WWW Wednesday October 5

It’s the first Wednesday of October and the leaves are changing colour daily. We don’t have the brilliant displays of North America but there are some gorgeous colours around at the moment

Wednesday also means that it’s time for WWW Wednesday. This is one of my favourite memes and I love taking part in it and reading everybody else’s posts. It’s currently hosted by Sam and it can be found on her blog Taking on a world of words which can be found here.

The idea of WWW Wednesday is just to answer three simple questions about what you are reading, have just finished and are about to read so here goes for this week.

What I’m currently reading

A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Ove has to be the grumpiest man in Sweden but I am loving the continual interruptions he gets from his neighbours and the way that his past history is gradually revealed .

What I have recently finished reading

Helgoland by Carlo Rovelli

Helgoland – The story of quantum physics

It probably isn’t really true to say that I have recently finished this. Recently abandoned would be far more accurate. I was definitely over estimating my ability to understand anything at all about Quantum Physics. I got about half way through and then it really stopped making any sense at all. My next non-fiction read is going to be a lot more accessible

Snowed in for Christmas by Sarah Morgan

I loved this year’s Christmas book by Sarah Morgan. It definitely left me with a burning desire to make shortbread. I may well reread it in the week before Christmas to put me in a festive mood. I’ll post my review in the last week of October when the book is published in the UK

The Malice of Waves by Mark Douglas Home

This was a brilliant mystery about a young boy’s death five years earlier. The ‘sea detective’ Cal McGill, is called in to see if he can use his specialised knowledge to work out what happened. This was a really intriguing storyline with some really interesting characters. There was also a sub plot about thieving rare birds eggs too to make things even more interesting.

Murder at the Auction by E C Bateman


I was invited to read this first book in a new crime series. That doesn’t happen very often so obviously I said yes. It was a really enjoyable murder mystery set in the historic town of Stamford which is only about an hour away from where I live. I love books that are set in places that I have visited and this one had a really strong sense of location.

What I am intending to read next

The Truants by Kate Weinberg

That’s the current state of my reading this week. What does your WWW Wednesday look like?

Blogtober – Bullet Journal

Day 4

A new month means that it’s time for a new theme for my bullet journal. I’ve kept this for nearly two years now. I started it in Jan 2021 when we in lockdown due to Covid and I knew that I was going to retire that Summer. I kept it as a record of how my life changed over that 12 months but the habit has stuck.

I like the arty side of thinking of a theme for the month and designing my pages. They tend to be very simple with copious use of washi tape for weeks when I don’t have much time. If I have lots of time or I’m organised then I will draw or paint to decorate my pages. I’ve done all sorts of different pages over the past 20 months; activity logs for things I’ve done, mood trackers etc but now I’ve just settled on a few pages every month.

Every month begins with title page

I track my daily steps as I’m supposed to do quite a bit of walking/exercise to counter incipient osteoporosis

I record all the books I read!!!
A weekly spread for a short diary entry

As you can see, this month’s theme is Autumn leaves- I never claimed to be particularly original. My weekly spread might include diary entries or it might simply be a list of things to do on given day – I like lists!!!

I like my book double page spread. All I do is list the title and author of every book I read and my star rating. It’s quite nice just to flick back and look at what I read in a particular month and it’s a very quick check if I can’t remember the name of an author sometimes.

I did start off this year by keeping more of a book journal with cover pictures and short reviews but that only lasted about two weeks before I was hopelessly behind so I reverted to just keeping a list.

July’s cactus themed book page

The last page of every month is a photo page of things we’ve done during the month.

I love being able to flick back through my journal and look at the entries and the photos. It’s a nice low key way of keeping a record of what’s going on in my life.

Blogotober – Bleeding Heart Yard – a Review

Bleeding Heart Yard by Elly Griffiths

I love Elly Griffiths’ crime novels especially the Ruth Dalloway series. This is a newish series featuring a young Sikh policewoman but is promising to be just as good as the Dalloway books.

Bleeding Heart Yard is another great outing for the newly promoted Inspector Harbinder Kaur. No longer living in Sussex, in this third book, she has now moved to take up a new role in London heading a detective team. This means she has finally moved out of her parents’ house and is now sharing a flat in London. A new life beckons.

