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Friday, 30 September 2016

My Week In Bookish Form!

The end of September has arrived - anyone started their Christmas shopping yet then?!  Have to admit to starting a little list for Santa Claus (I am hoping he thinks I've been as good as I think I have been!!) and it seems to mainly consist of book shaped items!!  What a shocker!!  But what else could a girl want?!

Hasn't been the most productive week in the number of books I've got through as couldn't really settle, although the books I did get through I did enjoy so maybe I was just savouring them by reading them slower!

So without any further ado, here's what has grabbed my attention this week!



A LITTLE LUCK, A LOT OF FATE by LINN B. HALTON



When destiny calls, you need to pick up …

On the surface, Kristi Danielson has it all. She’s lifestyle coach to the rich and famous, has a bestselling book to her name and is described by her fans as “the veritable Queen of how to lead a fulfilling life”.

But the harsh truth is that Kristi has never practiced what she preaches. Her home life is a mess, her relationship with artist boyfriend, Tom, not much better – and now she has to redeem herself before all is lost.

At her wit’s end, Kristi is driven to seek out the help of Patrick Blakeslee, a tarot card reader and psychic medium, in an attempt to make sense of the mounting panic she’s feeling.

But Patrick’s visits have an unexpected effect on Kristi, leaving her with more questions than answers – and a life-changing decision to make.


ebook247 pages
Expected publication: October 25th 2016 by Choc Lit


The lovely people at Choc Lit and its' wonderful authors have come up with another fabulous story that had me turning the pages as quickly as I could!  This was a great read as it was a little different to the normal 'romance' kind of tale as it delved a little further into the self help world, and those we think are in control are often the ones who need the most help in their own lives.  Told from 3 different points of view, it really got you to understand what each character was going through and how they dealt with life and all it threw at them! Highly recommended when it is released in October!


WHAT SHE NEVER TOLD ME by KATE McQUAILE




'I talked to my mother the night she died, losing myself in memories of when we were happiest together. But I held one memory back, and it surfaces now, unbidden. I see a green postbox and a small hand stretching up to its oblong mouth. I am never sure whether that small hand is mine. But if not mine, whose?'

Louise Redmond left Ireland for London before she was twenty. Now, more than two decades later, her heart already breaking from a failing marriage, she is summoned home. Her mother is on her deathbed, and it is Louise's last chance to learn the whereabouts of a father she never knew.

Stubborn to the end, Marjorie refuses to fill in the pieces of her daughter's fragmented past. Then Louise unexpectedly finds a lead. A man called David Prescott . . . but is he really the father she's been trying to find? And who is the mysterious little girl who appears so often in her dreams? As each new piece of the puzzle leads to another question, Louise begins to suspect that the memories she most treasures could be a delicate web of lies.

Paperback336 pages
Published March 3rd 2016 by Quercushat do you do when you find out that your whole life could be a lie?




The lovely folk at Quercus Books sent this my way in paperback form and I knew very little of the story so every page was such a great discovery and was gripped by the goings on as the plot revealed itself.  Loved the way it was written as it was really well structured and I loved the way it all built up around the lies of others and how that can impact on so many other peoples' lives.  Highly recommended if you are looking for a great drama with a gripping twist.


ONE HOT SUMMER by KAT FRENCH



** A SIZZLING ROMP WITH A GREAT CAST OF CHARACTERS**
Alice McBride’s husband Brad is super famous, totally gorgeous . . . and having an affair with his co-star. And now it’s splashed across all the newspapers.
After kicking Brad out, Alice decides to rent out her beloved home for the summer. And the last person she expects to arrive at Borne Manor is a sexy cowboy called Robinson.
Country music star Robinson has had his own share of heartache, and he’s come to Borne Manor to escape from it all. Neither Alice nor Robinson are looking for romance, but the spark between them can’t be ignored.
Could a holiday romance help heal their broken hearts? And what will happen when their long hot summer together comes to an end?
Kindle Edition341 pages
Published June 2nd 2016 by Avon


Bought this in paperback form a while ago and it has been sitting on my shelves for a while, so picked it up expecting a nice easy, fun read and that is exactly what this was!  Really likeable characters and a fun, sexy story - the perfect beach or saturday afternoon read!! Not too taxing for my poor little brain cells either!


