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Audiobooks on my TBR 2020

For many years I have enjoyed audiobooks, although just lately I had a lull. However I’ve picked up my pace again and I am well on my way to finishing my present one. So my mind has gone to what I might listen to next.

Here are the ones I will listen to this year but I am not sure in what order!

Book Cover I have Becoming for sometime, I really need to make it a priority, I know I’ll really enjoy it. I know I do not need to say any more about this book, it has been huge.

 

book cover This is another one I’ve had since last year. I haven’t really read Maeve Binchy but I believe this is worth reading. It is narrated Caroline Lennon.
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This one is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice but set in Pakistan. It was on Anne Bogel’s Summer Reading Guide 2019 and it has been on my radar. So now its in my Audible library waiting for my attention.  It is narrated by Rasheeda Ali.

 

book coverI listened to The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan and really enjoyed it. This one is her next book and is World War 11 as well. It has only one narrator – Jane Entwhistle. Her previous book had quite a cast of narrators.

 

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The Sun Sister is the next one in a series and I have been watching for it to coming out on audio.There are two narrators as there usually in these books as they tell two time lines. Some readers haven’t been happy with the narrators but I think I’ll still go with it. I haven’t got this one in my Audible library yet but it will be soon. Its about 26 hours long though!!

 

Which one will I listen to next? I am not sure! But at least I have narrowed it down to five! That’s sort of a plan! If you were making a choice which one would it be for you?

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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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Hi, hope you are all keeping virus free. It is a bit freaky, I admit now!  Although I do think the toilet paper thing is rather funny.

I am marooned at home and getting a bit of a taste of isolation! My garage door went bang on Saturday and a hinge thing had broken and pinged around everywhere, not damaging my car thank goodness. Just waiting for someone to come to repair it so I can go shopping. I was thinking backpack and 30min walk there and then back to nearest shop, but hopefully can forget that!  I did walk to Church and back though yesterday so that might get me back into the swing of a walking habit if nothing else!  How dependent we are in this modern age!

What I read last week:

Enjoyed  both. Just an Ordinary Family has just been published – Australian author. I loved it. The Sea Glass Cottage is for an upcoming review.

What I am reading now:

I just felt like something different – this is biography/memoir that I think I’ll find interesting. I’ve seen her on You Tube – courageous woman.

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Up next:

This is a follow up to Into the Wild so I am looking forward  to reading it next. I like K. A. Tucker’s stories.

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Books by New Zealand Authors

Today I am sharing five  contemporary New Zealand authors I have read or intend reading. New Zealand has many authors although I confess I read only a few of them. Mainly that’s because of my taste. Another day I’ll share some of the previous NZ authors I’ve enjoyed. Some of the books have a NZ setting and some are set elsewhere.

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New Zealand author Nalini Singh is a favourite of mine as you may have guessed. I have come to love her paranormal series and I’ve read a couple of her contemporary romance.

A Madness of Sunshine  is set in the South Island of New Zealand, is a murder mystery set in contemporary times. I have read it and really enjoyed it. Published 2019.

book cover When it all Turned to Custard by Danielle Hawkins is one  I own and bought after I read a review by an Australian blogger. I haven’t read it yet but its in the queue. It too is set in New Zealand. Hmm I just see a recommendation on the back by one of my favourite Australian authors – Fiona Lowe who says ” An entertaining read full of humour, heart and soul.” I should move it up the list. Published 2019

book coverSoraya Lane has written both romance and women’s fiction. Its the latter that I enjoy. The Spitfire Girls is set overseas and is an insight into  the courageous contribution women made in both England and the USA towards the WW2 endeavours. These women were willing to put their lives on the line and take on piloting planes to where they were needed. And… they were very successful.

Soraya M. Lane does an excellent job helping us get inside the lives of such young women. Often they were up against ‘the establishment’ and the attitudes and prejudices of the populace.  Published 2019.

book coverWhat a honey of a book. I was originally enticed into this book by the US edition with its warm tones on the cover, however as I read the book I came to love this cover too. Sugar is a treasure and the amazing ‘family’ of people she gathered around her was endearing and satisfying. As it says on the cover – a novel of honey, love and manners.

So The Wedding Bees – awesome. Loved Queen Elizabeth 1 and 6. Witty, warm and charming is one way to describe this book. It does explore some important issues in a very gentle way. Well done Sarah-Kate Lynch. Raising my glass to The Wedding Bees and the Buzz-off Bride.  Set in the USA. Published 2014 Unfortunately Sarah-Kate has moved on to writing scripts for TV shows so no recent books!

book cover Finally a book I bought this week. This is by Farid Ahmed about his wife, the Christchurch massacre and his journey to forgiveness. All royalties go to St John Ambulance. As the one year date for this awful shooting and I heard about this book o the radio, I was immediately interested in reading it. Farid’s wife was killed in this massacre. I believe the book will build my understanding of the experience of another New Zealander.

 

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Month in Review

February Reading Wrap Up.

