2018 – What I have read so far

22 Jun

Well its been so long since I posted a review that i thought I would ease myself back in with a little wrap up of what I have read so far this year. I havent read loads this year however according to goodreads I’ve read 12 of my goal of 52 books (one a week!)

I always used to read more but I am struggling to find the time with so much else going on in life but once i pick up a book then I really do enjoy it. I do wish that the book buying would curb a little but thats another blog post!

Here are my stats from the last few years – my worst reading year was 2014 – the year i fell pregnant with my first and only managed 18 books. I’m wondering if pregnancy does something to my brain to allow it not to read as much!

Books read 2010 – 56
Books read 2011 – 76
Books read 2012 – 76
Books read 2013 – 40
Books read 2014 – 18
Books read 2015 – 42
Books read 2016 – 37
Books read 2017 – 24

So on to what I’ve been reading this year.

  1. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell. This was a book that had been on my wishlist for ages with all the hype surrounding it. I enjoyed it- however it wasnt a great memeorable book for me – but I do tend to find that with ‘popular’ books!
  2. The Party – Robyn Harding. This was ok. The plot was really guessable though but it was an easy book to get into.
  3. Mum to Mum – Coleen Nolan. Again an ok book but to me it was just an advice column that had been put into book form. It was quite good reading about her experiences as a mum as I do find that really interesting.
  4. The Excalibur Codex – James Douglas. This was a book set around King Arthur which I really found innteresting. This was a really good thriller book and Ireally enjoyed it.
  5. Roxys Baby – Catherine Macphail. I read this as it was on one or more of my reading challenges – I think maybe the Ultimate Teen Book Guide Challenge but I will check! I didnt enjoy this at all – I didnt think it was too well written or very likely a plot!
  6. The Legacy – Katherine Webb. I enjoyed this story and how the different generations of the family all blended up into one story.
  7. I Let Him Go – Denise Fergus. This was an absolutly harrowing read. My boy is slightly older than James Bulger was at the time of his disapearance and I can only imagine what his poor mother went through. A raw, emotional story written in a beautiful way.
  8. 2017:War with Russia – Richard Shirreff. My OH brought me this as he was listening to the audio version and he enjoyed this book. Its not my normal genre but i did really enjoy it.
  9. How to be Happy – Eva Woods. This is a really emotional story about a woman living with cancer and I have to say its changed my outlook a little. For example, if you are not happy with an area of your life – then change it. I understand that it is easier said than done more than most people but if you hate your job – change it. Unhappy in your relationship – change it. There is no point in life in moaning that you are unhappy but not willing to do anything about it. This book will stay with me for a long time.
  10. Howards End is On The Landing – Susan Hill. This has been on my TBR list for ages but again I idnt enjoy it loads. There is something about ‘classic’ books that put me off. Although the idea in itself is good – read your own books for a year. I just wish I could do it!
  11. Why Mummy Drinks – Gill Sims. I laughed out loud at this. A lot. This was brilliant. There are so many misconceptions about being a perfect parent and the author of this book hits the nail on the head perfectly. Most mums would love to give there kids a healthy breakfast whilst listening to an audiobook or something but the reality is you normally end up chucking coco-pops in front of them whilst they watch peppa pig – so you can wake up with a big mug of something caffinated to start your day! A really good truthful book.
  12. Baby Boom – Helen Wallen. This book is about 3 friends who are at different stages in there lives and its another book that I wish i had read during my first pregnancy. It was really good and would definitaly be one I’d recommend!

So thats all the books that I’ve read so far this year – i might go back and do some proper reviews on these but they are at least on here now!

I’ve got lots of ideas for other book related blog posts in the near future and I’m very excited to be writing again!

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4 years later . . . .

12 Jun

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It’s been a very very long time since I’ve blogged. Nearly 4 years! So much has changed in my life and it was during a recent camping trip with my OH and son that we were discussing blogging. I’d never hidden the blog from him intentionally but I’ve also never really mentioned that I had one. We were reading other peoples travel and camping blogs and discussing having our own when I mentioned that I used to blog about books and my life. He wanted to know why I didnt do it anymore – well I guess the answer was . . . well I didnt know! Which is what has brought me back here as I really used to enjoy it as a place to talk about books and read others thoughts too.

I’ve still been reading a lot over the last few years but with a lot of time constraints all I’ve really been mananging is adding stars to reviews on goodreads so I’m hoping that I can really start to enjoy this again.

