Book Blogger Hop July 15

 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. 

This weeks question is:  Do you listen to audiobooks? If so, do you prefer listening instead of reading? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

I don’t listen to audio books at all. I read either physical books or ebooks and it’s a relaxation activity for me.

I know a lot of people listen to audio books while they are driving or exercising but I will generally listen to music at those times instead.

One thing that puts me off audiobooks is how long they are. The library sent me an audiobook by mistake once and I think it was something like 10 hours long.

I do like the idea of having the story read to me and I’ve heard great things about some audio versions so it might well be something that I will come to at some point.


WWW Wednesday July 13

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

What I’m currently reading

I Belong Here by Anita Sethi
The author’s walk along the Pennine Way was inspired by her being the victim of a hate crime when she was racially abused on a train. This led her to think about what it meant to belong to somewhere and a feeling that she wanted to get close to the natural landscape. It’s not an easy read as It is only about her walk in a small part and much more about her experiences of racism. It’s quiet meandering too with lots of different themes being explored.

Silent Parade by Keigo Higashino
A Japanese crime story featuring Detective Galileo who is actually a university professor called Manabu Yukawa. Professor Yukawa appears to be almost a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Poirot as he helps the police and points them in the right direction in their investigation. It’s a really interesting plot and I’m looking forward to seeing how it ends up.

What I have recently finished reading

An Island Wedding by Jenny Colgan
This is the fourth instalment of life on Mure and it was lovely to revisit the island and its inhabitants. Definitely a romance and not just one but two weddings. As often the case with Jenny Colgan, the ending is bittersweet and not all of the characters drift off into the sunset happily.

The Last Blade Priest by W P Wiles
I loved this Epic Fantasy about a world where the main religion involves worshipping a mountain. The last blade priest who is being trained to carry out human sacrifice to his God but hates the idea of taking a human life. The world building and characters were all brilliant.

MurderFest by Julie Wassmer
I love this series set in Whitstable where Pearl Nolan runs a restaurant as well as a detective agency. The characters and plot are always good and I really like the way the books are truly set in Whitstable. I want to go and visit and see all the different places for myself.

What I am intending to read next

This book is currently waiting for me at the library and I can’t wait to read what’s in store next for Washington Poe. .

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

Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag 2022

OK, I know that I’m a bit late to this party as we’re nearly two weeks past the end of June but I’ve been away and it’s hot and I’ve only just caught up with myself. This tag doesn’t appear to have a creator but if you thought up the idea, then a huge thank you. It’s just a time to look back at the past six months and see what’s been good and look forward to even more amazing books to come. So here goes with my mid-year freak out.

What is the best book that you’ve read so far in 2022?
This is always such a hard choice as I’ve read some brilliant books. I’m going to go with two of my favourites, both fantasy.

I absolutely loved both of these but there have been so many amazing books so far this year.

What has been your favourite sequel of the first half of the year?

I really loved this sequel to Mask of Mirrors and can’t wait for the end to the trilogy to be published.

Is there a new release that you haven’t read yet but you’re really excited to?

I love this thriller/crime series featuring Washington Poe and can’t wait to read this latest book. Hopefully it’s going to arrive at my library very soon.

What is your most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

The last Vera Stanhope murder mystery was published in Autumn 2020 and so it’s been a long while to wait. Luckily, this next one is due to be published in September so not long now.

What is your biggest disappointment so far?

I really didn’t get all of the hype surrounding this one. I know lots of people but I couldn’t relate to the plot or characters at all.

What is your biggest surprise so far?

I knew that Ed McDonald’s previous fantasy series was very grim and dark and so was really surprised by how much I enjoyed Daughter of Redwinter.

Favourite book to movie adaptation this year?
I haven’t seen any movie adaptations this year. I’ve seen Bridgerton but hadn’t read the book so that doesn’t really count. I’ve seen the trailers for Where The Crawdads Sing and I wasn’t at all sure if I want to see it or not. It looks very different to the book.

Who is your fictional crush from this year?
I don’t really have one.

Who is your new favourite character?
Miscellaneous (Lanie) Stones from Saint Death’s Daughter and Iona from The People on Platform 5 are two of my favourite characters that I’ve met this year.

A book that made you happy?

A book that made you cry?

No spoilers here but as usual, Jenny Colgan doesn’t write happy ever after endings for all of her characters and one character definitely had a story line that brought tears to my eyes.

What are your anticipated reads for the second half of 2022?

These are the three books that I am definitely really looking forward to reading later on this year.

That’s my mid-year freak out. What have you enjoyed most this year and what are you looking forward to reading later on in 2022?