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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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Stacking The Shelves

Welcome to my Stacking The Shelves post hosted by Reading Reality. Whilst I haven’t been to the library this week, I have signed up to 2 Blog Tours and downloaded a Kindle freebie (free at the time of purchase).

Kindle Freebie

A Murderous Macaron (Beachfront Bakery #2) by Fiona Grace (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

A Murderous Macaron is book #2 in a charming and hilarious new cozy mystery series by #1 bestselling author Fiona Grace, whose bestselling Murder in the Manor (A Lacey Doyle Cozy Mystery) has nearly 200 five star reviews.

Allison Sweet, 34, a sous chef in Los Angeles, has had it up to here with demeaning customers, her demanding boss, and her failed love life. After a shocking incident, she realizes the time has come to start life fresh and follow her lifelong dream of moving to a small town and opening a bakery of her own.

A rude tourist dies after eating his way up and down the boardwalk, and all eyes fall on Allison, as the police blame her new macarons. The macarons have a secret ingredient that is so delicious it has customers lining up and down the boardwalk—but they are not, she knows, the cause of death.

Allison, forced to clear her name and salvage her customers, has no choice but to retrace the victim’s foodie trek up and down the boardwalk, and to figure out what he ate—or who he insulted—that could have gotten him killed.

With her beloved dog at her side, it is a race against time to crack the mystery and solve the crime before she loses her bakery—and her budding romance—for good.

A hilarious cozy mystery series, packed with twists, turns, romance, travel, food and unexpected adventure, the Beachfront Bakery series will keep you laughing and turning pages late into the night as you fall in love with an endearing new character who will capture your heart.”

I saw this on Socrates’ Book Reviews Sunday Salon Post (click for link to that post) and as I had read and enjoyed the first one A Killer Cupcake by Fiona Grace (click for link to my book review) I knew that I had to get it. When I will get time to read it, I don’t know, but I am looking forward to finding the time!

Blog Tours

Havana Fever by Leonardo Padura (Translated by Peter Bush) – click for link to Goodreads

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.”

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

The Will by Rebecca Reid (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

The Mordaunts aren’t like most families . . .

For one, their family home is Roxborough Hall – a magnificent, centuries-old mansion in the Norfolk countryside. For another, the house isn’t passed down from parent to child – but rather to the family member deemed most worthy.

Cecily Mordaunt is dead. On the evening of her funeral, her family will gather for dinner and each will be given a letter, revealing who is the next custodian of Roxborough Hall.

The house is a burden, a millstone, a full-time job . . . but they all want it. And some are willing do anything to get it.

One family. Eight letters. Who will get what they deserve?

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 15 November so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

What have you been stacking your shelves with this week?

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Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day to all those who celebrate it! Apparently we also have a Labour Day here in the UK, in May, but we call it a Bank Holiday, specifically Early May Bank Holiday…You learn something new everyday! Anyway in honour of today’s Labor Day I have created this post that spells out Labor Day using the surnames of Authors:

L

It Only Takes A Minute by Sasha Lane (click for link to my review) – Romance

A

Finding Mr Perfectly Fine by Tasneem Abdur-Rashid (click for link to my review) – Rom Com

B

The Weekend Before The Wedding by Tracy Bloom (click for link to my review) – Rom Com

O

Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight by Riku Onda (click for link to my review) – Psychological Thriller – Translated Fiction

R 

Quarter to Midnight by Karen Rose (click for link to my review) – Thriller/Romantic Suspense

I hope you have a great day!

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5 Star Summer Reads Part 2 (July to August)

Every season I like to look back and revisit my 5 star reads. As well as trying to read different genres, I also like to try and match my reading to the season as far as possible.

So here were my 5 star reads for the second half of Summer (click for my reviews):

Book Review – Paris For One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes – SHORT STORIES

Book Review – Last Time We Met by Emily Houghton – ROMANCE

Book Review – The Little Paris Patisserie by Julie Caplin – ROMANCE

Book Review – The Christmas Murder Game by Alexandra Benedict – CHRISTMAS/MYSTERY

Book Review – The Weekend Before The Wedding by Tracy Bloom – ROM COM

Book Review – Quarter To Midnight by Karen Rose – THRILLER/MYSTERY

What have been your 5 star Summer reads? Have you read any of these?

