My Week In Books (w/e 18th Aug) #MeAndMyBooks #BookNews

Someone please tell me that I have overslept by a couple of months! This is August and not October, I am right aren’t I? To be fair though, the weather is not too bad, it’s still mild and I am still in my shorts, though getting wet legs when I walk to work I not too keen on. But in the grand scale of things it could be a lot worse.

I have been back to work for a week and already booked my next week off, not that I am too eager to take time off work or anything. It’s just nice to know that I have a week to look forward to in a couple of months time.

So down to the books I read and received this week, because let’s be honest that is what you are here for 😂


Last week I had just started to read this one…

Raven’s Wind by Steve Hutton

When I started it I was really enjoying it. By the time I had finished it, I wanted to read the next one! I really, really enjoyed this one. It is a fantasy set in 1886 Britain and the author has mixed in a fantasy storyline that kind of feels right for the time. Witches, dragons, occult and superstition are the main themes, and I have to say that I could actually prnounce the names. Often I find myself struggling with this, but not with this one! It’s a good verses evil style story that is very much about the past coming up against progress.


Next up was…

Under a Cornish Sky by Liz Fenwick

This is now the second book I have read by this author , and the second book I have adored. The story is set in Cornwall around the Helford River and Falmouth, an area I know well, as does the author. Liz has a fabulous way with words when she describes her settings and this story is all about family secrets, history, pride and acceptance. A fabulous story that kept me captivated right the way through


From Cornwall I then went to Iceland…

Night Bond by Ragnar Jonasson

I have a real soft spot for this author and find that he creates a fabulous sense of foreboding and atmosphere with his books. This is the 2nd in the Dark Iceland series and the setting is the quiet fishing village of Siglufjörður. Ari Thor is looking into the shooting of a fellow police officer, in a small village everybody has something to hide and it seems that some may have their own agenda. A fabulously addictive read and ideal for those who love Icelandic Noir.


My next book was a different genre completely and I read…

Jennifer Brown Moving On by Angie Lanley

This is the second book I have read about Jennifer Brown, the first was fabulous and had me chuckling, this one is better again and I adored it. Jennifer Brown is amazing, I would recommend reading the first book “Jennifer Browns Journey” as it gives a brilliant introduction to this fabulous character.


CURRENTLY READING…

I have yet to start this book at the time of writing this post, but I am finally starting the Angela Marsons series, I have not read any of her books and I am really looking forward to taking my first step. I have seen so many other Book Bloggers raving about them that I could not resist.


Books recieved / bought…

I have had a very lucky couple of weeks with entering competitions for Giveaways on other peoples blogs and received some corkers in the post…

I bought a copy of Ronnie Turners book Lies Between Us, I have a copy on kindle and wanted a paperback but somehow forgot to pre-order it. Ronnie shared a post on Facebook and Twitter about her book being available on Amazon, so it prompted me to get myself into gear and buy mine.

Competition wins were…

A signed copy of Dead & Talking by Des Burkinshaw, the synopsis mentions this being “A dark comic, twisty, supernatural thriller in which everyone’s a sceptic” it sounds interesting and definitely intriguing and appeals to me a lot.

Another signed copy… I Can’t Tell You Why by Elaine Robertson North. This is listed under contemporary romance, and from the synopsis it is about mistakes made and an affair. It has some good reviews on Amazon and again is one that is right up my street.

Then there is Thomas Edison by David Boyle. Thomas Edison is someone that I know some things about, but not a lot. This kind of makes him interesting to me so I am looking forward to reading this Biography.

and…

yes there is one more that isn’t in the photo. It’s because it is a digital win…

Bridging the Gulf by Malcolm Hollingdrake

This is a story about Roy Hanna and his return from the Gulf. This novel is about how life has to carry on, it has mentions of Gulf War Syndrome and the struggles that are made. Again another book that sounds very interesting.


Reading Updates…

So, how am I getting on with my #20Books of Summer Reading Challenge? well better than getting the reviews written and posted up… I am up to 15 out of 20 that I have read, but only posted reviews for the first 7 🙄 hopefully I will get caught up soon with the reviewing side of this soon.

As for Goodreads, I am informed that I have read 136 books, this puts me 10 ahead of schedule, I only wish my review rate was that good 🤣

Netgalley stats… yeah I am ignoring that for a moment… I have more in the “older than 3 months” again I need to get sorted with those as well.

Right then, that’s me done for another week. I hope you all have an amazing week, and for those of you with children, take a deep breath… it’s not long till the little darlings go back to school 😉

Take Care, Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 11th Aug) #BookNews #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome once again to another round up of bookish news. I do want to say a HUGE thanks you to those who shared my midweek Blog Tour review, it was greatly appreciated. Me and He have both been off work for the week so social media definitely took a back seat. I will sort out a separate post with photo’s of the places we went a bit later in the week 🙂

So let’s have a look at the books I read shall we?..


