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Book Review: I Was Here, Gayle Forman

Title: I Was Here Author: Gayle Forman Published: January 2015 Pages: 270 Source: Giveaway (I think) Format: ARC Rating: 4/5 Cody and Meg were inspearable. Two peas in a pod. Until... they weren't anymore. When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything - so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg's college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there's a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg's heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can't open - until she does. and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend's death gets thrown into question. I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a ta

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Autumn TBR (21 September 2021)

                Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl . This week's topic is books that are on my autumn TBR.

Book Review: What I Saw and How I Lied, Judy Blundell

Title: What I Saw and How I Lied Author: Judy Blundell Published: 6th July 2009, Scholastic Children's Books Pages: 265 Source: Bought Format: Paperback Rating: 3/5 Murder mystery with a dash of romance, a strongly written coming-of-age novel set in the aftermath of the Second World War which won the 2008 National Book Award in the USA. It's 1947 and 15-year-old Evie is desperate to grow up, go on dates and look glamorous like her mother. But then a handsome and mysterious ex-GI turns up. Peter served with Evie's stepfather during the war and seems to have a strange control over him; slowly, Evie realises she's falling for Peter, despite his dark secrets.

The Sunday Post (19 September 2021)

                    The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly of  Caffeinated Reviewer . It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with a number in the title (14 September 2021)

              Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl . This week's topic is books with a number in the title.

The Sunday Post (12 Septeber 2021)

                  The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly of  Caffeinated Reviewer . It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Book Review: Behind the Veil, E J Dawson

Title: Behind the Veil Author: E J Dawson Published: 1st October 2021, Literary Wanderlust Pages: 252 Source: Book Sirens Format: Kindle Rating: 3/5 Can she keep the secrets of her past to rescue a girl tormented by a ghost? In 1920s Los Angeles, Letitia Hawing reads the veil between life and death. A scrying bowl allows her to experience the final moments of the deceased. She brings closure to grief-stricken ward widows and mourning families. For Letitia, it is a penance. She knows no peace. For Alasdair Driscoll, it may be the only way to save his niece, Finola, from her growing night terrors. But when Letitia sees a shadowy figure attached to the household, it rouses old fears of her unspeakable past in England. When a man comes to her about his missing daughter, the third girl to go missing in as many months, Letitia can't help him when she can't see who's taken them. As darkness haunts Letitia's vision, she may not be given a choice in helping the determin

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Guaranteed to Put a Smile on Your Face (7 September 2021)

            Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl . This week's topic is books guaranteed to put a smile on your face. A bot of a mixed bag this week with some romance, childrens and biographies included

Book Review: Orphans of the Storm, Celia Imrie

Title: Orphans of the Storm Author: Celia Imrie Published: 19th August 2021, Bloomsbury Pages: 416 Source: Netgalley Format: Kindle Rating: 3/5 Nice, France, 1911. After three years of marriage, young seamstress Marcela Caretto has finally had enough. Her husband, Michael, an ambitious tailor, has become cruel and controlling and she determines to get a divorce. But while awaiting the judges' decisions on the custody of their two small boys, Michael receives news that changes everything. Meanwhile fun-loving New York socialite Margaret Hays is touring Europe with some friends. Restless, she resolves to head home aboard the most celebrated steamer in the world - RMS Titanic. As the ship sets sail for America, carrying two infants bearing false names, the paths of Marcela, Michael and Margaret cross - and nothing will ever be the same again.  From the Sunday Times bestselling author, Celia Imrie, Orphans of the Storm dives into the waters of the past to unearth a sweeping, e

The Sunday Post (5 September 2021)

                The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly of  Caffeinated Reviewer . It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Book Beginnings on Friday, the Friday 56 and Book Blogger Hop (3 September 2021)

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted every Friday by  Rose City Reader  where you share the first sentence (or couple of sentences) from your current read. The Friday 56 is also hosted every Friday by  Frida's Voice  where you share a sentence or two from page 56 or 56% into your current read.

Book Review: The Editor's Wife, Clare Chambers

Title: The Editor's Wife Author: Clare Chambers Published: 2nd September 2021, Cornerstone Pages: 404 Source: Netgalley Format: Kindle Rating: 4/5 When aspiring novelist Christopher Flinders drops out of university to write his masterpiece (in between shifts as a fish delivery man and builder's mate), his family is sceptical. But when he is taken up by London editor Owen Goddard and his charming wife Diana it seems success is just around the corner. Christopher's life has so far been rather short of charm - growing up in an unlovely suburb, with unambitious parents and a semi-vagrant brother - and he is captivated by his generous and cultured mentors. However, on the brink of realising his dream, Christopher makes a desperate misjudgment which results in disaster for all involved. Shattered, he withdraws from London and buries himself in rural Yorkshire, embracing a career and a private life marked by mediocrity. Twenty years on a young academic researching into Ow

Book Beginnings on Friday, the Friday 56 and Book Blogger Hop (27 August 2021)

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted every Friday by  Rose City Reader  where you share the first sentence (or couple of sentences) from your current read. The Friday 56 is also hosted every Friday by  Frida's Voice  where you share a sentence or two from page 56 or 56% into your current read.

