My Week In Books (w/e 7th Feb) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly round-up of the books I have read this week. I had to go to the dentist this week, the first time I have left the village on my own since end of February last year. I driove the car for the fir4st time since the beginning of July, so a big brave week for me! Yes, a trip to the dentist made me very happy lol, I finally had the wobbly and irritating tooth removed!

So, what have I read this week…

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Let’s be honest here, you can’t go wrong with this author and Her Last Holiday by C.L. Taylor was an amazing read. I have to say that the author did a job not only with the story line but also with the characters, not the most trustworthy to say the least. This is a story that had me hooked, a theme of finding what happened to a family member, a strange family relationship and a retreat are just the basics of this brilliant story. Keep your eye out for this when it’s published.

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OH WOW! Am I so glad I signed up for the Blog Tour for this book or what, it is fabulous. The Kindness of Psychopaths by Alan Gorevan is an absolute belter of a book. A police procedural that has some amazing twists and awesome characters. Loved this book and the way the author has laid it out. And as for the title – well it fits superbly well. Keep and eye out for my full review as part of the Tour.

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Mary Wood has a new trilogy The Jam Factory Girls is the first book of the three and, well it’s Mary so I knew I was going to love this book. I adore this authors writing and the way she completely captivates my attention. Mary is definitely an author who knows how to write hear-tbreaking as well as hopeful sagas and historical fiction novels. This one is already out so go grab a copy. My full review will be out later this week.

Before I go I just want to share three books that I received this week.

I was so surprised and absolutely delighted to receive a copy of The Whispers by Heidi Perks from the lovely Rachel at Penguin Random House.

The other two books were giveaway prizes. From Sharon at Shaz’s Book Blog I won a copy Advent by Jane Fraser from her Advent Giveaway and The Last Thing To Burn by Will Dean from the publisher via Nikola at Breathing Through Pages Blog. I am so excited about these books as they had both been on my wish list.

So a good week, 1 toof less to worry about and 3 new books and me a very happy reader!

Wishing you all a fabulous week ahead,

Yvonne xx

Many thanks for reading my post, a like or share would be amazing 🙂 xx

#BookReview : Bone by @YrsaDaleyWard : pub by @PenguinBooks


“Bone” by Yrsa Daley-Ward. Available in paperback and eBook format.  Published by Penguin UK.

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (26 Sept. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846149665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846149665
  • Amazon Link


‘You will come away bruised.
You will come away bruised
but this will give you poetry.’

Raw and stark, the poems in Yrsa Daley-Ward’s breakthrough collection strip down her reflections on the heart, life, the inner self, coming of age, faith and loss to their essence. They resonate to the core of experience.

‘yrsa daley-ward’s ‘bone’ is a symphony of breaking and mending. an expert storyteller. of the rarest. and purest kind – daley-ward is uncannily attentive and in tune to the things beneath life. beneath the skin. beneath the weather of the everyday.’ nayyirah waheed. author of salt. and nejma

‘Sharing is her form of survival … A powerful collection of a woman facing tumultuous inner and external battles head on, delivered with a hard-hitting directness, yet with inflections of optimism throughout’ i-D Magazine

My Thoughts:

Now I admit not to reading modern poetry often, so I was really pleased to be sent this book.  The poems I read are mostly older classics, or the more well known mainstream ones. I am not up to date on poetic jargon so I am going to simply state what I found and thought, basically just the same as if I were reviewing a novel.

So this is what I consider to be a book of contemporary poetry.  I dipped in and out of this book over several days, reading a few shorter poems or one of the longer ones.  I found that the length of the poems range from short ones with only a couple of lines, to multiple verses over several pages.

I did find the poems interesting to read, though I admit to not understanding all of them. As I read I was aware that these are a mix of sad, emotional and feel they are very personal to the author, using her own experiences as a base.

This is a book I did enjoy and would recommend to readers of modern poetry, with some interesting and personal reflections.  I feel I was more experienced with the modern style I would have appreciated, or maybe understood more.

I was lucky enough to be drawn as a winner of this book on a giveaway run by Penguin Books.  There was a question asked as part of National Poetry Day.  The question was:  “What is your favourite poem ?”  My response was a poem I had to learn at school when I was around 11 years old.  We had to learn where every comma, colon, capital letter as well as every word by heart.  I remember at the time finding this very tedious.  But it is a poem that has stuck with me through the years.  That poem was called “The Listeners” by Walter De La Mare.  It begins :

‘Is there anybody there?’ said the Traveller,
   Knocking on the moonlit door;
if you would like to read the full poem I have included a link here to The Poetry Foundation

About the Author:

413BuaEDjlL._SY200_Yrsa Daley-Ward is a writer of mixed West Indian and West African heritage. Born to a Jamaican mother and a Nigerian father, Yrsa was raised by her devout Seventh Day Adventist grandparents in the small town of Chorley in the North of England.

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I was lucky to be picked as a winner of this book, “Bone” by Yrsa Daley-Ward, a competition run by Penguin UK on National Poetry Day.  The question from Penguin was “What is your favourite poem?”, now I know that it is a random draw, but my favourite poem was