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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
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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.

June 2013 Book Round Up

1 Jul

Wow its the first day of July already! Where did that come from? I’ve not had the most fantastic of months this month. I was ill for around a week and then I quit my job so I’ve been very stressed out. Unfortunatly this has impacted on my reading rather a lot.  According to Goodreads I am 16 books behind my target of 80 books. I have read 23 out of 80 books or 21% of my target reached. I really need to have a good month this month if i am going to have any hope of reaching my goal.

Books Read

22)The Crimson Petal and the White – Michel Faber (2012 book, paperback book)  I really enjoyed this book. It was the choice for the reading circle for the month and I really got into it. It was a massive book though at 700 pages long so this took me most of the month to read.

23)Avery Nolan: Private Dick of the Dead – Tony Faville (2012 book, e-book) I brought this when I first got my kindle and if I’m honest I didnt really enjoy it much.

Books carried over

I am currently reading Brothers Fury by Giles Kristian. I got sent this book from the publishers and I’ve finally had the time to pick it up. I am really enjoying this book. I’m about halfway through already.

Reading Challenges

Rory Gilmore – The Crimson Petal and the White.

Books Brought

Mistress of the Sea – Jenny Barden

How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff

The String Diaries – Stephen Lloyd Jones

 

Its Monday! What are you Reading? (24th June)

24 Jun

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

I read one book in the last week Avery Nolan: Private Dick of the Dead by Tony Faville. I have to say I didnt really like it. All the thriller topics were there but it just did not appeal to me.

Currently Reading.

I’m currently reading Brothers Fury by Giles Kristian. I got sent this book by the publishers and while I’m not that far into it yet I have to say its very good.

Up Next

Next up is a book on my kindle, A Girl Child by Donna Nitz Muller. I downloaded this when I got my kindle last year and its all about spying in 1915. This should be a brilliant 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.

Its Monday! What are you Reading? (17th June)

17 Jun

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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.

I have been absent from this meme for over a month because I have quit my job. I was sick and tired of being harrassed at work and the company doing nothing about it. I am so stressed out with not having a job that I’m making myself ill with it all 😦

Books Read

I’ve read one book in the last week, The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. Although it has taken me nearly a month to finish I’ve really enjoyed it and although its a pretty huge book I would recommend that everyone reads it.

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Reading Now

I’m currently reading Avery Nolan: Private Dick of the Dead by Tony Faville on my Kindle. Its a free book that I downloaded when I first got my kindle and its ok, but nothing brilliant. I’m over halfway through and I will finish it though!

Reading Next

Next up is a book that I got sent from the publishers, Brothers Fury by Giles Kristian. This book sounds very good and I cant wait to start it!

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, but can she douse the flames of her brothers’ fury and see them reconciled?

 

May 2013 Book Round Up

13 Jun

Yes it is indeed nearly halfway through June and yes I am a little bit late posting this but i have had the month from hell. I have walked out of my job due to the harrasment that I have been getting and at the minute I am trying to get something done about it. Then I had a migrane for a week which was awful and i could do anything so i am finally getting back on my feet.This month I only read two books but with everything that has been going on i’m not surprised. According to Goodreads i am 14 books behind my target which is a massive ammount. I have read 21 books out of 80 for the year so I really need to pick up the pace if I’m to get my goal.

Books Read

20)His Dark Lady – Victoria Lamb (2013 book, hardback book) I really enjoyed this book I read the first in the series last year and this one is just as good.

21)Hollowlands – Amanda Hocking (2012 book, e-book) This was ok, my first zombie book but I dont think that i will be reading more.

Books carried over

I am currently reading The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. I am really enjoying this book and i’m really surprised at how much i am getting into it.

Reading Challenges

None this month!

Books Brought

My Secret Sister – Helen Edwards

Its Monday! What are you Reading? (13th May)

13 May

0Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held onBook Journey by Sheila. It’s a great place to discuss your week in reading and see what others are reading too.

I had yet another busy week, it seems never ending these days! Quite how people work full time, run a house, look after a family and still read loads then its beyond me! Still i do look forward to the evenings when i pick up a book!

Books Read

I finished one book in the last week, His Dark Lady by Victoria Lamb. I was sent this by the publishers a couple of months ago and have only now got around to reading it! I read the first book last year and i enjoyed this one a lot more than the first if that was possible. I will post my thoughts on this book tomorrow.

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Reading Now

I’m currently reading Hollowland (The Hollows #1) by Amanda Hocking. This is a book that i downloaded not long after i had my kindle and not got around to reading until now. Its a young adult book about zombies and I’m not always hugely keen on them but we will see if this one is good!

Reading Next

Next up is the choice for the reading circle for the month, The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. Its one of those books that I’ve had on my shelf for a while but I’ve been putting it off because of the size of it. I hope its good though!

Synopsis – Sugar, a 19-year-old whore in the brothel of Mrs Castaway, yearns for a better life. Her ascent through the strata of 1870s London society offers the reader a host of characters. At the heart of the story, however, is a young woman’s struggle to lift her body and soul out of the gutter.

Books Brought

None this week!