My Week In Books (w/e 9th May) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another weekly round up of books I have read. I seem to be on a roll with blog posts this past couple of weeks. WordPress has informed me I am on a streak. I have been trying to catch up with reviews for books I have read a couple of months ago. So apparently I have been streaking for 15 days now! Now I know in the grand scheme of things this isn’t anything major, but for someone who prefers not to blog on weekends this is quite an achievement.

As gifs are quite a common thing I thought I would look for a something streak(y) related that would be appropriate for the early morning blog readers ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜‚

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So, now you are drooling over the thought of bacon sandwiches…

This is what I have read…

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Pathfinders by Cecil Lewis is one of the books that the Imperial War Museum are republishing. This new addition was originally published in 1944 and tells the story of each member of the crew in the Wellington Bomber P for Pathfinder. This was a really interesting and poignant book, my full review will be next week as part of the blog tour.

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When I spotted a space on the upcoming blog tour for Italy Ever After by Leonie Mack I immediately grabbed it. Then realised I had double booked, so next Monday this will be one of the two reviews I will share. A great story about a mum and daughter, an ex-husband and a music teacher. Did I mention the music teacher is a hot one, he is also Italian. A fabulous story with a stunning location and some wonderful surprises and revelations. Loved this one a lot.

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If you have read any Mary Wood novels then you know you are in for a treat. Secrets of the Jam Factory Girls is the second in the series and yes you should read the first. Well, you don’t have to as they can be read as stand-alones. This continues on from the first books as sisters continue their lives and their new positions, but my goodness the author really does not spare them or give them a moments peace. A heart-breaking, addictive story that has left me desperate to read the next one and find out what will happen next! Another Blog Tour book that I will post my full review of next week.

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Where Crows Land by Paul McCracken is a first for me by this author and what a great intro to his writing it was. Carter, an ex-detective who went and is now a Private Investigator finds similarities to a past case and it is personal. It was the case that caused him to go rogue and lose his job. A murder is just the start in this urban gritty crime thriller and one that I found very addictive. At just over 200 pages long I was very surprised at how much detail there is in the story. Keep a look out for my full review in a couple of weeks.

What I listened to…

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I cannot remember which blogger shared a post about Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem, but I remember listening to an extract of it. I loved the sound of it and borrowed it from my local library service via Borrow box. This was a brilliant audiobook to listen to as Lara explains about Mudlarks, they scour the tideline on the Thames looking for objects. She explains about the tides, her love of Mudlarking, history, dangers, curios and so may other things. Very addictive listening and one for those who love history, London History and finding relics, curios and trinkets from the past. One I would definitely recommend.

Well that is me all done for another week.

Have a great week ahead

Yvonne xx

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

Hello and welcome to another weekly update of books I have read over the past week. It is a day earlier than usual as I have another busy week ahead with reviews to publish.

Here is what I have read…

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I have several books on my kindle by Jim Ody, however, his latest book The Crazy Season is the first one I have read, I do plan on changing this as The Crazy Season was a fabulous read. A strange email, mentions of a curse, murders and two wonderful truth hunting characters make this an intriguing and suspenseful read. My full review will be part of the upcoming Blog Tour.

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What an absolute pleasure it was to return to Heritage Cove as I read Summer Serendipity at the Twist and Turn Bakery by Helen Rolfe. This is the 3rd book in the series and it is set in, yeah you guessed it, the bakery. The story focuses on Jade, one of the owners of the bakery. Another wonderful escapism read that I adored with a wonderful sense of community and some fabulous descriptions.

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From warm and sweet I then delved into the cold and frozen with Adam Croft and his latest book In Cold Blood, the third book in his Rutland Crime Series. A relatively quick read at around 230 pages but it is packed full as DI Caroline Hills and her team try to find the truth behind a frozen body under the viaduct. A tense, snappy police procedural that I really enjoyed.

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What an absolutely stunning Young Adult book What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson was. It was such a wonderful book to immerse into and one that had such beautiful, almost lyrical writing. A story of youth, full of danger and mystery. One that I adored from start to finish, my full review will follow.

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The synopsis for Comatose by Jane Badrock is short, snappy and very intriguing. A car crash, two victims, one survivor is just the start of this police procedural. DS Karen Thorpe has her work cut out for her with this investigation as she hits many brick walls. A mysterious and highly addictive crime thriller that I will share as part of the upcoming blog tour.

