My Week In Books (w/e 5th July) #booknews #bookupdates #mygarden #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly reading round up, and also the first post of July. It has been another week where the weather has been dictating what I can do, showers have been frequent and so has the humidity. The good thing about this is that the garden has been growing away madly, the downside is that so have the weeds!!!

Back in May we cleared part of the garden for a grass area where I geese used to live. Along with a few shrubs and trees it didn’t look inviting, but I could imagine what it would eventually look like. I am pleased to see the grass growing and all the transplanting seems to have taken.

What a difference a few weeks make, the first picture was taken on 29th May, the second today 5th July. The grass has had its first proper cut a couple of days ago and will need over-seeding in places, especially where the sparrows had their dust baths!

The veg garden and flower border are in full flow at the moment and it seems that every day there is more growth and therefore more to eat or look at!

Now for the books I have read this week…

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What a gorgeous read The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts by Alison Sherlock was. Amber was just supposed to be stopping over in the village of Cranbridge, she wasn’t supposed to be staying long, helping out as long as she did or the various other things that happened along the way. A wonderful read with a touch of drama, a smattering of romance and a tractor. Keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog tour.

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A crime thriller read was next with The One Who Got Away by L. A. Detwiler that was quite dark as I followed the worries of an elderly lady who recently moved into a home. The worries and concerns are brushed off as part of her dementia, or the mutterings of an old lady, but Adeline knows she is not wrong about some things. I did enjoy this book though at times I did feel it was a little slow or maybe that I was too impatient to discover more. This is another book 7 in the #20booksofsummer reading challenge.

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Sunshine and Second Chances by Kim Nash is another wonderfully brilliant read by this author. If you have read her two previous books then you will already love her writing and you won’t be disappointed with this one. Four women catching up on holiday after many years of not seeing each other sees a few home truths and realisations come to the forefront of conversations. A superb read that I read in one sitting and loved as did my Mum, we are both agreed that Kim is an author we both love and will both immediately buy any of her books.

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I am loving the Alex Cohen series and Midtown Huckster by Leopold Bortinski is the 3rd book in the series. Set in the US at the time of gangsters, prohibition, racketeering and corruption it focuses on Alex. He is the leader of Murder Corporation, a small group who work for the various crime bosses eliminating problem people. With prohibition coming to an end and Hoovers Federal Bureau investigating the bosses things are looking bad for Alex. A brilliant read and keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog Tour soon.

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Well that is me done for another week. I was checking out some of the numbers this week and I have the following –

Goodreads Challenge = 132 books read so far out of 200 for the year, 31 ahead of schedule.

NetGalley = reached my 200 reviews and earned another badge, and also 96% feedback ratio

Amazon = I am in the Top 50 of reviewers which I am still in shock about.

Blog = has just over 800 followers and since I started in feb 2017 I have published 825 posts.

Twitter = still amazes me and I have just over 5,400 followers.


Billy & Buster had a new toy this week, needless to say, they loved it 🙂

So that leaves me to wish you all a wonderful week ahead,

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week in Books (w/e 28th June) #bookudates #booknews #mygarden #MeAdMyBooks

Hello and welcome to the final “My Week In Books” post for June. A couple of weeks ago I posted about how I was struggling to remember that is was June and not May, well last week I got the month wrong and still put May!!! I wonder how July will turn out, will I be stuck in a time-loop or will I finally have moved on!!! 🙂

It has been a mixed week as far as the weather goes, wind, rain, sunshine and showers but I have still managed to get out in the garden. I love the fact that everything is growing away and I am seeing the benefits of the hard work that goes into growing my own veg. We have been digging new potatoes for a while now and eating homegrown lettuce, spring onions and radishes, the garden peas are coming on nicely and if I can stop taste-testing them as I walk past then I should have a good crop. Gooseberries, whitecurrants and raspberries are being picked and frozen as well.


