My Christmas 2019 Bookhaul #bookstack

Hello!!! Just thought I would share a little post abut my Christmas Book Haul as I’ve been very lucky to have been spoilt by Santa, family and friends this year! And I know how much I enjoy looking at what other people got for Christmas! Nosey lot aren’t we!! Ooh got a cute Puffin cushion too so he wanted in on the photo!!

Click on the link to take you to the GoodReads blurb page!

Pan’s Labryinth by Guillermo del Toro

The Boy, The Fox, The Mole and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

Starling Days by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Things We Say In The Dark by Kirsty Logan

The Ten Loves of Mr Nishino by Hiromi Kawakami

Transcription by Kate Atkinson

The Gospel Of Loki by Joanne M.Harris

Runelight by Joanne M Harris

Runemarks by Joanne M Harris

We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson

Anyone read any of these?! A number of them have been on my wishlist for a while so it’s nice to finally have my grubby little mitts on them!

There was also a couple of other bookish related gifts I received including a day to day calendar – 1,000 books to read before you die! –  which should add a few more books to my TBR pile and also a BOOK BUCKET LIST notebook which is nicely sectioned with places to write reviews, book shopping lists, favourite quotes etc!

So did you get any bookish  gifts this Christmas!?  I’ve also been lucky enough to receive some book tokens so I’m already having fun putting together a list of what I’m planning on spending those on! Watch this space for the arrival of more books coming soon!!

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#PriceDropBlogBlitz THE CHRISTMAS CALENDAR GIRLS by SAMANTHA TONGE @rararesources

Fabulous news to share with you today – my thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me be part of the price drop promo blitz!!  

Always worth treating yourself and even better when it’s only 99p – for a short time only!! So get clicking on the links before it’s too late……

The Christmas Calendar Girls

This Christmas fall in love with the town of Chesterwood…

Christmas is meant to be a time of giving, so with Chesterwood food bank under risk of closure Fern knows just what to do to save it. She’s going to get the town to create a living advent calendar.

Fern, and her best friends, call for help from the local community to bring this calendar to life. When Kit, the new man in town, offers his assistance Fern’s heart can’t help but skip a beat (or two).

As they grow ever closer, Fern must admit that Kit’s breaking down the barriers she built after the death of her husband. But his past is holding him back and Fern doesn’t know how to reach him. No matter how hard she tries.

In this town, Kit’s not the only one with secrets. Domestic goddess Cara is behaving oddly, burning meals in the oven and clothes whilst ironing, and Davina’s perfect children are causing trouble at school leaving her son, Jasper, desperately unhappy.

Can the Christmas Calendar Girls find a way to bring the community together in time to save the food bank, while still supporting their families and each other? Can Fern find love again with Kit?

This is a story about kindness and letting go of the past. It’s about looking out for your neighbours and about making every day feel like Christmas.

Purchase Links – 

Heart-warming, cosy and charming, get The Christmas Calendar Girls for just 99p for a limited period!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.

When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines. 

She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category. In 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association romantic comedy award. 

Social Media Links – 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamTongeWriter

Instagram: @samanthatongeauthor 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor

HAPPY READING!!

#BookReview Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella #ChristmasShopaholic

ABOUT THE BOOK

Celebrate Christmas with the ultimate Shopaholic!

The brilliant laugh-out-loud festive novel from the Number One bestselling author.

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) adores Christmas. It’s always the same – Mum and Dad hosting, carols playing, Mum pretending she made the Christmas pudding, and the next-door neighbours coming round for sherry in their terrible festive jumpers.

And now it’s even easier with online bargain-shopping sites – if you spend enough you even get free delivery. Sorted!

But this year looks set to be different. Unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocado, Becky’s parents are moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch and have asked Becky if she’ll host Christmas this year. What could possibly go wrong?

With sister Jess demanding a vegan turkey, husband Luke determined that he just wants aftershave again, and little Minnie insisting on a very specific picnic hamper – surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old boyfriend and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear . . .

Will chaos ensue, or will Becky manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas?

