My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 20th August 2022

Hello!  Happy Saturday!!  Still looking for rain to fall here so the garden is looking very sad as I’m running out of oomph to keep watering it all! So if you had downpours this week, please share!!

And it’s been a quiet bookish week too! I just can’t get going on the book front, although I have been distracted by reading Booker Prize Longlisted entries for some bizarre reason!  So you can bet that the ones I manage to read before the shortlist is revealed won’t be anywhere near that list!!

Here’s my look back!

BOOKS FINISHED

MAPS OF OUR SPECTACULAR BODIES by MADDIE MORTIMER (audiobook) – 3 STARS

BOOTH by KAREN JOY FOWLER (AUDIOBOOK) – 5 STARS

BOOKHAUL

Just one caught my eye on Netgalley this week…

THE COTTAGE IN THE HIGHLANDS by JULIE SHACKMAN

publication date – December 2022

When Leonie Baxter finds herself out of a job and out of a relationship, she’s at her wits end. Her life has just been turned upside down and she needs a plan, fast.

By chance, on a walk with her rescue puppy, Leonie stumbles across a striking house in the woods; fully furnished but unoccupied. As a journalist, she is determined to find out more, after all, reporting is in her nature.

But her attempts are thwarted by Lily Cruickshank who lives in the cottage next door. Why won’t Lily help Leonie? And who is the mysterious Flynn Talbot, whose letter Leonie finds inside the house?

And in uncovering the secrets of the abandoned house, will Leonie open her own heart and let love back into her life?

CURRENTLY READING

WE ARE ANIMALS by TIM EWINS

HAPPY READING!!

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#CoverReveal Where The Snow Bleeds by Wendy Dranfield @RubyFiction

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Hello!  I have another stunner of a cover to share with you all today thanks to the lovely bods at Ruby Fiction, this time on behalf of the lovely Wendy Dranfield for her forthcoming thriller WHERE THE SNOW BLEEDS.  

Time to share the blurb before the big snowy reveal!!

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“You want to know what I’ve learnt after living in Lone Creek all my life? I know the snow bleeds here …”

Former police officer Dean Matheson has been playing it safe since the case that cost him almost everything. But working as a PI doesn’t quite cut it, that is until a British woman walks into his office with a job that Dean can’t resist.

The woman’s daughter, Hannah Walker, and her friend Jodie have gone missing whilst working at a ski resort in Colorado. It’s clear there’s something sinister about the girls’ disappearance, but then why are the local police department being so unhelpful?

So begins Dean’s journey to Lone Creek on the trail of the missing girls – and he’ll soon find out that in Lone Creek, everyone has something to hide …

Where the Snow Bleeds is published on 30th July by Ruby Fiction and will be available to purchase as an eBook on all platforms, as well as in audio.

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Without further ado, here is your first look at a cover that looks enticing and chilling in equal measures!!

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Intrigued?! I know I am and can’t wait for July to come round to get my hands on this!!  hope you’ll be doing the same!

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 30th March 2019

Hello!! Another week has flown by and the sun is out and it’s feeling like Summertime in Springtime today! Glorious! Even the butterflies are back out in the garden and enjoying life! I hope you are too!

Been a much quieter bookish week for me and I’m not entirely sure why! Everytime I’ve gone to sit and read this week I’ve felt fidgety and so haven’t read as much as normal, hence why only 2 books have been finished this week! They were both 5 star reads though to be fair so maybe I’m suffering a little book hangover from those! Need to snap out of it though as the books to review are still piling up on the shelves – just 2 from Netgalley this week (I’ve been quite good!) and 3 books in for review, alongside a signed edition I treated myself to!

So here’s a quick look back at my week!

BOOKS FINISHED

Things In Jars by Jess Kidd  – 5 stars

Out 4th April 2019

Loved it! So dark and beautifully written!

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 5 stars

One of those WOW books!! Adored it from start to finish!

BOOKHAUL

Starting with those from Netgalley

RACHEL’S PUDDING PANTRY by CAROLINE ROBERTS

publication date – 18th April 2019

Primrose Farm is Rachel’s very own slice of heaven. Come rain or shine there’s always a pot of tea brewing by the Aga, the delicious aroma of freshly baked puddings, and a chorus of happy memories drifting through the kitchen.
 
