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An Update

Well it has been quite some time since I last posted and this is why…


Yes, I finally got married on 27 April 2019 and this was followed up by a blissful trip to Paris.

The wedding itself had a bookish theme, with flowers made out of old book pages which were taken by the guests as keepsakes – the teacups were actually my grandmother’s, left to me on her death in 1995 so I was delighted to work them into the decorations.


So in short now that project is over I should now have time to get back to reading again – I discovered you can’t be a book blogger when you aren’t actually reading much at all. Of course I have read during my absence and so I will be sharing reviews of those books while I pick up the reins to blogging and of course connecting with all my blogging friends; I have a feeling that I’m going to want to read all the books I’ve missed during my break.

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Saturday – A time to consider the important things in life

If you’ve been under a stone this week you may well not have heard that Brexit has caused a bit of stir, Prince Philip took his Range Rover for a roll but the important news is that one woman has been in the news for advising everyone that 30 books are enough!

Who is this woman?

Marie Kondo is the brave woman who has bought decluttering to the world through the Netflix series called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo released in January 2019.

And how is she faring after she has unleashed the fury of booklovers all over the world?

It is, according to some reports a misinterpretation, she doesn’t want to rid the world of books.

After all why else do bookshelves exist?

This swirl design would look pretty stupid if it wasn’t full of books and at a rough estimate it is holding more than 30!

What would the owners of this fancy kitchen bookshelf do if there was no scintillating choice of books? They might have forced to cook!

This delightful offering combining the books with the wood that they originate from is particularly appealing…


Or the metal variation on the theme for a more modern look.

This fabulous flower bookshelf would brighten up anyone’s day but wouldn’t look the same without plenty of books Marie Kondo!

But my favourite bookshelf of all is this delightful chair, just think you don’t even need to move to find a good book to read!


Sadly my own selection of bookshelf is slightly more mundane, however I can confirm it is full of books that I couldn’t bear to part with… tune in soon for more musing on the 30 book issue that is sweeping the globe!


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New Year Book Tag!

Last year I celebrated by doing this book tag and I decided to revisit it to start my posting for 2019, especially as I have been missing in action for a while.

I think it originated from Bookables which is a You Tube channel. The questions also echo a few posts I’ve seen from other bloggers about books they’ve not managed to squeeze into 2018 so it seems like a good tag take part in to kick off the new year!

How many books are you planning to read in 2019?

My Goodreads Challenge has been set at 130 for the last few years and I plan to set the same goal in 2019 as this works out at 10 books per month and a bonus 10 for holidays.

I read a total of 146 books in 2018n which is slightly down on 2017’s total of 150 but not as much as I expected since I felt I’ve read very little in the last couple of months.

Name five books you didn’t get to read this year but want to make a priority in 2018?

Only five?? Well here goes!

In no particular order Day of the Dead by Nicci French, the eighth and final book in the Frieda Klein series




At long last, a final reckoning is coming for Frieda Klein…

On a north London high street, a runaway vehicle crashes to a halt, but the man in the driving seat was murdered a week earlier.
On Hampstead Heath, a bonfire blazes: in the flames lies the next victim.
As autumn leaves fall, a serial killer runs amok in the capital, playing games with the police. The death toll is rising fast, and the investigation is floundering.
But this is no ordinary killer, and every new victim is intended as a message to just one woman – psychologist Freida Klein.
And the message is very simple.
You’re next. . .
Frieda Klein’s duel with her dark nemesis is finally coming to a climax – and only one can make it out alive.

Force of Nature by Jane Harper, the follow up to The Dry which was on 2018 list of books to get to in 2018 – I did but I’m still trailing!


Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along a muddy track.
Only four come out on the other side.

The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and encourage teamwork and resilience. At least, that’s what the corporate retreat website advertises.

Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker, Alice Russell. Because Alice knew secrets, about the company she worked for and the people she worked with.

The four returning women tell Falk a tale of fear, violence and fractured trust during their days in the remote Australian bushland. And as Falk delves into the disappearance of Alice, he begins to suspect some dangers ran far deeper than anyone knew.


