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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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 feel๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ„ 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?

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 ๐Ÿ˜ƒ 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?

Stacking the Shelves 69

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It’s Saturday again. Doesn’t it come around quickly? This weekend we’ve treated ourselves to a weekend on the south coast. I’m enjoying typing this while looking out at the sea from my hotel bedroom window. Then weโ€™re off out for a walk along the beach. Apparently, the temperature is about 5 degrees C so we need to wrap up!

View through my hotel room window

The Christmas decorations are already up and lit too which means that’s really pretty at night time.

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.

However this week, as we’re away on the coast for the weekend, I haven’t been to the library. As I haven’t got any new library books, this week’s post is the books that I have recently added to my Net Galley shelf.

I keep trying not to add books as I’m trying to keep the numbers down so that I can review them all before their publication dates. It’s so difficult though. Especially when I see reviews on blogs of ARCs and then I go and see if it’s available here in the UK. It is! Ooops, that’s another book added to my shelf๐Ÿ˜ฒ
The books are so good though and my review rating is still at 90% which I ‘m pleased about.

These are the ARCs that I have been approved for in the past couple of weeks. I’ve been requesting a few more light hearted books lately rather than my normal crime or epic fantasy. I think my brain needs a rest after Babel and the latest Robert Galbraith!

The Golden Oldies Book Club Judy Leigh
A book club formed mainly of older women and the second chances that they get to find love and romance. I love Judy Leigh’s books and I’m really looking forward to this.

The Ivory Tomb by Melissa Caruso
This is the concluding novel in the Melissa Caruso’s Rooks and Ruin trilogy. I’ve enjoyed this although not quite as much as the previous trilogy but then it was always going to be hard to beat that as I loved it so much.

Sunrise with the Silver Surfers by Maddie Please
60 year old Elin Anderson is newly single and decides that it’s time for an adventure so she heads off to Australia to visit relatives. While she’s there, she joins the Silver Surfers club and heads off to the coast and the waves.
Another book about older people having fun which definitely appeals.

The London Seance Society by Sarah Penner
Seances and murders all set in 1873 in Paris and London. This one sounds like a brilliant read.

That’s what I’ve added to my online shelves over the past couple of weeks and I am so looking forward to reading all of them.

What’s been added to your bookshelves this week?

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?

WWW Wednesday November 9

It’s Wednesday again and Bonfire Night has come and gone so we’re really on the countdown to Christmas now. I’ve started rehearsing Christmas carols with the children at school and they were putting up the Christmas tree when I walked through the village earlier today.

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.

Spending so much time at the theatre does mean that I have read very little compared to my normal amount. Only two books finished this week. Normality has resumed now though.

What I’m currently reading

This one begins with John Rebus in court on trial. We’re not told what he is accused of and then the story goes back in time to the events that lead up to that moment. This is just as good as Ian Rankin usually is and I’m really enjoying it so far.

What I have recently finished reading

Heart of the Sun Warrior by Sue Lynn Tan

This was the second part of the Daughter of the Moon Goddess duology. I have to say that I really like the emergence of duologies in recent years. The middle book of a trilogy was often the least good. This one took Xingyin from her home on the moon back to the Celestial and then to all the other realms to try and keep her mother safe. It was definitely a roller coaster read with a very satisfying ending.

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

I don’t think that I’ve read a book from the view point of a Native American before and I really enjoyed it. I loved the different characters and the unquiet ghost in the bookshop. The point that Tookie and her friends discuss towards the end of the book about how hard it is to hold on to native traditions and beliefs when you are surrounded by white perspectives really made me think.

Babel by R F Kuang

I absolutely loved this book. I am in complete awe of Rebecca Kuang’s imagination and knowledge of words. I thought the premise of the book was brilliant and loved the group of four students who all arrived at Babel to continue the translation work that kept the silver bars functioning. It was quite slow paced in parts and there are several descriptions of the four just doing normal things in Oxford but I really enjoyed the level of detail.

I’m not going to say much about the ending other than I didn’t see it coming!

What I am intending to read next

A historical novel set on a fictional island that is part of the Ottoman Empire.

What are you reading 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?

Stacking the Shelves 66

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It’s Saturday again. Doesn’t it come around quickly? We’re hurtling towards Halloween and the end of October. Tonight we revert to Greenwich Mean Time for the Winter months. That means an extra hour in bed tomorrow and lighter mornings but I hate the way that it gets dark so early in the evenings

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.

However this week, I haven’t been to the library. There aren’t any books for me to collect and I currently have 4 library books that I haven’t even started so I don’t feel any lack of reading material at the moment. As I haven’t got any new library books, this week’s post is the books that I have recently added to my Net Galley shelf.

I keep trying not to add books as I’m trying to keep the numbers down so that I can review them all before their publication dates. It’s so difficult though. Especially when I see reviews on blogs of ARCs and then I go and see if it’s available here in the UK. It is! Ooops, that’s another book added to my shelf๐Ÿ˜ฒ

These are the ARCs that I have been approved for in the past couple of weeks.

