My Week In Books – (2 weeks worth of reading!) #MeAndMyBooks #booknews #bookupdates and other stuff

This post should be called ABC…

A is for Animals (specifically cows!)

B is for Books/ Bloggers

C is for Cakes…. all will be revealed ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚

Welcome to my weekly 2 week update. I have had time off work over the past two weeks and I had a few days up in Lincolnshire to visit my parents. I would like to say a huge and massive thank you to everyone who shared the Blog Tour reviews that I posted. When I am off work I always take a break from Social Media, usually I don’t take on Blog Tours when I have a holiday, but this time it went pear shaped!

I had a long journey to Lincolnshire, usually 7 ish hours with at least 2 sometimes three stops for a coffee pit stop this time there a few delays on my journey and it led to just over 8 hours travelling! In fact the delay in the journey started before I had got 5 miles up the road from leaving home… I had to wait for cows to cross the road after being milked!๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ yes there was quite a few of them! Oh the joys of living in the countryside never ends ๐Ÿ˜‚ Further on in my journey there were several tailbacks due to traffic and also road works on the motorway oh and hay bales! Yes Hay bales!!!

You would have thought that once I was off the motorway that things would be a little better as there is less traffic… No! It was not meant to be! As I left the motorway I was then caught behind a car transporter that was slower than a snail, OK maybe I exaggerate but it felt like that, but Oh I do digress! For 20 ish miles I followed that blasted thing! But I got there in one piece and so that was good.

My route up the motorway passes by the fabulous Farm shop at Gloucester Services, I always go and drool over their cakes, not literally drool I might add as that would be disgusting. This time however I decided to buy a couple of cakes or 4 to take up and share with Mum and Dad.

Just look at the size of that meringue! I did make a visit on the way home as well, thought I had better get the OH a cake or two OK THREE! Unfortunately they got eaten before I remembered to take a photo ๐Ÿ˜ and they were just as yummy!


While away Me and Mum went to the Book Blogger & Author Meet up at the North Stafford Hotel in Stoke. The 2 hour journey there and back was so worth it and we both loved it. For me it was a chance to finally meet some fellow Book Bloggers and also meet some Authors. It also meant I purchased some more books for my kindle when I got home ๐Ÿ™‚ It was a small meet up and for me it was ideal as I didn’t feel overwhelmed, even so I still didn’t get to chat to everyone that was there. I loved this event and loved chatting to those I did get to meet, Mum loved it as well and it led to a lot more excited chatter on the drive back home again.

If you have never been to one of these and you are able, I definitely recommend going to one. It is great to be able to meet face to face rather than across a screen. It is so good to be able to chat to like minded people and talk all things bookish as well as other stuff as well.

We all had our own name tags and it was quite amusing that my Mum’s one said “Yvonne’s Mum” as I had forgotten to mention my Mum’s name when I said we were both going! ๐Ÿ˜‰


I suppose I should let you know what books I have read over the past couple of weeks.


I read…

All Summer With You by Beth Good

A heartwarming and really interesting book that is set in Cornwall. A romance that had a few surprises up it’s sleeve. I really enjoyed all things Cornish in this story as the author wove superstition, the Cornish language and also Cornish tales of old into this story.


The Reunion by Guillame Musso

This was quite a complex read, by that I mean that there was quite a lot going on in it and it took a bit more concentration on my part. A story that is intriguing and dark with some very surprising turns of events. This is the first time I have read anything by this author and I am looking forward to reading more.


Blackpool’s Angel by Maggie Mason

I love this author and she also writes as Mary Wood. This is a historical fiction that is the first in a planned trilogy and I am so excited about it. THis was read as part of the Blog Tour and my post will be later this week.


Sleep by C.L. Taylor

OMG I love Cally Taylor’s books, though I have not read them all…yet! This latest one is so dark and mysterious and I loved it. Set on a remote Scottish Island gave it the most amazing isolated feel. Suspicions are rife and when the characters all seem to have a secret they want to hide then guilt is everywhere! Brilliant psychological thriller and so addictive.