But the farm is in a spot of trouble. As the daffodils spring, Rachel must plant the seeds of change if she wants to keep the farm afloat, and it’s all resting on a crazy plan. She’ll need one family cook book, her Mum Jill’s baking magic – and a reason to avoid her distractingly gorgeous neighbour, Tom . . .
 
Swapping their wellies for aprons, can Rachel and Jill bake their way into a brighter future? The proof will be in the pudding!

THE BOOKSHOP OF THE BROKEN HEARTED by ROBERT HILLMAN

Publication Date – 11th July 2019

Tom Hope doesn’t chase rainbows. He does his best on the farm – he milks the cows, harvests the apples, looks after the sheep – but Tom’s been lonely since Trudy left, taking little Peter with her to go join the holy rollers.

Enter Hannah Babel, quixotic smalltown bookseller: the second Jew – and the most vivid person – Tom has ever met. When she asks him to help her build Australia’s most beautiful bookshop, Tom dares to believe they could make each other happy.

But it is 1968: twenty-four years since Hannah and her own little boy arrived at Auschwitz. Tom Hope is taking on a battle with heartbreak he can barely even begin to imagine.

CAPE MAY by CHIP CHEEK – copy for review

Out 30th April 2019

A mesmerizing debut novel by Chip Cheek, Cape May explores the social and sexual mores of 1950s America through the eyes of a newly married couple from the genteel south corrupted by sophisticated New England urbanites.

Late September 1957. Henry and Effie, very young newlyweds from Georgia, arrive in Cape May, New Jersey, for their honeymoon only to find the town is deserted. Feeling shy of each other and isolated, they decide to cut the trip short. But before they leave, they meet a glamorous set of people who sweep them up into their drama. Clara, a beautiful socialite who feels her youth slipping away; Max, a wealthy playboy and Clara’s lover; and Alma, Max’s aloof and mysterious half-sister, to whom Henry is irresistibly drawn.

The empty beach town becomes their playground, and as they sneak into abandoned summer homes, go sailing, walk naked under the stars, make love, and drink a great deal of gin, Henry and Effie slip from innocence into betrayal, with irrevocable consequences.

Erotic and moving, this is a novel about marriage, love and sexuality, and the lifelong repercussions that meeting a group of debauched cosmopolitans has on a new marriage

THE TRUE QUEEN by ZEN CHO – signed first edition from Goldsboro Books

IN TWO MINDS by ALIS HAWKINS – copy for review

Publication Date – 30th May 2019 from Dome Press

Harry Probert-Lloyd, a young barrister forced home from London by encroaching blindness, has begun work as the acting coroner of Teifi Valley with solicitor’s clerk John Davies as his assistant.

When a faceless body is found on an isolated beach, Harry must lead the inquest. But his dogged pursuit of the truth begins to ruffle feathers. Especially when he decided to work alongside a local doctor with a dubious reputation and experimental theories considered radical and dangerous. Refusing to accept easy answers might not only jeopardise Harry’s chance to be elected coroner permnantly but could, it seems implicate his own family in a crime.

A BOY AND HIS DOG AT THE END OF THE WORLD by C.A.FLETCHER – copy for Blog Tour

Publication Date – 25th April 2019

When a beloved family dog is stolen, her owner sets out on a life-changing journey through the ruins of our world to bring her back in this fiercely compelling tale of survival, courage, and hope. Perfect for readers of Station Eleven and The Girl With All the Gifts.
My name’s Griz. My childhood wasn’t like yours. I’ve never had friends, and in my whole life I’ve not met enough people to play a game of football.
My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs.
Then the thief came.
There may be no law left except what you make of it. But if you steal my dog, you can at least expect me to come after you.
Because if we aren’t loyal to the things we love, what’s the point?

CURRENTLY READING


Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman


The Poison Bed by E.C.Fremantle – audio version from library/Borrowbox

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How has your bookish week been? Any new books you’ve treated yourself to?! And how do you snap out of a book hangover?! All tips welcomed as it’s driving me nuts!

