Here are some of my favourite posts from the last couple of months.
It’s becoming quite addictive and I may have to change where I go for coffee on Friday mornings or I’ll be known as ‘that odd woman who takes photos of her books’. 😉
Here are some of my favourite posts from the last couple of months.
It’s becoming quite addictive and I may have to change where I go for coffee on Friday mornings or I’ll be known as ‘that odd woman who takes photos of her books’. 😉
I’ve been thinking of de-cluttering my tbr after seeing Zuky@BookBum‘s posts for the last few weeks. It’s from an idea by Lia @ Lost in a Story and as my tbr over on Goodreads is now toppling over at 956 books it’s definitely time to get serious!
Anyway, it works like this:
Bee Bearhorn had a number-one hit single in 1985 – and was never heard of again. Fifteen years later she is found dead in her flat and nobody seems to care …
But Ana Wills always day-dreamed about the exotic half-sister she hasn’t seen in years. And when she comes to London to clear Bee’s flat, she uncovers a life more exotic than she imagined: a secret country cottage, mysterious weekends away, and even a missing cat.
With Bee’s closest friends – mad Lol and strong, silent Flint – Ana sets out to discover exactly what did happen to Bee Bearhorn, the one-hit wonder …
It’s Lisa Jewell, need I say more?
Widowed four years ago, London antiques dealer Lucy Fellowes was plunged into single motherhood with two growing boys. Since then, she’s had little time—or inclination—to think straight, much less fall in love again.
Now, she’s been offered an incredible dream house in the country. Of course, accepting means having to cope with her domineering mother-in-law, her husband’s wacky family, and all their assorted scandals. But suddenly, none of it matters. Because she’s met HIM. His name is Charles; he’s a famous television writer, gorgeous, witty, charming, and very, very attracted to her. And, he’s married. Well, a woman can’t have everything. Or can she?
When I was going through a chick-lit phase many years ago I remember the joy of discovering Catherine Alliott’s books. I really did enjoying escaping into her wonderful country stories and picked up lots of her books at second hand sales. I’m not really in the mood for them now though.
Fans of Catherine Alliott’s other novels will be pleased to find that they can add another page-turner to their growing libraries. Olivia’s Luck is a combination of gentle farce, emotional heartache and some uplifting moments. Olivia (Livvy) recounts the sudden breakdown of her 10-year marriage and the swings and roundabouts that follow. Alliott has created a seductive cast of characters, from Livvy’s 10-year-old daughter and the cockney builders to her mother-in-law and old school friends, all of whom seem realistic, with a dash of the drama queen for the fun of the story. Although–or maybe because–the novel is damning about the fate of marriages and the bad behaviour of men, the story will strike a chord with many thirty-something women.
Three years ago, Rosie walked blindly into marriage with Harry. They have precisely nothing in common, except perhaps their little boy, Ivo. The night Harry drunkenly does something unspeakable, Rosie decides he’s got to go. At long last she realises it is time she took charge of her life.
What do you think I am, Laura? Some bored Putney housewife with seven-year itch who’s just ripe for bumping into her glamorous ex-boyfriend on holiday, ditching her nice, safe, comfortable husband and embarking on a steamy affair with him? This isn’t one of your Aga sagas, you know, this is me, Tessa Hamilton, happily married mother of two, and apart from anything else I went out with him years ago…’
Everyone’s got one – an old boyfriend with whom they never fell out of love, they simply parted because the time wasn’t right. And for thirty-year-old Tessa Hamilton it’s Patrick Cameron, the gorgeous, moody, rebellious boy she met at seventeen; the boy her vicar father thoroughly disapproved of; the boy who had left her to go to Italy to paint. And now he’s back.
John McEnroe made waves from his very first Wimbledon in 1977. An eighteen-year-old qualifier from Queens, New York, he stunned the tennis world by reaching the semi-finals, and shocked it with his on court behaviour. What followed was a double act of technique and temperament that set the sport alight: SuperMac, the sublime, unorthodox genius, who won seven Grand Slams and seventy seven singles titles, Superbrat, the foul-mouthed fireball, furiously yelling at officials, fans, players and himself alike. John McEnroe can be serious. He can also be humorous, impassioned, controversial and painfully honest. This is his autobiography, a book as enthralling and as straight talking as the great man himself.
I do enjoy a biography and if I can get this from the library on audio I’d still love to listen to this.