In last weeks post I was still reading The July Girls, well I finished it and WOW! In case you have not seen it this is what it is all about…

The July Girls by Phoebe Locke

Every year, on the same night in July, a woman is taken from the streets of London; snatched by a killer who moves through the city like a ghost. 

Addie has a secret. On the morning of her tenth birthday, four bombs were detonated across the capital. That night her dad came home covered in blood. She thought he was hurt in the attacks – but then her sister Jessie found a missing woman’s purse hidden in his room. Jessie says they mustn’t tell. She says there’s nothing to worry about. But when she takes a job looking after the woman’s baby daughter, Addie starts to realise that her big sister doesn’t always tell her the whole story. And that the secrets they’re keeping may start costing lives…


Next up…

A Fever In The Blood by Oscar de Muriel

This is the 2nd in the series and is feels different to the first. It is more mysterious as the duo of McGray and Frey are involved in a chase that has personal connection for McGray as they end up in Lancashire at the notorious Pendle Hil! A mystery that oozes atmosphere and is set in 1889. This is number 11 of my #20Books of Summer reading list, and I really must get my arse into gear and get the reviews wrote up!


Next is a book that is not on my summer reading list, but I could not resist it…

My Lemon Grove Summer by Jo Thomas

Last year I read my first Jo Thomas book and that was Sunset over the Cherry Orchard and I absolutely adored it. This was why when I saw My Lemon Grove Summer I had to buy it and read it. Sicilian sun, stunning setting, lemon groves… aaah take me there! A fabulous summer read.


I was very fortunate to win a Signed copy of my next book as well as an Audio CD and it has sat on my shelf for far too long…

The Good Doctor of Warsaw by Elisabeth Gifford

What can I say about this book! It is a beautifully written and absolutely heartbreaking read. I am still trying to find the words to describe what a wonderful read this was. If you have not read it yet, then please consider getting a copy!


I am currently reading a book that was sent out via the publisher for me to review…

Raven’s Wind by Steve Hutton

I am only a few chapters in and I’m really enjoying this… here is what the synopsis says…

Raven’s Wand sees two opposing secret societies waging a war of belief behind the skin of Victorian Britain. One uses magic to heal the world, while the other twists it into abominations and war machines. It is 1886 and a battle is about to be waged; Knight Superior Krast of the Illuminata is prepared for victory but fate is not wholly on his side. Many years later, the survivors of that dreadful day will meet again. Kolfinnia has a great task set before her and, with the aid of the Raven wand, she dares more than she ever dreamed possible. A tale of two clashing worlds. The world of Kolfinnia and those who wish to eliminate her and all of her kind. Raven’s Wand is Book 1 in The Dark Raven Chronicles. Book 2: Flowers of Fate will be published Autumn 2016.


Well that is me done for this week, hope you all had a great reading week.

All the best, Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 4th Aug) #MeAndMyBooks

Another week has been and gone! This has been an interesting week as well. It started off as any normal week would then finished a little chaotic but hey, it keeps things interesting.

Me and my husband both have a week off work. We are not going away anywhere instead we are having days out. One of those days out was to Lanhydrock House, it is near Bodmin in Cornwall, just over an hours drive from where we live. Neither of us have been before and we spent several hours walking round the house and grounds. Here are some photo’s

I suppose I should mention books as that is what I am here for…

So to what I read this week…

Hudson’s Kill by Paddy Hirsch

This is a historical fiction set in 1803 New York. It is a murder mystery and conspiracy novel. I really enjoyed this book and as much as it was about discovering the identity of the killer it was also aboiut tensions between the different gangs and nationalities that made up the inhabitants of the area. New York was a mixing pot of nationalities and sometimes that pot simmered and at others it boiled over. Review to follow.


Warlock Holmes – A Study in Brimstone by G.S. Denning

The caption on the front of this book just about sums the story up well ” Sherlock Holmes is a genius – Warlock Holmes is something else…” Set out as Watson’s diary entries, this book reads as short stories, it is definitley different to Sherlock, in fact the roles that Warlock AND Watson play are very different. This is a fun read and was enjoyable. This was one from my list of #20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge.


Jacob’s Colours by Lindsay Hawdon

Well what can I say about this book… it is STUNNING and HEARTBREAKIINGLY BEAUTIFUL ! It is the story of Jacob and the plight of the Roma, or Gypsies that were persecuted in WWII. The persecution of the Jews by Hitler is something we are all aware of . Something I had not thought about were the other minority races that would have been persecuted in the same way and this book has certainly rectified that and opened my eyes to their suffering. This is simply a book that will stay with me for a very long time.


Her Last Secret

Her Last Secret by Barbara Copperthwaite

I have read earlier books by this author and really enjoyed them, this one however is even better and for me is beyond awesome! The deviousness that has been injected into the story is chilling. There is a saying that goes along the lines of ” You never know what goes on behind closed doors” The secrets behind those doors makes such compelling reading. It is a fabulous book and the ending…well… read it for yourself.


