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Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – Fictional Places You Want To Visit

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! Hosted by Goodreads T5W group this week it is Fictional Places You Want To Visit.

I have done a couple of posts in the past that link in quite nicely to this prompt:

Top Ten Tuesday – Books Set In a Place I’d Love to Visit

Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite Book Places

Here are a further 5 fictional places that I would like to visit:

Bookshop in York

A Bookshop Christmas by Rachel Burton (click for link to Goodreads)

The Bookshop in Cornwall

Random Things Tours – Book Review – The Cornish Cream Tea Bookshop by Cressida McLaughlin

The Dusty Attic Bookshop in Whitefall Cove

Book Review – Witch Way To Murder And Mayhem by Jane Hinchey

Family Home in the Scottish Highlands

Netgalley Book Review – Snowed In For Christmas by Sarah Morgan

Cafe in Paris

Library Book Review – The Little Paris Patisserie by Julie Caplin

What places are on your list?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite “Aww” Moments In Books

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, this week it is Favourite “Aww” Moments In Books (Share those sweet/cute moments in books that give you warm fuzzies.). I initially worried that I hadn’t read enough books with warm fuzzies, and if I had which ones were they?! I decided to go through my Goodreads list and found that actually I had read quite a few books that would fit the bill and once I had got into the flow of it, it was ok! So here is my list:

NOTE: In the name of not spoiling any books, I have only put the book that includes the moment and not the actual moment itself.

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

Netgalley Book Review – Snowed In For Christmas by Sarah Morgan

Someone to Kiss by Jamie Anderson (click for link to Goodreads)

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

Random Things Tours – Book Review – The Weekend Before The Wedding by Tracy Bloom

Library Book Review for Paris In July – The Little Paris Patisserie by Julie Caplin

Library Book Review – You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones

Random Things Tours – Book Review – Lucie Yi Is Not A Romantic by Lauren Ho

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

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

What books are 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.

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

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (click for link to Goodreads)

Witch Happens by A.M King (click for link to Goodreads)

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

Book Review – The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

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

Stacking the Shelves – Hosted by Reading Reality

All Over Instagram – Hosted by me Budget Tales Book Blog

Sunday Post – Hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer

What else has been happening this week:

My son brought home yet another bug (we have tested for Covid and we are all negative). It is a bad bug this time as even my partner has caught it and he is never ill! Wednesday my son was at home to recover after struggling through Monday and Tuesday. The rest of the week he was at school and on Friday had his first disco which I think he enjoyed! This weekend will be another quiet one while we all recover!

How has your week been?

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Sunday Post

Welcome to my Sunday post hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer. A very busy week this week. Despite being ill yet again, I started to take part in a month long Halloween Challenge and also put up a couple of book reviews in addition to my normal posts.

So here are my posts for the week:

Sunday Salon (last week)

Sunday Night Reading

Goodreads Monday (add your links in the comments section for all to see!) – Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn

Book Review – The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

October Halloween Challenge 2022 – Hosted by Tourmaline

My Book Of The Week – The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

Monday Night Reading

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Read On Vacation

Book Review – The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

October Halloween Challenge 2022 – Hosted by Tourmaline

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

Teaching My Son To Read – The Library by Roderick Hunt and Alex Brychta

Tuesday Night Reading

WWW Wednesday – Currently Reading, Finished Reading, Reading Next

October Halloween Challenge 2022 – Hosted by Tourmaline

Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – Anticipated Releases

Time Travel Thursday

Happy Publication Day! Good Taste by Caroline Scott

Happy Publication Day! What Child Is This? By Bonnie MacBird

Thursday Quotables – The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

October Halloween Challenge 2022 – Hosted by Tourmaline

Thursday Night Reading

Friday 56 – The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

Netgalley Book Review – Snowed In For Christmas by Sarah Morgan

Book Blogger Hop – Do you suggest new authors to your readers?

