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5 Books – Bookclubs, Libraries, Bookshops

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I am a sucker for a book that has a bookish word in the title. Generally I am not disappointed either.  These five were 2019 reads, although a couple of them have been around quite awhile.

book coverThe Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick. Martha the main character works at the library, used to write stories with her Grandma and there is a bookshop owner and bookshop as well. I enjoyed this story, liked Martha as a character, her quirkiness and the way she changed.  My review.

 

 

book coverA Month of Sundays by Liz Byrski is set in  Australia. It is about four women who belong to an online book club. They are invited by one member to join her for a few weeks in the Blue Mountains. They have never met in person before, each one is either retired or about to retire.  They each have to bring a book that is going to reveal to the others something about themselves. They take a week to read and then discuss each one. The books mentioned are real books, and bring out information about each character. They have very thoughtful discussions. My first read of this author and I will certainly look for more by her.

book coverFive women meet each month to discuss a book. Their friendship is important to them, even if some are tinged with tension. Each women faces a challenge as the story unfolds and each responds in a way unique to her. And through all the trials friendship carries the day. Each chapter begins with a quote from a book that is rather relevant to what happens in the chapter. I cheered them on, recognised and understood the crises  and rather admired their steps forward in their lives.

 

book cover I thought this might be another happy book about a bookshop, however I was warned in the forward by someone other than the author that this was a sad book, and so it is. It was an excellent listen on audio, I don’t think I’d enjoy just reading it. Set in a small village in England it is a tale of taking a risk, being a little naive about what might be a success and how to run a small business. Florence Green has a kind heart, but that cannot be said for another woman in the village who ruthlessly sets about being Florence’s and the bookshop’s downfall.

Book coverOMG I loved this book, I just was so annoyed when it ended, the best kind of annoyed though. I have read this every spare minute I had, I love this kind of book magic that draws me into a story. It often surprised a laugh out of me. It often had me worrying over the outcome for characters. There are some serious issues that are explored.

Zoe brings her own brand of book beliefs to the blue van while Nina is busy holed up in a hospital bed. (Remember Nina from The Bookshop on the Corner). Zoe brings her own brand of being a nanny to three “lost” children and she is a wonderful mother to her own.

Set in Scotland – in a big house like a castle. At some point I hope I’ll hear this on audio because I am sure it would be wonderful with the right narrator.

LOVED IT.

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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.
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Hope you all had a great week. I am just recovering from the Cricket World Cup which I know none of you, not one, are into… but its my favourite viewer sport. Our national team got into the final and played England and lost at the last moment on a rule differential. It was nail biting this morning. Fantastic game. We didn’t lose, but… we didn’t win. Congratulations to England. To our Black Caps team – so proud of you.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

I have started listening to…

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I am reading…

One from the TBR shelf

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The Golden Hour.  Beatriz Williams

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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.
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I had a good reading week. I finished my audiobook, enjoyed The Golden Hour  and then sat by the fire and read Wolf Rain, which was perfect fireside reading. I had one DNF which is going back to the library.

Apart from that, just very wintry weather, one day I couldn’t go for a walk but other than that I have wrapped up and ventured out. Today looks a little better, we’ll see.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

I am listening to…

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Month in Review

Reading in June Digest

Total books read this month: 12

New to me authors:

Teri Wilson
Chanel Cleeton
Camille Pagán.
Dani Shapiro
Alyson Richman
Emma Hannigan

Where the authors come from

USA: 8
Canada : 2
Australia: 1
Ireland:1

Reading Challenge Update:

I am breaking even for the audiobook challenge as mid year arrives. In the library one I am behind but this month saw me return to using the library more which is good! Half of the books I read this month came from the library.

Reading Club Update:

I read The Gown for the Modern Mrs Darcy book club. It was a really good historical/contemporary dual timeline book. Oh my, the exquisite work that went into the wedding gown of Queen Elizabeth. The interview with Jennifer Robson by Anne Bogel just so added to my appreciation of the story.

Outside Reading Highlights

I had to buy a new computer. My last one crashed. I might see if I can get it fixed as a back up. We’ll see.

I finished a bookshelf quilt which I was delighted to see completed. A post about that later.