Holy Island by LJ Ross

This is my first Louise Ross book and I think I have just found a series that I am going to really enjoy. This was a wonderful book that uses the backdrop of The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Northumberland. Only being accessable twice a day as the tide goes out, it gives a twist on an isolted community. An interesting and enjoyable read and this is also one of my #20Books.


Currently Reading…

The July Girls by Pheobie Locke

I should be reading more of my #20Booksof Summer list, but when I got this one I had to read it. I have seen many reviews about it and they have been favourable to say the least. I am a third of the way through and I am intrigued, nervous and can’t wait to sit down and finish it.


Now as I mentioned my and He are both on holiday for a week. This means I won’t be around much as we are having quality time together having days out as well as getting caught up on the odd jobs. So I apologise if I don’t get to share the amount of posts I normally would as I am only popping in and out.

I hope you all have a fabulous week 😘

My Week In Books (w/e 28/07/19) #MeAndMyBooks

Hello once again to another weekly wrap-up of the books I have read this week. I seem to be on a roll this week with books!

So I have to mention the weather! While everyone has been roasting in scorching temperatures, down here in Cornwall we have had some cooler weather. Still warm but not the roasting that others have had to struggle with.

So, down to what I have read…

Clear My Name by Paula Daly…

This is the last Blog Tour Book until September and it was an absolute corker. Carrie is imprisoned for murdering her husbands mistress. Tess works for a charity that deals with cases that deal with false imprisonment. Is Carrie guilty or is she innocent? Look out for my review next week!


The Last Spell Breather by Julie Pike

This is a Young adult book that I thoroughly enjoyed. Full of magic, spells, good and evil. I liked the way the author approached this story and also at the end adds encouragement to youner readers to help their vocabulary and also feed their imagination. It is a book I would have loved as a younger reader!


The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christie Lefteri

I won a copy of this book a few weeks ago, or it could be a couple of months ago!!! I’m really not sure! Anyway, this is a stunning story that follows the story of Nuri and his wife Afra from war torn Aleppo, Syria to the UK. A beautiful yet heartbreaking story that I am gutted that it took me so long to get to. Review will follow.


Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain

What an absolutely wonderful book, so wonderful I read it in one sitting! A story that left me wishing I could live with the fabulous characters in Nightingale Square. A story that completely hooked me from the very first page and wrapped me up completely. A story of friendship and smouldering romance. A perfectly ideal summery read.


Before the Rains by Dinah Jeffries

This is a stunning historical fiction set in 1930, Rajputana, India. A story of a photo-journalist Eliza, a widow. Her status does not sit well with the more traditionalist residents of the Royal Palace. Even more so the fact that she is a British woman. She has many things that could go against her and her friendship with the Prince is definitely one that may cause problems. A story that has emotion, history and culture that is another fabulous and immersive read.


Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey – Audio Book

I was looking for something a little more lighter to listen to and this seemed to fit. Annie is a complete and utter rom com film fan. She is unlucky in love as she waits for the perfect man who will fit into what she believes will be her perfect life. She thinks love should be like love that is seen on the big screen. The perfect moments, the perfect man, the perfect life… A fun listen that I enjoyed and was a good escape book.


What I am currently reading and listening to…

Hudson’s Kill by Paddy Hirsch – I am currently half way through this historical fiction / crime book.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman – Audio via Borrowbox. This is a full cast dramatisation of a story I really enjoyed. Just started this book and I am loving the actors on this already…


Well that’s me done for another week!

Happy Reading Folks! 🙂

My week In Books (w/e 14th July) #MeAndMyBooks

Hello once again to my weekly round up of bookishess. I have had a slower reading week as once again my concentration level has taken a dip. It is so annoying when this happens, but, if the concentration is not there then it can be forced. I have enjoyed the books I have read a huge amount but I am only able to read in short bursts.

I decided at the beginning of the month that I was due for a social media break and blogging break. So this post is for two weeks, but for my week off I didn’t really read anything or even listen to anything because of the concentration.

So let me show you what I have read…

First up is a book that I was on a Blog Tour for

Come Back For My by Heidi Perks is a fabulous and very atmospheric mystery read. More about the mystery that a crime thriller as such. A totally addictive and wonderful read that I adored from the very start.

Here is the Synopsis…

A shocking discovery. An island wrapped in secrets.You can bury the body, but the truth will always surface…

A tiny island community is stunned by the discovery of a long-buried body. For Stella Harvey, the news is doubly shocking, as the body is found in the garden of her childhood home. The home her family fled without explanation twenty-five years ago.

Now, questioning her past and desperate to unearth the truth, Stella returns to the Dorset island.


