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Spring in Books

So while I know many of you are beginning to think Fall and Autumn, Down Under we are eyeing up Spring. So I thought today I’d look at books with Spring in their title that I’ve read.

book cover Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews was a great listen. Very entertaining and Kathleen McInerney made it even more so. I loved her voices for the characters, especially Sophie.

This is the story of Annajane who has been married to Mason and then divorced, but she continued to work for the company. She also attends the wedding of Mason to his new love Celia. And it is at that point the fun begins. Enter Sophie, Mason’s daughter, a five year old and completely adorable. She causes life to become interesting.

 

book coverWhen a favorite customer on his delivery route needs a favor, Tanner Richards agrees to help without a second thought. The last thing he expects is to face off against the man’s spitfire granddaughter. I enjoyed this one but have forgotten it, I always think I can go back and read such books and enjoy them all over again!

book cover And what is more appropriate. Because that’s what we are getting now, just the very first kiss of Spring. This is #14 in Emily March’s Eternity Springs series.  My review for Eternity Springs.

I note that I didn’t want it to end!

On the eve of the London Season, Jane Chance is about to make her entrance into high society. And after a childhood riddled with poverty and hardship, Jane intends to make a good, safe, sensible marriage. All goes according to plan until a dark, dangerous vagabond helps her rescue a dog. This is #3 in the Chance sisters series by Anne Gracie. I really enjoy her historical romance books.

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So some of you may have read The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. This book is another flat share book but set in Cologne in Germany and is about a motley group of older characters. My review

 

This visit back into books I’ve read with Spring in the title are making want to go back and reread them all because…. that’s right I am rather hazy about them all, apart from knowing they were all reads I totally enjoyed!

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Eyes on Books to Be Published.

What’s coming up in the next couple of months for Autumn Spring that I will want to read for sure… or at least put on library hold or buy. Here are five for a start. That said, I still have so many books on my TBR!

book coverThis one is published October 29th, although I do have a NetGalley review copy, so all set there. Women’s Fiction by an Australian author I tend to auto-read.

“The first time Ashling Wood realises her marriage is on the rocks is when her husband, Adrian, suggests they try nest parenting. Heartbroken, Ash suddenly finds herself living a double life – one week with her children, the next cohabiting with her happily single sister-in-law. Her friends think the modern custody solution is an exciting opportunity for her to spread her wings, but all Ash wants is her family back together.”

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Well another Virgin River book, I am a sucker for this series so of course I want to read it and I will and can because I also have a NetGalley copy of this. It publishes 13th October. It is about new friends, fresh starts and the magic of Christmas.  Sold!
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This book comes out in October too – Oct 13th and I have had my eye out for it as I read her previous book and liked it. It is paranormal and has to do with witches and sisters. After that I will have to just wait and see!
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October 20th. I’ll pre-order this one. I love this series. Deals with homicide and a fantastic woman Lieutenant and her husband who is the VP and being pressured to run for President.

book coverAnd lastly an author I haven’t read for quite awhile but I do enjoy some of her historical fiction so I am putting this on the list and it does come out earlier than the others on September 1st. Set in 1853 in Oregon and has to do with women’s rights and suffrage. A fictionalised story of a real life person Abigail Scott Dunniway.  It is a possible.

 

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Five Books on my Kindle Waiting…

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I tend to ignore my Kindle books a little, so I am taking a look at all the ones waiting and picking out five books I need to remind myself to read sooner rather than later! It says that I have 540 unread, but I am sure that’s a fib, I really need to check, because if even left at 98% I think it doesn’t recognise it as read! I need to do a bit of a sort to obtain the real count.

These ones are more recent additions… I haven’t gone deep into the basement yet.

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This is a recent one, that was recommended by a couple of people with whom I have similar reading taste.  It’s Little Women inspired, and is about family and sisterhood I think. By the way have you been to the new movie Little Women? I haven’t but would quite like to, although just over 2 hours.

 

book coverThis one is from a teen favourite author and I didn’t read all her books, or if I did I’ve forgotten them. They have somewhat updated covers! This one is about a young nurse starting out. Many of these books have been published recently in Kindle format and I have been buying them all up! But I need to read them!

Book cover Bought back in July 2019. I think it was on a deal and a few people have recommended it. It may be a Rom Com which isn’t my preferred reading but will give it a go sometime.

 

book coverBought this back last year in July too and its historical romance, #3 in a series and I enjoyed the first two. I need to get to it! It’s a marriage of convenience trope.

 

Book CoverAnother July ’19 purchase! Again a deal I think and maybe a recommendation from Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs Darcy blog.  The blurb says ………………… A searing debut novel from the award-winning author of You Know When the Men are Gone, about jealousy, the unpredictable path of friendship, and the secrets kept in marriage, all set within the U.S. expat community of the Middle East during the rise of the Arab Spring.