So what have I read this week…

The Deathless by Peter Newman is one of the books from my #20booksofsummer reading challenge, it is also the first book in a trilogy. I really enjoyed this one, it is set in the floating crystal palaces and also in the wilds of the ground below. A story that sees various high ranking pitting their wits against each other trying their best to outdo one another. They are known as The Deathless, they are immortal. This is a fantasy that I really enjoyed and I will be buying the next book to see what happens as there were questions left unanswered.


Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland can be summed up in two words “simply gorgeous” and I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Sam is such a nice character and it annoyed me how people took advantage of her, but she is also very strong-minded and when she decides to help Thomas her tenacity and loving nature break down barriers. In helping Thomas she also helps herself. If you are a fan of contemporary fiction, romance and gorgeously written stories then you really need to get this one. My full review will be part of the Blog Tour soon.


I haven’t read many Sue Moorcroft books but when I have I have adored them, I really should find the time to read more of this author. A Summer To Remember is a wonderful book and as the tagline on the cover suggests, it really does have it all. A fabulous story, gorgeous setting, brilliant characters and a few surprises along the way. This is perfect summer escapism read and I adored it so much. It is another of my #20booksofsummer picks.


Then She Vanishes by Clare Douglas is one for crime, thriller and mystery readers. A story that focuses on three girls when they were teens and then flits to the present day. Two of the girls are sisters, the third is a friend, one of the sisters disappeared 18 years ago, the other sister is in hospital with a gunshot wound and the friend is a reporter. There is lots going on in this story but I was hooked and it made this a one-sitting read. Another book ticked off my #20books of summer list as well.


I have also listened to another audiobook this week…

I am a huge fan of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett and I have read all the books apart from the last one, I still can#’t bring myself to read his final book! The Colour of Magic is the first in this absolutely brilliant fantasy series and this is an Audible version and is narrated by Nigel Planner. He does a really good job with this book and I was sniggering and laughing so many times. But, I have to say I do prefer the books.


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

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week in Books (w/e 21st June) #booknews #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly wrap up of books I have read. This week has been quieter, one of those “not much really happened” weeks. So let’s get straight into what I have read…

When I received and email from Alison at Elliott & Thompson entitled “A Funny Nature book” I was intrigued and after reading the synopsis I knew this would be for me. Into the Tangled Bank by Lev Parikian is a delightful and humorous account of Lev’s observations on how people interact with nature, or how nature interacts with us. I really enjoyed the author’s style, witty and humorous pointing out the obvious. Keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog Tour.


Next I read All We LEft Behind by Danielle R. Graham, this is set in Vancover in 1941 and is the story of a couple who have been friends since childhood and then realise as they get older that they have a deeper connection. Hayden is Canadian, Chidori is Japanese Canadian and when Japan bombs Pearl Harbour Chidori and her family are moved by the government. This is a beautiful story and one I really enjoyed and I think readers of historical fiction and romance would really enjoy it as well.


“Deadly Secrets by Ann Girdharry”

As there is no cover or synopsis on Goodreads or Amazon at the time I write this I have no cover to share, you will see it when the Blog Tour starts. Deadly Secrets by Ann Girdharry is a suspense filled thriller and it was a fabulous read. The death of an elderly man in hospital followed by the death of the nurse who cared for him is just the start for this brilliant story. It is a story that has far reaching implications for some and for other it brings the past well and truly back to the present. This was an addictive read and one for suspense, crime and thriller readers.


I have also finished listening to the Audible version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets narrated by Stephen Fry. How is it that I have not really got into reading this series but instead prefer the audio-book? I think a lot of it has to do with the narration. This is the second in the series and I think most people of aware of this series. I enjoyed this and would recommend it.