But she quickly finds that the community she left isn’t as welcoming as she remembers – and that people in it will go to any length to protect their secrets. But one thing rings true… You can’t bury the truth forever.

Fans of THE BAY, BROADCHURCH, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR and Lisa Jewell’s THEN SHE WAS GONE will not be able to put this novel down.

You can find my full review HERE


Next up is another Blog Tour book

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The Awakening Aten by Aiden K. Morrissey is a historical fiction with many historical facts incorporated into the story. It is a fabulous read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is also the first book in a planned saga series. If you like ancient Egyptian fiction then I think you will really enjoy this one.

Here is the synopsis…

Book One of ‘The Aten’ Saga

The Awakening Aten envelops the reader in an Egypt of whispers and fears, of webs within webs, deceit upon deceit. Its themes of murder, intrigue, political and religious conflict, corruption, tomb robbing, war and executions are set against a background of fundamental ideological change. 

Ancient Egypt is seen through the eyes of two families; one royal, the other commoner. Yuya, whose tomb is in the Valley of the Kings, is a foreigner who rises from slavery to become Regent to an infant Pharaoh and thus, the most powerful man in the world’s wealthiest empire. His children and descendants will remain at the very heart of the country’s destiny. Kha is a tomb painter and builder who experiences both the despair of imprisonment and the horror of war. As Overseer of the King’s Works he restores the Great Sphinx, and inscribes the ‘Dream Stela’ placed between its paws, still visible today. Through tragic and deathly events his family and that of Yuya become entwined.

Review to follow.


My current read is for another Blog Tour, I know I said I was dropping back from them at the beginning of the year but I do seem to have picked a few up…!!!

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Wanderers by Chuck Wendig… OMG I am loving this book so much, I am half way through it and I am addicted to it. It has been a while since I have read a dystopian/ sci fi and this one is hitting all the right notes for me.

Here is the synopsis…

A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world’s last hope. In the tradition of The Stand and Station Eleven comes a gripping saga that weaves an epic tapestry of humanity into an astonishing tale of survival.

Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and are sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.

For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them–and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them–the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart–or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world. 

Review will follow.


I have a couple more Blog Tours to read for this month, and with the exception of one in August I have no more until september. This means I can try to read a few more of my #20 Books of Summer reads. I am up to number 4 at the moment so it will be interesting to see how close I get to my target.

Hopefully you will be able to see the images I have included, they kept disappearing while I was writing this post up. WordPress and its trickery or me and my fat fumbs… hmmm Im not sure… 😂😂


So, how about some non bookishness for you to wrap this post up with… Dogs, my two rogues just had their yearly shear and they were definitely due for it especailly as summer seems to have arrived….

Meet Billy with his before and after pose!

Meet Buster with his before and after pose!

They are both Springer / Cocker Spaniel crosses know as Billy Bony Bum and Buster Big Bum for obvious reasons! They are a great pair of characters and are inseperable, they are also cousins and we love them to bits 💖💖

Right that’s me done for another week, I look forward to seeing what everyone has been reading and I will see you next week for another Bookish catch up.

Take care and enjoy your reading folks 🙂 xx

My Week In Books (w/e 30th June 2019) #BookNews #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome once again to a round up of Bookish and Non-Bookish news! Once again a day late as I had a Blog Tour post yesterday!

What a week it has been, and not just because of the very random and unpredictable weather!

I have to mention the most amazing parcel I recieved last week from the Author Caroline James. I have been entering her competitions for a while now to win a certain little Bear! This time I was so lucky to have finally had my name pulled out of the hat! Not only did I win the gorgeous chap himslef, I also got a signed copy of her fabulous book The Best Boomerville Hotel, but also a smart little bag and card as well!!


I work a couple of nights each week and there are times when it really does pay to be awake right through, especially as the sunrises are so fabulous in Cornwall. Photo’s on my phone really didn’t do the stunning sunrise justice…


At the end of the week I got a wonderful surprise from Amazon in my email inbox, inviting me to join Amazon Vine Voices, Yes Me!!! What the hell, I thought originally that this must be a scam but they had all the right details on the email. So now I have 2 Amazon Badges on my profile ” TOP 1000 REVIEWER” and “VINE VOICE”.


I don’t share much in the way of really personal stuff, because, well… it’s personal. But on Thursday my Dad finally got to go to hospital to have his ICD implant (defibullator / pacemaker) fitted. I am so happy to say he is home and apart from a little discomfort he is right as rain. Phew such a relief for us all and it will take a lot of worry away as his poor old ticker has a bit of extra help now!


Well I suppose I ought to mention the books this week 📚😁

HIDDEN by ROGER A PRICE

I read this as part of the Blog Tour and I posted my review yesterday. A crime thriller that I thoroghly enjoyed though it does deal with some tough topics, trafficking and prostitution. It is part of a series but worked well as a stand-alone.


