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?

WWW Wednesday April 6th

It’s Wednesday !!!!!!! 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 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

Devoted in Death by J D Robb
This is the 41st in this series about New York Detective Eve Dallas I saw the series recommended by Lauren and as I’m always on the look out for new detective series to read, I thought I’d try them. This one is about a Bonnie and Clyde type couple who have travelled from Ohio to New York leaving a trail of corpses behind. I’m definitely enjoying it so far. I hadn’t realised that the series was set in the future so finding out that it was supposedly New Year in 2061 threw me a bit.

What I have recently finished reading

The Demon Child Trilogy

The Demon Child Trilogy by Jennifer Fallon
After reading so many new books lately, I felt an urge to revisit somewhere familiar and so over the weekend I binge read one of my favourite fantasy trilogies. I absolutely loved revisiting these books. On a reread, you can remember the basic outline and so can really focus on the details. I still found myself rushing to the end though, even though I knew how it would all turn out.

Give Unto Others by Donna Leon
I also finished this from the library. I always love these Venetian crime stories featuring Guido Brunetti and felt that this new release was one of the better ones of recent years. Reading it has certainly heightened my anticipation for our trip to Venice next month.

What I am intending to read next

No change here as I didn’t get round to reading this last week so it’s still next on my list.

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

WWW Wednesday March 30th

We’ve arrived at the final Wednesday of March and our lovely mini heat wave has definitely ended as it’s very chilly today and apparently we might get snow tomorrow!!!! 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 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

Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford

In 1944, a German bomb hit a Woolworths store in London killing over 180 people. This novel explores what the lives of 5 of those children might have been like if they had not been there at that precise moment.

The novel moves through 5 years after, 10 years after and zooms in on each of those five children, imagining what their lives would have been like, how they would have grown and who they might have become.

I’m really enjoying this book so far.and seeing each of the different characters in different points in time.

What I have recently finished reading

I’ve had a real blitz on Net Galley books this week and my review rating is now at the very respectable 86% 😃

Collar Bound by Rebecca Zahabi
This was an interesting fantasy read about a world ruled by Mages. I liked the world building and some of the characters but felt that some of the characters were a bit flat.

The People on Platform 5 by Clare Pooley
I loved this book. It was full of great characters and I love books where random groups of people are thrown together.

Requiem in La Rossa by Tom Benjamin
An interesting murder mystery set in the university city of Bologna. It’s apparently the third in this series so I’m going to hunt out the previous books.

These will all be published in May and I’ll review them properly nearer the time.

The White City by Charles Spencer
A non fiction history book about the sinking of the White Ship in 1120. My review is here

Didn’t Finish- No one is Talking about this

I couldn’t get on with the format of this book and didn’t really get a lot of the content. Life’s too short to struggle through a book if I don’t have to 😃

What I am intending to read next

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

WWW Wednesday February 9th

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It’s Wednesday again. Doesn’t it come round quickly? It certainly seems to have come around quickly this week as we have been spending time with my daughter before she flies off to the US tomorrow to start a new job in Kansas City. It’s all very exciting as well as very sad as I’m going to miss her incredibly.

However, 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 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

This has been on my TBR since it came out last year and I finally got round to buying it last month. It’s told mainly through the viewpoints of Mukesh who is a widower trying to cope with life without his wife of many years and Aleisha who has a Summer job at the library. There are other characters too but they are all linked as they all find the mysterious list of books to read. I am really enjoying the book so far and love both the main characters.

What I have recently finished reading

Something to Hide by Elizabeth George was every bit as good as all the previous Lynley novels. For a crime novel, it’s a hefty read as it’s 622 pages long but the details of the characters and their lives and how they all intertwine are what makes her writing so good.

Elizabeth George deals with the difficult topic of FGM in this book as well as the tensions that always exist when cultures clash. I think that she handles it really well but obviously, it is a very sensitive area and other people may well feel differently.

What I am intending to read next

I really enjoyed A Deadly Education last year and hope that the sequel is as good.

That’s the current state of my reading at the moment. How’s your Wednesday looking?

Spell the month in books – February

I last did this in October. I’ve had a quick try at the three months since then but given up! I have a distinct lack of staying power in the Winter months. However, I was inspired to have a go at this month after reading Leslie’s post at Books are the new black. Spelling the month in books is a monthly link up organised by Jana at Reviews from the stacks

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I was quite pleased this month as all but one of my choices are books that I have read in the past six months. I have just bought The Reading List and hope to read it really soon.

F – For the Wold by Hannah Whitten

E – Eeny Meeny by M J Arlidge

B – Beautiful World, where are you? by Sally Rooney

R – The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams

U – Us Three by Ruth Jones

A – The Appeal by Janice Hallett

R – Reptile Memoirs by Silje Ulstein

Y – Ylinka, Where is your huzband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

The Book Blogger Memory Challenge Book Tag

I love a good tag and when I saw this yesterday on Kerri McBookNerd , it was definitely one that I wanted to do. I have a very unreliable memory for useful things like dentist appointments and where I put the keys but have a brilliant memory for useless trivia such as what I was wearing on a certain day 10 days years ago. I thought that maybe a good memory for trivia might help with a challenge that relied on memory rather than looking things up.

