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Sunday, 29 October 2017

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up!!


Hello all!! Sorry things have been a little sparse on the Blog front this week - I've been in a real low mood all week and just haven't been able to shake myself out of it, despite the sunshine and a few book purchases!! That normally always works - maybe I didn't buy enough?!  Fingers crossed I can return to my happy state of mind soon enough as I just hate feeling like this and it stops me enjoying reading as well....... that's my excuse for not reading as much this week so there!

Well, saying I've not read much this week doesn't seem right when I say I've managed to finish 4 books this week - well, 2 books, 1 audio book and 1 graphic novel/comic!  But they all count in my world!!  And when one of those books was over 500 pages long, then maybe I should give myself a break!!

BOOKS READ

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street  - 2 stars


I listened to the audio version of this one and it was really disappointing for me as I just didn't connect at all with the storyline or characters.  This is normally the kind of book that I love to read, but it just kept making me lose interest - maybe I will have to read the paperback version to get my mind fully on track with it!

THE CROW GARDEN by ALISON LITTLEWOOD  -  4 STARS


Really loved this reading experience and perfect for this time of year with its' creepy setting - in an asylum - and the characters were full of intrigue and quirkiness that appeals to me!  Highly recommended!

I HATE FAIRYLAND by SKOTTIE YOUNG  -  5 STARS


I really enjoy this series and this one didn't disappoint and might even by my favourite of the 3!! So funny, sharp and the illustrations are just stunning!! Worth a look if you are keen to venture into the graphic novel/comic book world - and you like your characters to be funny and murderous!!

THE BOOK OF DUST by PHILIP PULLMAN -  5 STARS


What else can I say about this book!?! I bought it on the Friday, started it that evening and then finished it on Saturday afternoon and I just adored being back in the world of Lyra and the daemons!! Can't believe it has been 22 years since His Dark Materials had been out and reading this has made me want to re-read the trilogy all over again and then count down the days to the next installment!!


BOOK POST

Not been misbehaving too much on the book acquiring front,especially with Christmas approaching - hopefully Santa will think me worthy of bringing me a book or two! - so just a few to share this week!

THE LAST HOURS by MINETTE WALTERS

For most, the Black Death is the end. For a brave few, it heralds a new beginning. 

When the Black Death enters England through the port of Melcombe in Dorseteshire in June 1348, no one knows what manner of sickness it is or how it spreads and kills so quickly. The Church cites God as the cause, and religious fear grips the people as they come to believe that the plague is a punishment for wickedness.

But Lady Anne of Develish has her own ideas. Educated by nuns, Anne is a rarity among women, being both literate and knowledgeable. With her brutal husband absent from Develish when news of this pestilence reaches her, she takes the decision to look for more sensible ways to protect her people than daily confessions of sin. Well-versed in the importance of isolating the sick from the well, she withdraws her people inside the moat that surrounds her manor house and refuses entry even to her husband.

She makes an enemy of her daughter and her husband's steward by doing so, but her resolve is strengthened by the support of her leading serfs … until food stocks run low and the nerves of all are tested by continued confinement and ignorance of what is happening in the world outside. The people of Develish are alive. But for how long? And what will they discover when the time comes for them to cross the moat? 

Received this from Readers First, and it looks to be a fascinating historical story as well as being rather gorgeous to look at! What is it about having gold on a cover that makes me fall in love with it?!!


PAPER HEARTS AND SUMMER KISSES by CAROLE MATTHEWS

Christie Chapman is a single working mother who spends her days commuting to her secretarial job in London and looking after her teenage son, Finn. It can be tough just getting through the day but Christie has always found comfort in her love of crafting and any spare time she has is spent in her parents' summerhouse working on her beautiful creations. From intricately designed birthday cards to personalised gifts, Christie's flair for the handmade knows no bounds and it's not long before opportunity comes knocking. All of a sudden Christie sees a different future for her and Finn - one full of hope and possibility, and if the handsome Max Alexander is to be believed, one full of love too. It's all there for the taking.

And then, all of sudden, Christie's world is turned upside down.

Christie knows that something has to give, but what will she choose? Will she give up her dreams and the chance of real love? What price will she pay for doing the right thing? Can Christie find her happy ending in . . . Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses.


Another rather pretty cover, this was found in a local charity shop and I've heard so many good things about this that I needed to have this in my collection!!  Anyone else read it?!


THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT by JEN CAMPBELL

These days, you can find anything you need at the click of a button.
That's why I bought her heart online.


Spirits in jam jars, mini-apocalypses, animal hearts and side shows.
A girl runs a coffin hotel on a remote island.
A boy is worried his sister has two souls.
A couple are rewriting the history of the world. 
And mermaids are on display at the local aquarium.

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is a collection of twelve haunting stories; modern fairy tales brimming with magic, outsiders and lost souls.


I'm a big fan of Jen Campbell on YouTube and have loved her other books and recommendations, so can't wait to read this collection that I had to treat myself to as it just sounds magical!!  Ooh  and the cover is another stunner!!


CURRENTLY READING

Shocker!! Just one on the reading pile at the moment!!  I'm also currently reading a Choc Lit manuscript so can't really share anything about that - other than it features cakes so I'm already in love with it after one chapter!! - but I'm in the process of sorting my reading list out so hopefully I can get back on track with catching up on NetGalley reads, Reading Challenges and some books ahead of Blog Tours for November and December...... when did reading get so complicated???!!!


FLORENCE GRACE by TRACY REES
Florrie Buckley is an orphan, living on the wind-blasted moors of Cornwall. It's a hard existence but Florrie is content; she runs wild in the mysterious landscape. She thinks her destiny is set in stone.
But when Florrie is fourteen, she inherits a never-imagined secret. She is related to a wealthy and notorious London family, the Graces. Overnight, Florrie's life changes and she moves from country to city, from poverty to wealth.
Cut off from everyone she has ever known, Florrie struggles to learn the rules of this strange new world. And then she must try to fathom her destructive pull towards the enigmatic and troubled Turlington Grace, a man with many dark secrets of his own.


I recently read The Hourglass by Tracy Rees and adored it, so went out and got a couple of her other books and I'm really loving reading this so far!  Perfect bedtime reading - although not good for sleep as I'm always telling myself 'just one more chapter'!!

So what are you all reading at the moment?!  Have you been well behaved on the book buying front?! Hope so!!

HAPPY READING!!





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