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Thursday Quotables

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

Crow Court by Andy Charman

“The bird turned its head to the left, then turned back to the right and finally came to point its beak in Giles’s direction…It opened its beak and emitted a loud, violent, rasping squawk”

I thought that was particularly haunting! I have only just started this book, but I am enjoying its unique style.

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 1 March 2022 so keep your eyes peeled for my review here, Goodreads, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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Thursday Quotables

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

A Gallery of Mothers by J S Latshaw

“In one spot in the sky, the thick clouds retreated enough to form a window that revealed the stars above: dazzling, living diamonds pasted to a black velvet canopy.”

I thought that was a lovely description of the sky, especially when the character is suffering and trying to see the good in the world.

I am currently 19% of the way through the book and enjoying it!

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Time Travel Thursday

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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 2020 I was reading:

Sign of the Cross by Glenn Cooper

Book Description From Goodreads:

Introducing Harvard professor Cal Donovan in the first of an intriguing new series of religious conspiracy thrillers.

Responding to an urgent summons from the Vatican, Harvard professor of religion and archaeology, Cal Donovan, flies to Italy to interview a young priest who has developed the stigmata of the crucifixion. Stunned to discover that the priest’s condition may be genuine, Cal determines to uncover the cause of the mysterious wounds.

But Cal is not the only one. When Giovanni is kidnapped from his church at dead of night, Cal comes to realize that the priest holds the key to an earth-shattering secret: a secret which a shadowy nationalist organization is desperate to control. Teaming up with Giovanni’s sister Irene, Cal must unravel the mystery and track down Giovanni in a perilous race against the clock … before an apocalyptic catastrophe is unleashed.”

My review on Goodreads:

I hadn’t read a Glenn Cooper book in a while so I decided to do a search at the library and found this book. I was not disappointed. It was well written and had me gripped from the beginning. There were a lot of historical references and myths blended into the story which I enjoyed. There was something happening all the time which kept my interest. Overall an exciting read that I would recommend.

Rated 5/5

Fast Forward to today:

A Moment on the Lips by J Taylor

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 16 February so keep an eye out for my review on here, Goodreads, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

The Little Cafe in Copenhagen by Julie Caplin

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Welcome to the little cafe in Copenhagen where the smell of cinnamon fills the air and the hot chocolate is as smooth as silk.

Publicist Kate Sinclair’s life in London is everything she thought she wanted: success, glamour and a charming boyfriend. Until that boyfriend goes behind her back and snatches a much sought-after promotion from her.Heartbroken and questioning everything, Kate needs to escape.

Leaving behind rush hour and late nights in the office for a city break in beautiful Copenhagen, Kate discovers how to live life ‘the Danish way’. From candles and cosy nights in to the easy smiles of tall, gorgeous Vikings and eating your body weight in pastries (ok, that’s just her), the city offers her a new perspective.

Can the secrets of hygge and happiness lead her to her own happily-ever-after?”

As you can see very different books! I have gone Chick Lit/Romance for February this year, whereas in 2020 I was still on Thrillers. I really enjoyed The Sign of the Cross and will be keeping an eye out for more of this series of Glenn Cooper’s books later on this year (I also have a couple of his books from a different series on my TBR pile).

I have only just started on the other two books, but I am enjoying the lightness of them both.

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

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Thursday Quotables

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

The Little Cafe in Copenhagen by Julie Caplin

I have chosen to take a quote from The Little Cafe in Copenhagen by Julie Caplin:

“‘That book of yours. The one about candles.’

‘The Art of Hygge.’

‘Pardon?’ I laughed. ‘You’re not going to be sick are you?’

‘No, you numpty.’ She grinned at me and just like that, we were back to normal. ‘It’s a Danish word’…”

I have chosen this quote purely because it made me smile. I have a feeling that I am going to enjoy this book!

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Thrifty Thursday

Welcome to my first Thrifty Thursday of 2022! Hosted by Books of My Heart, this is where you read a free book then post about it.

Free on Kindle

Body in the Books by Heather Huffman

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Sometimes, owning a bookstore can be murder.

