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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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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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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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Up next:

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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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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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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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Well I had a great reading week, that’s not surprising because every author on this post is a favourite of mine!

Hope all is well for you in these times of challenge for us all. Easter coming up is rather nice and a time to pause and appreciate life.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

The Becoming

And just starting to listen to…

The Wedding Veil

Up next:

book cover Last Week’s Posts

Spotlight on Summer Island by Brenda Novak.
Family Affair.   Robyn Carr
Books to Challenge Me
March Reading Round Up

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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 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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Audiobook Abundance

When I noticed Audible was having a sale and a good one, I couldn’t resist. They were good bargains too. So I went through my Wishlist there and chose five audiobooks that I wanted to read/listen to.

Ink and ShadowsPart of a cosy mystery series I am following. This is #4 and as I have picked out #5 to review at NetGalley I decided this one needed to be read first.  It is very good on audio (the previous three have been too). I have started this one and am loving all the book references.

Nora and her friends no doubt are about to solve some murder, hasn’t been mentioned yet but there is something very odd going on across the road from Nora’s bookshop.

A Place to Hang the MoonI had wanted to buy this one and listed it as so. But then decided to borrow it from the library. However when it was going very cheaply from Audible, well had to get it.

It is set in England in WW2 and is about some children sent to the country who are looking for a lasting home for ever. A middle grade book I am really looking forward to reading.

Rising TidesThis is a reread but via audiobook. I listened to the first one as a reread and it was every bit as good as I remember. So when the sale came along I purchased Book 2. This is Ethan the fisherman and boat builder.

I am sure it will involve most or all of the brothers, so looking forward to this one .

Writers and Lovers

I know I saw some reviews for Writers and Lovers when it came out and put it in my Wishlist. The reviews I can see at Audible are great too.

Sounds like the heroine is torn between two possible love relationships. I wonder what happens.

The Wedding Veil

Like A Place to Hang the Moon, this book The Wedding Veil was in my list of buy books. When I noticed I would only be able to buy the hardback in my country for quite awhile at $50, I also placed it in my audio Wishlist. And then the sale came along and it made it a very good choice. Usually KWH books are excellent on audio and this has some great narrators.

I had to pre-order it but that’s good, as you can see I have plenty to go on with.

It’s a pity I limited myself to five, but I guess I do need to be somewhat restrained. Sigh!!  But I am just so delighted with these five. Makes me happy.

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Bookish Moments that Warm my Heart

At times there are little bookish related things that I store away in my heart to bring back and relish when I need.

As you many know I have been helping my 8 year old great nephew to read as when I found out at the end of last year he couldn’t, I went into action. A little unlike me to get outspoken but this really mattered to me, and I began discussion with his mother and grandmother – my sister. After quite a few Saturdays of hard slog, there came one Saturday when we were both on song and he read so much more smoothly. He’d read the book to his grandmother and sister and then taught his six year old sister  to read it. (His grandmother sent me a video of himself and his sister sitting on the couch with Max having his arm around her shoulder while she read. Of course it’s not all roses every week, but we are making some progress. Because of Omicron I just made him a video for this week and dropped the books off for him. He’ll make a video of himself reading the books and send to me. I’ve found I just love having a purpose and doing something fulfilling.

Noodlehead NightmaresThis is the fun shared reading book I dropped off to him today plus a couple of graded readers.

Max caught silently reading to himself at his grandmother’s house. No one told him to do it. Makes my heart so happy.

Max reading

The Princess in Black

I have been buying his sister The Princess Black books so that someone can read them to her. I could only find books 1, 2, 3 and 5 so that’s what I got. Not remembering what I had got previously I bought 8 for Christmas. She said how could she read 5 and 8, she needed the ones in-between other wise it wouldn’t all follow on.  Ah…. at such a tender age insisting on reading a series in order!

The joy of reading a book that is a reread and finding it just as enjoyable the second time. Nora Roberts just about always gives me a good read. Recently both these books warmed my heart. The Sea Swept a reread and The Awakening the first in a trilogy that I loved.

book coverWhen an author notes a review you’ve done and refers to it.  It’s a small thing but … a bookish joy all the same.  Peaks and Valleys was a book I really enjoyed and when Emilie Richards mentioned my review in a blog post  that was another heartwarming bookish moment.

Anne of GG

Finally many of us love Anne of Green Gables, the books and most likely the TV series and movie. I’ve enjoyed them all and at the moment I am making my way through Anne with an E. As some of you know I quilt as well, blame the above author! Anyway if there is Anne of Green Gables fabric going I usually buy some. At the moment I am taking part in a challenge and using Anne of Green Gables fabric. The illustrations are small, but I am managing to fit them in. When I shared a block on the Facebook  Riley Blake block challenge I received a great response. I think lots of quilters love the Anne books – of course I loved the response I got to the block but … I think Anne can take the bow.

In a strange world we must look for our daily joys that pop up.

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