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Happy Publication Day! Double or Nothing by Kim Sherwood

Book Description:

James Bond is missing…
007 has been captured, perhaps even killed, by a sinister private military company. His whereabouts are unknown.

Meet the new generation of spies…
Johanna Harwood, 003. Joseph Dryden, 004. Sid Bashir, 009. Together, they represent the very best and brightest of MI6. Skilled, determined and with a licence to kill, they will do anything to protect their country.

The fate of the world rests in their hands…
Tech billionaire Sir Bertram Paradise claims he can reverse the climate crisis and save the planet. But can he really? The new spies must uncover the truth, because the future of humanity hangs in the balance.

Time is running out.”

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 2 September so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Goodreads, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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What I have been reading this month – August 2022 Reading List

The Weekend Before The Wedding by Tracy Bloom ⭐Rated 5/5⭐ ROMANCE

Circe by Madeline Miller ⭐Rated 3/5⭐ MYTHOLOGY RETELLING

Quarter to Midnight by Karen Rose ⭐ Rated 5/5⭐ MYSTERY/CRIME/THRILLER

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman ⭐ Rated 3.5/5⭐ MYTHOLOGY RETELLING

The Christie Affair by Nina De Gramont ⭐Rated 4/5⭐ MYSTERY

Double or Nothing by Kim Sherwood ⭐Rated 3/5⭐ MYSTERY/THRILLER

Genre Goal Checklist:

Romance = 1 book read

Mythology Retelling = 2 books read

Thriller = 2 books read

A bit of an average reading month this month with only two 5 star books. Fingers crossed I will have a better month next month!

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

“”Oh no. No, no, no.” Rocky Herbert smelled death, the stench hitting him hard as he approached the doctor’s kitchen door.”

Genre: Thriller/Romantic Suspense

Number of Pages: 560

Date of Publication: 4 August 2022

Publisher: HarperCollins

My Review Summary: Gripping from beginning to end.

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS 📖

There are good cops. And there are bad cops. The question is…who wins?

After completing her tours with the Marines in Iraq, Molly Sutton knew she could take down any bad guy she met. But when her law enforcement agency in North Carolina turned against her, she joined up with her former CO Burke Broussard, who left New Orleans PD to set up a private investigative service for people who couldn’t find justice elsewhere.

Gabe Hebert saw the toll that working for the NOPD took on his dad and decided instead to make a name for himself as one of the best young chefs in the French Quarter. But when his father’s death is ruled a suicide after a deliberately botched investigation by his former captain, Gabe knows his dad stumbled onto a truth that someone wants silenced.

Gabe goes to his father’s best friend, Burke, for help. Burke assigns the toughest member of his team, Molly, to the case. Molly can’t believe she’s being asked to work with the smoking hot chef whose chocolate cake is not the only thing that makes her mouth water. Sparks fly as they follow the leads Gabe’s dad left them, unraveling a web of crimes, corruption, and murder that runs all the way to the top.

💭THOUGHTS💭

I wanted to get back into reading Thrillers and this one fitted the bill. There was also a bit of Romance thrown in too which I quite enjoyed. I loved the cover, but was quite surprised at the size of the book when it arrived. I was a bit daunted by it, however I needn’t have worried because it was a fantastic book that made me forget about the length. 

The writing had me gripped from the beginning to the end. I had worried that the story would drag, but it didn’t. It was so well put together that it didn’t feel as long as it looked. Whilst the text was small and there was a lot of intricate details, I never felt lost and the story kept moving. There were also little recaps dotted around that made sure that you knew who everyone was and what was happening. 

The chapters themselves were long, but they were cleverly split into place and time zones. It was this that gave the story a good pace and stopped my interest from wandering. 

The story was mainly told from an outside narration, but there were times when you got one of the main character’s points of view. This style kept my interest and allowed you to get to know the characters a bit more. 

It was quite an emotional read at times and there was a lot of death throughout. You knew what had happened before the end, but you were still interested in following the journey of discovery by the characters and seeing how everything linked together and panned out. 

The characters were excellent. I loved the friendships that were made and also the fact that you didn’t always know who to trust! There were morally grey/moral less characters too which are always fascinating to read about. 

Lastly the settings. They were very much secondary as all the little details were in the characters and their thoughts, feelings and actions. I didn’t mind this at all as you were so focused on what was going on that you didn’t need all the surroundings being described. 

