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Five Books Read From My Shelf in June

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Count to Ten by Karen Rose. Another very good addition to this series. The bad guy is so bad and far too many murders. Had to skip some of that. Why do I read them though? The good guys – in this case Mia and Reed and the team are so dedicated to their work of bringing justice and putting themselves on the line. And there is such innate goodness in them. Loved seeing the origin of Faith Buchanan who we meet later on in the series.

4.5 stars

book coverThe Wedding Dress Sewing Circle by Jennifer Ryan. 4.5 stars. A really feel good story set in England during WW2. I love these kinds of stories that tell of women doing things that made a difference in their local community. The three characters – Grace, the vicar’s daughter, Violet daughter at the manor and Cressida – Violet’s aunt and well known dress designer all change and grow as the war goes along and various opportunities come their way. The local community and their support was wonderful and it was good seeing class barriers fall. Well worth reading. 4.5 stars

How Hard Can it Be?How Hard Can it Be sat on my shelf for three years so good to attend to it. It is set in England and tells the story of an almost fifty year old and her life with a husband, and two teens Ben and Emily.

The best part of this book was the relationship between Emily and her mother Kate. So full of the teen issues of today.

It’s not my style of book really. It is sort of Rom Com style of writing although it’s a women’s fiction novel.That said it is very well written and while the style didn’t appeal to me, the general premise and issues explored did.  3.5 stars

book coverIt took me a little while to warm into this story, The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews. I think the Hollywoodish angle put me off a little. I liked Hattie and Cass and I felt they could have had more to say about what went on with the renovation of the house. That said, it was a very good read, I enjoyed the mystery – the unravelling of an old murder. Hattie’s relationship to her father-in-law, her own father and loss of a husband were all low key but provided background. There is a low burn romance and that worked out well in the end. That house would have looked amazing by the end.  4.5 stars

The Library at the Edge of the WorldNot quite sure about this book. I did find part of it overly descriptive and slow. Yet there is a charm and pull in to it. There is the library, Hanna finding her own two feet after divorce. Did I like Hanna and her mother Mary? Well in some ways not really. Who wants a gruff “keep quiet” librarian? My least favourite kind! Yet they grow on me and I was wishing them life and growth. My favourite character was Fury, the builder who obviously has a kind heart but isn’t beholden to anyone and rules can be side stepped. He is rather creative. Will I read any more. I don’t know. Our library doesn’t hold any of these books so I’d need to buy them. Will I? Time will tell.  3.5 stars.

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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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Hello all. Well I am over weather this week. Wet, extremely windy with small twisters and rain and hail, thunder and lightning and we have another few days of it. I had a visitor yesterday and we decided it was better staying over night and travel this morning. Which we did. Just yucky. Fortunately so far I haven’t been in the path of the twisters or flooding but many others have. One of sisters was having problems with a flooding street.

My sister posted this, this morning on Facebook. So funny – we have an ongoing joke because one of our sisters got mad with us all for awhile and called us witches. My brother thought this was hugely funny and built a block for us all ( 5) to park our broomsticks at mad sister’s place.  My sister  says “Weather conditions are so bad here I was only going to get some milk from the dairy. got blown off course .”

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Miss 6 year old came home from school very bouncy and excited. She said there had been thunder, lightning, heavy rain, hail and strong wind. It was so awesome! I can remember my teaching days when if you got extreme weather, lessons “were out the window” as the class just massed at the windows to watch!

I had a good reading week, read and discussed volcanoes as we read Max’s reading book. (Helping him with reading), we have lots of volcanoes in NZ so quite relevant with one huffing and puffing at the moment. I wrote 6 postcards I am ready to send off to USA and Canada as part of a Facebook quilting group who are mailing out postcards to people in the group. Thought it would be fun. Hope they get there, my pen has smudged a bit on the card so need to look into what kind of writing tool is better! So going to brave the weather after preparing this post to get a few more stamps and post them. Who knows when they’ll arrive. Postage is pretty erratic these days.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

The wedding dress sewing circle

And still listening to Bloomsbury Girls which I am enjoying but just seem not to be getting to it.

Up next:

Catching up on a back log review book I chose by accident but hope its enjoyable.

