my bookish weekly wrap up – week 39 2018

Hello! Hoppy Saturday to you all! Bunny and I managed to get in the garden for a little while this morning to start some bulb planting! Why does he never dig holes when I need him to?! Peeing down with rain out there now though so safely snuggled on the sofa to share my bookish week with you all!

Hope yours has been a good week?! Quite restrained here on the reading and hauling front! Managed to finish 4 lovely books this week, 3 books made new homes with me and just 1 newbie from NetGalley! I’m rather proud of myself haha! Ooh and GoodReads informed me this week that I’ve  read 200 books so far in 2018! I was a little shocked but very happy! And even with reading that amount you’d think my bookshelves would be emptying out a little….. wrong! oops!

Here’s a look back on  my week – click on the title for a link to the GoodReads pages!

BOOKS FINISHED

Melmoth by Sarah Perry  – 5 stars

Loved it!! As soon as my signed copy arrived from Waterstones I just had to read it and didn’t put it down until I’d finished!

The Paris Secret by Lily Graham  – 4 stars

a fabulous read full of history, secrets and romance 

The Light in the Dark by Horatio Clare – 4 stars

A fascinating look at winter and how it affected the author. Beautifully written. Will be reviewing in full on the Blog Tour at the end of the month! 

A Little Christmas Charm by Kathryn Freeman – 4 stars

The Christmas reading has begun!! And this was a sweet romance to start it off for me!

BOOKHAUL

The Shape of Us by Drew Davies – netgalley/bookouture

In a city of 8.8 million people, you’d be surprised. Surprised at how many times your path crosses with that stranger you spotted on the other side of the street. Surprised at how lonely living in a busy city can feel. Surprised that falling in love – against all the odds – is just about possible.

One day in London…

Daisy is rushing to work when a stranger on a bicycle almost knocks her over – and then asks for her number.

JoJo, a wife in her sixties, is trying desperately to win her beloved husband back from his mistress.

Adam has recently lost his job and lies to his housemate about where he goes every day.

Dylan, a teenage boy, lives with an illness which means he can’t leave his bedroom – but which hasn’t stopped him falling in love.

These four total strangers – whose paths cross in the charming and crazy city of London – have one thing in common. They’re all looking for love and they’re totally hopeless at it. But that’s about to change. 

Frogkisser by Garth Nix –  spotted this in the library sale for 50p!

‘Wise and wondrous’ – Holly Black
 
Garth Nix is on hilarious form as he spins his very own fairy tale, featuring Princess Anya, who, with her loyal dog, must embark on a terribly important (capital Q) Quest to acquire the ingredients for a reversal lip balm, the vital item needed to change a frog back to a prince . . . oh, and save her kingdom from her villainous step(step)father. 

Something of his Art by Horatio Clare

Very grateful to Little Toller for sending me this copy to review.

CURRENTLY READING

Where the What Ifs roam and the moon is Louis Armstrong by Esther Krivda

A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor 

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What has been filling your reading time up this week? The perfect weather for reading now this afternoon so I’m off to get a few more pages read!

happy reading!!

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My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – Week 33 2018

Hello all! Archie the bunny says hi too while he’s chilling out in the garden – destroying my plants is a tiring business!

 Time to look back at the past week and see how my bookish week has gone! It’s a little different to last week!!  Didn’t make it to 7 books read this week as I really struggled to find time, or the inclination, some days to read! And it’s not as if I wasn’t enjoying what I was reading! It’s just one of those slump things that we all go through – fingers crossed I’m over it now and this week I’ll be racing through the books again!

So just the 2 books finished this week, and one of those was an audio book! Where things went mad was on the bookpost front – 11 new arrivals for my shelves eekkk!!! Some I bought, some were kindly sent by publishers! My postman is cursing me again I’ sure!

So here’s a look back at all those books, and what I’m currently reading! Click on the titles for links to the GoodReads pages!

BOOKS FINISHED

The Unforgotten by Laura Powell – 3 stars

Listened to the audio version of this and it kept me gripped throughout! Dark and unsettling! Really enjoyed it!

