My Week In Books (w/e 2nd October 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another week of books I have read. It is just going to be a quick one this week as I am on annual leave and as the weather is so nice I don’t want to be stuck inside on the computer.

It has been a productive week on the book reading front, I have managed to clear through some of the non-fiction books that have been on the go and dotted around the house. This has bumped up my Goodreads tally, and briefly, for Saturday, I was on schedule, of course by Sunday I was back to being 1 behind again 🙂

So here is what I have been finishing off and reading…

The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide by Lia Leendertz – this is a fabulous hardback book of everything seasonal for next year. From moon phases, planting times, important dates and so much more. I loved this book and it’s one I would definitely recommend, the full review will be in a couple of weeks.

Observing Our Solar System – A Beginners Guide by Tom Kerrs – is a wonderful little book that is full of tips, advice and information about the basics of looking into the night sky. Great for those starting out as it gives info on using the naked eye, through to computer-guided telescopes. Happy to recommend it. Full review to follow.

Everybody Pays by H. Max Hiller – I have read and loved all the books in this series and this one is amazing. This is the 6th book and the title is so appropriate. I would suggest reading this series in order as there is a lot of information that will help in the later books. This is a tough, gritty, mob-related and police procedural style series. Full review this week. Highly recommended.

Go Here Instead – The Alternative Travel List – as an armchair traveller I do like books that show the different areas and sought of the world. This is a really interesting book that I enjoyed reading through. Rather than the tourist-ridden sights, this book offers alternative destinations. These may not necessarily be in the same country or even on the same continent. This is one I really enjoyed and I would happily recommend it. Full review to follow.

Betrayal by Kerry Kaya – This is the 1sy book in The Tempest series, the Tempests are a family under change as husband and father Terry has recently died. Not knowing quite how he made his money is something that his wife Tracy, and sons Ricky and Jamie have to work out. This is a brilliant intro to this family, it is a gang-related story and one that does get dark and gritty, with some hard-core action. Great read and a full review as part of the Blog Tour.

There we go, a week of nature, the natural world and crime. A really interesting and different week for reading and my current read falls into neither of these categories. You will have to check back next week to see what it is 🙂

Have a great week

Happy Reading

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 🙂

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 🙂 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 11th September 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly update of books I have read over the past week. What a week we have had, a new Prime Minister and a New King.

I am not a huge royalist, but Queen Elizabeth has been Queen for many people’s lives, she is the only Monarch we have had in our lives. I did find, the same as many others, that the news of the late Queen was quite emotional. When she first came to the throne there wasn’t the media coverage there is now. My thoughts go out to the family as their every move, facial expression and their body language are put under the spotlight. In this time of sorrow, they are meeting and thanking people, they are accessible and this must be so hard for them. I do not know how they are managing to keep their emotions under control as they grieve the passing of their beloved matriarch.

The news is constant, no matter where you look there are posts on social media, the internet, in shops, and in conversations as you would expect. In Cornwall, we are inundated with visitors through the summer months, so I decided to take time out and go to a huge beach that I haven’t been to for years. Gwithian is rammed in the summer holidays and now that the children are back to school it is the ideal time to visit. I wanted somewhere open, wild and relaxing and Gwithian Beach is all that. There are families, dogs and surfers but sitting on the beach they are drowned out by the rolling of the waves. It was easy to just shut out the noise and listen to the waves. I soon discovered I had spent 3 hours perfectly relaxed and suitably chilled out.

Here are the books I have read –

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Sunny Skies & Summer Kisses by Eliza J Scott – this is book 7 in the Life on the moors series. I have read a few of them and this latest one is fabulous. Great reading for those who love stories about friendships, families and communities with a good romance woven in. Full review as part of tyhe Blog Tour.

6 Ripley Avenue by Noelle Holten – this is the auhtors first stand alone and it was a cracking read. A mix of crime, mystery and some tense thriller vibes. I adored this one and the full review is part of the Blog Tour in a couple of weeks.

The Secret Life of Fungi by Aliya Whitely – a fabulous foray into the fungal world, told via anecdotes, observations and connections. I do love my science and nature reads and this one is perfect for non-science minded foll like me. Full review later this month.

