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 🙂 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 rise at 4.43am and 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 occurs when the 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 isn’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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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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My Week In Books (20th March 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly bookish update. Just a quick update this week of what I have read. It has been great to get out in the garden and get cracked on with the weeding.

Thursday and Friday were gorgeous outside, it felt like spring had sprung… I even got a bit of colour from the sun. Saturday though… spring sprung back…brrr least said about that bitterly cold wind the better!

Buster wasn’t sure if he wanted to be in or out…🤦‍♀️

And he didn’t want me shutting the door either! 🥶

While Billy is just Billy with his Elvis grinning chops… he always pulls this side of his lip up when he smiles 😂

Jeannie’s War by Carol MacLean. Historical fiction set in Glasgow that I adored. Review later this week.

Nine Lives by Peter Swanson. Crime mystery which was very addictive. Full review next week.

The Haven by Amanda Jennings. Addictive, psychological thriller. Loved this one. Full review next week.

Orphans of the Storm by Celia Imrie. Brilliant historical fiction that I wish I had read sooner. Full review next week.

A nice reading week again.

Wishing you all a great week ahead

Yvonne xx

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My Week IN Books (w/e 13th March 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly update of books I have read over the past 7 days. I have had this past week off so have managed to get caught up with some reading. The weather took a blustery turn again this weekend and we did have rattling roof tiles but no damage.

The usual “after the storm survey” of the garden to see what plants had been knocked about was on the books. It was a gorgeous morning, sun shining, birds singing and it was also quite warm. It was almost like a proper spring day. My rosemary shrub is busy flowering away, daffs are opening as are the primroses.

This week I have managed to read quite a few books, and if you are a regular visitor you will know that I hop genres like grasshopper…

Fair Game by R.D. Nixon is the second book in this series. Full review later this week – recommended reading for mystery, crime and thriller readers.

Life’s a Catastrophe by Kirstie Pelling is a cheeky rom-com that also has some serious sides to it. Great for rom-com, contemporary fiction and readers who like a chuckle. Review later this week.

The Vanished Collection by Pauline Baer de Perignon is a non fiction book wher ehte auhtor looks for her families missing artwork. Brilliant book and one for readers of history, WWII, art and real life mysteries. Full review next week.

Bad Penny by Michelle Gorman is a wonderul and amusing at times rom-com and contemporary fiction story. Full review next week.

Run Rose Run by Dolly Parton & James Patterson is a tense and edgy story and one I loved. Brilliant story and one I woudl defintiely recommend. Full review next week.

Finding Love in Positano by Lucy Coleman, is a fabulous story to read in these colder months. Another stunning story about love, family, duty and commitment. Full review this week.

There we go, a 6 booker week 🙂

Have a great week ahead,

All the best

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 17th October 2021) #booklove #bookupdates #mygarden #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly round up of books I have read along with some more garden updates as well. As the weather has been pretty good down here in Cornwall, Me and He have been getting on with more tidying up in the garden. For a while now we have both hated the bottom corner of the garden, an old metal shed that used to be the goose house had become a general dumping site. You know when you get stuff and not sure if you want it or not, so you hang onto it just in case! We decided enough was enough and, well you can see for yourself in the next couple of photos.

Before…

After – not only did the rubbish from the shed go, but also the shed as well. This means I have more space for planting 🙂

The ground still needs digging over properly, but I have put a couple of plants in already, new Victoria Plum tree as well as a few other plants that were being lost in the main flower bed. A slightly better photo from a different angle below…

Now, for the books I have read…

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When I am looking for something that is more light-hearted, but still has a great story line then Sue Moorcroft is one of the authors I go for. A Home in the Sun was a book I had on my list for reading in the summer, but it kind of got away from me. This was a gorgeous read as well as being very addictive. I am not saying too much about this one as my review will be out later this week.

I am on the blog tour for Fool’s Gold by Gillian Godden today, so you can read my full review on my Blog.

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I do love a dystopian thriller and No Child Of Mine by Olga Gibbs was a fabulous read. It has a strong Orwellian feel to it, it is a political thriller and a book that I enjoyed everything about. Full review at the end of the week as part of the Blog Tour.

