My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – Week 30 2018

Hello all! Happy weekend!! Hope the past week has treated you well! Despite the heat it’s been a pretty good week for me – and was in plant heaven yesterday as visited RHS Hyde Hall with my parents for the Summer Flower Show! Gorgeous flowers and displays everywhere and a fabulous time was had by all – there may have been some plant purchases and cake eaten as well!

And things have been good on the book front too! Thanks to the rain (YAY!!) last weekend I managed to have a good spell of reading and with very little on TV most nights this week – did anyone see the Scoobynatural episode?! loved it! – I’ve found myself reading more! So 5 books got finished this week, a few more were added to my bookshelves – both in real life and in virtual life too – and all is good in bookland! Here’s my look back!


At Mrs Lippincote’s by Elizabeth Taylor – 4 stars

Really enjoyed this and a great start to the Elizabeth Taylor Reading Project – a year of reading different novels from Elizabeth Taylor

Mariana by Monica Dickens  –  4 stars

This was easy to read and a gentle story of a girl growing up and her thoughts on the world and society around her and her quest to find true love

Girl with Dove by Salley Bayley  – 3 stars

A dark memoir of a girl growing up in a dysfunctional family and finding escape and solace in the world of books

The Moby-Dick Blues by Michael Strelow  – 3 stars

Another dark book with a literary theme! Thought provoking and bleak!

Smart Moves by Adrian Magson  – 3.5 stars

Pacy thriller!


While catching up with some reviews on NetGalley this week I made the mistake of taking a little browse at the new books… here’s the result!

Summer at Hollyhock House by Cathy Bussey

 Faith Coombes should have been over the moon when her long-term boyfriend proposed to her. But instead, she broke up with him. Rob was safe, reliable, nice and … boring. Nothing like the only person who had ever broken her heart… Unable to afford the rent on another flat and desperate for a new start, Faith takes the plunge and moves back to the village she grew up in, returning to the house that holds so many memories for her.
Hollyhock House, the family home of her best-friend Minel, also belongs to the boy who meant so much to her all those years ago…
As Faith falls back in love with the sprawling surroundings at Hollyhock she also finds herself falling all over again for the only person who has truly hurt her.
Can Faith come to terms with her past? Did she make the wrong decision in breaking up with Rob? 

Or does her heart really lie at Hollyhock House?    

Foe by Iain Reid

We don’t get visitors. Not out here. We never have.

In Iain Reid’s second haunting, philosophical puzzle of a novel, set in the near-future, Junior and Henrietta live a comfortable, solitary life on their farm, far from the city lights, but in close quarters with each other. One day, a stranger from the city arrives with alarming news: Junior has been randomly selected to travel far away from the farm…very far away. The most unusual part? Arrangements have already been made so that when he leaves, Henrietta won’t have a chance to miss him, because she won’t be left alone—not even for a moment. Henrietta will have company. Familiar company.

Told in Reid’s sharp and evocative style, Foe examines the nature of domestic relationships, self-determination, and what it means to be (or not to be) a person. An eerily entrancing page-turner, it churns with unease and suspense from the first words to its shocking finale

The Book Ninja by Ali Berg

Frankie Rose is desperate for love. Or a relationship. Or just a date with a semi-normal person. It’s not that she hasn’t tried – Frankie is the queen of online dating. But she has had enough.
Deciding to embark on the ultimate dating experiment, inspired by her job at The Little Brunswick Bookshop, Frankie places her hope in her favourite books to find her the perfect man… Secretly planting copies on trains, trams and buses, Frankiehopes to find the man of her dreams through a mutual love of good books.
But one spontaneous kiss later and Frankie begins to fall for a guy called Sunny. There’s just one tiny problem – Frankie is strictly a Jane Austen kind of woman and Sunny is really into Young Adult. Seriously, obsessively into it…
Can Frankie overcome her book snobbery for the man of her dreams? Or will she be left searching the trains for her modern-day Mr Darcy forever?

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

The eagerly awaited new novel from the author of The Age of Miracles.

Imagine a world where sleep could trap you, for days, for weeks, months… A world where you could even die of sleep rather than in your sleep.

Karen Thompson Walker’s second novel is the stunning story of a Californian town’s epidemic of perpetual sleep.

And via snail mail I’ve been lucky to get these goodies in the post to review!

Snap by Belinda Bauer

On a stifling summer’s day, eleven-year-old Jack and his two sisters sit in their broken-down car, waiting for their mother to come back and rescue them. Jack’s in charge, she said. I won’t be long.But she doesn’t come back. She never comes back. And life as the children know it is changed for ever.
Three years later, mum-to-be Catherine wakes to find a knife beside her bed, and a note that says: I could have killed you.
Meanwhile Jack is still in charge – of his sisters, of supporting them all, of making sure nobody knows they’re alone in the house, and – quite suddenly – of finding out the truth about what happened to his mother.
But the truth can be a dangerous thing . . .

