My Week In Books (15 Aug 2021) #booklove #bookupdate #MeAndMyBooks

I have had a great week with the book reading, there have been some fabulous ones. The weather here has been a bit hit and miss, a mix of wind, rain, sunshine and mizzle. This has meant the garden has been kept on top off in short bursts, I did manage to get the grass mowed before we had a down pour which was rather good.

The veggies are coming on nicely and it is great that we can pick fresh and eat within a couple of hours of them being picked. Cucumbers are doing well as are the courgettes, just a few a week which is all we need. Runner beans and peas are really doing well, although the first sowing of peas are coming to the end, and the second sowing are now coming in. Raspberries are growing well and not quite getting to the peak but not far off. Rhubarb, well that just keeps going and going and going, almost fed up with the sight of it. It is a good job there are plenty of others that like it and we are giving it away.

Enough for tea ๐Ÿ™‚

I work night shifts, and at this time of year it means I get to see some amazing views across Falmouth Bay. Some of the sunrises are amazing, this one from Tuesday morning was quite eerie, but incredibly stunning to witness. Some wonderful sea mist laying across the bay and in the valleys.

Right, lets get on with the books…

Last week I did mention that I was reading a wonderful book, it was this one. The Gathering Storm by Alan Jones. This is an amazing book and one that would definitely appeal to you if you are a fan of history and especially of WWII. This is told from the perspective of a German family and a German Jewish family who are employed as housekeepers. This is an amazing book, I was hooked and gutted that I got to the end of the 800 pages. Thank goodness it is the first in a trilogy. It is definitely a book that is going to stay with me, in fact it took me two days to process this read and for me to feel ready to pick up my next read. I don’t often suffer with book hangovers but this one is just amazing. The research, the writing, the story is just awesome. Full review to follow, publication day for this is 19th August.

Have you met The Skelf Family yet? If not then you really do want to give this series a go. The Great Silence by Doug Johnstone is the third book in this series and follows three generations of the Skelf family. They are a family of women who run the family’s funeral directors and also side line in private investigations. This is a brilliant book that had so much going on. A dismembered foot, a missing person, astrophysics, a wild animal on the loose! Yes you read that right!!! An amazing read and I am going to say you really should read this series in order to get a full grip of the dynamics in this dynamic family. Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour, it has already started. My review will be later this week.

I was delighted to be able to share my review for Bella’s Big Caribbean Adventure by Annabelle and Anne John-Ligali this week. This is such a wonderful story aimed at 7-11 year olds and it was a delight to read. You can read my full review HERE. This is the story of Bella, who impatience gets the better of her and also leads her and her friends into danger. A really wonderful read and it was a pleasure to help take part in the spotlight tour.

Do you like twisted psychological thrillers? Watch For Me by Martin Bodenham is one you want to look out for. This is about a family man who is stalked. Not only is it incredibly twisted, it also becomes dark. The author has done such a brilliant job with this addictive book and I adored it. That finish… Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour, my review is later this week.

Well that is me done for aniother week.

Wishing you al the very best in the coming week,

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 26th July) #Booknews #Books #booksread

Welcome once again to my weekly round-up of the books I have read or listened to this week. Another literary mixed bag for me again and some absolute cracking reads. A mix of new and favourite authors made for an interesting reading week.

So here we go…

I have included Amazon UK purchase links, these are affiliate links.

What a beautifully haunting read I am Dust by Louise Beech was. I was very fortunate to win a copy of this book a few weeks ago and it is one of my #20booksofsummer reading challenge books. This author is brilliant at writing stories that cross genres and I am Dust is such an amazing read. A mix of mystery, murder, suspense, love and loss. It is gorgeously written from start to finish. I have not read all of Louise’s books yet! and the ones I have read have been absolutely superb, if you have not yet picked up one her her books then I urge you to do so. I loved everything about this book.

Purchase Links – Kindle Paperback


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The next book does not have a listing on Goodreads yet and I am not sharing the cover as this is a self published book. I suppose I ought to tell you what it is lol! Well it is the second book in The Cornish Connection – Nancy Cornish PI series by Amanda James. I loved the first book and this second one is just as good, it is a mix of cosy mystery with a supernatural theme that works so well. A brilliant read and one that I adored and I think readers who like mysteries will thoroughly enjoy this series.

Here is the link for the first book in the series – kindle paperback


Oh my goodness did Tony Forder go dark with Slow Slicing! This is the 7th book in the DI Bliss series and is an absolute belter of a read. A police procedural that sees Bliss and his team definitely challenged when body parts start turning up, I don’t mean an arm or a leg but slices of human flesh!!!!! I did say he went dark with this book!. I have followed this series from the very start and this latest shows another side to Bliss as he puts himself in the firing line to look after his team. Amazing read and my review will be part of the up coming blog tour.

