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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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?

In memory

It’s been a day of solemn pomp and pageantry with a huge sense of living through history. The uniforms and finely tuned movements mixed with the famous faces and glorious music and the beautiful settings of Westminster Abbey and the chapel at Windsor all added to the sense of occasion as well as a feeling that we will never see anything like this again. Today really was the end of an era

Rest in Peace your majesty

WWW Wednesday September 14

It’s Wednesday which 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.

We’re back home now after our lovely holiday down in South eastern France. It was a gorgeous week and I really didn’t want to come. That was our final holiday this year so normal blog publishing will resume from now on.

What I’m currently reading

Celtic Cross by Sara Sheridan

This is the latest in the 1950’s based crime series featuring debt collector Mirabelle Bevans. This follows shortly on from the previous novel and is based close to Edinburgh in 1959 just as the road bridge is being built over the river Forth. I’m enjoying it and the setting of a nunnery is unusual in more modern mysteries. I also like the fact that Mirabelle’s partner, Vesta has a much bigger role than in the last book. I’m not sure about the direction Mirabelle’s character is taking though. She is not as likeable in this book and is definitely becoming a lot more pushy and antagonistic in pursuit of her investigation.

What I have recently finished reading

Sabriel by Garth Nix

I really loved this. It was a children’s book when originally published but it was quite dark enough in places for it to qualify as an adult read. It was just a great well-written fantasy about a young girl who has to grow up very suddenly. It’s a really old theme but if done well, is always good.

Picture you Dead by Peter James

This is a Net Galley ARC and is the latest in the Roy Grace series It’s a very complicated tale of lost Art works and forgeries. I enjoyed this just as much as the previous novels in this series.

Venetian Game by Philip Gwynne Jones


I’m really enjoying this series of books set in Venice and featuring Nathan Sutherland, translator and honorary consul. I love recognising some of the locations and have made notes of other places that he mentions just in case we return to Venice one day. Just look at the stunning cover picture too! This was the first book in the series and I’ve now got the second one on order at the library.

The Summer that changed us by Cathy Bramley

This was lovely. Three women meet on a beach in North Eastern England and become friends. Each one of them has a problem and their friendship gives them help and support to face the difficulties in their lives. It’s just such a lovely story about the strength and importance of friendship with just a touch of romance. I loved the setting and the way that hunting for sea glass is used in the story.

Dead in the Water by Mark Ellis

This is another historical crime story, this time set in London during WWII. Strangely enough, this one also featured stolen works of art as did the Venetian Games and Picture you Dead. There was definitely a theme with a lot of my reading last week.

What I am intending to read next

Having just read Sabriel, this was an obvious choice when I saw it on the library shelf yesterday.

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

WWW Wednesday August 31

It’s Wednesday which 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.

I haven’t read very much lately as I’ve been spending a lot of time rehearsing and then performing on stage at Buxton in The Desert Song. It’s a very old musical/operetta which hasn’t been performed in England for over 30 years but the music is glorious and the cast and audience all enjoyed ourselves.

On stage at Buxton Opera House

What I’m currently reading

The Blood of the Spear by Mark Timmony
This is a brilliant epic fantasy novel with lots of characters and brilliant world building. I saw if reviewed on Swordsmith’s blog and had to read it.

What I have recently finished reading

The Mapmaker’s Daughter by Clare Marchant
I really enjoyed this historical novel set in Tudor England but with a present day storyline too. Hopefully I get it reviewed properly this week.

The Bird Cage by Eve Chase
This was another twisty family based mystery. I really liked the way the three half sisters grew together during the book.

What I am intending to read next

The Hidden Palace by Dinah Jefferies

As I have no library books to read at present, I’m making good progress along my Net Galley shelves. Next up will probably this second book in the WWII series about a family under Nazi occupation. This one sounds as though it has a very different to Daughters of War so should be an interesting read

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

Stacking the Shelves 56

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It’s Saturday again and 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. The library is where I get most of my books and I hope that maybe I can inspire other people to use their local library. Our libraries are constantly under threat of closure but the more people that use them, the less likely that is. My library is also how I manage to read a lot of newly released hardbacks as I can order them. Sometimes they can take quite a while to arrive if a title is really popular though.

