My Week In Books (w/e 23rd October 2022) #booknews #bookupdates #InTheGarden #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another weekly round-up of books I have read over the past week. It has been a week of mixed weather and I was lucky to have a day out in the garden on Thursday, just as well as Friday was a washout. We do have warnings of thunderstorms today (Sunday as I write this post) and I for one am keeping my fingers crossed for that.

I bought a mahonia a couple of three months ago and I am pleased to see that is starting to bud so I am hoping for a nice display. The yellow roses that I cut back after they had finished flowering have started to flower again and the fuschia’s are looking brilliant. Why on earth my apple tree has decided to put out blossom again is beyond me!

Here are the books I have read over the week…

The Carnelian Tree by Anne Pettigrew – this is a murder mystery that has so many twists and red herrings I was never sure who was telling the truth or how the story was going to come to its conclusion. It was entertaining and a fab read. Full review as part of the Blog Tour.

The App by Stuart James – this is a brilliant book about how a simple app on your phone can turn you into a murderer. Addictive to say the least and a real edge-of-your-seat story. Full review as part of the Blog Tour.

The Cruise by Catherine Cooper – this was a one-sitting read for me and I read this not long after watching the newer version of Murder on the Nile. This is a twisted story that has two timelines, one of which is not mentioned in the synopsis, but it is excellent. Full review as part of the Blog Tour.

The Flock by J.Todd Scott – this is a murder mystery story that is based around a cult in America and how its leader predicted an apocalypse. The signs of the upcoming apocalypse are a series of wildfires! Sounds just like what is going on today around the world, and as it was published at the beginning of this month the author has used our own events to show the relevance to the story. This was a bit long-winded at times but still, an enjoyable read that got better as I got further into the story. Full review to follow.

There we have it, I am still on the dark side as far as reading goes but I am really enjoying the mystery and thriller genres at the moment ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great week ahead,

All the best

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 9th October 2022) #bookupdates #inthegarden #booknews #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly book round-up. Before I get to the books, I have had the week off work and it was a gorgeous week to take off. Me and He had a day out in Falmouth and had Fish and Chips, we can’t remember the last time we had this!

I also managed a couple of days out myself and took myself down to a local beach. Kynance Cove is a site run by the National Trust, a nice stroll down to the cafe overlooking the beach is great on a windy yet sunny day. Not too many people and great to blow a few cobwebs away.

I also spent some time in the garden, and there are still so many flowers in full bloom, especially the Dahlias. I also noticed some of my roses have started to bud up again. It was a great chance to re-establish one of the borders and get the bed back under control again.

Now let’s have a look at the books I have read…

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The Empire by Michael Ball – (yes THE Michael Ball) is a fabulous debut book and one that I adored. The stage, behind the scenes, the rivalry and so much more make the theatre known as The Empire such an addictive book to read. I am so glad I spotted the Blog Tour for this one and managed to get a spot. Full review in a couple of weeks.

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February’s Son by Alan Parks – is the second book in the series and it now means I am up to date, there are 5 books published by the way. This is another fabulous story and one that has Detective Harry McCoy in the thick of gang rivalry. Full review to follow soon.

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The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho by Paterson Joseph – is a fictionalised look a the life of a man who made history by being the first Black person to vote. Ideal for fans of historical figures, a full review to follow soon.

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The Night Watch by Neil Lancaster – this is the 3rd book in this series and true to form, this is the first one I have read! This is an amazing story set in Scotland as the death of a lawyer and a man recently given a “not proven” verdict. A crime thriller and police procedural. Full review to follow soon.

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Keeping the Christmas Promise by Jo Thomas – I know better than to start one of this author’s books when I go to bed! Once started I could not put this one down until 2am because I had run out of book to read. This is a wonderful adventure story and one that has avalanches, power cuts and friends having to look at what they want to do with their lives. Full review to follow soon.

