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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Well a good week again. Again I went into the city one day during the week and we crossed the harbour on the ferry – went for a bush walk and then a swim. The weather wasn’t as warm as last week but still okay. I would hate though to travel into the city every morning in that traffic and I was only hitting the tail end. This week I plan to see the movie Little Women before it totally disappears from theatres. Just takes me awhile to do these things!

What I read last week:

The Ten Thousand Doors of January is a fantasy book that I really liked, I’ll certainly read Alix E. Harrow’s next one which has something to do with witches. I finished listening to The Girl on Legare Street. I left too many gaps in-between listening and so got a little lost but I enjoyed it. The Grace Kelly Dress is a review book, and all I will say here is I think the title is misleading.

What I am reading now:

I read very few cozy mysteries but Katherine over at I wish I Lived in a Library,  reviewed the most recent one in the series and I decided why not give it a go. I’ll hopefully read through the series all going well!

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I am about to start listening to…

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Up next:

Decisions! Decisions! As I stand in front of my TBR shelf. Ignoring my Kindle! I think I’ll read

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Bookish Books

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book coverAn unusual book, it tells the story of Tom an Australian farmer and his love for Hannah and Peter. Hannah has suffered and lost so much and her story of Auschwitz is heartbreaking. Tom too is not a stranger to sadness yet he is extraordinary in his quiet way. I loved his way with people and animals and his ability to work and craft beautiful bookshelves. I really enjoyed the Australian flavour to this book. I laughed aloud at some of the recognised colloquilisms. Hannah is a difficult character, but she has been through so much, her struggle understandable. I liked her determination to gather and sell books to make up for the many destroyed by the Nazis. My heart went out to Peter, so young and yet so much heartbreak for him. It had a lot more appeal for me than I thought it would.

book cover I listened to this one on audiobook and I found that at times I had to push myself to pick it up to listen to. I may have liked this a lot more if I’d just read it. Nina works in a book shop, is a total book nerd, loves her cat and is a trivia expert. She has never known her Dad, but when he dies she finds out she has lots of family -some lovely some not. There is also a little romance and Nina finds herself wondering is it better to be alone or is it better to be alone with someone who loves her as she is.

book cover This one is a true bookish book. It is about a bookshop and the people who own it and work in it. It has lots of bookish talk and yet its about so much more. It’s about relationships and what makes them, its about valuing and loving people in spite of what might appear on the surface. We often judge, but are we making that up in our heads, is it really what’s happening? I loved the explorations and paths this book took me down. Its definitely one for my keeper shelf.

book coverThe Ten Thousand Doors of January is not immediately bookish, but it is still about the power of story and words and  captures much of the magic of books. It is fantasy but often feels very real. January the young heroine of the book loves to read and write. There are doors that lead into other worlds, and there are those who want to lock them up tight and keep the world safe and to their order and power. Safety at the cost of freedom and choice. January stands at the centre, she is key. Magic, time travel, a coming of age story. It’s thought provoking. The characters, especially January and Sam and Bad really appeal. Maybe not for everyone but I am pleased I gave this one a chance. If you want to know a little more read this interview of Alix by her husband, its informative and as well, fun.  I gave this book 5 stars.

book cover The Book Charmer has a small town approach with a librarian – Sarah who often has books that “talk” to her and she gives books to people because she “knows” they need them. And most often she is proved right. Grace turns up in town and Sarah knows that Grace is destined to stay in the town but Grace is not inclined. It was a good read although I didn’t entirely warm to it. However other readers I follow did award it 5 stars so it could have just been me. I gave it a solid three stars.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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I had a good week, summer is in full swing now. I had my first summer swim this last week. I went into the city and with a friend we crossed the harbour in a local ferry and spent the day at a popular bay. It was one of those perfect days.

What I read last week:

A fun romance, Fijian/Indian Bollywood style and set in Auckland, NZ.

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What I am reading now:

Different but interesting. I am half way through, some things revealed now so wondering where it will vere next.  It’s a bit of fantasy, time travel or door travel and story.

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Books and Authors from Childhood

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Books and Authors from Childhood

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This week I want to share some books much loved in childhood. I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s in a small town that had no library and one book shop that I used to drool at through the window mostly. Our school didn’t have a library either but there were a few saints books on classroom shelves that I read and our schools had readers and journals with stories. Later a family library some distance from us was accessible when the family down the road kindly took me there sometimes when they were going.

My mother bought us books when she could and they were much loved. A year or two back I made a wall quilt celebrating authors who inspired my love of story.  Those before the teapot are the authors I loved before my teens.