I only had one reservation arrive this week but picked up some lovely books off the shelves to keep me busy.

The Bird Cage by Eve Chase
I’m so pleased that this has arrived as it’s been quite a while since I requested it. I loved Eve Chase’s previous two novels and I’m really looking forward to this one. Three half sisters are summoned to their father’s house on the Cornish coast. It’s the first time that they have returned since a solar eclipse 20 years ago when something happened.

I love twisty stories that have their roots in an event that happened in the past so this is one that I can’t wait to read.

HIghland Fling by Sara Sheridan
This is a great series which is normally set in 1950s Brighton. In this one though Mrabelle heads off to Scotland to meet her fiance’s family. I’ll miss the Brighton setting but am looking forward to a mystery in the Highlands.

The Last Voice You Hear by Mick Herron Ashman
The library have a whole set of new paperbacks by Mick Herron who I haven’t read before. It’s the second book in a series about Zoe Bohm but hopefully that won’t matter too much.

Should I Tell You by Jill Mansell
I always enjoy Jill Mansell’s books and this one about three foster children who become friends and then get reunited in their Cornish home town sounds lovely.

That’s what I’ve added to my shelves this week. What’s been added to your bookshelves?

Stacking the Shelves 55

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It’s Saturday again and 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.

The Tower of London from the Southbank

It’s been another very hot week here in England but we’ve just come back from a short trip to London. I met up with friends before heading off to the National Theatre to see a brilliant production of Much Ado About Nothing. Yesterday we had a gorgeous early morning walk along the Thames path. But now we’re home again and it’s time for this week’s post.

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. The library is where I get most of my books and I hope that maybe I can inspire other people to use their local library. Our libraries are constantly under threat of closure but the more people that use them, the less likely that is. My library is also how I manage to read a lot of newly released hardbacks as I can order them. Sometimes they can take quite a while to arrive if a title is really popular though.

It was just a quick dash into the library this week to pick up my reserved books so I’ve only got three. I haven ‘t finished The Lincoln Highway yet and I’ve still got The House of Fortune to read so I’m not going to run out of books anytime soon.

The Angels of Venice by Philip Gwynne Jones
I tried to request this as an ARC from Net Galley but wasn’t approved. A quick visit to the library online catalogue and I now have this lovely new hardback to read. It’s set in Venice during the floods of 2019 when the body of a young art historian is found in an antique bookshop. The plot sounds very intriguing and as we visited Venice this year, I’m hoping to recognise some of the locations.

No Mercy by Joanna Schaffhausen
The sequel to this was reviewed by Tessa Talks Books earlier this week and it sounded brilliant so I ordered this one from the library. It’s set in Chicago which is another place we’ve visited recently. I do love those connections 😃

The Challenges of a King by K M Ashman
This one popped up on the library’s list of new books and it looked interesting. It’s the story of the battle for England’s crown in the year’s leading up to the Norman invasion of 1066. I read a trilogy about William the Conqueror a couple of years ago so this will be a nice opposing viewpoint.

That’s what I’ve added to my shelves this week. What’s been added to your bookshelves?

WWW Wednesday July 6

Welcome to Wednesday (even though it’s actually Thursday). I meant to post this yesterday but we were later home than we expected so I didn’t get around to it. We’re back home in England after a very hot but lovely trip to Kansas City to visit my daughter who lives there now. We had a great time but I’m really enjoying the cooler temperatures in England. The heat in Kansas was just exhausting.

4th of July fireworks

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. As I’ve been on holiday including a couple of flights, I’ve had plenty of time to read.

What I’m currently reading

The Last Blade Priest by W P Wiles
This is an epic fantasy that I began on the flight home last night. It’s a world where the main religion appears to be the worshipping of a mountain. There are supposed to be three focal characters but so far, the book is about two of them, a young priest who is being trained to do human sacrifices and a master builder, son of a traitor. It’s an interesting read so far and I love the world building.

What I have recently finished reading

I really enjoyed all of these which formed part of my holiday reading.

