Blogging from A-Z Challenge – W

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I’m taking part in the Blogging From A-Z Challenge April 2017 with the theme of books. I’ll be blogging about the books on my Goodreads shelf that I’ve read or want to read.

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Today’s letter is W and the book I’ve chosen is The War of the Worlds by H. G . Wells. I don’t normally read, let alone enjoy sci-fi, but I love Jeff Wayne’s musical version of this story and have listened to it numerous times. I read this book back in 2012 and was surprised by how good it was. A must read for any lover of sci-fi or classic fiction.

Here’s the Goodreads blurb:

1775997“With H.G. Wells’ other novels, The War of the Worlds was one of the first and greatest works of science fiction ever to be written. Even long before man had learned to fly, H.G. Wells wrote this story of the Martian attack on England. These unearthly creatures arrive in huge cylinders, from which they escape as soon as the metal is cool. The first falls near Woking and is regarded as a curiosity rather than a danger until the Martians climb out of it and kill many of the gaping crowd with a Heat-Ray. These unearthly creatures have heads four feet in diameter and colossal round bodies, and by manipulating two terrifying machines – the Handling Machine and the Fighting Machine – they are as versatile as humans and at the same time insuperable. They cause boundless destruction. The inhabitants of the Earth are powerless against them, and it looks as if the end of the World has come. But there is one factor which the Martians, in spite of their superior intelligence, have not reckoned on. It is this which brings about a miraculous conclusion to this famous work of the imagination.”

 

What do you think of my choice for the letter W?

What would you have chosen?

April Book Haul

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I’m having an amazing book haul month with a mixture of arcs, twitter wins and new and second-hand books.

Here’s the books for review from nudge, TripFiction and ReadersFirst:

 

Books I won on Twitter:

 

Books I got second-hand from the Guide Dogs Jersey Book Sale last weekend:

 

Books from new books magazine’s recommended reads:

 

I think these will keep me out of mischief for a while, so don’t be surprised if I disappear underneath the mountain! lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blogging From A-Z Challenge – V

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I’m taking part in the Blogging From A-Z Challenge April 2017 with the theme of books. I’ll be blogging about books on my Goodreads shelf that I’ve read or want to read.

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Today’s letter is V and the book I’ve chosen is The Villa Trieste by Lucretia Grindle.   This is the second book in Inspector Pallioti trilogy set in Florence, Italy during World War Two and present day. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so much so that I bought myself a copy on kindle and then a second hand paperback copy. If you enjoy historical fiction I definitely recommend this.

15018649Here’s the blurb from Goodreads :

“Florence, 1943. Two sisters, Isabella and Caterina Cammaccio, find themselves surrounded by terror and death; and with Italy trapped under the heel of a brutal Nazi occupation, bands of Partisans rise up.

Soon Isabella and Caterina will test their wits and deepest beliefs as never before. As the winter grinds on, they will be forced to make the most important decisions of their lives. Their choices will reverberate for decades.

In the present day, Alessandro Pallioti, a senior policeman agrees to oversee a murder investigation, after it emerges the victim was once a Partisan hero. When the case begins to unravel, Pallioti finds himself working to uncover a crime lost in the twilight of war, the consequences of which are as deadly today as they were over sixty years ago.”

 

What do you think of my choice for the letter V?

What would you have chosen?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Instant Bookish Turn Offs

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This weekly meme is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

 

 

 

1 Naked Men on Front Covers

I don’t see the attraction at all so a big turn off.

2 Fantasy

I don’t read fantasy except for the Narnia books, so anything in this genre gets a thumbs down.

3 Shortlisted for Book Prizes

These are normally literary fiction which I don’t enjoy so no chance I’ll pick them up.

4 Cartoon Cover

Anything with a cartoon cover that isn’t a comic or graphic novel is a big no no for me.

5 Couples Kissing on The Cover

Like the naked men this is another big turn off

6 Novels Written by Celebrities

I’ve tried a few over the years and haven’t liked many, so I’d rather read a memoir by a famous person than their latest novel.

