Hello! Happy Weekend!! Stormy weather forecast here for the next couple of days so perfect for staying indoors and reading again – see how I turn every weather forecast into a good thing for reading! Sun, Rain, Snow – just read!!
Been a pretty good bookish week for me although I don’t feel like I’m reading enough again as the TBR pile isn’t going down enough! No change there then! I have managed to finish 4 books, bought one book (and got sent a freebie with it!), and also won an e-book from the author! And NO NETGALLEY visits!! Yay!!
The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag – 4 stars
A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne – 4 stars
The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri – 5 stars
Tangerine by Christine Mangan – 3 stars
Treated myself to a signed book from Eye Lightning Books and they kindly sent me another book too!
THE MATING HABITS OF STAGS by Ray Robinson
Midwinter. As former farmhand Jake, a widower in his seventies, wanders the beautiful, austere moors of North Yorkshire trying to evade capture, we learn of the events of his past: the wife he loved and lost, their child he knows cannot be his, and the deep-seated need for revenge that manifests itself in a moment of violence. On the coast, Jake’s friend, Sheila, receives the devastating news. The aftermath of Jake’s actions, and what it brings to the surface, will change her life forever. But how will she react when he turns up at her door? As beauty and tenderness blend with violence, this story transports us to a different world, subtly exploring love and loss in a language that both bruises and heals.
THE OSHUN DIARIES by Diane Esquerra
High priestesses are few and far between, white ones in Africa even more so.
When Diane Esguerra hears of a mysterious Austrian woman worshipping the Ifa river goddess Oshun in Nigeria her curiosity is aroused. It is the start of an extraordinary friendship that sustains Diane through the death of her son and leads to a quest to take part in Oshun rituals. Prevented by Boko Haram from returning to Nigeria, she finds herself at Ifa shrines in Florida amid vultures, snakes, goats’ heads, machetes, torrential rain and a cigar-smoking god. Her quest steps up a gear when Beyonce channels Oshun at the Grammys and the goddess goes global.
THE COTTAGE ON WILDFLOWER LANE by LIZ DAVIES
Esther’s life isn’t perfect (whose is?) – but she’s happy enough living in her little flat with her boyfriend, Josh. But that’s about to change. Bored out of her mind in work, she wishes that something, anything, would happen to liven her life up. Unfortunately, her wish comes true when Josh calls her from the airport to tell her he’s going to work in a bar in Spain, and she’s not invited, Esther is devastated, and her unhappiness is compounded when she discovers she can actually view the bar via a webcam link and watch him chatting up other girls. But when she inadvertently clicks on a link to another webcam which shows a pretty cottage and the rather hunky man who lives in it, her interest is piqued and she wishes she could get to know him. Wishes don’t really come true, though – do they…?
WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by DELIA OWENS
BRING UP THE BODIES by HILARY MANTEL