Hello all! We’ve all made it through another year! Congratulate yourselves!! And I hope you’ve all had a super wonderful Christmas!! Been a lovely one here, that was over way too quickly!, and the main thing I have to report is that Santa saw fit to deliver NO NEW BOOKS my way!! He probably took one look at the overstocked bookshelves and kept them on his sleigh!! But family did buy me some Waterstones vouchers so I’ve had great fun putting those to good use and am now awaiting delivery!! Santa did treat me to a Nintendo Switch for Xmas though so that might eat into my 2018 reading time – Mario Kart 8 is way too addictive for my liking!! Might have to try out some audiobooks whilst I’m playing and see if I can concentrate on both……
Not sure if you’re like me, but my reading took a severe dive over Christmas time!! I just couldn’t get myself to sit down and pick up a book so only 3 books have been finished over the past week when I could have got a lot more read! But those 3 books were all highly entertaining in their own rights so at least I’m still managing to find enjoyable books to read and avoiding those stinkers!! So here’s a peek at how my past 7 days has looked bookish wise…….
A Week to be Wild by JC Harroway – 4 stars
publication date 25th January 2018
Mills & Boon have gone super sexy!! Raced through this one! Watch out for my stop on the Blog Tour in January 2018!
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah – 4 stars
Publication Date 6th February 2018
Was lucky to get the chance to read this via Jellybooks ,who are still looking for test readers so please click the link for more deatils, and thoroughly enjoyed it! I loved The Nightingale so it was great to read more from this author.
This is a great collection of 12 short stories that features a wide mix of the weird and the wonderful!
I won’t include the books I have ordered from Waterstones, as they’ve not arrived yet, but there has still been some other lovely bookish post arriving, of which my poor postie is so pleased about!!
The tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris received from Readers First
publication date 11th January 2018
The incredible story of the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist and the woman he loved.
Lale Sokolov is well-dressed, a charmer, a ladies’ man. He is also a Jew. On the first transport from Slovakia to Auschwitz in 1942, Lale immediately stands out to his fellow prisoners. In the camp, he is looked up to, looked out for, and put to work in the privileged position of Tätowierer– the tattooist – to mark his fellow prisoners, forever. One of them is a young woman, Gita, who steals his heart at first glance.
His life given new purpose, Lale does his best through the struggle and suffering to use his position for good.
This story, full of beauty and hope, is based on years of interviews author Heather Morris conducted with real-life Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov. It is heart-wrenching, illuminating, and unforgettable.
Waves by Jared A.Carnie
received from the publisher Urbane Publications
THERE’S NO SET ROUTE AFTER ALL. NO STRAIGHT ROAD. NO ONE PATH.
Alex is stuck. Stuck in Essex. Stuck in his childhood home. Stuck in a job he hates. The relationship he’d been counting on all these years has finally fallen apart. He’s run out of things to hope for.
Anxious, uncertain and totally sober, Alex is dragged to the Outer Hebrides by his long-suffering friend, James. Somewhere between the mountains and the sea, Alex is desperate to find something to ignite a spark of life in him again. Through castles, ceilidhs, bothies, lochs, vast beaches and tiny boats, chance meetings and old friends, Alex has to learn that maybe taking responsibility doesn’t mean the end of feeling free.
Hidden Pasts by Clio Gray Book 3 of the Scottish Mysteries
received from the publishers Urbane Publications
Publication Day 18th January 2018
Hestan Island, marooned in the Solway Firth, tethered to the mainland at low tide by a causeway called The Rack; Hestan home to two men quietly living out their lives, until a boy is almost crushed to death in their tiny copper mine, when their shared past begins to unravel. Over at Balcary House, Brogar Finn and Sholto McKay arrive, and soon become involved in the affairs on Hestan, which in turn leads them back through the bloody wars of Crimea and the lands of the Tartars. The third in the Scottish Mystery Series, Hidden Pasts is host to a complex plot that explores the history of a little known part of Scotland, and links it with the wider arena of warfare in the east and how small events can echo down the years, with deadly consequence
Having a slow reading end to the year so not sure if I’ll be able to finish anymore before the end of the year – but that does mean a good start to the beginning of 2018 could be in store with a couple of books already started on! There’s my handy hint for bumping up your numbers early on!! At the time of typing 2017 has been an extremely fantastic year for me reading wise as I’ve read 210 books!! I’m shocked too!! GoodReads 2017 Reading Challenge
Midwinter by Fiona Melrose
Father and Son, Landyn and Vale Midwinter, are men of the land. Suffolk farmers. Times are hard and they struggle to sustain their property, their livelihood and their heritage in the face of competition from big business.
But an even bigger, more brutal fight is brewing: a fight between each other, about the horrible death of Cecelia, beloved wife and mother, in Zambia ten years earlier. A past they have both refused to confront until now.
Over the course of a particularly mauling Suffolk winter, Landyn and Vale grapple with their memories and their pain, raking over what remains of their fragile family unit, constantly at odds and under threat of falling apart forever. While Vale makes increasingly desperate decisions, Landyn retreats, finding solace in the land, his animals – and a fox who haunts the farm and seems to bring with her both comfort and protection.
Alive to language and nature, Midwinter is a novel about guilt, blame and lost opportunities. Ultimately it is a story about love and the lengths we will go to find our way home.
THREE THINGS ABOUT ELSIE by JOANNA CANNON
Publication Date 11th January 2018
There are three things you should know about Elsie.
The first thing is that she’s my best friend.
The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better.
And the third thing… might take a little bit more explaining.
84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she
waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to
light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly a
man who died sixty years ago?
From the author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP, this book will teach you
many things, but here are three of them:
1) The fine threads of humanity will connect us all forever.
2) There is so very much more to anyone than the worst thing they have ever done.
3) Even the smallest life can leave the loudest echo.
Heard nothing but good things about this one so I cannot wait for this experience!!
So what has been your Christmas reading experience?! Hope it has been good and that Santa treated you all! Looking forward to a very quiet New Years’ which will hopefully mean lots of reading time!!
Thank you to everyone who stops by my little bookish blog to read my ramblings!! I am so grateful for the views and comments and I want to wish everyone a super happy new year!! May 2018 bring you extra reading time and extra bookish acquisitions!!