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Happy 1 Year Blogging To Me!

I can’t believe that today is my 1 Year Anniversary! Where did that time go? I have had a brilliant first year and have met so many nice people. I appreciate all your support and here’s to another great year!

My First Post:

Around The World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne

My 100th Post:

My Childhood in 5 Books!

My 1 Year Post:

Top Ten Tuesday – Books To Pull You Out Of A Reading Slump

Number of Books I have read from 21 June 2022 to 21 June 2022:

I have read 124 books in total:

37 were Library Books, 36 were Blog Tours, 9 were Author Requests and 5 were other Requests.

Memes I have taken part in (for more memes visit Bookshelf Fantasies):

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

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

Time Travel Thursday – Hosted by me Budget Tales Book Blog

Thursday Quotables – Hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies

Thrifty Thursday – Hosted by Books of My Heart

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

The Friday 56 – Hosted by Freda’s Voice

Friday Faceoff – Hosted by Books By Proxy

Friday Favourites – Hosted by Geeky Galaxy

First Line Friday – Hosted by Reading Is My Superpower

Let’s Talk Bookish – Hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion

All over Instagram – Hosted by me Budget Tales Blog

Stacking the Shelves – Hosted by Reading Reality

Sunday Post – Hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer

Sunday Salon – Hosted by Readerbuzz

Six For Sunday – Hosted by A Little But A Lot

End of the Year Wrap Up June 2021 – December 2021:

End of the Year Wrap up 2021

End of the Year Musings

My 2021 Genre Graphs!

A Look Back At My Genre Goals – How I Broaden My Reading!

2022 Monthly Round Ups:

January Monthly Round-Up

February Monthly Round-Up

March Monthly Round-Up

April Monthly Round-Up

May Monthly Round-Up

Once again thank you to everyone who takes the time to read and comment on my Blog. I really appreciate it ❤

Here’s to another year!

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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones

It’s First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday! Hosted by Socrates Book Reviews this is where you share the first paragraph of one of the books that you are currently reading. Each week I will choose a book of the week (which will be one of the books that I am currently reading) and that book will take part in this book blog meme:

This week my book of the week is You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones (click for link to Goodreads)

“‘Yes, chef!’, Freya grabs the handle of a frying pan and gives it a flick and a shake whilst spooning cranberry confit over a row of equally spaced tuna and citrus fishcakes with her slow hand. The hairnet still itches after all these years, her flaming red tresses bursting to escape the confines of a tight bun. It’s 8pm, dinner service is at its peak and although she should focus, all she can think about is whether Charlie has opened the link to The Golden Spoon cookery competition she has applied for and whether he has enough remaining annual leave for a fortnight in Cyprus.”

I am currently 56% of the way through and am really enjoying it.

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?

What’s the first paragraph of the book you are currently reading?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books To Pull You Out Of A Reading Slump

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, this week it is Books On My Wishlist. As I try my very hardest not to buy new books, I have decided instead to do Books To Pull You Out Of A Reading Slump (a previous Top Ten Tuesday topic). Maybe these can be added to your wishlist!

The last time I did a books to get you out of a reading slump post was 16 September 2021. Click here for that post.

Here is my “updated” list – or as I like to see it an “in addition to” list.

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

Book Review – The Man Who Died Twice by Richard OsmanMYSTERY

Book Review – Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano MYSTERY

Book Review – The Maid by Nita ProseMYSTERY

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Shadow Flicker by Gregory BastianelliCRIME/MYSTERY/THRILLER

Random Things Tours – Book Review – It Only Takes A Minute by Sasha LaneROMANTIC COMEDY

Random Things Tours – Book Review – The Attic Child by Lola JayeHISTORICAL FICTION

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – The Better Brother by Simon GravattDARK COMEDY

Book Review – The Midnight Library by Matt HaigMAGICAL REALISM

Book Review – The Silent Companions by Laura PurcellGOTHIC FICTION

I have tried to do a range of genres to cater for a wide range of tastes.

What books would be on your list?

Happy TTT!

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Monday Night Reading

I can’t believe that it is Monday again! Time is just flying! Anyway, I had a reasonable amount of reading time this evening and I had one goal in mind. To finish my Blog Tour book Just For Today by Nell Hudson. I like to get my books read and reviewed at least a couple of days in advance, so today was the last big push to get it finished. I am pleased to say that I succeeded! Just For Today is now read and I have drafted my review ready to be put onto my blog tomorrow. I will then read through it over the next couple of days until I read it so much that it loses itself and I get all confused and in the end just leave it as it is! All part of the reviewing process!

Tomorrow I am going to start my next Blog Tour book Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight by Riku Onda. I’m quite excited for this one as I’ve never read Japanese literature (translated of course!). I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 29 June so I aim to have it read by at least the 26 June.

I hope that you have had a great Monday.

Tomorrow is Top Ten Tuesday. I have gone a little off topic, but I won’t give too much away!