Publication Date – 17th October 2019

PRE-ORDER LINKS

Amazon UK  £14.00

hive.co.uk  £12.69

whsmith  – signed edition £12.00

MY REVIEW

Becky Bloomwood is back!! And this time Christmas is on her shopping list – surely a doddle for a shopping queen such as herself?! Wrong! The chaos, fun, disasters and dilemmas that Becky has faced so often in her life are present once more and it was an absolute blast to have these characters back in my life with the latest installment in the Shopaholic series!

Christmas has always been the same in the Bloomwood family – her mum and dad hosting the festivities, neighbours visiting and jolly japes all around! But this year it’s all changing as her mum and dad are moving so they are passing on the festive duties to Becky! And there are many requests for Becky to have to accommodate – her sister is a vegan, her husband only wants his normal aftershave and their daughter Minnie has put in her present demands…. in the Becky bubble world this sounds like the perfect excuse to go shopping for new stationery to make notes! So she does!!

I loved how his story is told through different means – the day to day, the emails, the texts, even glimpses of search histories! – and this helps make it flow so well and adds to the hilarity! Not that Becky ever needs an excuse to go shopping, but even she’s finding the quest for the perfect Christmas a challenge this year! She shares the stress of online shopping, the bargains you find but have sold out by the time you get to check out and I found myself nodding and chuckling along in agreement with her on so many occasions! She’s at her crazy but lovable best throughout this story and never likes to do things the easy way! Who knew a llama bauble would make someone go so crazy!!!

With all the issues that Becky faces it wouldn’t be fun if they all worked out swimmingly, so there’s always a spanner in the works as she makes life more difficult for herself – her family and friends are seemingly oblivious to the stress she’s putting herself under. She even decides to take on the local Billiards club just for a way to get her husband the most amazing present! The pressures of having a job and competing with the other school mums who try and outdo one another also adds to her stress – why is modern life so complicated?!

It was so lovely to be back in the world of Becky! Yes she’s overboard, often tactless and slightly out of control but her heart is always in the right place and she means well so I’m just hoping that this won’t be the last we see of this super shopaholic as I just had so much fun reading this book!

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My thanks to Becky Short and Bantam Press for the advance reader copy in return for a fair and honest review.

#CoverReveal Christmas In Little Penhaven by Angela Britnell @ChocLituk

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Welcome all!!!  Hope you’re all excited to see another fabulous cover reveal – and today it’s the turn of CHRISTMAS IN LITTLE PENHAVEN by ANGELA BRITNELL, so my thanks to Angela and Choc Lit for letting me loose once more with the honour!!

Here’s a little bit of blurb about the book to get you in the festive mood!!

Have yourself a little Cornish Christmas …

Wannabe author Jane Solomon is expecting an uneventful Christmas in her Cornish village of Little Penhaven.

But then super fit American gym owner Hal Muir comes to town, and suddenly the holiday season looks set to be far more interesting. Hal is keen on embracing every British tradition on offer, from mince pies to Christmas pub quizzes – and perhaps some festive romance too …

Release date: 26th November 2019

Excited?!  I hope so!!  And here it is …..

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Blooming gorgeous isn’t it?!! I want to spend my Christmas there!! Cannot wait to get hold of this in November and hope you feel the same!!

#CoverReveal BLUEBELL’S CHRISTMAS MAGIC by MARIE LAVAL @ChocLituk

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 Guess what?!! It’s time for yet another Cover Reveal of the Christmas kind and you’re in for another treat with this one! My thanks again to Choc Lit for letting me share this festive stunner!  Think we’re in for a real treat this Christmas with all these wonderful books coming our way!

ABOUT THE  BOOK

A flick of a feather duster and a sprinkle of Christmas magic …

Cassie Bell is used to mess. Her cleaning business, Bluebell Cleaning, is well known in the Cumbrian village of Red Moss. However, now it’s almost Christmas and Cassie has a slightly messier situation to deal with than she’s used to.

She’s been hired to help Stefan Lambert, an injured army helicopter pilot who’s staying at the local Belthorn Manor whilst he recovers. Stefan resents Cassie’s interference and is definitely not looking for Christmas cheer. But Cassie prides herself on sparkling surfaces – so, can she bring some festive sparkle to Stefan’s life too?