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Last Week’s Posts

Twilight Shadows.  Emilie Richards

Five books I had read from the Modern Mrs Darcy SRG 2022

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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 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Beach House Summer. Sarah Morgan 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Fairy Godmother.  Mercedes Lackey 🌟🌟🌟. 5
A Whisker of Trouble.  Sofie Ryan 🌟🌟🌟. 5
Twilight Shadows.  Emilie Richards 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Librarian.  Salley Vickers 🌟🌟🌟🌟
A Mother’s Heart.  Carmel Harrington 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
South of the Buttonwood Tree.  Heather Webber 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Court of Thorns and Roses.  Sarah J Maas 🌟🌟🌟
The Last House on the Street.   Diane Chamberlain 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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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Five Books From my TBR in May

Five more books read off my own shelves.  Very satisfying to know that while I do add to it once I have read three, my print TBR has shrunk in 2022.

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The Librarian by Sally Vickers. 4 stars. It took me awhile to really come to like this book. It is set in a quaint stolid time of British history. But it does showcase small community and the petty jealousies and loves that abound in a small community. But mostly it shows one sincere, warm young women finding her way in the world, sharing her love of books as a children’s librarian. Some readers have said they didn’t like the modern ending – I did! 

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#5 in the series.You Can’t Hide by Karen Rose. Another chilling book in this series. I did pick the killer behind the whole thing very early on, there were little clues that pointed. But that said, it was all very convoluted and involved. I could read about that Reagan family any day. Aidan and Tess – great pair.  5 stars.

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Sad to say I didn’t find myself addicted to this book or feel called to continue with the series. Happy that I tried it. I know there are so many fans but won’t be joining them. Very violent – too much so for me, with not enough to hold me in the world. Give me a Nalini Singh book any day. Was good to see what all the hype is about and to see how many have totally loved this series. I’ll end my journey here though.  3 stars.

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#2 book in the series. A Whisker of Trouble by Sofie Ryan. Fun mystery, did pick the murderer very early but that was more from intuition than picking out clues. Nice twists and turns and of course Elvis is so enchanting.  While I didn’t star this highly I will certainly be continuing with the series and catching up with the sleuthing gang. 3.5 stars.

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A Small Blue Thing by Julie Hanify. This was a memoir by someone I had the privilege of being a colleague for awhile . She discovered she had ADHD and was on the autism spectrum. This is a recount – an often detailed one, of various events in her life. I found it a bit too detailed but glad I have finally read it. She certainly had a gift for reaching the students who presented with differing ways. A very gifted person but not sadly always appreciated by those who surrounded her. She wrote this memoir during a creative writing course at university.  Not giving this one a rating.

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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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Welcome in all. Hope the week is starting well for you all.

Saturday for me was spent helping to dig out the veggie garden as roots from other things had grown up in it. All the soil was dug out ( no not me) and then we sifted it through some netting and put weed mat down and put the soil back. Hopefully it won’t compact like it did before. It’s a raised veggie bed. Now to grow veggies again. We had done half about a month ago and already I have some greens growing well. Helps with the growing price of vegetables at the supermarket.

Sunday I was a bit out to it, couldn’t even read I was so tired, so a few doses of Bridgerton and a Dancing with the Stars helped.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

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And still listening to The Fairy Godmother.

Up next:

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Last Week’s Posts

Emilie Richards and Twilight Shadows

2022 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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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.

You Can't Hide

Up next:

Beach House Summer
Listening to…
The fairy Godmother
 

Last Week’s Posts

The Vanishing Type.  Ellery Adams

Five Books off my TBR in April

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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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Welcome in all. Well here we are certainly moving into Autumn, as many of you move into Spring. I’ve just spent an hour out tidying the garden. You’d hardly see where I’ve been but just pulled the last tomato plant and the bean plants.

I am happy to say my young great nephew is recovering well from Omicron and no one else in his immediate family got it, which is amazing.

What I read last week:

Great reading week! One audio finished and enjoyed, a cozy mystery full of yummy food, a romantic suspense with a very scary killer and a very good middle grade story set at beginning of WW2.

What I am reading now:

One from NetGalley

Summer at the Cape

And I am listening to…

A reread of a book I read years ago. Recently listened to the first in the series and loved it every bit as much as first time.

Rising Tides

Up next:

One from my print TBR.

Hana Khan Carries On

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First Five Books Bought in 2022

This year I have decided to read three books from my actual TBR print shelf before I can buy another.  Or to  remove three to send on, because I know I’ll never get to read them. So slowly beginning to buy. I have on my shelf a number of #1 in  a series books, but mostly steering clear of them in case I want to buy the next one!

book coverI bought this first because I heard Meredith on the podcast Currently Reading talking about it. To get there I’ll need to read the first. I believe there is violence in it here and there but I am pretty good at skipping bits like that!

book coverI read and liked the trilogy by Philip Pullman and thought I might like to do a reread at some point this year. It seemed a good bargain to buy the three books together in one hardback version. Last time I read the trilogy I got the books from the library.