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This is a book for those who like photographic art and images of structures with a historical presence. Abandoned London: Discover the hidden secrets of the city in photographs by Katie Wignall is a collection of 150 images of buildings, structures, machinery from the past. They lie forgotten and unloved. This was a wonderful and yet quite a sad book to flick through, I say flick but I did have a PDF copy via NetGalley and I do think it would be much nicer to have it as a physical book. I really enjoyed this book and it is one I would definitely recommend.

Well there you go,

Happy reading and have a wonderful week ahead.

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 25th April) #booklove #bookupdate #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly update. This is the first of two posts today as I have a blog tour review as well! Check me out two posts on one day๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜‚, it doesn’t happen often.

This month is all but over and the warmer weather is definitely welcome, even though it is a bit breezy out as I write this. Things are doing well in the garden and seedlings are growing away nicely.

It has been another great reading week, so here is what I have read…

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What a very good title The Jigsaw Man is for this book by Nadine Matheson. A gritty and addictive first book in a series that had me hooked. A police procedural that also has a psychological edge to it and introduces us to Inspector Anjelica Henley, I am looking forward to reading more in this series. One for those who like dark and gruesome thrillers.
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I love this Alex Cohen Series by Leopold Borstinski, and the latest book Cuban Heel is the 5th book in the series, set in the 50s on the island of Cuba. As things in the US are changing Cohen and various others are looking forward and Cuba seems to be the place to go to set up the next gambling empire. As we know from history, Cuba is not the stable place the characters think it will be. Another fabulous instalment and my full review will be next week.

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I found Don’t Ask by Paul Carroll to be such an addictive and at times hard read. Taking an over the counter DNA test to discover your heritage seems like such a simple thing to do, but what happens when the results are not what you expect! I completely fell for this book and how the author dealt with characters and themes of the story. Keep an eye out for my full review as part of the blog tour at the beginning of May.

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What can I say about Family Secrets at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland? Well it has hedgehogs, its by Jessica and I loved this 3rd book in the series, as I have with all the previous ones. A very emotional book and one that has some serious issues in it for Chloe and Sam to deal with. Families are at the heart of this story as usual and the ending… my heart is in my mouth!!!

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I love, love, love, love, love the Discworld books and I borrowed Terry Pratchett: The BBC Radio Drama Collection from my local library via the Borrow Box app. This collection has the following books in it MORT, WYRD SISTERS GUARDS! GUARDS!, ERIC, SMALL GODS and NIGHT WATCH. As I may have mentioned I love Sir Terry and his Discworld books and this audio collection had me laughing and chuckling as I listened. If you know the books then you are going to love this collection.

There we go, another week and month almost done and dusted.

Have a great week ahead and Happy Reading,

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 18th April) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly catch up of the books I have read. An interesting reading week with 5 books to share with you.

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This was a really interesting and suspense filled book, Geiger by Gustaf Skรถrdeman is a spy thriller which is full of conspiracy, espionage, various government agencies and one that does include some historical references. This was a book that I did read slower and it has some really interesting characters. Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour.

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I do like a good dystopian book that has a certain amount of “this could happen in real life” to it. The Nirvana Effect by Brian Pinkerton has created a story where virtual reality is more preferable to some than real life. This is a story that I do think has been thought about on a personal level with minimal tech usage. I really loved this one and it is another one to keep an eye on for the Blog Tour.

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Ecology and sustainability is something that interests me so when I saw Is It Really Green by Georgina Wilson-Powell I was eager to have a read. This puts a balance on using greener items in terms of how they are produced and the overall benefits. I do think this is a book for the moment as technology and manufacture of products is ever changing. The book provides food for thought as regards to what we use, buy and create. Some interesting topics and a quick read.

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This book is one for historical fiction lovers, Our Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson is set during WWII. A Jewish woman is smuggled from her home in Venice to live on a farm posing as a wife. A stunning and gorgeous story that had me hooked. At times heart-breaking and harrowing but also so addictive and beautiful. I loved this one a lot.

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What a beautiful and also such a sad book to read. Gone: A search for what remains of the worlds extinct creatures by Michael Blencowe is kind of like a travelogue, a diary and also an education book as I followed the author on his travels to find the remnants and remains of extinct creatures. The author has researched, travels and documented his finds to create such a lovely book, it is so sad that there are animals that have died and that none of us will ever see again. My full review will follow in a couple of weeks.

There we go, 5 books this week although the two non-fiction were relatively quick ones. I do have quite a full couple of weeks ahead of me for reviews and Blog Tours and hopefully I will be able to keep on with the reading as well.

