My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 25th April 2020

Hello all! Happy Saturday to you! And Happy Birthday to me!! A very weird birthday in lockdown, so I’m just going to be 21 yet again and urge you all to eat cake and buy books for yourself guilt free – my birthday gift to you all!!!

And it’s another been another week of lovely weather, so that has meant lots of time out in the garden for reading and another 5 books have been finished.. so only another billion to go before I have an empty TBR pile! Yay!!   But there has been no newbies, either digitally or real, so that’s good right?! I’m hoping to make up for it next week if the birthday gods have been kind to me!!!

Here’s my look back..

BOOKS FINISHED

These Silent Mansions by Jean Sprackland – 4 stars

Her Mother’s Secret by Jan Baynham – 5 stars

The Murder Game by Rachel Abbot –  4 stars

The Glass Hotel by Emily St.John Mandel – 3.5 stars

Q by Christina Dalcher – 4 stars

BOOKHAUL

A big fat NOTHING!!!!!!

CURRENTLY READING

THE SECRET OF THE CHATEAU by KATHLEEN MCGURL

out 15th May 2020

Everything is about to change…

1789. Pierre and Catherine Aubert, the Comte and Comtesse de Verais, have fled the palace of Versailles for their château, deep in the French Alps. But as revolution spreads through the country, even hidden away the Auberts will not be safe forever. Soon they must make a terrible decision in order to protect themselves, and their children, from harm.

Present day. When Lu’s mother dies leaving her heartbroken, the chance to move to a château in the south of France with her husband and best friends seems an opportunity for a new beginning. But Lu can’t resist digging into their new home’s history, and when she stumbles across the unexplained disappearance of Catherine Aubert, the château begins to reveal its secrets – and a mystery unsolved for centuries is uncovered…

Unlock the secret of the château today. Perfect for fans of Kate Morton, Fiona Valpy and The Forgotten Village!

HAPPY READING!!

My Birthday Book Haul Part 2!

Couple of weeks have passed now since my birthday – yep, i’m still 21! – and my fun of spending vouchers and money has now come to an end!  And i’ve been warned off going near any bookshops, websites, charity shops etc for a while as the shelves are at a critical level of overcrowding!!!  So I just thought I’d share the last little pile of  books (mostly secondhand!) that I needed in my life and to see if any of you had read them and which I should pick up to read first!!  Click on the headings to take you to the GoodReads page if you want to know more about each book!

THE SURFACE BREAKS by LOUISE O’NEILL – signed edition!!

How could I resist this gorgeous signed edition?!  A reimagining of The Little Mermaid – yes please!!

THE MADWOMAN UPSTAIRS by CATHERINE LOWELL

DIVING BELLES by LUCY WOOD

THE SING OF THE SHORE by LUCY WOOD

I, CORIANDER by SALLY GARDNER

THORNYHOLD by MARY STEWART

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Rather happy with that pile of goodies – and even if the stories are rubbish, the covers are rather stunning!!

So that’s it! No more book buying now for me……. until the next time!!! 😉

A birthday book buying haul!

Yay for birthdays!! Yay for Book Tokens!! Yay for money to buy bookish things!!  

It looks bad doesn’t it?!! And there’s a couple more to come!! Oh dear!! That might be it for me on the book buying front for a month (or six!) to come!!   But these are all books that have been on my radar for a while – even if I don’t actually have the bookshelf space to put any of them right now!  Us bookworms can get round issues like these can’t we?!!

So here’s a closer look at this ‘little’ pile of bookish loveliness and any help in deciding which one to read first, or how to overcome the storage issue, is always gratefully accepted!!

  Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate – the Hazel Wood – Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away – by a figure who claims to come from the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left       behind: STAY AWAY FROM THE HAZEL WOOD. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began   

  Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. 
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

      In Bookworm, Lucy revisits her childhood reading with wit, love and gratitude. She relives our best-beloved books, their extraordinary creators, and looks at the thousand subtle ways they shape our lives. She also disinters a few forgotten treasures to inspire the next generation of bookworms and set them on their way.  Lucy brings the favourite characters of our collective childhoods back to life – prompting endless re-readings, rediscoveries, and, inevitably, fierce debate – and brilliantly uses them to tell her own story, that of a born, and unrepentant, bookworm.   

Emmeline Lake is Doing Her Bit for the war effort, volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire Services. When Emmy sees an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent suddenly seem achievable. But the job turns out to be working as a typist for the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Emmy is disappointed, but gamely bucks up and buckles down.
Mrs. Bird is very clear: letters containing any Unpleasantness must go straight in the bin. But when Emmy reads poignant notes from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong men, or who can’t bear to let their children be evacuated, she is unable to resist responding. As the German planes make their nightly raids, and London picks up the smoldering pieces each morning, Emmy secretly begins to write back to the readers who have poured out their troubles.      