GRIEF IS A THING WITH FEATHERS by MAX PORTER



In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness.

In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow - antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This self-described sentimental bird is attracted to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him. As weeks turn to months and physical pain of loss gives way to memories, this little unit of three begin to heal.

In this extraordinary debut - part novella, part polyphonic fable, part essay on grief, Max Porter's compassion and bravura style combine to dazzling effect. Full of unexpected humour and profound emotional truth, Grief is the Thing with Feathers marks the arrival of a thrilling new talent

Hardcover114 pages
Published September 17th 2015 by Faber & Faber


Bought this for myself in hardback form as I was so drawn to the cover and the wonderful reviews I'd seen for this online and on BookTube.   And it didn't disappoint!  The writing style does take a while to get used to, especially from the Crows' point of view, but it is beautifully written and really captures the despair that the family go through, and how humour creeps into their lives and tries to help them move on from their loss.



THE HIDDEN PEOPLE by ALISON LITTLEWOOD



The bestselling author of Richard & Judy Book Club hit The Cold Season returns with a chilling mystery - w here superstition and myth bleed into real life with tragic consequences

Pretty Lizzie Higgs is gone, burned to dead on her own hearth - but was she really a changeling, as her husband insists? Albie Mirralls met his cousin only once, in 1851, within the grand glass arches of the Crystal Palace, but unable to countenance the rumours that surround her murder, he leaves his young wife in London and travels to Halfoak, a village steeped in superstition.

Albie begins to look into Lizzie's death, but in this place where the old tales hold sway and the 'Hidden People' supposedly roam, answers are slippery and further tragedy is just a step away . . .

Kindle Edition384 pages
Expected publication: October 6th 2016 by Jo Fletcher Books


Received a copy of this via NetGalley as I loved the cover and the blurb made it sound so creepy and eerie.   And while I did enjoy it as it is beautifully written, I did often find myself wishing the pace would have picked up a little as it did seem to dwell on certain subjects a little longer than necessary.  Was fascinating to hear about the Changelings/Fairies and also loved reading the extracts from Lizzies' diary and that really added to the atmosphere of the village and the goings on.  And with Halloween approaching it did have the perfect mix of creepy horror goings on inside so worth a look!



So that is me done for another week! Seem to have read more than I thought lol!!  October seems a busy month ahead too, with a couple of book club reads that I'm taking part in, along with yet more lovely offerings from NetGalley, and my own Book Mountain pile that needs to be scaled so hopefully a good reading week lies ahead!! And for you all too!!

Happy Reading!!!


Saturday, 24 September 2016

Book Review

WHAT SHE NEVER TOLD ME by KATE McQUAILE



What do you do when you find out that your whole life could be a lie?

'I talked to my mother the night she died, losing myself in memories of when we were happiest together. But I held one memory back, and it surfaces now, unbidden. I see a green postbox and a small hand stretching up to its oblong mouth. I am never sure whether that small hand is mine. But if not mine, whose?'

Louise Redmond left Ireland for London before she was twenty. Now, more than two decades later, her heart already breaking from a failing marriage, she is summoned home. Her mother is on her deathbed, and it is Louise's last chance to learn the whereabouts of a father she never knew.

Stubborn to the end, Marjorie refuses to fill in the pieces of her daughter's fragmented past. Then Louise unexpectedly finds a lead. A man called David Prescott . . . but is he really the father she's been trying to find? And who is the mysterious little girl who appears so often in her dreams? As each new piece of the puzzle leads to another question, Louise begins to suspect that the memories she most treasures could be a delicate web of lies.