Darkest Hour by Rachel Churcher

Darkest Hour is the 3rd book in this series. It is based around a post Brexit Britain. It is aimed at Young Adult/Teen Readers and I love it. It has roots that are steeped in corruption, propaganda and has a strong Big Brother vibe to it. A fabulous dystopian thriller and I cannot wait to read the next one and the next one! This is another Blog Tour book and I have not shared the cover as it is not up on Goodreads or Amazon yet!


Reach For A Star by Kathryn Freeman

This is not the first time I have read a book by this author and her latest book is fabulous. It is a romance that I could not put down, I read it in a single evening! I found it had many suprising turns and it kept me on my toes right to the very end. Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour for this book


Notting Hill In The Snow by Jules Wake

This is a wonderful, heartwarming festive fiction read and was ideal for reading while snuggling under a blanket with a big old mugs of coffee close by, I do admit the coffees did go cold because I forgot about it several times as I was so engrossed in the book! Another Blog Tour book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Coming Home to Winter Island by Jo Thomas

I have read a couple of books by this author and she is an author I will automatically read even though I have only read two of her books! This is such an addictive read. Setting is wonderful, characters are fabulous and the story-line is fabulous. This is the last of my Blog Tour books for October!


Christmas at Ladywell by Nicola Slade

This is a novella and was ideal for a quick read, it is a mix of past and present that combines old family traditions and a little mystery. A lovely read and is for an upcoming Blog Tour.


While I was driving to and from Lincolnshire and Cornwall I had my trusted Audible app to keep me company. I downloaded The Chronicles Of Narnia and I am just finishing up listening to it.

The Complete Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis BBC4 Full Cast Production

I really enjoy audio-books and I do seem to have fits and starts with them, sometimes weeks go by and I am constantly listening to them and then suddenly I go weeks without one on the go. But when I have a long car journey by myself I love to have one playing in the background. I like to choose a story I know and I also like a full cast production. This version is fabulous and absolutely brilliant and it has all of the books – The Magicians Nephew, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair and The Last Battle. The beauty of this collection is that as soon as one book finishes then the next automatically starts.


My Next Read is…

Revolution by Piet Hein Wokke

I have not yet started this one, here is the synopsis for it…

Escape to the Middle East in this thrilling tale about Khalid, Abdullah and Jalal โ€“ young men who try to shape the kingdom of Beledar.

While the nearest battlefields of WWII are hundreds of miles of away, on the streets of Mayasin, the capital of Beledar, Abdullah struggles to survive. In a remote village, Khalid sets out in search of his father, and must face the brutal laws of the desert.

Jalal, the young king, wants to break through nepotism and corruption, but in a conservative, Islamic country, change doesnโ€™t come easy. That the western world preys on his countryโ€™s oil fields, doesnโ€™t make his life any easier either.

In this exciting book, Wokke expertly and poignantly shows the roots of modern conflicts in the Middle East, through the people and ideas that inhabit it. 


Well that’s me all done, thanks for stopping by and looking at my post.

Happy Reading folks ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

My Week In Books (w/e 29th sept) #MeAndMyBooks #BookUpdates #BookNews

Welcome once again to another weekly bookish update. As autumn has definitely started to make its presence felt I have been play around on Canva and also Giphy to create some new headers and titles on my page, they have a more autumnal feel. These are brilliant free sites where you can find loads of stuff for your blog, there are somethings on Canva that you have to pay for and you do have the option to upgrade, but I have never needed to pay for anything that I have wanted. Go check the sites out.

I have decided to join in with a new autumn/winter Reading Challenge and I hope to have my list ready to share later today.

I also have a post ready for Wednesday for another #booktag, this one is the Finally Fall and features books that evoke autumnal thoughts for the readers.

So let me share with you all the books I have read over the past week…

First up is…

99% Mine by Sally Thorne

This is a good read and I did enjoy it but I just didn’t feel anything for the characters. It is a story of sibling rivalry of sorts and how adult twins are fighting over their best friend. It is a good good read as I said, the story was engaging and had some really nice moments and I did read it through quite quickly, but for me it was just missing something.