I fell in love with Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life which I read last summer and so I’m determined to read another book featuring some of the same characters A God in Ruins in 2019.


A God in Ruins relates the life of Teddy Todd – would-be poet, heroic World War II bomber pilot, husband, father, and grandfather – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.

This gripping, often deliriously funny yet emotionally devastating book looks at war – that great fall of Man from grace – and the effect it has, not only on those who live through it, but on the lives of the subsequent generations. It is also about the infinite magic of fiction. Few will dispute that it proves once again that Kate Atkinson is one of the most exceptional novelists of our age.

I also need to read The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon having been delighted by Three Things about Elsie early in 2018, sadly my copy of her earlier book went walkabout to my daughter’s house and has only recently returned.




Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands.

And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined…

My final choice is a book that was published in December 2018, The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley.


Everyone’s invited. Everyone’s a suspect.

Nine friends ring in the New Year in the remote Scottish Highlands.
As the curtain falls on another year, the celebrations begin.

The next 48 hours see the friends catching up, reminiscing over past stories, scratching old wounds. . . And guarding friendship-destroying secrets.

The clock has barely struck 12 when a broken body is found in the snow.

Not an accident – a murder among friends.

When a thick blizzard descends, the group are trapped.
No-one can get in. And no-one can get out.
Not even the killer.

Name a genre you want to read more of?

I adore crime fiction but in 2018 I joined The Classics Club and so my aim is to read more books from the 50 books I’ve chosen for the challenge. So far I’ve had a pretty good run of books but along with all other reading this tailed off dramatically towards the end of last year.

Three non book related goals for 2019?

I haven’t really made any resolutions for 2019 but I will continue to strive to be healthier and happier.

What’s a book you’ve had forever that you still need to read?

So many but one of the non-fiction books I really want to read that I’ve had for an age is Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad-Doctors in Victorian England by Sarah Wise which I bought in September 2013 is high on the list.

3rd October


The nineteenth century saw repeated panics about sane individuals being locked away in lunatic asylums. With the rise of the ‘mad-doctor’ profession, English liberty seemed to be threatened by a new generation of medical men willing to incarcerate difficult family members in return for the high fees paid by an unscrupulous spouse or friend.

Sarah Wise uncovers twelve shocking stories, untold for over a century and reveals the darker side of the Victorian upper and middle classes – their sexuality, fears of inherited madness, financial greed and fraudulence – and chillingly evoke the black motives at the heart of the phenomenon of the ‘inconvenient person’.


One word that you’re hoping 2019 will be?

Fun… I am getting married in 2019 and greatly looking forward to celebrating with our friends and family.

Tag a friend…..

There’s still time to join in if you haven’t already…


Happy New Year – I hope 2019 is full of bookish delights!



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Remembrance Day 11 November 2018

This week on the memorable occasion of the Centenary of the end of World War I. We hear a lot about how this war has now passed out of living memory and the fantastic efforts to pass on the lessons learned to the next generations and so I’ve shamelessly re-posted my thoughts from 2013 about how books help embed those lessons bringing the stories down to human experience.

Armistice Day (which overlaps with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day) is celebrated every year on 11 November to commemorate the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.

If I’m completely honest I despite being taught about both World Wars at school I think that reading books has helped me put what I had learnt into context. I find books that tell the stories of what it was like during wartime captivating and this interest started early on in life.

My knowledge of the First World War pretty much began with the set texts of war poetry we learnt as part of our O’ Level English Literature course and the haunting words that were sent down the decades from young men, many not significantly older than I was at the time, have stayed with me over the years.

Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
— Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,—
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.
The pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.

Without the endless dissection of those poems by my excellent teacher I don’t think I would have had anything like the understanding that I gained during those months. Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke all bought to life exactly how great every soldier’s sacrifice was.

The Soldier by Rupert Brooke
If I should die, think only this of me;
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England.
There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England’s, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.
And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

But before that the effects of war had been through fiction, heavily based upon fact, to give a feeling what war meant for the wider population. Children like books that have links to their own lives but given the right texts that doesn’t mean that they have to be modern stories, there are some great books about children in war-time, here are a few of my favourites.