7 Hyped Up Books

I’ve been caught out with these so many times that I just don’t bother any more.

8 Children

Anything to do with childhood abuse I can’t even look at, so I’m very likely to give a book with a child on the front cover a very wide berth.

9 Vampires

No thanks never seen the attraction with Twilight or anthing vampire related

10 Classics

I’ve tried over the years to read classic literature but I still don’t like it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blogging From A-Z Challenge – U

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I’m taking part in the Blogging From A-Z Challenge April 2017 with the theme of books. I’ll be blogging about books on my Goodreads shelf that I’ve read or want to read.

U

Today’s letter is U and the book I’ve chosen is Under Italian Skies by Nicky Pellegrino. It’s about a woman living in London who does a house swap with an Italian landscape gardener. I loved this and felt as if I’ve been to Triento with Stella, the main character. I definitely recommend this if you want to escape from your routine life and need some Italian sunshine and delicious food.

Here’s the Goodreads blurb:

29609970“Stella has life under control – and that’s the way she likes it. For twenty-five years, she’s been trusted assistant to a legendary fashion designer, but after her boss dies suddenly, she’s left with nothing to do apart from clear the studio.

It seems as though the life she wanted has vanished. She is lost – until one day she finds a house swap website and sees a beautiful old villa in a southern Italian village. Could she really exchange her poky London flat for that?

But what was intended as just a break becomes much more, as Stella finds herself trying on a stranger’s life. As the villa begins to get under her skin, she can’t help but imagine the owner from the clues around her. She meets his friends, cooks the local food he recommends and follows suggestions to go to his favourite places. But can an idea of someone ever match up to the reality? As Stella wonders if she can let go of the safety of her past, perhaps there’s a chance for her to find a way into her future…

What do you think of my choice for the letter U?

What would you have chosen?

Blogging from A-Z Challenge – T

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I’m taking part in the Blogging From A-Z Challenge April 2017 with the theme of books. I’ll be blogging about the books on my Goodreads shelf that I’ve read or want to read.

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Today’s letter is T and the book I’ve chosen is Three cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin. I really enjoyed this memoir and really do recommend it if you enjoy uplifting stories about people who want to change the world.

Here’s the Goodreads blurb:

14625149“The astonishing, uplifting story of a real-life Indiana Jones and his humanitarian campaign to use education to combat terrorism in the Taliban’s backyard.

Anyone who despairs of the individual’s power to change lives has to read the story of Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of Pakistan’s treacherous K2, was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers and promised to build them a school. Over the next decade he built fifty-five schools—especially for girls—that offer a balanced education in one of the most isolated and dangerous regions on earth.

As it chronicles Mortenson’s quest, which has brought him into conflict with both enraged Islamists and uncomprehending Americans, Three Cups of Tea combines adventure with a celebration of the humanitarian spirit.”

What do you think of my choice for the letter T?

What would you have chosen?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at BookDate. It’s a weekly post sharing what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan to read this week.

 

I haven’t done one of these posts for ages mostly because I was in a bit of a reading slump because I wasn’t enjoying just reading arcs on my Kindle app. also I’ve spent quite a bit of time finding books to posts for the Blogging from A-Z Challenge. I’m in the final week of the challenge and I’m coming out of the reading slump as I’ve had some lovely paperbacks arriving in  book mail. I also realised that I really do enjoy audiobooks and should be listening to more to mix up the different formats that I like my books to come in.

What I read recently:

Historical romance set during WW1 and Robert Harris’ latest book

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What I’m reading now

Historical fiction in audio, a psychological thriller in paperback and a legal thriller set in 1960s London in ebook

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Up next:

A thriller set in Norway in paperback

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So what have you been reading lately?

Blogging from A-Z Challenge – S

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I’m taking part in the Blogging From A-Z Challenge April 2017 with the theme of books. I’ll be blogging about the books on my Goodreads shelf that I’ve read or want to read.

