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Top Ten Tuesday – Typographic Book Covers

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, this week it is Typographic Book Covers (Book covers with a design that is all or mostly all words. You can also choose to do books with nice typography if that’s easier!) (Submitted by Mareli @ Elza Reads).

I found this quite hard as most of the books that I have read have a dominant picture, however I thought that these ones fitted the bill (fairly well!):

Book Review – Someone in Time by Jonathan Strahan – SCI FI/ROMANCE

Random Things Tours – Book Review – Double or Nothing by Kim Sherwood – MYSTERY/CRIME/THRILLER

Book Review – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – MYSTERY/SCI FI

Book Review – Paris For One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes – ROMANCE/SHORT STORIES

Random Things Tours – Book Review – Do No Harm by Jack Jordan – THRILLER/CRIME

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Behind The Olive Trees by Francesca Catlow – CONTEMPORARY FICTION

Book Review – The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman – COSY MYSTERY

Book Review – The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman – COZY MYSTERY

Random Things Tour Blog Tour – Book Review – Kill Me Goodbye by A K Reynolds – THRILLER

Book Review – Chill Out and Cheer Up by Grace Grossmann – SELF HELP

What books would be on your list?

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Sunday Salon

Welcome to my Sunday Salon post! Hosted by Readerbuzz this post is a chance to have a weekly bookish and non-bookish catch up with other bloggers.

The Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais (click for link to Goodreads)

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 30 September so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson (click for link to Goodreads)

This is my current Library Book.

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman (click for link to Goodreads)

This is my current Kindle Book

My Book Of The Week That Took Part In This Week’s Memes Was:

The Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais (click for link to Goodreads)

Memes that I have participated in this week:

Goodreads Monday – Hosted by me Budget Tales Book Blog

Top Ten Tuesday – Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – Hosted by Socrates Book Reviews

WWW Wednesday – Hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words

Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – Hosted by Goodreads T5W group

Time Travel Thursday – Hosted by me Budget Tales Blog

Thursday Quotables – Hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies

Book Blogger Hop – Hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

The Friday 56 – Hosted by Freda’s Voice

Let’s Talk Bookish – Hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits

Stacking the Shelves – Hosted by Reading Reality

Library Loot – Hosted by The Captive Reader and Real Life Reading

All Over Instagram – Hosted by me Budget Tales Book Blog

Sunday Post – Hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer

What else has been happening this week:

On Monday we had a Bank Holiday for the late Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. We had the TV on most of the day so that we could follow what was going on. My son wasn’t overly amused so it was hard to hear everything! The rest of the week my son went to school full time(!!). He has now ended the week with a cold, so we will be having a quiet weekend.

How has your week been?

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Sunday Post

Welcome to my Sunday post hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer. It was a bit of a strange week this week with the late Queen’s funeral pushing my posting back. We did spend most of the funeral day with the television on watching it all unfold. My 4 year old son was not amused! This week also saw a couple of Blog Tours and the Autumn Equinox (where did that time go?!)

Here are my posts for the week:

Sunday Salon (last week)

The Late Queen Elizabeth II Funeral – Monday 19 September

Random Things Tours – Book Review – Woman in the Library

Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My Autumn/Fall 2022 To-Read List

My Book Of The Week – Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais

Tuesday Night Reading

WWW Wednesday – Currently Reading, Finished Reading, Reading Next

Book Review – Someone in Time by Jonathan Strahan

My Blog Tour Book Has Arrived! Good Taste by Caroline Scott

My Blog Tour Book Has Arrived! Havana Fever by Leonardo Padura

Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – 5 More Books On My Autumn/Fall TBR

Random Things Tours – Book Review – Keeping A Christmas Promise by Jo Thomas

Time Travel Thursday

Thursday Quotables – The Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais

Thursday Night Reading

Friday 56 – Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais

Book Blogger Hop – Have you ever reread a book? If so, why did you decide to reread it? 

It’s The Autumn Equinox (here in the UK!)

Lets Talk Bookish – Reading seasonally

Books With My Favourite Colour On the Cover (Pink) Friday Musings Inspired by Top Ten Tuesday

Friday Night / Autumn Equinox Reading

Stacking The Shelves/Library Loot

Books that I have been seeing all over Instagram this week

Weekend Reading – What I am planning on reading this weekend

Top 10 Tuesday post I participated in with links to other Bloggers Top 10 Tuesday posts:

That Artsy Reader Girl – Top 10 Tuesday

WWW Wednesday post I participated in with links (in the comments section) to other Bloggers WWW Wednesday posts:

Taking On A World Of Words – WWW Wednesday

Friday 56 I participated in with links to other Bloggers Friday 56 posts:

Freda’s Voice – Friday 56

Book Blogger Hop I participated in with links to other Bloggers Book Blogger Hop posts:

Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer – Book Blogger Hop

Stacking The Shelves I participated in with links to other Bloggers Stacking The Shelves posts:

Reading Reality – Stacking The Shelves

I hope that you have all had a good week!

