Stacking the Shelves 78

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It’s Saturday again and it’s really cold! The canals are frozen and the grasses and hedgerows stay frosty all day.

Saturday means 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!

As usual, my stacking the shelves post is my weekly haul of books from the library and it’s a lovely selection of books that I wanted to read and random picks off the shelf.

Blade Breaker by Victoria Aveyard
This is the sequel to Realm Breaker which I reread last week and I’m really looking forward to finding out what happens next to this very random group of people. It’s described as YA fantasy but I’m not sure why. Maybe there’s a bigger market for Y A fantasy than normal adult fantasy?

The Mitford Secret by Jessica Fellowes
I’ve read all of the Mitford mysteries. Each one focuses on a different sister as they grow up. We’ve now reached 1941 and the focus on this story is Deborah, who begins the book by getting married and becoming Lady Cavendish. She invites all of the family to Chatsworth where they all become embroiled in another case of murder. This is the last of the books as Debo is the youngest sister and it will be sad to say good bye to a series that I have really enjoyed.

The Mystery of Four by Sam Blake
This was a random shelf pick. Tess Morgan is hosting a grand opening weekend for her house and garden but the event is plagued by accidents. A family friend doesn’t believe that they are accidents however and sets out to discover the truth.

The Museum of Ordinary People by Mike Gayle
This is was another random pick off the shelf. This time I was intrigued by the title. Jess is grieving for the loss of her mother but also having to clear her home. She comes across an archive of items known as The Museum of Ordinary People and begins to delve into the history of these objects.

Apparently the book was inspired by the discovery of a box filled with momentos discovered in a skip.

So that’s my latest library haul.

What have you added to your bookshelf this week?

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Stacking the Shelves 74

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It’s Saturday again and it’s Christmas Eve!!!! How exciting especially as my daughter and her fiancee have escaped the snow bomb that’s covering a lot of the US and are here with us for the holiday.

However, Saturday still means 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.

This week I just wandered around and found these two just sitting on the shelves waiting to be taken home.

Tick Tock by Simon Mayo
A mysterious plague that begins with a tick tock sound in your ear spreads around the world killing millions. It doesn’t sound very festive so I might leave this one until the New Year😃

London Rain by Nicola Upson
This is the only one of this series featuring the writer Josephine Tey that I haven’t read yet. It’s set in the day’s immediately before the coronation of George VI and is about the death of an eminent BBC broadcaster. I love this series and am really that I’ve found this one.

That’s what I’ve added to my book shelves this week. I’ve still got my non fiction read, Borders, as well as lots on my kindle so I’m not going to run out of things to read anytime soon.

So I’ll end this by wishing all of you a very merry and warm Christmas. Stay safe if you’re caught up in heavy snow and sub zero temperatures.

Stacking the Shelves 73

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It’s Saturday again and this has been one of the coldest weeks that I can remember for a long while. The temperature got just above freezing today for the first time in over a week. Things are warming up from tomorrow though which sadly means it will rain.

It’s getting very exciting though as my daughter is flying over from Kansas City and will arrive tomorrow morning. We haven’t seen her since July 5th so I’m really looking forward to it.

However, Saturday means 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.

This week I had the new Louise Penny arrive as well as a non fiction book that I had given up on. I also found a couple of others on the shelves that looked interesting.

The Border by Erika Fatland
This was recommended months ago but I can’t remember who by. It’s the story of the author’s journey around the border of Russia, a journey of 20 000 kilometres. It’s a thick book at nearly 600 pages so will probably take a while to read.

A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny
I have been looking forward to the latest Gamache story for a while so I can’t wait to read this one. It sounds as though it might be quite disturbing as her themes often are. I have been enjoying The Three Pines on Amazon. I wasn’t sure about Alfred Molina as Gamache but I quite like his interpretation.

In Cold Blood by Adam Croft
This is by a local author and the murder mysteries are set in England’s smallest county of Rutland which is about 25 miles away from us. I do love books where I recognise the settings.

Let it Snow by Sue Moorcroft
After really enjoying A White Christmas on Winter Street, I had to pick this one up by the same author. This will probably be my last Christmas read of 2022.

That’s what I’ve added to my book shelves this week.

What’s been added to your bookshelves recently?

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?

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?

Sundays in bed with …… Nights of Plague

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 Nights of Plague by Orhan Pamuk

This book caught my eye in a bookshop and so I reserved it at the library.

Blurb from the book:
1901
With the stealth of a spy vessel, the royal ship Azizye approaches the famous vistas Mingheria ‘An emerald built of pink stone’. The twenty-ninth state of the ailing Ottoman Empire.

The ship carries Princess Pakize, the daughter of a deposed sultan, her doctor husband and the Royal Chemist, Bonkowski Pasha. Each of them holds a separate mission. Not all of them will survive the weeks ahead. Because Mingheria is on the brink of catastrophe. There are rumours of plague – rumours some in power will try to suppress.

But plague is not the only killer.

The blurb for this one sounded really interesting but so far it hasn’t really lived up to my expectations.

It’s written (deliberately) in the style of a history book rather than a novel so is quite dry. As someone who loves novels to be character driven, this makes it quite hard for me to engage with what is happening. The Princess spends all her time in her room in the governor’s palace and her only role appears to be writing letters to her sister detailing the events on the island.

I’m about a quarter of the way through it so far but I’m not sure that I’m going to make it much further.

What are you reading this weekend?