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The Botanist by M.W. Craven – this is an amazing read in the Washington Poe series, and yes I have read all of the books in the series and in the right order ๐Ÿ™‚ This one is about people being poisoned, a close friend being arrested and a killer who can get past the tightest security. Full review to follow soon.

WOW! 6 books this week, I don’t know how I managed that ๐Ÿ™‚ just shows what having a week off work can do ๐Ÿ™‚

With the exception of The Empire, all these books are from my TBR, a mix of owned and NetGalley ones. All very interesting and I will get the review posted over the next couple of weeks.

Have a fabulous week ahead,

All the best

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 25th September 2022) #bookupdates #booklove #inthegarden#MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly update of books I have read. I didn’t post last week so today I have a two-week catch-up.

The weather seems to have a bit more chill to it and I have noticed that the misty mornings and heavy dew are starting to reappear. While the veg garden is starting to look a little bare, the flowers are still going well. I went and picked a few flowers this morning along with raspberries and blackberries ready for crumbles and pies in the winter.

The garden is producing some lovely autumnal flowers and leaves at the moment. Here are some pics and also one of my Tradescantia, I think this one is called Purple Heart. I’ve included this as I saw Rosie Amber’s post Six On Saturday and was admiring her Tradescantia ๐Ÿ™‚

There were the plants, now here are the books I have read over the past TWO weeks.

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The Radium Girls by Kate Moore – I first read this book as an ARC prior to its publication in 2017. It is an emotional and heartbreaking history of the girls who painted radium onto clock faces and dials. At a time when no one was aware of the danger. Since reading it I have also bought a copy and as I was wondering what to spend by Audible Credit on, I saw this. A full review will follow soon.

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Tick Tock by Simon May – Oh my goodness this was a riveting read. Full review HERE

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The Skeleton Key by Erin Kelly – I adored this one and it is the story of two dysfunctional families. It is sneaky and devious and I also adore the cover. Full review to follow soon.

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Thief by Owen Mullen – this is the 4th book in the Glass Family series and it is another belter. Living the lives that the Glass family do, there are times when they are a target. This is one of those times and it sees the focus shift to another member of the family. Full review in a couple of weeks as part of the Blog Tour.

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A Winter Warmer at the Little Cornish Kitchen by Jane Linfoot – this is the 3rd book in this series and I adored it. A story of fresh starts, healing and grief in this welcoming and wonderful coastal community. Full review in a couple of weeks as part of the Blog Tour.

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The Hike by Susi Holliday – this was a tense and atmospheric thriller set in the Swiss Alps. The author has created a sneakily deceptive and absorbing story about two couples. and there are some wonderful twists along the way. A full review of this will be in a couple of weeks or so as part of the Blog Tour.

The Family Game by Catherine Steadman – was a brilliantly addictive book and if you are a fan of psychological thrillers then you need to read this one. Full review HERE

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Masquerade by Kit Williams – this is a book that gave the author Catherine Steadman a starting point for The Family Game (see above) and so it was obvious I needed to find my old copy and give it another read. This was a book that I loved when I saw it as the artwork is wonderful, it is, by the way, a treasure hunt that was first published in 1979. My copy is a 1982 one and gives an introduction by the author. Then the treasure hunt and the clues you need. The final section is all the clues he had given. Fabulous book and a full review will follow.

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Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton – I recently read book 5 in this series and adored it. I was gently nudged by a fellow Book Blogger ( @FictionFan2 ) that I should immediately backtrack and read them ๐Ÿ™‚ So I did, it was great to start at the beginning and this case is dark and dangerous, and is a cracking read. I will be definitely reading the others in the series, hopefully soon! – Full review to follow.

I am pretty pleased with 9 books over two weeks.

I wish you all a great week ahead,

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 28th August 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #mygarden #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly update of books I have read and also the final one for August! I know many look forward to Autumn, and to a certain extent so do I, but there is still plenty going on in the garden. I did spend an afternoon deadheading, weeding and chopping. It was lovely out in the sun, just the right temperature for a change. I found plants that had been buried under more rampant growing plants and also some that I had forgotten about. Plenty of flowers to cut for in the house as well as plenty for the bugs, bees and butterflies.

