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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!!


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?!

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!


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!!

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