Pre-order Links – Kindle Paperback


I listened to the Audio book of Maleficent by Elizabeth Rudnick and narrated by Lucy Raynor. This is the “deluxe novelization of the Walt Disney Studios film Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie.” I have watched the film and when I saw this available for download from my Library via Borrowbox I decided to give it a go. The narrator was brilliant and really brought the story and characters to life. I am going to be honest here and say that I think I actually preferred listening to this rather than the film which I really did enjoy by the way.

Purchase Links – Audible Paperback – or do as I did and borrowed online from my library.


This is a new to me author and this is the 5th book in the series… I know typical of me to start midway through a series!!! Hunter’s Secret by Val Penny was a brilliant read and I wish I had started this series from the beginning. It can be a stand-alone read but I think I would have connected better with the team if I had read the previous books. It goes to show that reading in order helps the reader know the traits and dynamics of a team. Anyway, this is a story that spans 30 years, it is dark and so well written and had me addicted as I tried to work out the connections. This was a brilliant read and you can see my full review as part of the upcoming Blog Tour.

Pre-order links – Kindle Paperback


What a fabulous read Starcross Manor by Christie Barlow was and this is a series I have read in order ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the way the author creates a sense of community and belonging in the village of Heartcross, but the arrival of Flynn Carter sends a few shockwaves for Julia Coleman. She doesn’t trust Flynn for good reason and fears for the future of not only her B&B but also the other businesses in the village. A brilliant read and another cracking read in the Love Heart Lane series. Keep and eye out for my review for the Blog Tour.

Pre-order Links – Kindle


I usually have a few photos and this week I had a wander round the garden and discovered one of the plants I planted earlier in the year a Calla Lily. I love how the leaves are also coloured.

And now for the dogs… Buster looking on as Billy has his favouritist crow feather… ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‚


Well that’s me done for another week and I will wish you all a wonderful week ahead.

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 7th June) #booknews #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Another week has gone and I am still trying to get my head around the fact that it is June, I am still typing May!!!

I had a lovely surprise from the Owners and Manager of the Residential Home I work at. When I answered the knock at my front door and saw my manager standing there I thought “Oh Sh…ugar! What have I done!!! Then I realised he was smiling, that was a relief!!! He and his parents have bought each member of staff a gift in appreciation of our hard work during the pandemic. I was speechless, very unusual for anyone that knows me well ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚


So let me show you what I have read this week…

If you after a proper laugh out loud book then look no further than Gina Kirkham‘s book Handcuffs, Truncheon and a Polyester Thong, it is hilarious. It is part fact and part fiction and is based on Gina’s own experience as she joins the Police Force. I have had this on my TBR for a while now and when I knew fellow Book Blogger Zoe was doing an #Authortakeover it was the perfect opportunity to pick it up. A hilarious read and the start of a series of books that is perfect for lifting the mood. You really do need to head over to Zoe’s blog and read the extracts, the Q&A and the interviews with Gina they are hilarious. Here is the link for her Blog – Zooloobookdiary


This is the first book in my #20booksofsummer reading challenge. Her Husband’s Secrets by Louise Mangos is a domestic thriller as Lucie decides to take a trip to Switzerland and meets Matt. Overtime they develop a relationship, but what happened for her to end up in prison? A tense and intriguing thriller that I enjoyed.


I am on a roll as this is the 2nd book I’ve read in the #20booksof summer challenge and what a dark book The Dangerous Kind by Deborah O’Connor is. A book that deals with some tough themes such as domestic abuse, child abuse and obsession. I will say that the author does not go into details about the child abuse, instead she dwells on the feeling of the individual such as fear, shame and guilt. An addictive read that unfortunately does have relevance to things that have happened in the news with high profile celebrities recently. It is a book I would recommend.


After two very dark reads I felt it was time for something lighter and decided to read The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary, and tick a 3rd book off the #20booksof summer challenge. I didn’t read the synopsis for this book, and when I got into it more I discovered this also had a darkness to it as Tiffy is stalked by her ex and has to deal with his obsessive and possessive traits. This is however superbly balanced by the flatshare storyline. I absolutely loved this book, it has dark elements, but there are so many other things going on in it and I would highly recommend this one.


So quite a good week, 3/15 books off the challenge and I think I will definitely be adding another 5 lucky dip books to the challenge so that I will read the full 20!

So before I go I will leave you with a photo from one of the lounges where I work. As I work nightshifts, it is the perfect opportunity to take a few minutes and watch the sunrise. It’s the only way I ever get to see this time of day!!! This view is across Falmouth Bay and it is such a stunning view. It isn’t often I take a photo through a window, but the third picture was just caught right!