Originally published in 1945 and now reissued with a new introduction by the author, Jade Snow Wong’s story is one of struggle and achievements. These memoirs of the author’s first twenty-four years are thoughtful, informative, and highly entertaining. They not only portray a young woman and her unique family in San Francisco’s Chinatown, but they are rich in the details that light up a world within the world of America. The third-person singular style is rooted in Chinese literary form, reflecting cultural disregard for the individual, yet Jade Snow Wong’s story also is typically American.
We first meet Jade Snow Wong the child, narrowly confined by the family and factory life, bound to respect and obey her elders while shouldering responsibility for younger brothers and sisters – a solemn child well versed in the proper order of things, who knew that punishment was sure for any infraction of etiquette. Then the schoolgirl caught in confusion between the rigid teaching of her ancestors and the strange ways of her foreign classmates. After that the college student feeling her was toward personal identity in the face of parental indifference or outright opposition. And finally the artist whose early triumphs were doubled by the knowledge that she had at long last won recognition from her family.
I have a vague recollection of reading this in school and would love to find a copy to read it again sometime.
Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruellest of conditions.
Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously–and at great risk–documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.
I’m drawn to novels set during the First and Second World Wars so this is staying.
In “The Great Divorce, ” C.S. Lewis’s classic vision of the Afterworld, the narrator boards a bus on a drizzly English afternoon and embarks on an incredible voyage through Heaven and Hell. He meets a host of supernatural beings far removed from his expectations, and comes to some significant realizations about the nature of good and evil.
A stunning new edition of this timeless allegory of heaven and hell, repackaged and rebranded as part of the C.S. Lewis Signature Classics range.
I’ve had this physical book on the bookshelf for years but haven’t read it yet. I didn’t enjoy Mere Christianity another one of his theological books, but I do love the Chronicles of Narnia.
Noor Inayat Khan was the first female radio operator sent into occupied France and transferred crucial messages. Johtje Vos, a Dutch housewife, hid Jews in her home and repeatedly outsmarted the Gestapo. Law student Hannie Schaft became involved in the most dangerous resistance work–sabotage, weapons transference, and assassinations. In these pages, young readers will meet these and many other similarly courageous women and girls who risked their lives to help defeat the Nazis. Twenty-six engaging and suspense-filled stories unfold from across Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, and the United States, providing an inspiring reminder of women and girls’ refusal to sit on the sidelines around the world and throughout history.
An overview of World War II and summaries of each country’s entrance and involvement in the war provide a framework for better understanding each woman’s unique circumstances, and resources for further learning follow each profile. Women Heroes of World War II is an invaluable addition to any student’s or history buff’s bookshelf.
In all honesty although this does look fascinating, I would prefer to watch this as a documentary that read it as a book.
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I’ve been thinking of de-cluttering my tbr after seeing Zuky@BookBum‘s posts for the last few weeks. It’s from an idea by Lia @ Lost in a Story and as my tbr over on Goodreads is now toppling over at 962 books it’s definitely time to get serious!
Anyway, it works like this:
Its the mid-1960s and the British secret intelligence service is hit by a series of defection scandals. Facing considerable personal danger, Jane Moneypenny combines forces with 007 to try to smoke out a mole that she is convinced is buried deep in the heart of the Office. But as Bond is sacked and M forced into retirement, Moneypenny may have to find him alone. Forty-two years later, Miss Moneypennys niece and heir, Kate Westbrook, starts to suspect that her aunts death was not an accident. She is sure the clues to what happened lie in the search for the mole. But as she pieces them together, she realises that there are significant forces determined to prevent her. From the glamour of 1960s Jamaica to the treacherous beaches of the Outer Hebrides, Final Fling relates the thrilling adventures of the worlds most famous secretary and reveals just how far people are prepared to go to defend or betray their beliefs.
I’m still interested in this series so this is staying.
A terrorist is targeting Britain. And to make matters worse it’s an “invisible”–someone travelling under a British passport. Virtually impossible to find before it’s too late.The job falls to Liz Carlyle, the most resourceful counter terror agent in British intelligence. Tracking down this invisible is a challenge like none she has faced before. It will require all her hard-won experience, to say nothing of her intelligence and courage. Drawing on her own years as Britain’s highest-ranking spy, Stella Rimington gives us a story that is smart, tautly drawn, and suspenseful from first to last.