Well that is it for me this week. As there was a break in the weather I was able to get caught up with weeding rather than reading. As I sit here, it’s Sunday morning and the roast is in the oven, I think how ironic it is that we are officially in Summertime and I am wearing a jumper, it looks more like autumn…

Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 14th June) #booknews #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Well, what to say about this week… Well… Woohoo it rained 😁I know I am not the only who is delighted to see the rain, it means my veg and flower beds have had a much-needed soaking. It also meant that my rhubarb has gone absolutely mad and I spent some time out in the drizzle picking loads and giving it away to neighbours. We do have a lot of rhubarb crowns, I think there is just over 20 of them 😂

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

This was such a lovely read and it is the first time I have read anything by this author. Sunshine Over Bluebell Cliff by Della Galton sees Clara looking after the clifftop hotel while the owner has to fly off to a family emergency. While Clara is in charge there seems to be someone who is out to cause problems. Is it the neighbouring hotel, or is there someone else. I loved this story and it had me hooked as I read it from start to finish in one afternoon.


I cannot believe I missed my Blog Tour spot for this book. Thankfully Rachel messaged me and I soon rectified my oversight. Helen is a favourite author if mine which is why it was even more mortifying. So I picked up Coming Home to Heritage Cove by Helen Rolfe and read it in one sitting, this is quite normal when I pick up one her books. Melissa makes a trip back to her home, it is a nervy return as there are things that she needs to deal with, things that had been left unsaid and things left undone. A fabulous read and I love this start to a new series.


This is a book that caught my eye when I saw the Blog Tour for it. Before I Die by Jackie Morrissey is a book set within an elderly community. Though Maureen is getting on in years, she is not stupid and is completely aware that something is not right. However, making her daughter believe her is extremely difficult when carer Delores has got people believing Maureen is losing the plot. This is style of story is one that has a believable feel to it especially when you listen to news reports. Keep an eye out for my review on the Blog Tour.


Wow! What an absolutely gorgeous read The Beauty of Broken Things by Victoria Connelly is. A story of broken things that refers not just to objects but people, two people in particular. Luke and Orla do not know each other but they have a link to each other that is gradually explained through this story. A story of survival and finding the will to live life rather than hide from it. I loved this so much and keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog Tour, in fact scratch that just go and buy a copy!


I really enjoyed The Wedding Favour by Lily Bartlett as I saw Nellie and Rafael meet and organise their marriage of convenience. The convenience that Rafael will be able to stay in this country and that Nellie won’t have to pay back the money a magazine has paid for the wedding. The wedding was originally for Nellie and Matt, but he decided he needed time out to think!!!! Ideal for readers who like fake date and rom-com reads.


I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and I am delighted to say I enjoyed the second book just as much. Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds 2 by Nick Albert continues the story of his and his wife Lesley’s new life in Ireland as they repair, renovate and make their home more liveable. Being stuck in the middle of nowhere on a mountain brings its own challenges. Yet again the humour is noticeable from the start as Nick armed with his DIY book does a lot of the work while Lesley undergoes hospital treatment for back pain and from a reaction from tablets. This is a wonderful read and once again I loved it.


Well, that is me done for the week as far as reading goes. Just going to leave you with a couple of loaves of bread I made…

Fruity Bread and a Chocolate Banana Bread and they taste great toasted with lashings of butter!

The recipe, well it is just a basic white bread recipe that I then add extras too, yep that’s it

Have a good week ahead and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 7th June) #booknews #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Another week has gone and I am still trying to get my head around the fact that it is June, I am still typing May!!!

I had a lovely surprise from the Owners and Manager of the Residential Home I work at. When I answered the knock at my front door and saw my manager standing there I thought “Oh Sh…ugar! What have I done!!! Then I realised he was smiling, that was a relief!!! He and his parents have bought each member of staff a gift in appreciation of our hard work during the pandemic. I was speechless, very unusual for anyone that knows me well 😂😂


So let me show you what I have read this week…

If you after a proper laugh out loud book then look no further than Gina Kirkham‘s book Handcuffs, Truncheon and a Polyester Thong, it is hilarious. It is part fact and part fiction and is based on Gina’s own experience as she joins the Police Force. I have had this on my TBR for a while now and when I knew fellow Book Blogger Zoe was doing an #Authortakeover it was the perfect opportunity to pick it up. A hilarious read and the start of a series of books that is perfect for lifting the mood. You really do need to head over to Zoe’s blog and read the extracts, the Q&A and the interviews with Gina they are hilarious. Here is the link for her Blog – Zooloobookdiary


This is the first book in my #20booksofsummer reading challenge. Her Husband’s Secrets by Louise Mangos is a domestic thriller as Lucie decides to take a trip to Switzerland and meets Matt. Overtime they develop a relationship, but what happened for her to end up in prison? A tense and intriguing thriller that I enjoyed.