HAPPY READING!!

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – Decembe 15th 2018 #bookblogger

Hello!  Hope you are well! And calm!!  It’s getting closer!! My list of books I want has gone off to Santa so now to wait!!

So on the reading front this week the pace has slowed down – except on the accumulating book front! That seems to have gone into overdrive…. someone needs to stop me!!  I’ve just read 2 books this week, have 7 new books for the bookshelves and there may have been Netgalley goings on too…. I am beyond help!!

So here’s a quick look back at my week!

BOOKS FINISHED

The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan – 5 stars

Loved it!!

A Gift from the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson – 4 stars

Another fabulous visit to one of my favourite places in book land!

BOOKHAUL

Let’s start with NetGalley…. 4 newbies for the overstocked shelves there!

Odette by Jessica Duchen

When a swan crashes through her window at the height of a winter storm, journalist Mitzi Fairweather decides to nurse the injured bird back to health. But at sunset, the swan becomes a woman.

This unexpected visitor is Odette, the swan princess – alone, adrift and in danger in 21st-century Britain, entirely dependent on the kindness of strangers. Bird by day, human by night, and with no way to go home, she remains convinced, to Mitzi’s distress, that only a man’s vow of eternal love can break her spell.

Mitzi is determined to help Odette, but as the two try to hide the improbable truth, their web of deception grows increasingly tangled. Can they find a way to save Odette before it’s too late?

Things In Jars by Jess Kidd

Publication Date – April 2019

London, 1863. Bridie Devine, the finest female detective of her age, is taking on her toughest case yet. Reeling from her last job and with her reputation in tatters, a remarkable puzzle has come her way. Christabel Berwick has been kidnapped. But Christabel is no ordinary child. She is not supposed to exist.

As Bridie fights to recover the stolen child she enters a world of fanatical anatomists, crooked surgeons and mercenary showmen. Anomalies are in fashion, curiosities are the thing, and fortunes are won and lost in the name of entertainment. The public love a spectacle and Christabel may well prove the most remarkable spectacle London has ever seen.

Things in Jars is an enchanting Victorian detective novel that explores what it is to be human in inhumane times. 

The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer

Publication Date – February 2019

‘I’d rather take a photograph than be one,’ says Lee Miller, shortly after she arrives in Paris in 1929. Gorgeous and talented, Lee has left behind a successful modeling career at Vogue to pursue her dream of being an artist. There she catches the eye of the famous Surrealist artist Man Ray. An egotistical, charismatic force, Lee is drawn to him immediately. Though he initially wants to use her as a model, Lee is determined to become Man’s photography assistant instead.

As their personal and professional lives become further entwined, Lee is consumed by two desires: to become a famous photographer and to have a healthy and loving relationship. But as Lee asserts herself and moves from being a muse to an artist, Man’s jealousy spirals out of control, and their mutual betrayals threaten to destroy them both.

Richly detailed and filled with a cast of famous characters, The Age of Light is a captivating historical novel about ambition, love, and the personal price of making art. In exploring Lee’s complicated and fascinating history, Whitney Scharer has brought a brilliant and pioneering artist out of the shadow of a man’s story and into the light.

The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea

Publication Date – February 2019

Iceland, 1686. The brutal, lava-scarred landscape can swallow a man without so much as a volcanic gasp.

Jón Eiríksson has just married his second wife in a year. But Rósa’s new home in the windswept village of Stykkishólmur is terrifyingly isolated – the villagers are suspicious of strangers and fearful of something which they will not name.

What is Rósa’s new husband secret, and why does the spectre of his first wife Anna haunt them so?

Set against the backdrop of the seventeenth-century Icelandic witch trials, in a land governed by religion and fear, THE GLASS WOMAN is addictive, breathtaking, and perfect for readers of BURIAL RITES and THE ESSEX SERPENT.

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The Ice House by Laura Lee Smith

Received from Readers First for review

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames

Publication Date – May 2019

And then there was shopping! I’ve been doing my bit to support Indie Publishers again (I really am a saint!!), and my Goldsboro Book of the Month arrived too! Anyone got any spare bookshelves?!

