Summer Photograph Scavenger Hunt

Today is link up day with the other bloggers taking part in this summer’s scavenger hunt. The hunt is hosted by Patio Postcards – do pop along and say hello! The hunt runs from the 1st of June to the 30th September, so there is still plenty of time to join in if you wish to.

I made a start on the list immediately, as hubby and I had a few days away in Gloucestershire at the start of June. I got #7 What’s in Bloom, #8 Window Views, #9 Something Older Than You, #10 A Delivery Van Making The Deliveries and #19 Steps But Who’s Counting?

I didn’t seem to get anymore taken until it came to #12 Something That Is Cause For Celebration, because the 24th saw me not only celebrating my birthday but also celebrating a promotion at work.

  1. A Breakfast of Champions
  2. Favourite Time of Day
  3. Something To Represent Home But Not The Building
  4. Head In The Clouds; shapes or interesting patterns
  5. The Art Of The Fold
  6. Something That Makes You Laugh or Happy
  7. What’s In Bloom
  8. Window Views
  9. Something Older Than You
  10. The Delivery Van/Truck Making The Deliveries
  11. The Shape of Round/Circular
  12. Something That Is Cause For Celebration
  13. Your Marie Kondo Moment – Or Not
  14. Inside Your Fridge Or Cupboard
  15. Your Best Doodle Art (not public graffiti)
  16. A Guilty Pleasure; Something That Recharges You
  17. An Exit
  18. Upside Down, Right Side Up
  19. Steps, But Who’s Counting
  20. Decades Of Sharing; find something in your home that is from the 70’s or 80’s or 90’s or 00’s

So only 5 so far but I don’t want to rush into things! There are quite a few that I could tick off the list but I am waiting to see if any better opportunities arise before the end of September. Happy hunting!

Book Review · Fantasy

REVIEW – Epic Fantasy // Shadow Lands by K.F. Breene

Shadow Lands
The Warrior Chronicles #3
by K.F. Breene

Back in the day, the men made the law for their family. Is it so wrong that women have a defense?”
Ruisa shifted, sticking out one hip and adopting an expression Marc had already come to realize was stubbornness.
“You can use swords and knives and muscles, and we’re supposed to… what, be totally fine in our vulnerability? We aren’t allowed to look after ourselves because we have vaginas, is that it?”

Marc winced at the word—female anatomy was still mostly foreign to him.
Even the words embarrassed him.

God I love this series. I really love Shanti, I totally love Cayan and I absolutely love Marc, Leilius and the rest of the Honor Guard. I massively have a soft spot for Marc. These characters have become real people to me, from the slightly mad Burson, to the soft-centred Rohnan and the take no $**! Sanders. Even some of the animals wove their way into my heart. This is one of those books that you want everyone you know to read, just so you can fan girl and sigh over it endlessly with someone who loved it just as much as you.

The whole story is rife with humour from the gentlest of touches to the most cutting sarcasm, yet at the same time it has a well paced plot, amazing world building, a cracking story and captivating writing. As soon as I finished this I wanted to immediately jump into book 4, even though I have a TBR of already owned books longer than my arm. Shanti and Cayan’s journey to the Shadow Lands gave me all the feels, it smashed my emotions and left me with a huge book hangover. This took me back to my days of reading David EddingsMercedes LackeyKatharine KerrAndre Norton and Melanie Rawn but with more sarcasm.

And have I said yet just how much I loved this or how much you need to read? After you’ve read Books #1 and #2 of course.

Sanders glanced at Marc, red-faced and looking at the ground.
The youth said, “S’am always jumps out at us. If you don’t strike first, you get punched really hard.”
“And the running?” Sanders asked as he checked his weapons.
Marc shrugged. “I was always too slow to get her, so rather than getting thumped after I struck out, I ran.”
“Ruisa got the other one.” Tobias threw her a proud wink. “Who says girls are only for cooking?”
“Not me. She’s a terrible cook,” Marc mumbled. Ruisa shoved him.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Fantasy Adventure


***Book three in the bestselling series.***

In order to finally claim her title of Chosen and lead the Shadow People out of the Land of Mist, Shanti must make it through a century’s old system to test her battle awareness, her fighting skill, and her ability to stay alive. She’s about to enter The Trials, and she must do it alone.

Separated from Shanti on a dangerous island, Cayan must learn to use his mental skill while keeping his men safe from the people set out to kill them. But as more Inkna and Graygual flood the island, Cayan hears of a sinister force deep in the woods, rigging The Trials and killing any who venture too close.

It is now a race against time. The battle to become the Chosen has begun, and the victor is anything but decided.


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – June 28th

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a wonderful 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! Everyone is welcome. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn over at The Book Date.

Weekly Round-Up – The Non-Bookish Stuff

Thursday turned out to be quite a good day – not only was it my birthday but I was successful in gaining a promotion at work. It more than likely means I will have less blogging time, or at least will have to be smarter in how I use the time I have available.

Despite what seems to be perpetually grey skies in the UK at the moment, we finally had time to go for a Sunday walk. We won’t mention the moment I got too close to a pheasant that suddenly flew up from the grass and nearly scared the life out of me.

Weekly Round-Up – The Bookish Stuff

Read This Week

After last week where just about every book disappointed me, this was a week of books that I just couldn’t get enough of. Despite there only being a few more days left in June, I’m going to do an end of month round up next week.

Restraining Reeba was a beta read and I know the author still has some alterations she wants to make, so I won’t be saying much more about it other than it’s an awesome story.

