Month in Review

October Reading Round Up

Total books read this month:  13

Book Ratings

Lessons in Chemistry  5 stars
Keeping Up Appearances 4.25 stars
The Boxing Baroness. 3.75 stars
The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks 3.8 stars
The Winter Garden. 4 stars
Emma.  5 stars
One Mountain Away. 5 stars. (Reread)
The Peach Keeper   4 stars.
Gilt. Jamie Brenner 4 stars
Work Wives. 3 stars.
Die for Me.  4 stars
Secrets in the Stacks 3.5 stars
High Spirits. 3.5 stars

New to me authors:

Bonnie Garmus *
Minerva Spencer
Shauna Robinson
Nicola Cornico
*  Would read author again

Top Audiobook Book for October

And my top book overall.

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Top Print Book Completed in October

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Top Kindle Book for October

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Looking forward to new releases in November

I have already pre-ordered Nalini Singh’s book, I’ll buy The Choice as soon as it publishes and most likely will look into buying The Bookstore Sisters as well.

Review of Reading Goals  for October

  • Read the review books I have on my calendar.  I read six of the seven I had planned so I moved that one into November.
  • Continue with my slow and steady read – Emma. I did and completed it this month.
  • Maybe sneak in one off my shelf or a library book if necessary.  I read two off my shelf and one from the library. Happy with that.

Main Reading Goals for November

  • Read four review books on my calendar
  • Read two library books.
  • Possibly five from my own shelf.
  • Complete my slow and steady book that I have started Us Against You by Fredrik Backman and then choose and start my next one.
  • Start a list of books I want to buy or get from library into my reading notebook for the next little while, I’ve taken my eye off what I want to read coming up. I realised that when Katherine mentioned The Choice.

Linking up with Nicole from FeedYourFiction Addiction.

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Review

Keeping Up Appearances. Tricia Stringer

Keeping Up Appearances

Published: Harlequin Australia
Date: 5th October 2022
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Privacy is hard to maintain in Badara, the kind of small Australian country town where everyone knows everyone else’s business. So discovers single mum Paige when she and her three children arrive from the city seeking refuge. Paige’s only respite from child care and loneliness is the Tuesday gym club, where she had feared the judgement of the town matriarchs. 

Well-to-do farmer’s wife and proud mother Briony is in full denial of her family’s troubles. Even with her eldest daughter’s marriage in ruins and her son Blake’s recent bombshell. Suddenly Briony and husband Vince have a full house again – and the piles of laundry aren’t the only dirty linen that’s about to be aired.

For Marion, the unearthing of a time capsule – its contents to be read at the Celebrate Badara weekend – is a disaster. She was only a teenager when she wrote down those poisonous words, but that doesn’t mean she won’t lose friends and family if they hear what she really thinks of them – especially as the letter reveals their darkest secrets to the world.

Keeping Up Appearances  by Tricia Stringer was for me a delightful, engaging read. It is set in rural Australia and a small community.

There is single parent Paige who has arrived with her three children to make a new start. She is not well off and everything is a bit of a struggle. However by various means she finds herself eventually very involved with the community.

Briony and Vince find themselves with their three adult children at home. And all three of them bring various kinds of headaches for Briony, who is very much all about keeping up appearances.

Marion (Vince’s sister) and Len have two adult children but they live far away. Marion is a retired school teacher and Vince still works the farm although he is nearing seventy. A time capsule is about to make its presence felt and Marion suffers much from it.

The story lines were engaging and I loved all the characters, those mentioned above and those I haven’t. They are ordinary, flawed human beings dealing with issues that are challenging. They keep secrets, some people gossip, some find it hard to accept that life is not going to turn out as they had hoped. Tricia Stringer guides them along, and as a result I felt compassion for each and delight when they stretched and grew.

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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 all. I had a good week. We dipped back into winter for a very short time but seem to be out of it again. Sunday I went into the city and my friend and I did our usual trip around the harbour for oysters and chips. Only trouble was as we sat on a set near the sea,  a gust of wind took our paper and emptied some of said chips and oysters onto the sand. To the glee of some very eager seagulls, and the disappointment of two horrified adult humans. We rescued what we could and the seagulls had a bit of a win. We had a walk afterwards up into the hilly bush which was nice and contemplated how soon we might be swimming in the sea below. In fact a few brave people were but just a tad early for me.

What I read last week:

Three review books and Lessons in Chemistry on audiobook completed. I really enjoyed Lessons in Chemistry, it is so well done on audio.  Possibly not for everyone but I was entranced by it.

What I am reading now:

So about to get into The Winter Garden.  I am a little nonplussed about why I chose this, I think it came through on an email offer and I was in a clicking mood. It is a dual time line and I don’t usually go for them. However it will be a different kind of read and that’s always good.

The winter garden

I am going to do a reread of One Mountain Away by Emilie Richards. These books were on sale recently and I couldn’t resist as the series is a favourite of mine.

One Mountain Away

Up next:

A review book #2 in a series and I did enjoy the first one in the Haunted Haven series.

High Spirits

Last Week’s Posts

A Brighter Flame.   Christine Nolfi

Murder on the Poet’s Walk.    Ellery Adams

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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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And another week goes by. I had a reasonably good reading week. And other than that, a bit of everything mixed in. Spring is slowly revealing itself, some days sunny and others cold and wet. However no hurricanes like up the south east coast of the USA. How devastating.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

By an Australian author, only just starting but having just finished the Meredith Appleyard book they are so similar with their rural town hall focus.

Keeping Up Appearances

Up next:

Yikes no idea why I chose this from NetGalley but anyway will see when I pick it up to read.

The Boxing Baroness 

Last Week’s Posts

The Italian Daughter.  Soraya Lane

September Reading Round Up

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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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Well its Monday, and a dull overcast day with threat of rain and wind to come. We did get some sunshine during the week here and there which was gobbled up! One day I picked up a friend in the city and we went around to our favourite chip shop in Eastbourne to collect oysters and scallops and chips. It was too windy and cold to get out of the car but we parked by the sea and that was great. Plus no scavenging seagulls!

What I read last week:

An Island Wedding was an audiobook that I had been listening to for some time, and I loved it. Other books will get reviews of some sort in time.

What I am reading now:

I picked up a book off my TBR that I bought on a whim when in the bookshop in 2018. Making progress on those shelves.  Not far in but set in Scotland which is always a plus.

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I am listening to The Summer Scoop

A  novella from the Eternity Springs series.

The Summer Melt

Up next:

A library book came in so that’s up next.  Finally our library did away with fines and followed many other libraries that do that overseas. I don’t usually get fines but I know one niece it will bring back to the library!

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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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I had a good week – some of us got together for one of my sisters significant birthdays. Her daughter held it at her place and it was just great to get together with various family. We’d had to put it off once because of Covid in the family but this time it went ahead with only one couple not making it because of being sick with Covid.

I had a good reading week. My review for The Edge of Summer will be posted soon. I did not like Out of the Clear Blue Sky and a short review will be up later in the month.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

Murder Spills the Tea

And still listen to and really enjoying An Island Wedding by Jenny Colgan.

Up next:

Birds of a Feather 

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