When Nora Jones inherits a dusty old bookshop from her estranged uncle, she moves to St. Augustine to tie up loose ends and maybe learn a bit about the man she never knew.

Only what first appeared to be a heart attack turns out to be murder, and there’s no shortage of suspects. The detective assigned to the case might be handsome and charming, but Nora’s convinced he’s chasing down the wrong lead.

With her newly-inherited Greyhound named Margo and a quirky band of friends in tow, Nora decides to track down the killer. She finds herself in a race to solve the murder before she becomes the next body in the books.

Body in the Books is the first installment of the Nora Jones cozy mystery series. You won’t want to miss this humorous whodunit that’s being likened to Scooby Doo for grownups.”

I found this book free on Amazon Kindle. I am always on the lookout for books about books and this one grabbed me. I will probably save it for the summer though as the cover is quite summery and I like to try and read seasonally as far as possible!

From The Library

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

Book Description From Goodreads:

When newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, The Bridge, what greets her is far from the life of wealth and privilege she was expecting . . .

When Elsie married handsome young heir Rupert Bainbridge, she believed she was destined for a life of luxury. But with her husband dead just weeks after their marriage, her new servants resentful, and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie has only her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. Inside her new home lies a locked door, beyond which is a painted wooden figure —a silent companion —-that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself. The residents of The Bridge are terrified of the figure, but Elsie tries to shrug this off as simple superstition–that is, until she notices the figure’s eyes following her.

A Victorian ghost story that evokes a most unsettling kind of fear, this is a tale that creeps its way through the consciousness in ways you least expect–much like the silent companions themselves.”

I chose this book from the Library because I wanted to read some Gothic Fiction this month. I am not sure that I will get to finish it this month, but I will try!

Happy Thursday!

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Time Travel Thursday

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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 last year I was still reading:

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Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (click for link to Goodreads – where you will also see my mini review)

Rated 5/5

Fast Forward to today:

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Book Description From Goodreads:

“As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships–but her best friend does, and that’s what got her into this situation. Convincing Anh that Olive is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting biologist, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.

That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor–and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when Stanford’s reigning lab tyrant agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive’s career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding… six-pack abs.

Suddenly their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion. And Olive discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.”

The Bomb Man by Andy Greenaway

Book Description From Goodreads:

“”The Bomb Man” is an enthralling, fast-paced novel based on real events. Beyond that, it serves as a tribute to a rare breed of men who were thrust into a conflict they were not prepared for in Northern Ireland. The year is 1973. Catholics and Protestants are at war. IRA terrorists have unleashed a bloody bombing campaign, indiscriminately killing women and children, policemen and soldiers. Bomb disposal expert Dave Thomson has been sent to Londonderry by the British army. His job is to dismantle the countless explosive devices that are planted across the city every day. When he captures an IRA bomb-maker in the act of planting a device, Thomson crosses the line. He forces the terrorist to defuse his own bomb. A provocative act that ignites the fury of the IRA. The terrorist organization puts a price on his head. With 30 days until his tour of duty ends, there’s only one question on Thomson’s mind. Will he make it home alive to his wife and children? Or in a body bag?

A book set in the period of The Troubles is bound to stir controversy. Even though the events in this novel occurred almost fifty years ago, they still touch a raw nerve among the many whose lives were touched abhorrently and indelibly by the conflict.

This book offers insight into the circumstances that led to The Troubles. It touches on the blatant social injustice and religious discrimination that was endemic in Northern Ireland. The author also opens a window into the deadly excesses of the British Army, who exacerbated the problem and contributed to the rise of the IRA.

But this is not a book about the rights and wrongs of the conflict. It’s a novel. A story which has been inspired by the author’s father – a bomb disposal man who was posted to Northern Ireland in 1973, at the height of the bombings. Readers will see through the eyes of a British soldier and the perspective is candidly one-sided. That is not to say there aren’t other valid perspectives of what happened. As they say, there’s always two sides to a story.

That said, this book is authentic. It offers readers an accurate view of the practices and protocols followed by the British Army, a sense of how the IRA operated, and a feeling of the deep distrust between Catholics and Protestants.”