 

Kindle books tend to be out of sight, out of mind! How about you? Are you all clear or is there a pile up?

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Five Books From my Bookshelf I’ll Priority Read in 2020

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Welcome to the first Connect Five link up. A  Friday link up that invites you to join in posting about a list of five bookish related topics/lists of your choice. Be creative and enjoy the process. If you want to know a little more read the introduction to it here.

Here are five books I bought in 2019 and want to give priority to reading from my TBR in 2020. I have no plan for when, but I am going to group  them together on my shelf to remind me to pick them up soon.

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They had a bond, until a sudden tragedy thrust them apart. Now, each of them  at a crossroad in her own life, two sisters paths are about to intersect.

I forget where I heard about this but I want to read it soon

 

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Over worked and under appreciated, single mom Amy Byler needs a break. So when her guilt-ridden husband who abandoned her shoe up and offers to take care of their kids for the summer, she accepts and escapes to New York.

Yes another I want to read soon. It has books on the cover and what else is over due but books so it has to be connected.

book coverMalcolm Postead’s Oxford life has been one of routine, ordinary even. He is happiest playing with his dæmon, Asia, in their canoe La Belle Sauvage. But now as the rain builds, the world around Asta and MalcoIm , is, it seems, set to become increasingly far from ordinary. I bought this on spec! I enjoyed a long time ago his dark materials series and so I thought I’d give this one a go.

book cover After a divorce request second baseman Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men.

I’ve seen some good reviews for this book plus its been rated well on some of the book podcasts I listen to, so I am hoping I’ll enjoy it.

book cover Doctor Dani Novak has been keeping soccer coach Diesel Kennedy at arm’s length to protect him from her dark secrets. When they are brought together by two young brothers who desperately need their help it seems they might be able to leave their damaged pasts behind them.

This is one I’ve wanted to pick up for awhile, I bought it the day it hit the local bookshelves, but… books got in the way. It’s time for what I know will be a fast paced thrilling romantic suspense. And even though it has just over 500 pages it won’t seem like that.

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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 hope you all had a great Christmas Day and week. I had a wonderful family day with sisters and brothers and families. It’s such fun to be among little ones. My gorgeous 4 year old great niece gave me a card she’d made. Her grandmother (my sister) told me she’d spent the day before making them. She told Anne the best part was putting the cards in the envelopes. So when I received mine I commented on the envelope and how well stuck down it was. (It was really stuck down!) “Yes”, she said proudly, “I really used my tongue.”

Well the old year is almost gone! Maybe you’ve been reflecting on it and re visioning for 2020. In reading I have decided to drop all challenges except for setting a low key goal over on Goodreads.

I am also beginning a Friday Five bookish link up/meme/post for those who enjoy making lists with five. The lists can be as simple or as complicated as you like. I have been compiling posts for my lists of five and I think I’ll begin with five books on my bookshelf that I’ll read sooner rather than later in 2020.

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What I read last week:

Both very good reads.

What I am reading now:

For some reason I thought this was a cozy mystery, I think it was the author’s name that put me into thinking that. But no, it is more women’s fiction with a little romance.

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And still listening to Regretting You by Colleen Hoover.

Up next:

Sheila from Book Journey is again running her First Book of the Year

Indeed its also the first book of a new decade as well. If you haven’t joined in before why not this time and make it a new tradition.

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To be revealed on January 1st 2020. Just a couple of days away.
 

Last Week’s Posts

Introducing new meme/link up

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Introducing Connect Five Friday Link Up

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Last year I did connect five as a challenge, for 2020 I am going to host it as a link up or meme on a Friday. I didn’t want to lose the concept but I am not getting  involved in reading challenges for 2020.

It will be open for the week. You might like to do your Connect Five on another day. A link will close on Thursday and a new one will open on Friday.  Your five might be just one section of a post and that’s quite okay. You might just make a post on Instagram and link it if you want.

So the five can be connections of any kind. Books can have been read last year or any year. Books can be used more than once.They may not have been read yet. They might be ones you just bought or want to buy.  It can be as simple or as complicated as you like. Maybe it’s not a list of actual books, but things connected to books – e.g. favourite book shops, recipes etc. It might even be five movies related to books or five poems or five poets or five bookish moments, five thoughts about reading – be creative!

While I am challenge free for 2020,  you might still want to take this on as a challenge so do it!

I hope you can join in some weeks. I look forward to your ideas.

Hashtag #connect5books

Starts first Friday in January 2020.  Now that’s pretty soon!