Bluebell’s Christmas Magic will be published by Choc Lit on 19th November and will be available to purchase as an eBook on all platforms and also in audio.

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Time to start playing those festive tunes to get you in the mood…… here’s the cover……..

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Hope you agree that this one looks  like a bit of a christmas cracker! Super excited to read this come November!!

#CoverReveal DAISY’S CHRISTMAS GIFT SHOP by HANNAH PEARL @RubyFiction

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It’s time for me to get my Christmas emoji’s out again as I’m delighted to be able to share yet another cracker of a cover with you courtesy of the lovely team at Ruby Fiction.  I wish it could be Christmas everyday…….🎄🎅⛄

Here’s a little more info about the book to get you in the mood…

Struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift? Step into Romantic Daze …

Daisy Kirk is a sucker for a love story, which is why she opened up her gift shop – because there’s nothing that makes Daisy happier than when she’s helped a customer achieve their own ‘happily ever after’ by finding the perfect Christmas gift for their loved one. And she absolutely does not just sell ‘soppy presents and frilly pants’ as her brother’s infuriating best friend, Eli, is so fond of suggesting.

The sad fact is that whilst Daisy is helping others with their love lives, hers is non-existent. But when unusual circumstances take Daisy and Eli on a road trip from London to rural Wales, will she finally get the happily ever after to her own Christmas love story?

Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop is published on 29th October by Ruby Fiction and will be available to purchase as an eBook on all platforms, as well as in audio.

So here it is – the wait is over…… 😍

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What do we think?!  Hope it’s made you want to add this book to your must haves list – it’s top of mine!!

#CoverReveal HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE by JACKIE LADBURY @RubyFiction

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Time to get the tinsel out and start singing those Christmas songs!!  Delighted to be able to share this fabulously festive cover with you all today – thanks to Jackie and the team at Ruby Fiction for letting me bring you all the details … and I’m sure you will now all be singing Mariah Carey and Shakin Stevens songs  for the rest of the day!!!

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ABOUT THE BOOK

All I want for Christmas is you … or you?

Eve Halligan is back in her hometown for Christmas after a whirlwind few years touring with her band, the Molotovs. A lot has changed since she left, but two things have stayed the same. One: Eve is head-over-heels in love with Lucien Malikov, the Molotovs’ bad boy lead singer. Two: Lucien is completely indifferent to her.

Still, Eve dreams that this could be the Christmas where she convinces Lucien that they’re made for each other. But when childhood friend and local caterer Theo Wright comes back into her life bringing with him festive cupcake and sausage roll conundrums, Eve begins to question whether her Christmas dreams have been wasted on the wrong man …

Happy Christmas Eve is published on 15th October by Ruby Fiction and will be available to purchase as an eBook on all platforms, as well as in audio.

Christmas countdown begins now……… ho ho hope you’re ready!!!

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Hope that’s got you all in the mood for Christmas!! I can’t wait to read this one!!  It’s going to be a cracker…. ok I’ll stop with the puns now!!! Roll on October 15th!!

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – December 29th 2018

Hello!  Hope you are well! I’ve got a stinking cold so am not a very happy bunny today! Currently sneezing, sniffing and coughing my way through the day and leaving a trail of tissues in my wake!  

Christmas is already seeming like a distant memory, and it did affect my reading time for a couple of days as it was all just too much! BUT  I still managed to finish 4 books this week so keeping the pace up so happy with that!  Book hauls weren’t my fault this week – I’m blaming Santa and those who bought me gift vouchers and I’ve already posted the results of those up – so I’m claiming this week as a ‘no book’ haul week!

Here’s a quick look back at how my week shaped up book wise!

BOOKS FINISHED

Tin Man by Sarah Winman  – 5 stars

The Blue Salt Road by Joanne M.Harris  – 5 stars

Moonlight on the Thames by Lauren Westwood – 4 stars

Odette by Jessica Duchen  – 3 stars

CURRENTLY READING

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden (Winternight Trilogy #3)

I love this series so really don’t want it to end!

One girl can make a difference…

Moscow has burned nearly to the ground, leaving its people searching for answers – and someone to hold accountable. Vasya finds herself on her own, amid a rabid mob that calls for her death, blaming her witchery for their misfortune.

