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Goodreads Monday (add your links in the comments section for all to see!) -Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Welcome to the new home of Goodreads Monday!

Goodreads Monday allows you to post about what books are on your “to read” lists, the progress you have made on your current books and reading challenge, and any other Goodreads news!

✨Don’t forget to add your link in the comments section so that we can all see each other’s posts!✨

The book that I have chosen this week is Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch (click for link to Goodreads).

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.”

I came across this book when Blog hopping back in October 2022. It seemed an interesting blend of magic and mystery!

Currently Reading:

Queen Charlotte by Julia Quinn and Shonda Rhimes (click for link to Goodreads)

Progress on my Goodreads Reading Challenge:

I have read 24/50 books!

What book is on your Goodreads list? How is your reading progress and challenge going?

Don’t forget to add your link in the comments so that we can all see each others posts!

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👑Red,White & Blue Covers for The King’s Coronation Bank Holiday👑

To celebrate the Coronation Bank Holiday here are some Red, White and Blue book covers (plus their reviews)!

Book Review – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas


Random Things Tours – Book Review – The People Before by Charlotte Northedge


Book Review – American Royals by Katharine McGee


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👑Red, White and Blue Covers for The King’s Coronation Weekend👑

To celebrate the Coronation Weekend here are some Red, White and Blue book covers (plus their reviews)! This weekend we will hopefully be attending a Party in the Park near us (weather permitting!) which will be fun.


Random Things Tours – Book Review – Someone To Kiss by Jamie Anderson


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


Random Things Tours – Book Review – The Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais


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What I have been reading this month – March 2023 Reading List

Gin Palace by Tracy Whitwell ⭐Rated 4/5⭐ CRIME/MYSTERY/HUMOUR

Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree⭐Rated 3/5⭐ FANTASY

Murder Under The Tuscan Sun by Rachel Rhys ⭐Rated 4/5⭐ HISTORICAL THRILLER

Genre Goal Checklist:

Historical Fiction = 1 book read

A quiet month with no 5 stars. Despite the lack of 5 stars, I still enjoyed the books that I did manage to read. Maybe next month for some 5 stars?!

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Library Book Review – Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree

Library Book

Genre: Fantasy

Number of Pages: 296


Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree 


After a lifetime of bounties and bloodshed, Viv is hanging up her sword for the last time.

The battle-weary orc aims to start fresh, opening the first ever coffee shop in the city of Thune. But old and new rivals stand in the way of success — not to mention the fact that no one has the faintest idea what coffee actually is.

If Viv wants to put the blade behind her and make her plans a reality, she won’t be able to go it alone.

But the true rewards of the uncharted path are the travelers you meet along the way. And whether drawn together by ancient magic, flaky pastry, or a freshly brewed cup, they may become partners, family, and something deeper than she ever could have dreamed.


I waited just under 3 months for this book from the Libby app and I have to say that I was underwhelmed by it. Whilst there was something cosy about it and it had a lovely message, I personally kept waiting for more to happen. 

The above being said, the writing was a good introduction to this fantasy world. I enjoyed being on the main character’s journey into setting up a cafe. The description of the food and drink was particularly good and made me want to sample it! I personally would have liked to have known the period that I was reading about sooner, but once I found out everything made more sense.

The chapters were fairly long, which allowed for more detail before moving onto the next part of the story. I enjoyed the little drawing that accompanied the number at the beginning of each chapter. 

The characters were excellent. They were all different creatures with different traits and it was lovely to see them put their differences aside and all work together. 

Lastly the settings. I loved the description of the cafe, food and drink. The settings really gave the messages in the story life. 

Overall a heart warming story. 

⭐Rated 3/5⭐

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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 Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman (click for link to Goodreads)

I know that I have been reading this a while now, but hope to get some more read on it soon. I had a Blog Tour book that took priority, but now that that is done I can spend more time on this one!

Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree (click for link to Goodreads)

After just under a 3 month wait, this book finally became available on the Libby App. I am excited to get started on it!

What I have finished reading:

Gin Palace by Tracy Whitwell (click for link to Goodreads)

I am on the Blog Tour for this book so keep your eyes peeled for my reviews on 21 March!

What I am reading next:

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus (click for link to Goodreads)

Due to the amount that I have to read this week I doubt that I will get started on it this week – maybe in a couple of weeks time?!

What are your 3 Ws for this week?

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Book Review – Baking and Entering by Janet Butler Male

Kindle Book

Genre: Cosy Mystery/Fantasy

Number of Pages: 167


 A sassy-mouthed cat. A vengeful ghost. Can a recent divorcee solve a magical mystery before she joins the deceased?

It’s 1987, and forty-year-old Milly Miller’s life is dull. Her marriage is passion-free, and her shoeshop job is ‘sole’ destroying. When she and her husband separate, Milly longs for excitement and glamour. But on her paltry wages, her life is more orthopaedic sandals than designer heels.

On divorce day, she inherits a fortune and a posh London pad. Her luck has changed, and Milly hotfoots it to the capital.

She couldn’t be happier in her new home with its fun and zany neighbours. Until she discovers a resident ghost, who claims someone murdered her. And that she’s a witch. Suspected weapon? Baked goods laced with magical vanilla essence.

She asks Milly to investigate with the help of a 200-year-old Siamese cat with a sassy tongue.

A prime suspect is the ghost’s hunky son, whom Milly falls for. But in a twist of fate, if the son is innocent, Milly must return her fortune. And if he’s guilty, she’ll lose out on love.