Then I read…

Cage by Lilja Sigurdardottir

This is the 3rd and final book in this trilogy. It has been a great series and Cage has a very different feel to it. This threw me a little bit at the beginning and after reading reading a few pages I then decided to read the synopsis, it always helps! Then things started to fit a little better. So, this story has corporate crime at its core. I did think the previous two books were more engaging though Cage is still a very good read. My review will be as part of the blog tour.


The I read…

The Girl Downstairs by Stacey Lee

Oh I liked this one a lot. A historical fiction with a nice subtle element of romance that discusses issues of the day in Atlanta, America in the 1890’s. The author delves into racial inequality, the Suffragists movement in the US, social etiquette and also the different class and social aspects of the time. This is a cracking book that threw up some surprising twists and I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Then I chose…

A Grave For Two by Anna Holt

This is my first time reading this author and I was really enjoying this story but did feel that the end started to drag a little. A story that is focused around sports, doping, murder, blackmail and elitism. I enjoyed reading about the characters and Selma was one that really caught my attention, there is a lot more to her than meets the eye and I am going to have a look and see if there are previous books that mention this character. Keep an eye out for my review in the next couple of weeks.


Next up was…

The Holiday by T.M. Logan

A nice French resort see’s Kate and her 3 best friends on holiday, It is a slower read that gradually wrapped me up in its intrigue. I am still processing this book as I have literally just finished reading it. My review will follow in a couple of weeks.


My next read will probably be…

All Summer With You by Beth Good

Yes summer is over and I am thinking about reading a summer book… well why not! Here’s the synopsis…

There’s no place like home…

Nursing a broken heart, Jennifer Bolitho retreats to Pixie Cottage. Her new landlord – a former soldier turned movie heartthrob – has grounds so large, she’s sure the little house nestled in the woods will bring her solitude.

Alex Delgardo also has reasons to hide away. Seeking refuge after a tragic incident turned his world upside down, he knows that the most important thing now is to care for his ailing family.

But when Jennifer enters their lives, that changes. Because, as they both learn, you can’t heal others until you learn to heal yourself…


Other Stuff…

You may have noticed that I have mentioned a couple of reviews will be following in a couple of weeks time. This is because I have time off work and I am off to my parents for a few days. I am not sure if I will drive up on Wednesday or Thursday as yet, it depends on the weather as I would rather have nicer weather for the 6-7 hour drive. While I am away I will not be on Social Media very much, I do have a review going out for a Blog Tour while I’m away and, any shares would be hugely appreciated.

While there me and Mum are going to have a girly day out and are looking forward to going to the Book Blogger Meet up in Stoke. I am so excited to finally meet fellow Bloggers for the very first time and you will get a hug ๐Ÿ™‚ When I mentioned I was going, Mum asked me if she could come along as well, she said she would be quiet and not embarrass me!!!! What the hell mother! You most definitely can come and you will not sit quiet at all, you will join in and enjoy yourself! ๐Ÿ™‚


A photo to finish up with. I managed to get to the flowers in my garden before the downpour and cut some flowers before the petals got damaged.

Well that is me done for another week. Can you believe that it is October tomorrow! I wont be around to write a post next Monday so it will be a double update the week after ๐Ÿ™‚

Before I go, here is a quote that I found…

Only one thing left to say, have a great week everyone and Happy Reading ๐Ÿ™‚

Yvonne xx

Me And My Books (w/e 22nd Sept) #bookupdates #booknews #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to yet another weekly update post. It was one of those “not much really happened this week” weeks! I read, I went to work, I read a bit more, I wrote reviews and then… yes I read a bit more ๐Ÿ˜

I don’t take part in too many Blog Tours now and that means I have quite a few free days for posting reviews… Would you ruddy believe that I still manage to book 2 tours for the same day later this week! There is no hope for me ๐Ÿ˜€

So let me share what I have read…

I finished reading…

The Secret Life of Books – why they mean more than words by Tom Mole

This is a fascinating book about books. How books play a role in our lives, how we use them, what we do with them, their history and how they can shape society. A brilliant book that I originally planned on just dipping in and out of but in fact read from start to finish!

Look out for my review as part of the Blog Tour on Wednesday.


Then I read the first of 2 books I was sent by Run Amok Publishers…

Our Baby Was Born Premature (the same way he was conceived)

by Paul Alexander.