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I do like non-fiction books about nature, the natural world and beyond. The Northern Lights – A definitive guide to Auroras by Tom Kerss was a wonderful softback book that I received through Amazon Vine. This book is a very informative and useful guide for all things Aurora. A history based on theories in centuries gone all the way through to modern science and thoughts. Every page has at least one photo of a person from history, a shot of auroras or of a chart or diagram. This is a fabulous little book for those like me who have an interest in the natural phenomenon. You can read my full review on Goodreads HERE

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At the beginning of September this year I virtually attended an online event held by HQ to showcase their #NewVoices. One of the authors was M A Kuzniar and she was talking about her book Midnight In Everwood. As I listened to her talk about her book I just knew it was one I wanted to read. One day a proof copy dropped through the letter box, my husband looked on rather bemused as I hugged the book, gave a few strangled squeals and danced with the book! (He isn’t a book reader, dear of him, so he doesn’t get it 🙂 ) This week I got a break in my reading schedule to pick it up and read it. I LOVED IT! This is a gorgeous retelling of the Nutcracker, Now, I love this story and I also adore the story of the Nutcracker. This is a magical and gorgeous book that loosely follows the original story and I could see the influences in Kuzniar’s retelling. Of course, as soon as I had finished it I went straight onto YouTube to watch The Nutcracker Ballet. Today I wondered if our newly refurbished theatre in Truro would be showing any ballets. Well, would you believe they have the St Petersburg Ballet performing the Nutcracker!!!! I can’t book tickets for this yet, but I do believe I may be going to watch this one in January 🙂

That’s me done for another week,

Once again another mixed bag of genres and styles.

Have a great week ahead,

Stay safe, Happy reading

Love Yvonne xx

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My Last Two Weeks In Books (w/e 10th Oct 2021) #booklove #bookupdates #mygarden #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to my weekly update, or as it is this a time, my last two weeks of books. I have been on annual leave this past week and it was quite a busy week. I had my COVID Booster, other half had his Flu jab, I had X-rays on my hands for suspected arthritis and filled the car with stuff to go to the recycling centre, had a good clear through the house, its amazing what I have managed to accumulate over the past few months!

The last two weeks has seen me out in the garden having a proper tidy up, cutting back and pruning as well as clearing the bamboo back to the hedge again.

The small leaf lime tree was looking rather lost in front of the buddleia and the bamboo had covered all the stone work in the hedge.
From this angle, you can see how much had to be cut back and I can now see my lime again 🙂
I have also found more plants growing, these are ones that have set themselves. I do love freebie plants 🙂

Now then, I supposed I had better get to the books…

It has been a while since I have read any horror books, so where better to start than with a new series. Camp Death by Jim Ody is the first book in the Question Mark Horror series. A series where different authors write a story. Camp Death is a YA horror story and quite a quick read, it does have an eeries, sinister atmosphere to it and while it is not a hardcore horror I really enjoyed it. Keep and eye out fo rmy review soon.

After reading the first book in the Question Mark Horror series, then obviously I wanted to read the 2nd one. Ouija by Zoe-Lee O’Farrell really ticked the spooky boxes for me. This was a cracking read and definitely gave me the chills as I read it. Another quick read but one that had several twists in it. Again, review to follow.

A couple of months ago I read The Gathering Storm (full review HERE), the first book in The Sturmtaucher Trilogy by Alan Jones. I was blown away by this book and it was an absolute privilege and delight to get the chance to read the second book – Flight of the Shearwater. This is a brilliant book and once again the author has blown me away. If you love reading books about WWII, with amazing research and fabulous storytelling then, you really must, yes MUST pick up these books. My review of this second book is HERE.

I have always been a fan of Wilbur Smith, I read the first book of his when I was 15 or 16 years old and have loved his books. The New Kingdom by Smith with Mark Chadbourn is the 6th book in the Ancient Egypt series, somewhere along the way I have missed a couple of the books so I can say that this latest one does work well as a stand-alone. My full review will be on Wednesday this week.

This book was one of my picks for ~20booksofsummer reading challenge, it was one that I swapped out but I did finally get to read it this past week. Murder the Biography by Kate Morgan is a really interesting read that documents murder as it is seen in law back to its earliest days. When murder was first established as being a crime and documenting its path to what we know in the courts of law today. This is ideal for readers who like history, law, crime and non-fiction books. Full review to follow.

Well, there we go for another week.

I did try to get a photo of my boys, Billy & Buster while it was nice and sunny outside…

Whenever the camera comes out, one looks away while the other plays the fool!!!!