I am on a roll as this is the 2nd book I’ve read in the #20booksof summer challenge and what a dark book The Dangerous Kind by Deborah O’Connor is. A book that deals with some tough themes such as domestic abuse, child abuse and obsession. I will say that the author does not go into details about the child abuse, instead she dwells on the feeling of the individual such as fear, shame and guilt. An addictive read that unfortunately does have relevance to things that have happened in the news with high profile celebrities recently. It is a book I would recommend.


After two very dark reads I felt it was time for something lighter and decided to read The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary, and tick a 3rd book off the #20booksof summer challenge. I didn’t read the synopsis for this book, and when I got into it more I discovered this also had a darkness to it as Tiffy is stalked by her ex and has to deal with his obsessive and possessive traits. This is however superbly balanced by the flatshare storyline. I absolutely loved this book, it has dark elements, but there are so many other things going on in it and I would highly recommend this one.


So quite a good week, 3/15 books off the challenge and I think I will definitely be adding another 5 lucky dip books to the challenge so that I will read the full 20!

So before I go I will leave you with a photo from one of the lounges where I work. As I work nightshifts, it is the perfect opportunity to take a few minutes and watch the sunrise. It’s the only way I ever get to see this time of day!!! This view is across Falmouth Bay and it is such a stunning view. It isn’t often I take a photo through a window, but the third picture was just caught right!

The photo’s really don’t do the colours I saw justice, just goes to show that that nature can outdo technology!

Well, then it is time to wish you all the very best and wish you a good week ahead.

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 31st May) #Booknews #booksread #gardenupdate #MeAndMyBooks

Well another scorcher of a week and what an ideal time to get out in my garden. I love my weed and read routine, I weed for a bit then go and sit and read for a bit it works for me 😁

We have had a change to out garden setup, unfortunately something got in the goose pen and attacked our 3 geese. Unfortunately it was quite bad and they had to be put down. What we have decided is rather than get more birds and possibly go through the heartache again is to completely change the area. It has been dug over and we have planted several trees and shrubs. So we have apple and pear trees, cherry blossom, chestnut, beech and ash trees and shrubs are camellia, azalea, choisya, rock rose and a few other bits. We have also grass seeded it over, although it does look a little bit bare at the moment we can both see how it will look when things start establishing themselves.

The above photo was taken at the beginning of May with the Goose run along the left side and across the bottom.

The fork marks where the bottom of the goose run, the second is from the bottom of my garden looking back up to my house. And this is the reason I have a camping stove and kettle in my shed at this end of the garden so I can keep hydrated with many mugs of black coffee 😁

OK, so let me show you what I have read this week… it has been a summery reading week as you will soon discover…

I do enjoy reading books by Kathryn Freeman and her latest one Up Close & Personal is another fabulous read. A bodyguard and a film-star are thrown together in this story, trying to keep a professional relationship is difficult as there are sparks of interest between the two main characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would recommend it to rom com readers.


This is the first book I have read by Shari Low and I absolutely adored it. One Day in Summer is such a wonderful read and I was hooked the entire way through. Secrets, lies and so much more in this brilliant read. A mix of family, friendship, romance and my review will out later in the month.


Katie Ginger is another fabulous author who creates amazing settings to go with a totally captivating story. Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay is a gorgeous escapism read that had me hooked as I followed Hetty as she tries to get a festival organised on a local landowners land. A storyline that is a mix of romance, friends and family drama. This is the second book in the series but works really well as a stand alone. Another excellent read and again my review will be later this month.


