Top Ten Tuesday

My Anticpated New Release Reads for the first half 2023.

Top Ten Tuesday

Today I am taking part in The Artsy Reader Girl’s  link up.

Todays link up asks us to take a look at our most anticipated books being released in the first half of 2023.

I thought I wouldn’t find ten but I did!  There are a couple of others but I have them so I am choosing the ten I want to remind myself to keep an eye out for.

1. Someone Else’s Shoes  Jojo Moyes.  February

2. Coronation Year.     Jennifer Robson.   April

3. The Wonderful Thing about Phoenix Rose.   Josephine Moon.   April

4. Identity.   Nora Roberts.   May

5. The Girl from Donegal.  Carmel Harrington. No cover out yet.  May

6. Warrior Girl Unearthed.  Andeline Boulley.  May

7. The Celebrants.   Steven Rowley.   May

8. Atlas: The Story of Pa Salt. Lucinda Riley/Harry Whittaker.  Audio most likely.  May

9.  The Secret Book of Flora Lea.  Patti Callahan Henry.   May

10. The Money Club  Fiona Lowe.  May

Month in Review

December Reading Wrap Up

Total books read this month:  11

Book Ratings

The Choice.   4 stars
Lessons from the Prairie. 3.75 stars
The Clockmaker’s Daughter. 4 stars.
Miracle Creek Christmas. 4 stars
Flirting with the Beast. 4 stars.
The Sweetness of Forgetting. 4 stars.
State of Shock.  Marie Force. 4 stars.
Christmas at the Edge of the World.  4 stars.

New to me authors:

Kristin Harmel

Top Book for December.

Sadly I can’t name a top book for December. They were all good reads, but no one stands out to me as a top read.

Looking forward to reading in January

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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.
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Hope you are all keeping well. I’ve had a quiet week on the whole, one day with a friend, but apart from that read, quilt – rinse and repeat! One good thing is now that the holiday season is coming up I see that the library has extended our loan period, so that’s a small delight.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

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My slow reads are

And my audiobook is stillbook cover

Up next:

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Last Week’s Posts

The Sunshine Girls. Molly Fader.

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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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December greetings. The days are moving on! On Saturday we had our extended family Christmas gathering that one of my beautiful nieces and her husband hosted. It was great, some had travelled quite a distance and then back for work day Monday so I am in admiration of them too. It was just lovely to see the young ones growing up and having fun together – the young ones are now all second cousins.  We never knew our second cousins so that is so lovely that they do.

Apart from that not much. My car goes into the paint and panel beaters tomorrow for some touch up from where I scraped it against the garage a few weeks ago. So last week I was organising that.

I seem to have got stuck on watching The Crown but must get back to it. I watched Trevor Noah on Netflix in Canada, he always lifts my spirits. Plus I love The Block Australia. They really know how to do it, our NZ one is hopeless in comparison, but I guess small country syndrome, small budget!

What I read last week:

It looks better than it really was. Somewhere Between Luck and Trust was an audiobook I’d been listening to for awhile and Lessons from the Prairie was my nighttime slow read. One evening I went down the rabbit hole of listening to the Megyn Kelly interview with Melissa Francis on YouTube and that was really good.

What I am reading now:

The Choice

So my two slow reads are still these, These Precious Days came back to me from the library, they had heaps of copies so I wasn’t too surprised my turn came around quickly and now I can finish it.

My audiobook is…

Miracle Creek Christmas

Up next:

Bread over Troubled Water 

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I didn’t seem to get much reading done this week and I didn’t even have an excuse of a big celebration like Thanksgiving! But what I read I liked so that counts! Well will see you all on the other side of November, this month has sped by.

What I read last week:

During the week I finished Doctor’s and Friends. I liked it and am a reading fan of Kimmery Martin. She wrote this book just before the Covid pandemic. Kimmery is a doctor herself  and decided to write a pandemic book. Then Covid hit and she wasn’t sure whether to publish or not, but went ahead. This is a sobering book in the light of what we actually experienced. Kimmery Martin herself has had long Covid and hasn’t had an easy path through it.  Sometimes fiction predicts fact. With Covid still lingering about it was almost too much for me to read but I went ahead.

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What I am reading now:

At present this is what I am reading. It is a dual time line book.

The Sunshing Girls

I am still listening to my reread of…

Somewhere Between Luck and Trust

And my slow read had to change as These Precious Days ( my night slow read) had to go back to the library but I have requested it again and am in line! So this is what I am reading now, Lessons from the Praire while I wait for These Precious Days. The Clockmaker’s Daughter is my morning read.

Up next:

The Choice Last Week’s Posts

The Stolen Book of Evelyn Aubrey.  Serena Burdick

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Books Read from my Shelf in July

I’m aiming this year – 2022, to read five books of my print shelf each month, and I have already achieved that for July.  Three were from 2022, one from 2021 and one from 2018.

NightworkAbout one quarter of the way through Nightwork I was ready to fire this book into the “get rid of pile” and concede I’d made a buying mistake. A hero who is a thief just didn’t wash with me.

