Hello!! It’s the weekend!! Time to celebrate! And the weather is bright and sunny outside my window, but there’s a chill in the air! I’ve even seen some snowy videos from people online today in various parts of the UK! Time to hibernate then with a good book or two and a nice hot chocolate!
Not been a bad week on the reading front for me, although I do feel like I’ve taken it easier this week! So 4 books have been finished, 3 books have been added to my real bookshelves and 2 to my virtual bookshelves! Almost balanced this week…. maybe one week I’ll get there haha!!
So here’s a quick look back at my week! Click on the book titles for links to GoodReads!
The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason – 5 stars
Loved it! Such an epic story!
The Puppet Show by M.W.Craven – 5 stars
Another excellent read for me this week! Gripping and chilling!
A Christmas Secret by Kirsty Ferry – 4 stars
A fun Christmas read featuring Schubert the cat!
Loving my Christmas fixes this year! Another really enjoyable story!
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield – proof copy
Published by DoubleDay
Publication Date – 24th January 2019
A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child.
Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life.
Is it a miracle?
Is it magic?
Or can it be explained by science?
Replete with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s bestseller The Thirteenth Tale.
Help The Witch by Tom Cox – signed copy from Unbound
Inspired by our native landscapes, saturated by the shadows beneath trees and behind doors, listening to the run of water and half-heard voices, Tom Cox s first collection of short stories is a series of evocative and unsettling trips into worlds previously visited by the likes of M. R. James and E. F. Benson.
Railway tunnels, the lanes and hills of the Peak District, family homes, old stones, shreds fluttering on barbed wire, night drawing in, something that might be an animal shifting on the other side of a hedge: Tom has drawn on his life-long love of weird fiction, folklore and nature s unregarded corners to write a collection of stories that will delight fans old and new, and leave them very uneasy about turning the reading lamp off.
Unquiet Women by Max Adams – bought a copy from hive.co.uk
Wynflæd was an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who owned male slaves and badger-skin gowns; Egeria a Gaulish nun who toured the Holy Land as the Roman Empire was collapsing; Gudfrid an Icelandic explorer and the first woman to give birth to a European child on American soil; Mary Astell a philosopher who out-thought John Locke.
In this exploration of some remarkable – but little-known – women living between between the last days of Rome and the Enlightenment, Max Adams overturns the idea that women of this period were either queens, nuns or invisible. In a sequence of chronological chapters, a centrepiece biographical sketch is complemented by thematically linked stories of other women of the time. A multi-faceted and beautifully illustrated study of women’s intellect, influence and creativity, Unquiet Womenbrings to life the experiences of women whose voices are barely heard and whose stories are rarely told.
Bitter by Francesca Jakobi – 99p on Kindle
It’s 1969, and while the summer of love lingers in London, Gilda is consumed by the mistakes of her past. She walked out on her beloved son Reuben when he was just a boy and fears he’ll never forgive her.When Reuben marries a petite blonde gentile, Gilda takes it as the ultimate rejection. Her cold, distant son seems transformed by love – a love she’s craved his entire adult life. What does his new wife have that she doesn’t? And how far will she go to find out? It’s an obsession that will bring shocking truths about the past to light . . .
Bitter is a beautiful and devastating novel about the decisions that define our lives, the fragility of love and the bond between mother and son.
The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal – NetGalley copy
‘A sharp, scary, gorgeously evocative tale of love, art and obsession’ Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train
The Doll Factory, the debut novel by Elizabeth Macneal, is an intoxicating story of art, obsession and possession.
London. 1850. The Great Exhibition is being erected in Hyde Park and among the crowd watching the spectacle two people meet. For Iris, an aspiring artist, it is the encounter of a moment – forgotten seconds later, but for Silas, a collector entranced by the strange and beautiful, that meeting marks a new beginning.
When Iris is asked to model for pre-Raphaelite artist Louis Frost, she agrees on the condition that he will also teach her to paint. Suddenly her world begins to expand, to become a place of art and love.
But Silas has only thought of one thing since their meeting, and his obsession is darkening . .
reading this via The Pigeonhole app
reading this ahead of a Blog Tour next month!
Have been loving the series on Sky One so that has finally made me pick the books up that have been sitting on my shelves or way too long!
And done! How has your week been on the bookish front? good, bad, ugly?! If you’ve read any of the books above I’d love to hear your thoughts!!