Month in Review

May Reading Round Up

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Total books read this month: 11

Book Ratings

You Can’t Hide.  Karen Rose ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
Beach House Summer. Sarah Morgan ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
Fairy Godmother.  Mercedes Lackey ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ. 5
A Whisker of Trouble.  Sofie Ryan ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ. 5
Twilight Shadows.  Emilie Richards ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
The Librarian.  Salley Vickers ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
A Mother’s Heart.  Carmel Harrington ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
South of the Buttonwood Tree.  Heather Webber ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
Court of Thorns and Roses.  Sarah J Maas ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
The Last House on the Street.   Diane Chamberlain ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

New to me authors:

Mercedes Lackey
Salley Vickers
Sarah J Maas

Top Books for May

Looking forward to reading in June

Very likely ones.

Review of Reading Goals for May.

  • five books read from my print TBR. – yes
  • read more of Pride and Prejudice – not sure I read any
  • read a book from library – yes. The Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain.

Main Reading Goals for June

  • read five more books from my print TBR
  • continue to read Pride and Prejudice
  • read a library book if one comes in

Linking up with Nicole from FeedYourFiction 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.
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 getting by well. Late Autumn is signalling winter here and the last few nights that’s meant two quilts on the bed!

I’ve been reading and a little visiting and some viewing. Now the nights have closed in its easier to sit by the fire and catch up on some TV shows. I was delighted to find Season 2 of All Creatures Great and Small had dropped here while I wasn’t looking so one of the shows I am indulging in.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

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And Listening to…. Bloomsbury Girls

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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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Welcome in and hope all is going reasonably well for you all. I had a good week. I ventured into Wellington city via a new road that opened a little while back. Quite an experience as it cuts through some high hills. It takes off a whole lot of the small towns and so you can go along at full speed.

After connecting with a friend we then travelled around the harbour to Eastbourne for a walk and the yummy oysters, scallops and chips. Great way to spend a day.

Now wet weather has set in and while not too cold I have lit the fire a few times. Makes things cosy!

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

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And listening to..

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I am not too sure, I am only beginning A Mother’s Heart and I am not sure what I will feel like reading once I finish that one.ย ย 

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Book. Directions

Lost Coast Literary. Ellie Alexander

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Book Directions

In June the informal reading challenge I am joining in with on Emilie Richards Reader Page is …. A book with a direction in the title. So I have been considering. In actual fact there are quite a few book titles with a direction word in it!

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South of the Buttonwood Tree is perfect directions. You’d know exactly where to aim, well if you knew which Buttonwood tree! That said I am starting to listen to that now, so it won’t be of any use to me for the challenge next month. ย Blue Bishop has a knack for finding lost things. While growing up in charming small-town Buttonwood, Alabama, sheโ€™s happened across lost wallets, jewelry, pets, her wandering neighbor, and sometimes, trouble. No one is more surprised than Blue, however, when she comes across an abandoned newborn baby in the woods, just south of a very special buttonwood tree. ย I have only recently started to read Heather Webber books and I have really liked what I have read.

book cover Another great directions ย book, In the Middle of Hickory Lane.ย ย But this one I think publishes in July so too late for June. ย Great cover and I will probably listen to this on audio as well. ย Family, community, secrets and some magical realism. All elements I enjoy.

book coverWell you’d know where to head too with this title. I’ve never been to the East End except via books like this one. All about a below stairs cook and the mysteries she solves. It’s a series! I love the setting and the characters.ย Murder in the East End.

book cover Well I think this title gives some direction as well. Under the Southern Sky. Another one that I have read though. Kristy Woodson Harvey has written a story that just kept on giving. A story of family, loss, love, new hope. Wonderful to listen to, because the narrators brought the characters alive.

book coverSummer on the Island.ย Well the directions don’t tell me which island but its on the island. ย This is the book I will most likely read for the challenge as I have it from Netgalley, by a accident actually but that’s okay. ย As it happens the island is small and off the coast of Florida and its detailed as a summer of healing, friendship and love and a secret that could change everything!

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Favourite Covers of 2021

Today I am picking five covers of books I read in 2021. Each cover is linked to Goodreads. I might not necessarily put the contents in the top five, (although a couple would be) but the covers attract. There are other covers I liked but I didn’t read the books so I didn’t count them.

I think covers do count, as a book that has a relevant and attractive cover does pull me in as a reader.

