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Goodreads Monday (add your links in the comments section for all to see!) – The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

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 The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (click for link to Goodreads).

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Led by her yapping corgis to the Westminster traveling library outside Buckingham Palace, the Queen finds herself taking out a novel by Ivy Compton-Burnett. Duff read though it is, the following week her choice proves more enjoyable and awakens in Her Majesty a passion for reading so great that her public duties begin to suffer. And so, as she devours work by everyone from Hardy to Brookner to Proust to Beckett, her equerries conspire to bring the Queen’s literary odyssey to a close.”

I saw this over the mourning period and thought that it looked like an interesting book. There is a copy at the library, so we shall see if I get time to borrow it!

Currently Reading

The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Progress on my Reading Challenge

I have read 83/97 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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Goodreads Monday (add your links in the comments section for all to see!) – The Scarcrow and His Servant by Philip Pullman

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 The Scarcrow and His Servant by Philip Pullman (click for link to Goodreads).

Book Description From Goodreads:

“One night there was a thunderstorm. A tattered scarecrow stood in the wind and rain, taking no notice . . . until a bolt of lightning struck his turnip head. The scarecrow blinked with surprise and came to life.

So begins the story of the Scarecrow, a courteous but pea-brained fellow with grand ideas. He meets a boy, Jack, who becomes his faithful servant, and they set out to journey to Spring Valley together. Along the way there’s no end of excitement – battle and shipwreck, brigands and tricksters – and it’s up to Jack time after time to save the day.”

I got this for Christmas years ago and I still haven’t read it. It isn’t overly long so hopefully some time soon I can fit it in. Autumn is looking busy at the moment though!

Currently Reading Progress

If It Looks Like A Duck by Frank Malley 30% read

American Royals by Katharine McGee (click for link to Goodreads) 40% read

Progress on my Reading Challenge

I have read 77/97 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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Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – Books Where The Characters Are Skilled Fighters

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! Hosted by Goodreads T5W group this week it is characters that are skilled fighters. I struggled with this week’s prompt as I don’t read books with fighters skilled or otherwise! I have therefore had to include a couple of books from the same series, but which focus on different characters.

Random Things Tours – Book Review – Quarter To Midnight by Karen Rose

Molly Sutton – Toured with the Marines in Iraq

Book Review – Chasing the Darkness by Cassie Sanchez

Azrael – A Hunter

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

Feyre – skilled at hunting animals for food for her family

Book Review – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

Rhysand – High Lord of the Night Court

Book Review – A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

Cassian – He is part of The High Lord’s Inner Circle at the Night Court. 

What characters would be on your list?

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Goodreads Monday (add your links in the comments section for all to see!) – Jane Austen The World Of Her Novels by Deirdre Le Faye

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 Jane Austen The World Of Her Novels by Deirdre Le Faye (click for link to Goodreads).

Book Description From Goodreads:

With a wealth of details about Jane Austen’s life and times, this volume brings to life the world of her novels. Austen scholar Deirdre Le Faye first gives an overview of the period, from foreign affairs to social ranks, from fashion to sanitation. She goes on to consider each novel individually.

I have had this on my shelf for years. I saw it and wanted it as Jane Austen and the time that she wrote about fascinates me.

Currently Reading Progress

The Christie Affair by Nina De Gramont (click for link to Goodreads) 60% read

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (click for link to Goodreads) 90%`read

Double or Nothing by Kim Sherwood (click for link to Goodreads) 2%`read

Progress on my Reading Challenge

I have read 74/97 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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Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – Books That Made Me Happy

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! Hosted by Goodreads T5W group this week it is Bookish Happiness ie Books That Make You Happy. I have read so many great books this year it hasn’t been too hard to come up with this week’s list!

Here are 5 books that made me happy in no particular order and are just 5 out of many that I have read!

Book Review – Retreat to the Spanish Sun by Jo Thomas – ROM COM

I loved that the main character was finally doing something for herself.

