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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson

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 The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson (click for link to Goodreads) published 3 May 2022.

ALICE OGILVIE IS CRAZY.

The words are huge, written across my locker in thick black marker, impossible to miss. I see them from down the hall as I approach, the words like a pin to my eye. My first day back from house arrest, and this is what greets me. I can’t say I’m surprised.”

We dive straight into the story from the point of view of one of the main characters. I think that it gives us a good idea of what the main character is like, ie how strong she is, but it also hints that there are other things going on.

It is a strong start and I am pleased to say that I am enjoying the book so far.

What do you think about this quote?

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 …”

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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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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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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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Stacking The Shelves/Library Loot

Welcome to my Stacking The Shelves/Library Loot post, hosted by Reading Reality (Stacking the Shelves) and The Captive Reader and Real Life Reading (Library Loot).

I have had a fairly good stacking week this week, with 2 Blog Tour books turning up and getting 1 library book:

Blog Tour Books that arrived this week:

Good Taste by Caroline Scott (click for link to Goodreads)

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 21 October so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Book Description From Goodreads:

You can tell a lot about a person from what they like to eat..

When Stella Douglas, author of a much-loved but not very successful biography of a forgotten cookery writer, is summoned to see her editor in London, she is dreading being told her writing career is over before it’s even started. But much to her surprise, she finds she is being commissioned to write another book – this time a history of food in England and how the English like to eat. It’s to be quintessentially English and will remind English housewives of the old ways, and English men the glory of their country. The only problem is – all English food is really from elsewhere. 

So Stella sets about inviting recipes from all corners of England, in the hope of discovering a hidden culinary gem. But what she discovers is oatcakes and gravy and lots of lots of potatoes. 

Longing for something more thrilling, she heads off to speak to the nation’s housewives. But when her car breaks down and the dashing and charismatic Freddie springs to her rescue, she is led in a very different direction…

Full of wit and life, Provenance is a story of discovery, of a modern England emerging from the past and one woman’s desire to make her own way as a modern woman.

Havana Fever by Leonardo Padura (click for link to Goodreads)

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 9 November so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Mario Conde has retired from the police force and makes a living trading in antique books. Havana is now flooded with dollars, populated by pimps, prostitutes, drug dealers, and other hunters of the night. In the book collection of a rich Cuban who fled after the fall of Batista, Conde discovers an article about Violeta del Rio, a beautiful bolero singer of the 1950s who disappeared mysteriously. A murder soon follows. This is a crime story set in today’s darker Cuba, but it is also an evocation of the Havana of Batista, the city of a hundred night clubs where the paths of Marlon Brando and Meyer Lansky crossed.”

My Library Book:

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

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 …”

What have you been stacking your shelves with this week?

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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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Lets Talk Bookish – Reading seasonally

Welcome to my Let’s Talk Bookish post! Created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits, this meme includes a set prompt which we are then let lose on to discuss.

This week’s prompt is:

Reading seasonally (Mikaela @ Mikaela Reads)

Do you read seasonally?

I try to read seasonally as far as possible. That does sometimes goes awry depending on the Blog Tours that I am on.

Do you like a beach read in summer, a spooky book in the autumn and holiday themed ones in winter?

Yes. I like the summery covers in the Summer and the darker ones in the Winter. I also like a lighter read in the Summer, romance and chick lit, and then Thrillers in the Autumn/Winter. In October I like to read Fantasy, and things that make me think of Halloween.

What’s your favourite season?

I like Autumn when it is still slightly warm from the Summer, but the cold is starting to come in so you can drink hot chocolate. I love taking photographs and Autumn can provide an excellent backdrop.

Do you have any favourite seasonal reads?

I look forward to the Autumn/Winter reads. I particularly love reading Christmas books, however they often aren’t quite as good storywise as other books. I enjoy them for being set at Christmas.

Do you read seasonably?

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

Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop! Hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer this week the prompt is:

Have you ever reread a book? If so, why did you decide to reread it? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Other than when I was a child and had my parents read the same books over and over again (as children do), I have only ever re read one book. I tried to re read another one this year, but I have so many other books to read that I had to give up.

The book that I re read was Flambards by K.M. Peyton. It was one of my favourite books when I was younger. I went through a phase of reading ‘pony/horse’ books and loved this one.

What about you?

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Friday 56 – Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais

Welcome to Friday 56! Hosted by Freda’s Voice, you turn to page 56 or 56% in any book or reading device and pick a sentence that grabs you.

My book of the week is 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 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.”

FRIDAY 56 QUOTE

“Chapter Thirty Nine

Thirty-three years ago – a month before the heist

Ursula gasped. “You all knew there was a spell like that in the grimoire?””

This is a 56% of the way through the book. It was the beginning of the next chapter so there wasn’t much to choose from, however, I thought that this quote hinted at possible future jeopardy!

I am really enjoying this book and can’t wait to see what happens next!

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