As you can see I was still finishing my Christmas book, which was a light chick lit read. The Love Hypothesis is also light chick lit, The Bomb Man on the other hand is very much not. I am enjoying both books though despite their very different genres and subjects. I am on the Blog Tour for The Bomb Man on 24 January 2022 so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Goodreads, Amazon, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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

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Books From The Backlog

Welcome to my first Books From The Backlog post! Hosted by Carole’s Random Life in Books this is where we highlight books from our shelves. As I would like to make a dent in my TBR shelves this year, I thought that this was a good meme for me to take part in!

On my list today is:

Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Call the Midwife’ is a most extraordinary book and should be required reading of all students of midwifery, nursing, sociology and modern history. It tells of the experiences of a young trainee midwife in the East End of London in the 1950’s and is a graphic portrayal of the quite appalling conditions that the East Enders endured.”

I bought this book after watching (and loving!) the TV series years ago and have never got round to reading it!

Which books are on your TBR shelves?

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Time Travel Thursday

It’s my first Time Travel Thursday of 2022! 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 last year I was reading:

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Book Description From Goodreads:

“‘Armageddon only happens once, you know. They don’t let you go around again until you get it right.’

People have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning, so it’s only natural to be sceptical when a new date is set for Judgement Day. But what if, for once, the predictions are right, and the apocalypse really is due to arrive next Saturday, just after tea?

You could spend the time left drowning your sorrows, giving away all your possessions in preparation for the rapture, or laughing it off as (hopefully) just another hoax. Or you could just try to do something about it.

It’s a predicament that Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon now finds themselves in. They’ve been living amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and, truth be told, have grown rather fond of the lifestyle and, in all honesty, are not actually looking forward to the coming Apocalypse.

And then there’s the small matter that someone appears to have misplaced the Antichrist…”

My review on Goodreads:

This was number 1 when I was born and having seen and enjoyed the TV adaptation I have been wanting to read it for a while. It was an interesting story. I liked the ideas behind it, but I sometimes struggled with the way that it was written. It helped that I had seen the TV adaptation as I got a bit lost at times. Overall the characters were good and I enjoyed the humour throughout the book.

Rated 3/5

Fast Forward to today, 6 January 2022:

The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan

Book Description From Goodreads:

“When the department store she works in closes for good, Carmen has perilously little cash and few options. She doesn’t want to move in with her perfect sister Sofia, in Sofia’s perfect house with her perfect children and her perfectly ordered Edinburgh life.

Frankly, Sofia doesn’t exactly want Carmen there either. Her sister has always been sarcastic and difficult. But Sofia has yet another baby on the way, a mother desperate to see her daughters get along, and a client who needs a retail assistant for his ailing bookshop, so welcoming Carmen might still have some benefits for everyone.

At Sofia’s behest, Carmen is thrown into the daily workings of old Mr. McCredie’s ancient bookshop on the streets of the old dark city. Can she use her design skills to revamp the store and bring it back to popularity in time to benefit from Christmas shopping traffic? Can she choose between bad boy literary rock star Blair and quiet Quaker student Oke? And will she heal the rift with the most important people of all: her family?”

Yes, No, Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

Book Description From Goodreads:

“YES
Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state senate candidate—as long as he’s behind the scenes. When it comes to speaking to strangers (or, let’s face it, speaking at all to almost anyone), Jamie’s a choke artist. There’s no way he’d ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes…until he meets Maya.

NO
Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is canceled, and now her parents are separating. Why her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing—with some awkward dude she hardly knows—is beyond her.

MAYBE SO
Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybeit’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer—and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural romance of the century is another thing entirely.”

As you can see they are entirely different. Back in 2020 I got a 1990 edition of Good Omens for my 30th birthday and so I wanted to start off the new year with that. It was a genre and style of writing that I hadn’t read before so it was a whole new experience for me! This year I want to finish my Christmas themed books before starting on my new books, so I am still on Christmas.

