Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – with added penguin!

Hello all!  I trust you have all had a fairly decent week! Been a good one here as I finally got to visit the penguins at Southend Sea Life Centre! I am so easily pleased!!  Now I’m just trying to figure out a way to snuggle one home with me on my next visit!!  Not sure Archie the bunny would be too pleased!

Bookwise it has been a very good one!! Managed to take part in the #cosyreadingnight on Sunday night hosted by Lauren and the books (check out her YouTube and Twitter channels!), and that was lovely just to sit for 3 hours with a few books I’d chosen before, and lots of snacks and a candle burning, and just read!  Must do that more often I think and not be distracted by the evil internet!! 



5 books in total all finished this week! Please click on the title for a link to my GoodReads reviews!

The Gigantic Beard that was Evil by Stephen Collins

The Cows by Dawn O’Porter


See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt


The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Other Mrs Walker by Mary Paulson-Ellis

Books Bought

Zero!!! Yes you’ve read that right!! Thought it best this week with the haul I got on my birthday that I should steer well clear of any temptation! See my previous blog post if you’d like to see the beauties I did get for my birthday book haul!

Book Post

The lovely people at Readers First were kind enough to send another 2 wonderful looking books my way this week so here is a little more about both….

See You In September by Charity Norman

Cassy blew a collective kiss at them. ‘See you in September,’ she said. A throwaway line. Just words, uttered casually by a young woman in a hurry. And then she’d gone.

It was supposed to be a short trip – a break in New Zealand before her best friend’s wedding. But when Cassy waved goodbye to her parents, they never dreamed that it would be years before they’d see her again.

Having broken up with her boyfriend, Cassy accepts an invitation to stay in an idyllic farming collective. Overcome by the peace and beauty of the valley and swept up in the charisma of Justin, the community’s leader, Cassy becomes convinced that she has to stay.

As Cassy becomes more and more entrenched in the group’s rituals and beliefs, her frantic parents fight to bring her home – before Justin’s prophesied Last Day can come to pass.

A powerful story of family, faith and finding yourself, See You in September is an unputdownable new novel from this hugely compelling author

Out 1st June 2017

Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

“There are three things that earn you a man’s name among the Jan’Tep. The first is to demonstrate the strength to defend your family. The second is to prove you can perform the high magic that defines our people. The third is surviving your fourteenth year. I was a few weeks shy of my birthday when I learned that I wouldn’t be doing any of those things.”

Kellen’s dreams of becoming a powerful mage like his father are shattered after a failed magical duel results in the complete loss of his abilities. When other young mages begin to suffer the same fate, Kellen is accused of unleashing a magical curse on his own clan and is forced to flee with the help of a mysterious foreign woman who may in fact be a spy in service to an enemy country. Unsure of who to trust, Kellen struggles to learn how to survive in a dangerous world without his magic even as he seeks out the true source of the curse. But when Kellen uncovers a conspiracy hatched by members of his own clan seeking to take power, he races back to his city in a desperate bid to outwit the mages arrayed against him before they can destroy his family.

Spellslinger is heroic fantasy with a western flavour.

Out 4th May 2017

Currently Reading

The Walworth Beauty by Michele Roberts

Downloaded this from the library via the Borrowbox app, and am really loving what I’ve read so far! Hope to finish it over the next couple of days.

We all Begin As Strangers by Harriet Cummings

The author very kindly sent me a copy of this and I’m currently racing through it and will be finishing it later today!

So there we have it! More weeks like that please!!  Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!