Weekly Bookish Wrap Up!

Good Day to you! And Happy National Tea Day!!  Ooh I do love a nice cuppa and have to thank my grandparents for that addiction – I still remember being served very sweet tea in the most beautiful bone china tea cups whenever we went to visit!  That’s why I always do my best to hunt out a cafe where they serve Tea the proper way!  None of your plastic cup rubbish for me!!

Anyway, getting back to the books!  Hope you’ve all had a lovely bookish week!  Been a mixed bag here! Some good reads, some not so good and only one new addition to the bookshelf chaos! See, told you I can be good! Although this won’t be the case next week as it’s my birthday (21st yet again!!) and all i’ve asked for is books so watch out the birthday haul blog post coming soon!! Now, on to the books!

BOOKS FINISHED

Mixed things up here this week with some graphic novel reads and loved the experience so will definitely be looking out for more to read! Any suggestions always welcome of what are the best graphic novels to read! Click on the title of each book if you’d like to see my GoodReads review!

I Hate Fairyland #1 by Skottie Young

I Hate Faiyrland #2 by Skottie Young

Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon


The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins

Mr Gandy’s Grand Tour by Alan Titchmarsh

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

A Place For Us by Harriet Evans

Always a little disappointing not to enjoy a couple of the books, but I guess  you have to experience the bad (in your opinion as others might love them!) to appreciate the good even more!!

BOOKS BOUGHT

Amy Snow by Tracy Rees

Left to perish on a bank of snow as a baby, Amy has never known love, never known family.

Reluctantly given shelter at nearby Hatville Court, she is despised by the masters and servants alike.

The beautiful Hatville heiress, Aurelia Vennaway, is Amy’s only advocate – she becomes the light of Amy’s life, and the centre of her existence.

So when Aurelia dies young, Amy’s world collapses. But Aurelia leaves Amy with one last gift.

A bundle of letters with a coded key. A treasure hunt that only Amy can unlock.

A life-changing secret awaits… if only she can reach it

Current Reads

Somehow she’d always known that she would end like this. In a small square room, in a small square flat. In a small square box, perhaps. Cardboard, with a sticker on the outside. And a name…

An old lady dies alone and unheeded in a cold Edinburgh flat, on a snowy Christmas night. A faded emerald dress hangs in her wardrobe; a spilt glass of whisky pools on the carpet. A few days later a middle-aged woman arrives back to the city of her birth, her future uncertain, her past in tatters. But what Margaret Penny cannot yet know is that in investigating the death of one friendless old lady, her own life will become enriched beyond measure.

The Other Mrs Walker – a detective story with no detective – is a beautiful, beguiling and intensely moving debut.

COW n. /ka?/

A piece of meat; born to breed; past its sell-by-date; one of the herd.

Women don’t have to fall into a stereotype.

The Cows is a powerful novel about three women. In all the noise of modern life, each needs to find their own voice.

It’s about friendship and being female.
It’s bold and brilliant.
It’s searingly perceptive.
It’s about never following the herd.
And everyone is going to be talking about it. 

The job of the skin is to keep things in.

On the buttoned-down island of Here, all is well. By which we mean: orderly, neat, contained and, moreover, beardless.

Or at least it is until one famous day, when Dave, bald but for a single hair, finds himself assailed by a terrifying, unstoppable… monster*!

Where did it come from? How should the islanders deal with it? And what, most importantly, are they going to do with Dave?

The first book from a new leading light of UK comics, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is an off-beat fable worthy of Roald Dahl. It is about life, death and the meaning of beards.

(*We mean a gigantic beard, basically.) 

There we have it!  Hope you’ve enjoyed a little peek into my reading habits this week!  

Happy Reading!!

Bookish Weekly Wrap up – Easter special

Hello!!! And Happy Easter from myself and Archie the bunny who is busy on his own kind of Egg hunt in the garden – tracking down my favourite plants and nibbling them before I can stop him!!  Wonder if there are rabbit obedience classes I can sign him up for?!

I hope everyone will be able to put the Easter holidays to good use on the reading front! I have a confession to make this week – it has been an extremely poor week for me on the reading front!  The reading slump has struck and even though I have a ton of wonderful books to get through, my brain has decided to go on strike and creating obstacles for me to do anything and everything BUT read!  Help!!! So I am hoping that a couple of quiet days at home, and some extra chocolate rations, will help inspire me to knuckle down and get my reading groove back on!!

BUT it has been a rather wonderful week for obtaining books and winning stuff!!!  First to the winning stuff part!!  I don’t know if you are aware of the wonderful people at Bookishly who have a wonderful site full of wonderful literary gifts. They also run some wonderful book subscription boxes so I’d highly recommend checking them out, especially if you are looking for literary gifts that are a little bit different.  This month they had an Alice in Wonderland crate which was jam packed with Alice goodies and a lovely edition of Alice in Wonderland.  And in one of the crates they were hiding a white chocolate rabbit and if you were lucky enough to win it then the prize was £150 worth of goodies of your choice from their website….. 

 ooh look who found a white chocolate rabbit!!!!  squeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!

so once I’d finished squealing over my breakfast and emailing the company my news, I got to enjoy all the lovely goodies that were in the Alice crate!  Made my day I can tell you!!  Alice will now always be even more special to me!!

Books Read

The Body In the Ice by A.J. Mackenzie

This was a really enjoyable read which is part of a series so I’m looking forward to going back and reading the first in the series and to the next due out soonish!

Book Post

The art of obtaining books never seems to be a problem for me and this week has proved that!  First up was  a treat to myself from Big Green Bookshop who had a signing with Scarlett Thomas as she launched her new childrens’ book – any mention of a dragon is enough for me so am really looking forward to this one! Click on the book titles for a link to the GoodReads pages!

 Dragon’s Green by Scarlett Thomas 

  

 And then this 6 lovely beasts arrived as part of my latest batch of books as part of the Urbane Publications Book Club where they send out every book they publish throughout the year for £99.99.  

The Knowing by David Graham

Electric Souk by Rose McGinty

Imperfection by Ray Clark

Marching on Together by PJ Whiteley

A Monster by Violet by Laura Wake

An Actor’s Life For Me? by Zoe Sullivan

 

 And the postie was cursing me today with the arrival of 3 books from the publishers for reviewing, all out early May 2017

The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins

 

 

 

Mr Gandy’s Grand Tour by Alan Titchmarsh

Amnesia by Michael Ridpath

It seems I may have a little bit of reading to do eh!!!  Oops!!  So the plan now is to spend the rest of the weekend under a blanket, with numerous cups of tea and the odd bar of chocolate and make a start on some of these and finally get a couple finished that have been loitering on my bedside table  for a while!!  

HAPPY EASTER AND HAPPY READING!!