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by the wonderful Judith Kerr was an early favourite. My father is Jewish and I was fascinated by this heritage even as quite a small child, although it was only on the death of my Grandfather that I realised that our surname had been anglicised on the birth of my Uncle in 1938.

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Partly autobiographical, this is first of the internationally acclaimed trilogy by Judith Kerr telling the unforgettable story of a Jewish family fleeing from Germany at the start of the Second World War
Suppose your country began to change. Suppose that without your noticing, it became dangerous for some people to live in Germany any longer. Suppose you found, to your complete surprise, that your own father was one of those people.
That is what happened to Anna in 1933. She was nine years old when it began, too busy with her schoolwork and toboganning to take much notice of political posters, but out of them glared the face of Adolf Hitler, the man who would soon change the whole of Europe – starting with her own small life.
Anna suddenly found things moving too fast for her to understand. One day, her father was unaccountably missing. Then she herself and her brother Max were being rushed by their mother, in alarming secrecy, away from everything they knew – home and schoolmates and well-loved toys – right out of Germany… Amazon

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Another childhood favourite was Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden, another of my favourite authors for children.Carrie's War

‘I did a dreadful thing…or I feel that I did, and nothing can change it…’
It is the Second World War and Carrie and Nick are evacuated from London to a small town in Wales, where they are placed with strict Mr Evans and his timid mouse of a sister.
Their friend Albert is luckier, living in Druid’s Bottom with Hepzibah Green who tells wonderful stories, and the strange Mister Johnny, who speaks a language all of his own. Carrie and Nick are happy to visit Albert there, until one day when Carrie does a terrible thing – the worst thing she ever did in her life…
Based on her own childhood, Nina Bawden’s enchanting story Carrie’s War has delighted readers for almost 40 years. Amazon

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When I read this as a child I used to wonder how all those children coped being sent away from their parents. Now as a mother, I wonder how on earth those poor women managed to carry on with their children far away being looked after by people they didn’t know.

Although the lives for those fighting the war doesn’t even bear imagining the effect it had on everyone’s view of life changed forever. Those that were around for both World Wars must have seen more pain and hardship than any other generation.

At around ten I came across The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank, written while Anne and her family were in hiding in Amsterdam.Diary of a young girl

Anne Frank and her family fled the horrors of Nazi occupation by hiding in the back of a warehouse in Amsterdam for two years with another family and a German dentist. Aged thirteen when she went into the secret annexe, Anne kept a diary. She movingly revealed how the eight people living under these extraordinary conditions coped with hunger, the daily threat of discovery and death and being cut off from the outside world, as well as petty misunderstandings and the unbearable strain of living like prisoners. Amazon

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I was moved by the everyday writing depicting the horror of a life lived in secret. Years later I visited Anne Franks house, by now aware that my family were Dutch Jews and saw both my paternal parents surnames repeated over and over in the book of names of those who died in concentration camps. I will never forget that moment when I realised that it was due to a decision made years before, that I was even alive.

Anne Franks House

Anne Frank’s House Amsterdam

Books about the wars are still a staple of my adult reading and I’ve picked just a couple of those that I think stand out as exceptional examples of books that make you think and really appreciate the sacrifice that was made by all those young men.

My preference tends towards those books which look at society as a whole and . Andrew Cowen’s book Worthless Men published in 2013, is a particularly strong example. This book depicts life in an anonymous English market town in 1916, where many of the men were missing, fighting for King and Country.

Click on the book cover to read my review


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Wake by Anna Hope also looks at the period just following Armistice day in an exceptional novel that uses the progress of the journey for the internment of The Unknown Warrior at the Cenotaph. Each chapter is a day and each of those days follows the journey of the coffin from France to Britain for the ceremony. So moving and a brilliant illustration of a war and what it meant for those who fought and those who were left behind.

Remembrance Day 1920: A wartime secret connects three women’s lives: Hettie whose wounded brother won’t speak; Evelyn who still grieves for her lost lover; and Ada, who has never received an official letter about her son’s death, and is still waiting for him to come home. As the mystery that binds them begins to unravel, far away, in the fields of France, the Unknown Soldier embarks on his journey home. The mood of the nation is turning towards the future – but can these three women ever let go of the past?