Overall a fantastic story that was cleverly put together. I recommend it and will be looking to read more of this Author’s books in the future! 

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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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:

Quarter to Midnight by Karen Rose (click for link to Goodreads)

This is my Blog Tour Book. I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 23 August so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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

This is my buddy read book.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (click for link to Goodreads)

This is my current library book.

Double or Nothing by Kim Sherwood (click for link to Goodreads)

This is my Blog Tour Book. I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 2 September so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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

The Christie Affair by Nina De Gramont (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

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

The Friday 56 – Hosted by Freda’s Voice

Lets Talk Bookish – Hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits

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:

We have finally had cooler weather and some rain! It has been excellent! We have also had a pretty busy week, going out most days.

On Monday we went to the Children’s Centre then on to Hastings. It was my son’s 4th birthday so we thought that we would take him to the Seaside and to the Aquarium. He loved being in the Sea, but not the Aquarium so much, no idea why. On Tuesday we went to Rochester for some lunch, a look round the Cathedral and some window shopping (including a couple of bookshops!). Wednesday we went to Aylesford Priory and had a look around where the Order of Carmelites used to live. Thursday we went to Maidstone Museum. On Friday we went to Tunbridge Wells to buy some bits for my son’s first homework (!!). On Saturday we went to IKEA and bought some bits for the house – we always need more storage solutions! Today we are going to stay near home and visit my partner’s parents (who live a 10 min walk away!)

Hastings

Hastings

Hastings

Rochester Cathedral

Rochester High Street (with Cathedral in the background)

Aylesford Priory (you can see where the heat has damaged the grass!)

Aylesford Priory

Wetherspoons Restaurant – converted Theatre

Wetherspoons Restaurant – converted Theatre

How has your week been?

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Tuesday Night Reading

Exciting news! It finally properly rained here! It has also cooled down and we have rain forecast for the next week which I am thrilled about! We shall see if it happens.

On to this evening and I have made a good dent in my Blog Tour Book Quarter to Midnight by Karen Rose. I actually think that I will get it finished tomorrow! I had been starting to panic about it, but I have sorted myself out! It is an excellent book and I am looking forward to reviewing it on 23 August.

The rest of the evening was spent reading a chapter of my buddy read The Christie Affair by Nina De Gramont. Tomorrow I really need to focus on my library book Norse Mythology as time is ticking on that.

I hope that you have all had an excellent Tuesday. Tomorrow on the Blog it’s WWW Wednesday, Top 5 Wednesday and Wondrous Words Wednesday.

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“book”, “read”, “book blog”, “new”, “recommended”, “easy read”, “don’t miss out”, “fiction”, “thriller”, “mystery”, “reading slump” “entertaining”, “what should I read next”, “what books do you recommend”

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. This is a different post this week as I have been away on holiday so a lot of the posts were scheduled in advance. Anyway, here is what I have been reading and seeing this past week:

Books that I have been reading this week:

Circe by Madeline Miller (click for link to Goodreads)

This is my current library book.

Quarter to Midnight by Karen Rose (click for link to Goodreads)

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 23 August so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

The Weekend Before The Wedding by Tracy Bloom (click for link to Goodreads)

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 15 August so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

Memes I Took Part 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

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

The Friday 56 – Hosted by Freda’s Voice

Lets Talk Bookish – Hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits

Stacking the Shelves – Hosted by Reading Reality

Sunday Post – Hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer

What else has been happening this week:

My holiday in North Wales!

Powis Castle

View from Powis Castle

Powis Castle

Barmouth Beach

Barmouth Beach

Abergynolwyn Walk

Abergynolwyn Walk

Abergynolwyn Walk

Abergynolwyn Station

Abergynolwyn Walk

Part of the Dolgoch Waterfall

Llyn Tegid

Llyn Tegid

Llynnau Cregennen

Llynnau Cregennen

Llynnau Cregennen

Llynnau Cregennen

Porthmadog Harbour

Ffestiniog Railway

Mawddach Walk

Mawddach Walk

I hope that you have all had a great week!

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“book”, “read”, “book review”, “book blog”,”recommended”, “easy read”, “don’t miss out”, “fiction”, “entertaining”, “book meme”, “weekly wrap up”, “sunday salon”, “what books do you recommend”, “what books are popular on social media”, “what book should I read next”, “romance”,”summer reading”