This is a humorous book about first time parents dealing with a new baby. It is told in little snippets of a single sentences to some being a full page paragraph and then all different lengths in between. It is a book of observations that made me so glad that my children are all grown up. This book had me chuckling knowingly to myself on several occasions. One of my favourite one liners was – “Always feed the baby after playing aeroplane” ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜‚

Review will follow soon.


Then the 2nd book from Run Amok was…

Stealing the Scream by Theodore Carter

This is a book that the author has created around the theft of the painting of The Scream by Edvard Munch from Oslo in 1994. He has then taken a very unique and different approach to a story that really surprised me, in a very good way I might add! A thoroughly enjoyable and very addictive read. Review should be out this week!


I also read…

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames

I can remember seeing this book earlier in the year and for some reason never got to reading it. When I did, I did my usual and didn’t read the synopsis and just dived right in. This is another book that caught me by surprise as I thought I was going to be reading a mysterious novel. Yes, it is mysterious but it is Oh so much more than that. It is a historical fiction story about the Fortuna family and their lives in a remote Italian village and then their emigration to the US just as WWII starts. It spans 100 years and is an absolute belter of a read. A 400+ page book read in 2 days because I could not put it down!

Keep an eye out for my review soon.


Then I read one my pre-ordered book…

Blood Song by Johana Gustawsson

I love this series, it is the 3rd in the Roy & Castells series and is bloody brilliant!

Once again the author uses her dual timeline structure that works so well and deals with horrific historical murder and abuse in Spain in 1938 at Las Ventas women’s prison. Also with the gruesome murder of a wealthy family in Falkenberg, Sweden. I love the way this author writes and also the stories she creates. Her charcaters are fabulous and have been so well developed, and yes to get the full benefit you should read her previous books – Block 46 and Keeper.

Yet another review that will follow soon!


I then had a bit of a book hangover! I also needed to give my brain a break as that was a lot of pages read through the week! I will probably read my next Blog Tour book which is…

Cage by Lilja Sigurdardottir

This is another series that I absolutely love. Cage is the 3rd and final book in the Reykjavik Noir Trilogy and yes you absolutely need to read this series in order.I do love my noir fiction, I do love this series and I am so looking forward to reading this and also gutted that it is the final one! ๐Ÿ˜ข


Well, that is my books for the week. My current tally on my Goodreads Challenge is sitting at a very healthy 157/ 200, that is 12 books ahead of schedule!!!!


Now as you may know I took part in the #20booksofsummer Reading Challenge, and then this week I saw that fellow Book Blogger Jo at Tea & Cake for the Soul (you can also find her on Twitter @littlejojackson) decided that she would like to do a similar one – 20 Books For Christmas, it is not just Christmas books but books that would be good to make the time to read over the winter months. If you took part in Cathy’s #20 Books of Summer Challenge then you will recognise the format.

Head over to Jo’s Blog and check it out. I will be compiling my list soon, I’m not sure yet how many books I will choose to read yet but it will be a good opportunity to catch up with some more seasonal reading. It starts Oct 1st and runs to 31st Dec xx


BOOK POST & PURCHASES

On Thursday the OH had a hospital appointment, I love hospital waiting rooms because they often tend to have second hand books for sale. I did manage to pick up a few fab books… well it would be rude not to!๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜…

I also had a couple of Blog Tour Books…

I love Maggie Mason aka Mary Wood, her hist/fic books are fabulous and addictive reading and I am really looking forward to reading Blackpool’s Angel.

The Photographer of The Lost by Caroline Scott is another hist/fic and looks as if it may be a very emotional read.


Well that is me done for another week apart from to share a photo. As the weather is gradually turning to cooler and cloudier days, you have to make the most of the odd ray of sunshine that appears… well that is what “the boys” Billy & Buster think anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

only thing left to say…

Thanks for reading my post and have a wonderful week ahead

Yvonne xx


My Week In Books (w/e 15th sept) #MeAndMyBooks #BookNews

Another week has come and gone, time is absolutely flying by and it only seems a couple of days ago when I last wrote up a weekly book update!