Link – Amazon UK

To the Grave by Steve Robinson has a different way of looking at the lives left behind during World War II

To the Grave

Our American Genealogist Jefferson Tayte aka JT has been employed by Eliza Gray who has received a suitcase with some effects telling her that she was in fact adopted. JT travels to Leicestershire to discover who the mysterious Mena Lasseter was. The story of Mena is based towards the end of the war in 1944/45 but the current day story has just as much, if not more to offer.
The characters are well drawn and Mena’s story is an emotional one but at the same time there is a lot of intrigue in the present day. JT finds himself in danger but who wants to cover up what happened all those years ago.

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I just want to finish by saying that we shouldn’t forget the effects the two World Wars had not just on the soldiers who fought in them but a whole generation.

Lest we forget

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Cleopatra Loves Books is Five!

Five whole years ago (yesterday) Cleopatra Loves Books was born. Initially set up in a vacuum as I had no idea about the community of book bloggers, it was a place to record my thoughts on the books I had read. Who’d have thought it would become such an important part of my life.

I’ve typed so much, and hopefully used far more words than the average five year old knows, 2,200, although I confess to frequently scratching my head to find a new way to say I really did enjoy this book! My old laptop’s keys had been pounded so fiercely, its files were full of book covers and reviews that by the start of 2018 you could only see half of the letters and it was time to upgrade to a newer lighter model.

One thing is certain I’m sure I wouldn’t have devoted so much time and energy to this hobby without the interaction with those of you who visit me. Whether you come to tell me you liked my review, that meme was interesting or sometimes if you disagree with my thoughts on a particular book I smile. For the first time in my longish life I have been free to discuss books with like-minded people i.e. the ones who don’t think I’m strange for reading every day or the fact that I’d often prefer to curl up with imaginary people than socialise, although I do this too from time to time!

The birthday tradition at Cleopatra Loves Books is to share some facts and figures with you so hang onto your hats…

This post will be the 1,627 published post on Cleopatra Loves Blogs – no wonder those keys had faded away!

The top reviews in respect of views on my blog of all time are:

Come A Little Closer by Rachel Abbott – Reviewed 25 February 2018
The Book of You y Claire Kendal – Reviewed 6 February 2014
The Girl in the Woods by Camilla Läckberg – Reviewed 19 February 2018
He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly – Reviewed 10 February 2018
Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott – Reviewed 2 March 2014

It seems to me that books read and reviewed in February/March are the ones that catch the reader’s eye!

The top five reviews in the last year are:

Come A Little Closer by Rachel Abbott – Reviewed 25 February 2018
The Girl in the Woods by Camilla Läckberg – Reviewed 19 February 2018
Blackmail, Sex and Lies by Kathryn McMaster – Reviewed 13 January 2018
The Missing Girl by Jenny Quintana – Reviewed 18 December 2017
The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths – reviewed 5 February 2018

Of course I don’t just write reviews I join in memes and this year I have joined The Classics Club so in theory I will be blogging until at least January 2023 when my 5 year challenge completes!

My favourite memes are those where I look back over time and select books that I have read, or want and my yearly delight in attempting the Reading Bingo shows no sign of abating.

At the 6 month stage I join in Jo’s Six in Six where I divide the first half of the years book into categories and the I Spy Book Challenge had me hunting through my bookshelves to complete each item on the list.

I can waste hours on these challenges but the one maxim I have learnt to follow is that reading comes first, without the wonderful books, there would be no blog so writers, please keep them coming!

So all that remains is for me to say a HUGE thank you to you all – I couldn’t do it without the encouragement and so I invite you to help yourself to a virtual drink of your choosing, and of course a slice of cake!


A Slice of Cake!
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Classic Club Spin #18

The Classics Club is holding its 18th Spin.

The idea is to list 20 of the books on your Classics Club list before 1 August 2018 when the wheel will turn and reveal the winning number. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List, by 31 August 2018.

The rules suggest we pick five books to challenge ourselves but to be honest my main problem is time so I’m hoping for a relatively quick read. The club recommends the following categories.