I’ve already read some of the later books in the series, although I have a funny feeling that I’ve read this one too so it shouldn’t be on my tbr any more.
Liz has always been particularly skilled at assessing people, and when one of her agents reports suspicious meetings taking place at an Islamic bookshop, she trusts her instinct that a terrorist cell is at work. Her boss, Charles Wetherby, Director of Counter-Terrorism, knows to trust Liz’s instincts as well: he immediately puts a surveillance operation into place.
So Liz is surprised when Wetherby suddenly takes her off the case. And she’s shocked to hear why: Wetherby has received a tip-off that a mole a secret asset has been planted in one of the branches of British Intelligence. If this is true, the potential damage to the Service is immeasurable. As her colleagues work to avert an impending terrorist strike, Liz is charged with the momentous task of uncovering and exposing the mole before it’s too late.
As she did in At Risk, Stella Rimington once again brings all her experience as the first woman Director General of MI5 to bear in a heart-stopping thriller that takes us deep into a wilderness of mirrors where nothing is what it seems and no one can be trusted.
I think I must have started at book 3 because I don’t remember this one either.
As plans get under way for a Middle East peace conference at the Gleneagles resort in Scotland, alarming information comes to MI5 from a high-ranking Syrian source: two individuals are mounting an operation to violently disrupt the conference and lay the blame on Syria. No one knows who they are, exactly what they’re planning or if they’re working independently or being controlled by an unseen foreign hand. But given the stature of the conference attendees—heads of state from the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iran—no chances can be taken.
Initially, the leads look promising, but as the conference deadline draws closer and the clues lead Liz to one seeming dead end after another, she begins to understand that the threat is far greater than she or anyone else has imagined. Her most reliable tool has always been her searingly keen intuition—about what makes people tick, what makes them explode, what makes them defy the most basic constructs of society—but will it be enough to avert a disaster that may forever erase the possibility of peace in the Middle East?
I remember starting this and getting annoyed that there was too much repeated back story about familiar charters. I put it back on the shelf for another go later, but I don’t think I’m going to pick it up again.
Laura Patterson is an American exchange student in Rome who, fed up with being inexpertly groped by her young Italian beaus, decides there’s only one sure-fire way to find a sensual man: date a chef. Then she meets Tomasso, who’s handsome, young – and cooks in the exclusive Templi restaurant. Perfect. Except, unbeknownst to Laura, Tomasso is in fact only a waiter at Templi – it’s his shy friend Bruno who is the chef. But Tomasso is the one who knows how to get the girls, and when Laura comes to dinner he persuades Bruno to help him with the charade. It works: the meal is a sensual feast, Laura is utterly seduced and Tomasso falls in lust. But it is Bruno, the real chef who has secretly prepared every dish Laura has eaten, who falls deeply and unrequitedly in love. A delicious tale of Cyrano de Bergerac-style culinary seduction, but with sensual recipes instead of love poems.
I loved the Wedding Officer and have been wanting to read this for years. This is definitely staying put and should really be bumped up to the top of this mountain.
A bitter-sweet and often funny coming-of-age story set in a cross-cultural and extended family that lives between two kitchens-one traditional, the other New World. Weston Hingler’s crib was in the kitchen of BuenAppeTito, his mother’s catering service. There, he learned to read while tasting all the flavours of his mother’s culinary alphabet. But before he was allowed to enter the Tsil Cafe, he had to pass his father’s taste tests. Anchovies. Haba-ero chiles. Chipotle peppers. Food to purge body and soul. Food his loving but sometimes volatile father uses as a measure of family, friends, and enemies. Caught between these two kitchens, Weston quickly learns that he’s also trapped by his wayward parents’ secrets and histories, infidelities and gaping needs, as well as by the cafe customers and employees who are privy to his growing up. Weston chooses his escapes intuitively, but he can’t get away. In this layered and savoury novel, food is the reflection of life’s shifting flavours, and readers will be drawn to the delicious package in which Averill delivers his story-complete with recipes. But ultimately they’ll attach to Weston’s complicated family, and when Averill serves us their feasts of reconciliation, readers will want to raise a toast.
I don’t fancy reading this now and was obviously on a binge with of books about food when I added this many years ago.