The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan – December Book of the Month from Goldsboro Books

From Galley Beggar Press

Forbidden Line by Paul Stanbridge

Lucia by Alex Pheby

And from Alma Books – signed copies!

Silent Music by Jane Hawking

Cry to Dream Again by Jane Hawking

CURRENTLY READING

The Shape Of Us by Drew Davies

A Game of Hide and Seek by Elizabeth Taylor

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan – audiobook

And relax…..so how has your week been?! Read any of these?! Anyone else already panicking about how they plan to read ALL the books they want to in 2019?! 

HAPPY READING!!

#bookreview The Widow by Fiona Barton

About the book

‘The ultimate psychological thriller’ Lisa Gardner

We’ve all seen him: the man – the monster – staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime.

But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs – the wife who stands by him?

Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she’d ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil.

But now Glen is dead and she’s alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.

Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.

Du Maurier’s REBECCA meets WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN and GONE GIRL in this intimate tale of a terrible crime.

‘My book of the year so far’ C. L. Taylor, author of THE LIE

Purchase Links

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MY REVIEW

This book has been my obsession for the past few days, as I listened to the audio version via Borrowbox. And it was so wonderful to hear it all brought to life so stunningly by the narrator – and I loved the bonus interview at the end too between her and the author which added so much more to the reading experience!

This is the story of Jean Taylor, who has led a very quiet life until her husband Glen is accused of kidnapping a young child. Surely not her Glen? She stands by him as the press and police close the net convinced they have found their man. We then hear the story not only from Jean’s point of view, but also from the perspective of a journalist wanting the exclusive story and the detective leading the investigation to find the missing girl. The timeline is from now when Jean is widowed and also goes back to the past when the media circus was camped outside her door from dawn to dusk.

I had so many questions in my head as I read through this – how does somebody stand by someone accused of such horrific things? What lengths do the press go to in getting that exclusive aspect of a story? And how does a police force build up a case where there is very little evidence or witnesses? And the author has done an amazing job of exploring all these avenues throughout as she follows the story of the missing 2 year old. You are left with so many conflicting emotions as the story goes through a number of revelations that leave you shocked, upset, angry and most of all intrigued as to the outcome of the story.

The journalist and the detectives sides to the story really added an extra dimension to the book – it was fascinating to see how the case consumed the detective and how he wouldn’t settle until he’d looked at all aspects to those under suspicion. And with the journalist it was interesting to see how their minds worked in relation to getting different sides to a story.

I found this to be such a gripping and fascinating story that I was sad when it came to an end. Looking forward to reading more from this author very soon!!

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My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – Week 32 2018 #bookblogger #bookhaul

Happy Saturday to you all!And relax! Well I hope you’re getting to relax a little anyway! Bit of gardening has been on my ‘to do’ list so far today, so now that’s done the sofa has taken me hostage!! So time to put my captive status to good use and catch up with my bookish week!

And it’s been another goodie! There have been some shorter books/graphic novels read this week so that helped me finish 7 books this week!  And then 5 have been added to my bookshelves, along with 2 audiobooks that I downloaded from the library via Borrowbox last night!  It’s fatal just browsing isn’t it?!

So here’s a quick look at what I’ve finished – way behind on reviews oops! – what’s new, and what I’m now reading! Click on the title for the GoodReads link for more info!

BOOKS FINISHED

Paper Girls Vol 1 by Brian Vaughan – 3 stars

Fun and feisty graphic novel. I’ll be reading more soon hopefully!

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh  – 4 stars

Slow start, but worth sticking with! Dark and hypnotic!

Summer at Hollyhock House by Cathy Bussey  – 3 stars

Little predictable but a quick, easy book to read!

The Amber Maze by Christopher Bowden  – 3 stars

Read this ahead of the Blog Tour next month, and enjoyed this historical ‘noir fiction’

Ladders to Heaven by Mike Shanahan – 5 stars

Another Blog Tour read, and I never knew Figs were so blooming interesting! Loved this and learnt so much!

The End We Start From by Megan Hunter  – 4 stars

A stunning little book! Bought in a charity shop this week for £1. Only 126 pages but packs a punch with its’ unusual style.