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Library Book Review – The Book Of Cold Cases by Simone St James – #thriller #mystery #popularbook

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

In 1977, Claire Lake, Oregon, was shaken by the Lady Killer Murders: Two men, seemingly randomly, were murdered with the same gun, with strange notes left behind. Beth Greer was the perfect suspect–a rich, eccentric twenty-three-year-old woman, seen fleeing one of the crimes. But she was acquitted, and she retreated to the isolation of her mansion.

Oregon, 2017. Shea Collins is a receptionist, but by night, she runs a true crime website, the Book of Cold Cases–a passion fueled by the attempted abduction she escaped as a child. When she meets Beth by chance, Shea asks her for an interview. To Shea’s surprise, Beth says yes.

They meet regularly at Beth’s mansion, though Shea is never comfortable there. Items move when she’s not looking, and she could swear she’s seen a girl outside the window. The allure of learning the truth about the case from the smart, charming Beth is too much to resist, but even as they grow closer, Shea senses something isn’t right. Is she making friends with a manipulative murderer, or are there other dangers lurking in the darkness of the Greer house?

A true crime blogger gets more than she bargained for while interviewing the woman acquitted of two cold case slayings in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel.

💭THOUGHTS💭   

I had seen this all over Instagram and I was excited when I found out that it was available at the library. There was a bit of a waiting list, but after a month of waiting it finally became available for me to read. I can certainly see why it was so popular.

The writing was gripping from start to finish with an excellent spooky side to it. The suspense and cliffhangers at the end of chapters made me want to keep reading. Even though you knew who the murderer was fairly early on I was still compelled to read the rest of the story. 

The whole story was cleverly built up by the two main characters points of view and going back and forwards in time. The chapters were clearly labelled so you knew who you were reading about and when. 

There was a good mix of narration and conversation, which resulted in a well rounded story. 

The chapters were labelled with the characters name and date. The story was split into two main parts then the rest of the chapters. They were fairly long and sometimes split, but I enjoyed getting good chunks of that character’s point of view and the time period that they were in. 

The characters themselves were excellent. I loved how they were all broken and how they then led their lives. I particularly enjoyed the spooky element which has stayed with me. 

Lastly the settings. I loved the spooky mansion and the surrounding area. It really added depth and darkness to the story. 

Overall I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend reading it. I will definitely look at reading some of her other books! 

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

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My Book Of The Week – You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones

Welcome to my Book Of The Week post! Each week I will highlight one of the books that I am currently reading and use that book to participate in blog memes such as First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, Thursday Quotables and Friday 56.

This week I have chosen You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones (click for link to Goodreads) published 14 April 2022.

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?

I saw this sitting on the library shelf and just had to get it! It is an excellent book so far.

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Goodreads Monday (add your links in the comments section for all to see!) – A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

Welcome to the new home of Goodreads Monday! I have taken over the role of host from Lauren’s Page Turners who no longer blogs about books.

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 A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet.

Yet James couldn’t resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other’s troubled pasts.

A Street Cat Named Bob is a moving and uplifting story that will touch the heart of anyone who reads it.”

I had been curious about this book, then I got it for Christmas one year. I just need to find the time to read it!

Have you read it? What did you think?

Currently Reading Progress:

You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones 56% read

Just For Today by Nell Hudson 71% read

Progress On My Reading Challenge:

I have read 54/97 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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Six For Sunday

It’s Six For Sunday! Hosted by A Little But A Lot this week’s theme is A rainbow of books. I enjoyed finding covers that matched the colours of the rainbow. I wasn’t sure that I would be able to find all the colours, but I was pleasantly surprised (although I had to stretch Indigo and Violet a bit!)!

RED

Book Review – Royal Valentine by Jenn McKinlay

ORANGE

Random Things Tours – Book Review – The Attic Child by Lola Jaye

YELLOW

Book Review – Yes, No, Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

GREEN

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – A Moment on the Lips by J Taylor

BLUE

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Welcome To Your Life by Bethany Rutter

INDIGO/VIOLET

Book Review – Distant Stars by Kassandra Garrison

What books would be in your rainbow?

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Father’s Day Book Recommendations

I find that it’s always difficult recommending books to people as everyone is different, however here are a few good books from different genres!

SCI FI

Book Review – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy By Douglas Adams

FANTASY

Book Review – The House in the Cerulean Sea by T J Klune

HISTORICAL FICTION

Book Review – The Bomb Man by Andy Greenaway

THRILLER/MYSTERY

Book Review – Turkish Delight by Barry Faulkner

THRILLER/CRIME

Book Review – The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen

DARK HUMOUR

Book Review – The Better Brother by Simon Gravatt

Happy Father’s Day!

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

Happy Father’s Day! In celebration here are books that spell out FATHER. Have a great weekend everyone!

F

Book Review – Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

A

Random Things Tours – Book Review – The Attic Child by Lola Jaye

T

Random Things Tours – Book Review – Twelve Days In May by Niamh Hargan

H

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Hook, Line and Sinker by Tessa Bailey

E

Book Review – Emma by Jane Austen

R

Book Review – Rise and Thrive by Lisa Blackshaw

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