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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 and another new month. For many of you hopefully feeling Spring and for us here definitely feeling Autumn. Although that said, April was a very sunny month for where I live so it was really lovely. Today a promise of some rain.

What I read last week:

Looks like a lot for one week, but two are audiobooks that I finished and had been listening to for a few weeks.

What I am reading now:

I am reading through this series, once I start one it sure pulls me in.

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Beach House Summer
Listening to…
The fairy Godmother
 

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The Vanishing Type.  Ellery Adams

Five Books off my TBR in April

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Five Books off my TBR in April

Hana Khan Carries OnThis read confirmed me as a Uzma Jalaluddin reading fan. I very much enjoyed this book. A rom com, not a genre I am that in favour of, but…. this is the kind I like. Hana Khan Carries On has great characters, comedic bits, but interspersed with serious issues. It’s full of family, immigrant issues and most of all love. It gives insight into the Muslim community in Toronto and highlights what ignorant racism can be like. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

book coverOne of my first 2022 reads. If not the first.

The Secret of Snow was published and bought in 2021 and I never got around to reading it until now. (Due to my more disciplined approach of reading off my shelf!) I  thoroughly enjoyed this second chance story. One about grief and coming to terms with it. Sonny up until now has never dealt with her grief when her sister died some years back. It’s about vulnerability and friendship. And of course plenty of snow. It always amazes me at how astute a writer can be in tracking we humans. Loved the characters – they go right to the reader’s heart. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

book cover A new author to me and I was totally immersed into it.  Lucy finds out she has inherited a ‘cottage’ from someone she has never heard of and when she turns up to claim it all kinds of unknowns await her.

The cottage isn’t exactly a cottage either. Lucy has never known her father, her mother has just died and there are mysteries abundant. As well this is a dual timeline that goes back into other eras. Usually I am not so fond of that but this one was seamless.

There is mystery, complex relationships, plus a dog and a twelve year old girl all adding up to a story that kept me wanting to read.

🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

book cover The Becoming is the second in a trilogy. I read the first one earlier in the year and I  couldn’t resist moving on to the second one. I have to wait for the third one until the end of ’22.

The Becoming is another excellent story with characters to love, and some new this time. Breen continues to grow in power and courage, and I love the new bond she forges with a very special animal. Bollocks too ( her dog) follows his mistress, and Marcus is a friend to the nth degree. And of course Keegan the leader of the Fey, continues to train Breen and of course a developing relationship.

🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

book coverOne of my first 2022 published reads from my shelf. May even be the first.  It is historical romance as you might guess and written by Eloisa James.

An interesting take of a romance with Cleo and Jake making interesting business main characters. Cleo was a strong feminine lead with a good head on her shoulders. Jake a big American who very soon falls at his knees for the striking redhead Cleo who previous to this has been determined to be a wallflower and never be like her mother.

A good read.  🌟🌟🌟

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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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So we are at the last Monday in April can you believe!  We are well into Autumn now here in NZ. Got that feel to it, but very little rain really so far.

I have given totally up on Bloglovin’ now to follow blogs, I have remembered WordPress Reader and because I can use it for Blogger blogs as well I think it will work out. I am in process of putting in the blogs I follow but haven’t done them all. This Monday link up will help me sort some more.

I viewed all of Season 1 of All Creatures Great and Small set in Yorkshire and now I discover Season 2 is not here yet. So sad about that because I was right into it!

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

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And still a way to go on my audiobook The Wedding Veil.

Up next:

A backlist book from the library.

Sweet Salt Air Last Week’s Posts

Sunday at the Sunflower Inn.  Jodi Thomas

Library Theme Books I want to Read

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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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Hope you are all well. Time moves on. I was out for a walk and passed a tree that seemed not so long ago had beautiful autumn leaves all on the ground. Now full of new leaves and spring blossom.  Yesterday I planted some beans, might be a bit too early but will replant if these don’t sprout.

What did I do with the week gone by? Well read of course. I will keep going with the Patience Griffin series as I quite enjoyed the first one.  And totally engrossed in the Debra Webb suspense one.  My main sewing machine is not back but I do have a back up one I have been using so some patchwork and quilting!