Her first murder enquiry is a high profile one when a prominent MP is found murdered at a school reunion. To complicate matters, her sergeant, Cassie, was also at the event and as a possible witness, cannot be involved in the case. The murder victim was one of an elite group who were all pupils at the school and there seems to some link to the unexplained death of one of their school mates 21 years ago. When another of the group is murdered, things become darker and it is unclear who can be trusted

I enjoyed both of the previous books in this series but this is my favourite one so far. I love the character of Harbinder and it’s great to see her moving on both in her career and her life. She is gay, non-white and small of stature so life in the police is likely to be difficult. However, she is completely competent and soon gains the confidence of her new colleagues. Harbinder’s character seems very real to me. She knows that she is good at her job and has confidence that she can do it properly. However, in her personal life she is a lot less confident and Elly Griffiths does a great job in showing us the different sides of her character. I have really enjoyed seeing how Harbinder has developed over the three books so far.

The other characters are all written with the author’s customary skill. Harbinder’s colleagues are a mixed bag including one who is a friend of the murder victim and could possibly be a suspect. I also love the way that the settings are so vivid in Elly’s books. Bleeding Heart Yard is a real place in London with an actual bistro and the author’s use of this setting adds a feeling of reality to the story

The book is written from different points of view and sometimes we see the same scene twice as we revisit it through the eyes of a different character. I enjoyed this aspect of the book as it’s always interesting to see how different people can view the same event.

I loved this book and am eagerly looking forward to the next one.

I received this ARC from the publishers and Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.

Bleeding Heart Yard was published by Quercus Books on September 29th

This is post 3 for Blogtober 2022

Blogtober – Sundays in bed with…… Snowed in for Christmas

Sundays in bed with is a meme hosted by Midnight Book Girl but I came across it recently on Jill’s Book Blog. It is simply a chance to share the book that is by your bed at the moment (or that you wish was by your bed). This week the book by my bed (or on the arm of my sofa) is Snowed in for Christmas by Sarah Morgan

This is my first Christmas book for this year. I love Sarah Morgan and her Christmas book last year was one of my favourite books of the year. This one is just as good but in a very different way.

Blurb from NetGalley:
She’s snowed in with the family. The only problem? They’re not her family.

A family gathering
This Christmas the Miller siblings have one goal – to avoid their family’s well-meaning questions. Ross, Alice and Clemmie have secrets that they don’t intend to share, and they are relying on each other to deflect attention.

An uninvited guest
Lucy Clarke is facing a Christmas alone, and the prospect of losing her job – unless she can win a major piece of business from Ross Miller. She’ll deliver her proposal to his family home in the Scottish Highlands and then leave. After all, she wouldn’t want to intrude on the Miller’s perfect family Christmas.

A Christmas to remember
When Lucy appears on the Miller’s snow-covered doorstep, she is mistaken for Ross’s girlfriend. But by the time the confusion is cleared up, a storm has hit and Lucy is stuck. As everyone settles in for a snowed-in Christmas, tensions bubble to the surface and suddenly Lucy finds herself facing a big family fallout with a family that isn’t hers

I’m loving the family relationships in this book. All the character, Lucy, the Miller siblings and mum Glenda are having problems and there have been several moments when I’ve felt a lump in my throat. I absolutely the character of Nanna Jean who at 86, is not changing her attitudes towards anything. She definitely reminds me of my own mother who is a very similar age.

It’s a Christmas romance and I’m fairly sure that I know how each of the characters are going to end up but it’s how they arrive there that makes Sarah Morgan’s books so special.

In a way, I regret reading this as an ARC as I think I would have enjoyed it even more in December. Maybe I’ll have to reread it then😃

What are you reading this Sunday?

This is the second post for Blogtober 2o22.

Stacking the Shelves 62

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It’s Saturday so it’s time for my weekly Stacking the Shelves post. Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Marlene at Reading Reality and details are on her blog. The gorgeous graphic is also used courtesy of the site.

Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

My STS posts are generally my library books. I’m a great supporter of libraries, mainly because I could never afford to buy all the books that I want to read, and visit mine every week whenever possible. I love the fact that I can look at the online catalogue and request books to borrow. This is great for books that are recommended to me by different bookbloggers. It works much better for crime and mystery stories rather than fantasy though. For some reason, Leicestershire readers don’t borrow fantasy books so not many of them are purchased by the library system. It’s also great for finding books in bookshops that I might like. Getting a book from the library means that I don’t need to worry about wasting my money if I don’t like it!

This was another week of only having one reservation arrive so I had some time to wander around the library and browse which is always fun. I did have a library book passed onto me from my mum though as we often share our library books so I have my usual 4 books.