I saw this as a free Kindle book a while back (it is now only ‘free’ via Kindle Unlimited) and thought that I would give it a go. It was only short and was supposed to be something to fill the last few days of January (although it did spill over into February due to my currently slow reading progress!). 

The writing was good and the story had a good flow to it. Sometimes with short stories there is an abruptness about them, but it wasn’t the case here. In actual fact the case was solved with a couple of chapters still to go. 

I enjoyed the fact that the story wasn’t always written from the main character’s point of view. I find it interesting to read what other characters are thinking, and in this case the point of view was often going back in time, enabling you to get a lot of interesting background information on the characters. 

The chapters were fairly long considering that it was a short story over all. They were also split in places with a picture of a magnifying glass to signify the split. The chapters were also creatively labelled which I enjoyed. 

The characters were good. I enjoyed the fantasy element to the mystery with a mixture of humans, ghosts, witches, warlocks etc. I enjoyed being on the journey with the main character and would happily read about her other adventures. 

Lastly I enjoyed the London setting and especially being able to see how the other half lived! 

Overall an enjoyable cosy mystery. 

⭐Rated 3.5/4/ 5⭐

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Orbit Tour – Book Review – Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett

“Shadow is not at all happy with me. He lies by the fire while the chill wind rattles the door, tail inert, staring out from beneath that shaggy forelock of his with the sort of accusatory resignation peculiar to dogs, as if to say: Of all the stupid adventures you’ve dragged me on, this will surely be the death of us. I fear I have to agree, though this makes me no less eager to begin my research.”

Genre: Fantasy

Number of Pages: 336

Date of Publication: 19 January 2023

Publisher: Orbit

My Review Summary: An interesting tale set in a magical place


A curmudgeonly professor journeys to a small town in the far north to study faerie folklore and discovers dark fae magic, friendship, and love, in this heartwarming and enchanting fantasy.

Cambridge professor Emily Wilde is good at many things: She is the foremost expert on the study of faeries. She is a genius scholar and a meticulous researcher who is writing the world’s first encyclopaedia of faerie lore. But Emily Wilde is not good at people. She could never make small talk at a party–or even get invited to one. And she prefers the company of her books, her dog, Shadow, and the Fair Folk to other people.

So when she arrives in the hardscrabble village of Hrafnsvik, Emily has no intention of befriending the gruff townsfolk. Nor does she care to spend time with another new arrival: her dashing and insufferably handsome academic rival Wendell Bambleby, who manages to charm the townsfolk, get in the middle of Emily’s research, and utterly confound and frustrate her.

But as Emily gets closer and closer to uncovering the secrets of the Hidden Ones–the most elusive of all faeries–lurking in the shadowy forest outside the town, she also finds herself on the trail of another mystery: Who is Wendell Bambleby, and what does he really want? To find the answer, she’ll have to unlock the greatest mystery of all–her own heart.


I was quite excited when I saw this book. I haven’t read this type of fantasy for a while and so was pleased when I was accepted onto the Tour. There was a good mixture of fantasy, friendship and romance that kept my interest. 

The writing was light and kept me engaged. There were occasions when there were more complicated goings on, but it didn’t spoil the story for me. There was a good balance of story telling and conversation with good descriptions inbetween. 

The chapters were fairly long which meant that you got a good chunk of the story before moving on. There was a good flow to it despite being written as though it was a journal (from the point of view of the main character). I enjoyed the part where the other ‘main’ character wrote a couple of chapters whilst the other character was indisposed. 

I liked the titles of the chapters. They helped with the flow of the story and gave you an idea of the timeline – even when the character was unsure herself! 

The characters were great. The main character was brilliant with her sole focus being on the science behind her adventures. I enjoyed the addition of romance. It was not the usual type of romance which was enjoyable. I also enjoyed the personalities of the villagers and how they eventually got used to the main character’s unique personality. 

The settings were excellent. I loved being in Iceland and visiting the faerie realm. The description really took you there.

Overall an interesting book that I enjoyed reading. 

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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 Description From Goodreads:

“Jo Finnegan is attacked while leaving work one evening by criminals threatening her more harm if she does not provide them with information she doesn’t have.

When she gets home, Jo finds her sister dead in her front room, and her wife missing. When the police arrive and arrest her, while she is still in shock from the events of the night, Jo realises she’s been framed for her sister’s murder. But that’s only the beginning of her nightmare.”

Book Review – Kill Me Goodbye by A K Reynolds

Fast Forward To Today:

Letters from Father Christmas by JRR Tolkien (click for link to Goodreads)

My current TBR shelf book, which I need to make more progress on this week!

Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett (click for link to Goodreads)

This is my current Blog Tour book, review due on 13 January 2023.


Completely different books from Thriller to Christmas and Fantasy! The only thing that is similar is that the Thriller and Fantasy are Blog Tour books!

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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5 Star Autumn Reads Part 2 (October to November)

Every season I like to look back and revisit my 5 star reads. As well as trying to read different genres, I also like to try and match my reading to the season as far as possible.

So here were my 5 star reads for the second half of Autumn (click for my reviews):

Mini Book, Mini Review – Witch Happens by AM King – FANTASY/COSY MYSTERY

Book Review – Witch Way To Murder And Mayhem by Jane Hinchey – FANTASY/COSY MYSTERY

Author Request Book Review – A Moment On The Lips At Christmas by J Taylor – CHRISTMAS/HUMOUR

Random Things Tours – Book Review – The Will by Rebecca Reid – CRIME

What have been your 5 star Autumn reads? Have you read any of these?

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