What I am intending to read next


Now I’m back at home, I need to begin reading my pile of library books and this non fiction book is at the top of the stack. .

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

WWW Wednesday June 29

Welcome to Wednesday. Unusually, this post is coming to you from a completely different continent as we’ve swapped the Midlands of England for Mid USA. We are currently in Chicago where we are spending a short time before travelling on to Kansas City tomorrow to visit my Daughter. I haven’t seen her since she left for the States at the start of February so I’m soooooo looking forward to seeing her again.

View from our hotel in Chicago

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. As we’ve had a long haul flight, I’ve had plenty of time to read in the past couple of days.

What I’m currently reading

The Rising Tide by Ann CLeeves
Vera Stanhope is probably my favourite fictional detective and I’ve been looking forward to reading this for ages. I’m really enjoying meeting her and her colleagues again. This is a Net Galley ARC and won’t actually be released until September.

What I have recently finished reading

The Dead of Winter by Nicola Upson
I love this series set in the 1930’s and featuring author Josephine Tey. The historical detail, the characters and the mysteries themselves are all brilliantly done. It’s one of my favourite series.

Bleak House by Charles Dickens
This was a brilliant book. It was very long and there were bits that I skipped over although I had to be careful as a couple of times, the bits that I had skimmed over ended up being really important to the plot and I had to go back to them. It’s probably not the best book to start reading Dickens but certainly worth reading all this time after it was written

The Darkening by Sunya Mara
This was a good first novel in a new fantasy series. It’s a YA but the world building was really good and I liked the plot.

A Death in Mayfair by Mark Ellis
I loved the previous books about Inspector Merlin and set in London during WWII. I hadn’t realised that there were a couple of newer books that I hadn’t read and was very excited to add them to my kindle. I loved this one and still have another one to read.

The Telephone Box Library by Rachael Lucas
This was a cute romance set in a village on the edge of the Cotswolds. The main character was a young teacher suffering from stress so there was definitely a strong sense of empathy there. The sub plot about her researching the local history and finding out about some of the less well known work of Bletchley Park was really interesting too.

What I am intending to read next


I left this at home so it will probably the first book I read when I get back.

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

Stacking the Shelves 47

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It’s Saturday and after our mini heatwave of temperatures getting up 30 degrees yesterday, it’s cool and damp today. To be honest I’m quite grateful after spending yesterday evening in a theatre without air conditioning and thinking that I was possibly going to just melt away. It’s been a theatrical week as we saw Carousel at Kilworth House open air theatre on Tnursday and last night I went to Calendar Girls which is a Gary Barlow musical based on the film. Both shows were excellent.

Stage ready for Carousel

Saturday means that 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. The library is where I get most of my books and I hope that maybe I can inspire other people to use their local library. Our libraries are constantly under threat of closure but the more people that use them, the less likely that is. My library is also how I manage to read a lot of newly released hardbacks as I can order them. Sometimes they can take quite a while to arrive if a title is really popular though.

I had three reservations waiting for me this week. All of these were books that I had seen on sale and then ordered from the library.

I belong here – Anita Sethi
Another non fiction book! I’m feeling so pleased with how much non fiction I’ve read so far this year. It’s another book about walking – this seems to be an ongoing theme. The author became the victim of a hate crime and was vehemently told to go back where she came from. She was born in Manchester but the incident inspired to really investigate the place that she was from. I’m really looking to reading this.

How High we go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu
Another book that I saw in the book shop and thought that it looked interesting

Echoes in Death by J D Robb
I’m working my through the books that the library have in this detective series set in New York in the middle of this century. They’re fun to read and it’s nice that each one is completely self contained so you don’t have to have any of the previous books.

The Murder at Fleat House by Lucinda Riley
This is Lucinda Riley’s last published novel after her death from cancer a year ago. However, the book was actually written in 2006 and is the only detective story she ever wrote. It sounds a bit like a Joanne Harris mystery as it’s a murder mystery set in a school. There is a really touching foreword by the author’s son too.

I’m really looking forward to reading all of these as well as trying to get through all of my June release books on my Net Galley shelf.

What’s on your bookshelf this weekend?