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Friday Musings – Inspired by Top 5 Tuesday – Recent 5 Star Books

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 5 Tuesday by hosted by Meeghan Reads

On 30 November 2021 it was a Freebie, but Meeghan Reads chose to do Top 5 recent reads. Here are my recent 5 star reads (click titles for my reviews):

Book Review – The Attic Child by Lola JayeHISTORICAL FICTION

Book Review – Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle CosimanoMYSTERY

Book Review – A Binturong In My Bed by Chris LoisCHILDREN

Book Review – Four Aunties And A Wedding by Jesse SutantoROMANCE

Book Review – Hook, Line and Sinker by Tessa BaileyROMANCE

What are your most recent 5 star reads?

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Thursday Quotables – Book Lovers by Emily Henry – #popularbooks #romance

Hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies, this is where you share a favorite quote, line, or passage from your reading each week!

Each week I chose a Book of the Week to take part in this (and other) book memes. This week my chosen book is Book Lovers by Emily Henry.

“”And what’s wrong with the Greek Salad here?”

“You tried to order a salad?” he says. “Did the townspeople circle you with pitchforks?”

“Not an answer.””

There are numerous quotes I could have chosen, but I decided on this one as it seemed the cleanest! I am enjoying this book, but not as much as I hoped at the moment. I am hoping to get more into it the further in I get. I haven’t lost hope yet!

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Book Description From Goodreads:

An insightful, delightful new novel from the number-one New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation.

One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming….

Nora Stephens’ life is books – she’s read them all – and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.

Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away – with visions of a small-town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.

If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again – in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow – what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.”

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My Book Of The Week – Book Lovers by Emily Henry

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 Book Lovers by Emily Henry (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

An insightful, delightful new novel from the number-one New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation.

One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming….

Nora Stephens’ life is books – she’s read them all – and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.

Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away – with visions of a small-town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.

If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again – in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow – what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.”

This book was published on 3 and 12 May and has been all over Instagram. I couldn’t wait to get a copy and this week I will be making a start on it!

Feel free to read my book of the week alongside me and to add links to your posts in my comments box!

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Sunday Night Reading

I can’t believe the weekend is over! Time just keeps flying by! I have had a couple of good reading nights, tonight was ok. I could always do with more time though!

This evening I finished reading The Attic Child by Lola Jaye (an amazing book which I highly recommend) and drafted my review ready to be finalised and posted on 17 May.

The rest of the evening was spent starting Book Lovers by Emily Henry and my next Blog Tour book Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley. I have to say that I have high hopes for both of these books!

I hope that you have had a great weekend and here’s to next week!

Tomorrow it is Goodreads Monday and I will also be posting my book of the week. Feel free to join in with Goodreads Monday and leave your links in the comments section ☺️

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#Rejected Goddesses by Natalie Watson and Nina Holmes FREE ON KINDLE for a limited time!

Book Review – #Rejected Goddesses by Natalie Watson and Nina Holmes

I was lucky enough to be asked to read this book back in December last year and I loved it (click title above for my review)! It is currently free on Kindle for a limited time and I highly recommend that you give it a go!

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Thursday Quotables – Twelve Days In May by Niamh Hargan – #romance

Hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies, this is where you share a favorite quote, line, or passage from your reading each week!

Each week I chose a Book of the Week to take part in this (and other) book memes. This week my chosen book is Twelve Days In May by Niamh Hargan:

“‘Yes,’ the waiter had replied. ‘Sur place only. We do not offer our dishes …to go.’

He’d said this so disdainfully, in English so heavily accented, that Lizzy had been sure he must’ve been having a little fun with the situation, play-acting somewhat.”

I have only just started reading this book so there wasn’t a lot to choose from, however, I liked this conversation that the main character, Lizzy, was overhearing at a Cafe. It made me smile.

Book Description From Goodreads:

They haven’t spoken for 12 years.

Can they fall in love in 12 days?

Lizzy Munro is working at the Cannes Film Festival, in a job that involves a lot more admin than red-carpet glamour.

There, Ciaran Flynn is the man everyone is talking about: heartthrob of the moment and director of the most romantic movie of the year.

What nobody knows is that twelve years ago, they were best friends . . . and they haven’t spoken since.

But when Ciaran’s film runs into trouble, there’s only one person he can turn to.

Is twelve days enough to save not only Ciaran’s film, but also the spark he and Lizzy once shared?