For nineteen-year-old Harriet Morton, life in 1912 Cambridge is as dry and dull as a biscuit. Her stuffy father and her oppressive aunt Louisa allow her only one outlet: ballet. When a Russian ballet master comes to class searching for dancers to fill the corps of his ballet company before their South American tour, Harriet’s world changes. Defying her father’s wishes and narrowly escaping the clutches of the man who wishes to marry her, Harriet sneaks off to join the ballet on their journey to the Amazon. There, in the wild, lush jungle, they perform Swan Lake in grand opera houses for the wealthy and culture-deprived rubber barons, and Harriet meets Rom Verney, the handsome and mysterious British exile who owns the most ornate opera house. Utterly enchanted by both the exotic surroundings and by Rom’s affections, Harriet is swept away by her new life, completely unaware that her father and would-be fiancé have begun to track her down…
I still like the sound of this and all the better if I can get hold of an audio version from the library.
After the Russian revolution turns her world topsy-turvy, Anna, a young Russian Countess, has no choice but to flee to England. Penniless, Anna hides her aristocratic background and takes a job as servant in the household of the esteemed Westerholme family, armed only with an outdated housekeeping manual and sheer determination.
Desperate to keep her past a secret, Anna is nearly overwhelmed by her new duties—not to mention her instant attraction to Rupert, the handsome Earl of Westerholme. To make matters worse, Rupert appears to be falling for her as well. As their attraction grows stronger, Anna finds it more and more difficult to keep her most dearly held secrets from unravelling. And then there’s the small matter of Rupert’s beautiful and nasty fiancée…
I like the sound of this even though I’ve noticed this is also a YA. I’m going to remove it as I can always add it back again if I enjoy the other book by Eva Ibbotson above.
Poppy Dunbar is out on her hen night when she meets Tom Kennedy. With his dark eyes and quirky smile, he could lure any girl off the straight and narrow, but what really draws Poppy to him is the feeling that she’s known him all her life. She can’t go through with the meeting they arrange – but she can’t go through with the wedding either. Suddenly notorious as ‘The Girl Who Jilted Rob Macbride’, Poppy moves to London. Soon Poppy’s installed in the bohemian household of Caspar French, a ravishingly good-looking young artist with a reputation for breaking hearts. But even in her colourful new home, Poppy can’t get Tom off her mind. Until she’s tracked him down, she’ll never know if their meeting was destiny – or if the future holds something entirely different for her…
This sounds too much like chicklit for me…
How does one become accidentally engaged? That’s what Suzy Curtis thinks when she suddenly finds herself very publicly engaged to handsome Harry Fitzallan, local town hero. Harry wants famous rock star Jaz to be his best man—only he’s Suzy’s ex-husband and a recovering alcoholic. Suzy’s half sister Lucille loves getting to know the family she’d never met, but she can’t help her attraction to Jaz, nor can Suzy quash her entirely inappropriate feelings for Leo, Harry’s engaged brother!
With all these wild players at the table, mayhem is bound to ensue. As each new piece comes into play, everyone has more to lose, and the only way to win is if you’re good at the games of love…
No, not interested.
I’ve been thinking of de-cluttering my tbr after seeing Zuky@BookBum‘s posts for the last few weeks. It’s from an idea by Lia @ Lost in a Story and as my tbr over on Goodreads is now toppling over at 967 books it’s definitely time to get serious!
Anyway, it works like this:
Everyone hates the perfect family.
So you’ll love the Battles.
Meet Mo Battle, about to turn 50 and mum to two helpless, hormonal teenagers. There’s 17-year-old daughter Dora who blames Mo for, like, EVERYTHING and Peter who believes he’s quite simply as darling and marvellous as his hero Oscar Wilde. Somewhere, keeping quiet, is Dad . . . who’s just, well… Dad.
However, Mo is having a crisis. She’s about to do something unusually wild and selfish, which will leave the entire family teetering on the edge of a precipice. Will the family fall? Or will they, when it really matters, be there for each other?
I love Dawn French as a comedian but I really didn’t enjoy her memoir Dear Fatty. Verdict: Remove
Jo Brand is one of Britain’s funniest and best-loved comedians. With a sharp eye for the absurd and in her own unique voice she tells her story for the first time. What possessed her to become a professional comedian in the cut-throat world of stand-up comedy after ten years as a psychiatric nurse? How did she deal with late night drunken audiences? Raised in middle class comfort, she left home in her teens to live with someone entirely inappropriate. Her parents were aghast at her behaviour and attempted to rein in her excesses, finally giving up when she demonstrated that she was not headed for the life of a nun. From her early years growing up in a small south coast town with two brothers who toughened her up, to emerging on stage as ‘The Sea Monster’, Jo Brand tells it like it is with wit, candour and a wonderful sense that life can be ridiculous but that there is always a funny side.