Blackstone Fell by Martin EdwardsCarrie Hope Fletcher
This was passed to me by my mum earlier this week and so I have already read it. Ir is the third in the Rachel Savernake series set in 1920s. I always enjoy Martin Edwards mysteries and this one was just as good as normal. I loved the ending where the murderer was unveiled during a seance.

The Malice of Waves by Mark Douglas Home
This the third in a series but I’ve never seen any of them before. Investigator Cal McGill is the Sea Detective who uses his knowledge of the sea to solve mysteries that no-one else can. I love mysteries set by the sea so this sounds good.

The Truants by Kate Weinberg
This is a debut novel about a Jess, a middle child who is good at becoming invisible or overlooked. Then she goes to university and reinvents herself with a new group of friends. Tragedy ensues.

A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman
I remember seeing loads of reviews for this a while ago and then I saw Wendy’s audio review on The Bashful Bookworm so I decided that it was time I read it.

That’s what I’ve added to my shelves this week and I am so looking forward to reading all of them. I’ve also still got Helgoland – The story of quantum physics to read!

What’s been added to your bookshelves this week?

I’ve been neglecting my blog a bit lately and posting has become a bit sporadic. To try and bring it back to life a bit, I’ve decided to take part in Blogtober 22 so I’m going to try and post every day for a month. They might not all be bookish posts as I might mix it up a bit.

Book Blogger Hop September 30th

 The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, it was relaunched on February 15, 2013 by Billy @ the Ramblings of a coffee addict. . Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

I just love this meme and the questions that come up. They generate so much discussion which is so great.

This weeks question is: Have you ever skipped ahead to read the ending?(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

This feels like something that I should feel guilty about because yes, I do sometimes skip to the end of the book and read the ending. There are two main times when I do this.

The first is when I’m not really enjoying the book so I’ll just skip to the end to see how it all turns out before I DNF it. This sort of backfired on me earlier this year when I read Magpie by Elizabeth Day.

I wasn’t really enjoying it so I skipped to the end to see it all got sorted out. However, the ending didn’t make any sense and I couldn’t see how the characters could possibly have got to that point. That meant I had to go back and read the entire book to see what the twist was. I’m glad that I did as I really enjoyed it by the end.

The other time that I sometimes take a quick peek at the end is just to check that characters survive. I think I started doing that a lot more after Rob Stark’s death at the Red Wedding when I first read A Clash of Kings years ago. George Martin scarred me for life with his habit of killing off characters!!!!!

I only tend to do it for fantasy novels when I’m more invested in the character arcs. I wouldn’t do it for crime novels as that would spoil the mystery though.

Do you ever cheat and read the ends of books?

Most Anticipated Autumn/Fall Releases

Autumn is always a brilliant time of year for new books as the publishers hope to get us all to put books on our lists for Father Christmas. This year, there seem to be even more amazing books coming out than usual over the next couple of months. These are some of the ones that I am really looking forward to.

Published September 29th

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace finds himself plunged into an unfamiliar and rarefied world of fine art. Outwardly it appears respectable, gentlemanly, above reproach. But beneath the veneer, he rapidly finds that greed, deception and violence walk hand-in-hand.

Harry and Freya, an ordinary couple, dreamed for years of finding something priceless buried amongst the tat in a car boot sale.

It was a dream they knew in their hearts would never come true – until the day it did…
They buy the drab portrait for a few pounds, for its beautiful frame, planning to cut the painting out. Then studying it back at home there seems to be another picture beneath, of a stunning landscape. Could it be a long-lost masterpiece from 1770? If genuine, it could be worth millions.

One collector is certain that the painting is genuine. Someone who will use any method he can to get what he wants and will stop at nothing.

And Harry and Freya are about to discover that their dream is turning into their worst nightmare. .

I’ve read all the Roy Grace books since Peter James first started the series and am definitely looking forward to this next instalment which is actually published today.

Published November 29th

This is the 18th book in the Inspector Gamache series and he’s still going strong in the small town of Three Pines. There doesn’t seem to be any blurb available for this one though.

November 7th

1917. New York.

Notorious spy, Fredrick Fredricks, has invited Fiona to Carnegie Hall to hear a famous soprano. It’s an opportunity the War Office can’t turn down. Fiona and Clifford are soon on their way, but not before Fiona is saddled with chaperon duties for Captain Hall’s niece. Is Fiona a spy or a glorified babysitter?

From the minute Fiona meets the soprano aboard the RMS Adriatic it’s treble on the high C’s. Fiona sees something—or someone—thrown overboard, and then she overhears a chemist plotting in German with one of her own countrymen!