The photo’s really don’t do the colours I saw justice, just goes to show that that nature can outdo technology!

Well, then it is time to wish you all the very best and wish you a good week ahead.

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 24th May) #bookupdates #booknews #MeAndMyBooks

Usually I post this on a Monday, but as I have a Blog Tour review tomorrow I thought I would bring it forward a day. In doing this I am going to confuse myself and possibly one or two others ๐Ÿ˜‚

This week has been very random as far as the weather goes, from shorts and t-shirts to leggings and woolly jumpers in the matter of a couple of days, but then I guess it is a Bank Holiday this weekend (UK) so I shouldn’t really be surprised.

So down to what I have read this week…

This is the first time I have read anything by Kerry Kaya and I have to say I will be reading more of her books as I do have some on my kindle. The Price is a gangland thriller that focused more on brothers Fletch and Spence, well actually more Fletch but as he does look out for his brother he is also a large part of the story. A brilliantly addictive read.


I absolutely adored Rainy Days for the Harpers Girls by Rosie Clarke, this is the third book in the series and I wish I had read the the previous books, but it does work very well as a stand alone. Set in the run up to WWII, this is a story of family, friendship and loyalty and it is a gorgeous read.


I loved That Holiday In France by Rhoda Baxter, a light read that see’s Ellie standing up for herself and not being a doormat to her boyfriend. I loved how Ellie changed from so-and-so’s girlfriend to being her own person and how she was challenged to find her self. Another fabulous read and one that you can easily read in an afternoon.


How amazing is this book, well take it from me it is amazing. The Little Teashop in Tokyo by Julie Caplin is gorgeous. The author combined an addictive storyline with a cultural emersion into Japanese life, showing the contrasts between the modern and the traditional and I loved it. It is a romance that is very addictive and then there is so much more as well with references to food, tradition, art, tourism and food and a Tea Ceremony and food and well I think you get that I may have liked this one a lot.


I am a big fan of Mary Wood and this is The Brave Daughters and it is the 4th book in The Girls Who Went to War series, I am loving it and will probably finish it later on in the afternoon.


What I listened to…

I have finished The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy narrated by Stephen Fry. I read the book several years ago and loved the quirky humour to this bizarre sci-fi classic. The narration added a whole other dimension to the book and he really brought it to life for me. It is well worth the Audible Credit if you are a member, if not I think it is around ยฃ10 and so still worth it.


Before I go I am leaving you with some photographs of some of my foxgloves because… well just because ๐Ÿ˜

Well that is it for me for another week. So I wish you all the best in the coming week.

Yvonne xx

My Week In Books #Booknews #Bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another week of bookish updates of what I have read over the past week. Last Sunday was Easter, me and him went out for a walk in our local area, I had already got my weekly book round-up post scheduled so I didn’t add the photos then… well if I’m being honest I forgot about adding them until midweek when I finally remembered to download them off my camera.

So here are a few snaps…


So what did I read this week… I was quite surprised by how many books I had read this week, 6 books no less, how did that happen?..

I was delighted to read Adam Croft‘s latest book Betrayal. This is the 2nd book in the Sam Barker series and does work well as a stand-alone, I know this because I haven’ read the first. Now I do like the character of Sam and I did get glimpses into him being a decent bloke, though vulnerable. This is a thriller that does have a slant towards the political and environmental, and for me it worked well as it is more thriller. Keep an eye out for my review this week.


A non-fiction book next, this is Our House Is On Fire by Malena and Beata Ernman, Svante and Greta Thunberg and is the story of a family told from the perspective of the mother Malena. I did dither about wanting to read this one, but my curiosity got the better of me when I requested it. This is an eye-opener of a story of a family that has its own problems, and how they overcome them. It was written prior to Greta’s school strike and was released just after it. There is obvious mentions of climate change, but the first half of the book is quite heartbreaking. It is the second half that goes into the ecological side and the family’s involvement, it wasn’t too preachy and it was a book I really enjoyed.


I read Missing by A.D. Hay as part of the upcoming Blog Tour, a cosy mystery as such that is very quick paced. It is a novella and so is ideal for a one-sitting read. The main protagonist is James Laronde, an editor of a local newspaper who takes on a story writing role and ends up looking into murder, kidnapping and lies. A good quick read.


After reading a few darker book I was looking for something lighter and read The Little Bookshop at Herring Cove by Kellie Hailes. This was a gorgeous read and just what I needed. A property developer is wanting to redevelop the slightly run down shops and dwindling Herring Cove. Not everyone wants to sell up and they have their own reasons for that, but why should said property developer decide to help with some odd-jobs in the local book shop when his aim is to knock it down… A lovely heartwarming rom-com that I thoroughly enjoyed.


