will shake you to your core, and heart warming tales of love lost and found, this anthology has something for everyone. And, with every penny made being sent to support our troops, you can rest assured that youโ€™re helping our heroes, one page at a time.

From authors such as Louise Jensen, Graham Smith, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Lucy Cameron, Val Portelli, and Alex Kane, you are in for one heck of a ride!

Go and pre-order your copy now and Help Our Heroes! If you don’t want to use my link then just go to Amazon UK and type in When Stars Will Shine.


That is me done for another week, and it’s getting closer to the festive season, this means that it is closer to next year and Spring and hopefully some warmer weather ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great week folks, and wrap up warm

Take Care, 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” ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚


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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 – (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

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