Paperback336 pages
Published March 3rd 2016 by Quercus




MY REVIEW

I received a copy of this via the publishers, Quercus Books, in return for a fair and honest review.

Knew very little of this book going into reading it, and once i'd started reading it I really struggled to put it down as I was desperate to get to the bottom of the mystery that was plaguing the main character, Louise Redmond!

She always knew very little about her father, and when her mother passed away through illness it looked like Louise would always be unable to find out anymore. All she has is a recurring memory/nightmare about a green postbox and a hand reaching up to post a letter, but this has always confused her and never gets her any closer to finding out more.

There are many sub-plots involved in this story and they all combine together to add to the suspense and just illuminate how devastating a web of lies spun by one person can have such an effect on so many other people.

Really connected with Louise as a character as she was just so desperate to find out more about where she came from and who she was as a person, and the flashbacks she sometimes had never added up to the childhood she remembered and she finds herself on a journey between London and Ireland as she tries to put the pieces together of the jigsaw puzzle that her life had become.

Had me gripped from start to finish as the author cleverly added different characters to the story with their own take on her theories and new discoveries as she cleared her mothers' house, and the ending was particularly clever and really well written so I am definitely going to be looking out for more from this author in the future as it is a highly impressive debut!
 

Friday, 23 September 2016

My Week in Books!

And we come to the end of another week! And almost to the end of another month!! Where the flip has 2016 gone?! Scary how time flies by the older you get.... i must be really old then with the way that time is flying by now!!

hope everyone has had a good week of reading and bookish experiences!! Been another productive one here on the book front and so grateful that the reading slump vibes that I started to feel over the weekend managed to disappear!

So here is what has been keeping  my imagination occupied this week!


Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson


The brand new Christmas romance from best-selling author Debbie Johnson and the follow up to ‘Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe’.
The Comfort Food Cafe is perched on a windswept clifftop at what feels like the edge of the world, serving up the most delicious cream teas; beautifully baked breads, and carefully crafted cupcakes. For tourists and locals alike, the ramshackle cafe overlooking the beach is a beacon of laughter, companionship, and security – a place like no other; a place that offers friendship as a daily special, and where a hearty welcome is always on the menu.
Kindle Edition187 pages
Published September 23rd 2016 by HarperImpulse

Was lucky enough to be sent this from the publishers to read before its' release date, and I was such a huge fan of the original - Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe - that I couldn't wait to read more and I wasn't disappointed!  Full of wonderful characters and littered with many laugh out loud moments as you follow the story of Becca and how she hates Christmas, and how she is trying to turn her life around after many years of pushing people away.  Loved it!!  More please Debbie Johnson!!

DINOSAURS ON OTHER PLANETS by DANIELLE MCLAUGHLIN

A woman battles bluebottles as she plots an ill-judged encounter with a stranger; a young husband commutes a treacherous route to his job in the city, fearful for the wife and small daughter he has left behind; a mother struggles to understand her nine-year-old son’s obsession with dead birds and the apocalypse. In Danielle McLaughlin’s stories, the world is both beautiful and alien. Men and women negotiate their surroundings as a tourist might navigate a distant country: watchfully, with a mixture of wonder and apprehension. Here are characters living lives in translation, ever at the mercy of distortions and misunderstandings, striving to make sense both of the spaces they inhabit and of the people they share them with.
I've been looking to read more short story collections and I'd seen this mentioned on BookTube a couple of times, and loved the cover so I thought I'd give it a go!  The writing style is beautiful but I found the collection a bit more miss than hit for me.  It explored a lot of the failings of relationships and wasn't the happiest of reads.  Still an interesting read though and I will definitely be looking for even more short story collections to try - any suggestions?!

THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT by ROB KEELEY
Following the success of his award-longlisted Childish Spirits and its sequel The Spirit of London, prolific children’s author Rob Keeley is back with The Sword of the Spirit, the third instalment in his thrilling and suspenseful Spirits series.