This tag was originally created by Laura @ Laura’s Book Reviews. The original link doesn’t seem to work anymore which is a shame as Laura seems to have created several tags that are still floating around today. That’s quite an achievement I think.

The rules of the tag appear to just be to answer the questions from memory without googling or looking at your bookshelves. The second one is quite hard as it’s difficult to sit out of sight of a bookshelf in my house but I will try not to peep.

Name a book by an author called Michael
This one is quite easy as I can think of at least four different authors but I’ll go with The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo, the children’s author who is probably most famous for War Horse.

Name a book with a dragon on the cover.

Another easy one as I own many, many books with dragons on the cover but I’ll go with Dragonquest by Anne McCaffery, the first book she wrote in the Dragons of Pern series.

Name a book about a character called George

George’s Marvellous Medicine by the incomparable Roald Dahl

Name a book by an author called Smith

This one stumped me for a bit and then I remembered Dick King Smith, another children’s author. He’s probably most well-known for writing The Sheep Pig which was turned into the film Babe. However, I best remember Sophie’s Snail which my daughter used to love.

Name a book set in Australia

The Dry by Jane Harper is set in Australia as are all of her books. If you enjoy a good crime fiction novel and haven’t already read her books, then you really should.

Name a book with the name of a month in the title


I couldn’t think of one but then I remembered A Wedding in December. I think that it was written by Sarah Morgan but I could be wrong about that.

Name a book with a knife on the cover

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman which is the second part of his Dark Materials trilogy.

Name a book with the word ‘one’ in the title

This was really hard. I left it until last and went out for a walk. I’m going with One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest but I have no idea who the author was.

Name a book with an eponymous title

I think that eponymous means giving your name to something so I think a book that uses a character’s name as the title would work. I’m going for Violeta by Isabel Allende which I read recently and is really good.

Name a book turned into a movie

I could just go with Babe from the earlier answer but that seems a bit like cheating so I’ll go with Children of Men by P D James. I loved the book and it was turned into a film starring the gorgeous Clive Owen.

This was really fun to do and I’m quite pleased that I managed to answer all of the prompts. Interesting that several of them are children’s books which probably reflects how often I read them to my children. Thank you Kerri for posting this tag.

How good is your bookish memory? What would your answers be?

WWW Wednesday 29th December

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It’s Wednesday and it’s the final Wednesday of 2021. It doesn’t seem possible that the year is nearly over. However, it is 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 questions about what you are reading, have just finished and are about to read so here goes for this week.

Currently Reading

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The Bone Shard Daughter turned up under the Christmas Tree this year and is an absolutely brilliant read so far. Set in a world of floating islands and 7 year long seasons, the book is full of mysteries that are gradually unfolding as I read.

Recently Finished Reading

All of these were great reads. I really loved The Man who died Twice and thought that it was better than his first novel last year.

What I intend to read next

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This is next on my list to read although I have been warned that I will need tissues. Hopefully it won’t be too emotional a read.

That’s my WWW Wednesday for this week so I’ll end by wishing everyone reading this a happy new year and see you all in 2022 ❤

M G Takes on Thursday

This brilliant meme belongs to to Book Craic who hosts it on her blog here . Each week the aim is to celebrate Middle Grade books, those amazing books being written for 9-12 year olds. The idea is that you choose a book, post a picture of the cover and also show the publisher and illustrator. Then turn to page 11 and find your favourite sentence on that page. After that, describe the book in three words ( I always find this really hard) and finally, write your review or post a link to your review of the book. What could be easier especially as there are so many fabulous books being published at the moment?

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The Last Bear by Hannah Gold and illustrated by Levi Pinfold Published by Harper Collins Children’s Books UK

Favourite sentence from page 11
She didn’t know whether it was because she smelled of fox or the fact that she was the smallest girl in her class or even that she cut her own hair with a pair of garden scissors.

This book in three words:

Unforgettable Friendship Environmental


I haven’t read many MG books lately but I saw this one at the library and absolutely loved it. It’s the story of April who with her Scientist father, goes to live on the uninhabited Bear Island in the Arctic Circle. April’s father is busy carrying out his work recording the weather and so April is left to explore the island. There are supposedly no bears on Bear Island however………………

This is a brilliant story with a really strong environmental message that everyone can do something. I loved the character of April and the relationship that she has with Bear. I also really liked the fact that the book doesn’t stray into fantasy. Bear is always a real bear and although he and April communicate, it stays just on the right side of being possible.

The settings are described vividly and you can really picture what April is seeing, The climate change message is a huge part of the book but it doesn’t feel as though we are being preached at. Hannah Gold sets out what is happening and the effects that this is having on polar bears in particular very clearly without it spoiling the story. Also the illustrations are simply gorgeous. I especially loved the final one showing April and her father together.

This is a beautifully written book and it stayed with me after I had finished it which I always think is a sign of how good a book actually is. I really liked the ending which was touching but also hopeful. The author’s note and resources are a great touch too.

This one has to go back to the library but I am definitely going to buy a copy for my classroom.