Book Review – You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones – ROM COM

The main character had overcome some difficulties in her earlier (and present) life and it was nice to see her on this journey.

Book Review – Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Sutanto – HUMOUR

Just one laugh after the other! I always recommend this book if you want a laugh.

Book Review – Welcome To Your Life by Bethany Rutter – ROMANCE

I loved seeing the main character’s confidence grow.

Book Review – The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan – CHRISTMAS

Christmas and a bookshop – what more could you want?!

What are some of the books that have made you happy?

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Friday Musings – Inspired by Top 5 Wednesday – Favourite Books Outside My Comfort Zone

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:

Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday

On 6 July the prompt was Favourite Books Outside My Comfort Zone. I have read a number of books outside my comfort zone, often without meaning too! I don’t like scary things for example but then the book took a spooky turn! These books aren’t necessarily my favourite books, but they took me outside of my confort zone and I didn’t dislike them at the end!

Book Review – Melmoth by Sarah Perry – GOTHIC FICTION

This turned spooky pretty quickly and finished on a particularly spooky note!

Book Review – The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell – GOTHIC FICTION

Again got spooky pretty quickly and had an open ending.

Book Review – Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – THRILLER

I don’t mind dark books, but at one point I even thought about not carrying on because it was too dark. The problem was that I wanted to know the answer!

Blog Tour Book Review – Lucifer’s Game by Cristina Loggia – HISTORICAL FICTION

I don’t like sad stories and books set in the War tend to lean towards the more upsetting side of things. I wanted to broaden my reading horizons though so took a chance and signed up for the Blog Tour for this book. I am glad that I did because I really enjoyed it and yes, it was sad, but it was such a good story that I didn’t mind too much…

Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James (click for link to Goodreads) – ROMANCE

This is very much outside my comfort zone. I will not watch the films after reading the books. My work colleagues at the time were reading them so I joined in. I don’t regret reading them and have also bought the book as told from the other side. I just need to read it!

What books have you read that are outside your comfort zone?

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Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – Characters You Would Like As A Sibling

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! Hosted by Goodreads T5W group this week it is Characters You Would Like As A Sibling. I have to admit that I have never thought about it before, however this is the list that I have come up with!

Random Things Tours – Book Review – Twelve Days In May by Niamh Hargan (click for my review)

Lizzy Munro – her job in the film industry means that she can attend the Cannes Festival – I would love to be her plus one!

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Sparks and Shadow by Ceara Nobles (click for my review)

Everly – she is so determined and can access another world!

Book Review – Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair by Heidi Swain (click for my review)

Jamie – part of a family who owns a beautiful property and loves Christmas!

Book Review – Origin by Dan Brown (click for my review)

Robert Langdon – Gets to go on adventures all over the world with his knowledge.

Book Review – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas (click for my review)

Rhysand – Rules the Night Court – I want to live in Verlaris (Court of Dreams and the City of Starlight)!

Which characters would you like to be siblings with?

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Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – Cliffhangers

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! Hosted by Goodreads T5W group this week it is Cliffhangers. I often get annoyed if a book doesn’t finish in a satisfactory manner, however I can see why authors do it! Here are my Top 5 books where the ending is left rather open ended:

Book Review – Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins – THRILLER

Book Review – Distant Stars by Kassandra Garrison – ROMANCE

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Sparks and Shadow by Ceara Nobles – FANTASY

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

Book Review – A Gallery of Mothers By J S Latshaw – SCI FI/DSYTOPIAN

What books would be on your list?

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Goodreads Monday (add your links in the comments section for all to see!) – Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon

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 Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon (click for link to Goodreads). This is the next book on from last week’s book Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

Highclere Castle has a new resident, the daughter-in-law of Lady Almina, an American beauty from New York and a descendant of famous American families.