But Its Nora Roberts! Plus at this point I read Debbie’s review at The Reading Frenzy and that sort of encouraged me.

And within a few more lines I was hooked. The plot turned a little, I became more involved with the characters and I increasingly liked this thief. And what a gifted one at that. Only 4.5 stars though for giving me a “poor start.” Which probably says more about me the reader than the book, but there you are!

book coverI so wanted to love it, but Out of the Clear Blue Sky did not provide me with the reading I desired. Everything is going down the drain and very little of it is uplifting. The main character Lillie is a hot mess of a victim who does some downright retaliative mean and nasty things. I think they were meant to be funny but I thought they were so sad. Melissa the “other woman” has very little going for her, although there is a little hope she might improve. Lillie is a homemaker for sure and I guess she and Ben will one day be a great pair, but we just had to read and read all the whiny victim stuff. KH has been up until now an automatic buy, now I will most likely read the next one, but will be via the library. And hubby? Well what. a wet blanket! Best characters – the dogs! Cover does not relate to the book at all.  2.75 stars.

book coverBirds of a Feather by Australian author Tricia Stringer drew me in well at the beginning and then ensnared me in the day to day lives of three women. One in her seventies, one mid life and one the mother of two young children. They find themselves together and slowly some sincere and important relationships are formed. As well as that each of the three share and come to terms with what has been eating at them from the past and enables them to embrace their futures.  4 stars

A delightful book, With Love From London was one that is both full of love and loss, so both heart warming and tinged always with a sense of sadness. If only relationships could have worked out perfectly, but no. However what lasts, lasts and in a way in the end love wins. Plus a charming bookstore, books loved and a bookstore cat. Good reading.  4.25 stars.

book coverAn enjoyable story set in Scotland and involving a manor and a teashop and some fun characters. It has family and romance and new beginnings, nicely told, warm and cozy. The cover is especially delicious and does match the book! 3.75 stars.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Happy July 4th to all the USA readers. Hope you are having/had a great day.

Well a day or two ago Goodreads seemed to have fixed my problems, at least when I am using my laptop. iPad still a little iffy. I am not jumping for joy yet, but quietly hopeful it will all keep working.

This past week I had three trips into the city, so unusual for me, so that meant my week had a lot less going on in various areas but that is okay. This week, fingers crossed it will mean very little travel.

I started watching The Gilded Age, which seems to be a bit of Downton Abbey set in New York. I am enjoying it, well not the snobbery, but I like shows like this.

I dislike when books mention Covid. Some seem to think when they set their book its all over. But its not, is it! Our cases are on the rise in NZ and winter flu, and besides who wants to read about it! Let’s pretend in our reading its not there!  I’ve left a couple of books on my shelf a little longer because of the pandemic links. The Edge of Summer did have mention of it, but I excuse it because only a fleeting mention, although it did assume things are fine. I guess authors can have wishful thinking like us all.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

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Greetings to you all. We have just come off a long weekend holiday, with Friday taking the day this time. It is Matariki here, a Maori celebration of a set of stars showing in the sky, so its counted as the Maori New Year. For the first time we have celebrated it as a nation. I really like the idea and hope it really becomes embedded in our country as a top celebration.

On a less delighted note, Goodreads has been giving me grief and will not let me take any actions like currently reading, read etc or post reviews. I contacted them and they put me in a queue. Then sent me an email asking for feedback. Well of course it was a thumbs down because nothing was fixed… so far. It’s a bummer because I actually use GR all the time. Thank goodness for this blog where I keep a record too.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

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And starting to listen to…

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Up next:

Not sure but most likely this one.

Nightwork 

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2022 Books I want to Read

I like to keep my eye out on what is publishing that I might want to read and of course at this time of the year the publishing world seems to be planning lots of goodies! These are books that are publishing May or have published already.

I am not sure which one I’ll go after first, but I hope to work my way through them via audio, library or a …. buy! I have already been pricing some of them and seeing where it is the cheapest for me to buy! The Book Depository is now quite expensive so if I can get it here it is much the same.

Flirting with FiftyFlirting With Fifty. Jane Porter

A  later in life romance that sounds good. I like Jane Porter’s books and haven’t read one for ages. May read this via audio or print. Not sure yet. However it is already published.

Nightwork

Nightwork Nora Roberts. Her latest which comes out on the 24th of this month in audio format and this is most likely the way I will go. Read by male narrator and will be suspense but haven’t even read the blurb.

The wedding dress sewing circleThe Wedding dress Sewing Circle.  Jennifer Ryan. I have enjoyed her other books and publishes at the end of May. It is set in WW2. I may go for audio or print.

Book LoversBook Lovers Emily Henry.    This too is on audio or may  read it in print. I’ve requested this one from the library.

Bloomsbury Girls

 Bloomsbury Girls. Natalie Jenner.   story of post-war London, a century-old bookstore, and three women determined to find their way in a fast-changing world. I know this is on audio but so far isn’t available for my part of world so may have to go for print which I can do. Heard the audio is great though.

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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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