Month in Review

November Wrap

Total books read this month: 10

On the whole it was a really good reading month, in terms of some very much enjoyed books.

Book Ratings

The Secret of Bow Lane.  5 stars
Dance Away with Me. 5 stars. Reread via audiobook
Other Birds.  5 Stars
Us Against You. 5 + stars
The Stolen Book of Evelyn Aubrey 3.25 stars
Still Life 4.25 stars
The Boardwalk Bookshop 2 stars.
Doctors and Friends. 4.5 stars
The Sunshine Girls. Molly Fader 4 stars.
Somewhere Between Luck and Trust.  Emilie Richards. 5 stars. Reread via audiobook.

New to me authors:

Serena Burdick
Louise Penny*
*Would read author again.

Top Print Book

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Top Kindle Book

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Top Audiobook

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That I really liked Still Life by Louise Penny and I now have a new series to read. I really am drawn too, to Louise Penny as a person. Loved the interview that Anne Bogel did on What Should I Read Next this week.

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Disappointed by

Susan Mallery’s book, although maybe I was expecting to be and was even harder on it! But wasn’t for me. I know she still has plenty of fans so I won’t be missed as one of her readers!book cover

Looking forward to books publishing in December

Review of Reading Goals  for November

Read four review books.  Read 3 out of hoped for 4.

Read two library books.  Did read two library books.

Possibly five from my own shelf. Three from my own shelf.

Complete slow and steady read.  Completed “Us Against You.”  Fredrik Backman.  I now have The Winners sitting on my shelf and no doubt that will become a slow and steady read in 2023.

Start a notebook list of upcoming books I want to buy or get from library.  Did start the page and then forgot, need to keep it going!

Main Reading Goals for December

Read some Christmas books.

Choose my first book of the year for 2023.

Keep my notebook up of books I want to buy or reserve at the library.

Think about reading goals for 2023.

Linking up with Nicole from FeedYourFiction Addiction.



It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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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The Good.  The weather on the whole was very good. I planted some vegetables. I read good books, quilted happily, and enjoyed a great game of women’s rugby between England and NZ.  Plus I got a few jobs done I’ve been meaning to do for ages.

The Bad.  Despite having had the outside sprayed for ants, they have been appearing in the kitchen in the evening.

The Ugly. Driving into my garage on Friday afternoon I caught the passenger side of my car against the side of garage, took a chunk out of that and scratched two side doors of car. Despair!  So annoyed with myself, I just wasn’t concentrating – I’d spaced out.  So now Monday I will have to see about getting it fixed and maybe not going the insurance way as my premium will only go up. Yes I have done it once before in same car on a very unforgiving pole in an underground parking area. Worse that time. I think there was a bit of a dent as well and they replaced two parts of the side. Did use Insurance that time! Thousands of dollars for small dents!!

What I read last week:

Other Birds was very good. A little different to her previous books and still delightful and moving. Us Against You was my Slow and Steady read that I happened to finish this week. It was fantastic and maybe my top book for the year! Looking forward to reading the third book, The WinnersThe Stolen Book of Evelyn Aubrey will have its own review post.

What I am reading now:

Still Life

Up next:

A review book gathering dust on my NetGalley shelf. Because I was not impressed by Mallery’s last book I read I’ve been putting this off!

The boardwalk bookshop Last Week’s Posts

The Winter Garden.  Nicola Cornick

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Over The Teacups, Review

Over the Teacups #12 With Jennifer Ashley and Fredrik Backman


book coverWhy? I read the first one in this new series and really enjoyed it.

Plot  Mrs Holloway (Kat) and Daniel are back together solving thefts of antiques  and murder in the London about them.  Much of it takes place in the kitchen below stairs, but… the murders and thefts seem to have a lot to do with upstairs. There is a surprising little twist at the end.

What Appeals to me? I love the characters, Mrs Holloway is a treasure, I would love to just be in her kitchen and watch her cooking – and sample it! I liked her new assistant very much, and hope to see a lot more of her. Daniel is interesting and in this book we learn a little more of this mystery man.

And so… I really look forward to the third book, and will certainly be early in line to read it.


book coverWhy? I had seen a lot of good reviews for this book, and I needed a book that had been translated for the Modern Mrs Darcy reading challenge

Plot  Set in a small town near or in the forest in Sweden. Its about a hockey club that has done well but now its life and the town’s life is on the line. If it doesn’t regain its success the town will continue to go downhill. There is a lot of politicking and when something very bad goes down – a lot of silence, until bam the s*** hits the fan. Some parents shouldn’t be parents, some parents find they just can’t keep their children safe.

What Appeals to me? To begin with this took about 70 pages to get into, getting to know the various characters, but once I had it I was feeling for them all. Most of them have their challenges, some do things I hated, and they did things I loved. They are characters with faults and failings, and in spite of that, still human beings to want to know and cheer on. But not all of them. Ouch for the denial and ruthlessness. I thought ice hockey is a brutal sport though. What really appealed to me most was the universality of this story. It really could be about any town – anywhere. Or about people we hear about in the news every day.

And so… I will certainly read the next one, Them Against Us, once I’ve had a break from it.