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Books that I have been seeing all over Instagram this week

Welcome to my All Over Instagram post! I am always interested in seeing what other people are reading, so each week I will highlight the book/s/ author/s that have been catching my attention on Instagram.

Quite a mixture again this week, but a couple of authors that have stood out to me are Ali Hazelwood and Taylor Jenkins Reid:

Book Review – The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood (click for my review)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships–but her best friend does, and that’s what got her into this situation.

Convincing Anh that Olive is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting biologist, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor–and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when Stanford’s reigning lab tyrant agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive’s career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding… six-pack abs.

Suddenly their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion. And Olive discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.”

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Bee Königswasser lives by a simple code: What would Marie Curie do? If NASA offered her the lead on a neuroengineering project – a literal dream come true – Marie would accept without hesitation. Duh. But the mother of modern physics never had to co-lead with Levi Ward.

Sure, Levi is attractive in a tall, dark, and piercing-eyes kind of way. But Levi made his feelings toward Bee very clear in grad school – archenemies work best employed in their own galaxies far, far away.

But when her equipment starts to go missing and the staff ignore her, Bee could swear she sees Levi softening into an ally, backing her plays, seconding her ideas… devouring her with those eyes. The possibilities have all her neurons firing.

But when it comes time to actually make a move and put her heart on the line, there’s only one question that matters: What will Bee Königswasser do?”

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.”

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, their lives will change forever.

Malibu: August, 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together, the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over—especially as the offspring of the legendary singer, Mick Riva.

The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud—because it is long past time to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth.

Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can’t stop thinking about promised she’ll be there.

And Kit has a couple secrets of her own—including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.

By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come bubbling to the surface.

Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them… and what they will leave behind.”

What books/authors have caught your attention this week?

Add your links in the comments!

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Books With My Favourite Colour On the Cover (Pink) Friday Musings Inspired by Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to my Friday Musings Post! This is where every week I will scour the Blogosphere and find past meme questions and incorporate them into a current post (linking back to the blog who set the meme).

This week I have chosen:

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

On 7 May 2018 the prompt was Books With My Favourite Colour On the Cover (Pink). I have always loved the colour pink. There aren’t many books that I have read with pink on the cover, however I have managed to find these:

Random Things Tours – Book Review – Just For Today by Nell Hudson

Book Review – Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Crow Court by Andy Charman

Book Review – The Bookshop on the Corner by Rebecca Raisin

Book Review – The Duke Who Stole My Heart by Joanne Wadsworth

What is your favourite colour?

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It’s The Autumn Equinox (here in the UK!)

It is now the official beginning of Autumn (although in my mind as soon as it is 1 September that is when Autumn starts!) and in celebration of that I have chosen a few book covers whose colours make me think of Autumn.

Red

Orange

Brown

What colours and covers make you think of Autumn?

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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:

Book Review – Dear Fatty by Dawn French

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Dawn French is one of the greatest comedy actresses of our time, with a career spanning nearly three decades and encompassing a vast and brilliant array of characters that would eventually establish her as a national treasure.

She first appeared on the British entertainment scene as part of the groundbreaking alternative comedy group, the Comic Strip, which marked a radical departure from the more traditional comedy acts of the time. Later came the all-female Girls on Top with Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax and Tracy Ullman. Then, as part of the wildly successful duo, French and Saunders, Dawn helped create a repertoire of brilliantly observed recurring characters parodying popular culture and impersonating everything from Madonna and Harry Potter to The Exorcist. Dawn’s more recent role in The Vicar of Dibley again has showcased not only her talent but also her ability to take a controversial issue and make it mainstream and funny. From her early years as an RAF child to her flat-sharing antics with Jennifer Saunders, from her outspoken views on sizeism to her marriage to Lenny Henry, Dear Fatty will chronicle the fascinating and hilarious rise of a complex, dynamic and unstoppable woman.”

Fast Forward to Today:

The Witches From Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais (click for link to Goodreads)

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 30 September so keep an eye out for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

Book Description From Goodreads:

A coven of modern-day witches. A magical heist-gone-wrong. A looming threat.

