• 2020,  books and reading,  Quarantine 2020,  reviews

    What I’m Reading

    It’s been slightly more than a week this time (my intention is to post these every Monday but I’m not always good at following through on what I intend to do) because I wasn’t doing a lot of reading so on Monday I didn’t have a lot to write. I had a week’s free trial of Disney Plus so that filled a lot of my time last week. I haven’t kept the trial but will probably get it again for a month or two at some point as well I think there’s not a lot I’d watch regularly there are a fair few more films I’d like to see (I…

  • 2020,  books and reading,  reviews

    What I’m Reading

    I feel like I’m suddenly reading with more regularity than I’ve been for a while. It might be the lockdown, it might just be the fact I’ve been getting the garden for at least a few minutes everyday and I usually take my book with me. Anyway I thought it would be nice to post an entry once a week or so with mini reviews of what I’ve been reading. There’s quite a lot here because it’s covering several weeks. While I Was Sleeping by Dani Atkins This sat on my shelf for years waiting for the right time to read it. I got my carer to reach it down…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    The Cornish Cream Tea Bus by Cressida McLaughlin

    Thanks to NetGalley I received a free copy of The Cornish Cream Tea Bus by Cressida McLaughlin in exchange for an honest review. The Cornish Cream Tea Bus was originally released as four separate parts in ebook but it is being published as a complete novel (in paperback and ebook) today. Here is the blurb:Baking fanatic, Charlie Quilter, is surprised when her late uncle bequeaths his vintage bus to her in his will. Keen to give the bus a new lease of life, Charlie thinks it will be the perfect mobile café for afternoon tea, and when her friend, Juliette, suggests Charlie comes to stay with her in the picturesque…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    Living My Best Li(f)e by Claire Frost

    I received a free copy of Living My Best Li(f)e by Claire Frost in exchange for this review. It was published in ebook earlier this week and is out in paperback in September. Here is the synopsis: Recently dumped by her boyfriend of ten years, Bell is struggling to move on with her life – and surrender the fleecy pyjamas she’s been living in since January. Haunted by #blessed on social media, she can’t help but compare her life to those she follows online, wondering where she is going wrong . . . In the world of social media, Millie is the successful online influencer @mi_bestlife. But in real life she’s just a regular…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    Critical by Dr Matt Morgan

    I’ve been feeling the need to expand my reading horizons lately so I read Critical: Science and stories from the brink of human life by Dr Matt Morgan. I received a review copy via NetGalley. Here is the synopsis: Being critically ill means one or more of your vital organs have failed – this could be your lungs, your heart, your kidneys, gut or even your brain. Starting with the first recognised case in which a little girl was saved by intensive care in 1952 in Copenhagen, Matt writes brilliantly about the fascinating history, practices and technology in this newest of all the major medical specialties. Matt guides us around…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    My Lemon Grove Summer by Jo Thomas

    My Lemon Grove Summer by Jo Thomas is already out in ebook but is being published in paperback and audio on 11th July 2019. I received a free copy via the publisher/NetGalley to review. When life hands you lemons … is it ever too late for a second chance? Zelda’s impulsive nature has got her precisely nowhere up until now. A fresh start in a beautiful hilltop town in Sicily looking for new residents, together with her best friend Lennie, could be just what she needs. And who better to settle down with than the person who knows her best? But the sun-filled skies and sparkling seas can’t hide the shadow…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh

    I love scifi but rarely read anything in the genre that isn’t a Star Trek novelisation. I’m trying to change that so I was thrilled to get the chance to read and review Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet meets The 100 in this unforgettable debut by a brilliant new voice. A century ago, scientists theorised that a habitable planet existed in a nearby solar system. Today, ten astronauts will leave a dying Earth to find it. Four are decorated veterans of the 20th century’s space-race. And six are teenagers, graduates of the exclusive Dalton Academy, who’ve been in training for this mission…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    Happiness for Beginners by Carole Matthews

    If I’m honest I am quite behind in reading/reviewing my NetGalley books. I received a free copy of Happiness for Beginners by Carole Mattthews to review. I received it in time to review it around the time the hardback was published a few months ago. The paperback was published a couple of weeks ago and I’m only just reviewing it now (but we’ll pretend that was deliberate!) Here is the synopsis: Molly Baker is living her best life. Thirty-eight years old, she lives on the twenty-five-acre Hope Farm in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by (mostly) four-legged friends and rolling hills. There’s Anthony the anti-social sheep, Tina Turner the alpaca with attitude, and the definitely-not-miniature…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    Poppy’s Recipe for Life by Heidi Swain

    I received a free copy of Poppy’s Recipe for Life by Heidi Swain for review via NetGalley. It was a well written, fun book full of Heidi Swain’s trademark charm. Here’s the synopsis Things haven’t always been straightforward in Poppy’s life but her dreams are finally within her reach. She’s moving into a cottage in beautiful Nightingale Square, close to the local community garden, where she can indulge her passion for making preserves and pickles. She may not have the best relationship with her family but she is surrounded by loving friends, and feels sure that even her grumpy new neighbour, Jacob, has more to him than his steely exterior…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon

    When I went to the Books and the City Spring Blogger Evening back in February one of the books in my goody bag was If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon. Here’s what the back cover has to say about it: HOW DO YOU FIND WHERE YOU’RE GOING, IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU’RE FROM . . . Angie has always wanted to travel. But at twenty-seven, she has barely stepped outside the small mining town where she was born. Instead, she discovers the world through stories told to her by passing travellers, dreaming that one day she’ll see it all for herself. When her grandmother passes away, leaving…