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

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Thursday Quotables

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

I have chosen to take a quote from Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair by Heidi Swain to keep in the Christmas spirit:

“The motley collection suggested the area was still in use, but as what I wasn’t quite sure. Perhaps it was some kind of upper-class junkyard, or possibly it was the place where the things that had formed the basis of Mr Connelly’s toad-like schemes went to die.”

I thought that it was quite an interesting way to describe a pile of rubbish! Earlier on in the book we were told that the owner of Wynthorpe Hall was a bit like Mr Toad with his outlandish ideas and schemes. I am certainly enjoying the book and can’t wait to see what happens!

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Time Travel Thursday

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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 time last year (9 December 2020) I was reading my free Kindle Christmas books:

The Cornish Village School Christmas Wishes by Kitty Wilson

Book Description From Goodreads:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Penmenna…

Teaching assistant Alice has sworn off men, which is fine because with Christmas coming she’s super busy organising the school Nativity. This should be a blast with the help of best friend and village vicar, Dan – if she can just ignore those more-than-just-a-friend feelings she’s developed for him…

Dan is more than happy to help Alice – his secret crush – but not only is his beloved Granny Annie about to be made homeless, the church choir has disintegrated and he’s battling some dark demons from his past.

With meddling grannies and PTA wars thrown in the mix, can Alice and Dan overcome their past hurts to move forward? Will they be spending Christmas together as friends… or something more?”

A festive feel-good romance perfect for fans of Tilly Tennant and Holly Martin.

My review from Goodreads:

This was a cute Christmas short story with a bit of romance thrown in. I liked the characters and really wanted Alice to get her happy ending. The setting was the traditional village setting which added to the Christmassy feel.

Overall just a nice read.

Rated 3/5

The Mystery Of Santa Clause by Paul Moxham

Book Description From Goodreads:

Are you up for a thrilling adventure?

Set in 1950’s Britain, this standalone short adventure story will suit anyone who enjoys Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys or the Famous Five. A clean and wholesome read.

While spending their Christmas holidays with their grandparents in Scotland, Joe, Amy, and Sarah, along with their friend Will, stumble across an injured man dressed in a red Santa suit. With a storm quickly approaching, can the children rescue Santa Claus and save Christmas?

My review on Goodreads:

I was taken in by the cover and the blub, however this was a very short story and I wasn’t overly fussed by it. 

Rated 2/5

Fast Forward to today 9 December 2021:

The Cosy Christmas Chocolate Shop by Caroline Roberts

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Emma is the proud owner of The Chocolate Shop by the Sea, nestled in the heart of the cosy seaside village that’s become her home. With Christmas right around the corner, she and her assistant Holly are busy cooking up the locals’ festive favourites.

From cinnamon hot chocolates to reindeer lollipops, Christmas wouldn’t taste the same without a little cocoa magic. And for Emma it’s the perfect distraction from her romantic pains of the past. So when the shop’s miserly landlord threatens to hike up the rent, Emma’s Christmas and New Year suddenly look a lot less cheerful.

With the whole village rallying behind her – and loyal spaniel Alfie by her side – Emma’s determined to hold onto her chocolate-box dream.

The chocolate calendar countdown is on. Can Emma rescue her business and her broken heart?”

Christmas At The Gingerbread Cafe by Rebecca Raisin

Book Decription From Goodreads:

The icing on her Christmas cake!

Christmas is the season the Gingerbread Café was made for…but owner Lily couldn’t be feeling less merry if she tried. She’s spent another year dreaming of being whisked away on a sleigh-ride for two, but she’s facing festive season alone – again. And, just to give her another reason to feel anything other than candy-cane perky, a new shop across the road has opened… Not only is it selling baked goods, but the owner, with his seriously charming smile, has every girl in town swooning.

But Lily isn’t about to let her business crumble — the Gingerbread Café is the heart of the community, and she’s going to fight for it! This could be the Christmas that maybe, just maybe, all her dreams – even the someone-to-decorate-the-Christmas-tree-with ones – really do come true!”

As you can see I am very much on the same seasonal Christmas reading as last year. Instead of Kindle books though, these are both from the Library.

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

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