Evie’s Little Black Book by Hannah Pearl – 4 stars

Out on Tuesday, and a fabulously fun read!

BOOK HAUL

First to the audio books that I borrowed from the Borrowbox Library app!

Folk by Zoe Gilbert

Every year they gather, while the girls shoot their arrows and the boys hunt them out. The air is riddled with spiteful shadows – the wounds and fears and furies of a village year.

On a remote and unforgiving island lies a village unlike any other: Neverness. A girl is snatched by a water bull and dragged to its lair, a babe is born with a wing for an arm and children ask their fortunes of an oracle ox. While the villagers live out their own tales, enchantment always lurks, blighting and blessing in equal measure.

Folk is a dark and sinuous debut circling the lives of one generation. In this world far from our time and place, the stories of the islanders interweave and overlap, their own folklore twisting fates and changing lives. 

The Unforgotten by Laura Powell

It’s 1956 and fifteen-year-old Betty Broadbent has never left the Cornish fishing village of St Steele or ventured far beyond the walls of the boarding house run by her erratic mother. But when the London press pack descends to report on a series of gruesome murders of young women, Betty’s world changes. In particular she is transfixed by mysterious and aloof reporter, Mr Gallagher. As the death toll rises, an unlikely friendship blossoms between Betty and Gallagher. But as their bond deepens, they find themselves entangled with the murders and each is forced to make a devastating choice, one that will shape their own lives – and the life of an innocent man – forever.

Had to treat myself to some bargain Persephone Books this week from the fab Ninja BookBox BookShop

The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding

A suburban matron, harassed by wartime domestic problems – her husband is overseas – finds herself implicated in the murder of her young daughter’s extremely unattractive beau. This novel is about maternal love and about the heroine’s relationship with those around her, especially her children and her maid.

The Runaway by Elizabeth Anna Hart

This 1872 novel by a mid-Victorian poet and novelist is about a girl named Clarice, living with her widowed father and her governess ‘in a charming home at a convenient (railway) distance from the city.’ One day she finds a girl of her own age hiding in the shrubbery. She is Olga and ‘there is no question that she is the liveliest child character in English fiction’ said the Observer in 1936

The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett

First published in 1901, The Making of a Marchioness follows thirty-something Emily who lives alone, humbly and happily, in a tiny apartment and on a meager income. She is the one that everyone counts on but no one goes out of their way to accommodate. This Cinderella-like story remains a much-loved favorite among many.
This book is followed by a sequel, The Methods of Lady Walderhurst. Later, the two novels were combined into Emily Fox-Seton.

Resin by Ane Riel

A signed first edition from Goldsboro Books – I needed a treat!

 

Liv died when she was just six years old. At least, that’s what the authorities think.

Her father knew he was the only one who could keep her safe in this world. So one evening he left the isolated house his little family called home, he pushed their boat out to sea and watched it ruin on the rocks. Then he walked the long way into town to report his only child missing.

But behind the boxes and the baskets crowding her Dad’s workshop, Liv was hiding. This way her Dad had said, she’d never have to go to school; this way, she’d never have to leave her parents.

This way, Liv would be safe.

CURRENTLY READING

Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan

The Angel’s Mark by S.W.Perry

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And another week is all wrapped up! Now to be good and try and catch up with reviews!!  Have you read any of these books? Always love to hear your throughts!!

HAPPY READING!!

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – Week 22 2018

Hello!! I hope you are well!! I’m having a ‘meh’ day! Didn’t sleep well last night and it has taken its’ toll this morning! So I hope a bit of blogging and organising my reading list will help perk me up a little – and hopefully this blog post will make sense! Any spelling mistakes you spot, please feel free to mark them with red pen!!

It has been a good week on the reading front though so that is always worth celebrating!!  Still hasn’t made the TBR pile look any smaller though!!

And what also doesn’t help the TBR pile look smaller is the arrival of new books!  There has been a few! Some from publishers ahead of blog tours, some from shops that I was browsing in and some from websites of publishers who beg  you to buy #JustOneBook to help save them  – Salt Publishing it’s all your fault! 😂

So here’s a quick round up of the books I’ve finished, the new books I’ve ‘adopted’, and those that I’m currently reading/listening to!   Click on the title for a link to the GoodReads page for more info on each book if you so wish!

