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Weekly Wrap Up (November 20)

Weekly Wrap Up

As I write this we are preparing for storm Angus which is getting ever closer to the Channel Islands so hopefully all is well and he’s passed over without causing too many problems – but I’m quite happy with the warning to all Islanders to ‘Avoid outside activity’ which sounds very much like stay inside and read a book!

Cleopatra Loves Books got a quote inside the paperback edition of Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard, a book that has seriously put me off considering a cruise… ever! Even better I am sharing with so many other lovely book bloggers


This Week on the Blog

I started off the week with a five star review for Another Day Gone by Eliza Graham. I don’t understand why this author isn’t more widely celebrated, and this story of a past atrocity and the London bombing was both compelling and thought-provoking.

My extract post on Tuesday featured Belinda Bauer’s latest book, The Beautiful Dead; there are few books that have such an attention grabbing opener!

On Wednesday I was able to brag about a truly wonderful week of reading ahead, featuring Beryl Bainbridge and the fabulous Val McDermid.

On Thursday I posted my review of In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings. Having seen so much praise heaped on this book I bought a copy back in March and sadly it was bumped of the schedule at least twice – it was amazing and I awarded my second five stars for the week.

My review on Friday was for The Stranger In My Home by Adele Parks. I’d always passed this author’s books by without checking out the synopsis; they weren’t what I’d assumed and this is a compelling tale of two babies switched at birth with a dark undertone…

Yesterday saw me reviewing my third book by Beryl Bainbridge of 2016 having only ‘discovered’ her writing earlier this year, I am making up for lost time – Sweet William is a misleading title. William is not sweet but Bainbridge managed to make me judge Ann quite harshly as his willing victim.

This Time Last Year

I discovered a book that is probably one of my favourite reads of all time. This was an accidental find having half-watched a bit of a TV drama and decided (as always) that I’d rather read the book – and I did! The book being The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley which seems to have been a set read for most schools in the UK, except mine. It’s ok, I do think I probably appreciated the nuances far better now than I would have as a teenager but really… why were we not given this one to read?
You can read my review here.

The Go-Betweeen


‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there’
When one long, hot summer, young Leo is staying with a school-friend at Brandham Hall, he begins to act as a messenger between Ted, the farmer, and Marian, the beautiful young woman up at the hall. He becomes drawn deeper and deeper into their dangerous game of deceit and desire, until his role brings him to a shocking and premature revelation. The haunting story of a young boy’s awakening into the secrets of the adult world, The Go-Between is also an unforgettable evocation of the boundaries of Edwardian society. Amazon

Stacking the Shelves

Two additions this week… First up a request that was granted by NetGalley which I suspect from the  fantastic review written by Jo of My Chestnut Reading Tree will be incredibly emotional – A Mother’s Confession by Kelly Rimmer.



He’s dead and I’m safe, but I’m still scared. Sometimes I actually miss him, but then in the very next breath I find that I hate him so much that I hope there is a hell, just so that he can be suffering like he left me here to suffer.’

Olivia and David were the perfect couple with their whole lives in front of them. When beautiful baby daughter Zoe came along, their world seemed complete.

But now David is dead and Olivia’s world is in pieces. While she is consumed with grief, her mother-in-law Ivy is also mourning the loss of her son. Both women are hiding secrets about the man they loved. Secrets that have put the family in danger.

Something was very wrong in Olivia and David’s marriage. Can Olivia and Ivy break their silence and speak the truth? A mother should protect her child, whatever the cost…shouldn’t she? NetGalley

I also received a copy of The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer who has turned her hand away from Vampires and towards a thriller. I’m intrigued to try this one out although I’m not entirely sure the underlying plot is one that I will enjoy.



She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.
Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.
When her former handler offers her a way out, she realises it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires makes her situation even more dangerous.
Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of. Amazon

PicMonkey Collage TBR


Since my last post I have read 3 books and managed to gain just 2, but… disaster struck and I miscounted 1 book last week, so my TBR is still standing at 178 books!

94 physical books
68 e-books
16 books on NetGalley

What have you found to read this week?


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

47 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up (November 20)

  1. A great reading week. I have gone out and gotten a copy of In Her Wake thanks to your review. I’m excited to read it. I’m also interested in The ?Chemist. I am not sure about the overview but want to know how Meyer does outside vampires as I did enjoy The Host.


  2. I did The Go-Between for GCSE and I hated it, but I re-read it last year and it’s become one of my favourite books. Strange how these things happen.


    1. I do think that some of the ‘set books’ are ones that you can only really appreciate when you are older so in a way I’m glad this wasn’t chosen for us to read as I loved it so much when I eventually discovered it.


      1. Definitely! I also had to do a comparison of the Go Between and Great Expectations; I got an A but I am still (19 years later) midway through Great Expectations!

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  3. Congratulations on getting that mention!! That’s fabulous, Cleo! I hope Storm Angus has gone on its way with no damage, and that you’re safe and dry. As to your reading, you’ve had some great reads lately. And thanks for the reminder to read The Go Between. I’ve been wanting to try that one, and haven’t got to it yet.


    1. Storm Angus has done his worst which amounts to breaking a few trees and putting too many trampolines in the road to mention – who would know that this small island had so many? The Go-Between was an outstanding read – I’ll be interested to hear what you think if and when you get around to it.

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    1. I’m a bit wary to be honest – I wouldn’t have picked this one for myself but now it’s arrived I feel I ought to give it a go – I’m intrigued with the author’s switch of genres but just not sure that the subject matter of this one will appeal to me.

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  4. The storm has hit my hometown hard and my relatives are all stuck home with books, it’ll do them good! 🙂 Two 5 stars reviews make for a good week! I’m so gutted I had to postpone my reading of In Her Wake, I had no time to read this weekend. I’m curious about Stephenie Meyer’s new book. I haven’t read anything by her, but it’s a surprised to see her try this genre.


  5. Congrats on your quote in the Catherine Ryan Howard book…and I hope that storm hovers and then goes away!

    I now can’t wait to read my copy of In Her Wake. Sweet William is also bookmarked on Amazon…waiting.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog(s) this week, and giving kind words about my various changes!


  6. I only received one new book, a psychological thriller ebook from publisher and signed up for tour, but not til April(!) So not even going to read it now … All my books from Netgalley are months down the road, sigh.

    Hope the storm doesn’t affect you or your community 😮

    I always pick up at least one new to me author each week from your blog, but this week it’s several! Keep up the great blogging!


  7. That must’ve been one good book if someone was considering going into work late. I’m reading a YA mystery (Kindle version) where the great-great-great granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes and Watson’s great-great-great grandson meet for the first time and work together to solve a mystery. I have a YA fantasy (hardcover) that needs to be started but I’ll wait til I finish Cress (kindle), last book of The Lunar Chronicles.


      1. I’ll buck the habit of a lifetime and stop being tight and buy this full price so I can let you know, not so much if the chemistry rings true, but if the thinking feels real, I’ve been around a while! … Eric


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