MEET ME IN MONACO by HAZEL GAYNOR & HEATHER WEBB

An absolutely stunning story that I adored. It’s about a small perfumier and a photographer who are brought together by chance by Grace Kelly as she hides in the perfume shop. This was a story that had me smirking and sobbing, beautiful and took me quite by surprise for many good reasons.


The Teashop On the Corner by Milly Johnson

This is the 2nd of my #20BooksofSummer books. It is also the 2nd Milly Johnson book I have read. It is also the 2nd time I have read one of her books from start to finish in one sitting. Another fabulous and absorbing read, I think I have found another favourite author to add to my list!


Someone You Know by Olivia Isaac-Henry

This is a book I have swapped into my #20 Booksof Summer list. When I made my list up I forgot to include some of the NetGalley Reads, this is one of them.

I found this to be one of those quietly addictive books, I wanted to know what happened to the missing sister and it kept me turning pages. A timeslip that alterantes between past and present to get to the truth. My review for this will follow soon.


Meet Me In Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May

I am on the Blog Tour for this one and, it is part of a series. I have not read the previous book and I wish I had before I started this one, there are returning characters and references that I want to know more about. It doesn’t spoil the reading but I am a nosy reader who wants to know all the gossip and shenanigans of the past stories! My review will be posted later this month.


WHAT I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO:-

PYGMALION by GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

I love the musical of My Fair Lady and it forms part of the work by Shaw. This is a version with a fabulous cast and is a BBC Audio Drama.

I borrowed this online using my libray card to access BorrowBox. I am pleased to say I have now sorted out my problems with listening to audio’s from them and it makes it so much easy for continual listening.


The Hat Shop on the Corner by Marita Conlon-McKenna

This is another BorrowBox Audio book and is a wonderful listen as I got to know the owner and customers of the local Hat Shop and also surrounding shops.

This is set in Dublin and has a good range of characters that the narrator does a fantastic job with. She has a great range to her voice and really brings the story to life.



Well that is my lot, quite a busy and interesting week for various reasons. I also just remembered I got my hair cut… and to be honest I had not long got up when I took the first photo😂😂😂😂 I didn’t realise how much my hair really needed cutting…😬

I think I waffled plenty long enough and if you are still reading this then I am impressed!


So I will wish you well for the week ahead and hope you all enjoy your reading. I have decided to take a few days away from the computer and social media to give myself a chance to catch up with other things, so I will catch up with you all next week 🙂 xx

I will leave you with a few photos of my garden at the moment… 🙂 xx

Thanks for sticking with this post until the very end! 🙂

My Week In Books – (w/e 23/6/19) #MeAndMyBooks

Hello again!

Welcome, this week I have had quite a good week for books read. I finally got round to using my library card to sign up to BorrowBox so I can borrow e-books and e-audiobooks online from my local library. In the past I have also used Librevox. Do you have any favourite sites?

Borrowbox is such a great service to use, and I am using it for audiobooks at the moment. I decided to put my Audible Account on temporary hold while I try Borrowbox, and while I like the idea of being able to borrow audiobooks and support library services, it doesn’t quite match Audible. I like the sync feature of Audible and also the continous running. While with BorrowBox I am finding i have to listen to each chapter individually, or am I missing something here! Is there a way to listen to chapters continously?

So what have read and listened to this week…


Cold As The Grave by James Oswald

OH WOW!!!! I am so glad I signed up to the Blog Tour for this book it is abso-flamin-lutely awesome! Yep, I might have liked it more than a little bit 😁😉. Talk about edge of the seat stuff, I didn’t want this one to end…

Review as part of the Blog Tour later this week.


Blackberry & Wild Rose by Sonia Velton

I have had this on my kindle for a little while now and decided that instead of choosing one of my #20BooksOfSummer I decided I fancied this instead…

A fabuolous and wonderful Historical Fiction book that has a story as stunning as the cover. I adored this one so much, again another one I didn’t want to put down. I might just purchase the hardback copy of this book becasue the cover is absolutely gorgeous!


I Looked Away by Jane Corry

I have been a fan of this authors previous books and when I saw the chance to hop onto the Blog Tour for this book I was messenging straingt aay. I have to say I might have just read my favourite book by this author. This is yet another edge of my seat read that I found so absorbing, and emotional on so many different levels. This author tends to tackle mental health issues and this one is no exception. Her research is impecable and with I Looked Away she completely had me from the first few paragraphs.


Passenger 23 by Sebastian Fitzek

This is the Audible version of the book and I am sitting on the fence with this one a little bit. There are some hard subjects tackled in this book and while I think I would have been ok reading I had a really hard time listening. This is made harder as it is not just a narration, it is an Audible Drama, so has actors along with the narrator. I enjoyed the story and it would not stop me picking up something else by this author, but I think I may just stick to reading them in future.