We are also looking at starting our own blog in regards to travel and camping with the kids as that also looks fun! We have really been bitten by the camping blog and I’d love to start recording thoughts with hubby on that!

Currently we have our own engineering business (more on that at another time!). Six months ago we moved away from our family and friends – only an hour away but its amazing how many people you loose contact with when you move and who actually stays around – they are your true friends! We also have a nearly 4 year old boy (in October!) and we are also expecting our second baby – a little girl this time – also in October! On top of that I’m studying for an accountancy qualification from home so I dont have masses of free time but I’ve not lost my passion for reading!

I’m really looking forward to blogging again and learning all in the community that has changed. I’ve got so many new ideas too of posts and everything else and I cant wait to get started!

Its Monday! What are you Reading? 24th November

24 Nov

Well I havent taken part in this meme for ages and ages or in fact blogged about anything! So much has changed for me in the past year its unbelievable. Currently sat next to me in his bouncy chair is my new baby – Ethan! Yes thats right I have a mini bookworm now aged at 4 weeks old! I love being a mum so much but as you can imagine my reading has taken a bit of a dive but I am going to try and keep a record again of what I’ve been reading!

What have I read in the past week?

I read one book last week – Secrets She Left Behind by Diane Chamberlain. She is fast becoming one of my favourite authors as her books hook you in and really keep you reading until the end. This book was about a girl who had set fire to a church previously and this was all about the fall out a year later. The only annoying thing about this book was it was a sequel to a previous book and I didn’t realise. However it did do brilliantly as a stand alone book and everything was explained – Just my OCD with reading books in the right order was put out!

What am I reading at the minute?

At the minute I am reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Its one of those books that everyone loves and I do feel the added pressure to love it too. It does have all the things in it that I enjoy reading about – books about books, set in the second world war and also a setting of Nazi Germany. It was a little hard to get into to start with but I am getting into it now!

What am I going to read next?

I’m not too sure what I’m going to read next as I’m taking a bit more of a relaxed approach to my reading now but I do have the following books lined up;

  • The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde
  • The Shining – Stephen King
  • Dear John – Nicholas Sparks

Secrets She Left Behind – Diane Chamberlain

18 Nov

Finished – 18/11/2014

Synopsis – What if you did something so devastating, you regretted it for the rest of your life?

Nineteen-year-old Maggie Lockwood spent a year in prison for her part in a fire that cost three lives. The scars carried by the surviving victims – inside and out – are still raw and Maggie’s release from jail does nothing to free her from the guilt.

Returning home, Maggie hides herself away, too afraid to see Keith, the boy she grew up with, played with as a child – and recently learnt is her half-brother.

Keith nearly lost his life in the fire and the emotional and physical wounds he carries have changed him forever. With childhood innocence gone, Maggie and Keith must learn to come to terms with their new lives, but trying to move forward will have deadly consequences…

My Thoughts – Diane Chamberlain is fast becoming one of my favourite authors as her stories have me hooked from the start and this one was no different. The only thing that annoyed me a little was it was the follow up book to another and i didnt realise until I started to read it. It worked well as a stand alone book and everything was explained clearly but me being me I would have liked to have read the first one first! This book had me hooked and I read most of it in one sitting! A very much recommended book.

Rating – 4/5

A Girl Child – Donna Nitz Muller

12 Jul

Started – 3/7/13

Finished – 6/7/13

Format – Kindle e-book

 

Synopsis – Tillie is a German concert pianist in 1915. She is assigned by the German Military to an American tour in order to provide good-will and to spy. All the while she does her duty, she has an agenda of her own. She must rescue her sister from kidnappers. Tillie changes from a young lady on the brink of promise to a resourceful woman willing to sacrifice everything. As Tillie learns, desperate times lead to desperate acts. Her journey takes her from Frankfurt to Washington DC to France and to England. Even as she runs for her life, she finds love with a German Intelligence Officer. While she risks being shot as a spy, she performs her music. While she grieves for her fallen friends, she works to reach the child, Rose.

 

My Thoughts – I downloaded this book onto my kindle as it was free for a day and it had a lot of things in it that i thought I might enjoy reading. It is set during the first world war, it has Germany in it and is also about spying so I thought it might be a good book.

 

However I didnt really enjoy this book. It seemed to jump about a fair bit and it could have been a lot better if it had been padded out a bit more and things explained as to why it was all happening. This book had two plots one that involved the spying and one that involved Tillie getting her sister back. FOr some reason it seemed to have been thrown together a bit and should have concentrated on one or the other.