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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 – The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha ChristieMYSTERY

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Murder at the Vicarage marks the debut of Agatha Christie’s unflappable and much beloved female detective, Miss Jane Marple. With her gift for sniffing out the malevolent side of human nature, Miss Marple is led on her first case to a crime scene at the local vicarage. Colonel Protheroe, the magistrate whom everyone in town hates, has been shot through the head. No one heard the shot. There are no leads. Yet, everyone surrounding the vicarage seems to have a reason to want the Colonel dead. It is a race against the clock as Miss Marple sets out on the twisted trail of the mysterious killer without so much as a bit of help from the local police.”

Fast Forward To Today:

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads

“Finlay Donovan is killing it…except, she’s really not. A stressed-out single mom of two and struggling novelist, Finlay’s life is in chaos: The new book she promised her literary agent isn’t written; her ex-husband fired the nanny without telling her; and this morning she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head after an incident with scissors.

When Finlay is overheard discussing the plot of her new suspense novel with her agent over lunch, she’s mistaken for a contract killer and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet. She soon discovers that crime in real life is a lot more difficult than its fictional counterpart, as she becomes tangled in a real-life murder investigation.”

Spring At Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin (click for link to Goodreads)

Welcome to beautiful Hope Island where the sea sparkles, the daffodils are blooming and a blossoming romance is just around the corner…

Bella has always had a sunny outlook and caring nature, despite recently falling on hard times. When she finds a handsome homeless man on her doorstep, her kind heart tells her she must help him. So, she invites Isaac into her cottage and into her life in ways she could never have imagined…

But Isaac is not what he seems. He’s keeping a huge secret from Bella, yet he never expected to fall for this open, generous and charming woman.

Bella can’t ignore the chemistry between her and Isaac, but she’s had her trust badly broken in her past. Will she run when she learns the truth about Isaac, or will he be the one man who can help Bella believe in love again?”

Twelve Days In May by Niamh Hagan (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

They haven’t spoken for 12 years.

Can they fall in love in 12 days?

Lizzy Munro is working at the Cannes Film Festival, in a job that involves a lot more admin than red-carpet glamour.

There, Ciaran Flynn is the man everyone is talking about: heartthrob of the moment and director of the most romantic movie of the year.

What nobody knows is that twelve years ago, they were best friends . . . and they haven’t spoken since.

But when Ciaran’s film runs into trouble, there’s only one person he can turn to.

Is twelve days enough to save not only Ciaran’s film, but also the spark he and Lizzy once shared?”

The Attic Child by Lola Jaye (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

A hauntingly powerful and emotionally charged novel about family secrets, love and loss, identity and belonging.

Two children trapped in the same attic, almost a century apart, bound by a shared secret.

Early 1900s London: Taken from his homeland, twelve-year-old Celestine spends most of the time locked away in the attic of a large house by the sea. The only time Celestine isn’t bound by confines of the small space is when he is acting as an unpaid servant to English explorer Sir Richard Babbington, As the years pass, he desperately clings on to memories of his family in Africa, even as he struggles to remember his mother’s face, and sometimes his real name . . .

1974: Lowra, a young orphan girl born into wealth and privilege whose fortunes have now changed, finds herself trapped in the same attic. Searching for a ray of light in the darkness of the attic, Lowra finds under the floorboards an old-fashioned pen, a porcelain doll, a beaded necklace, and a message carved on the wall, written in an unidentifiable language. Providing comfort for her when all hope is lost, these clues will lead her to uncover the secrets of the attic.”

A few differences here, mainly in the number of books I am reading. I have a couple of Blog Tours coming up so I need to read multiple books! I am still reading a mystery amongst my pile of books although I have moved away from classics this year!

What were you reading this time last year or the year before (or the year before!)?

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Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – New To Me Books

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! Hosted by Goodreads T5W group this week it is New To Me Books. I am lucky enough to paticipate in Blog Tours for books that have recently been published or are soon to be published, so I have decided to pick 5 of those that have recently been published and that I have reviewed (and rated 5 star):

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – The Mirror Game by Guy Gardner Published 28 January 2022

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Hook, Line and Sinker by Tessa Bailey Published 1 March 2022

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Sparks and Shadow by Ceara Nobles Published 4 March 2022

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Shadow Flicker by Gregory Bastianelli Published 29 March 2022

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Welcome To Your Life by Bethany Rutter Published 31 March 2022

What books are new to you?

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WWW Wednesday!

It’s W W W Wednesday! Hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, here are my 3 Ws (Currently Reading, Just Finished Reading and Future Reading):

What I am currently reading:

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Finlay Donovan is killing it…except, she’s really not. A stressed-out single mom of two and struggling novelist, Finlay’s life is in chaos: The new book she promised her literary agent isn’t written; her ex-husband fired the nanny without telling her; and this morning she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head after an incident with scissors.