Book Review: The Woman at the Gates, Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger

Title: The Woman at the Gates Author: Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger Published: 2nd September 2021, Bookouture Pages: 343 Source: Netgalley Format: Kindle Rating: 3.5/5 "For as long back as Antonia could remember, there had been sliding panels and secret doors to be discovered in her Carpathian village, and the music of their defiance had sustained her." 1944, Germany: Gazing through the barbed wire fence, up to the pale blue sky, Antonia dreams of home: cherry orchards, golden fields, and the man she loves, who she may never see again... Resistance fighter Antonia is out in the forest behind her family's beloved farm when the Nazi soldiers arrive. As she sees her sister Lena and her young nephews herded towards the trucks, guns pointed at their heads, she faces a split-second, heart-wrenching decision: to stay hidden, stay free and continue the flight. Or give herself up and go with her family to protect them - no matter what lies ahead. As she clutches her nephew'

Bout of Books 32 - Final Update

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 16th and runs through Sunday, August 22nd in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are reading sprints, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional.  For all Bout of Books 32 information and updates, be sure to visit the  Bout of Books  blog.  - From the Bout of Books team

The Sunday Post (22 August 2021)

              The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly of  Caffeinated Reviewer . It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Bout of Books 32 - Day 7

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 16th and runs through Sunday, August 22nd in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are reading sprints, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional.  For all Bout of Books 32 information and updates, be sure to visit the  Bout of Books  blog.  - From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books 32 - Day 6

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 16th and runs through Sunday, August 22nd in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are reading sprints, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional.  For all Bout of Books 32 information and updates, be sure to visit the  Bout of Books  blog.  - From the Bout of Books team

Book Beginnings on Friday, The Friday 56 and Book Blogger Hop (20 August 2021)

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted every Friday by  Rose City Reader  where you share the first sentence (or couple of sentences) from your current read. The Friday 56 is also hosted every Friday by  Frida's Voice  where you share a sentence or two from page 56 or 56% into your current read.

Bout of Books 32 - Day 5

 The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 16th and runs through Sunday, August 22nd in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are reading sprints, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional.  For all Bout of Books 32 information and updates, be sure to visit the  Bout of Books  blog.  - From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books 32 - Day 4

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 16th and runs through Sunday, August 22nd in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are reading sprints, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional.  For all Bout of Books 32 information and updates, be sure to visit the  Bout of Books  blog.  - From the Bout of Books team

Book Review: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood

Title: The Handmaid's Tale Series: The Handmaid's Tale #1 Author: Margaret Atwood Published: March 1998 (originally August 1985), Anchor Books Pages: 314 Source: Gift Format: Kindle Rating: 4.5/5 Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now...

Bout of Books 32 - Day 3

 The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 16th and runs through Sunday, August 22nd in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are reading sprints, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional.  For all Bout of Books 32 information and updates, be sure to visit the  Bout of Books  blog.  - From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books 32 - Day 2

  The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 16th and runs through Sunday, August 22nd in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are reading sprints, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional.  For all Bout of Books 32 information and updates, be sure to visit the  Bout of Books  blog.  - From the Bout of Books team

The Sunday Post (15 August 2021)

            The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly of  Caffeinated Reviewer . It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Book Beginnings on Friday, the Friday 56 and Book Blogger Hop (13 August 2021)

    Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted every Friday by  Rose City Reader  where you share the first sentence (or couple of sentences) from your current read. The Friday 56 is also hosted every Friday by  Frida's Voice  where you share a sentence or two from page 56 or 56% into your current read.

Book Review: My Outdoor Life, Ray Mears

Title: My Outdoor Life Author: Ray Mears Published: 2013, Hodder & Staughton Pages: 370 Source: Bought Format: Hardback Rating: 3/5 Ray Mears is a household name through his many television series, including Bushcraft Survival, The Real Heroes of Telemark, Tracks, World of Survival, and many more. He is a private individual who shuns publicity whenever possible and would prefer to let his many skills tell their own tale - until now. In My Outdoor Life, Ray tells of his childhood and the formative years when he first developed a passion for both bushcraft and the martial arts skills that are central to his life. Having traveled the world several times over, he is no stranger to risk and had had more than his fair share of dangerous and life-threatening encounters to share with his readers. But his life is so much more than a tale of derring-do. Shortly after he returned to England having narrowly survived a serious helicopter crash, his father died. Just a year later, he ha

The Sunday Post (8 August 2021)

          The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly of  Caffeinated Reviewer . It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Dewey's 24 Hour Reverse Readathon (7 August 2021)

I'm taking part in Dewey's 24 Hour Reverse Readathon so this post will be routinely updated with my progress. I've never done a 24-hour readathon before so I honestly don't know how well I'll do. It also starts at 1 am for me so not sure when I'll be able to join... And since signing up I've been invited on a day out to another city with my parents and nephew so this probably isn't going to go well at all. Hopefully, I'll manage some reading on the train though.

