My (last two) Week in Books (w/e 15th May 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

First things first, I want to say a huge and massive thank you for all the shares over the last couple of weeks. I was on annual leave, the first week I went up to see Mum and Dad, and the second week was some me time and a chance to step away from Social Media for a while.

As well as catching up with Mum and Dad I was able to read the odd book or two!

I have already published a couple of the reviews on my blog, so I have included a quick link. I have also managed to catch up with a few NetGalley titles as well 🙂

Outcast by Chris Ryan – brilliant action, adventure, conspiracy read. Full review HERE

A Most Private Bank by Andreas F. Clenow – intense, crime and suspense set in finance. Full review in a couple of weeks.

The Reckoning by Kerry Kaya – gangland, crime thriller and fab read. Full review HERE

Retreat to the Spanish Sun by Jo Thomas – it is a Jo Thomas book so need I say more! Gorgeous romance, review to follow.

We All Have Our Secrets by Jane Corry – family, secrets, contemporary fiction, fab read. Review to follow.

The Island by Adrian McKinty – tense mystery, family, secrets, crime, thriller. Full review to follow.

Codename Edelweiss by Justin Kerr-Smith – historical fiction, conspiracy, action, adventure. Brilliant book. Full review tomorrow.

Have a fabulous week ahead,

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 3rd April 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly round-up. Actually, this is a round-up from the past two weeks. Last week I took an unscheduled and very unexpected week off from my blog so I have some catching up to do.

Last Saturday I tested positive for Covid, my husband then tested positive on Tuesday so we have both been isolated. He is the one with the dodgy immune system and he luckily didn’t suffer as much as I did. I had all the symptoms, temp, cold, aching, constant headache and feeling really tired, I have spent a lot of time sleeping. For him, he has the cold side of it with a temp. It is so annoying as we have both been super careful, had all our jabs and haven’t been going out anywhere.

It seems that the trend now is for people to spread it around as restrictions are lifted even further and isolation time is reduced. While I do understand the theory behind herd immunity, it is however having some very drastic effects in the workplace. I am still suffering the effects of this virus and still have the cold, headache and fatigue, but the temp has gone.

You may think as I have had almost 10 days off, as I write this, that I would have read a good amount of books. Truth is, I have read possibly a little less than normal. Again another symptom of Covid is that I felt a lack of motivation to do much at all. I think this is down to the tiredness. So here is what I have read over the past two weeks…

The Girl Beyond the Gate by Becca Day – thriller, intriguing, full of suspense. Great read.

The Patient by Tim Sullivan – police procedure, crime, thriller brilliant

The Castaways by Lucy Clarke – twisted, devious, thriller. Great read.

The Dark Queens by Shelley Puhak – non-fiction, early dark ages, history, bloody and brilliant.

Blood Sentence by Keith Nixon – police procedural, crime, twisted and first book in series. Excellent read.

What’s Next by Shari Low – contemporary, fiction, family and friendship. Enjoyed it a lot.

City of Vengeance by D.V. Bishop – historical fiction, murder mystery, atmospheric. Looking forward to reading the next in this series.

So there we go 7 books over two weeks, not too bad really considering.

Wishing everyone a great week ahead,

Happy reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 13th Feb 2022) #booklove #booksread #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another weekly round-up of books that I have read this week. I was desperately trying to remember if there was anything significant that happened this week. Turns out that “nowt much ‘appened” really!

Onto the books I read…

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I have had The Dublin Railway Murders by Thomas Moore on my TBR for a while now, I had requested it from Net Galley last year! This is about the murder of George Little in 1856, a murder that confounded many for years. Little was found in a locked office, murdered, though initially it was thought suicide. The investigation is quite rigorous given the setting and it was interesting to see how the investigation then compared to now has come along. There are obvious advancements, but also the legalies of the law have changed. An interesting and enjoyable read, well researched and has an easy reading style to it. Happy to recommend this one.

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I have seen good things about Luca Veste‘s books from reading Book Bloggers reviews. When I saw this title on NetGalley it definitely appealed to me. You Never Said Goodbye has various connotations and the author went with a mysterious and dark theme. Sam Cooper lost his Mum and brother in an accident, his dad confesses a secret that stuns, astounds and shocks. It will lead Sam on a journey of discovery he never thought about. An addictive and riveting read and one I would happily recommend.

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It was the cover of The Embroidered Book by Kate Heartfield that caught my eye and when I read the synopsis I knew this was for me. Within the first couple of chapters, I knew that not only was it for me, but I was going to love it. Late 1700s Europe is synonymous with being unsettled, the French Revolution is the climax for this story, before that though is the story of how the influential and powerful Hapsburg family arranged marriages for the children to take the most powerful seat in the monarchies of Europe. One you will have heard of, Marie Antoinette. This is a re-imagining of this historical period and it is fabulous. The author has woven in magic, and before you say “Oh no not for me” it has been done wonderfully. It feels fitting and right. I adored this book and everything about it. It is 600+ pages, and I have to say it is worth every page. One I would absolutely recommend. Full review as part of the Blog Tour.