5 books you are dreading/hesitant to read
5 books you can’t WAIT to read
5 books you are neutral about
5 books which are free choice

I only made my list at the end of January and I wasn’t silly enough to add books I really didn’t think I’d enjoy but I do have some books that I’m more ambivalent about reading for various reasons.

1. Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolfe
2. Chocky – John Wyndham
3. The Dubliners – James Joyce
4. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
5.The Quiet American – Graham Greene


A mixed bag of books here Virginia Woolfe made the list as I have just read a nonfiction book about her and her servants, and Chocky is the one and only sci-fi addition to my list but the others have just ended up on this list on a whim.

But I am longing to read the next five so hopefully and none of them have made it off the list yet.

6. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
7. The Hireling – L.P. Hartley
8. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Murial Spark
9. The Shuttle -Frances Hodgeston Burnett
10. We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson


A mixed bag for the next set with nothing to tie them together…


11. Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan
12. The Wheel Spins – Ethel Lina White
13. Sunset Song – Lewis Grassic Gibbon
14. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
15. A Wreath of Roses – Elizabeth Taylor


And a final list with a couple of adult stories written by authors who were better known for their books for children.



16. Miss Pettigrow Lives for a Day- Winifred Watson
17. The Greengage Summer – Rumer Godden
18. Saplings – Noel Streatfeild
19. The Long View – Elizabeth Jane Howard
20. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell


So that’s my twenty and as I compiled the list for this post and yet again I’m hoping for The Hireling most of all but The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day aren’t far behind.

Which would you pick?

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Six in Six – 2018 Edition


This meme originates from Jo at The Book Jotter and having thoroughly enjoyed participating over the last couple of years I wanted to see what my Six in Six looked like in 2018!
The aim is to sort your reads into six categories – you can choose from the ones Jo suggests or come up with your own. Although the same book can obviously feature in more than one category, I’ve chosen to select one book for each category from my favourite reads of the year so far.

Six new authors to me

I’ve met some great new authors in 2018 who write in a variety of genres.

Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce

The Dissent of Annie Lang by Ros Franey

And the Birds Kept on Singing by Simon Bourke

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

Three Things About Elsie by Joanne Cannon

Close to Home by Cara Hunter



Six classics I have read

As I joined The Classics Club in 2018 it seemed only right to feature some of the books I’ve read for this challenge…

The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes

The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Cripsin

Our Spoons Came From Woolworths by Barbara Comyns

Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton 



Six From the Non-Fiction Shelf

And another selection that aren’t all crime related; I’m doing well this year!

Conan Doyle for the Defence by Margalit Fox

Bookwork by Lucy Mangan

The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books by Martin Edwards

My Life in Houses by Margaret Forster

Wedlock by Wendy Moore

Common People by Alison Light



Six series of books read or started

Here’s where I remind myself that I read way too many crime fiction series!

Dead if you Don’t by Peter James

Don’t Make a Sound by David Jackson

Come A Little Closer by Rachel Abbott

The Killing House by Claire McGowan

The Girl in the Woods by Camilla Lackberg

Come and Find Me by Sarah Hilary



Six books from authors I know will never let me down

A mixture of crime fiction and delightful fiction.

Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase

Sanctum by Denise Mina

The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton

No Further Questions by Gillian McAllister

Dead Souls by Angela Marsons

The Cliff House by Amanda Jennings


Six books by authors I am looking forward to reading more of

This is a selection of authors who have made me think in various ways and so I can’t see what they deliver next, or in some instances have already written so I can explore their back catalogue.

The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

Smash all the Windows by Jane Davis

Blackmail, Sex and Lies by Kathryn McMaster

A Patient Fury by Sarah Ward

Watching You by Lisa Jewell





So there are my choices from the first half of 2018 – What would you choose?

My Six in Six




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My Name in TBR Books

It’s a while since I’ve done a tag and this one has been featured on a number of my favourite blogger sites. And of course it was a sure fire winner as I have a few books on my TBR!