Now for the books,

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty – this is the 20/20 book on the #20booksofsummer reading challenge. What a fabulous book to finish the challenge with. Intense, fantasy, adventure, magic, power and control. Full review tomorrow.

Mythology – Norse & Viking Mythology, Myths and Stories by Ron Carver – This was an audiobook and it was a brilliant one to listen to. It is a historical book that does go into the detail, living and lives of the Nose and Vikings. It is the later section that focuses more on the mythology side, but as I do like history this was a great one to listen to. Full review to follow.

Vendetta by Edie Baylis – This is the 3rd book in the Allegiance series and it just gets better and better. Ideal for readers who like crime, thriller and gangland stories. Full review as part of the Blog Tour on Friday.

Another three books read this week, I am still a little behind on my Goodreads target for the year but not stressing about it.

Have a great week ahead,

Happy Reading

Take Care

Yvonne xx

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My Week IN Books (w/e 14th August 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #inthegarden #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to my weekly update of books that I have read. It was a definite mixed bag for the book this week, but before I get onto that…

Is it hot enough for you!!! If you are like me and struggling with the heat (thank you very much menopause ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ) then you are also hoping that you will be one of the lucky ones to get some rain. Yes, bring on the rain, please. If it does rain, you will probably see me sitting in the middle of the garden in it, unless we get the lightning that is also forecast! Then I might just wait a bit ๐Ÿ™‚ I do think that working nightshifts is a slight blessing, but not much as the doors and windows have to be closed apart from the smaller ones.

Green grass seems to be a memory, instead of walking on nice cooling grass, it’s now a case of tiptoeing over crispy, rough and brittle stems. There is the odd green patch, but I don’t want to walk on them as I think they are green due to the dogs watering those areas!!!!

I don’t know how my flowers are still blooming, admittedly the flowers are smaller and they are not lasting as long, but they do have flowers to help the bees and other insects.

The books I read this week were…

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The Dark by Sharon Bolton – is a brilliant psychological thriller, and police procedural and I loved it. This is 18/20 in my #20booksofsummer reads. Full review to follow soon.

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Rule, Nostalgia – a backwards history of Britain by Hannah Rose Wood – this is one from my NetGalley shelf and it was a fabulous book to read. It discusses how the nostalgia of the past can be used and manipulated for present times. Different perspectives, opinions and uses give this a very thought-provoking read. Full review to follow soon.

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100 Plants to Feed the Birds by Laura Erickson – this is a fabulous and gorgeous book that was on my NetGalley shelf, I didn’t realise when I requested that it is based on birds in North America, but it didn’t matter. Full of tips, advice, plants and birds of which some can be relevant to the UK. A wonderful book that I have been dipping in and out of over the past couple of weeks. Full review to follow

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Botanic Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland by Lisa Schneidau, Narrated by Joan Walker – this is a brilliant audiobook to listen to and the narrator is fabulous. A mix of folk tales. some of which I knew, some slightly different to what I thought they were and many that I had not come across before. Ideal for readers young and old. Full review to follow.

There you go, I did say it was a mixed bag this week ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Reading,

Take Care

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 24th July2022) #booklove #bookupdates #inthegarden #MeAndMyBooks

Another week done and dusted, I hope all of you #booklovers who went to Harrogate had a great time. I say this every year, and I will probably say it a few more times as well, but ” I will go one year!” ๐Ÿ˜‰

The weather has finally cooled for the time being and I have to say I am enjoying the fresher cooler air. It also means I can spend a bit of time outside in the garden getting caught up on a few jobs and looking to see what has been growing.

The veg is doing really well at the moment, and the flowers are really starting to show their full blooms.

Now for the books I have read…

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The Sanctuary by Andrew Hunter Murray – this is a story that surprised me, I didn’t expect it to take the route the author decided upon, but I am very glad he did. This is one for fans of crime, thriller and mystery novels and one I would happily recommend.

