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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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Monday Night Reading

I got some reading time in this evening! I started off with a couple of chapters of my library book The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson and then I moved on to a Blog Tour book that I signed up for this evening as there were slots that needed filling. It is for a Tour in November which is a busy Blog Tour month for me already, but I saw that it was digital so I could actually start it now and it wouldn’t clash with anything else. I am glad that I signed up for it as I am actually really enjoying it. It is called Someone to Kiss by Jamie Anderson.

I hope that you have all had a good start to the week. Tomorrow on the Blog it’s Top Ten Tuesday and First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday.

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

“”This is the best hen party ever!” says Laura, as she opens the sun screen, squirts a dollop into her hand, then rubs it over her arms and long legs.”

Genre: Christmas Romance

Number of Pages: 368

Date of Publication: 13 October 2022 (ebook available from 22 September 2022)

Publisher: Penguin

My Review Summary: A heartwarming, poignant story full of love and friendship

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

Four friends

Twenty-five years ago, Freya and her three best friends created a bucket list. The future seemed bright, full of hope and most importantly guaranteed . . .

One promise

Now they are travelling to Iceland in memory of the friend they’ve lost, determined to fulfil her dream of seeing the Northern Lights at Christmas.

A life-changing adventure

They didn’t count on an avalanche leaving them stranded! Handsome local, Pétur, comes to the rescue, showing them how the community survives the hard winter. With Christmas approaching, Freya and her friends throw themselves into the festivities, decorating and cooking for the villagers using delicious local ingredients.

But will the Northern Lights appear so they can honour their friend’s wish? And can Freya’s own dreams come true, this Christmas?

💭THOUGHTS💭

I have read and enjoyed Jo Thomas’ last book, Retreat To The Spanish Sun, so when this one came up I jumped at the chance to be on the tour. I am glad that I got a place as it was an excellent book. 

The writing was poignant, descriptive and emotive. It was a lovely read. I really felt that I was there in Iceland and I loved the food element. The description of the sights and the smells of the food around the characters really added another layer to the story. 

The chapters were fairly short, which gave the story a good pace and kept it moving. There were a lot of different little storylines going on and so you needed the shorter chapters to keep them moving. Whilst there were lots of different little things going on you never got lost and they all tied up well. 

The characters were great. I loved all their individual backstories and the fact that they were all on their own journeys of self discovery. Whilst they were all experiencing the same sort of things it was nice to see how the experience was applied to each character individually. Aside from the three main friends, there were also other characters in the book who had had difficulties, but these were overcome with the sense of community and everybody helping out each other. It really was a magical place!

Lastly the settings. They were incredible. The description was beautiful and really made you feel like you were there! I have been to Iceland before so it was nice to read about it and for it to invoke my own memories of being there. For me the descriptions really made the story. There was a wonderful message behind the story and it was able to shine through with the wonderful description of the settings. 

Overall a great story full of friendship, community and self discovery. I highly recommend reading it!

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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Book Review – Someone in Time by Jonathan Strahan

Library Book

Genre: Sci Fi/Romance

Number of Pages: 410

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS 📖

Even time travel can’t unravel love

Time-travel is a way for writers to play with history and imagine different futures – for better, or worse.

When romance is thrown into the mix, time-travel becomes a passionate tool, or heart-breaking weapon. A time agent in the 22nd century puts their whole mission at risk when they fall in love with the wrong person. No matter which part of history a man visits, he cannot not escape his ex. A woman is desperately in love with the time-space continuum, but it doesn’t love her back. As time passes and falls apart, a time-traveller must say goodbye to their soulmate.

With stories from best-selling and award-winning authors such as Seanan McGuire, Alix E. Harrow and Nina Allan, this anthology gives a taste for the rich treasure trove of stories we can imagine with love, loss and reunion across time and space.

Including stories by: Alix E. Harrow, Zen Cho, Seanan McGuire, Sarah Gailey, Jeffrey Ford, Nina Allan, Elizabeth Hand, Lavanya Lakshminarayan, Catherynne M. Valente, Sam J. Miller, Rowan Coleman, Margo Lanagan, Sameem Siddiqui, Theodora Goss, Carrie Vaughn, Ellen Klages

💭THOUGHTS💭 

I chose this library book purely because it ticked off my sci fi genre goal. I had high hopes for it as it also included romance. Overall I was left feeling underwhelmed.

