Month in Review

November Wrap

Total books read this month: 10

On the whole it was a really good reading month, in terms of some very much enjoyed books.

Book Ratings

The Secret of Bow Lane.  5 stars
Dance Away with Me. 5 stars. Reread via audiobook
Other Birds.  5 Stars
Us Against You. 5 + stars
The Stolen Book of Evelyn Aubrey 3.25 stars
Still Life 4.25 stars
The Boardwalk Bookshop 2 stars.
Doctors and Friends. 4.5 stars
The Sunshine Girls. Molly Fader 4 stars.
Somewhere Between Luck and Trust.  Emilie Richards. 5 stars. Reread via audiobook.

New to me authors:

Serena Burdick
Louise Penny*
*Would read author again.

Top Print Book

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Top Kindle Book

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Top Audiobook

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Delighted

That I really liked Still Life by Louise Penny and I now have a new series to read. I really am drawn too, to Louise Penny as a person. Loved the interview that Anne Bogel did on What Should I Read Next this week.

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Disappointed by

Susan Mallery’s book, although maybe I was expecting to be and was even harder on it! But wasn’t for me. I know she still has plenty of fans so I won’t be missed as one of her readers!book cover

Looking forward to books publishing in December

Review of Reading Goals  for November

Read four review books.  Read 3 out of hoped for 4.

Read two library books.  Did read two library books.

Possibly five from my own shelf. Three from my own shelf.

Complete slow and steady read.  Completed “Us Against You.”  Fredrik Backman.  I now have The Winners sitting on my shelf and no doubt that will become a slow and steady read in 2023.

Start a notebook list of upcoming books I want to buy or get from library.  Did start the page and then forgot, need to keep it going!

Main Reading Goals for December

Read some Christmas books.

Choose my first book of the year for 2023.

Keep my notebook up of books I want to buy or reserve at the library.

Think about reading goals for 2023.

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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The Good.  The weather on the whole was very good. I planted some vegetables. I read good books, quilted happily, and enjoyed a great game of women’s rugby between England and NZ.  Plus I got a few jobs done I’ve been meaning to do for ages.

The Bad.  Despite having had the outside sprayed for ants, they have been appearing in the kitchen in the evening.

The Ugly. Driving into my garage on Friday afternoon I caught the passenger side of my car against the side of garage, took a chunk out of that and scratched two side doors of car. Despair!  So annoyed with myself, I just wasn’t concentrating – I’d spaced out.  So now Monday I will have to see about getting it fixed and maybe not going the insurance way as my premium will only go up. Yes I have done it once before in same car on a very unforgiving pole in an underground parking area. Worse that time. I think there was a bit of a dent as well and they replaced two parts of the side. Did use Insurance that time! Thousands of dollars for small dents!!

What I read last week:

Other Birds was very good. A little different to her previous books and still delightful and moving. Us Against You was my Slow and Steady read that I happened to finish this week. It was fantastic and maybe my top book for the year! Looking forward to reading the third book, The WinnersThe Stolen Book of Evelyn Aubrey will have its own review post.

What I am reading now:

Still Life

Up next:

A review book gathering dust on my NetGalley shelf. Because I was not impressed by Mallery’s last book I read I’ve been putting this off!

The boardwalk bookshop Last Week’s Posts

The Winter Garden.  Nicola Cornick

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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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The week seems to have sped by. We had good weather on the whole so that helped. I sewed and quilted of course. Now I need to get out and get some things planted in the garden. One row of beans are up but I need to plant another and sow some carrots etc. How did I ever manage before I retired!

What I finished reading last week:

Two good reads. Jennifer Ashley is certainly keeping me interested in her series, I love it and gave this one five stars.  And I finished listening to Dance Away With Me, which was a reread via audio this time. Still five stars!

What I am reading now:

A library book that arrived. Just a few chapters in. Not too sure so far but will keep going.

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Up next:

Continuing with rereads I am now listening to Somewhere between Luck and Trust. #2 in the Goddess Anonymous series by Emilie Richards. I first read it back in 2013 so can easily now enjoy it again.

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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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I seem to have not got much reading done this week. I have continued with my slow and steady read – Emma by J Austen and will finish that this coming week. And then to choose my next. I have also had my turn from the library for The Palace Papers by Tina Brown. I’ll give it a quick read. Just dipping in to what I might find interesting. So much of it is known anyway.

It was my turn to host brothers/sisters/partners Friday evening at my house. Which is very simple – we get fish and chips and sit around and catch up on what’s been happening. One pair had been to England to meet his birth mother, they just contacted her about 2 years ago and now that Covid has lessened my sister and he went over to meet her. So lots to talk about. And of course I needed to tidy the house a bit more than usual – sisters and sister in law you know. Men don’t look, although my brother did say outside was looking tidy!

What I read last week:

Just the one book last week that was a little different and I enjoyed. Review to follow later.

The winter garden

What I am reading now:

#2 in a series about a hotel being reestablished, it has its own ghosts and a new owner who is keen to get it updated.

High Spirits

And listening to One Mountain Away from Emilie Richards. A reread and loving it as much as I did the first time, and well… amazing (or not) how much I had forgotten.

Up next:

I thought I had read this, I thought I had a copy. No to both. Maybe I gave it away? Maybe… So … I bought a copy and I intend reading this next.

The Peach Keeper 

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Becoming Beth.  Meredith Appleyard

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Book Connections

August Books on my Radar

August is also a good month for books coming out or just out. My five top books are…

Quarter to MidnightThe latest book in this romantic suspense series, Quarter to Midnight. However it is the start of a new wing of it and set in New Orleans. This means a reader could start here.  I have it ordered.

It features tough end investigators who are after justice – no matter what they have to do with it.

I’ll probably read this and then go back to my reading through the series as well.

Storm EchoThe latest in the pys/changeling series, Storm Echo, and I really like Nalini Singh series.  I know I thought I wasn’t into these kind of books until … I got invested in them. I already now have this one sitting on my shelf and even have it signed by Nalini Singh as I got it from a bookshop in Auckland where she lives.

You most likely don’t want to know what its about and that’s okay! Go read your books.

Other BirdsI don’t mind what Other Birds is about because its the authors name I go by here. However this is what it is about and I am in line for it through the library.

When Zoey comes to claim her deceased mother’s apartment on an island outside of Charleston she meets her quirky and secretive neighbors, including a girl on the run, two estranged middle-aged sisters, a lonely chef, a legendary writer, and three ghosts. Each with their own story. Each with their own longings. Each whose ending isn’t yet written.

The Secret of Bow LaneAnother series book The Secret of Bow Lane – which is set in England and has a little Downton Abbey feel to it.

A stranger who appears on Kat’s doorstep turns out to be one Charlotte Bristow, legal wife of Joe Bristow, the man Kat once believed herself married to—who she thought died at sea twelve years ago. Kat is jolted by Charlotte’s claims that not only was Joe murdered, but he had amassed a small fortune before he died. Charlotte makes the cook an offer she cannot refuse—if Kat can discover the identity of Joe’s murderer, Charlotte will give her a share of the fortune Joe left behind.   Sounds like a good read. At this point I am in line at the library for it.

book coverGirl Forgotten was definitely not on my radar, however a couple of good reviews plus hearing an interview on the radio has convinced me to give it a go. So have put myself again in the line for it at the library.

It’s a thriller and not my usual line of reading as I am a bit sensitive! However I can see what I think. Karen Rose books are pretty gritty so I might withstand this one!

It’s about who killed Emily Vaughan?

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