WWW Wednesday December 7

It’s Wednesday again and we’re into December. The weather has got colder with snow forecast and at the weekend, we’re going to visit my son in Manchester and go around the Christmas Markets. It’s definitely starting to feel festive.

Wednesday 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

Exiles by Jane Harper
I love Jane Harper’s books and this one is just as good as all of the previous ones. Set in a small town in Australia, police officer Aaron Falk is on holiday about to become godfather to a friend’s young son. The town is remembering the disappearance of a woman the previous year and is running an appeal for any more witnesses or information. Falk gradually becomes involved with the family and the investigation as well as maybe finding a bit of romance.

Journeys to impossible places by Simon Reeve
This is my 12th non fiction book of 2022 and will see me successfully completing my challenge.

What I have recently finished reading

The Night Ship by Jess Kidd
I didn’t enjoy this as much as I had hoped. I really liked the start of it but then my interest tailed off. It was a very dark story with few light patches and I found the children’s points of view a bit unconvincing especially Mayken’s chapters.

An Astronaut’s Guide to Earth by Chris Hadfield
This is the eleventh book in my Non fiction reader challenge and so I’m well on track to read 12 non fiction books this year. This was a very easy book to read but very fascinating to see how his experiences and training influence the way he thinks and behaves. I love the way that his preparations for space travel and the way they always plan for the worst means that he does that in his daily life too. Many of us could probably do with a touch of that mindset so that we are not completely overcome when things go wrong.

Let it Snow by Bella Moran
This was a brilliant festive read set in Nottingham but also involving a last minute to Scotland where our heroine got snowed in. It’s a very familiar theme but this was a definitely a different take on being snowbound.

The Marriage Act by John Marrs
I really enjoyed this story of a near future when marriage is the only approved way to live. It’s a dark dystopian tale but I really enjoyed each of the four couples’ stories within the book.

The Christmas Holiday by Phillipa Ashley
This was another lovely festive read this time set in the Lake District. The involvement of the Mountain Rescue volunteers made this a bit more interesting than some Christmas books.

What I am intending to read next

I definitely think it’s time to start catching up with some of the books that I have on my bookshelf and not read yet. I’m going to take this one with me when we go away at the weekend.

What are you reading this week?

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Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Books that I meant to read in 2022

It’s Tuesday and the 6th of December. Happy St Nicholas day!!! Did St Nick come and visit you last night?🎅

Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday post. 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 Oct to Dec see Meeghan’s post here.

This month, we’re all about wrapping up the year and this week’s post is those books that you meant to read but never quite got around to. I’m actually quite good at reading books fairly quickly and so don’t tend to have that many that I haven’t got round however, I have found 5 that I did mean to read this year and just haven’t.

I don’t know why I haven’t got around to read this final book in the Green Bone Saga yet. I loved the first two but just haven’t managed to read this final book. It is on my list of books to read this month so hopefully I will tick it off before 2023

I love Brian McClellan’s Powder Mage books but haven’t got round to starting this one just yet. Actually, it’s because I’m waiting for the paperback release 😃

I bought both Lirael and Her Dark Wings a couple of months ago and they have just sat on my bookshelf ever since.

I don’t know why I haven’t got round to reading this. I loved the Broken Earth trilogy but this has sat on my bookshelf for over a year now and I haven’t picked it up.

That’s my collection of books that I meant to get round to reading this year but haven’t managed to.

What would your list look like?

Sundays in bed with ……… The Marriage Act

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 The Marriage Act by John Marrs

Blurb from Net Galley:
What if marriage was the law? Dare you disobey?

Britain. The near-future. A right-wing government believes it has the answer to society’s ills – the Sanctity of Marriage Act, which actively encourages marriage as the norm, punishing those who choose to remain single.

But four couples are about to discover just how impossible relationships can be when the government is monitoring every aspect of our personal lives, monitoring every word, every minor disagreement . . . and will use every tool in its arsenal to ensure everyone will love, honour and obey.