Five octogenarian witches gather as an angry mob threatens to demolish Moonshyne Manor. All eyes turn to the witch in charge, Queenie, who confesses they’ve fallen far behind on their mortgage payments. Still, there’s hope, since the imminent return of Ruby—one of the sisterhood who’s been gone for thirty-three years—will surely be their salvation.

But the mob is only the start of their troubles. One man is hellbent on avenging his family for the theft of a legacy he claims was rightfully his. In an act of desperation, Queenie makes a bargain with an evil far more powerful than anything they’ve ever faced. Then things take a turn for the worse when Ruby’s homecoming reveals a seemingly insurmountable obstacle instead of the solution to all their problems.

The witches are determined to save their home and themselves, but their aging powers are no match for increasingly malicious threats. Thankfully, they get a bit of help from Persephone, a feisty TikToker eager to smash the patriarchy. As the deadline to save the manor approaches, fractures among the sisterhood are revealed, and long-held secrets are exposed, culminating in a fiery confrontation with their enemies.”

The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson (click for link to Goodreads)

This is my current library book

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Welcome to Castle Cove — a town cursed with missing girls,
bad boyfriends, family secrets,
and some very steep cliffs.

Last summer, Alice Ogilvie’s basketball-star boyfriend, Steve, dumped her. Then she disappeared for five days. Where she went and what happened to her is the biggest mystery in Castle Cove. Or at least it was. Because now, another one of Steve’s girlfriends has vanished: Brooke Donovan, Alice’s ex-best friend. And it doesn’t look like Brooke will be coming back …

Enter Iris Adams, Alice’s tutor. Iris has her own reasons for wanting to disappear, though unlike Alice, she doesn’t have the money or the means. That could be changed by the hefty reward Brooke’s family is offering. The police are convinced Steve is the culprit, but Alice isn’t so sure, and with Iris on her side, she just might be able to prove her theory.

Luckily, Alice has exactly what they need to crack the case — the complete works of Agatha Christie. If there’s anyone who can teach the girls how to solve a mystery, it’s the master herself. But the town of Castle Cove holds many secrets, and Alice and Iris have no idea how much danger they’re about to walk into …”

Comparison:

As you can see the books couldn’t be more different, from non-fiction last year to Fantasy and Mystery this year. I have to say that I don’t read a lot of non-fiction and Dear Fatty didn’t do anything to make me change my mind and want to read more.

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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Random Things Tours – Book Review – Keeping A Christmas Promise by Jo Thomas

“”This is the best hen party ever!” says Laura, as she opens the sun screen, squirts a dollop into her hand, then rubs it over her arms and long legs.”

Genre: Christmas Romance

Number of Pages: 368

Date of Publication: 13 October 2022 (ebook available from 22 September 2022)

Publisher: Penguin

My Review Summary: A heartwarming, poignant story full of love and friendship

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

Four friends

Twenty-five years ago, Freya and her three best friends created a bucket list. The future seemed bright, full of hope and most importantly guaranteed . . .

One promise

Now they are travelling to Iceland in memory of the friend they’ve lost, determined to fulfil her dream of seeing the Northern Lights at Christmas.

A life-changing adventure

They didn’t count on an avalanche leaving them stranded! Handsome local, Pétur, comes to the rescue, showing them how the community survives the hard winter. With Christmas approaching, Freya and her friends throw themselves into the festivities, decorating and cooking for the villagers using delicious local ingredients.

But will the Northern Lights appear so they can honour their friend’s wish? And can Freya’s own dreams come true, this Christmas?

💭THOUGHTS💭

I have read and enjoyed Jo Thomas’ last book, Retreat To The Spanish Sun, so when this one came up I jumped at the chance to be on the tour. I am glad that I got a place as it was an excellent book. 

The writing was poignant, descriptive and emotive. It was a lovely read. I really felt that I was there in Iceland and I loved the food element. The description of the sights and the smells of the food around the characters really added another layer to the story. 

The chapters were fairly short, which gave the story a good pace and kept it moving. There were a lot of different little storylines going on and so you needed the shorter chapters to keep them moving. Whilst there were lots of different little things going on you never got lost and they all tied up well. 

The characters were great. I loved all their individual backstories and the fact that they were all on their own journeys of self discovery. Whilst they were all experiencing the same sort of things it was nice to see how the experience was applied to each character individually. Aside from the three main friends, there were also other characters in the book who had had difficulties, but these were overcome with the sense of community and everybody helping out each other. It really was a magical place!

Lastly the settings. They were incredible. The description was beautiful and really made you feel like you were there! I have been to Iceland before so it was nice to read about it and for it to invoke my own memories of being there. For me the descriptions really made the story. There was a wonderful message behind the story and it was able to shine through with the wonderful description of the settings. 