“There are truths which must be revealed before the battle may commence. You do not yet know the meaning of the sword.” 

Ellie’s investigations into the spirit world have reached a medieval castle, where archaeologists are digging for the fabled Sword of St Merrell. But she didn’t expect to meet a real medieval knight. Nor was she expecting him to be an ancestor of Edward Fitzberranger. Ellie discovers that behind a legend of chivalry and bravery lies a dark and nasty truth. And worse is to come. Ellie’s meddling has consequences she could never have foreseen. This time, she may have gone too far... 

The Sword of the Spirit works both as a standalone novel and as part of a series. It will appeal to girls and boys of upper primary and lower secondary age – primarily 8-12 – and to parents and teachers reading the book aloud.
Paperback128 pages
Published July 28th 2016 by Troubador Publishing Ltd


I was contacted by the author via Twitter asking if I read childrens' books, and as the proud auntie of a nephew and niece who are both avid bookworms too, then I am always on the lookout for new stories to introduce them to so was only too glad to read this and it was such a great adventure that I'm looking foward to reading more of the series!  It's a supernatural adventure full of historical facts, written in such a fun and interesting way that it appeals to children and adults alike!


THE SINGALONG SOCIETY FOR SINGLETONS by KATEY LOVELL



Monique and Issy are teachers, housemates and lovers of musicals! Their Friday night routine consists of snacks, wine and the Frozen DVD. So when Monique’s boyfriend moves to America for a year and her sister Hope moves in because of her own relationship woes, Friday nights get a new name… ‘The Singalong Society for Singletons’!

It’s a chance to get together, sing along to their favourite tracks from the best-loved West End shows, and forget the worries of work, relationships and love (or lack of it). But when Issy shares the details of their little group further afield, they get some unexpected new members who might just change their opinions on singledom for good….

Kindle Edition340 pages
Expected publication: October 6th 2016 by Harper Impulse

Another book I was lucky enough to receive before publication from the publishers, Harper Impulse, and this was such a fun read that I raced through it and it just made me want to binge watch  a ton of musicals! Really loved the characters and how watching various musicals and Disney movies helped them make decisions about their lives, and brings them all closer together! 

So, more ticked off the 'to read' list this week - we'll forget the others that were added throughout the week thanks to the evil NetGalley!, and have started another couple of books today so hopefully the reading mood will continue and I can get more off the TBR pile!  If this gorgeous sunshine continues then it can only be good for my reading mood!!

Happy reading!!


Monday, 19 September 2016

Monday Book Post

Always the best way to start another week!  A pile of surprise books arriving!  We bookish people are easily pleased aren't we?!  So here's my goodies that have made my Monday so smiley!



The first to arrive was the wonderful box from Book And A Brew who are a wonderful monthly subscription box service, that I've been happily subscribed to for a number of months now and they never fail to make me smile with their choices of books, and new tea flavours too!


The tea this month is from a new tea company and is a Fruit Punch flavour which sounds delightful! Can't wait to try it!

And the book is one I'd not heard of though but after reading the blurb it sounds like a real fascinating read!  Here's a bit more of what it is about;

For fans of Sarah Waters and The Crimson Petal and the White, a vibrant tale of female boxers and their scheming patrons in 18th-century Bristol.

Some call the prize ring a nursery for vice . . .

Born into a brothel, Ruth's future looks bleak until she catches the eye of Mr. Dryer. A rich Bristol merchant and enthusiast of the ring, he trains gutsy Ruth as a puglist. Soon she rules the blood-spattered sawdust at the infamous Hatchet Inn.

Dryer's wife Charlotte lives in the shadows. A grieving orphan, she hides away, scarred by smallpox, ignored by Dryer, and engaged in dangerous mind games with her brother.

When Dryer sidelines Ruth after a disastrous fight, and focuses on training her husband Tom, Charlotte presents Ruth with an extraordinary proposition. As the tension mounts before Tom's Championship fight, two worlds collide with electrifying consequences.

