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Saturday, 31 March 2018

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up - Week 13 2018


Hello and Happy Easter from Archie the bunny and I!  I hope you are enjoying the holidays, eating lots of chocolate, hiding from the rain and reading lots of books!  Sounds like my plan for the next few days at least!

A pretty productive week on the book reading front - 4 books finished, one of which was an audiobook - so another little space has cleared on the bookshelves! And the postman has been much happier this week with very little bookpost - just the 2 added this week and I've avoided NetGalley and all those other wonderful/evil sites that normally tempt me! Wonder if I'll weaken over the Easter holidays?!

BOOKS FINISHED

Too Close To Breathe by Olivia Kiernan -  4 stars

stunning crime thriller, publication date 5th April 2018


THE VICTORIAN CHAISE-LONGUE by Marghanita Laski -  4 stars

an intriguing little - just 99 pages - book about a woman who finds herself waking up in the body of someone else 90 years previous!


The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young  -  3 stars

listened to this on audiobook and it was a sweet listen, all about life on  a farm and the characters of the animals


Days of Wonder by Keith Stuart - 5 stars
Publication Date 7th June 2018

A wonderful tale from the author of  A Boy Made of Blocks, about the bond between a father and daughter facing an uncertain future.


BOOK POST

Just the two newbies this week from lovely publishers, ahead of a blog tour and publication date!

PAPER GHOSTS by Julia Heaberlin
publication date May 15th 2018


Carl Louis Feldman is an old man who was once a celebrated photographer.

That was before he was tried for the murder of a young woman and acquitted.

Before his admission to a care home for dementia

Now his daughter has come to see him, to take him on a trip.

Only she's not his daughter and, if she has her way, he's not coming back . . .

Because Carl's past has finally caught up with him. The young woman driving the car is convinced her passenger is guilty, and that he's killed other young women. Including her sister Rachel.

Now they're following the trail of his photographs, his clues, his alleged crimes. To see if he remembers any of it. Confesses to any of it. To discover what really happened to Rachel.

Has Carl truly forgotten what he did or is he just pretending? Perhaps he's guilty of nothing and she's the liar.

Either way in driving him into the Texan wilderness she's taking a terrible risk.

For if Carl really is a serial killer, she's alone in the most dangerous place of all . . .

SCOOP OF THE YEAR by Tom Claver



Martin, a hapless journalist on a weekly financial magazine, sees his life take a nosedive with the arrival of Tom de Lacy, a well-heeled reporter who grabs the limelight, not to mention the well-paid industrial correspondent’s job that he has his eye on.

He does his level best to sabotage Tom’s career, only to see his rival land a plum job in television. 

But watching his rival’s success while his life disintegrates makes Martin a desperate fellow. Falling on hard times can be murder, and in certain circumstances could even give rise to it.

So when Martin gets a scoop on a major corporate scandal, he just has to grab the opportunity with both hands. He sees it as not only his turn to shine, but his duty


CURRENTLY READING

Just one on the go at this moment as I'm in the process of 'sorting' the pile of books scattered around the house, and on the Kindle, to try and make it a little more organised!

The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans
Publication Date 5th April 2018


Tony and Althea Wilde. Glamorous, argumentative ... adulterous to the core.

They were my parents, actors known by everyone. They gave our lives love and colour in a house by the sea - the house that sheltered my orphaned father when he was a boy.

But the summer Mads arrived changed everything. She too had been abandoned and my father understood why. We Wildflowers took her in.

My father was my hero, he gave us a golden childhood, but the past was always going to catch up with him ... it comes for us all, sooner or later.

This is my story. I am Cordelia Wilde. A singer without a voice. A daughter without a father. Let me take you inside.

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Hope you have had a lovely reading week! 

HAPPY READING!!

Friday, 30 March 2018

I Spy Book Challenge #BookTag

I love a good challenge and, when I saw this one on Kristin Kraves Books, started originally over on Youtube I think, I knew I wanted to give it a go!!
Find a book on your bookshelves that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!!  (or longer if you have way too many books on way too many overcrowded shelves!)