A couple of the stories were good, but the majority of them were very confusing and I had no idea what I was reading about. It got to the point where I was reading the individual words and not having a clue as to how they all fit together. It was a shame that the few good stories weren’t a bit longer and made up the whole book. At one point I was thinking about giving up on the whole book as story after story wasn’t going well for me. I am glad that I did finish it though as the last couple, especially the last one, were good. 

As there were 16 short stories there were rather a lot of characters so it was best to have a break in between each story, especially as there were quite a number of confusing things going on. I think that a large number of the stories needed to be longer so that they could explain what was going on properly. I feel that I missed out on potentially good storylines because I wasn’t quite sure what was going on. 

There weren’t really chapters in this book, just individual short stories. One was split into a diary type style and others had bigger gaps and some were just one block. 

The settings were all over the place which was interesting. I did enjoy travelling through time. It wasn’t always backwards – I don’t think. I can’t be sure as a couple of the stories I got a bit lost in. 

Overall I enjoyed a few of the stories in this book. It has been an experience. 

⭐Rated 2/5⭐

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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.

Books that I have been reading this week:

The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill (click for link to Goodreads)

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 20 September.

Someone in Time by Jonathan Strahan (click for link to Goodreads)

This is my current library book

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

Someone in Time by Jonathan Strahan (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

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

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

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:

This week has been a week of TV coverage of the late Queen. I have managed to watch a few bits as it is quite a moment in history. The rest of the week has been taking my son to school – this week has been 8:35am to 1pm with one full day. Next week he will be full time. This weekend my partner and son have been shopping, to the park and a walk ending with a cream tea. Unfortunately my son has brought home germs from school and whilst he has recovered, I have not, so have stayed at home reading and watching Netflix. I have now seen Persuasion which I had been meaning to watch for a while. I know that not everyone enjoyed it, but I absolutely loved it.

Pictures of London from last week – NOTE – I didn’t get a picture of the outside of the pods as there were people in them and I couldn’t get the angle of ours (I also didn’t think that my family would be too impressd if I posted pictures of the inside of the pod with them in either!)! There are some good pictures of the pods on the restaurant’s website – COPPA BAR LONDON.

Waiting room at the Coppa Bar

Ceiling of the Pod

View from the Pod

Walking around London – Tower Bridge

Walking around London – River Themes

Walking around London – River Themes

How has your week been?

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Weekend Reading Plans

Rather a boring weekend this weekend, with one book being my main focus – Someone in Time by Jonathan Strahan. It is my current library book and is due back on 23 September so I wanted to get it read this weekend. I don’t think that I will get it all read, but I shouldn’t be too far off! Some stories I am enjoying, others not so much.

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Even time travel can’t unravel love Time-travel is a way for writers to play with history and imagine different futures – for better, or worse.When romance is thrown into the mix, time-travel becomes a passionate tool, or heart-breaking weapon. A time agent in the 22nd century puts their whole mission at risk when they fall in love with the wrong person. No matter which part of history a man visits, he cannot not escape his ex. A woman is desperately in love with the time-space continuum, but it doesn’t love her back. As time passes and falls apart, a time-traveller must say goodbye to their soulmate.

With stories from best-selling and award-winning authors such as Seanan McGuire, Alix E. Harrow and Nina Allan, this anthology gives a taste for the rich treasure trove of stories we can imagine with love, loss and reunion across time and space.

Including stories by: Alix E. Harrow, Zen Cho, Seanan McGuire, Sarah Gailey, Jeffrey Ford, Nina Allan, Elizabeth Hand, Lavanya Lakshminarayan, Catherynne M. Valente, Sam J. Miller, Rowan Coleman, Margo Lanagan, Sameem Siddiqui, Theodora Goss, Carrie Vaughn, Ellen Klages”

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Friday Night Reading

I had a fairly successful day today, managing to read and draft a review for my Blog Tour book Keeping A Christmas Promise by Jo Thomas, which has meant that this evening I have been able to concentrate on reading my library book Someone in Time by Jonathan Strahan. I am enjoying it, but a couple of the stories I have struggled to understand. They were a bit too scientific and thinky for this time of night! I think I got there in the end, but I am not a fan of having to try and work out what is going on. I read a story to be entertained, not to have to spend time thinking about. We shall see what the other stories are like. I really enjoyed the first couple.

I hope that you have had a good Friday. Tomorrow on the Blog it’s Stacking the Shelves, All Over Instagram and, if I have time, My Weekend Reading Plans.