This week has been a good week, we managed to rearrange our kitchen after taking out the old fire. It’s amazing how much space this took up! It was also an opportunity to go through the cupboards and get rid of all the crap that we seem to have accumulated.

So to the books I read this week…

I finished reading…

KULT by Stefan Malmstrom

This is a dark crime fiction book. It is atmospheric, insightful and poignant. As the title suggests this is a story that spends some of its time in a cult. The author uses his own experiences from when he was lured into one, and boy you can tell he knows what he is on about. This is a fabulous read and I am so glad I signed up for the blog tour for this book. My review will be at the end of the month.


Next up was…

Coming Home to Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters

Anyone that knows me knows I don’t do Christmas until December, but this was a an author I recognised from other Book Bloggers reviews and I wanted to read one her books.

So even though it is not officially winter, the evenings are feeling a little chilly and this worked really well for me. It is a lovely heartwarming read that I loved. It had various threads weaving through it that gave it such a good depth, there were wonderful characters who had to work through dilemmas. A great read and another Blog Tour book that I will review at the beginning of october, yes you read that right October!


Then I read…

The Demons Beneath by WD Jackson-Smart

This is a creepy crime thriller and the synopsis really intrigued me. It is a really good crime thriller that has a bit of something else… This is a new author for me and after reading this one it will not be the last time, and I have just discovered the 2nd book in the series is available ๐Ÿ™‚ Look out for my review in, yep you guessed it October.


Currently Reading…

The Secret Life of Books by Tom Mole

This is a book for a Blog Tour in September, its a book about…well…books or rather how books can transform and evolve. It is about innovations and errors and people defacing books, burning books and books that create. I am really looking forward to this one. It has been a while since I have read a non fiction and this looks good.


Well that’s the Book stuff done… now for the Non Bookish stuff…

It has been another day today (sunday) of cooking again. Its all well and good growing food but then I have to deal with it. Now you know how homegrown and home cooked food is supposed to be healthier? Well not in our house in ‘aint, I was brought up proper and that means puddings, cakes, jams and chutney ๐Ÿ˜‚

So this week saw me finally making a start on the raspberry jam, I have been picking these for weeks and bunging them striaght in the freezer until I had a good stock for a proper jam making session. So 12 jars of my “Almost Seedless Raspberry Jam” was made along with 2 jars of runner bean chutney, some coffee and walnut buns because the eggs needing using up and finally another crumble, this time a plain apple one, I say plain but a good dollop of maple syrup and also some cinnamon adds a nice bit of mmmmmm to it.

Well that’s the lot!

I wish everyone a great week ahead

Yvonne xx

My Week in Books (w/e 8th Sept) #MeAndMyBooks #BookNews

Oh my goodness has the weather turned chillier or what. I am still wearing my shorts and refusing to put them away yet! Though wearing them to work when I am on a night shift makes me think twice!!!!

First up is the Non-Bookish stuff…

I had a good week in the garden and kitchen this week. I finally got round to dealing with my beetroot, this resulted in 12 jars of beetroot chutney and 4 jars of pickled beetroot. The chutney was a first make for me and nice and simple – home grown beetroot and onions, some donated cooking apples, ginger, vinegar and sugar! and it tastes great and is tasty in a cheese sandwich ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜

I was given enough apples to make a couple of crumbles as well, I still had some of last years blackberries in the freezer so they were added as well…

I think you could say that Tuesday in our house should have been called “Purpleday” and that Wednesday was definitely “FeelingFatday” ๐Ÿ˜‚


Now for the books I read this week…

First up was…

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

WOW! I loved this so much. I was a little dubious about starting this at night after the OH had gone to bed and I was sat reading in a room by myself!

This is tense and just awesome. Not everything is explained as such in regards to all the why’s of the catastrophe that led to people having to wear blindfolds, but taking a step back from the book and thinking about things logically, if there was a phenomenon that led to an end of days event… would anyone know the real truth anyway?


Then I read…

The Death Of Justice by Tony J Forder

This author is a favourite of mine and I always look forward to reading any of his books. This is the 5th in the DI Bliss series and I have to say it his his best book for me to date.