But persistence did pay off in the end…

There go, another week done and dusted,

I hope you are all keeping well

Love Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 26th September) #booklove #booknews #MeAndMyBooks

Some of you may have already seen this post, I mistakenly hit the wrong button and it went live yesterday afternoon. Don’t want you to think you were having a deja vu moments 😮😂

Welcome to my weekly wrap-up of books I have read. I know I seem to say this at the end of every month… but seriously… how are we in the last few days of September already!!!

You can tell we are starting to get into autumn now, I have noticed leaves starting to fall and most noticeably my veg garden is now empty. I am still picking raspberries but that is it as far as homegrown veg goes. Things took ages to get going and then suddenly its all over.

The flowers beds are still looking good, but not quite as colourful as they did a few weeks ago, dahlias, fuchsias, petunias and antirrhinums are still giving a good show. It is almost time to start pruning various shrubs and trees back and getting them back into some sort of shape again. Indoor cyclamen are starting to show new buds so they have been re-potted, just need to find some space on the window sills for them!

Right, so what have I read this week…

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When fellow Book Blogger NS Ford got in touch to see if I would review her book I immediately said yes, the synopsis looked right up my street. We Watch You is a wonderfully intriguing psychological thriller, a story of secrets and misdirection and one that I had a great time reading. Full review will be later this week.

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Any regular visitor to my blog will be aware that I do love Tony Forder‘s books. He has a new one called The Huntsmen and it is also the stat of a new police procedural series. My goodness this is a dark crime thriller featuring Detective Royston Chase, and Tony being Tony doesn’t hold back with this character or indeed the storyline. A dark, deceptive, twisted and addictive story.

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When I saw there was a Blog tour for Gill Paul‘s new book I immediately signed up, I didn’t read the synopsis either. The Collector’s Daughter – A Novel of the Discovery of Tutankhamun’s Tomb is a fabulous historical fiction story that I loved. This has a duel timeline, one being 1922 the other 1972, it is the story of Lady Evelyn Herbert. She was a real life figure and the author has fictionalised a story around the facts. Full review will be up next week.

Three fabulous books for me this week.

Have a wonderful week ahead,

Take care

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 29th Aug 2021) #bookupdates #booklove #mygarden #MeAndMyBooks

And another month bites the dust… apologies but I was listening to Queen and this seemed appropriate when I typed it. But, August is all but over, where did you go?

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Had a chance to finally get back out in the garden again as we have some nice weather. The potatoes are now all dug up and stored in the shed. I am gathering some seeds from flowers that are coming to an end, picking runner beans and sweet peas on a daily basis and the tomatoes are finally starting to change colour. I do grow tomatoes outside so they do take a bit longer.

Here’s a few garden pics for you…

Now onto the books I have read this week…

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I was only planning on reading a couple of chapters of Starlight Cottage by K.T. Dady before going to bed, 1am saw me putting the books down! This is a gorgeous read that led me to the wonderful sounding Pepper Bay. I adored everything about this book and I cant wait to see where the author goes with this series. Full review soon as part of the blog tour.

#20booksofsummer – 18/20


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Lonely Planet publish many books and this one caught my eye. Best Day Walks Great Britain – Easy Escapes Into Nature. This is a reference book that gives plenty of ideas for walks around Great Britain, they are long or shorter, easier or harder. This book will give you some ideas for a day out, but I will mention that you will probably need a more comprehensive map such as an OS.


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Having recently helped out with the launch of the new digital publisher Embla, I decided to pick up one of their two new publications. Rachel Ryan’s Resolutions by Laura Starkey is the story of, Rachel and how she is trying to make changes and uses constantly tweaked new years resolutions list. This is contemporary fiction story that I enjoyed, light-hearted and I will post a full review closer to publication date.

#20booksofsummer – 19/20


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I own several books by Caroline Mitchell and The Midnight Man is the first one I have read… I know, I know! This is the second book that is due to be published by Embla and I adored the spooky, creepy eeriness of the story. This is a story that starts 25 years ago and then jumps to the present day when one of five teens go missing. A mix of urban legend, rumour and something more sinister are at play in this crime, thriller, mystery. I really enjoyed it, not too frightening but the suspense was definitely there.

As I finished The Midnight Man I also finished my #20booksofsummer reading challenge 😁

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All done for another week and another month.

Have a wonderful week ahead,

Take Care,

All the very best

Yvonne xx

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