Two Weekly Update 7th to 20th August

This is a two weekly update as I have been firstly a bit unmotivated and secondly we have been down visiting my parents in Cornwall and enjoying the British summer time (of rain and occasional sunshine). We also went to St Ives not knowing that it was lifeboat day and the crowds where massive, but we did see the lifeboat launch.

Review – The Honey Farm on the Hill

I was in a bit of a reading slump and really not getting into any of the books I was reading. Then this arrived on my doorstep (courtesy of Bookbridgr and the Headline Publishing) and even though I normally steer clear of romance this book really got me absorbed almost instantly.

Review – The Sixteen Trees of the Somme

It is at heart a mystery novel where Edvard attempts to find the truth about his parents death following a trail of clues to the Shetland Islands and then to battlefields from world war one in northern France. This book is beautifully written with very evocative language.

Weekly Update 31st July to 6th August

Its been a bit of a funny week, the weather has been very on and off and it's still the middle of the school summer holidays my daughter and I have been taking it in turns to play Minecraft for an hour and we have both become a little addicted again. I think I will knock this on the head soon as it has lead to a sulky child.

Awesome Blogger Award

Wow, I have been nominated for my first ever award. Stephanie@ Stephanies Novel Fiction has nominated me for The Awesome Blogger Award, thanks Steph. The Rules 1. Thank the person who nominated you. 2. Include the reason behind the award. 3. Include the banner in your post. 4. Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader. 5. Answer the questions your nominator gave you. 6. Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers. 7. Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer. 8. Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated.

Review – A Gentleman in Moscow

This book took me a month to read, and that is a long time for me, it never grabbed me in as much as I had to read this book and ignore all others, but it kept my interest. This was my bedtime reading and has a slightly gentle feel to it.

Weekly Update 24th to 30th July

Its been the first week of the kids summer holidays, and of course the first thing my daughter did, is get sick, with high fevers and all that. She got better for Wednesday and Thursday and now she is sick again, not sure why. I also ended up working both Saturday and Sunday long days due to the weather my OH normally goes to a motor-cross track with his motorbike on Saturday but this was cancelled so I worked instead.

Booker Prize 2017 Longlist – My thoughts and predictions.

Early yesterday morning the longlist for the 2017 Booker prize was announced. This is my first Booker prize as a book blogger and I am going to try my best to read the longlist by the time the prize is announced, wish me luck, I will probably need it. The shortlist will be announced on the 13th of September with the Winner reveal on the 17th of October, with all the ARC's I have to be read I haven't got a hope in hell but I will try.

Review – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

My Rating: ★★★★✬ 4.5 stars There are not many books I have read this year that make me want to write a review and gush about how great they are minutes after finishing them. This book is one of them. Gail Honeyman has created a wonderful character in Eleanor who is a survivor although a very damaged individual. She has been bounced around the foster system ever since an incident involving her mother who it is implied was incarcerated when Eleanor was ten years old and she only has very sketchy memories of her childhood.

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