I did notice that I have now posted over 1,000 posts on my Blog since I started just over 4 years ago! That took me by surprise when I saw that. While I am on numbers I have read 70/200 books in my Goodreads Challenge and am ahead at the moment.

All done for this week,

Have a great week ahead

Take Care

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 11th April) #booklove #booksread #MeAndMyBooks

Just a flying visit for this weeks round up of books I have read this week. I had a Blog Tour post yesterday so I am a day later this week. I am also trying to get caught up with publishing reviews for books I have read over the past few weeks!

Here’s what I read last week…

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When Kim Nash releases a book there is always an air of anticipation. Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove is her latest book and was published last week. If you have read any of this authors books then you know you are in for a treat. This one does not disappoint at all. Yet again a lump in my throat and tears in m y eyes, I wonder if I will ever be able to read one of her books without this happening ๐Ÿ™‚ Ideal for fans of contemporary fiction and romance. It is a gorgeous read.

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This is Noelle Holten‘s 4th book in the D.C Maggie Jamieson series. Dead Secret feels bolder and much more intense than her previous books. A brilliant and intense story with various plotlines and key characters creating a story that is definitely one for crime, thriller and procedural fans. A cracking read.

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I have read several of Ross Greenwood‘s books and thoroughly enjoyed them. Prisoner is very different to what I have read before from him and it is an absolute belter of a book. Set in a prison, the author uses his own experiences as a Prison Officer to give a great perspective and also at times a brutal and harrowing read. A fabulously tense and suspense-filled story.

That’s it for me,

Have a fabulous week ahead

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books ( w/e 4th April) #bookupdates #booklove #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly wrap up of the books I have read this week. A day later than usual just because I was busy on Sunday and didn’t get around to prepping my post. Also, it was too nice to be inside so I did a bit of gardening and time does seem to disappear. Billy and Buster certainly loved being outside, it is obviously hard work being a dog ๐Ÿ˜

Rhubarb is coming up a treat and is almost ready for its first picking. Also had a couple of small asparagus stems. Nice to start to looking at things growing and I cant wait to get to the time when I can once again just pop down the garden for things rather than the shops.

Ok, now for the books…

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This is the first time I have read a book by Gordon Bickerstaff, his latest one The Black Fox is the third book in the series and yes I do wish I had read the others first. I didn’t check before signing up for the Blog Tour, but I have no regrets as this book is one crazy, action-packed, conspiracy fuelled thriller from start to finish. I loved the main character and I am looking forward to reading more by Gordon.

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I really must get caught up on previous books by Samantha Tonge as she does write some fabulous stories. Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage is her latest book and I adored it. This book had a fabulous community feel to it as newcomer to the village finds her feet. There is a wonderful mystery that develops and it has a really nice romantic thread. Loved it.

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Owen Mullen is another author who I really must catch up reading. Games People Play is the start of a new series and what a brilliant start it was. This was a dark and very devious story that had so many different elements and sub plots. It was an absolute pleasure to read. A missing child, past secrets, interwoven plots gave such an addictive read to this slower paced crime and mystery story.

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This is a new author to me and what a fabulous book I Am Here To Kill you by Chris Westlake is. This is a psychological thriller that I adored and is also a little different to those that I have read before. A look into manipulation, brilliant characters and such a twisted and devious storyline that had me hooked.

All the books this week are for upcoming Blog Tours so keep your eye out for my full reviews. I will say that everyone of the books is brilliant and I would definitely recommend all of them.

Have a fabulous week,

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 28th March) #bookupdates #booknews #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly update for the books I have read.

Before I get into that though, a garden update for those that are interested. We have now planted the potatoes and getting things ready for seeds to be set.

This year I am going to have a go at growing hydroponically. I do grow some house plants in water and I now have the chance to try some veg and salad, so lettuce, spinach, kale, strawberries, mooli, watercress maybe some peppers as well. I like the idea of using water to grow and it will be interested to see how I get on. It means growing this way I will not be using so much mains supply or constantly emptying my water butts. I will post photos as things get started.

Now onto the books I have read this week…

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Heidi Perks has created another addictive novel with The Whispers. This is a dark and deviously deceptive story that wrong-stepped me a couple of times. Two childhood friends apart for several years are once again reunited at the school gates but this time as mothers. Told across two timelines, one when the girls were younger and then the present. The author has twisted and woven away to create a wonderful crime, thriller mystery tale and it is one I would recommend.