When Finlay is overheard discussing the plot of her new suspense novel with her agent over lunch, she’s mistaken for a contract killer and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet. She soon discovers that crime in real life is a lot more difficult than its fictional counterpart, as she becomes tangled in a real-life murder investigation.

Fast-paced, deliciously witty, and wholeheartedly authentic in depicting the frustrations and triumphs of motherhood in all its messiness, hilarity, and heartfelt moments, Finlay Donovan Is Killing It is the first in a brilliant new series from award-winning Elle Cosimano.”

I am still only halfway through this book. I have too many other books to get through to go any faster, but the main thing is that I get to enjoy a bit of it every evening!

Spring at Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin

Book Description From Goodreads:

Welcome to beautiful Hope Island where the sea sparkles, the daffodils are blooming and a blossoming romance is just around the corner…

Bella has always had a sunny outlook and caring nature, despite recently falling on hard times. When she finds a handsome homeless man on her doorstep, her kind heart tells her she must help him. So, she invites Isaac into her cottage and into her life in ways she could never have imagined…

But Isaac is not what he seems. He’s keeping a huge secret from Bella, yet he never expected to fall for this open, generous and charming woman.

Bella can’t ignore the chemistry between her and Isaac, but she’s had her trust badly broken in her past. Will she run when she learns the truth about Isaac, or will he be the one man who can help Bella believe in love again?

A gorgeously romantic and heartwarming story to completely lose yourself in. Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan, Jane Costello and Miranda Dickinson.

I am nearly halfway through this one and am really enjoying it. It is a nice light read and I look forward to reading it each day.

Twelve Days In May by Niamh Hargan

Book Description From Goodreads:

They haven’t spoken for 12 years.

Can they fall in love in 12 days?

Lizzy Munro is working at the Cannes Film Festival, in a job that involves a lot more admin than red-carpet glamour.

There, Ciaran Flynn is the man everyone is talking about: heartthrob of the moment and director of the most romantic movie of the year.

What nobody knows is that twelve years ago, they were best friends . . . and they haven’t spoken since.

But when Ciaran’s film runs into trouble, there’s only one person he can turn to.

Is twelve days enough to save not only Ciaran’s film, but also the spark he and Lizzy once shared?

I have only read a couple of chapters, but I am enjoying it. I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 13 May so keep an eye out for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

What I have finished reading:

Book Review – Four Aunties And A Wedding by Jesse Sutanto – #bookreview #romcom (click for my book review)

What I am reading next:

The Attic Child by Lola Jaye

Book Description From Goodreads:

A hauntingly powerful and emotionally charged novel about family secrets, love and loss, identity and belonging.

Two children trapped in the same attic, almost a century apart, bound by a shared secret.

Early 1900s London: Taken from his homeland, twelve-year-old Celestine spends most of the time locked away in the attic of a large house by the sea. The only time Celestine isn’t bound by confines of the small space is when he is acting as an unpaid servant to English explorer Sir Richard Babbington, As the years pass, he desperately clings on to memories of his family in Africa, even as he struggles to remember his mother’s face, and sometimes his real name . . .

1974: Lowra, a young orphan girl born into wealth and privilege whose fortunes have now changed, finds herself trapped in the same attic. Searching for a ray of light in the darkness of the attic, Lowra finds under the floorboards an old-fashioned pen, a porcelain doll, a beaded necklace, and a message carved on the wall, written in an unidentifiable language. Providing comfort for her when all hope is lost, these clues will lead her to uncover the secrets of the attic.”

I am on the Blog Tour on 17 May for this book, so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Goodreads, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Happy WWW Wednesday!

What are your 3 W’s

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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – Twelve Days In May by Niamh Hargan – #romance #chicklit

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 Twelve Days In May by Niamh Hargan:

“To say that Ciaran Flynn ruins Lizzy’s first day in Cannes seems a little pathetic, and maybe hyperbolic, and certainly like it gives him a degree of power he does not deserve. But the fact of the matter is, he somewhat ruins her first day in Cannes.”

Book Description From Goodreads:

They haven’t spoken for 12 years.

Can they fall in love in 12 days?

Lizzy Munro is working at the Cannes Film Festival, in a job that involves a lot more admin than red-carpet glamour.

There, Ciaran Flynn is the man everyone is talking about: heartthrob of the moment and director of the most romantic movie of the year.

What nobody knows is that twelve years ago, they were best friends . . . and they haven’t spoken since.

But when Ciaran’s film runs into trouble, there’s only one person he can turn to.

Is twelve days enough to save not only Ciaran’s film, but also the spark he and Lizzy once shared?

I have just started reading this and am quite excited by it! I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 13 May so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

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