BOOKS FINISHED

Oh Crumbs by Kathryn Freeman  –  5 stars

Loved this!! Lots of fun, fab characters and a new book boyfriend for me to drool over!!

Song by Michelle Jana Chan  –  4 stars

Another excellent read following a young boy leaving home to help earn money to bring up his family after the death of his father.

The Winds of Heaven by Monica Dickens   – 5 stars

Another stunning story from the Persephone stable!

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay – 4 stars

Listened to the audio version – just over 3 hours long – and was gripped! Has quite a dark feeling behind it – my kind of book!

The Optimist by Sophie Kipner  –  4 stars

On the blog tour for this later next month, and this was a perfect light read full  of proper laugh out loud moments!

BOOK HAUL

Death and the Seaside by Alison Moore

This is the June pick for the Ninja Book Box Book Club which is a monthly book club online featuring Indie books!

With an abandoned degree behind her and a thirtieth birthday approaching, amateur writer Bonnie Falls moves out of her parents’ home into a nearby flat. Her landlady, Sylvia Slythe, takes an interest in Bonnie, encouraging her to finish one of her stories, in which a young woman moves to the seaside, where she comes under strange influences. As summer approaches, Sylvia suggests to Bonnie that, as neither of them has anyone else to go on holiday with, they should go away together – to the seaside, perhaps.

The new novel from the author of the Man Booker-shortlisted The Lighthouse is a tense and moreish confection of semiotics, suggestibility and creative writing with real psychological depth and, in Bonnie Falls and Sylvia Slythe, two unforgettable characters.

THE CHAMELEON by SAMUEL FISHER  

Following the plea by Salt Publishing via social media with their #JustOneBook campaign to help them out of a tough spell sales wise, this was my choice when I shopped with them!

John is infinite.

He can become any book, any combination of words — every thought, act and expression that has ever been, or ever will be, written. Now 800 years old, John wants to tell his story.

Looking back over his life, from its beginnings with a medieval anchoress to his current lodgings beside the deathbed of a cold war spy, John pieces together his tale: the love that held him together and, in particular, the reasons for a murder that took place in Moscow fifty years earlier, and that set in train a shattering series of events.

Samuel Fisher’s debut, The Chameleon is a love story about books like no other, weaving texts and lives in a family tale that leads the reader into an extraordinary historical journey, a journey of words as much as of places, and a gripping romance.

1984 & ANIMAL FARM by GEORGE ORWELL

HMV sell books now??!! I was in one of their stores this week browsing the CD’s and discovered bookshelves!! Dangerous!!  My old copies of these are way past their best so I just couldn’t resist these versions – 2 for £5 wasn’t to be resisted either!!

In 1984, London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind.  Winston Smith joins a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.

Animal Farm is Orwell’s classic satire of the Russian Revolution — an account of the bold struggle, initiated by the animals, that transforms Mr. Jones’s Manor Farm into Animal Farm–a wholly democratic society built on the credo that All Animals Are Created Equal. But are they?

THE LIGHT BETWEEN US by KATIE KHAN

Received this ahead of a Blog Tour and can’t wait to read it! Gorgeous cover too!

Isaac and Thea were once close, but they’ve grown apart.

Thea works tirelessly, convinced she can prove everyone around her wrong – convinced she can prove that time travel is possible. But when one of her attempts goes wrong, she finds herself picking up the phone and calling her old friend.

Isaac is in New York – it’s the middle of the night, but when he sees who’s calling him, he cannot ignore his phone. At Thea’s request, he travels home, determined to help her in her hour of need.

But neither of them are prepared for what they will discover when he gets there.

LETTERS TO MY DAUGHTERS by EMMA HANNIGAN

Received from the publishers – with some rather yummy biscuits! – I’ve been eagerly awaiting reading this since the sad news of the passing of the author Emma Hannigan. Think I’m going to need tissues for this read!

The new bestseller guaranteed to break your heart – and bring you joy…

Her three girls were her world. It was time to let them know.