Overall a great story full of friendship, community and self discovery. I highly recommend reading it!

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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Book Review – Someone in Time by Jonathan Strahan

Library Book

Genre: Sci Fi/Romance

Number of Pages: 410

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS 📖

Even time travel can’t unravel love

Time-travel is a way for writers to play with history and imagine different futures – for better, or worse.

When romance is thrown into the mix, time-travel becomes a passionate tool, or heart-breaking weapon. A time agent in the 22nd century puts their whole mission at risk when they fall in love with the wrong person. No matter which part of history a man visits, he cannot not escape his ex. A woman is desperately in love with the time-space continuum, but it doesn’t love her back. As time passes and falls apart, a time-traveller must say goodbye to their soulmate.

With stories from best-selling and award-winning authors such as Seanan McGuire, Alix E. Harrow and Nina Allan, this anthology gives a taste for the rich treasure trove of stories we can imagine with love, loss and reunion across time and space.

Including stories by: Alix E. Harrow, Zen Cho, Seanan McGuire, Sarah Gailey, Jeffrey Ford, Nina Allan, Elizabeth Hand, Lavanya Lakshminarayan, Catherynne M. Valente, Sam J. Miller, Rowan Coleman, Margo Lanagan, Sameem Siddiqui, Theodora Goss, Carrie Vaughn, Ellen Klages

💭THOUGHTS💭 

I chose this library book purely because it ticked off my sci fi genre goal. I had high hopes for it as it also included romance. Overall I was left feeling underwhelmed.

A couple of the stories were good, but the majority of them were very confusing and I had no idea what I was reading about. It got to the point where I was reading the individual words and not having a clue as to how they all fit together. It was a shame that the few good stories weren’t a bit longer and made up the whole book. At one point I was thinking about giving up on the whole book as story after story wasn’t going well for me. I am glad that I did finish it though as the last couple, especially the last one, were good. 

As there were 16 short stories there were rather a lot of characters so it was best to have a break in between each story, especially as there were quite a number of confusing things going on. I think that a large number of the stories needed to be longer so that they could explain what was going on properly. I feel that I missed out on potentially good storylines because I wasn’t quite sure what was going on. 

There weren’t really chapters in this book, just individual short stories. One was split into a diary type style and others had bigger gaps and some were just one block. 

The settings were all over the place which was interesting. I did enjoy travelling through time. It wasn’t always backwards – I don’t think. I can’t be sure as a couple of the stories I got a bit lost in. 

Overall I enjoyed a few of the stories in this book. It has been an experience. 

⭐Rated 2/5⭐

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WWW Wednesday – Currently Reading, Finished Reading, Reading Next

It’s W W W Wednesday! Hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, here are my 3 Ws (Currently Reading, Just Finished Reading and Future Reading):

What I am currently reading:

The Witches From Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais (click for link to Goodreads)

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 30 September so keep an eye out for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

Book Description From Goodreads:

A coven of modern-day witches. A magical heist-gone-wrong. A looming threat.

Five octogenarian witches gather as an angry mob threatens to demolish Moonshyne Manor. All eyes turn to the witch in charge, Queenie, who confesses they’ve fallen far behind on their mortgage payments. Still, there’s hope, since the imminent return of Ruby—one of the sisterhood who’s been gone for thirty-three years—will surely be their salvation.

But the mob is only the start of their troubles. One man is hellbent on avenging his family for the theft of a legacy he claims was rightfully his. In an act of desperation, Queenie makes a bargain with an evil far more powerful than anything they’ve ever faced. Then things take a turn for the worse when Ruby’s homecoming reveals a seemingly insurmountable obstacle instead of the solution to all their problems.

The witches are determined to save their home and themselves, but their aging powers are no match for increasingly malicious threats. Thankfully, they get a bit of help from Persephone, a feisty TikToker eager to smash the patriarchy. As the deadline to save the manor approaches, fractures among the sisterhood are revealed, and long-held secrets are exposed, culminating in a fiery confrontation with their enemies.”

What I have finished reading:

Someone in Time by Jonathan Strahan (click for link to Goodreads) – review due up later today!

Keeping A Christmas Promise by Jo Thomas (click for link to Goodreads) – I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 22 September so keep an eye out for my review!

What I am reading next:

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman (click for link to Goodreads)

I have this on my Kindle under Prime Reading. I had seen it around on Instagram and was excited to find it. It will also be another tick for my Sci Fi genre goal this month!

What are your 3 Ws for the week?

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