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Review

The Lights of Sugarberry Cove. Heather Webber

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Published: Macmillan-Tor/Forge Books
Date: 20th July 2021
Source: Avon Publicist via NetGalley

Sadie Way Scott has been avoiding her family and hometown of Sugarberry Cove, Alabama, since she nearly drowned in the lake just outside her motherโ€™s B&B. Eight years later, Sadie is the host of a much-loved show about southern cooking and family, but despite her success, she wonders why she was saved. What is she supposed to do?

Sadieโ€™s sister, Leala Clare, is still haunted by the guilt she feels over the night her sister almost died. Now, at a crossroads in her marriage, Leala has everything she ever thought she wantedโ€”so why is she so unhappy?

When their mother suffers a minor heart attack just before Sugarberry Coveโ€™s famous water lantern festival, the two sisters come home to run the inn while she recovers.

The Lights of Sugarberry Cove by Heather Webber is a sweet read. Well it is set in Sugarberry Cove after all!

It’s about a mother and her two daughters told from the two daughters point of view. Sadie and Leala. All three are in hard places of various kinds and it takes coming together to sort out all the grief and events that have walled them off from each other and love.

There is a variety of characters who all play there part in making this story a heart warming one with moments of grief. I especially loved the wisdom of Uncle Camp and the child joy of Tucker.

And is has a smidgeon or more of magical realism, something I am a little partial to. I didn’t see how the final twist of this aspect was going to turn out but I loved it.

Family, found family, guilt, grief and love all mingle to make this a book I was sorry to see the ending arrive.

Month in Review

June Reading Round Up

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Total books read this month: 10

New to me authors:

Angeline Boulley

Top Book for June

I had some really good books that could be right in this spot, but this one for me just pips them out.

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Review of Reading Goals June 2021

Read another book or at least give it the 25 page test to decide whether I keep going or not. fromย  ย  Sorting My TBR: April โ€“ Stay or Goย ย ย 

I did look at one and gave it a few page test and then put it in the bag for the book fair. And it has been dropped off!

Main Reading Goals for July

  1. Read one more from.ย  ย ย Sorting My TBR: April โ€“ Stay or Goย ย ย 
  2. Read two and maybe three books from the library. Well that was the plan but a whole lot have suddenly been dropped with my name on them. I’ll see what I can get through, I won’t pick them up till the weekend, which will give me a little time.
  3. Read one from my TBR Kindle that is off a list of one author whose books I want to read through.
  4. Read two in total (includes the one mentioned in #1, from my TBR shelf and three from my review shelf.

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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 all had a good week. Mine was grey and wet. Today not raining but very windy! But we have passed the shortest day so that’s looking towards summer now!!

I didn’t get much reading done this week but am loving the book I am reading and don’t want to rush through it, I can see myself having to return a book or two to the library, as others have them reserved. Guess will just get on the reserve list again!

What I read last week:

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What I am reading now:

And yes Kathy Martin I am loving Fire Keeper’s Daughter. I keep stopping to look up places on the map. More to say about this book when I finish.

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Also listening to The Sweeney Sisters.

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The House Guests. ย Emilie Richards

Five Five star Reads.

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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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Wet week, but it went okay! Saturday I went to watch my 7 year old great nephew play his soccer. They have four 20 minute games against 4 teams. 8 aside. It was fun to watch, but my sister says she is not letting me know when they play here again because… well… I might have been rather vocal!

So some reading and happy with the quilting I achieved. Also got out for a walk each morning, I find going out around 8am is good then I don’t have to think about it for the rest of the day and more than likely put it off! This morning I met my nephew’s wife and their young son out for an early morning walk too. ย Extra bonus!

What I read last week:

Both great reads.

What I am reading now:

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And I’ll be beginning to listen to

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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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A good week. Winter hasn’t really set in yet although its rainy today.

Opening my Facebook feed one morning I was shocked to see the death of author Lucinda Riley. Some of you will know her because of The Seven Sisters book. #7 has just published and there was to be one more final one. Not sure if that is in the pipeline now or not. She had been battling cancer for the last 4 years but kept it very quiet. Another big loss in the book world and of course to her family.  I did a bit of “research” on her and found out she wrote her books by speaking them, never actually using pen or paper or computer typing. She was born in Ireland and then lived pretty much her adult life in England. She visited New Zealand just before the pandemic as she was researching for #7 book.   Thank you Lucinda Riley for the pleasure of so many interesting books.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

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Still listening to The Missing Sister by Lucinda Riley. Well into it now.

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