And the trouble doesn’t stop when they disembark. Soon Fiona is doing time with a group of suffragettes and investigating America’s most impressive inventor Thomas Edison.

When her number one suspect turns up dead at the opera and Fredrick Fredricks is caught red-handed, it looks like it’s finally curtains for the notorious spy.

But all the evidence points to his innocence. Will Fiona change her tune and clear her nemesis’ name? Or will she do her duty? And just what is she going to do with the pesky Kitty Lane? Not to mention swoon-worthy Archie Somersby . . .

If Fiona’s going to come out on top, she’s going to have to make the most difficult decision of her life: the choice between her head and her heart.

Spies, music and a New York setting – Who could resist?

Published November 3rd

When Tennal – a rich socialite, inveterate flirt, and walking disaster – is caught using his telepathic powers for illegal activities, the military decides to bind his mind to someone whose coercive powers are strong enough to control him.

Enter Lieutenant Surit, the child of a disgraced general. Out of a desperate need to restore a pension to his other parent, Lieutenant Surit agrees to be bound to Tennal and keep him conscripted in the army, a task that seems impossible even for someone with Surit’s ability to control minds.

Tennal just wants to escape, but Surit isn’t all that he seems. And their bond may just be the key to their freedom.

I loved Winter’s Orbit by the same author last year. This is another stand alone novel set in the same universe.

Published 24th November

Xích Si: bot maker, data analyst, mother, scavenger. But those days are over now-her ship has just been captured by the Red Banner pirate fleet, famous for their double-dealing and cruelty. Xích Si expects to be tortured to death-only for the pirates’ enigmatic leader, Rice Fish, to arrive with a different and shocking proposition: an arranged marriage between Xích Si and herself.

Rice Fish: sentient ship, leader of the infamous Red Banner pirate fleet, wife of the Red Scholar. Or at least, she was the latter before her wife died under suspicious circumstances. Now isolated and alone, Rice Fish wants Xích Si’s help to find out who struck against them and why. Marrying Xích Si means Rice Fish can offer Xích Si protection, in exchange for Xích Si’s technical fluency: a business arrangement with nothing more to it.

But as the investigation goes on, Rice Fish and Xích Si find themselves falling for each other. As the interstellar war against piracy intensifies and the five fleets start fighting each other, they will have to make a stand-and to decide what kind of future they have together…

Another Science Fiction book that sounds so intriguing and has had great reviews. I just hope that I’m not disappointed.

And of course, a couple of Christmas books to look forward to. I love both of these authors.

Published October 27th

Published 13th October

A bit of crime, a bit of Science Fiction and a dash of Christmas romance. These are some of the books that I am looking forward to reading over the next couple of months. What about you?

Book details and images from Net Galley apart from A World of Curiosities.

WWW Wednesday September 28

It’s the final Wednesday of September today. The year seems to be hurtling towards the end in a mad rush. I think it’s a sign of aging!!!

Wednesday also means that it’s time for WWW Wednesday. This is one of my favourite memes and I love taking part in it and reading everybody else’s posts. It’s currently hosted by Sam and it can be found on her blog Taking on a world of words which can be found here.

The idea of WWW Wednesday is just to answer three simple questions about what you are reading, have just finished and are about to read so here goes for this week.

What I’m currently reading

Helgoland – The story of quantum physics

Helgoland by Carlo Ravelli

It seemed like a good idea to read a book about a subject that I know nothing about but I’m not convinced. The only thing keeping me going is that apparently quantum physics is not meant to be easily understood. Cats who are neither asleep or awake (or maybe both) are beyond my brain’s capacity to understand.

Blackstone Fell by Martin Edwards

This is the third book in the historical crime series featuring Rachel Savernake. This time she’s investigating mysterious disappearances in a remote village in Yorkshire. There’s also a sub plot about mediums and contacting people in the afterlife too. It’s all very mysterious so far.

What I have recently finished reading

The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn

I enjoyed this more than I thought at the beginning but it didn’t grip me as much as I had expected. The early parts where the characters were children didn’t really interest me. It’s difficult to write how very young children see the world and I don’t think that the characters were believable. It was much more interesting when they were grown up and Christa began working for the SOE. It didn’t really have anything much different to the many other books that cover the same period though.

The Cruise by Catherine Cooper

This was a fun thriller set on board a luxury cruise ship. It’s one of my ARCs and isn’t due to be published until November. It was an interesting plot with a dual time storyline which I always enjoy.