This is a real step up for me by this author with this latest publication. It is emotional, has a complex case and has so much drama and tension to it. It is simply fabulous and it also broke me, tears galore for me for this book.

As I was reading this on my ipad I saw a message come up from the very same author asking me if I had got this, his latest book! Very twilight zone or what!!!! So yes I took a photo and sent that saying… “Yep I am currently reading it” ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜‚

Keep your eye out for my review on tomorrow (tues 10th)


Then I read…

Guest by SJ Bradley

I read this book as part of the upcoming Morecombe & Vice Crime Festival Blog Tour that has been organised by Sarah Hardy at Book On The Bright Side Publications. This Blog Tour teams up 41 Book Bloggers and Authors for daily Blog Posts that see Book Reviews and Question & Answers posts. I am really looking forward to this. It runs from 18th to 27th September. There are some fabulous Authors and also festival organisers involved, so make sure you check out all the Blog Posts.

Guest by S.J. Bradley is a story about Samhain and how he has reached a crossroads in his life. He has to decide what he wants to do when revelations from the past suddenly arrive at the same time. This is a literary fiction story that has been beautifully written and was a lovely read.


Currently Reading… not sure yet, I will probably choose a book later today (Sunday as I write this) ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜

Escape to Giddywell Grange

UPDATE – Just read Escape to Giddywell Grange by Kim Nash – a fabulous and heartwarming story that I adored. This is the 2nd book by this author and the 2nd time she has delivered a fabulous read that I devoured in one sitting. Keep an eye out for my review at the end of the month as part of the Blog Tour with Rachel Gilbey.

And…

My next read is going to be Kult by Stefan Malmstrom ๐Ÿ˜Š


Well that me done for yet another week. I will catch up with you all next week ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care and all the best

Yvonne xx

My Week In Books(w/e 01 sept) #MeAndMyBooks #BookNews

Hello and welcome back to my weekly round up of books that I have read, and other random non-bookishness.

I want to know… How The Hell Can It Be September Already!!!!!

Autumn is making itself felt and the trees are changing colour and are starting to shed their leaves. Mornings are darker and the evenings have a definite chill in to them.

I am getting close to the finishing line for #20booksofsummer Reading Challenge, I wonder if I will make it? ๐Ÿค”

Right to the books and then I have some pics of our Sunday walk ๐Ÿ˜Š

First up is…

Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter

This is the first book I have read by this author, and also the first in the Grant County series. this is an author I had heard a lot about and I do own several of her books – just one of those finding the time things yet again.

Anyhow, this is a cracking read and it could just as easily be called blindsided as this is what the author did to me as I read the book and not just on one occasion either!

If you like you crime to be bloody and gruesome and completely addictive reading then this is one you really should read. There is a really wonderful cast of characters who are mostly full of southern charm, I say mostly because obviously there is a killer out there! A fabulous start for a new for me author and a chance to start another wonderful sounding series. Check back for my full review. This is the 17th book I read for the #20booksofsummer reading challenge.


Letters to my Daughters by Emma Hannigan

This is such a wonderful read and it is also the 2nd book I have read by this author. The title is perfect for the book as I soon realised as I got caught up in it. The daughters are Bea, Jeannie and Rose, the parents are Jim and Martha. The story is about the family and how they dealing with being grown up and making decisions. Yes we all have to do the adulting stuff and I know it’s not easy, but for this family there are some extra dynamics that mean things are not quite plain sailing.

This is a wonderful contemporary fiction that has a wonderful cast. It was a story that once again captured from the first few pages. A slower, quieter read that is full of drama and a fair amount of the dramatic as well. It is the 18th book in my reading challenge.


A Boy His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher

This is a book I decided to swap into my reading challenge and WOW! I’m so glad I did. This is a fabulous dystopian story and a little unusual in the writing style. It is told by Griz, he has never met enough people to play a game of football. He lives with his family and dogs happily until his dog is stolen.

This is such a fabulous read and one that I am savouring, the author has asked that no spoilers be given out and I get that. The author has created a story that I adored and I as I have only recently finished reading it I am still processing to sort out a review.


Currently Reading….

