• 2018,  books and reading

    All things bookish (@readathon October 2018)

    Firstly, for those wondering about Blogtober (daily blogging in October) the story goes: got a bit depressed, some stressful stuff happened, got more depressed, sorted some of the stressful stuff, got a nasty ear infection that’s still gungy and sore (and probably goes someway to explaining my low mood) and then it’s today. It’s the readathon today! I’m aiming low and hoping to finish one book (not sure what yet) and listen to a chunk of an audiobook. I also have a couple of books of essays/short stories so I might dip into those too. Well, that’s my sensible goal. My not so sensible head would like to finish two…

  • 2018,  books and reading,  reviews

    The Gravity of Love by Noelle Harrison

    I received a free review copy of The Gravity of Love by Noelle Harrison and am taking part in the blog tour today. In love, there’s no such thing as a coincidence … Scottsville, Arizona, 1989 In small-town America, Joy Sheldon loves the plants that bloom in the desert but longs too for the sea’s elemental wildness. It’s a dream never realised – and now, facing the brutal truth that her husband is a cheat, Joy learns of unimaginable secrets in her early life. Riven by betrayal and loss, a chance encounter with the enigmatic Lewis, Joy embarks on a journey to seek her true identity – and to discover…

  • 2018,  books and reading,  reviews

    The Manhattan Project by Paul McNeive

    Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for The Manhattan Project by Paul McNeive. This thriller is being published today and Black and White Publishing kindly sent me an advance copy for review. Here is the blurb: New York City is under attack. Millions may die. But the enemy’s weapons are invisible, undetectable and creating terror at lightning speed. Now, there’s nothing to stand in their way … A Hiroshima survivor turned criminal mastermind Pharma industry fat cats corrupted by big money A Libyan fast food entrepreneur coerced by threats to his family A New York cop falling fast for an elusive beauty Visitors to Tokyo from the desolate…

  • 2018,  books and reading,  interviews

    Q&A with Rachel Hore

    Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for Rachel Hore’s new book Last Letter Home – Rachel has kindly answered a few of my questions about the book.  I’m in the middle of reading Last Letter Home at the moment and won’t say too much because I plan to review it soon. I will admit that I’m really enjoying it. Can you describe Last Letter Home in 6 words or less? ‘Love, loss and secrets in wartime’ is my best shot. Where did you get the idea for Last Letter Home from? I love wandering round old walled gardens that you sometimes see at National Trust houses – the…

  • 2018,  books and reading,  Reading Down My TBR Pile

    What I’ve Been Reading This Week

    Here’s what I’ve been reading this week All That She Could See by Carrie Hope Fletcher This was a brilliant book.  It had a magical feel that kind of reminded me of Chocolat by Joanne Harris and had just enough fantasy to satisfy my “I don’t read fantasy but…” side.  It was a lot more than I expected it to be – in a very good way!

  • 2018,  books and reading,  Reading Down My TBR Pile

    What I’ve been reading

    I thought it might be nice to start posting a semi regular blog about what I’ve been reading again. And to post it on a Monday so I can link it up with the It’s Monday! What are you reading? meme over on The Book Date. This will be a longer list because it’s what I’ve been reading over the last several weeks. And for some reason most of these are audiobooks. I hope that will change to more actual reading soon. And One Last Thing by Molly Harper I’ve had the audiobook on my TBR for years and I’m trying to tackle my audio TBR rather than by new…

  • 2018,  books and reading,  reviews

    Random Acts of Kindness Part 1 by Victoria Walters

    I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of Random Acts of Kindness Part 1 by Victoria Walters in exchange for this review. This book is being serialised in 4 parts coming out roughly every two months. Part 1 came out in December, Part 2 has just been released (never let it be said I do things in a timely manner), part 3 will be out in April and part 4 in June.  I enjoyed part 1 and am looking forward to reading part 2 tomorrow. I’m disappointed to have such a long wait for the final two parts because I can’t wait to read them! Welcome to Littlewood,…

  • 2018,  books and reading

    Bookish Thoughts and Goals

    One of the things I’d like to do more of this year is blogging about books.  I mean, really I’d like to read more but if I manage that I’d like to share more about it.  I love reading and I miss being part of a community of book lovers and sharing that.   Reading has been a struggle on and off for the last year or so in part due to my depression.  I’m now on Sertraline again rather than citalopram and although it’s early days I seem to be feeling better.  Getting back in a routine after Christmas is probably helping that too.   I didn’t complete my…

  • 2017,  books and reading,  reviews

    Hygge and Kisses by Clara Christiansen

    I received a free copy of Hygge and Kisses by Clara Christiansen from Netgalley to review. Reading other reviews, it seems a lot of people only received a sampler.  I was lucky enough to get the whole book.   Bo, 26, has always been careful, cautious. However, she’s just been made redundant and her life plan is beginning to unravel. Before she starts immediately applying for other jobs in a panic, her friend Kirsten persuades her to take a holiday, to visit Kirsten’s mother’s house in Aalborg, North Jutland, a part of Denmark Bo is ashamed to admit she has never heard of.   ‘What’s the weather going to be…

  • 2017,  books and reading,  reviews

    Mini Book Reviews

    I have written several times this year about struggling with my mental health.  I described it a while ago as being somewhat functionally depressed. If I have to go somewhere or someone is expecting me it happens. If there isn’t a set plan things have varied this year between “it’s not going to happen” and “after a fashion”   Reading has been perhaps the hardest thing in that because for quite a while I just wasn’t managing to finish books. Lately that’s improved but despite reading several fabulous books and wanting to review them I haven’t managed that part.  I have been wondering if I should give up reviewing books…