The Fair Fight will take you from a filthy brothel to the finest houses in the town, from the world of street-fighters to the world of champions. Alive with the smells and the sounds of the streets, it is a raucous, intoxicating tale of courage, reinvention and fighting your way to the top.
 

I've really been enjoying the more historical reads recently, so this one looks like it will be perfect for me and it has received some great reviews on GoodReads so I can't wait to start reading it!

What do you do when you find out that your whole life could be a lie?

'I talked to my mother the night she died, losing myself in memories of when we were happiest together. But I held one memory back, and it surfaces now, unbidden. I see a green postbox and a small hand stretching up to its oblong mouth. I am never sure whether that small hand is mine. But if not mine, whose?'

Louise Redmond left Ireland for London before she was twenty. Now, more than two decades later, her heart already breaking from a failing marriage, she is summoned home. Her mother is on her deathbed, and it is Louise's last chance to learn the whereabouts of a father she never knew.

Stubborn to the end, Marjorie refuses to fill in the pieces of her daughter's fragmented past. Then Louise unexpectedly finds a lead. A man called David Prescott . . . but is he really the father she's been trying to find? And who is the mysterious little girl who appears so often in her dreams? As each new piece of the puzzle leads to another question, Louise begins to suspect that the memories she most treasures could be a delicate web of lies.

The above  was sent to me by the lovely people at Quercus Books  and looks to be another intriguing read!

Super-intelligent furry aliens suddenly appear from another universe. And they’ve come to earth to have fun. “Louie” follows fisherman Billy Morton home one day and he and his family come quickly to love the playful alien. But when Louie starts using their computer to hack into government and corporate networks, and steal millions from banks to give to others, they realize that Louie and his friends mean trouble. Billy, his wife and two sons begin a roller-coaster ride of fame, fortune, jail, death, resurrection, and a distinguished ranking high on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” List. The Government soon decides that all these aliens are terrorists. They must be eliminated. The aliens are playing games they hope will help humans to see the insanity of the American political, economic and military systems. But the Powers that Be don’t play games: they make war.

I was lucky enough to win this one from Luke Rhinehart in a GoodReads FirstReads giveaway so was excited when it finally arrived! I was a big fan of the authors book, The Dice Man, so I'm interested to see how crazy this book is to see if it compares!  I do like a quirky read and think this is what this book may give me!



Following the success of his award-longlisted Childish Spirits and its sequel The Spirit of London, prolific children’s author Rob Keeley is back with The Sword of the Spirit, the third instalment in his thrilling and suspenseful Spirits series.

“There are truths which must be revealed before the battle may commence. You do not yet know the meaning of the sword.” 

Ellie’s investigations into the spirit world have reached a medieval castle, where archaeologists are digging for the fabled Sword of St Merrell. But she didn’t expect to meet a real medieval knight. Nor was she expecting him to be an ancestor of Edward Fitzberranger. Ellie discovers that behind a legend of chivalry and bravery lies a dark and nasty truth. And worse is to come. Ellie’s meddling has consequences she could never have foreseen. This time, she may have gone too far... 

The Sword of the Spirit works both as a standalone novel and as part of a series. It will appeal to girls and boys of upper primary and lower secondary age – primarily 8-12 – and to parents and teachers reading the book aloud.

I was contacted by the author via Twitter to see if I would be interested in reading this childrens' book. As auntie to two avid readers, my nephew and niece aged 10 and 8, then I'm always on the lookout for new books to share with them and this book sounds perfect as the author writes for this age range.  So I can't wait to start this adventure too!


So, looks like I've got a little bit of reading to do eh!!   Probably a good thing I'm back on track with my September book buying ban! And I still refuse to count up my TBR pile - am I alone in being too scared to see an actual number of books I have to read?!  If I stay oblivious then it all seems possible that I WILL get to all those lovely books on my shelves and on the kindle..... well, maybe if I live to be 133!!

