Review, Top Ten Tuesday

Books I Loved but Never Reviewed Here.


Linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl

We could choose any back listed topic from Top Ten Tuesday so this is mine, books I have loved but never reviewed here on my blog.

The Reading List.  Sara Nisha Adams..  2022. This was a very good read, it is more character driven than plot driven but … things do happen. There is inter-generational friendship, family difficulty, loneliness, mental health problems, grief and loss, and best of all books and a library. I came to love and care about the characters and cheer them on. Set in Wembley, London.  4.25 stars. Debut book. Author has another book coming out this year and I’ll want to read it.

The Winners. Fredrik Backman. 2022. What an amazing read. So sad and yet so heart warming. I almost want to go and live in Beartown or even Hed! My heart bled for the inhabitants of these towns and my heart cheered for them. Backman really completed the end to this trilogy in such a wonderful way. I read it as slow read over about a month or so. I found just a small visit each day meant I really lived in this book, and deeply cared about all that happened. It’s tough but rewarding reading. Only read it though after the first two.  5 stars +

Someone Else’s Shoes.  Jojo Moyes.  2023. A throughly entertaining read that kept me up at night reading on to find out what these women would get up to next.  Two women mix up their gym bags and there is huge complications for both of them. It’s entertaining and light, yet explores values, women standing up for themselves and “boys’ club”. workplaces.  I know of one author I follow that read this and it took her out of a book slump.  5 stars.

Lessons in Chemistry.  Bonnie Garmus. I loved this audiobook version of Lessons in Chemistry. It was so well narrated. Loved so many of the characters, it had me chuckling out loud, a few times my heart was touched by sadness and always engaged. It highlights how difficult it was for women not so long ago, and let’s be honest it hasn’t all gone away. I loved Mads the daughter and her ability to cut through all the garbage and say it like it is. I just didn’t want to say good bye to these characters.  I’ll read it at some point. This won best Debut novel on Goodreads 2022.  5 stars.

Thank You for Listening. Julia Whelan. 2022.  Absolutely delightful listening. The story is great, loved the characters and the variety therein. It’s a Rom Com that I really recommend, but its more than that. It has wisdom and growth of character and things to think about. This is about a book narrator who has had a tough time and now is no longer going to narrate romance  – except for one last time for a special narrator.  Julia Whelan is a fabulous narrator. Oh my I want more where this comes from. Another entertaining easy listen.  5 stars.

I’m Watching You.  Karen Rose. 2004 Well I dislike the crime parts, I might skip a little here and there! 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.  The book is part of a series but can be read as stand alone. 5 stars

A Mother’s Heart. Carmel Harrington  2022 A Mother’s Heart is a beautiful bittersweet yet heartwarming read. My heart ached for the ever gracious Rachel, who was an excellent mother to 5 year old Dylan and 8 year old Olivia. The three of them have been through the wringer with Lorcan’s death. And now one set of grandparents seem determined to take Rachel on and challenge her for the children’s care and loyalty. Set in Ireland and New Zealand.  5 stars

In The Middle of Hickory Lane.  Heather Webber. 2022 A really delightful story, with great characters. Friendship and family are strong themes. A little bit of magical realism thrown in. I listened to the audio and it was really well done. True justice was done to the characters and the story just sprung alive.  5 stars

A Gentleman in Moscow. Amor Towles. 2016 What an unusual book. I read it over a month as a slow and steady read and it did deserve that. So I was reading to appreciate rather than gobble down. What a character the Count is. A man who takes his circumstances and chooses what he does with it. I think I will need to read it again to fully appreciate it.  “A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.”  5 stars

An Island Wedding Jenny Colgan.  2022. I really loved another visit to Mure and wedding planning that goes awry but finally sorts itself out. One storyline in particular is heartbreaking – please let there be another book in this series. The way to read this book is via audiobook. The narrator is excellent, with consistent voices for all the characters. If this is the first book in this series you are reading drop it and begin with the first one, you will miss out on so much otherwise. There are five in the series, the first being The Café by the Sea.  Set in Scotland on an island, full of quirky characters and heart warming and heart breaking scenarios. Every book in the series earned 5 stars from me.  5 stars


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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Welcome in.  I had a slow but good reading week. I might have spent a little bit of time completing a jigsaw as well. Apart from that the week seems to have rushed by.  Today I plan to make some soup in the slow cook crockpot looking towards autumn and winter.

What I read last week:

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What I am reading now:

The London Girls

And still listening to The Color of Light by Emilie Richard

Up next:

Set against the backdrop of a small town in the throes of a very real opioid crisis, Unlikely Animals is a tragicomic novel about familial expectations, imperfect friendships, and the possibility of resurrecting that which had been thought irrevocably lost.

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Books on my Autumn Reading List

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Top Ten Tuesday

General/Women’s Fiction on my Shelves


Linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl

This week its exploring any kind of genre that takes our eye.

I have chosen what loosely might be termed general/women’s fiction and could be both contemporary or historical. These are all actual print books I have sitting on my TBR waiting to be read.

The Life You Left.  Carmel Harrington. Her husband leaves for work and doesn’t return.

The Hope Chest.  Viola Shipman. Mattie has ALS and Don her husband of fifty years can’t imagine life without her. The discovery of a hope chest unveils some precious memories.

Bad Behaviour.   Liz Byrski.   Zoö in Freemantle, Julia in London. These two women made choices back in 1968 that shaped their future pathways.

The Tea Chest.  Josephine Moon. Three women come together to realise a vision of a tea shop in London. It may fail and they may need to look at what is important to each.

Grown Ups. Marion Keyes. About a family – the Caseys who are a large family until one gets concussion and spills some secrets – leaves them wondering if its time to grow up.

The Sweet Taste of Muscadines.. Pamela Terry.  When their mother dies Lila and Henry return home and start to uncover some shocking secrets that overturns their family history as they know it.

Wish You Were Here.  Jodi Picoult.  A woman is stranded in the islands of Galapagos and as she faces dangers she finds she is evolving into someone different. She breaks down years of estrangement with her mother, takes the initiative in her profession and looks and her partner Finn.

The Reading List.  Sara Nisha Adams.  When Aleisha discovers a crumpled reading list in a tattered library book it sparks an extraordinary journey.

Someone Else’s Shoes. Jodi Moyes. Sam and Nisha mix up their bags at the gym, each has quite different shoes in them and both of them must use what’s there.

The Last Summer. Karen Swan.  Set in the 1930’s and goes from a remote Scottish Island to a position on an Estate in the mainland. There is murder and mystery and relationship involved.

If you have read any of these let me know. If not do you know a book that could easily be added to this list?