Well I haven’t quite decided yet if I am being honest. It will be one that will be the final book on the reading challenge and I should have it read in time. I am writing this post up on Sunday afternoon by the way ๐Ÿ˜‰

UPDATE… I have just started Bird Box by Josh Malerman ๐Ÿ˜ฌ and now wondering if it was a good idea as I am sat here by myself reading ๐Ÿ˜จ


Right then non-bookishness…

We are very lucky that we live very close to the coast, I am able to get glimpses of the sea from the house but one of my favourite views is a few small fields away. We ermmm…. well OK… I decided the We were going to have a Sunday afternoon stroll and give the dogs a run, it was breezy and sunny, so perfect weather.

Here are a few photo’s…

The dogs are Buster and Billy and are cousins. Buster (brown & white) has a ritual of HAVING to visit the water troughs on the walk back home. Unfortunately he does have quite stumpy little legs and he is not as young as he used to be, but by gum he is determined…

Attempt #1

Attempt #2

Attempt #3

… finally got there ๐Ÿ˜ see the water coming out on the right hand side of the trough ๐Ÿ˜‚

Then he decided to go and find the next water trough, this is in the next field on our way home and luckily for old stumpy legs, it’s lower to the ground ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

That’s one happy chappy!

Well, that’s me done for another week. Hope you all have a good one and call back next week to see if I did manage to read the 20th and final book in the reading challenge in time!

Happy Reading Folks

Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 25 Aug) #MeAndMyBooks #BookNews

Welcome once again to my weekly wrap-up of the books I have read or am reading this week.

The weather is actually behaving and is like it should be. It’s sunny (ish) it’s warm and there is a yellow heat warning out, this means a 60% chance of really hot weather, no call me a cynic, but it is August Bank Holiday in the UK… that’s all I’m saying. It seems to be all or nothing at the moment…

So let’s have a look and see what I read this week…

My first book is a series that many readers and Book Bloggers will know all about. I have several books by this author and have only just got around to picking up the first in the series…

Silent Scream by Angela Marsons

Well I have to say I love Kim Stone, feisty, determined, strong willed and a fabulous character to finally meet. I was so impressed with this first book and I can see why fellow Book Bloggers absolutely rave about Angela Marson’s books. I am so glad I have started this series and the best bit is that there are several more books to read ๐Ÿ˜


Next is for a Blog Tour, I was given the chance to read the full collection for this Tour, the collection is 3 books and… well let me show you…

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The Boxer Boys Collection by Nick Rippington

This is the Boxer Boys Collection and it is three books that follow the lives of the Boxer Boys gang. Getting to know the boys, their families and the routes they take through life was so interesting. Yes at times it is as you would expect, but the author does not go into blood and gore with some of the things that go on. This was a surprising series for me because it wasn’t what I was expecting. It is about family and friendship as well as the gang stuff. It’s also about growing up in the shadow of your father and being branded the same as him.

I am looking forward to reviewing this series as part of the blog tour in the first week of September.


Currently Reading

I am currently reading another book for a Blog Tour, this one is for…

There is no cover for it yet not on Goodreads either watch for the Blog Tour that starts at the beginning of September…

It is for the 2nd in the Battle ground Series by Rachel Churcher. A YA/dystopian that I am really enjoying, and its good to find out what is going on with the teens that I met in the first book.


Other stuff…

I am picking raspberries everyday and they are doing great, only a few are ready each day but I do freeze them, I have a good couple of pounds in the freezer at the moment… I can’t wait to turn them into my own “Almost seedless Raspberry Jam”! Almost seedless because I always manage to get some seeds through ๐Ÿ˜…

OH has been busy with the rotivator now that all the potatoes, carrots, beetroot and onions have been harvested. He does a good job with rotivating and keeps straighter line than what I do! ๐Ÿ˜‚


Well as they say “That’s All Folks!”

Wishing everyone a fabulous week and hope you all have a good Bank Holiday! I am on a night-shift on Monday (tonight) so I am making the most of today (Sunday) … ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

All the best Yvonne xx

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 ๐Ÿ˜‚


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 Siglufjรถrรฐur. 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 ๐Ÿ™„ 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 ๐Ÿคฃ

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜˜