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 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 (w/e Sunday 24th April 2022) #booklove #MeAndMyBooks

I am a day late this week with my weekly book updates. It has been another great week as far as the reading goes. I should say that 2 were Quick Reads books and the non-fiction I had been reading for around 10days 🙂

The Birdcage by Eve Chase – publication on Thursday (28th April) as well as my review. Contemporary fiction, gorgeous cover, intriguing and mysterious story.

When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barhill – another gorgeous cover and fabulous title. Historical fantasy, feminism, empowerment, LGBT. Review to follow soon.

The Cutting Season by M.W. Craven – quick and snappy Poe and Bradshaw read. Review to follow.

Nature Is A Human Right edited by Ellen Mills – a collection of essays, poems, interviews, and ideas. Interesting book – review to follow.

The Black Mountain by Kate Mosse – interesting historical fiction set in Tenerife 1706. Feels like a Young Adult story – review to follow.

Victory Bells for the Harper Girls by Rosie Clark – I’m a fan of this series, historical fiction and saga. Set during WWI. Review next week.

There we have it, 6 books this week and lots of reviews that I need to get caught up on and posted!

Have a great week,

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 17th April 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to my weekly update for books I have read. This week has been another great week for books and I have received some wonderful books in the post for upcoming Blog Tours and I cannot wait to read them, as well as the ones on my kindle as well.

It has been a good week and me and He have been able to get on well with sorting out the veg garden. Potatoes, runner beans, peas, onions and carrots were sowed as well as a random row. This random row is all the odds and ends of seeds that have accumulated over the past couple of years. I don’t know why I had a pack of cabbage seeds with only half a dozen left in them, or why the kale only had two seeds in or why on earth I have 8 different packets of lettuce and that 4 packs are unopened! Please, fellow gardeners, let me know I am not the only one who has this issue 🙂

Now to the books…

How To Spot a Psychopath by M Q Webb –

We’ve all wondered about someone… are they… how do I know?

How to Spot a Psychopath is a thoughtful, intelligent, psychological thriller full of conflicting accounts and sharp turns. How to Spot a Psychopath will keep you questioning who is hiding what, and why.

When four-year-old Mia Edwards goes missing on a play date, everyone suspects that Jessica Green knows what happened to her, especially Mia’s mother, Holly, but Jessica isn’t talking.

Psychiatrist, Dr Oscar de la Nuit, is determined to save Jess from the same mistakes he’s living with.

Will Jess lead to his redemption, or will she be his downfall?

Is Mia safe, and will Jess be able to return to the life she had before?

The Weekend Getaway by Hannah Ellis

A weekend break changes everything…

The chemistry between Keira and Noah is instant. It only takes one date for Keira to realise there’s something special between them.

When Noah invites her to a family party in his hometown, she eagerly agrees, and by the end of their weekend away she’s absolutely head over heels. Not only for Noah but for his close-knit family and the stunning Isles of Scilly.

There’s just one problem: Noah’s about to move back home and his plans can’t be altered.

It’s too early in their relationship to make life-changing plans, but if they stand a chance of being together, one of them is going to have to take a leap of faith.

Can love triumph over location? And when following your heart, how far should you go? 

The Caretakers by Amanda Bestor – Scott

Set in a wealthy Parisian suburb, an emotionally riveting debut told from the point of view of six women, and centred around a group of au pairs, one of whom is arrested after a sudden and suspicious tragedy strikes her host family–a dramatic exploration of identity, class, and caregiving from a profoundly talented new writer.

Paris, 2015. A crowd gathers outside the Chauvet home in the affluent suburban community of Maisons-Larue, watching as the family’s American au pair is led away in handcuffs after the sudden death of her young charge. The grieving mother believes the caretaker is to blame, and the neighbourhood is thrown into chaos, unsure who is at fault–the enigmatic, young foreigner or the mother herself, who has never seemed an active participant in the lives of her children.

The truth lies with six women: Geraldine, a heartbroken French teacher struggling to support her vulnerable young students; Lou, an incompetent au pair who was recently fired by the family next door; Charlotte, a chilly socialite and reluctant mother; Nathalie, an isolated French teenager desperate for her mother’s attention; Holly, a socially anxious au pair yearning to belong in her adopted country; and finally, Alena, the one accused of the crime, who has gone to great lengths to avoid emotional connection, and now finds herself caught in the turbulent power dynamics of her host family’s household.

Set during the weeks leading up to the event, The Caretakers is a poignant and suspenseful drama featuring complicated women. It’s a sensitive exploration of the weight of secrets, the pressures of country, community, and family–and miscommunications and misunderstandings that can have fatal consequences.

Theatre of Marvels by Lianne Dillsworth

Crowds gather at Crillick’s Variety Theatre, where curiosity is satisfied with displays of intrigue and fear. They’re here for the star of the show – the Great Amazonia warrior. They needn’t know this warrior is in fact Zillah, a mixed-race actress from the East End fooling them each night with her thrilling performance.

But something is amiss, and when Crillick’s new act goes missing Zillah feels compelled to investigate, knowing the fates that can befall women in Victorian London.

From the bustle of the West India Docks to the coffee houses of Fleet Street to the parlours of Mayfair, Zillah’s journey for answers will find her caught between both sides of her own identity, and between two men: her wealthy white admirer, and an African merchant appalled by her act.

Will Zillah be forced to confront the price of her own performance? And in risking everything can she also save herself?

Featuring a defiant heroine for our times and a theatrical world of fragile dreams and ruthless ambition, THEATRE OF MARVELS shines a light on the experience of being Black and British in Victorian London through one woman’s journey to live her life on her own terms.

There we have it, four books this week and my total currently stands at 60 read so far this year.

Have a fabulous week ahead and 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 (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 6th March 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another round-up of books I have read over the past week. I have been busy decorating and I think it is all done now. Just a few bits to sort such as the spare room. You can get in it, you can turn around in it and you can walk back out again, that’s it!

As I spent last week decorating this next week is going to be more chilled out, I am currently on annual leave so I think I am entitled to having a more relaxed week. I do have a trip out to buy some fish to go in my new tropical tank. I already have a good idea of what I want so it will be exciting. It will also mean I get to buy more plants, ones for the tank this time 😁 and as it is a garden centre as well as the fish store I may also come back with a few other “essential” indoor/ outdoor plants as well.

So let’s have a look at the books I’ve managed to read…

CROW COURT by ANDY CHARMAN – historical fiction, recommended – full review on Friday.

DARKER DAYS TO COME by TONY FORDER – a gritty and dark police procedural, highly recommended – full review next week.

A LIFE FOR A LIFE by CAROL WYER – hard-hitting police procedural, definitely recommended – full review next week.

All done for another week,

Happy Reading,

Yvonne xx

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My Week IN Books (w/e 27th Feb 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

What a week this past week has been. We now have heating installed and we have had to turn it right done as we just are not used to having a warm house! We have spent so many years with just an open fire heating one room that we have become rather acclimatised to a chillier house, well at least I have! Next week the start of the decorating, pretty much the whole house needs doing. Good job I have taken two weeks of annual leave.

Compared to what is going on in mainland Europe though, my week seriously pales into insignificance. We live in very scary times, we are getting there as far as the pandemic goes, I will still wear my mask though.

As things seemed to be improving Putin has now sent the world into major crisis mode. I don’t do politics on my blog, but on this occasion, my thoughts are with the people of The Ukraine and those that stand against Putin.

Here are the books I have read this week…

A gritty addictive gangland thriller – The Family Business by Alex Kane. Full review on Wednesday.

A gorgeous historical fiction – Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter by Lizzie Pook. Full review on Friday.

Tense, edgy, thriller – The Curfew by T.M. Logan. Full review on Saturday.

Fabulous domestic thriller – The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen. Full review next week.

Wishing every one a safe week ahead.

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 20th Feb 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another weekly round-up of books I have read over the past week. I also wish to thank those people who shared my posts at the end of the week I haven’t been around much so it has been very appreciated. We were very lucky with the weather, but we had also prepared for windy Eunice. Bins and things that could be moved were and gates were not only bolted as normal but also tied up as well. Apart from power blipping on and off a few times, we battened down the hatches and stayed put. Living in Cornwall, we are used to the winds, luckily this time we were on the East side of the county and missed the worst of the gusts.

The next stage of getting our house warmer is due to start next week. We have already had the walls and attic insulated so now we are due to have heating put in. We only have an open fire that is too expensive to heat just one room up, so we have been using oil radiators. Next week will see proper heating installed and we can’t wait. A bit nervous as well though considering the price increases though.

Onto the books…

I have read a couple of books by Thomas Enger but not read any by Jørn Lier Horst. I have, however, seen many good reviews about this partnership. Unhinged is the third book in the Alexander Blixx & Emma Ramm series. I read this as a stand-alone and it worked really, re4ally well and I enjoyed it. I do wish that I had read this series in order though, I get the impression that this is a brilliant series. Ideal for crime, thriller and police procedural readers and my full review will be out on Thursday.

I have to admit this is a book that I saw and thought, Yep this is definitely me 🙂 a book about plants, I mean that does encompass two of my passions, then realising it was a historical fiction I was in 7th heaven 🙂 The Plant Hunter by T. L. Mogford is brilliant. Set in 1867 it follows the journey of a plant salesman as beings a journey that will transform his life. If plants, historical fiction, adventure reads with some romance and danger is what you like, then I think you will like this a lot. Full review on Friday.

The cover for this book is so effective and is ideal for the story inside. If She Wakes by Erik Therme is a tense suspense and mystery story that is very twisted in places and also deals with many different challenges. This is the first time I have read anything by this author and I will be looking out for more. Another review that I will be posting this week.

This is the 6th book in the Cornish Saga series and I have read most of them. The Cornish Captive by Nicola Pryce is a historical fiction, saga and romance read. I am really enjoying this series and this one is a gorgeous and also quite sad read. Our leading lady in this novel has been mistreated over several years but she has a chance to set the record straight. This is not going to be easy and it is dangerous. Who to trust is a major theme in this story. Full review next Monday.

There we have it, historical fiction, crime, adventure, romance, a nice mix of genres again this week.

Wishing a Happy and safe week ahead to you all,

Yvonne xx

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