The Bookish Questions Tag – Friday Musings Inspired by Thurstag

October Halloween Challenge 2022 – Hosted by Tourmaline

Stacking The Shelves

Teaching My Son To Read – Fetch! by Roderick Hunt and Alex Brychta

Books that I have been seeing all over Instagram this week

October Halloween Challenge 2022 – Hosted by Tourmaline

Weekend Reading – What I am planning on reading this weekend

Memes that I took part in with links to other participants blogs:

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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Netgalley Book Review – Snowed In For Christmas by Sarah Morgan

Netgalley EARC

Genre: Christmas, Romance

Number of Pages: 400

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

A family gathering

This Christmas the Miller siblings have one goal—to avoid their well-meaning family’s endless stream of prying questions. Ross, Alice and Clemmie have secrets that they don’t intend to share, and they are relying on each other to deflect attention.

An uninvited guest

Lucy Clarke is facing a Christmas alone and the prospect of losing her job. Unless she can win a major piece of business from Ross Miller, the season promises to be anything but festive. She’ll just deliver her proposal to his family home and then leave. After all, she wouldn’t want to intrude on the Miller family’s perfect Christmas.

A Christmas to remember

When Lucy appears on the Miller family’s snow-covered Highland doorstep, she’s mistaken for Ross’s girlfriend. By the time the confusion is cleared up, they’re snowed in—she can’t leave, even if she wants to! But does she want to? As secrets spill out like presents from an overstuffed stocking and the chemistry between her and Ross ignites, this is going to be either Lucy’s worst Christmas ever or the best mistake of her life.

💭THOUGHTS💭

I was very excited to be approved for this, my first Netgalley EARC! I have read and enjoyed Sarah Morgan’s Christmas books before and so had high hopes for this one. I have to say that it exceeded my expectations. I struggled to put it down! 

The writing was clear, engaging and had some emotional moments in it. It was cleverly made up of multiple points of view which were clearly set out and gradually brought the story together. Nothing felt rushed and you felt like you got of each character’s thoughts and feelings before moving on. The correct balance was struck with the chapters being long enough that you got invested, but not too long that you couldn’t wait to get to the end and move on to the next pert of the story. 

The chapters were generally fairly long and taken from one character’s point of view. There didn’t seem to be any particular rule as to whose point of view you read about next, but it was well chosen and made the story move along well and come together seamlessly. I loved the different points of view and seeing what those characters were thinking and feeling. 

Whilst the chapters were fairly long, my interest didn’t waiver. I got invested in each of the characters’ storylines and was desperate to find out what was going to happen to them next. The story didn’t feel like it was dragging as some stories with long chapters can. It was cleverly done to grab your interest and make you feel for the characters. Not one character let the story down. I could quite happily have read more on every single character. 

Moving on to the characters. They were excellent. I loved learning about their lives and who they were from reading the story from their point of view. What they presented to each other was not necessarily who they were and that was interesting. I loved the family dynamic presented to us and enjoyed the fact that it was highlighted further by Lucy who didn’t have any family. The love and support shone through this book and made it a joy to read. 

Lastly the settings. I loved being snowed in in a big old family home set in a picturesque area, and having it all described to me. There was just enough description to make you ‘see’ what was there without detracting from the characters’ thoughts, feelings and actions. It was what I would describe as a proper Christmas book. 

Overall I loved it. It exceeded my expectations and exuded all things Christmas. I highly recommend it.  

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

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Thursday Night Reading

I have had a good chunk of reading time this evening and I have managed to stay awake – just! I have finished my Netgalley EARC Snowed in for Christmas by Sarah Morgan. I highly recommend it. It definitely exceeded my expectations! I have drafted a review and will be finalising it tomorrow ready for posting.

I then spent the rest of the evening reading Good Taste by Caroline Scott. I am enjoying it but at the same time panicking that it needs to be read by 21 October (which it will be, it’s just that time is speeding by at the moment!).