The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner

This was an interesting book set in San Francisco at the time of the great earthquake in 1906. I really enjoyed the plot and the three female characters who got together to uncover the secrets of their husband.

When the curtain falls by Carrie Hope Fisher


I thought that I would enjoy this more than I did with its theatrical setting. It was a fun story about a haunted theatre but I never really felt convinced by the characters in either the 1952 story or the 2022 one. I think that probably I just wasn’t in the right mood for this one.

Ocean’s Echo by Everina Maxwell

Normally I try to read my Net Galley ARCs in order of publication so that I don’t get them archived by mistake but I wanted to read this as soon as I was approved for it as I loved Winter’s Orbit so much last year. This was another Science fiction book with a healthy dose of romance. This time it was all about neuro -enhancements and the potential misuse of mental powers. Like Winter’s Orbit, it was very character driven and I loved it. Full review to come nearer publication date

What I am intending to read next

Snowed in for Christmas by Sarah Morgan

I think that I’m going to have to start reading my Christmas ARCs very soon as it’s so close to October now. 🎄🎅

That’s the current state of my reading this week. What does your WWW Wednesday look like?

Top Five Tuesday – Five things a bookworm would never do

I’ve been neglecting my blog a bit lately as we’ve been a bit busy at home so it’s time to put things back onto a normal footing and join back in with Top 5 Tuesday.

Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and it is now being hosted at Meeghan reads!! For details of all of the prompts for July to September see Meeghans page here.

September has been all about life as a book worm and today is 5 things that a bookworm would never do.

  1. Walk past a bookshop without going in
    I know that I don’t need any more books. I know that I visited a bookshop only yesterday but this one might have a book that I haven’t seen yet. And I just like looking at books.
  2. Say “Of course I’m not busy” when in the middle of their new book
    Disturb me at your peril!
  3. Be caught travelling without a book to read
    This is so much easier with kindles and books on phones. Whether travelling by plane, train or bus, I will be found reading. Sadly reading in a car makes me travel sick.
  4. Turn the corner of a book down to mark the page
    There are so many other things that you can use. People actually produce really pretty book marks just for this purpose but receipts, tickets, rulers and pencils all work just as well. The same goes for leaving a book open face down and breaking the spine which was my pet hate as a teacher. I hated it when my pupils left their books open like that on their desks.
  5. Feel guilty about non finishing a book
    There are so many books out there that I am never going to have time to read all the ones that I want to. Why would I waste time on a book that I wasn’t enjoying?
Don’t bend down the corners on books

That’s my top 5 for this week. What are your top 5 things that a bookworm would never do?

Stacking the Shelves 61

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It’s Saturday so it’s time for my weekly Stacking the Shelves post. Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Marlene at Reading Reality and details are on her blog. The gorgeous graphic is also used courtesy of the site.

Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

My STS posts are generally my library books. I’m a great supporter of libraries, mainly because I could never afford to buy all the books that I want to read, and visit mine every week whenever possible. I love the fact that I can look at the online catalogue and request books to borrow. This is great for books that are recommended to me by different bookbloggers. It works much better for crime and mystery stories rather than fantasy though. For some reason, Leicestershire readers don’t borrow fantasy books so not many of them are purchased by the library system. It’s also great for finding books in bookshops that I might like. Getting a book from the library means that I don’t need to worry about wasting my money if I don’t like it!

After last week’s bumper collection of books I’m back to my usual 4 today. I had two reservations come in so my other two books are ones that I picked up as I meandered around the shelves.

When the Curtain Falls by Carrie Hope Fletcher
I’ve seen Carrie perform on stage but never read any of her books before. This is set in a theatre in 1952 and 2022 and the plot for the 1952 story line sounds a bit Phantom of the Opera-ish so hopefully will be a good read

The Rising Tide by Ann Cleeves
This was one of my reserved books and is the long awaited next episode in Ann Cleeves’ Vera series. This one is set on the holy island of Lindisfarne which is place that I love and has to be a great setting for a murder mystery as it is so atmospheric.

Vengeance in Venice by Philip Gwynne Jones
I’m continuing my read through this series set in Venice. I really enjoyed the last one so I’m looking forward to reading this one.

The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner
This was another random pick off the shelf. It’s a historical fiction book set in San Francisco just before the devastating earthquake of 1908. It’s about three different women who become involved in each others’ lives. I love stories about friendship so I’m looking forward to this one.

That’s what I’ve added to my shelves this week and I am so looking forward to reading all of them. I’ve also still got Helgoland – The story of quantum physics to read!

What’s been added to your bookshelves this week?