This mystery cover is for The Cornish Connection by Amanda James. I have read an ARC of this book and yes I have seen the cover, but as it is not listed on Goodreads or Amazon I am only sharing the barest of details. Mandy is self publishing this cosy mystery book and it is a fabulous read, I loved the atmospherics of it as well as the main story and the characters were great. Keep an eye out for my review in the beginning of May when it is released… well I did say barest of details lol!


This is the second time I have read a book by Trevor Williams and Dreaming of Italy is a wonderful story. Dreaming of Italy is the name of a movie and it is the job of Emma to scout out the perfect shoot locations for the film. She is aided by various people, one of which gets her pulse race. She is a workaholic, even though she says she’s not, and hasn’t really bothered with relationships in the past. A gorgeous setting that has been so well described and made me want to visit all the areas mentioned. Keep an eye peeled for the Blog Tour in May.


AUDIO-BOOKS…I finished listening to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling and really enjoyed it, Stephen Fry was a brilliant narrator. I am currently listening to…

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift and narrated by David Hyde Price. This is a book I have read a couple of times and I am enjoying listening to it, it does have a slower feel to it and I do remember the book feeling this way as well, but still enjoyable listening as I follow Gulliver.


Well that’s me done for another week, and all that is left is for me to wish you all the best and Happy Reading.

Yvonne xx

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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

A Week off and Days out! #Cornwall #NationalTrust #LocalEvents

So, as I mentioned in my weekly book wrap up post, I have finally got around to sorting out the photos I took during my during my week off work. Me and He (Alan) stayed at home and had days out, it was easier than arranging for someone to look after the 2 dogs and 3 geese.

The week started with the weather forecast not bring the best of news! A Yellow weather warning for wind and rain, so typical ๐Ÿ˜‚ So a couple of days on decorating and the obligatory and never ending weeding was on the cards! Although I did have a little help with the weeding! I finally finished the painting the front room. Alan used to work with Shire horses years ago when he was a tacker, the fascination of these gentle giants has stayed with him over the years, hence all the Shire Horse ornaments.


The first Wednesday in our village means one thing… OX ROAST! It is a day where I stay home and leave the car parked, if I don’t I wont get parked later as visitors and locals come to the village. The Ox Roast is a fundraiser by our local St. Keverne Band. The Band plays a range of music from the traditional marches to more modern arrangements… I have to say that their medley of Queen songs was great! There are various stalls and as the village has 2 , yes 2 pubs, so not wanting to dehydrate, I did partake of a couple of pints! ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜This was the 59th Ox Roast and possibly the last to be held on a Wednesday, next year will see the move to a Saturday.

So a few pics from the day, the setting up in the morning and also of the local church than has a dominating presence across the square.

Yes that might be a random photo of a bag of candy floss and a shopping bag, but did you happen to spot the second hand book stall… yes every year that is my first port of call ๐Ÿ˜ I suppose you nosy buggers Book Bloggers and readers want to see what I bought!

As the day went on, the crowds increase and by the end of the evening we were treated to a fabulous AC/DC tribute group who were fantastic! Sorry not the best photo of the that act because the spotlights played havoc with camera on my phone ๐Ÿ˜•


My next day out was to a local National Trust location, it is one of those places that is off the beaten track and has no facilities, just a car park! It is Poltesco Serpentine Works that has the derelict shells of buildings. It stands at Carleon Cove, a small pebble and rock cove that is a short walk from the car park through a small woodland. It is on the SW Coast path and does not attract the huge number of visitors, so is ideal so sit and listen to the waves and chill! It’s hard to believe that these were taken when we had a Yellow weather warning for 50-60 mph winds and heavy rain! Being on the east side of The Lizard Peninsular does have it’s advantages.


Our next day out was to another National Trust Property, this time to Gendurgan Gardens. A walk down through the gardens to sit on Durgan beach with a hot cuppa watching the world go by, before the trek back up again. While Alan is not a great fan of gardens, he did enjoy this one and enjoyed walking off his Sunday roast ๐Ÿ˜Š


While out and about I did spot a couple of things that made me chuckle. A brilliant card and some coat hooks…

Well, that’s the lot. It has been fun to sort through. A really good week with plenty to do. Unfortunately Monday came round far too quickly and I had a 6 hour training course followed 4 hours later by a night-shift… reality and normality landed with a bump ๐Ÿ˜‚

Thanks for reading my post, I hope you enjoyed it too!

Take care, Yvonne xx