Monthly Archives: April 2018

May TBR: a plan

(you know what they say about plans…)       This is my second month of really planning out my reading. Last month was successful. I actually read all ten titles in my April TBR plan, plus another title that … Continue reading

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“The woman before me” by Ruth Dugdall

Rose Wilks has been in prison for four long years. Incarcerated for something she didn’t do.  Another tragic part of a life filled with tragedy and betrayal. Rose is serving a sentence for manslaughter. She is charged with setting a … Continue reading

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Bookish art of Karen Hollingsworth @kshstudio

As many of you know, I am extraordinarily fond of art that depicts bookish themes. The only thing better than reading books, is looking at books, and appreciating art that features books and reading. Today, I’d like to introduce you … Continue reading

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“Then she was gone” by Lisa Jewell

This is the third title I’ve read by Lisa Jewell and I’ve decided that her novels are all consistently good.  It is nice to discover an author who you know you will read automatically – a ‘go to‘ author. First … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 54 – Clotheslines

They say you can never have a second chance to make a good first impression. A book’s cover does just that – gives a first impression. A good cover can make a reader pick up a book. A bad cover can … Continue reading

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“From the cradle” by Louise Voss & Mark Edwards – Book Review

A gritty and disturbing, character-driven, police procedural! “From the cradle” is my first novel by this duo of authors and I was very impressed. I am always amazed at how two people can write one story and make it seem … Continue reading

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Friday finds (gems I found around the Internet)

Like most book bloggers I spend WAY too much time on the computer.  Sometimes though, it is time well spent. Sometimes you find little treasures.   I thought I’d share three of these gems with you! A fantastically creepy ‘Flash Fiction’ … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday – April 19, 2018

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “The truth and other lies” by Sascha Arango for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published June 2015 by Atria Books and was, for … Continue reading

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“The Wildling sisters” by Eve Chase

“Applecote Manor doesn’t dominate the surrounding lush countryside but settles into it, like an elegant elderly lady dozing in long grass.”Two years ago I read Eve Chase’s debut novel, “Black Rabbit Hall” and enjoyed it SO much that I vowed … Continue reading

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“The Detective’s Daughter” by Lesley Thomson

I’ll start out this review by saying that the writing reminded me a lot of that of Ruth Rendell.  You can’t get much better praise from me, as she was one of my favorite authors EVER! “The Detective’s Daughter” has … Continue reading

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My Blog’s name in Books

Last week I participated in a fun meme called the  “I Spy Book Challenge”.  It was SO enjoyable to compose that I thought I’d start one myself. Rules:  1.  Spell out your blog’s name. (this is where you wish your … Continue reading

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“Up-Lit” – What is it? and why do we like it?

‘Up Lit’ is the new literary buzz word, described as a trend for books with an emphasis on empathy, books that are uplifting and life-affirming, and which explore themes of family bonds and the human spirit. These types of novels … Continue reading

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“Before the storm” by Leslie Tentler

I am reviewing this title as part of the Mystery/Thriller Week 2018 event. “Before the storm” is the first novel I’ve read by this author, and is also the first in her Rarity Cove series.  My thanks to Leslie Tentler … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday April 12, 2018

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “Weathering” by Lucy Wood for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published January 15th 2015 by Bloomsbury Publishing and was, for me, a 5 … Continue reading

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Tom Gauld’s bookish art

There is nothing more entertaining for a bookworm than humour about their favourite pastime. Scottish artist/illustrator Tom Gauld has created many pieces of art with bookish themes. I’ll share one of my favourites here: He is featured often in The Guardian, … Continue reading

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