Happy Reading!!

Saturday, 17 September 2016

In the garden today.......

Been a bit of a  mad week weather wise!  30 degrees plus for the first half of the week which meant very little actual gardening got done - it was too hot! - and then finally the rainfall by the end of the week which has pleased the plants, and also the slug and snail population it seems as they are all back out in force again.... boo hiss!!


So the head gardener, Archie the bunny, has been out on patrol this morning to see what needs his own unique style of pruning!!  Luckily he got distracted by some dandelions in the lawn - actively encouraged to grow here as they are so good for bunnies! - so I managed to get on with a bit of light pruning and tomato harvesting.

And it has been a very good year for tomatoes it seems! Hope you've found the same?!  Only grew a couple of varieties this year but the Sungold - small orange ones - have been a constant source of harvest for ourselves and the family next door!! The beefsteak tomatoes are the biggest I've ever seen and I lost the labels of the other smaller varieties I grew - oops! - but they've cropped well too and no sign of blight..... yay!!






Dahlias!! I love them!!!  Starting to show off their best now with still many buds not yet big enough to flower so have been really pleased with how they've grown.  Currently grow them in pots for no other reason than it was more convenient for looking after them during the winter, but i am hoping to plant them out properly next year.... if they make it through whatever Winter throws at us this time!  We have a clay soil so it can get a bit wet and sticky so will just need to keep an eye on what the weather does and hope things make it through!



Have also been really impressed with Primula Vialii this year as I managed to split one plant into many smaller plants, and they've been constantly flowering. Just as long as they are well watered though as they do prefer a moist compost and are quick to dry out and flop, which did happen during the dry, hot spells with a couple of them!


A grey, damp day today so my plan of action is to sort through the packets of seeds I've accumulated over the year thanks to magazine subscriptions and free gifts!  The buddleia also need to be pruned back although some still are flowering well so will leave those flowers on for as long as possible for the bees and butterflies!

What are you all up to in your gardens at the moment? I'm hoping to visit an Autumn Plant Fair tomorrow so intend to just 'browse' but that never ends up happening so will see what newbies make it home with me, so I may be back with another blog post to share my purchases!!

HAPPY GARDENING!!



Friday, 16 September 2016

My Week in Books....

Hello bookish people!  Hope it's been a good week for you all! Been a pretty good week here on the book front although I do have some shameful news to share...... my September self imposed book buying ban came to a crashing halt this week :(  Rubbish I know as I was doing so well! But I made the silly error of 'browsing' in a charity shop in a place we visited this week, and sitting on their shelves were 2 books that had been on my 'wants' list for a while.  So what else could I have done!!?? So maybe I need to turn October into a no books month instead!!

The heatwave has been almost unbearable here in Essex for the past week - back to cooler temperatures and rain today though! - so it has been perfect for reading as it was just too hot to do anything too strenuous!  So here's what I've got through this week and  a little summary!


 SAVAGE MAGIC by LLOYD SHEPHERD
It's 1814 and the streets of London's Covent Garden are at the centre of a dark trade, enticing rich and poor alike with a cocktail of gin and beer and sex. Behind their own fashionable private doors in the surrounding parishes a group of aristocratic young men are found murdered, all of them wearing the mask of a satyr, all of them behind locked doors with no signs of entry. 

Constable Charles Horton's investigation into these violent crimes begins, quite by chance, at Thorpe Lee House in Surrey, where accusations of witchcraft have swept the village. What connects these broken London men, savage with the pursuit of pleasure, and a country village awash with folklore and talk of burning witches? 

The answers lie, yet again, under lock and key, in a madhouse for the deranged, where Horton's wife Abigail seeks refuge from her disordered mind. In this world of witchcraft and madhouses, whores and aristocrats, it's a savage magic indeed that holds its victims in its thrall.