This is definitely a contrast to the Christmassy haul of books that I got from the library yesterday. I love novels that look at how society might evolve in the near future even though they are often very bleak and this one is no exception.

Marriage is seen as the best way of living and those couples who agree to ‘upscale’ their relationships get social benefits such as better housing, jobs and education chances for their children. However, they also agree to have an ‘audite’ installed in their house which will listen randomly to conversations and if their relationship is deemed to be in difficulties, help will be given and maybe the couple will be allocated a ‘Relationship Responder’ who will live with them and steer them through the tricky patch. When the relationship responder in question is a predator more intent on finding a partner for themselves, this can lead to disaster.

This is a very dark book and very few of the characters are particularly likeable but I am extremely intrigued by the plots in the novel.

This is one of the books currently on my Net Galley shelf and will be released early next year

Stacking the Shelves does Christmas

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It’s Saturday again and it’s December so it’s officially time for decorations, lights and Christmas books. That’s a good job when you see the set of books that I brought home from the library this week.

Saturday means it’s time for my weekly Stacking the Shelves post. This is my 70th Stacking the Shelves post which feels fairly impressive to me! 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.

As you can see, this week’s haul has a very festive feel🎅🎄 I had several Christmas books on hold at the library and they all arrived at once!

Let it Snow by Beth Moran
I can’t remember where I saw this reviewed but I’ve enjoyed previous novels by Beth Moran. I like the fact that they are set in Nottinghamshire which is fairly close to where I live.

Celebrations at the Chateau by Jo Thomas
I’ve seen a few good reviews and so I ordered it from the library. Unusually, this one doesn’t involve a snowbound trip to Scotland as it’s set in Normandy in France. Three sisters unexpectedly inherit a chateau and try to set up a Bed and Breakfast business to raise money to restore it.

A White Christmas on Winter Street by Sue Moorcroft
This was recommended by Tessa Talks Books. Sky Terran resigns from her job and returns to her childhood foster home of Middledip to have a quiet Christmas getting used to her new life. Obviously things don’t go as planned.

The Christmas Holiday by Philippa Ashley
I’ve read a few Christmas books as ARC’s but this is the first physical Christmas book that I’ve picked up. I think I might save it until Dec 1st though

Christmas at the Keep by Marcia Willett
I’ve been reading Marcia Willett’s books set in Devon around Dartmouth for years but don’t remember seeing a Christmas one before. This one is actually only a novella as it’s 129 pages long. It’s quite poignant though as Marcia died this year and so this is her last book.

That’s what I’ve added to my festive book shelves this week. I think I might need to intersperse them with other books though as otherwise, I might well get Christmas overload.

Have you read any of them? What did you think?

What’s been added to your bookshelves this week?

Book Blogger Hop December 2

 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 great.

This weeks question is: Do you go back and reread the previous book before starting the sequel? (Submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer))

The answer to this question is ……… it depends. Partly on how much I have to read and how much time I have when the sequel is released. However the main issue is how long it is since I read the previous book.

I’ve just finished The Ivory Tomb by Melissa Caruso but didn’t reread the previous two as I only read them earlier this year and felt that they were still quite clear in my mind.

However, TAD Williams is releasing the final part of The Lost King of Osten Ard in November 2023. I read the first book in this quartet back in 2017 and really don’t think that I will enjoy the final part as much if I haven’t reread the earlier books.

I enjoy rereading books and for me it is no hardship to reread books that I have enjoyed. I often do binge-reread a complete series as there is something very satisfying about immersing yourself in a different world for 3 or books. It does really only apply to fantasy series though. I don’t often feel the need to reread contemporary books if there is a sequel

What about you? Do you reread before picking up a sequel or do you just dive straight in?

WWW Wednesday November 30

It’s Wednesday again and it’s the last day of November. This time last year we had snow and I took the photo that I’ve just put back at the top of this page. Sadly we have no snow this year. It’s just grey and dull.