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Thursday Night Reading

It was my son’s first full day at school today so not only have I had a good amount of reading time this evening (because we managed to get him into bed early), but I’ve also had a good amount of time to read during the day!

So this evening I have read another short story in my Library book Someone in Time by Jonathan Strahan. I have to admit that the stories are exceeding my expectations and I am looking forward to reading the rest!

I have also been reading my Blog Tour book Keeping A Christmas Promise by Jo Thomas. It is a lovely story and I am currently 77% of the way through – not to bad considering I only started it today.

I hope that you have had a good Thursday. Tomorrow on the Blog it’s Book Blogger Hop, Friday Musings and Let’s Talk Bookish.

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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 Review – Autumn Leaves – A Chick Lit Anthology

Plot Summary:

A chick lit anthology of 6 short stories taking place in Autumn.

The first story is about a couple where the man is certain that his partner is being unfaithful, the second story is about a journalist falling for her temporary cameraman, the third story is about a woman running a marathon and trying to leave her problems behind, the fourth story is about a woman who has returned home due to difficulties and things seem to get worse when she is confronted by her childhood enemy, the fifth story is about two friends who end up getting married, but there is only love on one side of the relationship and lastly the sixth story is about a woman coming home to look after her sick mother and realising what she has missed.

Fast Forward To Today:

Someone in Time by Jonathan Strahan (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description:

Even time travel can’t unravel love

Time-travel is a way for writers to play with history and imagine different futures – for better, or worse.

When romance is thrown into the mix, time-travel becomes a passionate tool, or heart-breaking weapon. A time agent in the 22nd century puts their whole mission at risk when they fall in love with the wrong person. No matter which part of history a man visits, he cannot not escape his ex. A woman is desperately in love with the time-space continuum, but it doesn’t love her back. As time passes and falls apart, a time-traveller must say goodbye to their soulmate.

With stories from best-selling and award-winning authors such as Seanan McGuire, Alix E. Harrow and Nina Allan, this anthology gives a taste for the rich treasure trove of stories we can imagine with love, loss and reunion across time and space.

Including stories by: Alix E. Harrow, Zen Cho, Seanan McGuire, Sarah Gailey, Jeffrey Ford, Nina Allan, Elizabeth Hand, Lavanya Lakshminarayan, Catherynne M. Valente, Sam J. Miller, Rowan Coleman, Margo Lanagan, Sameem Siddiqui, Theodora Goss, Carrie Vaughn, Ellen Klages

Keeping A Christmas Promise by Jo Thomas (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description:

“Four friends
Twenty-five years ago, Freya and her three best friends created a bucket list. The future seemed bright, full of hope and most importantly guaranteed . . .

One promise
Now they are travelling to Iceland in memory of the friend they’ve lost, determined to fulfil her dream of seeing the Northern Lights at Christmas.

A life-changing adventure
They didn’t count on an avalanche leaving them stranded! Handsome local, Pétur, comes to the rescue, showing them how the community survives the hard winter. With Christmas approaching, Freya and her friends throw themselves into the festivities, decorating and cooking for the villagers using delicious local ingredients.

But will the Northern Lights appear so they can honour their friend’s wish? And can Freya’s own dreams come true, this Christmas?”

Comparison:

I was trying to read seasonally last year and came across this chick lit anthology. I enjoyed reading them. I am currently reading short stories which is strange because I very rarely read them and to be reading them at the same time as last year I find a bit spooky! I have only just started this Christmas book. I usually would wait until December, but it is a Blog Tour book so I have to read and review according to the date that I was given.

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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Wednesday Night Reading

I haven’t done one of these in a while as I’ve just been so tired and/or not actually read enough that I can warrant posting about!

Whilst it has been another case of me falling asleep again this evening before bedtime, I did get a good chunk of my next Blog Tour book Keeping A Christmas Promise by Jo Thomas read. I am now 17% of the way through. I am really enjoying it. I have high hopes for it as I enjoyed the last Jo Thomas book I read.

I also managed to get a bit of Someone in Time read. Not a lot as I really needed to get Keeping a Christmas Promise started, but what I did read was good and I have high hopes for the rest of the book. It is made up of short stories and I am currently on the second story. It is my current library book and I believe that I still have another week on it (I will be checking tomorrow!).

I hope that you have had a good Wednesday. Tomorrow on the Blog it’s Time Travel Thursday.

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