Great reading week, and quite a few pages for that matter.

Have a great week ahead,

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week IN Books (w/e 19th December 2021) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another weekly wrap-up of books I have read over the past week. I have also finalised my Top Reads of 2021 and wow has it been a tough one. As much as I love sharing the books I love I also find it extremely difficult to whittle down the 200+ books that I have read, down to a handful that I have really loved and want to highlight. Keep an eye out on Wednesday for my list 🙂

What I’ve read this past week…

Even though I am not a huge fan of overly political books I was intrigued by The Whistle Blower by Robert Peston. This is a fictional debut for this author and it is set in the corridors of Parliament, has many dodgy characters, shady dealing and quite a few mysterious happenings going on. I really enjoyed this book and it was one that I think fans of political thrillers would also enjoy.

The Book of Sand by Theo Clare is penned by the late Mo Hayder. This is a fabulous story that is quite devious in the respect that the two seemingly disconnected storylines don’t actually come together until after the halfway point. Part dystopian, fantasy, mixed with present-day contemporary, loads of mystery and gradually one that darkens the further you get. It is a brilliant book that had me hooked. Ideal for those who are looking for a different, but it is dividing opinion!

Publication Date – 6th January 2022

Whether this author writes under Jules Wake or Julie Caplin, I know I am in for a treat. The Cosy Cottage in Ireland by Julie Caplin is the 8th in the Romantic Escapes series and was a lovely, gorgeous and mouthwatering delight. Each of the books in this series can be read as stand-alone. This is one for the romantics, foodies, those that like heartwarming tales and setting descriptions. Gorgeously told and definitely recommended.

For something different, I decided to read Put A Wet Paper Towel On It by Lee Parkinson and Adam Parkinson. Brothers who work in Education in their own right and have brought together their experiences of teaching. Hilarious at times and also quite an eye-opener at others as they tell their own story of joining the system and why. This is a fab non-fiction book and it was one I really enjoyed.

Well, that’s me done for another week.

Keep an eye out for my Top Reads List

Happy Reading, Stay Safe

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 12th December 2021) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to my weekly round-up of books that I have read. It has been a pretty busy week for me with work and courses so I haven’t been able to share peoples posts as I normally would. I would like to say a big thank you to those of you that have kindly shared my posts xx

I would like to think this week coming will be slightly quieter, but with Christmas being close I still have a few bits left to do. Still got the tree to put up, cards to write, things to post. All the wrapping is done, so that’s one thing out of the way!

So here is what I have read…

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The Secrets of Latimer House by Jules Wake was a stunning book. Set during WWII is the story of three women who are stationed at Latimer House, a place where German prisoners of war are taken prior to being taken to camps around the UK. This is a gorgeous book to read and one that also led me on a search about the house and its role in WWII. A mix of fact and fiction that I adored. I will post a review soon.
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Her Previous Self by Anne Allen is a mix of historical fiction and romance with a fantasy edge to it. This is a story that I really enjoyed as I joined the main character of Lucy as she discovers more about the history of the house she is living in, her ancestors and I liked the back and forth timeslip style of this story. Another that I will share my full review of soon.

I do love Helen Rolfe‘s books, so it was much embarrassment to discover I had completely missed the publication day blog Tour for A Winter Wedding at Mistletoe Gate Farm. I read this in one sitting, and to be honest this is something I do with most of this author’s books. Once again the author brought this close-knit coastal community spirit to life. My full review is HERE

I am hoping to get reviews that I have not shared yet done soon, as well as trying to sort out my Top Reads of the Year. Such a hard job every year as there are so many great books that I have read.

Have a great week ahead,

Stay Safe and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 21st Nov 2021) #booklove #booknews #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another weekly round-up of books I have read. Another good week on the reading front and plenty more to keep me going as we await this cold chill that is expected. I did manage an hour in the garden dead-heading…plants that is! Cut the last few rose blooms as well which smell amazing in the kitchen.

So, here is what I have read over the past week…

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Newport Writers – An anthology of poetry and prose is a book I read for an upcoming Blog Tour. This is a collection of verse, short stories and flash fiction from a group of writers. There is a vast myriad of styles and content and there is definitely something for everyone in this anthology. Full review later this week.

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Ross Greenwood is one of the authors whose books I will automatically read without even looking at the synopsis. The Cold Killer is the 4th book in the DI Barton series and wow, this one is a cracker. A murdered inmate, an increasing body count, more questions than answers and secrets from the past are just the tip of the iceberg in this latest hard-hitting thriller. The full review is at the end of the week.