However, although the weather is miserable, Wednesday 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

The Night Ship by Jess Kidd
Two children, a young girl travelling on a ship with her nurse in 1628 and a young boy travelling to live with his grandfather in 1989. Both of their mothers are dead. That’s about it so far. The book is written in the present tense which I always find a bit jarring at first but then gives a real feeling of being there.

An Astronaut’s Guide to Earth by Chris Hadfield
This is the eleventh book in my Non fiction reader challenge and so I’m well on track to read 12 non fiction books this year. This is a very easy book to read but very interesting to see how his experiences and training influence the way he thinks and behaves.

What I have recently finished reading

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
This was a brilliant read and I found it really hard to put down. Sam and Sadie met in a hospital and then didn’t see each other for years. They finally bumped into each other again at Harvard and renew their friendship. I really enjoyed the way Sam’s backstory was revealed to us and how the two of them had a friendship that never quite made into love.

The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
This was similar to Tomorrow as it had the main character’s back story gradually reveal itself to the reader. It was a good story but it didn’t grip me as much as the Gabrielle Zevin did.

An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris
I really enjoyed this urban fantasy set in an alternate 1930’s America. I loved the Character of Gunnie Rose and how self sufficient she was in a dangerous society.

What I am intending to read next

The Christmas Holiday by Phillipa Ashley

It’s the first of December tomorrow so we will be officially in the run up to Christmas and I will celebrate by reading actual Christmas books. I think I’ve got enough sorted on my TBR to have at least one a week for the weeks up to the big day! And then of course, there are Christmas films to watch too.

What are you reading this week?

Top Five Tuesday – My Top Five unfinished Fantasy Series

Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday post. 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 Oct to Dec see Meeghan’s post here.

This week we have a freebie. Yay!!! It’s perfect timing as I’ve had this post in my head for a while but not got around to doing it. This post is about the series that I am impatiently waiting for the authors to finish. And no, I’m not talking about Game of Thrones or Name of the Wind. I’ve given up on George Martin or Patrick Rothfuss ever completing their series. These are current series where the end result is in sight (mainly) and I can’t wait to complete them.

Rooks and Ruin Trilogy by Melissa Caruso

The third book, The Ivory Tomb is out in December 2022 so not long to wait until I can complete this one on my shelves.

The Rook and The Rose by M A Carrick

The third book Labyrinth’s Heart is due to be published in August 2023. I really can’t wait for this one to come out as it is my favourite new series this year.

The Drowning Empire by Andrea Stewart

I absolutely loved the first two books in this series too. The third volume, The Bone Shard War is due to be published in April 2023

The Last King of Osten Ard by T A D Williams

This is the series that I have been waiting on for the longest as I read The Witchwood Crown way back in 2017. However, Navigator’s Children is scheduled for release in November 2023 so not too long to wait now.

Eve of Man by Giovanni and Tom Fletcher

This is the series that seems as though it’s most likely to become another Name of the Wind. I bought the first two books during lockdown in 2020 thinking that the third one was due out soon. However, I was wrong and I still can’t even find a title for the final or next book let alone a release date.

However, four out of my five unfinished series that I’m waiting on are due to be completed in the next 12 months so that’s not too bad.

What books in a series are you eagerly waiting for?

Stacking the Shelves 70

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It’s Saturday again, Thanksgiving has been and gone and Advent begins tomorrow! Where has the year gone?????????

Saturday means it’s time for my weekly Stacking the Shelves post. This is my 70th Stacking the Shelves post which feels fairly impressive to me! 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. After being away last week, I had a bumper set of books to collect.

This week’s library haul 😃 They are all a lot shorter than Black Ink Heart which is nice.

The Night Ship by Jess Kidd
I saw this in the bookshop and thought that it looked interesting. Ir’s a dual time-line book set in 1628 and 1989 about two children, one on board a ship and the other on the coast of Australia. I’m hoping it’s better than the last one I spotted which I didn’t finish.