Book Review: The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks

Title: The Wasp Factory Author: Iain Banks Published: 1990, Abacus (originally 1984) Pages: 294 Source: Bought Format: Paperback Rating: 3.5/5 "Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my younger brother Paul, for quite different reasons than I'd disposed of Blyth, and less than a year after that I did for my younger cousin Esmerelda, more or less on a whim. That's my score to date. Three. I haven't killed anybody for years, and don't intend to ever again. It was just a stage I was going through." Enter - if you can bear it - the extraordinary private world of Frank, just sixteen, and unconventional, to say the least.

Bout of Books 32 Sign-up

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 16th and runs through Sunday, August 22nd in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are reading sprints, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional.  For all Bout of Books 32 information and updates, be sure to visit the  Bout of Books  blog.  - From the Bout of Books team

Top Ten Tuesday: Covers that made me want to read/buy a book (3 August 2021)

          Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl . This week's topic is titles/covers that made me want to read/buy a book. I've gone with covers that caught my eye.

The Sunday Post (1 August 2021)

          The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly of  Caffeinated Reviewer . It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Book Beginnings on Friday and the Friday 56 (30 July 2021)

    Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted every Friday by  Rose City Reader  where you share the first sentence (or a couple of sentences) from your current read. The Friday 56 is also hosted every Friday by  Frida's Voice  where you share a sentence or two from page 56 or 56% into your current read.

Book Review: This Is Me, Mrs Hinch (Sophie Hinchliffe)

Title: This Is Me Author: Mrs Hinch (Sophie Hinchliffe) Published: Oct 2020, Penguin Random House UK Pages: 319 Source: Gifted Format: Hardback Rating: 2/5 Well guys, here we are! What an absolute whirlwind of a journey this has been so far. So much has happened in the last couple of life-changing years and I'm so excited to share it with you all: my Hinchers. You have been right by my side for every step of the way and I honestly couldn't have done it without the amazing love and support from this incredible family we've built together. It's often felt like a fairy tale but it hasn't always been easy, and I'm going to let you in on the highs and the lows as well as my biggest fears and my darkest challenges. Because this book right here, is me. This is me: Soph - the wife, the mother and the person behind Mrs Hinch. So let's do this! Put your Hinch Lists to one side, get comfy and join me on the sofa with a cuppa. Welcome to my world. This is my st

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'd Want on a Desert Island (27 July 2021)

        Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl . This week's topic is books I'd want with me whilst stranded on a desert island. I've decided to split this into my favourite books that I'd want to reread and the longest books I still have on my TBR as I'd get the chance to attempt to read them if I was stuck on a deser island.

The Sunday Post (25 July 2021)

        The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly of  Caffeinated Reviewer . It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Book Beginnings on Friday, The Friday 56 and Book Blogger Hop (23 July 2021)

  Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted every Friday by  Rose City Reader  where you share the first sentence (or couple of sentences) from your current read. The Friday 56 is also hosted every Friday by  Frida's Voice  where you share a sentence or two from page 56 or 56% into your current read.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read in One Sitting (20 July 2021)

      Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl . This week's topic is books I can read in one sitting. I've taken this as books that I've managed to read in a day rather than a single sitting and I've managed this with a few books, but these are ones that I definitely remember not taking long with.

The Sunday Post (18 July 2021)

      The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly of  Caffeinated Reviewer . It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Book Beginnings on Friday and the Friday 56 (16 July 2021)

  Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted every Friday by  Rose City Reader  where you share the first sentence (or couple of sentences) from your current read. The Friday 56 is also hosted every Friday by  Frida's Voice  where you share a sentence or two from page 56 or 56% into your current read.

Book Review: A Gathering Light, Jennifer Donnelly

Title: A Gathering Light Author: Jennifer Donnelly Published: 2004, Bloomsbury Pages: 383 Source: Bought Format: Paperback Rating: 2.5/5 When Mattie is given letters by a guest at the hotel where she has a summer job, she thinks the guest is simply upset. But when the woman is found drowned next day, Mattie must decide whether she will read them, or burn them as requested. A touching funny surprising novel set in 1906 and based on a true story.

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles That Are Questions (13 July 2021)

    Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl . This week's topic is book titles that are questions. I actually struggled this week and out of my list I've only read the series so had to scour the TBR mountain. This has turned into the most random collection of books. 

The Sunday Post (11 July 2021)

    The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly of  Caffeinated Reviewer . It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.