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The D.C. Maggie James series is a series that I have enjoyed from the very start. Dead Mercey by Noelle Holten is the 5th book in the series and is one that could be read as a stand-alone. This is a hard one for the team as wounds are still fresh from the previous book. Life has to continue and this latest case is another tough one that will call in various agencies and specialists. The full review will also be at the end of the week.

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It was also time to catch up on some overdue NetGalley books. Greece Actually by Sue Roberts was ideal for some lighter reading and it was so nice to be taken to warmer shores with wonderful foods and locals. After I finished reading this book I had a virtual tour around the island of Skiathos. This is one for fans of romance and foreign destinations, a gorgeous story, a full review will follow soon.

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As I wasn’t quite ready to return back the UK, I decided to stop over in France. Celebrations at the Chateau by Jo Thomas was a fabulous story, I do love this author’s books and this one is another wonderful one. A chateau, food, locals, cheese, recipes and a sitting tenant are just some of the things that Fliss and her two sisters find when they discover they have just inherited a chateau in Normandy that they knew nothing about. Another amazing read from Jo and one for romance and contemporary fiction fans. Again, the full review should be up soon.

That’s it for another week. Next weeks post will be the last one of November!!! Not long before I have to try and remember to change the year every time I write the date 😂

Have a fab week ahead,

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 14th Nov 2021) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another weekly round-up of books I have read. Just three books this week, but all three were very different and also brilliantly entertaining in their own way.

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When in autumn it is nice to be reminded of the summer and The Seaside Cocktail Campervan by Caroline Roberts definitely made me think of the warmer days of only a few weeks ago. A new business see’s two strangers connecting over pizzas and cocktails. The author really did a wonderful job with her descriptions of food and drinks as well as creating a lovely and engaging story. She also added some of the recipes at the end of the books, a welcome addition. One for fans of rom-com, summer reads and one I would definitely recommend.

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I requested this one via NetGalley and I almost didn’t read this one. The Silence of Scheherazade by Defne Suman was a book that took me a while to get into, but there was something about it that made me want to keep reading this slower and at times slightly confusing book. This is the story of four different families and each with a timeslip timeline. While the storyline may have confused me at times, I am so glad I persevered with it as the writing style was absolutely mesmerising. This is a historical fiction story that does has a strong lean towards the literary fiction genre. Given my initial apprehension, I am glad I read this and it is one I would also definitely recommend.

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The Bone Shard Emperor by Andrea Stewart is the second book in the Drowning Empire series and I have been eagerly awaiting this one. This is a series that should be read in order as this second book expands on the previous book as well as moves forward with the story of Lin, Jovis and the other characters. This is a fantasy series and I adore everything about it. It was a little more detailed but this helped to build the characters, the tension and mistrust. Keep an eye out for my full review next week as part of the blog tour.

There we have it,

Another week over and more to add to my reading tally.

Take Care and Stay Safe,

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 7th November 2021) #booknews #booklove #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another weekly round-up of books I have read this week. I also have a Blog Tour review out today as well.

Last week, well the late hours of Saturday night saw me finish my Goodreads Reading Challenge of 200 books. The book I chose to complete the challenge was a fabulous one and you will see what it was below 🙂

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The Secret Path by Karen Swan was a wonderful read for a cold autumn night. When Tara Tremain visits the island she is forced to confront her ex, Alex. He used her and she now needs his help as she is in the middle of the jungle trying to help a sick child. A wonderful read and one that I adored, with gorgeous descriptions, wonderful settings and some fabulous characters. A mix of contemporary fiction, mystery with a good deal of suspense.

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When I saw the Blog Tour for The Lost by Simon Beckett, I along with loads of other Book Bloggers asked for a spot. This is the first time I have read anything by this author and I am so glad it is the first book in a planned series. Dark, twisted, riveting and a blooming good read. A crime thriller told over a dual timeline and it had me hooked.

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I do love this series and The World Cup Mystery by Peter Bartram sees Colin Crampton, an investigative journalist once more in the thick of things. It’s 1966 and Colin and his girlfriend Shirley have had to cut short their holiday and rush back home to Brighton. Trouble it seems finds Colin no matter where he is, and the trouble this time has the potential to be very serious indeed. A fun, cosy crime mystery series and one I will share my review for soon as part of the Blog Tour.

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I was lucky enough to win an e-copy of A Christmas Caroline by Camilla Isley, The author has taken the story A Christmas Carol and given it a modern-day spin using the hardworking, businesswoman Caroline as her main lead. I really enjoyed this story and it didn’t take me long to get into this. A wonderful festive story with a moral. The review will follow shortly.