Catherine Wendell first met Lord Porchester (Porchey), son of Lady Almina, the heir to Highclere and 6th Earl of Carnarvon, in Gibraltar. At just 19 and utterly entrancing, she had already received many proposals of marriage and immediately caught 24-year-old Porchey’s discerning eye.

They married in 1922, and after the unexpected death of Almina’s husband, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, they moved into Highclere Castle. Beset by death duties and money problems, the Earl and Countess were unsure they could keep Highclere. Thanks to the sale of the decade at Christies Auction House, hundreds of cherished paintings went under the hammer, from a Leonardo da Vinci to works by Reynolds, Gainsborough, and Romney. Porchey even sold the famous family pearls. By 1926 Catherine and Porchey knew they could stay.

Over the next few years, the young couple entertained at Highclere, sharing it with other royalty and friends from London society. Catherine was much loved by the staff and adored by her husband and two young children. Although Almina still occasionally came to stay, Catherine’s own American mother, Mrs. Jacob Wendell, was the most regular visitor.

By 1936, Catherine and Porchey’s marriage had become increasingly troubled. Devastated, Catherine bravely unraveled her marriage. Porchey hastily traveled to New York to marry his new lover, who, however, ran off the night before the wedding with a Hollywood mogul.

Now in London with her children, Catherine fell in love with a handsome and charming man, whom she married in 1938. Porchey continued at Highclere, having to find new staff (the old staff accompanied Catherine to London) and marrying the famous Austrian actress Tilly Losch on the day war broke out in 1939. Catherine’s husband joined the navy while Porchey’s new wife quickly left for America.

Highclere Castle was turned into a home for evacuee children as well as lodging for soldiers. Porchey joined the war effort as an army adjutant (later a liaison officer) and was commended by the Americans stationed near Highclere. Catherine and Porchey’s son Henry also joined the war in 1943. Like other wives and mothers, Catherine endured the unbearable stress of waiting for news of two beloved people in her life.

Using copious materials – including diaries and scrapbooks – from the castle’s archive, the Countess of Carnarvon brings alive a very modern story in a beautiful and famous setting, paying particular attention not just to the goings on upstairs, but also to the butler footmen and other staff whose lives downstairs kept the Castle moving forward into the twentieth century.”

I couldn’t not get the second book! It sounded too good. I really do need to find the time to sit and read both of them!

Progress On My Reading Challenge:

I have read 64/97 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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Goodreads Monday (add your links in the comments section for all to see!) – Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey

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 Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Lady Fiona Carnarvon became the chatelaine of Highclere Castle – the setting of the hit series Downton Abbey – eight years ago. In that time she’s become fascinated by the rich history of Highclere, and by the extraordinary people who lived there over the centuries.

One person particularly captured Fiona’s imagination – Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon.

Almina was the illegitimate daughter of banking tycoon Alfred de Rothschild. She was his only daughter and he doted on her. She married George, the Earl of Carnarvon, at 19 with an enormous dowry.

At first, life at Highclere was a dizzying mix of sumptuous banquets for 500 and even the occasional royal visitor. Almina oversaw 80 members of staff – many of whom came from families who had worked at Highclere for generations.

But when the First World War broke out, life at Highclere changed forever.

History intervened and Almina and the staff of Highclere were thrown into one of the most turbulent times of the last century. Almina was forced to draw on her deepest reserves of courage in order to ensure her family, the staff and the castle survived.

This is the remarkable story of a lost time. But Highclere remains and in this book, Fiona weaves Almina’s journey into the heritage and history of one of England’s most exquisite Victorian castles.”

I visited Highclere Castle a while back and saw this book. Together with my love of old buildings, I also loved the first couple of seasons of Downton Abbey (then never went back to it. I need to rectify this at some point!) so this book was perfect. I just then never got the time to read it.

Currently Reading Progress:

Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins 54% read

Finding Me Perfectly Fine by Tasneem Abdur-Rashid 11% read

The Bay by Allie Reynolds 19% read

Progress On My Reading Challenge:

I have read 60/97 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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