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Lost Property by Helen Paris was a book I liked, the story of Dot, and her job working in a Lost Property department. This was a story that was good, and it did keep me reading but I think this may be a marmite one. Dot is, in some ways, a woman who is as lost as the items that lay unclaimed. A bit of a loner and one that has an over-ruling sister. A nice read and one for those who like stories about life.

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Under the Italian Sun by Sue Moorcroft is a fabulous read, but then if you have read any of Sue’s books then youwill not be surprised. A story about a family with secrets, of discovering your past ad also about making steps towards a future. I adored this and read it in one sitting. One to pop on your pre-order list and one I woudl defintiely recommend.

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I think this is the first time I have read anything by Katy Birchall, and based on The Secret Bridesmaid, it will not be the last time I pick up one her books. This is a fun rom-com that does have more to it than first meets the eye. I loved the way the author dealt with her demanding bride and the extremely patient bridesmaid as they gradually tried to do their best to get what they want. A brilliant read and one that I loved. Ideal for rom-com and contemporary romance fans.

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When you see a tag on a book that mentions it being “absolutely gripping” often the sceptical part of me goes “yeah right”. Well, Last Seen by Joy Kluver is… yeah you guessed it… Absolutely gripping! This is such an amazingly twisted and fabulous story about a missing girl and the investigation that follows. There is so much more to this story than I was expecting and I am delighted to see the words “Book 1” as this means there is going to be more to come. Definitely one for the crime, thriller and mystery readers.

There you have it, five books for me this week as well as a good bit of gardening.

Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading,

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 21st March) #bookupdates #booklove #MeAndMyBooks

How is it we are nearly at the end of March! Not that I am complaining of course, but wow this month is going fast. Spring is definitely springing as far as the garden is going. Shoots, coming up, leaf and flower buds starting to form and seeds starting to go in. A much nicer part of the year for me.

Last weeks book post was a very random one with a definite mix, more so than normal! This week, though not quite so random, it still does have a good variation.

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I have adored this trilogy and I am gutted to have finished it with The Fall of Koli by M.R. Carey as the final book in The Rampart Trilogy. This trilogy has been amazing and it has a great dystopian feel that has been blended so well with a fantasy element. I do think this is a trilogy that would work well for many readers. Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour and my full review.

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As soon as I see Rich Amooi‘s name come up on Rachel’s Random Resources, I am there and I know there are several other Book Bloggers that immediately ask for a spot on the Blog Tour. Uncork My Love has the usual cheekiness and cheesiness but it also felt as it was the secondary characters that had such a hilarious part to play. I do love this authors books and this is another fabulous light-hearted read.

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It has been quite a long time since I have read any books by Lynda La Plante and her latest novel, The Judas Horse, reminds me just how much I used to love her crime stories. This is the second book in the DC Jack Warr series and it works really well as a standalone, yes you guessed it, I haven’t read the first one! Jack has been asked to help out on another areas case and I have to say the author has done a brilliant job of how she deals with the characters and also the hierarchy. Such an addictive read, it makes me wan to go back and read all of her other books again, if I had the time and a smaller TBR pile I would!

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After starting the month with the third book in the Harry McCoy series I had the chance to read The April Dead by Alan Parks. This is the fourth book and wow, it is another amazing read. It is very dark and there are some unpleasant themes that the author has used. He has got the balance right in his descriptions, enough to relay the meaning. This is one that crime thriller readers who prefer darker, gritty and noir based police procedural books. A cosy mystery it isn’t.

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I have not read anything by this author before and The Mersey Mistress by Sheila Riley is such a great introduction to her writing. So much so that I found this to be a one sitting read. Such a emotional and wonderful historical fiction that I could not put it down. I am so glad Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources gave me a nudge about this one as I had missed the Blog Tour sign up for it. Set in Liverpool in 1910 the author introduces two women and tells their tale. Fabulous book.

There you have it for another week. Fantasy/ Dystopian, crime, historic, romance and rom-com!

All that leaves to to do is wish you all a wonderful week ahead,

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 14th March) #booklove #bookupdate #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another week of books I have read over this past week. I usually do read a good mix, but this week the mix is far more mixed than usual…

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I was after a book that would have a few chuckles in it and Good Eggs by Rebecca Hardiman was one that had just that. It is the story of three generations of the Gogarty family, how poor Kevin keeps up with his mothers antics and also the the problems his daughter is having, well to say he is run ragged is an understatement. A fun, light-hearted read that definitely did have me chuckling, but also deals with the daily life of a family. One I would recommend.