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So, this is the book that I read that hit my Goodreads target for the year…

Dead Ground by M.W. Craven is the 4th book in the Washing ton Poe series and what a belter of a book it was. I adore the team of Poe and Tilly Bradshaw, they are like chalk and cheese but make such an amazing team. This time they are called in to help with murder, one that has more secrets, red tape and officious persons than they have come across before. Not that this is ever going to stop Poe from being Poe of course. It is a brilliant story and one that once again had me hooked.

Another week is done,

Have a great week ahead and stay safe,

All the best

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 31st October 2021) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Well another month has come and gone, and now the clocks have changed the nights are longer, the weather is colder so thank goodness for books. Let’s admit it, there’s nothing much worth watching on TV, so it is a good job I have plenty of reading material 🙂

So here is what I have read this week…

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I really enjoyed The Survivors by Alex Schulman. This is one of those books that I found to be quietly addictive. I wasn’t sure about it when I first started it, but there was something about it that gradually drew me in. A story about family and things from the past. It is one for those who like a more literary fiction story and I will share my full review soon.

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The story of Our Secrets by Shari Low was a gorgeous read and also very emotional. I do like this authors stories, I haven’t read all of them but the ones I have read have been fabulous. This is the story of a widow and her friends and how they are still trying to come to terms with the loss of a major figure in their lives. Keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog Tour.
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I do like a new series and War Clouds Over Blackberry Farm by Rosie Clarke was a brilliant story to start this new series. Having read a few of this authors books previously I was very happy to get a spot on the Blog Tour for this one. A story of family, love, tragedy and the Second World War looming people are thinking of the future. A fabulous story that has brilliant characters and an all-around great read.

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I had seen some fab reviews for Witch by Mark Brownless and I decided to buy a copy and it was a really addictive spooky read. It is a horror but not the full-on blood and guts sort, but it was one that rated well on the spookiness scale. A 400year old cottage in Wales, isolated, near a lake and with the spirit of a dead witch rumoured to inhabit. I mean, what could go wrong for the couple who have just moved in!!! A full review will follow soon.

There we go for another week,

I have nearly completed my Goodreads target and hopefully, I can bring my NetGalley books down a little.

Before I go, here’s a pic of me in fancy dress from Halloween 😨🎃🧙‍♀️😁

Have a fabulous week ahead,

Take Care

Yvonne 🙂 xx

My Week In Books (w/e 24th October 2021) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome once again to my weekly round up of book I have read over the past week. It has been another good week for reading and I have read some amazing books…

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I received a copy of We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride & Jo Piazza from the publisher HQ Stories as part of one of their recent promotions. This is a story that is about race, friendship, loyalty and trust. A brilliant story that I found to be very addictive as I followed the two main characters of Riley and Jen. Full review will be later this week.

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If you like gritty gangland, crime thrillers then have a look at The Score by Kerry Kaya, this is the second book in the series and it is brilliant. A brilliant storyline about a father being released from prison trying to reconnect with his grown up children, only to find himself in the middle of something else. Addictive with some toe-curling scenes, great characters and plenty of twists. Full review will be part of the Blog Tour.

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I already have A Secret Gift by Amanda James on pre-order, and I also had the chance to read an advance copy via NetGalley. Mandy is one of the authors who I will automatically read, and once again she has created such a wonderful story that had me hooked from the very beginning. This is the story of Joy, a young widow who is still trying to get over the loss of her husband. Plodding through life and going through the motions but not quite living life to the full. A gorgeous story with some fabulous characters and something rather special. I Should have my review for this one up later this week.

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Broken Girls by Joy Kluver is the second book in the Detective Bernadette Noel series and wow what a story this one was. This is not one for the faint-hearted, it is brutal, gripping and addictive. I would suggest reading the first book before this one, although they can be read as standalones. Bernie has her work cut out as she tries to make her points and opinions heard, not always easy when your boss doesn’t really have your back or when it feels like he is dragging his feet. A brutal crime, plenty of twists and some good character development continued from the first book. I cant wait to read the next book.

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I have had She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan on my TBR for a while now and I decided that I was ready to read it. Wow, this is an amazing story, it is set in Mongolian occupied China, and I do love this era of history. The author has used history as the basis of the story but has reimagined it with a young peasant girl taking the identity of her brother Zhu. It follows her journey as she refuses to be nothing and to achieve greatness. Greatness was something her brother was supposed to achieve, so she has decided to achieve it herself. Set in the 1300s this is a historical fantasy and it is a fabulous book, I cant wait to get my hands on the next one.

There we go, 5 books this week and such a great range of genres, all excellent reads and I loved them all.

Take care, stay safe

Happy Reading,

All the best

Yvonne xx