The Temple House by Rachel Donahue – I had seen mixed reviews about this book and I decided to give it a go and I am so glad I did. It is a slower-paced boook that falls mroe towrd the literary fiction style more expressive, lyrical and I did begin this one while sat on the beach. I do think it has a Du Maurier feel to it. I really enjoyed this one and I soon devoured it over two sittings. Full review to follow soon.

There we have it, a four week book week this week! I have spent the last few weeks managing just the three.

I don’t have a many reviews to post over the rrest of this month so I am not going to be around posting much. It is actually a good time for me to step away from social media and my Blog. I will still update and write posts but not as much. I am actually looking forward to this more random schedule for a couple of weeks. It will give me the chance to catch up with some reading for Ocvtober Blog TOurs and for some of the books I want to read from my oiwn TBR.

I wisah everyone a great week ahead

Happy Reading

All the best, Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 4th September 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another weekly update of books I have read. We have been sorting out the kitchen over the past couple of weeks. We bought new units and yesterday we finally fitted the worktops. We have gone for a nice pine look as it keeps the kitchen bright, and I have also got a lovely slab of polished stone that I can use for baking, resting pans and general use so as not to mark the worktops. Compared to what we had before it is a vast improvement and I also have so much more storage. Just needs a couple of finishing touches. Very pleased with the result. Just got to work out what we are going to do with the flooring.

Here are the before grey units, a mismatch to say the least, and now as it is with the matching units and worktops.

It seems to be that I can only read three books a week and this week is no exception. Yes, the first book has the dreaded “C” word in the title, but it isn’t overly festive as such!

Christmas Miracles at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland – this is the final book in this series and so it is with a sad heart that I read this book. The author has done an amazing job with this series and indeed this book. It is full of emotion and the full review will be in a couple of weeks as part of the Blog Tour.

The Mensch by Leopold Borstinski – this is also another final book in a series. This time for Jewish gangster Alex Cohen. Another fabulous series that I am sad to see coming to the end of, but one I knew had to. Again this is another Blog Tour book and the full review will be in a couple of weeks.

Dreams Come True at Glendale by Victoria Walters – another book in a series, but not, as far as I am aware, the final one! This is a fabulous story and it sees siblings finally getting the chance to start their dream business in the picturesque sounding Glendale. I usually read books for Blog Tours in order, but I got my books mixed up so the full review for this one won’t be until next month!!!

There we have it, another three books again this week.
I have just started watching a new series and I am adoring it…

All that is left for me to do is wish you all a good week ahead,

All the best

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 21st August 2022 #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another weekly update of books I have read. This week has been so much cooler, we have had proper wet rain rather than that mizzzerly stuff. The grass is green again and things in the garden are just looking so much better. After a proper rain wash, they are looking clean and not so drab. Not that I have had much time to spend outside as I have been pulling kitchen units apart and putting new ones in. It’s going to take ages to get used to where everything is now. I seem to spend more time opening and closing doors trying to work out where something is, before I get to the end of the cupboards I forgot what I wanted in the first place! I know I am not going to be alone in this either 😂

I have been to the dentist this week for an extraction. My jaw still feels bruised and there is some infection on the site, I do have gum disease so this is not surprising really, but at least it is getting better and I don’t look like a hamster with a cheek full of food… I kid you not. At least a hamster looks cute!

One of my new orchids has decided to flower, this is one that I bought earlier this year and it has two flowering stems on it so I am delighted with that. The Dendrobium that I bought last year has started to flower as well, the orchid behind it is one that has either been flowering or has had flower buds on it for over a year now.

Here are the books I have read…

The Natural Navigator by Tristan Gooley – ok I didn’t read this one but I did listen to it. A very comprehensive look into navigation over history and to the present day. Ideal as a starting point as this does cover a lot, you can then choose further reading if you want more information about a particular way of navigating. An interesting one to listen to and one I really enjoyed.

The Darkest Sin by D. V. Bishop – Oh Wow! This was an amazing read and it is the 2nd boo in the Cesare Aldo series, and yes you really do need to read the first book. This one is on my Top Reads of the Year List. Murder, mystery, secrets, historical fiction and I loved it.

The Rules of Everything by Richard Templar – is a book that is a bit different for me, non-fiction about life choices, behaviour and living. The author has taken the Top 10 rules from his other books and condensed them into this one. The full review should be later this week.

There we go another three-book week this week. I have one more book to read for the #20booksofsummer reading challenge and I think I have three reviews to publish for it as well as a couple of other reviews.

