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Friday, 29 September 2017

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up!

Howdy!! Congratulate yourselves!! You've made it through another week!! And we're all still here..... just!!

Been a fairly quiet week here for me - managed to get to an Autumn Plant Fair last weekend and it isn't only books that I have a weakness for purchasing in large quantities!! 9 new plants came home with me, and are all still sitting patiently in their pots on a garden table waiting for me to find new gaps for them in the garden!! Oops!!  I'm sure I can squeeze them in somewhere, otherwise I think the lawn will be shrinking again as I create bigger borders!!

And in the world of books my reading pace has slowed!! Shock horror!! I don't think it's a proper reading slump but I've just found that the couple of books that I'm currently reading are not making me race through them at breakneck speed, and I'm also in the process of trying to decide my 'next reads' and I find I always get distracted by that process so am hoping that things pick up again next week.

Book buying on the other hand, has not slowed down one jot!! Oops again!!  So this has forced another mini bookshelf declutter - the local charity shops really love me donating to them! - in the vain hope that, even for a short space of time, I can create a gap or two to fit new purchases in!

So here's a little peek at my bookish week! Click on the book titles if you'd like to read my reviews and their blurbs courtesy of GoodReads!!

BOOKS FINISHED

Thornhill by Pam Smy  -  5 stars 

Really loved this mix of graphic novel and diary entries!!

A fabulous and funny look at life as a bookseller in a secondhand bookshop! If you love rummaging round bookshops then you'll love this!!


BOOK POST

Mostly books I've 'treated myself' to this week! We deserve it though, don't we?!


The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature, Elisabeth Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of her uncommon encounter with a Neohelix albolabris —a common woodland snail. 

While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken up residence on her nightstand. As a result, she discovers the solace and sense of wonder that this mysterious creature brings and comes to a greater under standing of her own confined place in the world. 

Intrigued by the snail’s molluscan anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making, hydraulic locomotion, and mysterious courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer, providing a candid and engaging look into the curious life of this underappreciated small animal.  

Told with wit and grace, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is a remarkable journey of survival and resilience, showing us how a small part of the natural world illuminates our own human existence and provides an appreciation of what it means to be fully alive.


Snow Sisters by Carol Lovekin 


Two sisters, their grandmother’s old house and Angharad… the girl who cannot leave.

Meredith discovers a dusty sewing box in a disused attic. Once open the box releases the ghost of Angharad, a Victorian child-woman with a horrific secret she must share. Angharad slowly reveals her story to Meredith who fails to convince her more pragmatic sister of the visitations until Verity sees Angharad for herself on the eve of an unseasonal April snowstorm.

Forced by her flighty mother to abandon Gull House for London, Meredith struggles to settle, still haunted by Angharad and her little red flannel hearts. This time, Verity is not sure she will be able to save her…

Two parallel coming of age stories – one tragic, the other holding out the hope of salvation.

Eden's Garden by Juliet Greenwood


2011

Carys’ dreams for the future are falling apart as she returns to the Snowdonia village where she was born, to look after her mother. But then a chance discovery draws her back into the story of Plas Eden, the huge, ramshackle country house where, at eighteen, she said goodbye to her childhood sweetheart, David Meredith.

1898

The last time Ann was in London she was a spoilt, aristocratic bride. Now she stands destitute on London bridge, with the Meredith charity hospital her only lifeline. But who can she trust, and will she ever escape her past?

Two women struggle with love, family duty, long-buried secrets and their own creative ambitions. But more than a hundred years ago Ann left a trail through London, Cornwall and Wales that leads Carys on a tantalising and increasingly shocking search for the truth.

What is Plas Eden’s connection with her own family history and what are the secrets of the statues in the garden?

New World Fairy Tales by Cassandra Parkin 


In contemporary America, an un-named college student sets out on an obsessive journey of discovery to collect and record the life-stories of total strangers. The interviews that follow have echoes of another, far more famous literary journey, undertaken long ago and in another world.

Drawing on the original, unexpurgated tales collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, six of their most famous works are re-imagined in the rich and endlessly varied landscapes of contemporary America.

From the glass towers of Manhattan to the remoteness of the Blue Ridge mountains; from the swamps of Louisiana to the jaded glamour of Hollywood, New World Fairy Tales reclaims the fairy tale for the modern adult audience. A haunting blend of romance and realism, these stripped-back narratives of human experience are the perfect read for anyone who has read their child a bedtime fairy story, and wondered who ever said these were stories meant for children


 And my Book Club releases from Urbane Publications all arrived together to cover August and September and they're another fabulous batch of fascinating reads!

No Way Back by Kelly Florentia

When two eligible and attractive men are vying for your heart, it should be the perfect dilemma... Audrey Fox has been dumped by her unreliable fiancé Nick Byrne just days before the wedding. Heartbroken and confused, the last thing she expects when she jumps on a plane to convalesce in Cyprus is romance. But a chance meeting with handsome entrepreneur and father-of-one Daniel Taylor weaves her into a dating game she's not sure she's ready for. Audrey's life is thrown into further turmoil when she discovers on her return to London that Nick has been involved in a serious motorcycle accident that's left him in intensive care. Distraught yet determined to look to the future, Audrey must make a decision - follow her heart or listen to well-meaning advice from family and friends? Because sometimes, no matter what, it's the people that we love who can hurt us the most...

Veteran Avenue by Mark Pepper

1978. On vacation from England, eight-year-old John Frears is befriended by a stranger in the Oregon wilderness and stolen away from his parents. After a bizarre hour spent in a log cabin, he is sent back with a picture of a young girl. 2013. Since leaving the military, John Frears has been drifting, unable to settle. Then he gets word that a funeral is taking place in L.A. Donnie Chester, fellow veteran of the first Gulf War, has been shot dead. He decides to head to the States to pay his respects, then go sightseeing. It is a simple plan, in keeping with his life to date. But his life is about to become more complicated than he could ever imagine. The mysterious event from his past crashes into the present, and could mean the difference between life and death.

The Premier League 25 years by Lloyd Pettiford

The 2016/17 season marks the 25th of the Premier League after its formation in 1992. After numerous discussions with football authorities, players and television broadcasters, the First Division clubs resigned from the Football League in May 1992 and the Premier League was formed with the inaugural campaign starting on Saturday 15 August of that year. The Premier League charts each of the 25 seasons with the story of how the titles were won and the players who starred. From 2011/12's incredible finale, to Arsenal's "Invincibles", as well as each of Manchester United's record 13 triumphs, find out more about the rich history of the Premier League. The book also includes fan sections for every single one of the clubs that has appeared in the League, with greatest moments and greatest players, as well as the worst!

CURRENTLY READING


September draws to an end, so that means so does my read-a-long of The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio and I am so pleased to have picked this up! Have enjoyed every mad minute of it!!



And my bedtime reading is still taken up by The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley .  This started off really well for me, but I'm finding it a little less enthralling as I go through! But i'll stick with it as I'm almost two thirds of the way through!



So that wraps my week up!!  How about your week? Discovered any gems?!  Bought any bookish beauties?! Always lovely to hear what has been going on in your bookish worlds!!

HAPPY READING!!






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