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I did say different and A History of the Vampire in Popular Culture by Violet Fenn is a non fiction book that I wished for on NetGalley. It seems wishes do come true as the publisher Pen & Sword History granted me access to an e-copy. This is an entertaining read that delves into the way vampires have become more popular in pop culture over the years. The author references film, early and modern literature as she gives her opinion. I really enjoyed this book and it is one I would recommend.

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Last year I read and loved The Flatshare and so I was really looking forward to The Switch by Beth O’Leary as well. This is a fabulous book about Leena and Eileen, grand-daughter and grandmother who switch their lives, well actually it is where they live that they switch. I adored these two characters, although Eileen was my favourite with her antics. A fabulous story that I loved everything about and would definitely recommend.

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Sometimes you come across a book that you know is going to be special within the first few pages. The Forgotten Life of Arthur Pettinger by Suzanne Fortin is one such book. I just loved, adored and fell in love with this book that steps back and forth in time. It is a story that tells Arthurs story of his time and people he met in the second world war, told in snippets of memories and flashbacks. It is simply beautiful and I cannot recommend this one enough.

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I never thought I would read a book about quantum physics, but this is exactly what I did when I read Helgoland by Carlo Rovelli. As surprising as that revelation is, the fact that I found myself entertained and had a chuckle or two as I read this book is even more surprising. I have not got a braincell in me that understands science or physics, yes I get the basics and can understand things to a point but that is it. I did manage to understand some of the concepts, but it was more the writing style and personality of the author that made this an interesting read. I am really glad I picked this one up and I would recommend it, although it is probably a book suited to a more specific audience.

So, there you go I don’t think you can get much more varied than vampires, quantum physics, humour, contemporary fiction and historical fiction ๐Ÿ˜‚ I did say it was an unusual mix and I think you can see I wasn’t wrong!

All that leaves me to say is, have a great week ahead and happy reading,

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 6th March) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another week of bookish updates. This week has been another good week for reading, to be fair though, I did have the week off work so it did give me a little more time for catching up on one of my favourite hobbies. A day earlier than usual as I do have a few Blog Tour posts this week, oh and a trip to the dentist ๐Ÿ˜ just a filling and a clean.

I have also managed to get out in the garden, something that I have been waiting to do for a while. I have started the weeding and getting the veg patch ready, even though it is too early for me to plant anything yet! It was just nice to get outside and start. Oh and if anyone knows where I put my netting I would love to know! I have hunted high and low and I am damned if I can find it!!!

So here is what I have read…

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When I saw Alexandria – The Quest for the Lost City by Edmund Richardson on NetGalley I knew it was one I wanted to read. It is a mix of several things I do have an interest in, history, adventure and a lost city. This is a non-fiction historical account of Charles Masson and his search for one of Alexanders cities. This is a historical book but does not read like one. So accessible but still full of facts and information. I adored this rogue and he way the author has told the story. One I would defintiely recommend. It is due to be published beginning of May.

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The Big Ol’ Bike by Rachael Clarke was one that I snuck in to help out with a blog tour and I am so glad I had time to read this. The illustrations are also by the author and the story is one of a young boy who is made to doubt himself by a group of bullies. I adored this story a lot and I thought it would be a great book for sitting and discussing with youngsters. A wonderful story that again I would recommend.

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I do like a book that has a slim synopsis, The Silent Friend by Diane Jeffrey has one that doesn’t give much away at all. This is a crime thriller as such because a crime was committed. For me however this was more about how the characters dealt with it, so a psychological aspect is a major part of the story. A story that is quite crafty and had a were heart-stopping moments as well a bombshells. Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour.

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The Housewife by Alex Kane is a fabulous story and as the cover suggests it is a gritty and gripping crime thriller. It is a gangland crime story that is set in an estate in Glasgow. With three main characters, the author has woven a brilliant story that had me guessing and it wasn’t until I was getting closer to the end that the full picture emerged. A brilliant book that I will share my full review of as part of the Blog Tour.

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I seem to have been on a bit of a crime mission this week! Trust Me by T.M. Logan is another gripping and tense read and one that kept me guessing. Why would a woman hand over her baby and then leave the train they were travelling on? This is what happened to Ellen as she was making her way home. Instead, she is drawn into such a devious plot and the title “Trust Me” is one that is perfect for this story, especially as I didn’t know who I could trust! Another book that is part of a Blog Tour.

After all this crime I decided to choose something a little more lighter! You will have to see what that is on next weeks round up ๐Ÿ™‚

So that leaves me to wish you all a very happy week ahead.

All the best to you all

Yvonne xx

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