A Marriage of Fortune by Anne O’Brien
The Paston Diaries are a famous resource for historians about the Wars of the Roses and this historical novel is the story of three Paston women during that time. I love this period of history and am really looking forward to reading this one.

The Devil’s Way by Robert Bryndza
This is the latest novel by one of my favourite crime writers. This is the new instalment in Kate Marshall’s life. She meets an elderly woman, Jean, in hospital and hears about how her son went missing on Dartmoor years ago. As she begins to investigate this, she finds that Jean is not all that she seems and that a murder is also connected to her.

The Heart of the Sun Warrior by Sue Lynn Tan
This is the sequel to the brilliant Daughter of the Moon Goddess which I read a few months ago. A couple of reviews say that this latest book is even better than the first one so definitely one to look forward to.

The Marriage Act by John Marrs
This is a thriller set in Britain in the near future where the government have decided that marriage should be almost compulsory and those who choose to remain single are punished.
I love books that explore ways that society might change and this one sounds fascinating. Apparently there is a Netflix series, The One, which is set in the same world which I might also explore.

A Restless Truth by Freya Marske
This is the follow up book to the brilliant A Marvellous Light and focuses on Maud, who featured in the first book but wasn’t a major character. This book has magic, an ocean voyage and a parrot so certainly sounds entertaining.

Found in a Bookshop by Stephanie Butland
Any book that has ‘Bookshop’ in the title is always worth looking at. This is the story of a second hand bookshop and how it survives during lockdown by recommending books and posting them out to people. It has some great reviews and sounds like a really heart-warming read.

That’s what I’ve added to my online shelves over the past couple of weeks and I am so looking forward to reading all of them.

What’s been added to your bookshelves this week?

This is post 29 for Blogtober 2022

WWW Wednesday October 26

It’s Wednesday again and the sun is shining again today. The weather has certainly changed recently though and over the past few days, we’ve seemingly had most of the rain that didn’t fall over the Summer.

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

This is supposed to be a story of friendship, love and broken vows. I was in the mood to read a contemporary novel before heading into my two heavy weight fantasy reads that I have lined up. There are six couples who met through their children 20 years ago and have remained friends ever since with no real shake-ups. Then two of them begin to act on an attraction to each other. There’s no affair yet but I’m sure it’s going to happen.

What I have recently finished reading

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

This series, The Last Binding, was recommended by Biblio Nerd in their review of the sequel A Restless Truth. I really enjoyed this one and am looking forward to reading the sequel very shortly

Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson

This was brilliant. Set in London in 1926, it was loosely based on the life of a real life woman, Kate Meyrick who ran clubs in Soho during the twenties. I loved the characters and the atmosphere that Kate Atkinson created of a society where nothing really mattered for some people after the horrors of the Great War. The ending was perfect.

The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

I read this as part of the 1929 club run by Kaggsy and Simon. This is the first book in Josephine Tey’s Alan Grant detective series. For a book that is almost 100 years, it’s dated really well. I enjoyed the mystery and the ending was certainly unexpected. The one thing that did stand out negatively was the casual use of pre-war racist language. Inspector Grant routinely uses the word ‘dago’ to describe someone of Italian appearance which really seemed out of place

What I am intending to read next

I’m not sure which one of these I will choose. I’ll have to see how the mood takes me ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

What are you reading this week?

This is post 26 for #blogtober 2022

Stacking the Shelves 65

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It’s Saturday again. Doesn’t it come around quickly? We’re hurtling towards Halloween and the end of October but today is another beautiful sunny Autumn 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!

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

This week was another mammoth haul of books that I had reserved at the library. It’s going to take a while to read them as I still haven’t finished two of my books from last week and we’re also very busy this week as we’re performing on stage at the end of the week so madly rehearsing. Pictures to follow for anyone who is interested ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ๐ŸŽญ

Babel by R F Kuang
I have seen so much about this book and am very excited to read it. Set in an alternative Oxford in 1836, Babel is the university’s Royal Institute of Translation. But is it a paradise or a prison?
It’s a lengthy book at 541 pages so we’ll see how it goes.

The Starless Crown by James Rollins
I have wanted to read this since it came out at the beginning of the year. My mother and I used to avidly read his Sigma thrillers and so I’m intrigued by this new fantasy novel.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
The library had the latest volume of this series which sounded interesting so I thought I would read the first book to see what it was like.
For two hundred years, the Scion government has led an oppressive campaign against unnaturalness in London.
Clairvoyance of any kind has been decreed a criminal offence but Paige Mahoney is a powerful dreamwalker who leads a double life, hiding her gifts from her father who works for the government.

Other People’s Husbands by Elizabeth Noble
As a break from all this fantasy, I’ve got this contemporary novel by one of my favourite authors.
A group of friends met two decades ago at the school gate and think they know each other so well. Then the affair happens…..

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 22 for Blogtober 2022