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Bloody January by Alan Parks – I have already read some of the books in this series, but not the first or second ones. s I have been enjoying further books in this series, I did want to go back to where it started. While I do wish I had started this series from the beginning, I am also glad that I have read it in the wrong order. I know very convoluted, but it was great to have knowledge about what is to come. Definitely recommend this one.

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The Last Thing To Burn by Will Dean – I know of this author from some of the Tuva Moodyson series, but this book is very, very different to that. This is a stand-alone story that is shocking, heartbreaking and so very addictive. Brilliant reading and one I would definitely recommend.

These three books will have their reviews published here on my blog in the next week or so. They are all part of the #20booksofsummer reading challenge.

The next book is for an upcoming Blog Tour.

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Rough Diamonds by Gillian Godden – this is part of a series that just gets better and better. The Diamonds are a tough family, but after the death of a family member, things change. A gritty tough, gang-style thriller that is brilliant. Full review in a couple of weeks.

There we go, four books this week. I have also been watching Stranger Things on Netflix. Yes, I know many of you have been watching it but I never really fancied it. I decided to give the first series a go last week. I am now about to start series three! I can see why it is a favourite for many viewers.

Have a great week ahead,

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 19th June 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #inthegarden #MeAndMyBooks

I have just realised I didn’t do a book update post last week!!! To be honest I didn’t actually read that much so I will update on what I have read this week.

It has been a good time for the garden flowers and veg. We have a week that had some of the highest temps on Thursday and Friday, followed by rain, wind and a thunderstorm. Not a major storm, just a few rumbles and that was it, quite disappointing really as I do love a good bit of thunder and lightning.

I cautiously went down the garden this morning (Sunday) and was surprised to see that there wasn’t any damage to the flowers. Plenty of loose petals and a few leaves and that was it. Suprised, becuase the foxgloves that are getting towards 6 feet tall and not supported are still upright! Also, from what I can see, the apples are still on the tree ๐Ÿ™‚ The veg is looking good, nice and clean looking now the rain has given them a good dousing.

Here are the books I have read…

The New Doctor at Peony Practice by Christie Barlow – this is another Love Heart Lane book and I adore this series. Full review tomorrow.

The Ballad of Perilous Graves by Alex Jennings – a weirdly, quirky and brilliant read about magic, and demons, set in New Orleans. Full review on Thursday.

On The Scent by Paolo Totaro – Interesting book that is quite topical given the number of people, me included, that had or still have lost the fifth sense due to Covid. Also a more in-depth look at the sense of smell and the impact or effect it can have on your life. Full review on Friday.

They Called Him Marvin by Roger Stark – I have read this book as part of the month-long read-along with #lovebookstours over on Instagram. I have been answering set questions and I will post my full review here on my blog at the end of this month. Historical account based on letters between Dean and Connie Sherman during WWII.

There we go, another week bites the dust.

And, here is a thing… do you know it’s the summer solstice tomorrow! Yes, 21st June is the longest day! How on earth did we get here so quick?

Here are a few facts

  1. This year it falls on Tuesday, June 21 – when the UK will enjoy 16 hours and 43 minutes of daylight. The sun will riseย at 4.43am andย set at 9.22pm. This year, it will fall at exactly 10:13am in the United Kingdom.
  2. Also known as midsummer or the estival solstice.
  3. There are two solstices each year – one in the winter and one in the summer. The summer solstice occursย when theย tilt of Earth’s axis is most inclined towards the sun and is directly above the Tropic of Cancer.
  4. Under the meteorological definition, which splits the year into four seasons of three full months each based on the Gregorian calendar, winter starts on 1 December every year, and summer starts on 1 June.
  5. Earth isnโ€™t the only planet with solstices and equinoxes, any other planet with a rotational axis would see them, too.

All information was gathered from the internet ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great week, enjoy the longer day, I was going to say enjoy the sun! But, as we all know the weather does its own thing ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Reading,

All the best

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 5th June 2022) #mygarden #booklove #MeAndMyBooks

What another lovely week it has been. The weather has been hit and miss, a mix of gorgeous and (almost too) hot days with the occasional wet one. I don’t mind the odd wet day this time of year as it means it waters the garden for me and fills up the water butts.

