My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up!

Greetings from a very grey and drizzly corner of Essex!  The perfect kind of day for hibernating and ‘trying’ to get organised on the bookish front!! Which probably means that I’ll end up playing Fishdom and searching for new books to buy online!!  Just think of all the spare time we must have had before the internet was invented!!!  How did we pass the time??!!

Hope you’ve all had good weeks!  Been a pretty quiet one here but I have picked up the pace on the Christmas shopping front! Am determined to have it all done before the shops get crazy mad – if only certain members of my family knew what they wanted! Bookshop vouchers for all I’m thinking!!! 😉

Been another productive bookish week for me – 3 books finished and a few more added to the shelves!!  I started watching some book decluttering videos on YouTube the other day, and it has got me thinking about why I keep so many books!  And I know I want to read ALL THE BOOKS, but that is impossible so I really need to rethink the way I buy books and then what to do with read books – do you keep all yours?!  Interested to know how you manage your ‘book collections’ as I constantly find myself wandering around the house trying to fit in another bookcase or two, and that isn’t proving to be the best solution!

So, on with what I’ve read this week, books I’ve been sent, books I’ve bought and what I’m currently reading!


Sex Object by Jessica Valenti  –  2 stars

Read this for Non-Fiction November and didn’t really get on very well with it!  Found the most powerful part of the book was the endnotes which got her point across far better than the rest of the book!

Made in Japan by S.J. Parks   

Read this for part of an upcoming Blog Tour of which I’m taking part in, and I found this to be a really interesting read – review to follow on the blog tour!!

Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker  –  5 stars


One of those books that I’d had in my possession for an absolute age, but it was only when I started to listen to the Audio Version that I became enthralled with the story!  Highly recommended!!  But not if you don’t like sweary books!!


Poor Posties have been suffering this week so I think I might need to treat them to extra sweeties at Christmas!  

A MAP OF THE DARK by KAREN ELLIS   –  out January 2018

A girl, missing
A woman, searching
A killer, planning…

A thrilling new FBI series for fans of Tess Gerritsen and Karin Slaughter.

FBI Agent Elsa Myers finds missing people.
She knows how it feels to be lost…

Though her father lies dying in a hospital north of New York City, Elsa cannot refuse a call for help. A teenage girl has gone missing from Forest Hills, Queens, and during the critical first hours of the case, a series of false leads hides the fact that she did not go willingly.

With each passing hour, as the hunt for Ruby deepens into a search for a man who may have been killing for years, the case starts to get underneath Elsa’s skin. Everything she has buried – her fraught relationship with her sister and niece, her self-destructive past, her mother’s death – threatens to resurface, with devastating consequences.

In order to save the missing girl, she may have to lose herself…and return to the darkness she’s been hiding from for years.


 THE HOMECOMING by ROSIE HOWARD  –  out February 2018

Maddy fled the idyllic market town of Havenbury Magna three years ago, the scene of a traumatic incident she revisits most clearly in her dreams. Even so, when she is called back to help at the Havenbury Arms when her godfather Patrick suffers a heart attack, she is unprepared for the welter of emotions her return provokes. Psychologist and ex-army officer Ben is sure he can help Maddy to resolve her fears, until he finds himself falling for her, and struggling with a recently uncovered family secret of which Maddy is blissfully unaware. Then Maddy’s mother, Helen, arrives and Patrick himself must confront a few uncomfortable truths about his history and the pub’s future.

And then there has been some lovely post from Bookishly  – I subscribe to their fabulous monthly Tea and Book Club and this is the rather fantastic parcel of goodies that arrived today!

And then they also sell classics with covers that they design themselves.  My plan is to read more classics in 2018 so how could I resist these gorgeous covers..



In 1944, in a sleepy English village, Daniel and his emotionally-distant mother, Annabel, remain at home while his father is off fighting a war that seems both omnipresent and very, very far away.

When mother and son befriend Hans, a German PoW working on a nearby farm, their lives are suddenly filled with excitement – though the prisoner comes to mean very different things to each of them. To Annabel, he is an awakening from the darkness that has engulfed her since Daniel’s birth. To her son, a solitary boy caught up in the mythical world of fairy-tales, he is perhaps a prince in disguise or a magical woodchopper. But Daniel often struggles to tell the difference between fantasy and reality, and Hans has plans to spin a special sort of web to entrap mother and son for his own needs.

This was a Kindle purchase – how could I not at 99p! Have heard so many good things via Twitter and Blogs about this that I’m itching to start it soon!


The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler

Reading this one for Non-fiction November, and am loving it! So many authors I’d never heard of and so many fascinating stories behind their success – and subsequent fall from grace.

House of Christmas Secrets by Lynda Stacey

The festive reading has begun!!  Think I need to start this genre early so I can get through all the ones I want to read before 25th December! I loved The House of Secrets so can’t wait to revisit the characters!

So, there we have it!  Hope your weeks have been as productive!  My plan now is to spend the rest of the weekend reading so hoping to make another big dent on the TBR pile before I’m faced with the decision of having to chuck a load out!!



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