Tomorrow, Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
I’ve seen lots of great reviews and so I ordered it from the library. It’s a great story about two children who meet in hospital and go on to design computer games together as adults. It works really well after Robert Galbraith’s Black Ink Heart which had an online game at its centre.

An Astronaut’s guide to life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
This was recommended by Carol at Reading Ladies and I’m looking forward to reading it as part of my Non Fiction Reader Challenge.

The Christmas Holiday by Philippa Ashley
I’ve read a few Christmas books as ARC’s but this is the first physical Christmas book that I’ve picked up. I think I might save it until Dec 1st though

The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
I remember seeing lots of positive comments about this one when it first came out so I thought I would pick it up when I saw it on the shelf yesterday.

An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris
This series was recommended by Lady Tessa at Tessa Talks Books and this is the first one. It’s about a young girl/gun for hire Gunnie Rose who hires herself out to protect travellers and set in an alternative 1930’s US where the country has fragmented into different states. Sounds fun.

That’s what I’ve added to my book shelves this week. Have you read any of them? What did you think?

What’s been added to your bookshelves this week?

Book Blogger Hop November 25

 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 great.

This weeks question is: Which print size do you prefer: small, medium, or large? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

I have to say that my answer to this has changed over time. I used to be perfectly happy with books that had a small print size as I preferred the books themselves to be smaller. Paperbacks used to be small enough to fit into a reasonably sized coat or jacket pocket and so it was easy to take a book with you where ever you went.

However, age has caught up with me and now I do find it much easier to read modern paperbacks that have a larger format and a bigger font size. They are much easier on the eyes especially when I’m reading at night by artificial light.

I also think that a larger print size looks a bit more inviting to read. There can be something a bit daunting about a book where the font size is quite small and the pages look a bit dense.

What about you? Which print size do you prefer?

WWW Wednesday Nov 23

It’s Wednesday again and that 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 weather here has been very dull and wet but the weekend was gorgeous and sunny so we took a quick drive down to the New Forest and the coast. It was lovely walking in the forest and the beach as well as eating lots of lovely food that I didn’t have to cook.

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

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
This isn’t my normal type of read but I’ve seen a couple of good reviews for it so I thought I would ask for it at the library. It also seems appropriate to read a book about two people creating a computer game after The Ink Black Heart where the online game was such a big part of the plot.
It’s a brilliant read and I found it really hard to put down. Sam and Sadie met in a hospital and then didn’t see each other for years. They finally bumped into each other again at Harvard and renew their friendship. Sam’s backstory gets told gradually along side the real time story and I just want to keep on reading to find out what happens (or what happened next).

What I have recently finished reading

The Ink Black Heart took ages to read and I am totally convinced that it didn’t need to be that long. I think that this was the most disappointing book in the series so far. The online chats went on for pages and were quite hard to follow and the story itself seemed to be too padded out. I love Cormoran and Robyn but this wasn’t their best outing.

I really enjoyed Agatha Christie and will review it soon as part of my Non Fiction reader challenge. Lucy Worsley is a very easy author to read.

The Golden Oldies Book Club was a fun, cosy read that I polished off in an afternoon while we were away. I loved the fact that the main character was 72 years old. It’s a lovely story about a group of 4 women who are all dissatisfied with their lives and end up doing something about it. The section where they all go on holiday to a cider farm in Brittany was excellent.

Devils Way by Robert Bryndza
I love Robert Bryndza and was really excited to be approved for an ARC of his latest Kate Marshall mystery. Kate is an ex police officer who is now a Private dectective. While in hospital, she meets a woman whose grandson went missing eleven years earlier and agrees to look into his disappearance. In contrast to Ink Black Heart, this was a brilliant read and I would definitely recommend Robert Bryndza to anyone who loves crime thrillers.

What I am intending to read next

I just have one of the books that I hoped to read over the weekend left so The Ivory Tomb is definitely next on my list.

What are you reading this week?