So I present Cleopatra Loves Books in… books


C- Closed For Winter by Jorn Lier Horst







L – Life After Life by Kate Atkinson






E – East Lynne by Ellen Wood






O – The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff






P – Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow






A – The Arsenic Labyrinth by Martin Edwards






T – This is Not a Novel by Jennifer Johnston

R – Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman

A – American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin








L – The Last Telegram by Liz Trenow






O – Only Child by Rhiannon Navin





V – The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill






E – Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie






S – Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski








B – Beneath the Water by Sarah Painter






O – Our Man in Havanna by Graham Greene






O – Off With His Head by Ngaio Marsh






K – Kill Me Twice by Simon Booker






S – Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon


So there we are – quite a mixed bag! Which one do you think should be moved to the top of my list?





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Currently Reading Tag

Well April has turned from wintery to summery weather in the blink of an eye and it’s the weekend! I’m hoping to get some al fresco reading done for the first time this year which will be lovely!

I recently found this  this currently reading tag on No Read’s Too Great  and I thought I’d give it a go.

1. How many books do you usually read at once?

I usually only manage to read 1 book  at a time but part of my New Year Reading Resolutions was to read a non-fiction book each month and surprisingly at the moment I have a non-fiction read, a short story read and a fiction book all in progress – go me!

2. If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch books?

I read the non-fiction as a day-time read, the fiction is my bed-time reading (a habit I’ve maintained from early childhood) but if I’m very tired I’ll read one of the short stories.

3. Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book?

Only if I loose the first one! I have many beautiful bookmarks to my name but often I use the closest piece of paper to hand so I have all sort of random things saving my place for me, although of course the kindle doesn’t require a bookmark.

4. Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?

The non-fiction book is on the table by ‘my chair’ along with library books whereas my kindle tends to be with me at all times!

5. What time of day do you spend the most time reading?

In the evening/night time – I’m at work all day and although my kindle travels with me it is a rare day that I pick it up before I get home.

6. How long do you typically read in one sitting?

I read most on the weekend and these sessions will last as long as I don’t need to do anything else but typically about an hour at a stretch. At night-time it is until my eyes droop!

7. Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket on or off?

I don’t read that many hardbacks as they are too heavy to read in bed but if I do it is dust jacket on.

8. What position do you mainly use to read?

Usually propped up in bed resting the book on my bent knees – although apparently this is annoying if someone else is in bed, so if I’m being accommodating I lie on my side.

9. Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

If it’s on my kindle yes as that travels with me!

10. How often do you update your Goodreads progress on the book you’re currently reading?

I only update my Goodreads when I’ve written my review – nine times out of ten I haven’t even marked it as to be read!

So that’s my reading habits – let me know your answers if you care to join in with this tag.

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I Spy Book Challenge

I love a good challenge and, when I saw this one on Secret Library Book Blog written by fellow Jersey resident Nicki, and I knew I had to give this a go. After all I had those I-Spy books as a child and was always desperate to find the illusive items so hopefully I’ll do better here.


Find a book on your bookshelves that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!! (or longer if you have way too many books on way too many overcrowded shelves!)

1. Food


My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon



2. Transportation


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins




3. Weapon


A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup




4. Animal

The House of Birds by Morgan McCarthy




5. Number



Verdict of Twelve by Raymond Postgate



6. Something you Read


Postcards from the Past by Marcia Willets




7. Body of Water

The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish




8. Product of Fire


Burnt Paper Sky by Gilly Macmillan




9. Royalty


The Lost Empress by Steve Robinson




10. Architecture


My Life in Houses by Margaret Forster




11. Item of Clothing


The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne




12. Family Member


A Mother’s Confession by Kelly Rimmer




13. Time of Day



The Two O’clock Boy by Mark Hill




14. Music


Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett




15. Paranormal Being


The Ghost of Lily Painter by Caitlin Davis




16. Occupation


The Housekeeper by Suellen Dainty




17. Season


Dark Winter by David Mark




18. Colour



The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths



19. Celestial Body


Under A Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes




20. Something that Grows

Flowers for the Dead by Barbara Copperthwaite




Yay all twenty items found but perhaps it took slightly longer than five minutes…

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