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Today’s letter is S and the book I’ve chosen is Safe House by Chris Ewan, a thriller set on The Isle of Man in the UK. This hooked me right from the first page. There are lots of twists and turns and shady characters that you don’t know if you can trust or not. It kept me guessing for a long time, making it a very satisfying read.

Here’s the Goodreads blurb:

“W16165209hen Rob Hale wakes up in hospital after a motorcycle crash on the Isle of Man, he is told that Lena, the woman he claims was travelling with him, doesn’t exist. The woman he describes bears a striking resemblance to his recently deceased sister, Laura, but has he really only imagined her?

Convinced that Lena is real, Rob sets out to find the answers to who she is and who is behind her disappearance. He is aided in this by Rebecca Lewis, a London-based PI, who has come to the island at the behest of his parents to investigate his sister’s suicide. But who is Rebecca really and how did she know his sister?

Together Rob and Rebecca follow the clues to discover Lena’s fate. In doing so they realise that even on an island where most people know each other, everyone hides a secret, and sometimes your best option isn’t to hide but to stay and fight.”

What do you think of my choice for the letter S?

What would you have chosen?

Blogging from A-Z Challenge – R

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I’m taking part in the Blogging From A-Z Challenge April 2017 with the theme of books. I’ll be blogging about the books on my Goodreads shelf that I’ve read or want to read.

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Today’s letter is R and the book I’ve chosen is Rounding the Mark by Andrea Camilleri, the seventh book in the Inspector Montalbano series. I really enjoyed these books they are very funny with good crime stories. If you haven’t tried these books and you love crime, check these out because you’re in for a treat.

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

2883127“Rounding the Mark is the seventh darkly humorous novel in Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano series.

He began swimming in slow, broad strokes. The sea smelled harsh, stinging his nostrils like champagne, and he nearly got drunk on it . . . In a fraction of a second, Montalbano realized he’d struck a human foot. Somebody else was floating right beside him, and he hadn’t noticed.”Excuse me,” he said hastily, flipping back onto his belly and looking over at the other.The person beside him didn’t answer, because he wasn’t doing the dead man’s float. He was actually dead. And, to judge from the way he looked, he’d been so for quite a while.

Increasingly disillusioned with his government and the world in general, Inspector Montalbano is considering retirement. He is starting to feel his age, and even his favourite restaurant has closed. But when he bumps into a dead body during a bracing swim, his detective instincts are aroused once more. Particularly when the most likely identity of the victim is a man already long buried . . .”

What do you think of my choice for the letter R?

What would you have chosen?

Blogging From A-Z Challenge – Q

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I’m taking part in the Blogging From A-Z Challenge April 2017 with the theme of books. I’ll be blogging about books on my Goodreads shelf that I’ve read or want to read.

 

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Today’s letter is Q and the book I’ve chosen is Quantum of Tweed : The Man with the Nissan Micra by Conn Iggulden, an amusing spoof of certain 007 stories, published for World Book Day 2012. I actually listened to the audio version and it was very funny with a few laugh out loud moments.

Here’s the Goodreads blurb:

13041329“Albert Rossi has many qualities. He’s a man who can spot polyester at a hundred paces. He’s the person you’d have on speed dial were you to find yourself at the centre of a tailoring emergency. He has an excellent working knowledge of Bonnie Tyler’s back catalogue. These skills are essential to a Gentleman’s Outfitter from Eastcote. They are not necessarily on the job description for recruiting an assassin. When Albert hits an unsuspecting pedestrian whilst listening to ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ in his Nissan Micra he is amazed to escape the inevitable knock on the door from the police. Instead he receives a mysterious phone call from a man who sounds surprisingly like Stephen Hawking telling him that his money will be left in the ‘usual’ place. At that very moment, Albert Rossi decides to change careers.

Albert Rossi’s life is about to get a whole lot more interesting…”

 

 

What do you think of my choice for the letter Q?

What would you have chosen?