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Joanna Spyri

Her Heidi, Heidi Grows Up and Heidi’s Children were very treasured books. I am not sure what happened to the first two, but a sister down the family rescued Heidi’s Children and eventually had it rebound. She said I hoped I didn’t mind because of course it had my name written in a few places! She was a book lover too and I was happy to see her do it. Unfortunately  she died two years ago and so now the book sits again on my bookshelf.

My books are mainly British for in those days that’s what was mostly sold here in New Zealand.

Enid Blyton

She wrote numerous books and I read many of them. I loved the Famous Five and the Secret Seven.

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Once as a teacher I read one of these aloud to my students and well I didn’t like it, it was pretty boring but they loved it. They wanted another, I told them to read more themselves. But I am very grateful to Enid Blyton for the stories she provided me in childhood.

Lucy Fitch Perkins

It turns out she was an American author. I loved her twins books which seemed to have been sold here. I couldn’t find a old cover for this one so just chose this.

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There were many twins books. The Irish Twins, The Dutch Twins, The Cave Twins and many more. I read whatever I could get my hands on.

Joyce Lankester Brisley

A British author -she wrote all about Milly Molly Mandy. They were fun and while I don’t remember too much now, I know I enjoyed the character.

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Elleston Trevor

I only read one book by this author, but I have a deep remembered love of it. It was about animals that talked and lived in the woods.

Elleston Trevor is a former RAF pilot. The Woodlander Series are classic children’s stories written in the 1940s and 1950s about the inhabitants of Deep Wood — Old Stripe the Badger, Potter-the-Otter, Woo Owl and Digger Mole.

One of them lived underground – maybe badger and I remember him sitting in a chair smoking a pipe and reading a book. I think it appealed to me most likely because that would have been my own complete introvert fantasy!

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Have you a book you remember with great fondness from childhood?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Well a good week, hope yours was too. Family time, reading, quilting, watching sport, a little bit of housework and gardening. Nothing too strenuous!

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

I heard so many good things about this book I had to buy the Kindle copy awhile back. Sexy cover!

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Still listening to The House on Legare St and moving through it.

Up next:

I hope I like this, even if I don’t, this cover is totally gorgeous in hardback. I’d keep it just for it.

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An Every Day Hero.  Laura Trentham

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Series and Authors I Treasure

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As readers we all most likely get hooked into series we love. I have quite a number of them and another day I’ll post some more. Most of them other readers have hooked me into. I’ve just read a post and I’ve ordered #1 in a cozy mystery series from the library. It’s not my wheelhouse of reading but… I just might get hooked.

Outlander Series.

book cover Back in 1994 it all began for me. I was teaching and I can’t remember how I chose this book, but I did. On the staff another teacher was hooked too and we often talked about that Scottish Highlander Jamie. It’s time travel at its very best.

I have read everyone in the series since. Some of them are very long but I’ve loved them, sometimes skipping a few gory parts. There are eight books so far and number nine is in the wings “Go Tell the Bees I am Gone.” This series is outstanding in audiobook form and I have reread some of the books this way as well.

I once went to the city and listened to Diana Gabaldon speak after one of her books came out and she was visiting our country. She was very interesting as a speaker.

The Troubleshooters

book cover The Troubleshooters is fast paced romantic suspense. The characters carry on from book to book, with one character mostly to the forefront.  There are about seventeen main books in this series – I have them all. I want to do a reread at some point.  Navy seals – what’s not to like!

I learned about this series from readers on the Susan Elizabeth Phillips readers’ board before it disbanded and went to Facebook. There were always great recommendations there and I really expanded out into USA authors through  that.

Suzanne Brockmann has moved on to film making I think and no more books in recent years.

Virgin River

book cover Once I was stymied what to read. Nothing satisfied me. I’d read a little online about Virgin River and I thought well I’ll take a chance. This was pre-Kindle days. So I bought a second hand copy I think on the Thriftbooks website. The rest is history. I was hooked and ever after that I bought every one that came out. Mostly via Amazon I think

It’s set in a small town in North West America, and each book explores the lives of new characters while maintaining some of the previous ones. It’s romance with sometimes a little suspense thrown in. Another series I’d happily reread. And I am enjoying the Netflix series of it.

I loved it and since then pretty much have read everything Robyn Carr since.

Shenandoah Album Series

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There are five books in this series and I loved them all. They are what I guess are Women’s Fiction. They explore various issues and have very memorable characters. This series started me on my love of quilting.

 

I have reread most of them via audiobook which is really excellent via this format as well.

I had discovered Emilie Richards as an author myself by picking up one of her books at a book fair. Not one of this series but it started me on the road of looking out for her books. Now I wouldn’t miss anything she writes.

