Happy December to you all!!! How have we got here so fast??!! Feeling very old that another year has flown by but looking forward to 2018 already and all the wonderful bookish adventures that await us all!! My TBR pile for 2018 is already looking very healthy – so the outlook for getting caught up with the reading pile next year isn’t looking promising!! 2030 might be a better bet for that!!
Been a much slower reading week for me! I think my reading pace for the year has finally caught up with me as I seem to have reading fatigue and have been spending more time doing cross-stitch and card making! Other hobbies that I’d been neglecting this year! But it’s still been a fun week of reading with 3 finished, including an audio book that I listened to whilst doing my hobbies! Will definitely plan on doing that more next year – multi-tasking is the way forward I’m thinking!!
Ooh and there may have been some bookpost arriving….. I know you’re shocked!!
So here’s a little look at what I’ve finished this week – please click on the title if you’d like to read my GoodReads review! And feel free to add me as a GoodReads friend too if you haven’t already! Love seeing what everyone else is reading!!
Uprooted by Naomi Novik – 3 stars
I had really high hopes for this and was a little disappointed that it didn’t live up to them! It was still an enjoyable read though!
Wildwood; A Journey Through Trees by Roger Deakin – 4 stars
A delight, especially for a tree fan like myself!
The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn – 3 stars
If you are looking for an unnerving read, then look no further! The characters may not be the most endearing people, but their relationship was compelling – and creepy!!
Tilly Hunter has fabulous friends, her dream job as a make-up artist with a prestigious opera company and Felix, her kind and caring husband to be. It looks set to be the most perfect Christmas yet!
But when a monumental blunder forces her to work closely with new IT director Marcus Walker, it’s not only the roast chestnut stalls on the cobbles of her beloved Covent Garden that cause sparks to fly…
Super serious and brooding, Marcus hasn’t got a creative bone in his sharp-suited body. For technophobe Tilly, it’s a match made in hell.
And yet, when Tilly discovers her fiancé isn’t at all what he seems, it’s Marcus who’s there for her with a hot chocolate and a surprisingly strong shoulder to cry on … He might just be the best Christmas present she’s ever had.
Very thankful to the lovely people at Harper Impulse for sending me a copy of this – and it arrived on the day of snow flurries in London too! Can’t wait to curl up on the sofa with this one very soon!!
3 by Maria Savva
A trio of short stories.
Memories from the past can haunt the present.
1. Never To Be Told – Tom and Amber are on a romantic date… but the past is always present.
2. The Bride – In this paranormal short, Olivia makes a chilling discovery.
3. What The Girl Heard – Victoria revisits a place that holds a dark reminder of an incident from her childhood. She had vowed she would never return.
The Curious Miss Fortune by Tina-Marie Miller
There’s great excitement as the Hampton Players gather to begin rehearsals on their annual am dram. However, it’s not long before the cast begin to make a connection between the fictional storylines and coincidental occurrences in their villages leaving them fearful that a murder is about to take place.
Tiggy Lawrence is devastated to learn her father is terminally ill. As she returns to the family home after a nine year absence she’s fearful of a run in not just with step monster Bobbie but also ex fiancé Patrick.
Aster Maxwell is a successful maxillofacial surgeon who is hungry for success. Desperate to maximise his specialisation by opening his own private clinic, will he stop at nothing to get what he wants?
Diana Fortune’s forgotten past could be her strength when she auditions for the Hampton Players. Only it’s a dark and stormy night as she makes her entrance. Has Miss Fortune finally arrived?
Drama finds itself back in the Hamptons as Poppy and Richard Hambly-Jones make an appearance as they prepare to host the Autumn Ball. Expect the unexpected!
Ivy and the Inky Butterfly by Johanna Basford
From colouring book queen Johanna Basford, a lavishly illustrated fable about a girl named Ivy who stumbles upon a secret door leading to the magical world of Enchantia. Ivy embarks on a quest through its many realms in pursuit of her inky butterfly, meeting whimsical characters and discovering many wondrous things along the way. A charming story that interacts playfully with beautiful, colourable artwork in Johanna’s signature style, Ivy and the Inky Butterfly is a one-of-a-kind adventure for readers of all ages to customise, colour and cherish.
These three SIGNED books were the result of my bidding in the Children In Read auction, hosted by Paddy Heron on Twitter to raise funds for the Children In Need fundraising campaign. In the end his auction of signed books raised around £3,600 which was an amazing amount and I look forward to helping raise more funds for them next year!!
The Watcher in the Shadows by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A mysterious toymaker who lives as a recluse in an old mansion, surrounded by the mechanical beings he has created… an enigma surrounding strange lights that shine through the mists that envelop the small island on which the old lighthouse stands… a shadowy creature that hides deep in the woods… these are the elements of a mystery that bind 14-year-old Irene to Ismael during one magical summer spent in the Blue Bay. Irene’s mother has taken a job as a housekeeper for the toymaker, Lazarus, but his house contains more secrets than Irene and Ishmael have bargained for.
Reading this to help me finish my A-Z bookbuster challenge – reading authors A through to Z throughout the year – and as I love other work by this author I’m hoping this is just as magical!
The Dandelion Years by Erica James
Ashcombe was the most beautiful house Saskia had ever seen as a little girl. A rambling pink cottage on the edge of the Suffolk village of Melbury Green, its enchanting garden provided a fairy-tale playground of seclusion, a perfect sanctuary to hide from the tragedy which shattered her childhood.
Now an adult, Saskia is still living at Ashcombe and as a book restorer devotes her days tending to the broken, battered books that find their way to her, daydreaming about the people who had once turned their pages. When she discovers a notebook carefully concealed in an old Bible – and realising someone has gone to a great deal of trouble to hide a story of their own – Saskia finds herself drawn into a heart-rending tale of wartime love…
This is my current bedtime read as I always like to read something I don’t really need to think about just before I nod off!
And there we have it! My week all wrapped up! How has your week been? Good, Bad, Ugly?! Quiet weekend ahead here planned after my nieces’ birthday last weekend, so am hoping that the books read count can increase again this week! And if we get snowed in then that always helps on the reading front!