Bollywood Wives by Alex Khan

This is another book that has sat on my kindle for a while now. I saw it during the Blog Tour and it had a good response from the reviews I read. I was unsure as it is focused around the film star/celebrity culture, not something I normally go for. But, I was proven wrong, I loved this stopry a huge amount. Just goes to show you can’t judge a book by it’s cover!!!


So I am quite pleased with last week especially as I am also working on Principles of Dementia Care course for work, really interesting and certainly useful, halfway through so far.

So 4 books read and 1 listened to. This takes my Goodreads up to 51% or 101/200. I am 7 books ahead of schedule, considering I had a bit of a slump I am still on course. As for NetGalley… least said the better 😬😕

I must get properly started on my #20BooksofSummer Reading Challenge, I’ve still only read 1 out of 20. I keep picking up books that I didn’t put on my list… no hope for some readers!

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Here is question… I like to use Gifs from Giphy. Does anyine know the protocol for using these? I just mention where the image has come from and include the link! Is this right?


What am I currently Reading & Listening to…

Hidden by Roger A. Price is for an upcoming Blog Tour.

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi is on loan from BorrowBox and an Audiobook.


Once again I seem to have a good mix of genres, I love to Genre Hop. For me it is as if I am coming back to something I love and keeps things fresh, if you know what I mean! 🤷‍♂️


It is Sunday afternoon as I write this post, it is wet and windly and generally bloody ‘orrible. Yesterday was t-shirt and shorts weather, today jeans and jumper! What’s it all about…

I’m off to read for the rest of the afternoon and wish you all the best, have a great week 👍📚💖

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My Week In Books – a day late! (w/e 16th June 2019) #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to a catch up on the books I have read this week. I say read, and while I did read 2 books I also listened to a third. I know I would normally post this on a Monday (when I remember) but I was taking part in a Blog Tour and decided to stick to one post a day! I could have posted on Sunday just gone, but I keep away from social media and the PC then, well until the OH is having his post Sunday Roast afternoon snooze 😂

As promised last week I have photo’s of my newly organised spare room, now know as “My Library” 😁.

So to the books I read…

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Monopoli Blues by Tim Clark & Nick Cook

I read this for an upcoming Blog Tour.

SYNOPSIS – In November 1944, Sub Lt Bob Clark, a twenty-year old agent with Britain’s top-secret Special Operations Executive, parachuted into northern Italy. He left behind the girl he had fallen in love with, Marjorie, his radio operator. 

Captured by the enemy, Bob’s fate hangs in the balance and Marjorie won’t know for six months whether he is alive or dead. 

Monopoli Blues recounts the story of Tim Clark’s journey to uncover the story of his parents’ war – and the truth behind the betrayal of his father’s Clarion mission to the Nazis… 

“Monopoli Blues puts the big picture in perspective. It is a detailed and intimate account of the Second World War drama as it affected two individuals who are in love and who are separated by the conflict. The story is the more powerful for being told by their son, Tim Clark. His assiduous search uncovers the drama and danger of facing a British agent who is betrayed and captured by the Nazis and whose girlfriend has no clue what has happened to him. This is the reality of war behind the headlines.” – Jonathan Dimbleby.


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The Outsider by Stephen King

This is the first of my #20BooksofSummer Reading Challange. I took it to work with me to read on a break… I was on a nightshift and the only person awake… I didn’t read any of this that night… just in case 😬😂

SYNOPSIS – When an eleven-year-old boy is found murdered in a town park, reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town’s popular Little League coach, Terry Maitland, as the culprit. DNA evidence and fingerprints confirm the crime was committed by this well-loved family man.

Horrified by the brutal killing, Detective Ralph Anderson, whose own son was once coached by Maitland, orders the suspect to be arrested in a public spectacle. But Maitland has an alibi. And further research confirms he was indeed out of town that day.

As Anderson and the District Attorney trace the clues, the investigation expands from Ohio to Texas. And as horrifying answers begin to emerge, so King’s propulsive story of almost unbearable suspense kicks into high gear.

Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy but there is one rock-hard fact, as unassailable as gravity: a man cannot be in two places at the same time. Can he?


The Tapestry Bag by Isabella Muir – Audiobook

I was lucky to be picked as a winner of the Audiobook version of this book. It was a Giveaway that Isabella was running as part of the Blog Tour with Rachel’s Random Resources.

SYNOPSIS – A young woman named Zara goes missing, one year to the day that her boyfriend, Joel, was killed in a hit-and-run. Is Zara in danger? Is she still alive? What really happened to Joel, and who is to blame?

In the quiet seaside town of Tamarisk Bay, the police appear to be doing little to find Zara. Her friend Janie decides to make it her mission to track her down. It’s the “swinging sixties”, and Janie fears that Zara may be mixed up with drugs, alcohol, or worse. As Janie explores the strange circumstances of Zara’s disappearance, she starts to question the truth about Joel’s death.