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Total books read this month: 9

New to me authors:

Karen Hawkins
Alix E Harrow. *
Brenda Janowitz.
Sofie Ryan*

Ones I’d read again marked by a *

Top Book for February

Fantasy and most likely in the realm of literary fiction.

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Looking forward to reading in  March

Incoming Books for February

Purchased

Library Books

From NetGalley or Edelweiss

Audio Books Purchased

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Linking up wit Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading this March?

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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. I went to see Little Women. I enjoyed it although didn’t fall totally head over heels in love with this version. It covered some of about three of the books and bounced about in timeline which was a little confusing. But still worth seeing.

Well we are into March already, for most of you that’s a promise of Spring and for some of us a hint of Autumn. And of course this virus hitting the world throws in a little twist. We have one case so far in our biggest city coming in from a plane on Iran. It initiated a lot of panic buying in that city’s supermarkets. Personally I  find for me I listen and watch only a limited amount of news each day. So much of it initiates panic in us, that most likely does us more damage than the virus.

What I read last week:

Sofie Ryan’s cozy mystery was very enjoyable and I’ll choose this series to read on into. Julie Buxbaum’s book has at its centre the impact on people’s lives who lost loved ones or were in the 9/11 event, 15 years on. YA but appropriate for anyone. She writes so well and it was a 4.5 stars for me.

What I am reading now:

I managed to buy this from a local shop after searching. It published last Monday – Australian author, only read the prologue but am into it.

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Hope is Always Welcome

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Books with hope in the title and I guess we all need some hope or we wouldn’t go on.

book cover This book was on the Summer Reading Guide ’19 by Anne Bogel and I bought it, although I did read another of this author’s books Tell Me Three Things before I finally reached this one. I loved Tell Me Three Things  and at present am reading this one. Julie Buxbaum writes YA books but as someone once said to me, any book well written is for everyone and anyone.

This is about Abbi who has asthma and was labelled Baby Hope – and on the day the twin towers came down she was captured in a photograph wearing a crown and grasping a red balloon with the towers behind her collapsing.

The back cover says it is about resilience, reinvention, first love and lifelong friendship, and stories we tell ourselves to survive.

 

book cover This one is part of the Thunder Point series written by Robyn Carr and published in 2015. This is a story of a woman who has a broken marriage and the loss of a child. The woman’s name is Ginger and she makes a very gutsy as she looks for new hope in her life now and into the future. As ever Robyn Carr writes a very good book with a wide range of interesting characters.

book coverThis is by Australian author Rachael Johns and she has become an author I’ll automatically read. This book is set in Hope Junction and its about a couple who have been burned by life and have the opportunity to grasp something new and positive… if they can find that hope and trust.

 

book coverFrom my favourite paranormal series comes this book by Nalini Singh. I love her themes and explorations of issues. In this story…Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. But when the lethal soldiers break free from their mysterious prison, they find themselves in a harsh, inhospitable landscape far from civilization. Their only hope for survival is to make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn’t welcome outsiders.

 

book coverThis is another book by an Australian author. Its the story of Augusta – a twin to Julia who is always so good and Augusta – well she gets rather squashed for her forthrightness and view of life.
There is a sombre tone to this book, it is different to what I usually read, yet in a way it has a lot to say about life, death, loss, love, family, community. And about regrets and guilt and eventually a place of acceptance, integration and hope. Its about how lives cross and choices are made.

This story grew on me, its insightful, informative and ultimately hope filled.

 

 

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Review

Tucker. Emily March

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Published: St Martin’s Press
Date: 25th February 2020
Source: Publicist via NetGalley

Tucker  is #2 in the McBrides of Texas, although Tucker and his cousins are closely related to the people of Eternity Springs and the angel cousins – Celeste and Angelica, who foster the romance and healing that Emily March brings to her stories.

Tucker has arrived in Redemption – having just left the army after a stint in Washington that left him with a distinct dislike of the political falsehoods of the place. He feels at a loose end as once upon a time he thought the army would be his life. He is a good guy, not perfect, but very good hearted and worthy of the best in life.

Gillian works with her mother in a bridal shop – a business they both love. Gillian is engaged to be married and the event is not far away. However it is rather telling that neither her mother or father are that pleased with the would be groom. I really liked how she goes up and down, until eventually she finds her whole hearted choice.

Tucker finds his business feet and soon his skills are to the fore. I really liked his survival teachings and it could be applied to any challenging situation.

I thought after so many books in this genre I’d be a little tired of them, however Emily March reeled me in with this story and I really enjoyed it. I loved meeting up with Caroline and Jackson from the first Texas book and I could have had even more of Haley, Jackson’s daughter, than we were given.

Its romance, family, challenge, angelic intervention, a beautiful setting and characters who worm their way into a reader’s heart.

photoEmily March is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the critically acclaimed Eternity Springs series. Publishers Weekly calls March a “master of delightful banter,” and her heartwarming, emotionally charged stories have been named to Best of the Year lists by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Romance Writers of America.
A graduate of Texas A&M University, Emily is an avid fan of Aggie sports and her recipe for jalapeño relish has made her a tailgating legend.

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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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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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