I still like the look of this and if the library has the audiobook I’d like to listen to it.
When Alan Davies was growing up he seemed to drive his family mad. ‘What are we going to do with you?’ they would ask – as if he might know the answer. Perhaps it was because he came of age in the 1980s. That decade of big hair, greed, camp music, mass unemployment, social unrest and truly shameful trousers was confusing for teenagers. There was a lot to believe in – so much to stand for, or stand against – and Alan decided to join anything with the word ‘anti’ in it. He was looking for heroes to guide him (relatively) unscathed into adulthood. From his chronic kleptomania to the moving search for his mother’s grave years after she died; from his obsession with joining (going so far as to become a member of Chickens Lib) to his first forays into making people laugh (not always intentionally); “Teenage Revolution” is a touching and funny return to the formative years that make us all.
I used to love The Alan Davies Show on BBC Radio 4 which is probably why I put this on my tbr. I not really interested in finding out about him now so this is going.
At the turn from our bedroom into the hallway, there is an old full-length mirror in a wooden frame … This reflected version of myself, shaking, rumpled, pinched and slightly stooped, would be alarming were it not for the self-satisfied expression pasted across my face. I would ask the obvious question, “What are you smiling about?” but I already know the answer: “It just gets better from here.”‘
Struck with Parkinson’s – a debilitating, degenerative disease – at the height of his fame, Michael J. Fox has taken what some might consider cause for depression and turned it into a beacon of hope for millions.
In Always Looking Up, Michael’s Sunday Times bestselling memoir, he writes with warmth, humour and incredible honesty about the journey he has undertaken since he came to terms with his condition.
I really enjoyed Lucky Man, and I would still like to listen to this, the follow up . Verdict: Keep
Funny, acutely observed, frighteningly honest and drawing on her own and hundreds of other mum’s real experiences, Stephanie Calman serves up the perfect antidote to all those books that tell you that your children must be perfect, and to all those Stepford mums and kids out there who look as if they just might be: perfectly groomed, perfectly behaved and perfectly brilliant. The reality, as we all know, encompasses sleepless nights, no sex for years, baby sick on your best cashmere cardy, the terrible twos and then, just when you thought it was safe to go back in the sitting room, terrible teenagers whose only means of communication is the slamming door or the grunt.
Me and my husband loved Stephanie Calman’s column in the Saturday Telegraph, which is where this book comes from. I’m not bothered about reading this now though as my son is now a teenager and my parenting experiences have changed.
In “Confessions of a Bad Mother,” Stephanie described how she brought up her children ‘wrong’. Now she unlocks her singular inability (but one which secretly we all share) to grow up: forty-five last birthday but she doesn’t feel any older, but of course she does – as in deafer, stiffer, and less able to read the dosage instructions on a bottle of Calpol. But the supposedly normal challenges of human existence feel frequently as though they are beyond her. Life is constantly confusing, frustrating and, at times, overwhelming. At forty-five – but only on paper – she’s still a child in a suit, bluffing her way with one eye looking over her shoulder, expecting any minute to be found out and taken back to the nursery. Of course, that isn’t such a bad place to be. Sometimes she even wants to go back there, but is cruelly aware that she no longer fits the chairs. Also featuring Things to Cook in Stilettos When You’re Drunk, Why I am a Time Lord, A Hundred Ways to Wreck an Evening, Ten Things They Don’t Tell You in Biology and The Grown-Ups’ phrase book, Stephanie Calman’s candid, touching and hysterically funny new book gives hope to bad mothers and failed grown-ups everywhere: read it and know that you are not alone.
Reading this synopsis right now I’m not bothered about this anymore.
This final book in Jennifer Worth’s memories of her time as a midwife in London’s East end brings her story full circle. As always there are heartbreaking stories such as the family devastated by tuberculosis and a ship’s woman who ‘serviced’ the entire crew, as well as plenty of humour and warmth such as the tale of two women who shared the same husband! Other stories cover backstreet abortions, the changing life of the docklands, infanticide, as well as the lives of the inhabitants of Nonnatus House.