I hope you all have a great week,

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 7th August 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

I am just doing a quick flying visit this week for the books I have read. It has been a good reading week and as is usual I have a good mix.

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Crushed by Kate Hamer – I won a signed hardback copy of this book several months ago and I have been meaning to read it, this is why it went on my #20booksofsummer list. This is the story of 3 girls as they grow from teens to adults. It has their worries, their anxieties and is a dark story. Very interesting and some shocking events in this coming-of-age story. Full review soon (ish)

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Billy Connolly – Windswept and Interesting – this was the audiobook I got this month and I was enjoying it so much that I also bought the tree book. I have grown up hearing his name, his jokes his TV chatshow interviews and then his documentaries. And don’t forget he was also the Dwarf King in The Hobbit! This book is narrated by Billy and he is honest and open with sharing his beliefs, opinions and also his comedy. Full review to follow soon (ish), I do need to catch up with publishing my reviews!!!

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The Couple at Causeway Cottage by Diane Jeffrey – I have read a couple of this author’s books so when she got in touch to see if I wanted to read her latest one it was most definitely a” Yes Please”. This is the story of a couple who make a fresh start in a new home, but a secret in the past makes itself known and it becomes something that cannot be ignored. Atmospheric story with an ending that I really didn’t see. Full review on 18th August when the book is Published.

There we go, three books and another hot week ahead.

Take care

All the best

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 31st July 2022) #bookupdates #booklove #MeAndMyBooks

Another week and another month have flown by. August now and judging from the news the weather is still going to be a tad on the warm side. We did get some rain Sunday morning, enough to dampen the plants and the soil but not really enough to do any good. It did leave the rest of the day feeling really humid and muggy.

The veg garden is producing well, had our first swedes, although down here in Cornwall they are called turnips! In the US though they are called Rutabagas. Whatever you call them, they tasted great mashed up with carrot, a knob of butter and some pepper. The carrots are particularly good, very random looking as all homegrown carrots should do in my opinion. All the veg we have been eating this week has been from our garden and there is plenty more to come 🙂

Books I have read this week! I managed three, literally just finishing the 3rd one earlier this morning.

Lion by Conn Iggulden – this is an author who writes the most amazing historical fiction books. Lion is another fabulous read and was one I had on my summer reading list. Review to follow soon.

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The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig – the first book I read by this author was Wanderers in 2019, it became my top read of that year. It has taken me too long to pick up The Book of Accidents and I have to say it was an amazing read. A mix of genres, mystery, horror, crime, thriller, psychological and all based around a family. Full review soon.

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Alias Emma by Ava Glass – this is one I was invited to read via NetGalley and it was the cover that caught my eye. This is a crime, thriller and undercover police procedural. Another very enjoyable book and the full review will follow soon.

There we have it,

Just need to wish you all a great week ahead

Happy Reading

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!” 😉

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 17th July) #updates #booklove #MeAndMyBooks

It has been a while since I have done an update, in fact when I looked back I haven’t done one so far this month. I did have annual leave planned and had arranged to go and help my parents for a week or so as Mum had a hip replacement. Dad had other ideas though and needed hospital treatment so I extended my stay. Everything has now settled down and they are both doing great, but it was a very worrying time for us. I have to give credit to their local GP surgery as I was able to get a face-to-face visit with the Doctor, although it did take some faffing. He was the one who decided my Dad needed to go to the hospital. Once there he was seen quickly and he finally had answers. He hadn’t been feeling great prior to this, but now he knows what had happened and it was dealt with. So a big shout out to our NHS, they were there for both my parents when they were needed and they had time and patience for them both. They were brilliant.

As the weather is getting a tad warm I have read a few books. Here is an update since my last weekly update on the 26th June.

Blog Tour Books already reviewed…

Chasing Dreams at Hedgehog Hollow – review HERE

A Change of Heart – review HERE

No Escape – review HERE

Books for #20booksofsummer – reviews will follow over the next week or so…

Numbers –

I have read 10 of the books I planned to read for the #20booksofsummer reading challenge. I have swapped two in because I wanted to read them. Thank goodness that there are no rules for this challenge 🙂

Goodreads I am 1 book behind schedule, not too worried about this as I am still over the halfway point having read 54% or 107 books out of 200.

I think that is about my lot for this week,

Take Care,

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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