Janie runs the mobile library and has a passion for crime fiction, especially Agatha Christie. Can Poirot help Janie solve the mystery of Zara’s disappearance? 

As she looks for clues she comes across some unsavory characters who each have a reason for wanting Joel dead. Can Janie untangle the web of lies and find out the truth?


Reviews for all three books will follow soon(ish) 🙂


MY CURRENT READ IS – James Oswald – Cold As The Grave

MY CURRENT LISTEN IS – Passenger 23 by Sebastian Fitzek


I am just 2% off reaching the half way point of my Goodreads Challenge, so I am very happy with this.


I suppose you want to see what I have done with my books…

So this was the before photo…

At this point I had to empty a bookcase, bring it upstairs, bring the books up and randomly put them on the bookcase to sort when I had ALL my books upstairs… I did this over several days, or it may have been couple of weeks! I had several bookcases, lots of books and very sore legs, arms and, shoulders.

If only there was an easier way of moving books!!!!!

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Once they were all up, came the days of sorting into order and also buying some more books cases. I may still buy two more to replace the odd one that is on one side of the room, you will see what I mean when you get to it…

Along with my books I decided as this is my own space, it would be nice to add some of my photo’s and artwork.

Right here is the end result, it still needs a bit of tweaking as I am still not quite happy with the order of them at the moment.

🔰 This is such a random corner to try to sort out but I have my complete Robert Ludlum set of books, as well as older clothbound and paperback classics. With a smaller bookcase that I still need to sort out properly.

🔰The top shelf contains my Signed Books, as well as more that need sorting out. It will eventually hold my reference books.

🔰 As you see a little better this part of the shelf really does need more sorting. But the full set of Encycloepedias is staying put they are too heavy to keep moving around…

🔰 This is more military fiction, historical reference and the bottom is Classics like Hardy, the Bronte’s, Dickens, Austen and my favourite – Wilkie Collins. The case on the right is fantasy with just peepeing next to it more general fiction, historical and women’s fiction.

🔰 This is the rest of the shelf that has women’s, general and historical fiction. The shorter case next to it is one I may replace as the books on this one are double stacked… I hate that I can’t see all of them at the same time. That one contains mainly crime, thriller, murder mystery reads. The children’s books are on the top, with old annuals that i found in a charity shop dating back to the 50’s/60’s.

🔰 The little white shelf is all Agatha Christe, with Bernard Cornwells Sharpe series on the top. The boxing in the back has more reference books, if only the staircase didn’t come up just under there… I have a much better use for it…


Right then that’s the lot from me for this week. I am hoping the weather dries up and I get to see that mysterious and warming phenomenon that I heard is called “SUMMER”!

Happy reading folks and if you feel like shairng it would be very welcomed indeed 🙂 xx

My Week In Books w/e 9th June #MeAndMyBooks

This week has been a quiet week for me on Me And My Books. I read 2 books and started a third, listened to one audiobook. This week my reading concentration level has not been at it’s best and so I have only been reading in short bursts rather than hours.

So while the weather is hit and miss I have managed to finally move all my books from the lounge up into the boxroom. I have bought some more book cases and have managed to create a space I am very happy with. I will take photos and will include them in next weeks My Week In Books post. When the weather thas been nice I have been out in the garden, weeds seem to grow faster than the plants at the moment, but things are looking good out there.

Anyway enough of me gabbling on lets have a look at the completed reads this week.

WOLVES AT THE DOOR BY GUNNAR STAALESEN

Having read one of this authors books before and thoroughly enjoying it, so when I saw a chance to read another I jumped at the chance to join the Blog Tour. This is book #21 in the Varg Veum series. Varg is a Private Investigator who finds himself looking into an ol case. I have to say if you love Nordic Noir then you will love this. It is quite complex and at times uncomfortable to read at times. I will be posting my review next week .


THE SECRET – VIOLET’S STORY (LIFE ON THE MOORS)

As you can see there is no image available for this yet, well at least not on Amazon or Goodreads. This is the 3rd in the Life On The Moors Series and each of these books take one of the different characters and makes them the star of the story. I have not read the first book “The Letter – Kitty’s Story” but I do have it on my tbr. The second book “The Talisman – Molly Story” had me in tears and I absolutely adored it. This third book focuses on Violet and is an absolute beauty. This is another one that I am reading for the blog tour later this week.


MORTAL ENGINES BY PHILLIP REEVE

I decided to listen to this book rather than wait to watch this on Amazon Prime. I also wanted to listen to something that what different to the genres I was reading. I listen to audiobooks as I am in the garden weeding, doing the housework or decorating.

This is a great book to listen to. Narrated by Barnaby Edwards it is a fantasy novel and the author has created a post apocalyptic version of London. I loved the word-play on various place names. It has left me wanting to sit and read the books as well as watching the film.