To sisters Bea, Jeannie and Rose, the death of their beloved childhood nanny is a devastating loss. As the girls grew up, Nanny May had become so much more to them all: confidant, advocate, comforter, friend. In whom will they confide their hopes, fears and failures now she has gone? Especially now each sister needs a mother’s wisdom more than ever…

Martha cannot understand why her daughters are so upset about losing their childhood nanny. Yes, Martha was always in demand as a busy midwife, but that doesn’t mean she loved her own children any less. But why don’t the girls realise that? And has she left it too late to let them know…?

CURRENTLY READING

The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan

Mara’s island is one of stories and magic. She knows she’ll eventually end her days atop the cliff, turned to stone and gazing out at the horizon like all the villagers that went before her, drawn by the otherworldly call of the sea. Her whole family will be there too, even her brother Bee and her sister Islay.

But the island and the sea do what they want, and when they claim a price from her family, Mara’s world changes forever.

As years pass and Mara grows into herself and her scars, a chance meeting with the magnetic Pearl brings magic to life once more in ways that Mara never thought possible, in a story that she never would have dreamed for herself before.

The enchanting spiritual prequel to The Gracekeepers, Kirsty Logan’s The Gloaming is a present-day fable that brims over with dazzling imagination and captivating language.

 DEATH AND THE SEASIDE by ALISON MOORE

With an abandoned degree behind her and a thirtieth birthday approaching, amateur writer Bonnie Falls moves out of her parents’ home into a nearby flat. Her landlady, Sylvia Slythe, takes an interest in Bonnie, encouraging her to finish one of her stories, in which a young woman moves to the seaside, where she comes under strange influences. As summer approaches, Sylvia suggests to Bonnie that, as neither of them has anyone else to go on holiday with, they should go away together – to the seaside, perhaps.

THE STORY COLLECTOR by EVIE GAUGHAN

A beautiful and mysterious historical romance from the author of The Heirloom and The Mysterious Bakery on Rue de Paris. Thornwood Village, 1910. Anna, a young farm girl, volunteers to help an intriguing American visitor, Harold Griffin-Krauss, translate ‘fairy stories’ from Irish to English. But all is not as it seems and Anna soon finds herself at the heart of a mystery that threatens the future of her community and her very way of life….. Captivated by the land of myth, folklore and superstition, Sarah Harper finds herself walking in the footsteps of Harold and Anna one hundred years later, unearthing dark secrets that both enchant and unnerve. The Story Collector treads the intriguing line between the everyday and the otherworldly, the seen and the unseen. With a taste for the magical in everyday life, Evie Gaughan’s latest novel is full of ordinary characters with extraordinary tales to tell. Perfect for fans of Jess Kidd and Eowyn Ivey.

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All wrapped up  and I’m still sane….. just!! Hope your bookish week has been good to you! 

HAPPY READING!!

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up Week 21 2018

Hello! The month of June is with us…. how has that happened?!  And this was the month I had planned to impose a book buying ban on myself, as I’d spiralled a little(!) out of control over the previous month. I’ve coped well with book buying bans before so was all set….. and then I ventured into a library to just browse their book sale and the lure of buying a book for 50p was just too much to ignore so the book buying ban failed on the first day…… maybe I’ll have better luck next month!!

Picked up reading wise this past week which has been good, and with the 20 Books of Summer time now with us I need to keep this pace up!  So here’s a quick look back at all those books I’ve finished this week, acquired this week and those that I’m currently reading!

BOOKS FINISHED

The Parentations by Kate Mayfield – 5 stars

Loved this one! So original!

Nevermoor; The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend – 3 stars

This was a fun to read middle grade book that has been compared to Harry Potter, and if you read it you’ll find out why!

Tomorrow by Damian Dibben – 3 stars

Another enjoyable read, and another book of immortality that fell just a bit flat for me. Very original concept though!

Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins – 5 stars

Picked this up to kick off my Persephone Readathon weekend and what a book to start with! Loved it – will be reviewing in  more depth soon!

BOOKS ACQUIRED

Have been lucky this week to win a lovely giveaway from the bods at Serpents Tail over on Twitter so this book arrived in the post the other day.