The Becoming

I read the first one in this trilogy a little while ago and loved it. So of course I had to buy the next one. I haven’t read it, but it won’t be long before. When I feel like I need a really good book I’ll choose it.

Nothing to Fear This is the next book in the romantic suspense series I am reading. I have read many of the later books but not the earlier books and so this year that’s one of the reading goals. I found I didn’t have this book so wanted to buy it so could read on in order!

With Love from London And finally With Love From London by Sarah Jio. This is a 2022 book, the first one I have from this year.

So two of these were on my initial book buy list, With Love From London and Court of Thorn and Roses.  Of the other three I pre-ordered one for audiobook, and two from the library.

So soon time to make a possible new buy book list! In the next few months lots of books are publishing.

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And Five More Read from my TBR

It is so good to see my books shrinking a little off my TBR print shelf. I am calculating that if I read five a month, that will be sixty books by the end of the year!  Here are the next five I have read.

book coverI picked up Go Tell the Bees I am Gone, knowing its a doorstopper of a read and it was, it took me two weeks to read.

However I throughly enjoyed going back into the late 1770’s in North Carolina on Fraser’s Ridge. Most of the story takes place there although we do go to nearish places.

So many characters to catch up with, and see how they were getting on. A few new ones. There is trouble of course as they become closer to moving away from the British rule. Some violence which I hurriedly skipped over.

And a bit of a cliff hanger at the end I had no trouble waiting for to resolve in the next book, which could be years away. It always surprises me when I get into these books I just remember so much.  4.5 stars.

AdmissionSo remember that scandal that broke about rich people paying for their children to gain college entry. This is a fictional story of a family who do just that. It’s told from the point of view of the young woman concerned. It explores the effect on her and her whole family and her friends.

Well worth reading. Puts us in touch with privilege. And misuse of it. It also opens us to stand and observe the guilty and their handling of it. Hopefully opens our hearts to forgiveness. Go well Chloe’s family.  4 stars.

book cover #3 in the romantic suspense series I am reading by Karen Rose. I often pick up one of these after reading a meh book and I need something to just make me turn the pages.

Great read. Well I disliked the crime parts, I might have  skipped the tough parts.  But it is so fast paced and the characters are so likeable. I love the Reagan family. Part of what I like about these books is the family aspect and the friendships. And often we get ongoing updates as other members of the family or friends get a book of their own. The crimes escalate and its more than one perp. Creepy deaths, maybe they deserve it but… Points to the corruptness of the system really. Romantic aspect – top notch.  5 stars.

The AwakeningAfter reading Katherine’s review of this (I Wish I Lived in a Library), I put this to the top of my reading pile. I am so happy I did. It was wonderful turn page reading. One main character – Breen with lots of interesting characters surrounding her.

A portal into another world. A magical world and a long forgotten family that Breen belongs to. It is fantasy with a capital F. It appealed to my child reader in me, who remembers wonderful fairy tales and mystic and magic.

Have already ordered  #2 The Becoming.   5 stars

book coverAn interesting story of a young debut author who finds himself at a publishing house where Jackie Onassis becomes his editor. The book is fiction but based on his family life, and mainly his mother. Mrs Onassis pushes him to his limits until he explores the issues involved in his life and with his mother. While doing so he develops a good author/editor relationship that really supports him along the way.

I liked this book but I am so pleased I read The Guncle first as that one was more to my reading taste. However this was worth reading.  4 stars

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Next in Series

I can really get lost in series, start new ones and know I have others to continue but they go on hold. So it is time to set some priorities.  Here is where I want to focus.


Death at the Crystal Palace
#5 in the Below Stairs series. I am pretty up to date with this series but I guess there will be another one out this year, so I need to read it. And its off my print TBR shelf so that is a plus.

Queen of Hearts#8 in the Royal Spyness series.

I enjoy this series on audiobook and so will be one  on my audio agenda. I did think of skipping a few but probably won’t!

The Book of Candlelight #3 in the Secret Book and Scone Society. I recently enjoyed #2 and while I have the women fairly recent and sorted in my mind I need to follow up with this one. Again via audiobook.

Nothing to Fear #4 in a romantic suspense series. I have read two so far this year and to read this one I want to buy it. But before I do that I have to read three off my print shelf so won’t be the first series book off the line.

The attic on queen street#7 in the Tradd St series. And that will close the series and I will be finished. Again an audio version is what I go for.

So eyes off other books in series. And I am already started a reread of a favourite Nora Roberts series and Go Tell the Bees I am Gone – #9 in the Outlander series is going to take me a long time to read. I am barely making a dent in it, but thoroughly enjoying it.

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