The Amber Maze by Christopher Bowden

While staying in a Dorset cottage, Hugh Mullion finds a mysterious key down the side of an antique chair. No one can say how long the key has been there or what it opens. Hugh’s search for answers will unlock the secrets of the troubled life of a talented artist, destined to be hailed a neglected genius fifty years too late. And no secret is darker than that of The Amber Maze, from whose malign influence he never escaped.
The trail takes Hugh from Edwardian Oxfordshire to 1960s Camden Town, where the ghosts of the past are finally laid to rest.
Delicately crafted noir fiction at its best


The Librarian by Salley Vickers

My Mother the Liar by Ann Troup


How has your bookish week been? Read any of these? Tempted by any of these?! Always look forward to comments and recommendations!!


My bookish weekly wrap up – week 26 2018

Hello all!!  We have made it to the halfway point in 2018 – how scary is that??!!  And another week of hot and sunny weather here in the UK! This should be a good thing  but when it’s TOO hot to do anything what is the point?!!  At least the heat seems to have brought the butterflies to life in the garden so I’m pleased to see those! If only they’d all sit nicely on my flowers and pose for me more often!!

On the book front I have big news to share……..7 days into July and ZERO books have been purchased!!!!!!!! That is right … ZERO!!!! Maybe this is a consequence of the heat?!  Or maybe I’ve just been extremely well behaved and realistic whilst looking at piles of unread books and realised I needed to show more control!!!  I’m sure this book buying blip won’t last very long but it’s a good start for the month!

On the reading front things are going well too! 5 books read this week! Falling a little behind on the reviews front though so need to sort that! The heat has scrambled my brain!!

There has been bookpost as I’ve been lucky to have won a few books – yay for the internet! – as well as a proof arriving and a subscription box too! So here’s a look back at my week!


The Madonna of Bolton by Matt Cain  – 4 stars

Loved this fun and touching story of a boy who doesn’t fit in and his love affair with Madonna! Lots of fab retro mentions!

Old Baggage by Lissa Evans  – 5 stars

A fabulous story of Mattie and her fight to find meaning to life after being a suffragete.

The Light Between Us by Katie Khan  –  4 stars

Another enjoyable book with a sci-fi /time travel twist!

The Rules of Seeing by Joe Heap  –  5 stars

Publication date – 6th August 2018

Loved this! The story of Nova who was blind but now can see after an operation and it’s made her life more complicated than ever!

Here comes the Best Man by Angela Britnell – 5 stars

Swoonsome story that I was lucky enough to read as a manuscript as part of the Choc Lit taste panel, and it’s full of all the feels!!


Was a very happy bunny when I won this set via a Twitter giveaway last week! I have read the first in this series – Strange Magic – and loved that so am excited to read more of the Essex Witch Mysteries!

Strange Magic by Syd Moore

Strange Sight by Syd Moore

Strange Fascination by Syd Moore

And another win was this e-book via a Blog giveaway!

Just by Jenny Morton Potts

On golden Mediterranean sands, maverick doctor Scott Langbrook falls wrecklessly in love with his team leader, Fiyori Maziq. If only that was the extent of his falling, but Scott descends into the hellish clutches of someone much more sinister.

‘Just’ is a story of love and loss, of terror and triumph. Set in idyllic Cambridge and on the shores of the Med and Cornwall, our characters fight for their very lives on land and at sea.

An unforgettable novel which goes to the heart of our catastrophic times, and seeks salvation.

And this proof arrived ahead of a future blog tour!

The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway by Rhys Thomas

Publication Date – 9th August 2018

A feel-good novel that will make you laugh and cry. The perfect book club read for fans of The Rosie Project, A Man Called Ove, and The Keeper of Lost Things . Charming, quirky, and bursting with heart.

Sam Holloway has survived the worst that life can throw at you. But he’s not really living. His meticulous routines keep everything nice and safe – with just one exception . . .

Three nights a week, Sam dons his superhero costume and patrols the streets. It makes him feel invincible – but his unlikely heroics are getting him into some sticky situations.

Then a girl comes along and starts to shatter the walls Sam has built around himself. Now, he needs to decide if he’s brave enough to take off the mask, and to confront the grief he’s been avoiding for so long . . .

Hilarious and heart-warming, this is a story about grief, loneliness, and the life-changing power of kindness.


THE POSSIBLE WORLD by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz

Reading this courtesy of The Pigeonhole app and I’m already in love!!! A stunning story so far!

