• 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

    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…

  • 2017,  books and reading,  reviews

    One Summer In Tuscany by Domenica De Rosa

    Today I am kickstarting my return to book blogging by taking part in the blog tour for One Summer in Tuscany by Domenica De Rosa. And I don’t think I could have picked a better book! Patricia Wilson’s carefully composed ads for the writers’ retreat she runs at her thirteenth-century Italian castle promise so much. But while the splendour of their surroundings and chef Aldo’s melanzane never fail to wow the guests, huge maintenance bills and bad news from the bank threaten to close Patricia down. It’s make or break time for the Castello. Each of her seven aspiring authors arrives with the inevitable baggage alongside their unpublished manuscripts. But…

  • 2017,  antidepressants,  books and reading,  Citalopram

    A brief update

    I swear I’m not giving up blogging but it does seem more and more like I am with how rarely I’m updating at the moment. I would write about my  plans for this blog and how I want to write more.  But as true as that is writing it doesn’t make me actually follow through on that plan. I do miss blogging but I miss the olden days of blogging (Diaryland and my first year or two on wordpress) more than I miss what blogging is now. It was more anonymous and more of a community and just nicer.  Not to say there aren’t positives to what blogging is now.…

  • 2017,  books and reading,  reviews

    The Gingerbread House by Kate Beaufoy

    Today I am taking part in the blog tour for The Gingerbread House by Kate Beaufoy.  I received a free copy of the book from the publisher to review but this is my honest opinion. Nestled among cherry trees in a picturesque country garden, the Gingerbread House resembles an illustration from an old-world storybook. But beware! For in the fairy-tale, that s where the witch lives… Away from the city, with no distractions, the Gingerbread House seems like the perfect place to start work on a novel. That’s what former advertising copywriter Tess thinks when she goes there to live with Eleanor, her aged mother-in-law. But Eleanor is suffering from…