 

This book is the second in ther series and while i havent read the first i didnt think that it made all that much sense. I did enjoy reading about the German side of the first world war though.

 

Rating – 2/5

Its Monday! What are you Reading? (8th July)

8 Jul

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Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held on Book Journey by Sheila. It’s a great place to discuss your week in reading and see what others are reading too.

Books Read

This is the first week that I have managed to read more than one book in a week for a long  long time! The first book I read was Brothers Fury by Giles Kristian. I got sent this from the publishers and it is set in the English Civil War. It is the second book in a series but have not yet read the first, something I will be sorting out very soon! I really enjoyed the book and I’m hoping that there are more in the series as it ends on rather a big cliff hanger.

 

 

 

I am currrently reading Mistress of the Sea by Jenny Barden. I got sent this book by the publishers too and I only started it last night so I am hoping that its going to be good. Its a book about sailing to the new world so it does sound very good!

Up Next

Next up is a book from my kindle one that I downloaded a long time ago but have never started, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I have never read a Dickens book, much to my shame but hopefully I’ll end up loving it.

Synopsis – “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”, “It is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known” – so the novel begins and ends with  some of Dicken’s best-known words, and between the two is every Briton’s view of  the worst excesses of the French Revolution.

Brothers’ Fury – GIles Kristian

3 Jul

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Started – 22/6/13

Finished – 3/7/13

Format – Paperback Book

 

Synopsis

Rebel Cast out from his home, rejected by his family, Tom Rivers returns to his regiment. But his commander believes the young hothead’s recklessness and contempt for authority has no place in his troop. But to a spymaster like Captain Crafte, Tom’s dark and fearless nature is in itself a weapon to be turned upon the hated Cavaliers – who else would dare to infiltrate Oxford, now the Royalist capital, to destroy the King’s printing press and strike a blow at the very heart of the enemy? Renegade Raw with grief at the death of his father, Edmund Rivers rejects the peace talks between Parliament and the King. He chooses instead to lead a hardened band of marauders across the moors, appearing out of the frozen world to fall on unsuspecting rebel columns like wolves. But Prince Rupert – recognising in Mun a fellow child of war – has other plans for him, from stealing a colossal gun, to tunneling beneath the walls of Lichfield. The only peace the enemy will get from Mun Rivers is that of the grave. Huntress Her heart broken following the deaths of her beloved Emmanuel and her father, Bess Rivers takes the hardest decision of her life: to leave her new-born son and depart Sheer House in search of tghe one person who might help her re-unite what is left of her broken family. Risking her own life on the road, Bess will do whatever it takes to find her brother Tom and secure his Royal pardon

My Thoughts – I was sent this book by the publishers for a review.

 

Tom Rivers is a rebel fighting the King’s army during the British civil war. Left for dead on a battlefeild and nursed back to health after having his finger cut off by looters for his ring he has a point to prove to all those on the enemy side.

 

Edmund ‘Mun’ Rivers is fighting for the Kings course however he is now fighting with a group of marauders killing those who fight against the King.

 

Bess Rivers fresh from the loss of her father and Emmanuel, the father of her young son, sets off on a task to search out her brother for a royal pardon. However in order to do this she has to cross the English countryside during the civil war.

 

This is a very interesting book set during the Bristish civil war about three siblings that all have there own struggles to contend with while trying to stay alive and reach there own personal goals. I have read a few books set in this time period however they are normally on one side or the other. What makes this book unique is the fact that the story is told from both sides and more interestingly from the perspective of two brothers, both of whom think that there side is the better and should be the ones winning the war.

 

The brothers story is full of action and what it was like to fight during those times. It also brings into perspective just how many people died from the British Civil War. At times there is a lot of battle scenes and these are a little gorey but what with the type of book that it is it is to be expected and also to add to the story. It was a little sad with some of the battle scenes where some of the horses died but again that is another factor of the war during that time.

 

Bess’ story broke up the fighting and i feel that this really made the book. She is trying to get her brother back and get him a pardon but he proves to be a difficult person to find. She is not without danger though and this is told throughout the book.

 

This is the second book in the trilogy and unfortunatly I have not read the first one but now that I have read the second I really want to read the book. I found it very easy to pick up the story and while it may have been easier to pick up the story first if I had read the first in the series it wasnt to hard to get into it.

 

I found this book very easy to get into and I really enjoyed the story to it. I am going to get my hands on the first book in the series and also I cant wait for the next book to come out as it left on a very big cliffhanger.

 

Rating – 4/5