I have decided to take part in #20BooksOfSummer Reading Challange and if you are wondering how I am getting with that… I have not started any of my 20 books yet although I am planning on reading my first this week.


Before I go I am going to leave you with a photo of some of the books before I started to organise and put on shelves properly…

That’s all for me, I hope everyone has a great week 🙂

My Week In Books w/e 30th April #MeAndMyBooks

Well hello once again! I was going to post this yesterday but as I was taking part in the Publication Day Review for Jaded by Rob Ashman I decided I would change the day for My Week In Books rather than have two posts on one day 🙂

Another month gone!!! April has been a mix of sunshine and showers and a bit windy thanks to Storm Hannah, but my garden survived pretty unscathed, thank goodness.

This week has been a better one as far as my reading has gone and I have managed to read a five books.

So let me share the books I have read this week…

The Queen of Wishful Thinking by Milly Johnson.

I have several books by this author and, do you know what? I have never actually read one! I saw a review post by the fabulous Linda at Linda’s Book Bag for one of this Authors books. As I had just finished reading one book and deciding which to pick up next, Linda’s enthusiasm for Milly Johnson made me go to my TBR and pick up The Queen of Wishful Thinking.

This is a good sized book at just short of 500 pages. I will tell you it was so good that I read it in one sitting! Yes it was a brilliant read that captivated me completely. I am really looking forward to reading the other 7-8 that I have and obviously buying the ones I am missing.


Dead Inside by Noelle Holten

If you are a Book Blogger then I am sure you have seen Dead Inside by fellow Book Blogger and now Debut Author Noelle. Check out Noelle’s Blog at Crime Book Junkie I have been excited to read this book and I had been hearing so many amazing things about Dead Inside.

If you like your crime thriller reads to be hard hitting, emotional deeply intriguing and want a real belter of a read then you seriously NEED to pick this book up when it is published. As soon as I had finished Dead Inside I immediately nipped over to Amazon to pre-order the next book in the Maggie Jamieson series. A fabulous debut and one that I would Absolutely and Most Definitely recommend.


Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green

I was mooching around on my kindle not quite sure what I wanted to read next when I came across this gorgeous cover. It is the first instalment in the Little Duck Pond Cafe series. It is a short read at 127 pages but it is a wonderful intro to a wonderful sounding community that Ellie finds herself drawn to. I am definitely looking forward to reading the rest of this one.


Step Sister by Jennifer Donnelly

I was a lucky recipient of this paperback book via Readers First. When it arrived I immediately picked it up to read, one of those right books at the right time things…

This is the story of what happened to the Ugly Sisters after Ella was whisked away by her Prince. I love a chance to remember childhood fairy tales and I do admit that Cinderella was one I really liked. The author has done a fabulous job of keeping the magical fairy tale feel in her story but also injecting moral aspect that I really, really enjoyed. This was a fabulous escapism read on a rainy April afternoon.


The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

When I read a Hardback book I always take off the cover so it doesn’t get damaged and also so I can see if there is any other details hidden underneath…I love these Magpies on a white cover. The significance of the Magpies are part of the story in this fabulous read, I have had this book since last year and I am so pleased I have finally managed to read it. It is one of those books that has a sad almost bleak style to it, this is not a criticism at all in fact it is this style that really draws a reader in, it plays on the emotional ties that you start to build with the character. This is a fabulously atmospheric and creepy feeling read that I thoroughly enjoyed.


Books In The Post

I have been very lucky with books this week. I enter a few giveaways, yes it is a bonus to win but I do it to help share the #BookLove it is my way of helping the promotions and Blog Tours in the hope that my tweets will help other readers find “new to them authors”. So, as well as winning a copy of Step Sister by Jennifer Donnelly, I also won a paperback copy of…

A Sister’s Sorrow by Kitty Neale

My copy came from the wonderful Avon Books in a Twitter Giveaway, I have seen but as yet not read any books by this author and I am really looking forward to starting this one.


The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

I recieved my copy of this Hardback, and I have to say it is gorgeous, from Penguin Random House. I entered a Giveaway on Cathy’s blog and you can find her wonderful Blog at What Cathy Read Next. I had seen many wonderful reviews about this book and I am looking forward to reading this so much.


Baxter’s Requiem by Matthew Crow

This is another book I had got on my reading radar, and this paperback copy is one that might just be my next read! Many thanks to Anne who has an amazing Blog at Random Things Through My Letterbox. If I say that Anne has said that she ” adored it” and also that she “adore this author.” I think this is one I will also enjoy!


Well, that’s me rounded up for the week. My total books read for the month of April was 15 taking my Goodreads tally to 72 out of my planned 200 for the year, so still on target.

My Netgalley tally is 18 on my shelf with 2 of those slipping into the older than 3 months, but with my 88% Feedback Ratio I think I can live with that for the moment, but I do hope to get them read soon!