Well three books this week for me. I am listening to the second Harry Potter Audiobook from Audible.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is narrated by the fabulous Stephen Fry, I know I do go on a bit about him and his narration, but he is brilliant.


Well. that’s me done for another week.

Happy Reading Folks, and Stay Safe

Yvonne xx

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

Usually I post this on a Monday, but as I have a Blog Tour review tomorrow I thought I would bring it forward a day. In doing this I am going to confuse myself and possibly one or two others 😂

This week has been very random as far as the weather goes, from shorts and t-shirts to leggings and woolly jumpers in the matter of a couple of days, but then I guess it is a Bank Holiday this weekend (UK) so I shouldn’t really be surprised.

So down to what I have read this week…

This is the first time I have read anything by Kerry Kaya and I have to say I will be reading more of her books as I do have some on my kindle. The Price is a gangland thriller that focused more on brothers Fletch and Spence, well actually more Fletch but as he does look out for his brother he is also a large part of the story. A brilliantly addictive read.


I absolutely adored Rainy Days for the Harpers Girls by Rosie Clarke, this is the third book in the series and I wish I had read the the previous books, but it does work very well as a stand alone. Set in the run up to WWII, this is a story of family, friendship and loyalty and it is a gorgeous read.


I loved That Holiday In France by Rhoda Baxter, a light read that see’s Ellie standing up for herself and not being a doormat to her boyfriend. I loved how Ellie changed from so-and-so’s girlfriend to being her own person and how she was challenged to find her self. Another fabulous read and one that you can easily read in an afternoon.


How amazing is this book, well take it from me it is amazing. The Little Teashop in Tokyo by Julie Caplin is gorgeous. The author combined an addictive storyline with a cultural emersion into Japanese life, showing the contrasts between the modern and the traditional and I loved it. It is a romance that is very addictive and then there is so much more as well with references to food, tradition, art, tourism and food and a Tea Ceremony and food and well I think you get that I may have liked this one a lot.


I am a big fan of Mary Wood and this is The Brave Daughters and it is the 4th book in The Girls Who Went to War series, I am loving it and will probably finish it later on in the afternoon.


What I listened to…

I have finished The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy narrated by Stephen Fry. I read the book several years ago and loved the quirky humour to this bizarre sci-fi classic. The narration added a whole other dimension to the book and he really brought it to life for me. It is well worth the Audible Credit if you are a member, if not I think it is around £10 and so still worth it.


Before I go I am leaving you with some photographs of some of my foxgloves because… well just because 😁

Well that is it for me for another week. So I wish you all the best in the coming week.

Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 17th May) #bookupdates #BooksRead #MeAndMyBooks

Well what a nice week this week has been. I’ve finally managed to get my runner beans and peas planted out in the garden. The flower side of the garden is starting to come into its own with Lupins, rose, irises, granny’s bonnet and crab apple blossom making a pretty sight to see. My garden is a tranquil place and I take regular breaks to sit and read a chapter or more and having a coffee.

So let me show you what I have read this week…

I am a big fan of Jane Corry and her latest book I Made a Mistake is one hell of a read. This is the story of one mistake that had very dangerous consequences, it is a brilliant read and has a few really good twists that completely caught me out. Excellent read for fans of thrillers that have a domestic and psychological angles.


Rachel Rhys took me to 1950’s Cuba in her new book Island of Secrets and it was a fabulous read. It is a historical fiction read that I adored and everything felt so right as I read it. The back drop of Cuba and the unrest was a really good contrast to the celebrity world that is the main focus of the story. A wonderful story for historical fiction readers.


Emma Murray created a wonderful story about being a first time Mum in todays fast paced world and the pitfalls of social media in Time Out. Saoirse (pronounced Seersha) is struggling to come to terms with the demands of motherhood and how her relationship has changed. This is a bit of a no holds barred story that I found amusing at times but also that I could sympathise with as she found that other mums use social media like a competition, adding extra pressure to be the perfect mum of a perfect child! A very enjoyable read that has a message behind it.