Top Book for June…

Well at least eight out of the twelve could be this, they were all so good. However the last is always fresher and this is the one I choose. My first read of Irish author Emma Hannigan. Unfortunately she passed away last year, but I do have a back list I can read.

This book was about being real, the delights of friendship and being there for each other as challenges are faced.

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Looking forward to reading in July …

These two for sure, I have quite a few I want to get to but these will certainly be on the reading agenda for July.

Main Reading Goals for July…

  • continue to read some library books
  • pick up Lonesome Dove again. I made it too P.189 and then fell off the wagon.
  • Pick up as few review books as possible!

Incoming Books for June….

Purchased

Library Books

From NetGalley or Edelweiss

Audio Books Purchased

Linking with Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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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.
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Well we have passed the solstice! For me that means the days will start to lengthen, not that I mind those darker days. I need to stop and look at some of my plans for 2019 and see what I still want to accomplish.

What I read last week:

I also had one DNF – Crashing the A-List by Summer Heacock. I wasn’t the audience for this book I believe. Not to my taste.

What I am reading now:

I started listening to and l am liking it as I get into it.

And I have just started reading today

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Up next:

I am not too sure but maybe
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Last Week’s Posts

A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards.

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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.
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So far we are having a very mild winter. But July is usually the coldest. I have been having troubles with my computer freezing etc. I never know what it will do. I have had this Macbook Air for about seven years, do hope it lasts a little longer!  However I did find that my Ipad will work fine on the site so I am happy to know there is back up!

I enjoyed both the books I read this week, I seem to be a little slow with my audiobook, but at least I have started listening to the book again. My problem is that I enjoy silence!

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

 

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Last Week’s Posts

One Minute Later   Susan Lewis
Those Sister Relationships – Connect Five Books

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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.
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I didn’t get a lot of reading done this week as I wasn’t feeling well. However I am coming right and that is something I really appreciate! Also I wasn’t feeling like visiting blogs but now up and active again!

The weather has been glorious although I think due to break. I walked on the beach the last two days and it felt like paradise.

What I read last week:

I finished The Sound of Glass – one that I really liked, definitely one for my keeper shelf. I know this one was well received when it published but I waited for the paperback to arrive as the hardback was too expensive!

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What I am reading now:

Still listening to Come from Away by Genevieve Graham. I was happy to hear that it continued on with the next generation from the previous book of hers that I had listened to.

I am still reading this one but should finish it today or tomorrow. It’s one that was written in the 1920’s and is rather fascinating.  Four women on holiday in Italy for a month, all quite different.

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Review

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.
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Well there have been some dark days here in my country, New Zealand. My heart goes out to all those who were so brutally murdered by the terrorist in Christchurch.  The families – what an experience to have to cope with. Almost every New Zealander grieves with our Muslim community.  I say almost because there are a few who choose to hate.  I have never seen my country so sombre.

What I read last week:

A review book and one from the TBR shelf.

What I am reading now:

Loving this one off my TBR shelf.

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And listening to .. well I do need to start!

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A little dubious with this one – it is a Modern Mrs Darcy read and one for a reading challenge or two!

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Last Week’s Posts

Home At Last Meredith Appleyard

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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.
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Hope you are all well. We had some very welcome rain this week and may get some more later this week. I enjoyed my reading although going a little slow at the moment, but I guess I’ll gather momentum again as we do!  Sometimes there is plenty of time for reading and sometimes the pleasure of others company plus chores and other hobbies take precedence!

What I read last week:

The Susan Wiggs book was an okay book, The Cliff House is for review and I did enjoy it. The Woman at 72 Derry Lane by Irish author Carmel Harrington was a riveting listen and covered both domestic abuse and a world disaster in 2004.

What I am reading now:

From my TBR stack from this Australian author…

And about to start listening to…

From this Canadian author

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A review book….

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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.
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I had a great week of reading. The Rosie Result was very good listen and I loved how it all worked out. The House of Second Chances by a new to me author turned out to be a worthwhile read. And the review book The Things We Cannot Say – excellent. I am not a big fan of dual time lines but have to say I was won over eventually by the book.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

I am listening to…

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And off my TBR shelf

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A review book

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