1. food

The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews




2. transportation

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins



3. weapon

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman


4. animal




Larry and the Dog People by J.Paul Henderson


5. number


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


6. something you read


The Lost Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett




7. body of water

Sea Lovers by Valerie Martin


8. product of fire

Smoke by Dan Vyleta



9. royalty

Queen of Bedlam by Laura Purcell




10. architecture

Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll



11. item clothing

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer



12. family member

Dadland by Reggie Carew



13. time of day

I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett



14. music

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce



15. paranormal being

The Ghost Tree by Sara Bain



16. occupation

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman by Denis Theriault



17. season

The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman




18. colour

Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas



19. celestial body

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer



20. something that grows

The Trees by Ali Shaw


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Consider yourself tagged if you've enjoyed this post - I look forward to seeing what books you have on your shelves to fit these categories!!

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Moonbeams in a Jar by Christine Stovell #CoverReveal

COVER REVEAL

Time to spoil you once again on my Books and Me blog  with yet another stunning cover to reveal to you all, on behalf of the lovely team at Choc Lit - and having been involved in helping choose this cover you are in for a real treat!! IT'S SOOOOOOO PRETTY!!!

Here's a little bit of information about the book itself before the big reveal - be patient!!


THE BLURB

When Chloe Potter wishes on a star that she’ll find a man who’ll accept her and her noisy dachshund Wilma, she doesn’t think that she’ll bump into one quite so soon …
But almost immediately she meets Ryan Green and his boisterous basset hound, Fred. Ryan is larger than life, ruggedly handsome and, most importantly, a dog lover – surely a match made in heaven?
But Chloe soon finds that trying to tie a man like Ryan down is like trying to catch moonbeams in a jar. Ryan’s job as a photographer means that when he’s not in the middle of a war zone, he’s trying to catch just the right light at the top of Mount Snowdon.
Chloe wants stability and when it becomes clear that Ryan will always put his job first, she knows she has to move on. But then a once-in-a-lifetime trip unexpectedly brings them together once again …


Publication Date - 22nd May 2018

Pre-order Link

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So it is with great pleasure that I can now reveal the cover you are all going to be falling in love with....




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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

We Were The Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard #BlogTour #BookReview


Delighted to be part of this Blog Tour for this stunning book. My thanks to the author, Orenda Books and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for letting me be part of the tour.

Published by Orenda Books
Publication Date  30th March 2018

THE BLURB

As Montrealer Catherine Day sets foot in a remote fishing village and starts asking around about her birth mother, the body of a woman dredges up in a fisherman’s nets. Not just any woman, though: Marie Garant, an elusive, nomadic sailor and unbridled beauty who once tied many a man’s heart in knots. Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales, newly drafted to the area from the suburbs of Montreal, barely has time to unpack his suitcase before he’s thrown into the deep end of the investigation. On Quebec’s outlying Gaspé Peninsula, the truth can be slippery, especially down on the fishermen’s wharves. Interviews drift into idle chit-chat, evidence floats off with the tide and the truth lingers in murky waters. It’s enough to make DS Morales reach straight for a large whisky.

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About Roxanne Bouchard

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Ten years or so ago, Roxanne Bouchard decided it was time she found her sea legs. So she learned to sail, first on the St Lawrence River, before taking to the open waters ofthe Gaspé Peninsula. The local fishermen soon invited her aboard to reel in their lobster nets, and Roxanne saw for herself that the sunrise over Bonaventure never lies. We Were the Salt of the Sea is her fifth novel, and her first to be translated into English. She lives in Quebec.

MY REVIEW


If you are looking for a crime novel that is based around the power of the sea, told in a style that feels like the gentle lapping waves hitting the shore, then look no further! Orenda books have discovered another great talent in Roxanne Bouchard who tells a tale in a beautifully lyrical way and has created an atmospheric and polished debut.

Catherine Day is trying to find her roots. She knows nothing of her mother and father, other than a womans' name. And when she shows up in the remote fishing village in the Gaspe Peninsula, her presence starts to ruffle a few feathers and coincides with the body of a woman being found in a fisherman's nets. 

Marie Garant is the deceased woman and was well known in the village for being an extraordinary woman, a sailor who would disappear for months before returning. She made an impact though on people of the village when she was around and her death finds many rattled.