I enjoyed this murder mystery and it is the first book I have read by Leighann Dobbs. Murder on a Mississippi Steamboat is set in the 1920’s and is a very enjoyable read and has a feel of Agatha Christie mixed with Jessica Fletcher (Murder She Wrote) feel to it. Flamboyant guests, intriguing storyline and a Murder writer and her niece make this a good book for fans of cosy mystery reads. I definitely enjoyed it and I look forward to reading more by this author as she has loads of books already published.


I am still currently listening to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy read by Stephen Fry, to be honest I have spent more time outside in the garden so have not really listened to much of it but I am about 1/3 of the way through.

Well that’s it for me this week. I wish you all the very best for the week ahead

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books – well last Two Weeks In Books #booknews #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly post about books I have read, I say weekly but last week I didn’t do one because I had other posts scheduled. I am a Book Blogger who prefers to post once a day, unless I get my scheduling wrong! I am sure my good friend Teagan will be pleased to see this post as she was asking where her weekly fix of books was! 😍

So what did I read…

I am a big fan of Rich Amooi, and his latest book Just Another Silly Love Song is a fabulous rom-com read. It pits two rivals against each other as they have to join forces. Their on air banter and arguments are brilliant and had me laughing at heir antics. Rich is definitely the King of Rom Coms and I loved this one a lot.


The Kompromat Kill by Michael Jenkins is the second book in this series and even though i have not read the first it works well as a stand alone. This is a good espionage thriller that I really enjoyed. Ideal for readers who like complex plots that have you racing around the world trying to discover the secrets and lies. Keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog Tour.


I am a big fan of Conn Iggulden and his latest book The Gates of Athens is a brilliant read. This author does historical fiction in such an accessible way and this book takes the reader back to Ancient Greece with the battles between the Persian army and the Athenians, it also includes the Spartan stand. A brilliant read and one that had me hooked.


Now for something a little different I requested this from NetGalley and I have to say I had great fun drawing dinosaurs, helicopters and various other things. Learn To Draw (Almost Anything in 6 Easy Steps) by Rich Davis is a great book for kids (and big kids) to try their hand at easy to follow drawings. A brilliant book that I really liked.


I thoroughly enjoyed As Greek As It Gets by Sue Roberts and it was a really nice escapism read. I thought I knew how this one was going to end and was quite surprised, in a nice way obviously. It is a story of nerves, doubts and feeling a little left out. A lovely story that I will share my review for as part of the Blog Tour.


Yes it is mystery book time… This book is the next in the DS Malice Series and it is a brilliant read. As there are no details about this book on Goodreads or Amazon I am not going to say too much about it apart from it is a brilliant read. Keep an eye out for my review when it’s published.


Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain was a book that I was really interested in. While I did enjoy the story of Billy I did find that it dragged a little in places. In my opinion, it is a book I see working better as a film.


What I’ve been listening to…

I cannot think of a better person to narrate Rudyard Kipling’s – Selected Just So Stories than Johnny Morris. I loved watching Animal Magic as a child and listening to Johnny and hearing his voice reading these stories brought back good memories. This audio is not the full version of the Just So Stories, but is a very good selection and i have to say I really, really enjoyed it.


I listened to Sherlock Holmes – The Sign of Four narrated by the fabulous Stephen Fry. This is the second book in the Definitive Audio Collection and it is one I really enjoyed. I actually found this one easier to listen to and more enjoyable than when I had first read it.


Well, that’s all the books I have read and listened to over the past two weeks, and it leaves me to say that I wish you all a good week ahead.

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

My Week In Books #Booknews #Bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my latest round-up of books I have read. Before I show you those let me show you what I have been up to this week.