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters will have to wait until tomorrow, however I really do need to have it read by the end of the month as it is my Gothic Fiction choice!

I hope that you have had a good Thursday. Tomorrow on the Blog it’s Friday 56, Book Blogger Hop, Friday Musings and my Halloween Challenge post.

See you then!

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Monday Night Reading

Tonight I have had a wonderfully long reading evening, however I am about to cut it short by going to sleep. It does annoy me that when I finally get a good long evening I am so tired that I waste it sleeping.

Anyway, this evening I have finished The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling. I wasn’t expecting to finish it quite this early, but I was enjoying it and in addition to this evening, I also devoted my day time reading slot to it. I have drafted a review for it so that is ready to be finalised tomorrow. I am not sure when I will actually post it though.

I spent the rest of the evening reading my Netgalley EARC Snowed in for Christmas by Sarah Morgan and a chapter of Good Taste by Caroline Scott. I am enjoying both and look forward to picking them both up again tomorrow.

I hope that you have had a good Monday. Tomorrow on the Blog it’s Top Ten Tuesday and First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday was a tough one so I’ve had to think outside the box a little bit…

See you then!

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Stacking The Shelves

Welcome to my Stacking The Shelves post hosted by Reading Reality. I got accepted for my first Netgalley book and a Blog Tour this and my son had a fair few books for his birthday this week (of which I have only picked a couple!):

Netgalley Book:

Snowed In For Christmas by Sarah Morgan

Book Description From Netgalley:

She’s snowed in with the family. The only problem? They’re not her family.

A family gathering
This Christmas the Miller siblings have one goal – to avoid their family’s well-meaning questions. Ross, Alice and Clemmie have secrets that they don’t intend to share, and they are relying on each other to deflect attention.

An uninvited guest
Lucy Clarke is facing a Christmas alone, and the prospect of losing her job – unless she can win a major piece of business from Ross Miller. She’ll deliver her proposal to his family home in the Scottish Highlands and then leave. After all, she wouldn’t want to intrude on the Miller’s perfect family Christmas.

A Christmas to remember
When Lucy appears on the Miller’s snow-covered doorstep, she is mistaken for Ross’s girlfriend. But by the time the confusion is cleared up, a storm has hit and Lucy is stuck. As everyone settles in for a snowed-in Christmas, tensions bubble to the surface and suddenly Lucy finds herself facing a big family fallout with a family that isn’t hers…”

My review is due on 27 October so keep your eyes peeled for it on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Blog Tour Book:

Keeping a Christmas Promise by Jo Thomas

Book Description:

“A Christmas to remember for a friend they’ll never forget…

Four friends
While on holiday twenty-five years ago, Freya and her three best friends created a bucket list. As they talked about families, careers and travelling, the future seemed bright, full of hope and most importantly guaranteed…

One promise
Now, Freya and two friends are travelling to Iceland in memory of the friend they’ve lost, determined to fulfil her dream of seeing the Northern lights. Nothing – not even a snowstorm – is going to stop them.

A life-changing adventure
When an avalanche leaves them stranded, a handsome local, Petur, comes to the rescue and shows them how the community come together to survive. With Christmas fast approaching, the women throw themselves into village life preparing for the festive celebrations.

As Freya’s love for the village and feelings for Petur grow, could this be her chance to find true happiness?

Keeping a Christmas Promise is an uplifting and heart-warming story about friendship, adventure and learning to love again set in a picturesque Icelandic village.”

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 22 September so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

A couple of my son’s birthday books:

Mr. Men Adventure in the Ice Age (Mr. Men Adventures) by Roger Hargreaves, Adam Hargreaves (click for link to Goodreads)

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch (The Lighthouse Keeper) by Ronda Armitage, David Armitage (Illustrator) (click for link to Goodreads)

Pink Lion by Jane Porter (click for link to Goodreads)

The Adventures of Paddington and the Missing Marmalade Sandwich (click for link to Goodreads)

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