• 2017,  Reading Down My TBR Pile,  Uncategorized

    Reading Down My TBR Pile – Weeks Three and Four

    I didn’t write an entry about what I’d been reading last week because I didn’t finish a single book the week before.  I have finished some books since then so I’m back updating this week. I may also have bought three books and received a review book last week (and received another review book the week before) but we won’t talk about that! The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake by Pippa James This was a fun book and I enjoyed it a lot.  I took part in the blog tour for it and my full review can be read here. Our Tiny Useless Hearts by Toni Jordan Before Christmas I…

  • 2017,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake by Pippa James

    Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake by Pippa James.  I’d like to thank the publishers for my copy of the book. Daisy Delaney’s life is pancake-flat. A talented baker and passionate lingerie specialist, she has wound up with no one to bake for and a career that hasn’t proved successful. But when she starts a delicious relationship with famous French author-chef, Michel Amiel, everything begins to look a bit more exciting. That is until Michel’s bestselling cookbook is knocked off the top spot by newcomer ‘Lucy Lovecake’. His outdated recipes slide down the charts, while the popularity of Lucy Lovecake’s new…

  • 2017,  Reading Down My TBR Pile,  Uncategorized

    Reading Down My TBR Pile – week 2

    A good reading week this week. I finished a book I started last week and I read another book cover to cover.  I also bought two books (I don’t know why I keep saying I won’t buy books in January, it never works). The Olive Tree by Lucinda Riley This was an audiobook I’ve had for a while (I don’t intend to listen to an audiobook a week, it’s just how things have worked out) and I enjoyed it.  Almost wished I’d got to it sooner.  It was easy but intriguing at the same time and kept me hooked. Will definitely be looking out for more by Lucinda Riley. Everyone…

  • 2017,  books and reading,  Reading Down My TBR Pile,  Uncategorized

    Reading Down My TBR Pile

    I’d like to rename these posts but haven’t thought of a good name so they will stay as Reading Down My TBR Pile for now. So far this year I’ve read three books and I’m part way through an audiobook. I also think this is the best Bout of Books I’ve had.  I managed to successfully not buy any books this week too – I’ve decided not to buy any in January but that resolve was sorely tested when several bookish people were sharing some amazing deals on twitter for books I thought I’d like.  All in all a successful week. Here’s what I’ve read Secrets At The Little Village…

  • 2017,  books and reading,  Reading Down My TBR Pile,  Uncategorized

    Books, Books and More Books!

    Last year I took part in Read Your Own Damn Books – a “you do you” challenge hosted by Andi of Estella’s Revenge with the idea of reading more of the books you already owned. It’s fair to say I didn’t do very well with it.  My reading dropped off drastically last year compared to previous ones and I pretty much forgot about the challenge in the later months.  I think I ended the year at least 40 books behind what I’d normally read – which is fine, I made the decision not to push myself to read when I wasn’t feeling it and it was the right one.  And…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Readathon October 2016

    Morning, morning Feels like forever since I’ve updated my blog. I keep starting posts but then changing my mind or not having time to finish it. I have two versions of the same post in drafts, neither likely to ever see the light of day.  Mostly it’s been a stressful few weeks and I’ve been trying not to whinge too much on my blog as at least one of the people who have caused that stress sometimes reads my blog.  I have been whinging a lot on the phone to certain friends and also on twitter though. I’ve also started a new 101 in 1001 list (I think I may…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  Reading Down My TBR Pile,  Uncategorized

    Reading Down My TBR Pile

    I’ve read two books this week (well, one was an audiobook but I always count that as reading). I’m on “staycation” for the next week (although I’ve actually not been to CAB this week due to an issue with the new powerchair) with lots of chill time and fun things that involve train trips planned so I suspect next week’s list will be a lot longer! The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwoood. I first read this years ago when it came up in conversation with one of my CAB colleagues and she lent it to me.  It was both my first Atwood and my first dystopia.  I’ve gone on to…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  Reading Down My TBR Pile,  Uncategorized

    Reading Down My TBR Pile

    I’ve decided that I’d like to start keeping a weekly record of what I read again (more than on Goodreads I mean).  I’ve missed doing so.   I’m not sure if I’m going to stick with the reading down my TBR pile title or not because lets be honest it’s hardly making an impact in the pile. Here’s what I’ve read in the last ten days or so. Sunshine Over Wildflower Cottage by Milly Johnson I’ve read a lot of Milly Johnson books and enjoyed them.  But I had taken a break after getting very annoyed about the ending of the last one I read (it was a bit inappropriate, disability…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Taking One for the Team

    Over the weekend I read A Year of Doing Good by Judith O’Reilly.  And although I was mostly unimpressed I’ve been thinking about it ever since. This is a memoir and the basic premise is that one year Judith O’Reilly set herself the challenge of doing one good deed everyday for the whole year. It’s a tricky challenge and I’m not sure it’s one I’d like to take on.  My first thought was I don’t do many good deeds if any.  But then as I read it I started thinking about what I do at CAB and how that would count.  So that would be two days a week covered…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Florence Grace by Tracy Rees

    I received a copy of Florence Grace by Tracy Rees to review as a part of Quercus Summer. Florrie Buckley is an orphan, living on the wind-blasted moors of Cornwall. It’s a hard existence but Florrie is content; she runs wild in the mysterious landscape. She thinks her destiny is set in stone. But when Florrie is fifteen, she inherits a never-imagined secret. She is related to a wealthy and notorious London family, the Graces. Overnight, Florrie’s life changes and she moves from country to city, from poverty to wealth. Cut off from everyone she has ever known, Florrie struggles to learn the rules of this strange new world. And…