Then a vengeful demon returns, renewed and stronger than ever, determined to spread chaos in his wake and never be chained again. Enlisting the hateful priest Konstantin as his servant, turmoil plagues the Muscovites and the magical creatures alike, and all find their fates resting on the shoulders of Vasya.

With an uncertain destiny ahead of her, Vasya learns surprising truths of her past as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all… 

The Beat of the Pendulum by Catherine Chidgey

Published by Eye Books – 1st January 2019

Every day for a year, Catherine Chidgey recorded the words and language she came across during her day-to-day life – phone calls, television commercials, emails, radio shows, conversations with her family, street signs and satnav instructions. From these seemingly random snippets, she creates a fascinating portrait of modern life, focusing on the things that most people filter out.

Chidgey listens in as her daughter, born through surrogacy, begins to speak and develop a personality, and her mother slips into dementia. With her husband, she debates the pros and cons of moving to a new town. With her publisher, she discusses the novel she is writing. While, all around, the world is bombarding her with information.

In The Beat of the Pendulum, Chidgey approaches the idea of the novel from an experimental new direction. It is bold, exciting, funny, moving and utterly compelling.

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Wonder how long I can keep the no haul weeks going…. it definitely needs to be a thing in 2019 as the books are taking over my home again!  Hope your bookish week has been good too!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year – may there be yet more wonderful books for us all to explore and enjoy!!

HAPPY READING!

Post Christmas Book Haul!

What happens when you give a bookish person a book token or two for Christmas?! And then mix in a sale at Waterstones…. you get this!!!  And there’s still money left over so I might have to force myself to buy more!  How awful for me!

Anyway, here’s a little look at the latest books that have arrived for me to enjoy!  

The Little Book of Sloth Philosophy by Jennifer McCartney

Relax, unwind and soak up the wisdom of the sloth with the slowest page turner you’ll ever read.

From tidying and Hygge, to living Lagom, the endless pressure to be happier, live better, sleep soundly, and eat mindfully can be exhausting. But this year’s lifestyle trend finally delivers the perfect antidote – welcome to the year of the sloth.

Sloths are mindfulness in action. Contemplative, deliberate, relaxed, and focused. They resist the rat race, the incessant pressures from society to be more productive, and they don’t care how many steps they’ve logged on their fitness tracker. Long-limbed, a little bit shaggy, and a lot wide-eyed, they’re wonderful creatures, not to mention completely adorable.

Here you can enjoy take-it-slow wisdom inspired by sloths; including advice on sleep (more restorative than a 6am run), eating and ‘exercise’ (sloths are the original pioneers of slow food and yoga after all), work (did you know that lazy people have higher IQs?), family life, and love.

Dispelling over-complicated myths about productivity, this brilliant book confirms that it really is OK to be a sloth.

A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

A psychological drama of cat and mouse, A Ladder to the Skyshows how easy it is to achieve the world if you are prepared to sacrifice your soul.

If you look hard enough, you can find stories pretty much anywhere. They don’t even have to be your own. Or so would-be writer Maurice Swift decides very early on in his career.

A chance encounter in a Berlin hotel with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann gives him an opportunity to ingratiate himself with someone more powerful than him. For Erich is lonely, and he has a story to tell. Whether or not he should do so is another matter entirely.

Once Maurice has made his name, he sets off in pursuit of other people’s stories. He doesn’t care where he finds them – or to whom they belong – as long as they help him rise to the top.

Stories will make him famous but they will also make him beg, borrow and steal. They may even make him do worse.

The Glorious Life of the Oak by John Lewis-Stempel

The Glorious Life of the Oak explores our long relationship with this iconic tree; it considers the life-cycle of the oak, the flora and fauna that depend on the oak, the oak as medicine, food and drink, where Britain’s mightiest oaks can be found, and it tells of oak stories from folklore, myth and legend.

The Wood by John Lewis-Stempel

From ‘one of the best nature-writers of his generation’ (Country Life) and 2017 winner of the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing, this BBC Radio 4 ‘Book of the Week’ is the story of a wood – both its natural daily life and its historical times. Cockshutt is a particular wood – three and half acres of mixed woodland in south west Herefordshire – but it stands as exemplar for all the small woods of England.

