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Sunday, 24 December 2017

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up


Merry Christmas one and all!!  All this build up and within the blink of an eye it will all be over and done with!!  Ooh I'm beginning to sound like the Grinch haha!!  Hope all your festive preparations are under control and you can now enjoy the next couple of days!  I've already started circling the TV guide to try and get myself organised with what I want to watch on the telly box over Xmas and the New Year - and then I can organise my reading around that!!

Been a very festive reading period for me over the past week as I've been trying to read all the Christmas books I have, or at least those with a wintry link!  So I think a total of 3 books have been finished which I've enjoyed and then I've started another 3 - all of which seem to be very good so far! - so at least it looks like my Christmas reading is going to be enjoyable! Nothing worse than starting a book you don't enjoy over the holidays!

So here's a peek at those that I've finished, those I'm currently reading, and a couple of new arrivals!
BOOKS FINISHED








BOOK HAUL

Ahead of the relaunch of Mills & Boon in January I have been lucky enough to receive a proof of one of the new titles, so am looking forward to a steamy read!  Remember my nan reading Mills & Boon books way back when - I think they may be a little racier now!!

A Week to be Wild by JC Harroway


Harlequin DARE, a new romance series featuring strong, independent women and sizzling hot heroes. Harlequin DARE stories push the boundaries of sexual explicitness while keeping the focus on the developing romantic relationship.


Libby Noble is done with men who live on the edge, but sexy British billionaire Alex coaxes her out of her comfort zone—professionally and very personally! She’ll agree to play his game…but only by her rules!



And then my Persephone book collection was added to this week as I received another one in the post from their book club, which has been a great way to add to my collection over the year!  Check out their website here - Persephone Books

Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day by Winifred Watson

Miss Pettigrew, an approaching-middle-age governess, was accustomed to a household of unruly English children. When her employment agency sends her to the wrong address, her life takes an unexpected turn. The alluring nightclub singer, Delysia LaFosse, becomes her new employer, and Miss Pettigrew encounters a kind of glamour that she had only met before at the movies. Over the course of a single day, both women are changed forever. 

CURRENTLY READING

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Alaska, 1974.
Untamed.
Unpredictable.
And for a family in crisis, the ultimate test of the human spirit.

From the author who brought you the phenomenon of The Nightingale.

I adored The Nightingale - I highly recommend it if you haven't picked it up! - so am so excited to be reading this.  And so far it is another stunning story!!
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 huge fan of Jen Campbell, and this is a fabulous collection of short stories!

Midwinter by Fiona Melrose
Father and Son, Landyn and Vale Midwinter, are men of the land. Suffolk farmers. Times are hard and they struggle to sustain their property, their livelihood and their heritage in the face of competition from big business.

But an even bigger, more brutal fight is brewing: a fight between each other, about the horrible death of Cecelia, beloved wife and mother, in Zambia ten years earlier. A past they have both refused to confront until now.

Over the course of a particularly mauling Suffolk winter, Landyn and Vale grapple with their memories and their pain, raking over what remains of their fragile family unit, constantly at odds and under threat of falling apart forever. While Vale makes increasingly desperate decisions, Landyn retreats, finding solace in the land, his animals - and a fox who haunts the farm and seems to bring with her both comfort and protection.

Alive to language and nature, Midwinter is a novel about guilt, blame and lost opportunities. Ultimately it is a story about love and the lengths we will go to find our way home.
Started this on Christmas Cosy Reading Night on Wednesday and getting good vibes already! Beautifully written!

And there we have it!!  Been really enjoying doing these weekly wrap ups as my memory is so bad I've often forgotten how my week has been bookish wise, so this has helped enormously..... when I remember to write things down that is!  

Wishing you all a super merry christmas and may your stockings be filled with bookish shaped items!!

HAPPY FESTIVE READING!!

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