The Angel’s Mark by S.W.Perry –  5 stars

Read this ahead of a Blog Tour next month, and loved this history/mystery story!

BOOKHAUL

Hope you’re sitting comfortably…

Charlie & Rose Investigate series by Jo Perry

Dead Is Better

Dead Is Best

Dead Is Good

The lovely folk at Fahrenheit Press have been sharing a few deals recently and one to buy this set got my interest so I treated myself!

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Published by Orion Press

Publication Date – February 2019

Extremely excited to receive this from the publishers! There is so much buzz about this book already so I can’t wait to dive in and see what the fuss is about!

Saplings by Noel Streatfeild

Manja by Anna Gmeyner

The Persephone bookshelf has been added too again!  

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

Having loved Old Baggage, I was glad to spot this from Lissa Evans in a charity shop! 

The Light in the Dark by Horatio Clare

Published by Elliott & Thompson

Publication Date – 1st November 2018

Received this ahead of a Blog Tour – very excited to read this one! And the cover is stunning!

Alice’s Adventures Under Ground by Lewis Carroll

I chose this as part of my Alma Classics monthly book subscription service! Anything Alice related is fine by me! 

The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood by Susan Elliot Wright

Published by Simon & Schuster

Publication Date – February 2019

Received this courtesy of The Words Podcast and another one that has got me all excited to start!

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

Saw Simon Savidge discuss these on one of his BookTube videos and it sounded right up my street! ooh and another stunning cover!

CURRENTLY READING

It’s another Big Book Weekender – Savidge Reads – so I love to take part in these as it forces me to pick those big scary ‘chunksters’ of books up that I keep putting off!  So with almost 1,000 pages between them, I’m going to try and read as much of these as I can!

What Was Lost by Jean Levy

Manja by Anna Gmeyner

Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan

This is my current bedtime read – do you have different books by your bedside?! – and I’m not really sure what I’m thinking about it at the moment! I should be loving it, but it’s not clicked with me yet!

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So how has your week been?! Better than mine on the reading front I hope!

Happy Reading!!

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up Week 18 2018

Hello all!! Thanks for stopping by to check up on how my bookish week has been!  My reading time has been eaten into a little as have been constructing a new rabbit hutch and run – ably assisted by my mum and dad! – for the bunny who is now doing all he can to steer well clear of it!! That’s gratitude for you!!

Been a good reading week though as last weekend was The Big Book Weekender hosted by Simon Savidge of Savidge Reads on BookTube, and it was a great excuse to pick up those big books that I’ve always put off reading! Over the course of the weekend and this week I’ve managed to finish 2 of the big books I picked up – over 1,000 pages between them! – and have loved both and loved the experience so hoping I won’t be as scared in the future to pick more up! There’s another Big Book Weekender at the end of this month so already excited to start choosing new books!  I also finished listening to an Audio Book which at 18 hours long could well qualify for the Big Book category!  Been fairly quiet on the acquiring book front other than through subscription box books – they don’t count though do they?!

BOOKS FINISHED

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by ANTHONY DOERR – 5 STARS

Why did I not pick this book up sooner?! An astonishing read that had me captivated from start to finish!! Loved it!!

The Last Hours by Minette Walters – 4 stars

An absorbing historical book about the Black Death and how it affected those living through it! Really enjoyed it and looking forward to the next book in the series!

The Trees by Ali Shaw – 3 stars

Listened to the audio version of this  – enjoyed the beginning but did find my mind wandering towards the end!

BOOK HAUL

I always love a Bookish Subscription so recently treated myself to the Bookishly Classics and a Cuppa 3 month book subscription. So for the next 3 months, I’ll receive 3 of Penguin’s Little Black classics alongside some lovely new tea to try!  And here’s my first parcel!

A Modern Detective by Edgar Allan Poe

The Withered Arms by Thomas Hardy

Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde

CURRENTLY READING

Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski

Summer at the Art Cafe by Sue McDonagh

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Wishing you all a happy reading week ahead!!