My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – Week 23 2018

Happy Saturday to you!  Hope the world has been treating you well! Things have been pretty peaceful and calm here for most of the week –  I’ve even been baking scones this afternoon! I am a true domestic goddess!! Sampling the scones is definitely my favourite part of the process though….

On to books!! There has been lots!! Both in terms of books finished – 6 wahoo – and in adding them to the overstocked shelves!  7 I have bought myself – despite my best efforts to not buy more! – and 1 was kindly sent by the author!  July is definitely going to be the month I stick myself on a book buying ban…… didn’t I say that at the start of June?! oops!!

So here’s a quick round up of all that I’ve read these past 7 days – please click on the title for a link to the GoodReads page for more info! I’ve fallen behind on reviews again so that is hopefully what my Sunday will be spent doing!!

BOOKS FINISHED

Whistle In The Dark by Emma Healey  –  3 stars

Another fascinating book from this author – I loved Elizabeth is Missing  – but this just fell a little flat for me.

The Story Collector by Evie Gaughan  –  5 stars

Loved this magical tale of The Good People and the effect they played on the inhabitants of a town in Ireland. 

Us Against You (Beartown #2) by Fredrik Backman  – 5 stars

Wow!! I’m still an emotional mess after finishing this yesterday.  If you are worried it won’t be as good as Beartown – as I was – then worry not!! Absolutely blooming amazing and I haven’t stopped thinking about it!! Prepare for a review soon that will gush even more over it! One of my books of 2018! 

Arlette’s Story by Angela Barton  –  4 stars

A stunning and emotional read about how life was for a French family during the War. 

Life in the Garden by Penelope Lively  –  4 stars

A wonderful look at the world of gardening from literary links to personal recollections from the author. Really enjoyed it!

One Summer Weekend by Juliet Archer   – 4 stars

A wonderful romance!

BOOK HAUL

Was lucky to receive this from the author during the week and it just sounds like my kind of read!

Eleanor’s Secret by Caroline Beecham

Can Eleanor follow her heart in troubled times?Eleanor Roy is determined to do her bit for the war effort after being recruited by the War Artist Advisory Committee. When she meets handsome artist Jack Valante, her dreams seem to be finally coming true when Jack promises to help her pursue her ambition of becoming an artist. But after a whirlwind romance, Eleanor is devastated when Jack is posted overseas.When Eleanor receives some unexpected news she desperately tries to find Jack. But with the young couple torn apart by war, will they be reunited and find happiness at last?

Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain

Summer at Skylark Farm  by Heidi Swain

2 books for £4?! What was I supposed to do?!! Exactly!!

Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively

Elmet by Fiona Mozley

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

More bargains! My niece is looking for Agatha Christie books so I have been searching local charity shops and library sales – have found 2 for her so far but they seem a scarcity! – but that obviously means I tend to end up finding books that have been on my radar for a while!

Ice by Anna Kavan

A book I’ve heard good things about it so had to snap it up secondhand when I found a copy!

Mariana by Monica Dickens

Any excuse to add to the Persephone Collection! Found this online on AbeBooks and looking forward to starting it soon!

CURRENTLY READING

Call of the Curlew by Elizabeth Brooks

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…

The War of the Worlds by H.G.Wells – via the Serial Reader App

With H.G. Wells’ other novels, The War of the Worlds was one of the first and greatest works of science fiction ever to be written. Even long before man had learned to fly, H.G. Wells wrote this story of the Martian attack on England. These unearthly creatures arrive in huge cylinders, from which they escape as soon as the metal is cool. The first falls near Woking and is regarded as a curiosity rather than a danger until the Martians climb out of it and kill many of the gaping crowd with a Heat-Ray. These unearthly creatures have heads four feet in diameter and colossal round bodies, and by manipulating two terrifying machines – the Handling Machine and the Fighting Machine – they are as versatile as humans and at the same time insuperable. They cause boundless destruction. The inhabitants of the Earth are powerless against them, and it looks as if the end of the World has come. But there is one factor which the Martians, in spite of their superior intelligence, have not reckoned on. It is this which brings about a miraculous conclusion to this famous work of the imagination. 

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Phew!! I need a lie down after that little lot!

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!

BOOK HAUL

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!

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I hope your reading week has been as good! 

HAPPY READING!!

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up!

Greetings all! Guess where I’ll be sitting later…. hopefully!! That’s if I can fight my way through the rather luscious greenery that has gone a little rampant over the past week!  I’m going for the ‘natural’ and ‘wild’ look in the garden this season – that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!!!!!

Hope we have all had a good week – been a little stressful here  but then watching things that have unfolded on the news this week has helped put my little problems into perspective!   And another good reason to turn to books to make reality disappear for a while.

Been a very good week on the book reading front again for me!  Ill health and Insomnia has its’ benefits!!  7 books finished this week, although 1 was a bit of a cheat as it was only a few pages long – a very short novella! – but I’m counting it so there!!

BOOKS FINISHED

Please click on the book title for a link to my GoodReads reviews if you care to find out a little more about each book!