The Summer House by Philip Teir

Publication day July 12th 2018

The light greenery of the early summer is trembling around Erik and Julia as they shove their children into the car and start the drive towards the house by the sea on the west coast of Finland where they will spend the summer. From the outside they are a happy young family looking forward to a long holiday together.

But look under the surface, and their happiness shows signs of not lasting the summer. On the eve of the holiday, Erik lost his job, but hasn’t yet told the family. And the arrival of Julia’s childhood friend Marika – along with her charismatic husband Chris, the leader of a group of environmental activists that have given up hope for planet Earth and are returning to a primitive lifestyle – deepens the hairline cracks that had so far remained invisible.

Around these people, over the course of one summer, Philip Teir weaves a finely-tuned story about life choices and lies, about childhood and adulthood. How do we live if we know that the world is about to end?

And then there was the book that led me astray at the library sale…. I couldn’t refuse this beauty for 50p!

Mrs Osmond by John Banville

A rich historical novel about the aftermath of betrayal, from the Booker prize-winning author.

What was freedom, she thought, other than the right to exercise one’s choices?

Isabel Osmond, a spirited, intelligent young heiress, flees to London after being betrayed by her husband, to be with her beloved cousin Ralph on his deathbed. After a somber, silent existence at her husband’s Roman palazzo, Isabel’s daring
departure to London reawakens her youthful quest for freedom and independence, as old suitors resurface and loyal friends remind her of happier times.

But soon Isabel must decide whether to return to Rome to face up to the web of deceit in which she has become entangled or to strike out on her own once more

And the other night I was browsing on the BorrowBox library app for some new audio books to listen too and these two took my fancy!

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

14th February 1900. St Valentine’s Day in rural Australia. Nineteen girls and their two school-mistresses from exclusive Appleyard College leave for a picnic at the brooding, hanging rock. Some of the group fail to return. Murder? Accident? Supernatural happenings?
What is the explanation for these bizarre disappearances?

Death and the Seaside by Alison Moore

With an abandoned degree behind her and a thirtieth birthday approaching, amateur writer Bonnie Falls moves out of her parents’ home into a nearby flat. Her landlady, Sylvia Slythe, takes an interest in Bonnie, encouraging her to finish one of her stories, in which a young woman moves to the seaside, where she comes under strange influences. As summer approaches, Sylvia suggests to Bonnie that, as neither of them has anyone else to go on holiday with, they should go away together – to the seaside, perhaps.

The new novel from the author of the Man Booker-shortlisted The Lighthouse is a tense and moreish confection of semiotics, suggestibility and creative writing with real psychological depth and, in Bonnie Falls and Sylvia Slythe, two unforgettable characters.

CURRENTLY READING

Continuing with the mini persephone readathon I’ve chosen to read this one next.

The Winds of Heaven by Monica Dickens

The Winds of Heaven is a 1955 novel about ‘a widow, rising sixty, with no particular gifts or skills, shunted from one to the other of her more or less unwilling daughters on perpetual uneasy visits, with no prospect of her life getting anything but worse’ (Afterword). One daughter is the socially ambitious Miriam living in commuter belt with her barrister husband and children; one is Eva, an aspiring actress in love with a married man; and the third is Anne, married to a rough but kindly Bedfordshire smallholder who is the only one who treats Louise with more than merely dutiful sympathy. The one relation with whom she has any empathy is her grandchild.

The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan

Mara’s island is one of stories and magic. She knows she’ll eventually end her days atop the cliff, turned to stone and gazing out at the horizon like all the villagers that went before her, drawn by the otherworldly call of the sea. Her whole family will be there too, even her brother Bee and her sister Islay.

But the island and the sea do what they want, and when they claim a price from her family, Mara’s world changes forever.

As years pass and Mara grows into herself and her scars, a chance meeting with the magnetic Pearl brings magic to life once more in ways that Mara never thought possible, in a story that she never would have dreamed for herself before.

The enchanting spiritual prequel to The Gracekeepers, Kirsty Logan’s The Gloaming is a present-day fable that brims over with dazzling imagination and captivating language.

And that brings that week to a close!  How has your bookish week been? Good? Bad? Indifferent?!

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