Stacking the Shelves 68

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It’s Saturday again. Doesn’t it come around quickly? It’s Remembrance weekend here in the UK with Armistice being commemorated yesterday and Remembrance services taking place around the country tomorrow. I have been given the honour of leading the singing at our local civic service tomorrow which means they are letting me loose with a microphone. I just need to remember to sing different words to the National Anthem as it has changed for the first time in my life time. Wish me luck!

Saturday means 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.

This week was a good one for my library haul with with 2 of my reservations arriving and then two books that I wanted to read just sitting on the shelves.

These are my new library books this week. .

The Queen’s Assassi by James Barclay
I loved James Barclay’s trilogies about the Raven years ago and I was excited to see this stand alone fantasy novel on the shelf.
Naida has powers that she uses to heal but has kept secret from everyone around her, letting people think that she is just a gifted doctor. Then someone recognises her for who she is and gives her the job of assassinating the queen or having her secret revealed.

A Shocking Assassination by Cora Harrison
I read the first of this series set in 1920’s Cork in the Summer and really enjoyed it. Reverend Mother Aquinas witnesses the assassination of the city engineer at the market but is fairly sure that the man who was left holding the gun was not the murderer.

The Ink Black Heart by Robert Galbraith
This is the latest instalment in the Cormoran Strike series and it’s a whopper. It has over 1000 pages!!!!! I’m not sure that any crime novel needs to be that long.

Agatha Christie by Lucy Worsley
As it’s Non Fiction November, I’m glad that this arrived in the library this week. I enjoyed Lucy Worsley’s Jane Austen at Home earlier this year so I’m hoping to enjoy this one too.

What’s been added to your bookshelves this week?

Stacking the Shelves 67

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It’s Saturday again. Doesn’t it come around quickly? It’s November and tonight is Bonfire Night. The weather is a bit grotty at the moment but I’m hoping that it stays dry so that we can go to our local bonfire and firework display.

Saturday means 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.

After missing last week’s library visit I was back as normal this week. I only got two books, both ones that I had reserved. I’ve only just started Babel and both of these two new ones are fairly chunky books so I’m not going to run out of things to read anytime soon.

These are my two new library books this week. .

Nights of Plague by Orphan Pamuk
This is one that I spotted in a bookshop and then ordered from the library. It’s set on a fictional island that is part of the Ottoman empire in 1901 which is about to be ravaged by plague. The book is supposed to be part detective novel and part historical epic so sounds like a perfect read.

A Heart full of Headstones by Ian Rankin
This is the latest Rebus novel and this time he is on trial for a crime that might put him behind bars for the rest of his life. I can’t actually see that happening but Rankin might well surprise everyone with what he has in store for Rebus.

What’s been added to your bookshelves this week?

Blogtober 16 – Sundays in bed with ……. Fairy Tale

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 Fairy Tale by Stephen King

I can’t remember the last time that I was reading the same book at the weekend as I was during the previous week. It’s taking me a long while to finish this one partly because the book is fairly long at 577 pages but also because we’ve been really busy this week.

Blurb from the book:
Charlie Reade looks like a regular high school kid, great at baseball and football, a decent student. But he carries a heavy load. His mom was killed in a hit-and-run accident when he was ten, and grief drove his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself—and his dad. Then, when Charlie is seventeen, he meets a dog named Radar and his ageing master, Howard Bowditch, a recluse in a big house at the top of a big hill, with a locked shed in the backyard. Sometimes strange sounds emerge from it.

Charlie starts doing jobs for Mr. Bowditch and loses his heart to Radar. Then, when Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie a cassette tape telling a story no one would believe. What Bowditch knows, and has kept secret all his long life, is that inside the shed is a portal to another world.

King’s storytelling in Fairy Tale soars. This is a magnificent and terrifying tale about another world than ours, in which good is pitted against overwhelming evil, and a heroic boy—and his dog—must lead the battle.

I am now about three quarters of the book and everything is looking fairly grim for Charlie. However, as the story is told in the first person, I’m fairly sure that he gets out alive as otherwise, who would be telling the story?

I haven’t read any Stephen King for years and I had forgotten what a good writer he is. I have thoroughly enjoyed this book so far. I really like the character of Charlie and the parallels and links that are drawn with different fairy tales.

What are you reading this Sunday?

This is the sixteenth post for Blogtober 2o22. I’m half way through the challenge of posting every day throughout this month 😃

Stacking the Shelves 64

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It’s Saturday again. Doesn’t it come around quickly? That means 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!

I didn’t get as many books this week as normal. We’ve been quite busy and Fairy Tale is a mammoth read so I haven’t finished all of last week’s haul yet. I had two reservations arrive and picked another one up from the shelves.

Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson
1926 and in a country still recovering from the Great War, London has become the focus for a delirious new night life. In the clubs of Soho, peers of the realm rub shoulders with starlets, foreign dignitaries and gangsters, and girls sell dances for a shilling a time.
This sounds brilliant and I have really enjoyed Kate Atkinson’s previous novels so I’m looking forward to this.

The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham
I ordered this one in preparation for the #1929 club which takes place at the end of this month and is co-hosted by Kaggsy. I love golden age detective fiction and used to love the Albert Campion novels. This is apparently the first book in which he appears.

The Sentence by Louise Erdich
I don’t normally read spooky books but this one looked interesting and seemed an appropriate read for October and Halloween as it begins on All Souls Day 2019 and ends one year later. It is apparently a “Wickedly funny ghost story, tale of passion, of a complex marriage and of a woman’s relentless errors.” It certainly sounds interesting.

That’s what I’ve added to my shelves this week and I am so looking forward to reading all of them.

What’s been added to your bookshelves this week?

This is post 15 for Blogtober 2022