I loved the first two books in the trilogy so I definitely what to read this last one.
When he was in his late fifties, Michael Caine believed his glamorous, rags-to-riches Hollywood career had come to an end. The scripts being sent his way were worse and worse. When one script really disappointed, he called the producer to complain about the part. The producer said, “No, no, we don’t want you for the lover, we want you for the father.” Salvation came in the unlikely form of his old friend Jack Nicholson, who convinced him to give acting one more shot. What followed was not only an incredible personal transformation but also one of the most radical comebacks in film history. Learning to accept his new role both on camera and in his own life, Caine went on to win his second Oscar, be knighted by the queen, and deliver some of his best performances to date. Now he shares the spectacular story of his life, from his humble upbringing in London’s poverty-stricken Elephant and Castle, his military service, touching marriage and family life, and lively adventures with friends, to legendary meetings with fellow stars, forays as a restaurateur, and hilarious off-screen encounters from his glittering five-decade career. Caine brings his gift for storytelling and his insider’s view to a tale that is funny, warm, and deeply honest.
I’ve heard and seen Michael Caine in numerous wonderful interviews so I think I’ll give this a miss as I probably know his story well enough.
Through her wildly popular television shows, her five bestselling cookbooks, her line of kitchenware, and her frequent media appearances, Nigella Lawson has emerged as one of the food world’s most seductive personalities. How to Eat is the book that started it all–Nigella’s signature, all-purposed cookbook, brimming with easygoing mealtime strategies and 350 mouthwatering recipes, from a truly sublime Tarragon French Roast Chicken to a totally decadent Chocolate Raspberry Pudding Cake. Here is Nigella’s total (and totally irresistible) approach to food–the book that lays bare her secrets for finding pleasure in the simple things that we cook and eat every day.
I like Nigella but I don’t need any new books by her at the moment.
Jane Moneypenny may project a cool, calm and collected image but her secret diary reveals a different story.
In the grip of an uncertain love affair and haunted by a dark family secret, the last thing she needs is a crisis at work. But the Secret Intelligence Service is in chaos and only a woman’s touch can save it. When Moneypenny finds herself alone on a highly charged Russian adventure she turns, with breathless intimacy, to writing a truly explosive private diary.
I really enjoyed the first book and I have the physical books so this is staying.
Thanks Zuky @BookBum for tagging me in your new fun book tag and apologies for taking so long to join in.
My favourite since my childhood and one I keep coming back to when in need of a comfort read. It’s a children’s book but can definitely be read and enjoyed by adults.
Nora from Eyes Like Mine is definitely badass and might be one of the reasons why I didn’t identify with her in this book. I think I perfect my lead female characters to be normal and not nasty.
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin I also love Happier at Home which continues the theme but is more home related.
The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier. A fictional account of child refugees fleeing war torn Europe. Even though I’ve read it several times it still brings a tear to my eyes.
All Things Cease To Appear by Elizabeth Brundage had such an awful main character in it, that even now a year after reading it I still despise him.
Born out of great tragedy and horror You Will Not Have My Hate is beautifully of the moments and days following the murder of the author’s wife, his ‘moon’ as he lovingly calls her. There is no rant or rage in this book, but a slow moving grief as he comes to terms with what has happened and how he must carry on for the sake of his young son.
All of the covers of Oscar de Muriel’s books are beautiful, but I particularly like the combination of the black, gold and green colours of his latest book.
I usually enjoy memoirs and I love Wimbledon, but this was so dull that I gave up.
Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land had me hooked from the first page and I read in 24 hours.
If you want to join in please do it’s a fun tag and I’d love to see your answers. 🙂
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I really enjoyed the Blogging From A-Z Challenge I did during April. It was fun and I proved I could complete it 🙂
My most popular post just recently was my April Book Haul which lots of people viewed and liked.
I think being cuddled and smothered to death by kittens would be okay as long as they were house trained. 😉
I love all the tags that people come up with and enjoy joining in too 🙂
Being honest and no spoilers please.
Pass! Living in Jersey we don’t have blogger events so I can’t recommend one sorry. 😦
I choose being deaf as I would hate to go blind and not be able to see my family, friends and the world around me.
Where in the world do you live?
If you could have a super power what would it be?