Ben is the sole survivor of a crime that claims his mother and countless others. He is just six years old, and already he must find a new place for himself in the world.

Lucy, the doctor who tends to Ben, is grappling with a personal upheaval of her own. She feels a profound connection to the little boy who has lived through the unthinkable. Will recovering his memory heal him, or damage him further?

Clare has long believed that the lifetime of secrets she’s been keeping don’t matter to anyone anymore, until an unexpected encounter prompts her to tell her story.

As they each struggle to confront the events – past and present – that have defined their lives, something stronger than fate is working to bring them together…

The Summer Seaside Kitchen by Jenny Colgan


And how has your reading week been? Would love to hear about it in the comments below! Have you been good and not bought any books either?!

happy reading!!!

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up Week 17 2018

Howdy!!  Thanks for stopping by to check up on how my reading week has been!! Personally it’s been a pretty good kind of week – getting things ticked off the to do list – the never ending to do list! – a nice trip to a craft fair with my parents and a friend, and I’ve started getting back to various crafts that I’d put away in a drawer and forgotten about, so I might have to share my love for all things cross stitch and diamond cross stitch soon on here!

On the book front it’s been a productive week once more!  4 books have been read – I’m way behind on reviews so you might have to wait for those! – and 3 books have been received in the post for future blog tours! But I’ll share them with you anyway cos I’m that kind of girl!  And I’m currently reading 3 books – 1 is an audiobook – and thankfully the weather is glorious for the Big Book Weekender so it’s the perfect reading weather!!

BOOKS FINISHED  click on book titles for GoodReads link

The Truth Lies Buried by Morton S Gray  –  5 stars

Loved this one and raced through it!

Meet Me At The Museum by Anne Youngson  – 5 stars

Absolutely adored this book! Prepare for my review to follow when it’s my turn on the Blog Tour on the 18th May! Might be one of my fave reads of 2018!!

That Summer In Puglia by Valeria Vescina  –  4 stars

Another book that surprised me! Knew very little of it before picking it up – Blog Tour stop on the 20th May – but found it an enthralling read!

Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone  –  4 stars

A thrilling read that had me gripped from start to finish! Blog Tour stop is on the 17th May!


Still waiting for some books to be delivered that I have treated myself to for my birthday, so will do a separate post on them when they arrive! But I have had arrivals ahead of Blog Tours – but have managed to stay well clear of NetGalley… only because I’m too ashamed to visit there at the moment as my shelf is obscenely overstocked!! I hang my head in shame!!

Call of The Curlew by Elizabeth Brooks

Publication Date – June 28th 2018

Doubleday Books

Stunning cover alert!! 💜

Virginia Wrathmell has always known she will meet her death on the marsh in reparation for the mistakes of her childhood.

On New Year’s Eve, at the age of eighty-six, Virginia feels the time has finally come.

In 1939, Virginia is ten, an orphan arriving to meet her new adoptive parents, Clem and Lorna Wrathmell, at their mysterious house, Salt Winds. The house sits right on the edge of a vast marsh, a beautiful but dangerous place. It’s the start of a new life for Virginia, but she quickly senses that all is not right between Clem and Lorna – in particular, the presence of their wealthy neighbour Max Deering, who takes an unhealthy interest in the family. When a German fighter plane crashes into the marsh, Clem ventures onto the deadly sands to rescue the airman. And that is when things really begin to go wrong…

Bed 12 by Alison Murdoch

Hikari Press

Out now

What do you do when the most important person in your life is about to die?
Who can help you?
How do you keep going?

When Alison Murdoch’s husband catches viral encephalitis and falls into a life-threatening coma, everything changes.
Bed 12 is a survival guide to the world of acute medicine, and a poignant and darkly comic account of what it’s like to fight for someone’s life.

Over the course of a summer, machines beep and clatter, medical staff come and go, and family and friends of varying beliefs offer well-intentioned advice. For someone unfamiliar with hospitals, death and dying, the insights of Buddhism assume a greater relevance than ever before. This book is an astute, profound and uplifting insight into how to cope with despair, heartache and the unknown.

‘The object of my concern—or rather the entire focus of my current existence—is now lying in Bed 12.’

CURRENTLY READING click on book titles for GoodReads link

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Started this for the Big Book Weekender and am already halfway through as I’m totally in love with it!! Why did I not pick it up sooner?!


The Trees by Ali Shaw

Had this on my bookshelf for a while – that cover is gorgeous – and have started listening to it on audiobook and am thoroughly enjoying it!!

Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski

Back to my Persephone books and this is another fascinating story that I wished I’d picked up earlier!


I hope your reading week has been as good!