Pys/Changeling series

book cover The Pay/Changeling series I was slow to take up. I read others comments on the SEP board and was semi tempted. I thought it would be too hot for me. I saw a copy of one of the books in a staff members bag and I asked her about the series. She lent me some of the first ones.

I was hooked. I loved these shape shifters and the mysteries and evil they had to contend with. Nalini Singh has built this world so well. I didn’t think I’d like shape shifter books but this series is just so much fun, plus heart warming and heart reaching.

I am still reading all the new ones now as they come out. I want to do a reread!

 

 

So what would be one of your favourite series?

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Month in Review

January Look Back

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I am a little late with my January reading post. Due to being ousted from WordPress for a week and some lovely sunshine here and there.

Total books read this month: 11

4 of these were off my own shelf which was good. All these reads were good and I thoroughly enjoyed them all.  Guts is a middle grade graphic novel – loved it.

New to me authors:

Lori Gottlieb

Susan Wilson

Rebecca Raisin

Lyssa Kay Adams

Top Book for January

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Looking forward to reading in February

I don’t have any particular book on my reading agenda that is one I must “absolutely read as quickly as possible” but… I am looking forward to what  might just pop out at me.

Incoming Books for January

Purchased

Library Books Borrowed and Read!

From NetGalley or Edelweiss

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Audio Books Purchased

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Review

An Everyday Hero . Laura Trentham

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Published: St Martin’s Press
Date: 4th February 2020
Source: Publicist via NetGalley

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An Everyday Hero  by Laura Trentham certainly wins my vote as a reader who loves a deeply satisfying story of redemption, second chances and sheer gutsiness.

Greer has returned home after years of just plodding along in the music industry to find her boyfriend cheating on her. After a bout of drunkenness and disorder she is sentenced to helping at a music center for veterans and her families.

One of the people she is assigned is Ally, a really anti, sullen teen, who has lost her father in war. Everyone else has given up on Ally, but Greer with her quick comebacks and understanding born of years of hard graft, begins to make a chink in her armour.

Veteran Emmett Lawson has holed himself up in a cabin, shooting at anyone who visits. His worried parents have appealed to the music center for help. Greer is sent out and in spite of receiving the shooting treatment manages to get a foot on the step, eventually.

For all the characters its not an easy journey. They all have issues and deep seated pain and heart break. But when it comes down to it, they hang in there, and manage to eventually come through the chaos of their lives.

The story highlights the difficulties faced by war veterans and their families. It also says it’s important to hang in there with them and not be put off by early rebuffs. Love, family and friendship along with challenge and tough love can win through.

I’ve become a firm fan of this author and this series.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Thanks for “talking among yourselves” last week. After five days of total non access to absolutely anything WordPress, hey presto on Wednesday I was back on. After talking with my internet provider, giving them a really low, snarky rating for the “help” afterwards, a supervisor phoned me back and promised they’d “fix it from their end within five days”. Well I waited and eventually…here I am. What is it about talking with these kind of people that raises mine and I know others blood pressure!

What I read last week:

Really only two books as The Sometime Sisters was an audiobook that I finished during the week. I liked The Book Charmer but… didn’t love it.  Maybe You Should Talk to Someone was both interesting, educational and entertaining.

What I am reading now:

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I am listening to The Girl on Legare St by Karen White.

 

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Non Fiction Books I Have on my Bookshelf – Waiting…

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Non Fiction books on My Bookshelf. Waiting…

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I am not a big non-fiction reader, but I do like some in the memoir or spiritual or psychology type genres. I have a number of them sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read and as I write, I can think of one or two on my Kindle!

book cover I like all things royal and this one sounds interesting. Of course we are still with the British monarchy here and so I’ve been interested since early times. Our magazines always carry something royal!  I heard a review of this book on the radio.

 

 

 

 

Book CoverI love all things Obama too! How come I just haven’t read this one yet. I have it in hardback and audio form. I need to get onto it!

book cover This is a memoir and while I haven’t really read much of Pat Conroy’s books I thought I’d give this a go. The title draws me in. At the same time I also bought the memoir by his wife.

book cover Nancy Zieman had a quilting TV show for years. I didn’t see them but have seen some of her videos on You Tube. She strikes me as a very gutsy woman who overcame challenges. She died far too young but I think left a huge amount of inspiration.

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This is about Gregory Boyle who worked or maybe still does with the gangs in Los Angeles. I did hear him speak on a podcast a long while back and this is going to be another inspiring read.

 

 

So obviously I like being inspired and amazed at the contributions people make to our world. It’s good to be reminded of the wide range of men and women in our world who live their lives to the full. Any recommendations for me to add to my reading agenda?

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