Invincible Summer by Alice Adams  4 stars

Finding Secrets by Lauren Westwood  – 4 stars

The World of Shadow by Kate Hamer   – 3 stars

Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings by Wendy Holden  – 2 stars

The Good Women of China by Xinran  – 5 stars

Fell by Jenn Ashworth  –  4 stars

A Thousand Paper Birds by Tor Udall   –    5 stars

How’s that for a mix of books this week?! A little bit of everything and hopefully something new for you to discover!  I always used to stick to one genre when I read a few years ago, but can’t imagine doing that now as I’d have missed out on so many wonderful stories!!

BOOK HAUL

And still I haven’t bought any books!!  This has now reached critical stage as it just feels wrong but my sensible head seems to have taken over and is happy for me to work through the TBR mountain I had amassed until some gaps appear and maybe then it will let me loose again in a bookshop or online…. i’m hoping!!

But there has been books arriving for the sake of reviewing and forthcoming blog tours, as well as another fabulous parcel from Bookishly and the Urbane Publications Book Club!  Here’s a peek!

Every Secret Thing by Rachel Crowther – Blog Tour in July

Can you ever bury the past?

She’d recognised in him something of herself: that sense of not belonging, of secrets fiercely kept . . .

Five friends, newly graduated, travel together to the Lake District. Young and ambitious, they little imagine the events that will overtake them that fateful summer, tearing their fragile group apart.

Twenty years later, they return to the same spot, summoned by a mysterious bequest. It’s not long before old friendships – and old romances – are re-kindled. But soon, too, rivalries begin to re-emerge and wounds are painfully reopened . . .

How long does it take for past sins to be forgiven? And can the things they destroy ever really be recovered?

This Beautiful Life by Katie Marsh   –  received a copy for review. Paperback out in July

The addictive and emotive new novel from Katie Marsh, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes and Jodi Picoult.

‘I lived over half my life before I met you both, and I hope with all my heart to live many years more. You two are the reason why. Always, always the reason why.’

Abi Cooper is living her happy ending. She’s in remission and is ready to make the most of her second chance. But during Abi’s illness her family has fallen apart. Her husband John has made decisions that are about to come back to haunt him, while her teenage son Seb is battling with a secret of his own.

Set to the songs on Abi’s survival playlist, This Beautiful Life is the moving and uplifting story of what happens as Abi tries to put her family back together – and of why life, and love, are worth fighting for

Don’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon –  received a copy from Readers First to review

A gripping novel of psychological suspense centered on two sisters whose lives have taken them apart, and the shocking family secrets that bind them together.

Twin sisters Robin and Sarah haven’t spoken in years.

Robin can’t leave her house. A complete shut-in, she spends her days spying on her neighbors, subtly meddling in their lives. But she can’t keep her demons out forever. Someone from her past has returned, and is desperate to get inside.

Sarah can’t go home. Her husband has kicked her out, forcibly denying her access to their toddler. Sarah will do anything to get her daughter back, but she’s unraveling under the mounting pressure of concealing the dark secrets of her past. And her lies are catching up to her.

The novel takes readers back in time to witness the complex family dynamics that formed Robin and Sarah into the emotionally damaged, estranged young women they’ve become. As the gripping and intricate layers of their shared past are slowly peeled away, the shocks and twists will keep readers breathless long after the final page.

Bookishly

I subscribe to the wonderful Bookishly monthly tea and book club so received another fabulous parcel in the post this week containing some gorgeous goodies – bookmark, notebook, peppermint tea and another fab Penguin book to add to my collection!

 

 

And then there’s another fabulous bundle of books from Urbane Publications as part of their yearly book club of which I am a member!!  Sign up and for £99.99 you get a copy of EVERY book they publish throughout the year!  What bookworm could ever turn that offer down?!  Here’s a look at some of the May releases that I’ve just taken delivery of and looking forward to settling down with! Click on each title for a link to their GoodReads page!

 
 
CURRENTLY READING
 
Girl Reading by Katie Ward

Seven portraits. Seven artists. Seven girls and women reading. Each chapter of this richly textured debut takes us into a perfectly imagined tale of how each portrait came to be, and as the connections accumulate, the narrative leads us into the present and beyond.
 
 
Mist and Whispers by C. M. Lucas
 


Imagine a world in eternal darkness. A world where skeletal beasts lurk in the forest. Where the women are missing, and the men are in need of salvation…

In the West-English town of Little Wolf Green, Scott’s bookshop is about to close down. Convinced the bookshop holds the key to her mother’s identity, sixteen year old Anya Piddling vows to save Scott’s, whatever the cost.
When four books of magic and myth take the world by storm, Anya begins a journey to discover the truth about the author, known only as the Weaver. Followed closely by her friends, and one surly, bitter ex-boyfriend, Anya soon realises a whole new world awaits: a world gone very wrong, with maddening whispers in the forest, magical winged Kings and a dragon-boy that understands her, inside and out. But this world needs a saviour… and everyone is looking at her.

So, there we have it!! Another week done and dusted!  How has your reading week gone? Any goodies to share with me?!  And a sunny weekend is forecast so that should lend itself nicely to more time spent on my garden bench with an ice lolly or two to pass away the time – well, it will be too hot to do anything else so we should spend our time wisely by sitting and reading!! You have my permission!!

HAPPY READING!!