Tools of the Trade is an introductory novella in a gaslamp/fantasy world. Despite it being quite a short read this really caught my attention, so immediately pre-ordered a copy of this arc book. I’m very much looking forward to reading more by the author as her writing soon had be spellbound. Restraining Reeba was a beta read and I know the author still has some alterations she wants to make, so I won’t be saying much more about it other than it’s an awesome story.

Max Barry impressed me with his captivating sci-fi, parallel worlds, suspense story. Not only that but I found the two female protagonists to be quite realistically portrayed, something that a lot of male authors seem to fail in doing.

I chose this as it was an “out of my comfort zone” read and it was a great reminder that I need to do so more often.

These Hollow Vows was a NetGalley request. Although I’ve heard of the author before, because she’s quite a big name in the romance world, this is the first book of hers that I have read. It’s a YA Fantasy, though really for the 15+ age group. I swear blind a lot of reviewers didn’t read to the end because some of the things they focus on were overwritten by subsequent twists and turns. I just adored this one and want every other reader to love it as much as I did!

The Controllers is rapidly becoming a firm favourite with me. Yes the world building could be more fleshed out, yes the plot isn’t overly complicated BUT the quality of writing is simply wonderful. Her characters draw me in and I can feel their emotions.

Currently Reading

This is turning out to be a humour filled PNR. For those who read Dark Romance, Kitty Thomas is a fairly well known name. However she originally wrote as Zoe Winters and Blood Lust is a trio of novellas featuring supernatural creatures, magic and mayhem.

On The Blog Last Week

21st JuneWeekly Round-Up Post

22nd June – Review Post – Hunted by KF Breene

24th June – Promotion Post – No More Secrets by Cate Beauman

25th JuneBook Blogger Hop

26th JuneLet’s Talk Bookish

On The Blog This Week

28th June – Weekly Round-Up

29th June – Review Post – Shadow Lands by KF Breene

30th June – Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt

2nd July – Book Blogger Hop

3rd July – Let’s Talk Bookish

How was your week? Happy reading!

Books read in 2021 – 84 (79) including Phantom & Wraith beta read, Restraining Reeba & Tools of the Trade
Re-reads in 2021 – 5 (5)
Owned books from TBR list read – 16 (15)
5 Star reads – 22 (20)
DNF’s – 9 (9)


Let’s Talk Bookish – June #4

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, that is hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books  and Dani @Literary Lion. It’s a chance to discuss certain topics, share opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Posts are written on Fridays, and you can suggest topics using the form that you will find on Rukky’s Contact page.

This week’s Let’s Talk Bookish prompt is


Prompts: When you pick books to buy, what is more likely to sway you: a good cover or a good plot? When you choose to unhaul books do you sometimes keep bad books if they’re pretty? Do you love a book less if the cover is ugly even if the story is good? Do you like covers less if it turns out the story inside isn’t very interesting? Would you rather have a shelf of good stories or beautiful covers?
When you pick books to buy, what is more likely to sway you: a good cover or a good plot?

My answer to this now is incredibly different to what it would have been for my younger self. I won’t say I only read in e-book format these days, but 99.9% of the time I do. So tiny thumbnail images and the black & white format of my kindle mean covers aren’t as big a thing for me any more. Plot is definitely what I base my reading choices on, along with if I’ve read the author before and also reviews/ratings by people I trust.

In my 20’s I was much more likely to buy a book based on the cover – particularly as Goodreads, Amazon etc didn’t exist then (yes I am that old) so I couldn’t check out reviews on them. If the cover had a dragon on it I was almost bound to buy the book!

When you choose to unhaul books do you sometimes keep bad books if they’re pretty?

I hope you are prepared for this shocking revelation – I unhauled just about ALL the books I owned when I started my family. We just had no space for bookshelves and I wasn’t much or a re-reader of books, so rather than clutter up the loft (attic) I took them to a second hand book stall. However no, I won’t keep a book just because the cover is pretty.

Do you love a book less if the cover is ugly even if the story is good? Do you like covers less if it turns out the story inside isn’t very interesting?

No and probably yes but I’ve never really thought about it that much. Author, Blurb, Reviews. That’s my mantra for book choice. Cover doesn’t even make the cut. I can admire a pretty cover but it’s the bit that comes next that I’m interested in. Covers are useful for indicating content, to some extent. There are common trends and themes for particular genres, but there is a reason for the saying “Never judge a book by it’s cover”!

If a dislike a book intensely I think I do partly transfer that over to the cover, but more in an association way. Similar to animals knowing a wasp is dangerous because it has black and yellow stripes.

Would you rather have a shelf of good stories or beautiful covers?

Good stories – duh! Does that question really need asking? I’d question the sanity of any obsessive reader who would choose cover over story!


Friday Book Blogger Hop – June 25th – July 1st

Friday Book Blogger Hop

 The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books. It is now hosted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 

How long have you stayed up to read a book?

submitted by Julie @ JadeSky

In my youth I believe I may once or twice have read until it got light again! That was back in my student days and would have been either during the holidays or when I had no lectures the next day. Once I was married and living with my husband I couldn’t read too late as the light would keep him awake. I then had a very long reading break whilst raising my three children.

In December 2015 I got my first kindle and haven’t looked back since! The ability to turn the backlight low and enlarge the print means I can read without disturbing my other half. I have read until nearly 2am on occasions, though not normally if I have to be up at 6am the next day for work. I do try to not read any later than 11.00pm (OK 11.30) on a work night, but if it’s a very good book then sometimes I just can’t resist reading for a few more minutes, or until the end of the chapter……maybe the chapter after that……maybe just one more.

I also blame my kindle which will often tell me I have 30 minutes reading time left when actually it is more like 45 or 50 minutes! So, are you disciplined or do you subscribe to the theory of “well I’ve started so I’ll finish it”?