For four years John Lewis-Stempel managed the wood. He coppiced the trees and raised cows and pigs who roamed free there. This is the diary of the last year, by which time he had come to know it from the bottom of its beech roots to the tip of its oaks, and to know all the animals that lived there – the fox, the pheasants, the wood mice, the tawny owl – and where the best bluebells grew. For many fauna and flora, woods like Cockshutt are the last refuge. It proves a sanctuary for John too.

To read The Wood is to be amongst its trees as the seasons change, following an easy path until, suddenly the view is broken by a screen of leaves, or your foot catches on a root, or a bird startles overhead. Lyrical, informative, steeped in poetry and folklore, it is both very real and very magical.

Fierce Fairytales by Nikita Gill

Poet, writer, and Instagram sensation Nikita Gill returns with a collection of fairytales poetically retold for a new generation of women. 

Traditional fairytales are full of cliché and gender stereotypes:beautiful, silent princesses; ugly, jealous, and bitter villainesses; girls who need rescuing; and men who take the glory.

But in Nikita Gill’s new prose and poetry collection, Fierce Fairytales: And Other Stories to Stir Your Soul, she rewrites the fairytale classics and reworks their old-fashioned tropes into empowering and inspirational stories. Meet the grief-stricken Ursula, the troubled Wendy Darling, the wolf in the concrete jungle, and the courageous Gretel who can bring down monsters on her own…

Wabi Sabi by Beth Kempton

A whole new way of looking at the world – and your life – inspired by centuries-old Japanese wisdom.

Wabi sabi (“wah-bi sah-bi”) is a captivating concept from Japanese aesthetics, which helps us to see beauty in imperfection, appreciate simplicity and accept the transient nature of all things. With roots in Zen and the Way of Tea, the timeless wisdom of wabi sabi is more relevant than ever for modern life, as we search for new ways to approach life’s challenges and seek meaning beyond materialism.

Wabi sabi is a refreshing antidote to our fast-paced, consumption-driven world, which will encourage you to slow down, reconnect with nature, and be gentler on yourself. It will help you simplify everything, and concentrate on what really matters.

From honouring the rhythm of the seasons to creating a welcoming home, from reframing failure to ageing with grace, wabi sabi will teach you find more joy and inspiration throughout your perfectly imperfect life.

This book is the definitive guide to applying the principles of wabi sabi to transform every area of your life, and finding happiness right where you are.

Someone Like Me by M.R.Carey

SHE LOOKS LIKE ME. SHE SOUNDS LIKE ME. NOW SHE’S TRYING TO TAKE MY PLACE.

Liz Kendall wouldn’t hurt a fly. She’s a gentle woman devoted to bringing up her kids in the right way, no matter how hard times get.

But there’s another side to Liz—one which is dark and malicious. A version of her who will do anything to get her way, no matter how extreme or violent.

And when this other side of her takes control, the consequences are devastating.

The only way Liz can save herself and her family is if she can find out where this new alter-ego has come from, and how she can stop it. 

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Christmas 2018 Book Haul

Hello!  Merry Christmas!!  Hope Santa treated you all! He appears to have thought I’ve been a good girl this past year, so was treated to a lovely haul of book shaped items this year – along with some book vouchers (so I’ll be posting up what I’ve bought with those when I’ve been out shopping!!) – so I just thought I’d share with you what I got, as I know we’re all nosey and love looking at a few books!

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Not a bad little haul eh! Didn’t come with extra bookshelf space though so now to wonder where to put them all!

Click on the title for a link to the GoodReads page if you want to read more about each book!

The Last Children of Tokyo by Yoko Tawada

Insomnia by Marina Benjamin

House of Glass by Susan Fletcher

The House on Vesper Sands by Paraic O’Donnell

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte

Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates

Fire and Blood by George R.R. Martin

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Very happy with that little lot!! Where to start?! If you’ve read any of them I’d love to hear which one you’d start with!

 And 2019 definitely needs a self imposed book buying ban for a month… or 12!!