                                                                                     

 In a house haunted by memories, the past is everywhere … As darkness falls, a man caught in a snowstorm is forced to shelter at the strange, grim house Wuthering Heights. It is a place he will never forget. There he will come to learn the story of Cathy: how she was forced to choose between her well-meaning husband and the dangerous man she had loved since she was young. How her choice led to betrayal and terrible revenge – and continues to torment those in the present. How love can transgress authority, convention, even death.   

 

 Kate is a twenty-six-year-old riddled with anxiety and panic attacks who works for a local paper in Brixton, London, covering forgettably small stories. When she’s assigned to write about the closing of the local lido (an outdoor pool and recreation center), she meets Rosemary, an eighty-six-year-old widow who has swum at the lido daily since it opened its doors when she was a child. It was here Rosemary fell in love with her husband, George; here that she’s found communion during her marriage and since George’s death. The lido has been a cornerstone in nearly every part of Rosemary’s life.

But when a local developer attempts to buy the lido for a posh new apartment complex, Rosemary’s fond memories and sense of community are under threat.  

 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. 

  A beautiful lost classic of nature writing which sits alongside Tarka the Otter, Watership Down, War Horse and The Story of a Red Deer

This is the story of Wulfgar, the dark-furred fox of Dartmoor, and of his nemesis, Scoble the trapper, in the seasons leading up to the pitiless winter of 1947. As breathtaking in its descriptions of the natural world as it is perceptive its portrayal of damaged humanity, it is both a portrait of place and a gripping story of survival.

Uniquely straddling the worlds of animals and men, Brian Carter’s A Black Fox Running is a masterpiece: lyrical, unforgiving and unforgettable.  

 In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.  When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe’s place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home.

There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe’s independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.     

 In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.     

     A tribute to the natural history of some of our most iconic British woods. The National Trust manages hundreds of woods, covering more than 60,000 acres of England and Wales. They include many of the oldest woodlands in the land and some of the oldest living things of any kind—trees that are thousands of years old. From Dean to Epping, from Hatfield to Sherwood, this book covers the natural history of Britain’s forests and how they have changed the face of a landscape. Covering the different species of trees that give these woods their unique characters, the plants and animals that inhabit them, and the way their appearance changes throughout the seasons, Woods is a fascinating and beautifully illustrated celebration of Britain’s trees and the ancient stories that surround them.

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So there we have it! Just a few (!) lovely things I managed to treat myself to – there’s got to be an upside of being another year older right?!!

Birthday Book Haul!

It is that time of year again!!!  Time for me to pretend that I’m still 21 – oh, ok then 22!! – and dealing with all the aches and pains that come with getting another year older!!  Thankfully no grey hair…. yet! Must be the reading keeping me young!!  

But with getting older comes the bonus of books as birthday presents!! Was really stuck for ideas again this year so books are always a great present for me as I always seem to want ALL THE BOOKS!!  And the lack of shelf space never stops my need for ‘collecting’ so here’s a little peek at the books that my lovely family (with the aid of a very long list from me!) have treated me to this year!!

A tower of 11!!!  Should keep me amused for a little while eh!!  So let’s take an individual peek at each one!

 A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

 

have loved this series so much that I’m really looking forward to seeing how it all ends!

Miss Jane by Brad Watson

seduced by the cover on this one! Just hope what is inside is just as stunning!!

The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna Van Praag

The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna Van Praag

The Witches of Cambridge by Menna Van Praag

Was highly recommended this author by a friend who adored reading the House at the end of Hope Street, so I found this set of 3 with such cute covers!!

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Anything Alice In Wonderland related is fine by me!!  Not read anything by this author before so hoping for very good things!!

The Little Bookshop of Promises by Debbie Macomber

I have always loved reading and escaping into the books of this author – add a bookshop to the mix and I’m sold with bells on!!

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon  

One of those books that I’d not normally choose but have heard so many good things that it got added to the list!  Hope it doesn’t let me down!

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham     

I love watching Chris Packham on TV and can’t wait to read more about his childhood and the issues he has gone through growing up

The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill

Another book I’ve heard so many good things about via BookTube that it just sounded right up my street! And another gorgeous cover!!

 

So, there we have it!!  Not sure what one to read first as they all appeal so if you think I should start with a certain one in particular then please leave a comment!  I need all the assistance I can on the choosing front right now as it is just getting more and more difficult! Maybe that is an age thing too?!!!  

Off now to set the zimmer frame up…… HAPPY READING!!