I watched Delta Covid numbers go up in the Auckland and northern areas on New Zealand. The government have let go the elimination strategy, Delta is too catchy! Plus the underworld elements can’t keep rules so govt is endeavouring to play catch up with vaccinations.  We have our share of course of people with weird ideas and also “not going to be told what to do!” You know, the two year old element in society!

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

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Last Week’s Posts

All About Ella.   Meredith Appleyard

Five Books From Five Shelves

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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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Hope you all had a good reading week. I did and moving along into new books. I am thinking of the garden and need to go to the centre to see about pumpkin seeds and a tomato plant. And soon bean planting time.

I had to take my sewing machine to be serviced so that was a little trip north by half an hour. I do have a back up machine so hasn’t totally stopped me!

I set my sister up at the library with her own library card etc. Oh they have nice new cards and a small one to go on your key ring. Hmmm –  I wonder if I “lost” my card!  Now I will set up a tablet so she can access Libby online especially for audiobooks. She reads differently to me, I call me “light and soft” and her “heavy and hard” in terms of reading! However thanks to all the bloggers out there I have good suggestions for her. She can only read large print now so a little limiting, but they still have good options. Yay for libraries.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

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And listening to…

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Be My Ghost.  C. J. Perry

One Hobby Leads to Another

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Over The Teacups, Review

Over The Teacups #6

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book coverWhy?Susan Wiggs is a favourite author and I have liked and loved every contemporary fiction book she has written, so it was an auto-buy for me.

Plot?This is the story of so many, mainly that of Camille and her daughter Julie. But also Julie’s father and his grandparents. Camille is an expert photographer but since the death of her husband five years ago she has not lifted a camera. Her daughter Julie a young teen is going through a tough time with some very overt bullying happening to her. Onto the scene comes Finn, who seeks out those who are lost – mainly soldiers and brings them home. He has a special mission to find his father.

What Appeals to Me?I loved the characters, yes Camille was a little prickly, but five years isn’t that long in the scheme of things so its understandable she hasn’t quite moved on. I liked her story and that of Julies as they let go and move on. I loved the small vignette WW11 story and the outcome from that. And of course it was delightfully set in both the east coast of the USA and Provence, France. Loved the writing too. Such an appealing read all round.

And so… the next Susan Wiggs book will of course be an auto-buy!

book coverWhy? I had a bit of spare reading space and was perusing Amazon and when I saw this one I clicked! Eloisa James right!

Plot? This one is set in Georgian times, when they wore wigs and powdered their hair and the women wore very low cut dresses! Alaric is the hero and Willa the heroine. They are pretty much their own persons and don’t worry too much about wigs and powder. He is back from big adventures, is a writer and very popular with the ladies. What follows is a love adventure with an evil killer thrown in and a skunk who knows when to leave a stink.

What Appeals to Me? Well written and fun. Light and warm mostly. I haven’t met a pet skunk in a book before, plus the plot moved along well and was rather unique. Also there is a large Wilde family and plenty more stories to be told. It ends with a cliff hanger for one of the brothers – North and its sure to deliver.

And so… Sighting next book in series – Too Wilde to Wed which promises to publish about May 2018.

book coverWhy? Well Catherine Anderson is pretty much an auto-buy for me and when I need a really good comfort read, I can always rely on her to deliver.

Plot. This is the story of 1) Tanner who is about 78 and living in an assisted apartment while he heals from a fall. And the woman who runs the place is a dragon. 2) Crystal his grand daughter who is keeping the home fires burning while her grandfather is in care. She is looking after his dog who is a total handful. Somehow she has a young kitten on her plate as well. 3) And then there are a couple of love interests and a small bit of mystery thrown in.

What Appeals to me. I liked the two sets of couples – one younger and one older – both full of wisdom and emotion. I liked Rip – the unforgettable dog, and feel good emotional story.

And so… The next Catherine Anderson book can’t come soon enough! An auto-buy. There is a lovely interview with Catherine Anderson on Goodreads about this her latest book.