When Joaquin Morales is brought in from Montreal to investigate her death he soon finds himself becoming wrapped up in the ways of the village and finds many villagers reluctant to talk, and is intrigued to find out what they're hiding, and why. He is suffering his own personal problems and this adds extra depth to the story as you feel he finds the investigation a way of trying to ignore what is happening in his own life. 

There are so many fascinating characters in this story which I found to be compelling as you often don't get the measure of people until tiny little details of their lives are later revealed. It isn't an action packed story, as the author takes her time over the complexities of a community who thrive on keeping things close to their chests. As Catherine discovers more of the story of her own background it seems to empower her and it was wonderful to see her break free from the chains she had placed around herself for whatever reason.

A stunning book and I can't wait to read more from this author in the future


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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

The Long Forgotten by David Whitehouse #BlogTour #BookReview


So excited to be part of this Blog Tour today to share with you more details of this stunning novel, that is already on my Top Reads of 2018 list! I adore this book!! My thanks to the author, publisher and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for letting me be part of this tour!

The Long Forgotten by David Whitehouse 

  • Hardcover: 304 pages 
  • Publisher: Picador (22 Mar. 2018) 
  • Language: English 
  • ISBN-10: 150982751X 
  • ISBN-13: 978-1509827510 


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BLURB: 

When the black box flight recorder of a plane that went missing 30 years ago is found at the bottom of the sea, a young man named Dove begins to remember a past that isn't his. The memories belong to a rare flower hunter in 1980s New York, whose search led him around the world and ended in tragedy. 
Restless and lonely in present-day London, Dove is quickly consumed by the memories, which might just hold the key to the mystery of his own identity and what happened to the passengers on that doomed flight, The Long Forgotten. 
The Long Forgotten is a thrilling mystery about memory and identity from David Whitehouse, the award-winning author of Bed and Mobile Library. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


 I have written three novels. The first, BED, was published in 2011 by Canongate in the UK and Scribner in the US.  It won The Betty Trask Prize 2012. The movie rights were optioned by Duck Soup and Film 4. The second, MOBILE LIBRARY, was published in January 2015 by Picador in the UK and Scribner in the US. It won the Jerwood Fiction Prize 2015 and the TV rights were optioned by Duck Soup and Channel 4. The third, THE LONG FORGOTTEN, will be published by Picador in March 2018. I currently have a number of TV projects in development. I have written for lots of newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, Esquire, The Times, The Observer Magazine, Sunday Times Style and many more. I've won awards for journalism from The Times, The Evening Standard, the PPA and the PTC. I am the Editor-at-Large of ShortList magazine. 


Twitter: @d_whitehouse



MY REVIEW

Astonishing. Memorable. Touching. 

Just a few of the words I noted down whilst reading this. This is my first David Whitehouse novel and will not be my last! I loved the originality of this story, the beautiful writing style and the journey it took the characters on, as well as taking me on an unforgettable journey as a reader.

Very difficult to sum this up other than this is a book about memories and about finding yourself. There is also a mystery at the heart of this story when the black box of a crashed plane - The Long Forgotten - is found and this sets off the chain of events that leads to Dove - the main character and he describes himself as single, broke and orphaned - beginning to experience the thoughts of someone else clear as day. He works for the ambulance service but even his colleagues begin to worry about him when he starts having severe headaches. These headaches are when he has his flashbacks of Peter Manyweather and his life as a plant hunter. 

Peter lives in Brooklyn in the 1980's and is a cleaner. He gets to clean up buildings where people have died and normally not found for months. One day he finds a purple flower in one flat and for some reason he is inspired to find out more about this particular flower. This leads him to a completely different life, out of character, travelling round the world in the search for rare blooms and on his travels he comes into contact with some weird and wonderful characters.

Dove begins to think he's going mad! It also makes him look back on his past which was often troubled and through Peters' memories he's inspired to try and live his life a little differently too.

I loved how the threads of this story were delicately weaved together and often led you down paths you weren't expecting! It was so beautifully written that scenes jumped right off the page. It had the right balance between mystery, discovery and emotion (yep I cried!). It really makes you think about the relevance of memories and how often it's the bad memories that outlast the good. 

If you are looking to read something a little different then please pick this book up! One of my Top Reads of 2018 already!!

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