For some, it has been the chance of a long weekend, but for most of us, we still have to work. Luckily I did have Thursday off and that was a day that I literally spent outside all day. I could hear the family fun day in the park near us with music being played and an entertaining DJ, he is a local chap and so he knows he can have a laugh with. It made an entertaining day as we weeded, tidied and caught up with various random jobs.

As you can see from this photo, the park is not far from us. The bottom of our garden had to be fenced off years ago to stop the dogs from munching their way through our vegetables! This was taken from my bedroom/ office window and I like this view a lot.

I did buy a few new plants the other day. One was a gorgeous red coloured cordyline that I got for the front garden, it was to replace a rather leggy rhododendron. I think it looks great now it is planted.

Here is what I have read this week…

The Siege by John Sutherland – this is a tense thriller, it felt like a slower-paced story but wasn’t slow! Detailed, addictive and brilliant to read. Full review later this month.

Daisy’s French Farmhouse by Lorraine Wilson – fun and entertaining, a lighthearted read with dogs and romance. Full review soon.

Reputation by Sarah Vaughan – a fabulous psychological thriller set in the halls of power. Totally gripped while I was reading this book. Full review soon. This is also the first book on my #20booksofsummer challenge.

The Forgotten Beach by Amanda James – gorgeous reading, brilliant storyline and I loved this. A different cover style than her usual books and I really like this. Full review soon, and number 2 on my #20booksofsummer challenge.

All done for another week,

I wish everyone a fabulous week ahead

Take Care

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 22nd May 2022) #booklove #inthegarden #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly book wrap-up. It’s been a lovely week out in the garden. Loads of flowers are opening and my roses have so many buds on them that are starting to open and they smell amazing!

Here are a few other flowers that have opened, check out the very odd-shaped lupins ๐Ÿ™‚

Now the weather is nicer which means I am spending a little more time outside. I do take my book with me but I do get a bit sidetracked!

The Orphanage Girls by Mary Wood. I love this author’s books and this one was a tough read as it does deal with some awful events in a 1920s orphanage. One for fans of historical fiction and sagas, a fabulous book and also a heartwarming story.

Sweet Love & Country Roads by Camilla Isley. This is a fabulous read and was a lighter story, fun and entertaining. I do like this author’s books and this one was fabulous.

Fallout by Edie Bayliss. Another brilliant story in the series continues from where the first book Takeover finished. Gangland, crime, thriller and fabulous read.

Marriage Unarranged by Ritu Bhathal. I really liked this book, and it was great to read about a different culture. This was a story that showed family, tradition and how things are changing. I need to read more by this author.

There we have it.

Another week done and dusted,

Have a fabulous week ahead,

All the best

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 1st May 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #inthegarden #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly round-up of books I have read. I am on annual leave for the next couple of weeks, I will be taking a break from Social Media and the Blog from tomorrow, I do have a post scheduled for Thursday as part of a Blog Tour so any shares would be very much appreciated xx

It seems that spring is here and the apple trees are blossoming like mad, I am hoping that we don’t get too much wind and we lose the blossom like we did last year.

Also, the Aquilegias are starting to open, I have various ones but these are the longer stemmed ones.

While I was sitting reading I noticed a movement and saw this tiny little grasshopper. I have enlarged it so it is easier to see, but when you look at the clover leaves next to it you can see how small it actually is.

Here are the books I read last week…

The Game by Scott Kershaw – A psychological thriller with some good twists.

A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting by Sophie Irwin – period, historical fiction, fun read.

May God Forgive by Alan Parks – police procedural, 1970s Glasgow and an amazing book to read!

Kiss of Death by Adam Croft – police procedural, part of a series, fast-paced.

Well there you go, another great reading week

Have a fabulous week ahead,

All the best

Yvonne xx

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