Which fictional world would you like to live in?
Walk or cycle?
Why do you blog?
Did @ Didi Oviatt
Hilary @Songs Wrote My Story
Judith @Chain Interaction
Stuart @Always Trust In Books
I saw this fun tag on The Book Raven’s blog the other day and even though it’s a bit out of date I thought it was a fun one to join in with.
TRUMP Vs CLINTON: NAME YOUR FAVOURITE CHARACTER RIVALRY:
Tyler V Grace in Lisa Jewell’s The Girls
Two young teenagers vying for the same boyfriend. Grace is the new girl in town and Dylan seems to really like her. Tyler has been going out with Dylan for a while and won’t let him go that easily.
TURKEY FAILED COUP: A BOOK YOU STARTED BUT FAILED TO FINISH
Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney. I requested this on NetGalley because I loved a previous book by the author. However it was only as I started reading it that I remembered that reason I’d really enjoyed the other book was because I’d listened to the audio version and the narrator was superb. I didn’t get very far before I realised for various reasons, it wasn’t for me.
POKEMON GO: WHAT BOOK DID YOU BUY OR READ BASED ON THE HYPE? DID YOU ENJOY IT?
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult and yes I loved it.
STRANGER THINGS: WHAT’S ONE BOOK YOU WANT EVERYONE TO READ?
The Descent of Man by Grayson Perry a transvestite with so much to say about masculinity. It’s a short read but made so much sense and I think more people particularly men should pick it up and read it.
GAME OF THRONES, THE WALKING DEAD, MR. ROBOT: WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK CLIFFHANGER WITHIN A SERIES?
There was a brilliant cliffhanger at the end of An Honest Man by Simon Michael. It’s a very clever legal series using original court notes for a fictional story set in the 1960s London when the Kray Twins ruled parts of the city. The next book The Lighterman is out in June and I’m really looking forward to getting a copy.
THE TRAGIC CRISIS IN ALEPPO: NAME THE LAST BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY OR TEARY-EYED
Without a doubt A Mother’s Confession by Kelly Rimmer.I really blubbed whilst reading this.
BREXIT: NAME A BOOK YOU HAVE AN UNPOPULAR OPINION TOWARDS.
When All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage
This was a random ARC that was sent out to me and I really didn’t enjoy it. It’s got wonderful reviews on Goodreads and the premise sounded really good but it really was not for me.
FOUR NEW ELEMENTS DISCOVERED IN THE PERIODIC TABLE: NAME AN AUTHOR YOU DISCOVERED/READ FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR.
I’ve discovered so many fantastic new authors through random library reads, NetGalley and The Nudge but who to choose? I’m going to go with Corrie Jackson who wrote Breaking Dead the first in a new thriller series about Sophie Kent a British journalist. I really can’t wait for the second part in this brilliant series.
#ALLLIVESMATTER: YOUR FAVOURITE DIVERSE READ
I’m going to go with Nujeen: One Girl’s Incredible Journey from War‐Torn Syria in a Wheelchair by Nujeen Mustafa, Christina Lamb. It was a very hard book to read but it really did help me put a human face to the what unbelievably is still going on in Syria and with the refugee crisis.
ZIKA VIRUS: A BOOK THAT SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE.
I’ve chosen Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert which according to Goodreads has 63,855 Ratings and 5,506 Reviews. It’s such an encouraging read and not just about being creative.
LEONARDO DECAPRIO FINALLY WON THE OSCAR: WHAT WAS YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK RELEASE THIS YEAR?
I Found You by Lisa Jewell. She’s one of my favourite authors and I requested this at my local library as I knew it would be a great read.
IN MEMORIAM: NAME A MEMORABLE CHARACTER DEATH.
Without giving the story away all I can say it that there are some great deaths in this book about a serial killer in London.
SAMSUNG PHONES: ONE BOOK THAT BLEW YOUR MIND THIS YEAR!
Definitely Touch by Claire North such a clever story with an amazing plot with fascinating characters. Just read it!
I hope you enjoyed my books and if you want to join in please do 🙂
Did anyone else see this article on Facebook the other day, about what French booksellers get up to when customers back are turned?
I thought it was such fun that I had to give it a try myself, with the only book I’ve got with a just a face on the cover. It’s Salt Blue by Gillian Morgan that I blogged about last week.
So what do think, and do you want to join in?