Time Travel Thursday

It’s Time Travel Thursday! This is where I take a look back at what I was reading this time last year (or the year before or the year before that…) and compare it to what I am reading now.

This day in 2021 I was reading:

Bridget Jones’s Diary (and other writing) by Helen Fielding (click for my review)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Bridget Jones’s Diary turns 25 this year. Winner of the 1997 British Book of the Year, and named by the Guardian as one of the ten books which best defines the 20th Century, the book has gone on to become a multi-million copy selling international phenomenon, spawning three blockbuster movies, a whole new literary genre, a lexicon of ‘smug marrieds’, ‘singletons’, ‘emotional f***wittage’ and ‘mummy pants’, and the familiar cry of ‘I am Bridget Jones’.

This special bumper anniversary compendium also features an introduction and commentary from Helen Fielding, and over 100 pages of rare material taken from 25 years of her writing, including:

* Extracts from Helen’s early journalism
* A selection of the original Independent newspaper columns.
* Bridget Jones interviews Colin Firth
* Later columns on #MeToo, Brexit, and Bridget’s lockdown life
* A selection of hilarious restaurant reviews featuring the real life inspirations for Jude, Shazzer, Auntie Una, Mum and Daniel Cleaver”

Fast Forward To Today:

You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

When it comes to love, its feta late than never . . .

Freya Butterly has always dreamed of being a Head Chef but despite running every service at the Mediterranean restaurant, she still doesn’t get the recognition she deserves. Craving adventure and a real taste of the Mediterranean, Freya takes matters into her own hands, ditching both her job and unsupportive boyfriend, she packs her bags for sunny Cyprus in pursuit of the prestigious Golden Spoon culinary award.

As one of the seven competitors, Freya is determined to clinch the trophy and rediscover her passion for food, but what she doesn’t expect to discover is Xanthos. As gorgeous as he is charming – he’s quite the dish. Freya is instantly attracted to him, but this trip was about Cypriot cuisine, not cypriot sausage (ahem, romance) and she knows she must not let Xanthos distract her from the competition.

But if she walks away, will Freya spend the rest of her life wondering What If?

This is my current library book. I am making slow progress, but only because of my Blog Tour Books having to be read first. I am still enjoying it and look forward to picking it up each evening.

The 13th Assassin by Frank Malley

Book Description Taken From The Author’s Website https://www.fantasticfiction.com/m/frank-malley/13th-assassin.htm

“Emily Stearn is young, headstrong, logical – and believes that someone has murdered her Uncle Sebastian.

Whilst going through his belongings, after his sudden death, Emily discovers an encrypted journal. With the help of Al Andrews, a maths graduate she befriends after meeting in the local cafe, she deciphers the material.

It reveals that Sebastian, a Cambridge history professor, was a spy. Code name WHISPER.

His one mission came in 1981 when British Intelligence believed that he was the only agent capable of getting close to Colonel Igor Kalenkov. A disciple of the 13th Directorate – the Soviet killing and kidnapping department – Kalenkov was closely-guarded, and was planning an attack on the British Royal Family at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana to sow division in the West.

Sebastian did not wish to assassinate Kalenkov himself, but he arranged to lure the Russian into a trap for a sniper to take him out at Moscow’s international history convention.

But not all goes according to plan.

As the journal surrenders its chilling secrets 40 years on, Emily believes that the Russians must have assassinated her uncle.
.
But does a grainy CCTV image point to a murderer closer to home?

Emily is determined to uncover the truth, no matter what the cost.”

I have just started this author’s request book and am excited to see what happens.

Fish Swimming In Dappled Sunlight by Riku Onda (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Set in a Tokyo flat over the course of one night, Aki and Hiro spend one last night together before going their separate ways. Each believes the other to be a murderer and is determined to extract a confession before the night is over. Who has been killed and why? Which one is the killer? In an intense battle of wills over the course of a night, the true nature of the pair’s relationship and the chain of events leading up to this night are gradually revealed in this gripping psychological thriller that keeps the reader in suspense to the very end.

The thriller–buried in a literary whodunit–explores the mysteries of romantic love, memory and attaining self-knowledge. Like the best Japanese crime writing, it is an unflinching foray into the darker recesses of the soul, quietly suspenseful and elegantly constructed.”

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 29 June so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

As you can see it is quite a difference. I enjoyed reading Bridget Jones a while ago and when I saw this with extra bits I decided to re-read it and see what the new bits were like. I do still have a rom com on the go this time, but I am also reading a couple of Thrillers.

What were you reading this time last year or the year before (or the year before!)? Add your links in the comments below!

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