Lloyd Shepherd's most ambitious novel to date is a triumph of the imagination. His rich cast of characters weaves a hugely satisfying story of depth, insight and exquisite drama

This was a book I borrowed from the library after seeing the cover and reading the blurb and I'm glad I was swayed as it was quite an enjoyable book - something a little different to the norm!


WELLINGTON'S DEAREST GEORGY by ALICE MARIE CROSSLAND


This was a wonderful historic insight into someone I'd never heard of, which is unbelievable when you read of the historical figures she encountered and was such great friends with.  A real delight of a book!


MY HUSBAND'S WIFE by JANE CORRY

It's the perfect love story.

Lily meets Ed at a party, and on their second date, he proposes. She's a lawyer, he's an up-and-coming artist. They own a small but beautiful flat in London and mix with all the right people.

But Lily has a secret. Something from her past, that is soon to collide with her present. And she thinks her new husband is hiding something too...

The vows they made will soon be tested to the very limits.

'Till death us do part...


Was lent this from a friend, so knew very little of it other than her thoughts of it which were very high praise indeed! And I found myself racing through it too! Found it to be really well written, very gripping and had me guessing all the way through!


ALL THAT REMAINS by AL BARRERA



The old world is dead, and humanity struggles to survive in the shadows of the new one. Kyle, Sara, and Tim are scavengers, hiding in the remains of human civilization from the hungry things that destroyed it. Living on the few items that haven’t rotted in the thirteen years since civilization was wiped out. 

But something has shown itself: A terrible creature that betrays an intelligence in the madness of the creatures that rule the planet. 

When the group finds Kaylee, a little girl who claims to know of a safe haven somewhere in Tennessee, they embark on a desperate journey to find it. Memory and loss, depravity and salvation— their last run will put them face to face with horrors of both man and monsters the likes of which they’ve never seen.


This was a download from NetGalley based purely on the stunning cover!!  It just caught my eye and the story also caught my attention.  Very similar to The Girl With All the Gifts in its' storyline, but I found it to be really captivating and I am looking forward to reading the next in the series


BETWEEN YOU AND ME by LISA HALL

They say every marriage has its secrets.
But no one sees what happens behind closed doors.
And sometimes those doors should never be opened …

Sal and Charlie are married. They love each other. But they aren’t happy. Sal cannot leave, no matter what Charlie does – no matter how much it hurts.

Another book I was lent by my friend and another corker!! I knew nothing of this book either and I think that is the best way to read this book as I didn't know what I was in store for so that made it even more enjoyable (not sure if that is the right way to describe it considering the subject matter!) but I had my breath taken away by the ending!! So if you are going to read this, avoid all reviews as some people often share too much in their summaries and spoil it for others!!

LOSING IT by EMMA RATHBONE

Julia Greenfield has a problem: she's twenty-six years old and she's still a virgin. Sex ought to be easy. People have it all the time! But, without meaning to, she made it through college and into adulthood with her virginity intact. Something's got to change.

To re-route herself from her stalled life, Julia travels to spend the summer with her mysterious aunt Vivienne in North Carolina. It's not long, however, before she unearths a confounding secret—her 58 year old aunt is a virgin too. In the unrelenting heat of the southern summer, Julia becomes fixated on puzzling out what could have lead to Viv's appalling condition, all while trying to avoid the same fate


Another NetGalley download and I found this to be a little disappointing considering what I was hoping it would be, but it was still a fun and easy read that helped an afternoon fly by a little quicker!


So! That brings me up to today where zero reading has been achieved so far as I'm trying to catch up on other things that I've discarded while I've been distracted by reading!  Have visited NetGalley again over the past couple of days - I just can't stay away! - so got a couple of interesting new titles to read from there, along with a manuscript from Choc-Lit publishers to read this week and also just made a start on a couple of hardbacks I've had on the shelves for a while so hopefully next weeks' round up will be just as full!

Always happy to hear about what you've been reading and any recommendations you have - old or new - of what else I can add to my TBR pile!!

happy reading!!!