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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#BookReview : The Garden In Every Sense and Season by Tovah Martin @timberpress #NetGalley

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I am delighted to be sharing “The Garden in Every Sense and Season” by Tovah Martin, the photography is by Kindra Clineff.  This is due to be published on 4th April 2018 by Timber Press.  I recieved an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley, my thoughts are my own and are unbiased.

Synopsis:

So much of gardening is focused on the monthly checklists, seasonal to-do lists, and daily upkeep—weed this area, plant these seeds, prune this tree, rake these leaves, dig this hole—frantically done all year long. But what about taking the time to truly enjoy the garden in every sense? In The Garden in Every Sense and Season does just that. Beginning the heady blooms of spring and closing with putting the garden to bed in winter, Tovah Martin mindfully explores her garden through sight, smell, sound, touch, and taste. She sees the bright yellow daffodils of spring, smells summer’s pungent roses, hears the crows in autumn, and tastes winter’s juicy citrus. In 100 evocative essays, Martin shares sage garden advice and intimate reflections on her own garden. The Garden in Every Sense and Season, from one of the greatest garden writers of our time, urges gardeners to inhale, savor, and become more attuned with their gardens.

My Thoughts:

Tovah reminds you that flowers, your garden and the wildlife are not just for looking at, rushing past, quickly weeding, instead she focuses on the five senses touch, sight, sound, smell and taste and explores each one of these for each of the seasons.  It all about relaxing, appreciating, enjoying and exploring what we have in out gardens.

She has a very natural way of explaining colour companions and foliage with structure.  Building a garden no matter what size takes planning and preparation, but there is no check list and must do in this book, taking the pressure of planting and setting at set times.  Instead, Stop, Slow Down, Relax and Enjoy.  It is a more relaxed approach and Tovah’s approach to life seems to come through in her approach to gardening and plants.

This is a refreshing look at gardening today.  It should be a pastime or a hobby not a job.  I found that even though I am a UK gardener, mainly of vegetables, there were lots of things that were relevant and useful.  It is good to see another persons thoughts and perspectives.

This is a beautifully laid out book with stunning photographs.  I have read this on a PC, but I know if I had the physical book in my hands I would be dipping in and out of it often.  The writing is set out more as a story of a journey through the year of a garden, rather than a book about a garden.

This is a book I would definitely recommend.  I really loved it.  The photographs and words compliment each other beautifully.

About the Author & Photographer:

Tovah Martin is a fanatical and passionate organic gardener and the author of The Indestructible Houseplant, The Unexpected Houseplant, The New Terrarium, and Tasha Tudor’s Garden, as well as many other gardening books. Visit her at tovahmartin.com

Kindra Clineff specializes in location photography and regularly produces feature assignments for national magazines; her images have appeared in numerous books, including several with Tovah Martin. She lives in Essex County, Massachusetts.

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#BookReview : Niki Jabbour’s Garden Remix @NikiJabbour : @StoreyPub @NetGalley

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My Thoughts:

Has this book given me so many ideas or what. I am a gardener in Cornwall UK and I think this book would be a very useful addition to my already large gardening reference collection. It is well laid out with some beautiful pictures, great advice and tips. There is a vast array of vegetables on the market but there are none that taste better than homegrown ones. This book will be invaluable to people who want to try something a little bit different, I know after reading this book, I will be one of them. I also really like the way Niki has included her own tips, from germinating, pollinating, growing and caring for this vast array of plants. Knowledge is something that is learnt or passed, so in sharing her own experiences it will help save time, extra hard work and disappointment.

I would recommend this book to people who like Gardening and want to try something different, this is a beautiful book.

I would like to express my thanks to NetGalley and to Storey Publishers for my copy of this book. My views and opinions are my own, they are honest and unbiased.

Synopsis:

Best-selling author Niki Jabbour invites you to shake up your vegetable garden with an intriguing array of 238 plants from around the world. With her lively “Like this? Then try this!” approach, Jabbour encourages you to start with what you know and expand your repertoire to try related plants, many of which are delicacies in other cultures. Jabbour presents detailed growing information for each plant, along with fun facts and plant history. Be prepared to have your mind expanded and catch Jabbour’s contagious enthusiasm for experimentation and fun in the garden.

Book Details:

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing LLC (6 Feb. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612126707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612126708

About the Author:

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Niki Jabbour is the author of the best-selling & award winning book, The Year Round Vegetable Gardener (2012 American Horticultural Society Book Award). Her latest book is Groundbreaking Food Gardens, released by Storey Publishing in March 2014. Niki writes for magazines and newspapers across North America, including Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Garden Making, Gardens East and The Heirloom Gardener. She speaks widely at garden shows and events. Niki is also the host of The Weekend Gardener on News 95.7 FM (www.news957.com) that airs every Sunday from 10 to noon Atlantic time.

Author Links | Website |Twitter

To Buy : Amazon UK |

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