I have been baking and gardening, and I was delighted to be able to get a bag of compost in with my delivery from our local wholesale suppliers. So as well as a big sack of flour, yeast, various other dried goods and veg I also got my compost. The delivery guy was great and said that during this outbreak “everyone has turned into either a home baker or farmer!”If you are in here in Cornwall or Devon then Westcountry Fruit Sales have a Bulk Buy site and you can them HERE

So baking wise, I have some chives growing in the garden so they got chopped up and went into Cheese and Chive Bread as well as making a Basic White loaf.

Also made some cakes, well you have to have a balanced diet after all… So coconut and cherry rock buns, traditional rock buns and ginger cake was the order of the day… The cakes I make are always a nice yellow as I use our own goose eggs.

The garden is coming on well, flowers and veg are slowly getting there. Now I may not have the prettiest garden garden fencing but it is essential for keeping the geese out, but also the dogs. They are little buggers for eating veg when it starts growing! And I love my garden by the way 😍

So lets get down to the books. Once again it has been an excellent week for reading, it also helped that I had a week off work, though i am now back. I quite enjoyed being home.

The Wave by Virginia Moffatt was a cracking read and when I saw the synopsis for it for the Blog Tour I immediately jumped on it. It is set in Cornwall and centres around a handful of individual people who have met by coincidence. Most of Cornwall is trying to evacuate, this group decide they are not going to make it to safety before a tsunami hit land. It is told from the perspective of each person and frequently changes person in the telling. I got completely wrapped up in this and my review is due shortly.


Wow! This was full of suspense and drama and had me hooked. The House on Rectory Lane by Staurt James was a great read and was another book I took on as part of the Blog Tour. It is about a family who move from the noise, hustle and bustle of London to a village. The house is old but seems perfect, but things start happening, odd comments from villagers and then… well I didn’t see that coming!


Jo Thomas has a new book coming out so of course I am going to read it. Escape to the French Farmhouse is a gorgeous book and I loved it. The story is of a couple who move to rural France, things go pear shaped and he leaves. Del, well she decides to stay, a hard decision to make as she is alone in a strange country but it is the best decision she makes. This is a stunning read and the focus, as well as the characters, is also on Lavender and its uses in cooking. Well as I already bake and I do have various lavender plants in the garden this hit the right notes for me and I will be experimenting with some lavender themed cakes soon. Fabulous book and review is due in a couple of weeks.


What an amazing book When All Is Said by Anne Griffin is. 84 year old Maurice Hannigan is sat at a bar, he will order 5 different drinks in a toast to the 5 people who have made a difference in his life. Each of these drinks represents a milestone or important landmark. With each drink the story of the person is told. This was such an amazing read and I loved it, a historical fiction as such as he remembers his life through the years. It is a poignant read and quite emotional. I will share my review over the next couple of weeks when I have a space between my Blog Tour posts.


Now Ross Greenwood is an author who definitely delivers, his new book The Soul Killer is dark and is deliciously devious and twisted. If you like twisted crime and suspense books then check this one out. This is a story that starts as two different threads that gradually merge. One thread is from the perspective of the investigators, the other thread from the killer. This is such a great way of getting into the head of a psychopath and makes for exciting reading. This is the 2nd book in DI Barton series, and somehow I missed that one, so I can say that The Soul Killer works well as a stand-alone.


What I listened to…

I finished listening to Gulliver’s Travels, while the narrator was good and I enjoyed it, I have to say I did prefer the book. It is one I have read a couple of times over the years. I think the book works better because a lot of the story is more Gulliver’s thoughts and observations and it is something I like as a reader. As a listener I think I prefer more drama, action and dramatic productions. This leads me nicely on to the next Audio I listened to…

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling is a free download for Audible members and as I have recently listened to the first Harry Potter book this seemed to be a good choice. It is a collection of stories and has a few narrators such as Jude Law and Warwick Davies, and this is where I like the mix of narrators and the dramatised versions as it helps to bring a story to life.

Well, that is me done for another week and so I will wish you all a Happy and Safe week ahead.

Yvonne xx