Sunday Wrap-Up

Each Sunday I will be rounding up my week and linking up with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberley @Caffeinated Reviewer as well as The Sunday Salon meme hosted by the wonderful Deb @Readerbuzz. Do please pop by their blogs and show them a little love 💗.

Life Last Week

Despite some rather heavy cloud and ominously grey skies, we got to enjoy a warm autumn walk last week, accompanied by a preponderance of speckled woodland butterflies.


Yesterday saw another visit to the salon, earlier than normal but my stylist is away on holiday for a few weeks. I’m not sure I would have coped had my appointment been for AFTER his vacation.

Books Read Last Week

It was an incredibly slow reading week, though it did include some more beta reading, along with giving feedback on a short story.

I finally finished Three Trials, this series is turning out to be a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to buddy reading the final two books.

I did skim parts of The Brigand Children, I had beta read this a while ago (along with several other people) and whilst some of my feedback was acted on I still had difficulty connecting with the main protagonist.

Currently Reading

This really HAS been retold very much in a fairy tale style, however it does mean that occasionally I find myself rather irritated by the female protagonist. The hero is absolutely perfect though, so whilst this may have been pushed on the back burner, I do intend to finish it.


Judged is one of the books I’ve mentioned beta reading over the past few months. In fact I’ve probably read this three of four times now, but I know I’ve missed some alterations so am reading the final FINAL version.

Looking forward to…

…introducing the students I teach to more cultural celebrations and observances. As part of learning about other cultures and religions we spent some time learning about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. I quite enjoyed the apple dipped in honey.


…seeing what other strange contortions my cat will achieve in order to get to “sleep”.


…my middle child being able to drive himself to University because he passed his driving test this week. He was hugely nervous as failing meant a long wait for a retest and a two hour bus journey to lectures! He also got a part time job, so it’s been a very positive week for him.

On The Blog Last Week

Monday – Review of Crow by A. Zavarelli ⭐⭐⭐⭐
TuesdayIs it ever too late to comment on a post? with Tell Me Something Tuesday
Wednesday – Review of Dream of Dragons by Aja James ⭐⭐⭐⭐
ThursdayMystic Bonds by C.C. Solomon ⭐⭐⭐
FridayImages on your Blog with the Friday Book Blogger Hop
SaturdayTriggers in Books with Let’s Talk Bookish

2021 Reading Stats –
Books read in 2021 – 120 (118) including Phantom & Wraith and Restraining Reeba (x2) beta reads
Re-reads in 2021 –  7 (7)
Owned books from TBR list read – 20 (19)
5 Star reads – 28 (28)
DNF’s – 14 (13)

Sunday Wrap-Up

Each Sunday I will be rounding up my week and linking up with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberley @Caffeinated Reviewer as well as The Sunday Salon meme hosted by the wonderful Deb @Readerbuzz. Do please pop by their blogs and show them a little love 💗.

Life Last Week

The dance show went well last week, though it was a very hot and sunny day with very little shade. Two days earlier it had been so cold we considered taking blankets for this outdoor affair!

The weather was glorious yesterday too, when my daughter and I joined the local Pride march in Nottingham. It was so wonderful seeing people being able to be them self rather than having to fit to the expectation of others.

Books Read Last Week

Stolen Earth was another tick on my “not a romance book” reading challenge for the year. I really enjoyed this fast paced and action packed story.

This was read for a Book of the Month challenge in a Goodreads group I belong to. It’s quite a cotton candy read, enjoyable whilst being consumed but very quickly forgotten about afterwards.

This is the first book/ prequel in a duet that will be released the first week of October. This is a very dark read and comes with a whole raft of trigger warnings. It’s already a favourite read of the year.

Currently Reading

I’m currently buddy reading both of these books. They aren’t ones I would have chosen personally but they are pleasant enough reads.

Looking forward to…

…my middle child starting University. It’s something he has wanted to do for a few years, so I’m really proud of him getting in.

…the challenges of my new job, including our first drop down afternoon and an imminent OFSTED visit.

… harvesting more homegrown produce. We have enough french and runner beans to last until next summer!

On The Blog Last Week

Monday – Review of Vicious Retaliation by C.P. Mandara ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tuesday – Do you visit your library? with Tell Me Something Tuesday
Wednesday – Review of A Kingdom of Flesh & Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout ⭐⭐
ThursdayFour Psychos by Kristy Cunning ⭐⭐⭐
Friday – What gets you to buy a book – Cover or Blurb? with the Friday Book Blogger Hop
SaturdayHow do you care for your books? with Let’s Talk Bookish

2021 Reading Stats –
Books read in 2021 – 118 (115) including Phantom & Wraith and Restraining Reeba (x2) beta reads
Re-reads in 2021 –  7 (7)
Owned books from TBR list read – 19 (18)
5 Star reads – 28 (27)
DNF’s – 13 (13)

Sunday Wrap-Up

Each Sunday I will be rounding up my week and linking up with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberley @Caffeinated Reviewer as well as The Sunday Salon meme hosted by the wonderful Deb @Readerbuzz. Do please pop by their blogs and show them a little love 💗.

Life Last Week

Monday was a late summer Bank Holiday in some parts of the UK. We went for a very pleasant walk with the youngest-though-not-so-young child at a local nature reserve, where we spotted several birds of prey as well as observing lots of waterfowl on the lakes.


Wednesday was a return back to work after the long summer break. I love teaching but I definitely love the holidays too!

Books Read Last Week
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

I finished a book that I had previously DNF’d at 11%. I always try to get to 20-25% depending on book length and that policy paid off as I really enjoyed Dream of Dragons once the story got going. Mystic Bonds lacked the emotional connection I look for in a story, but it certainly had a great plot. I also did a little more beta reading.

Currently Reading

It’s been a while since I’ve read science fiction without any romance, but this is certainly hitting the mark thus far.

Looking forward to…

…hopefully watching our daughter’s dance show. It has been postponed countless times due to Covid restrictions and will eventually take place in the beer garden of a local village pub.

I’m also looking forward to autumn sunlight that gives everything a beautiful golden glow, a few days in Newhaven, East Sussex in October and helping a new group of students find the educational pathway best suited to their needs.

On The Blog Last Week

Monday – Review of Andromeda’s Pirate by Debra Jess ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tuesday – Sharing Anticipated Reads with Tell Me Something Tuesday
Wednesday – Review of Madness by Paityn Parque⭐⭐⭐⭐
ThursdayDesperate by Eva Dresden ⭐⭐⭐
FridayUsing Bookmarks. Yes or no, with the Friday Book Blogger Hop
Saturday – Discussing protagonist gender choices with Let’s Talk Bookish

2021 Reading Stats –
Books read in 2021 – 115 (113) including Phantom & Wraith and Restraining Reeba (x2) beta reads
Re-reads in 2021 –  7 (6)
Owned books from TBR list read – 18 (18)
5 Star reads – 27 (27)
DNF’s – 12 (13)

The Sunday Salon – August Round Up Post

Monthly Round-Up

As a teacher in the UK September always heralds the end of the summer and the start of a new school year. It’s such a bittersweet time since the holiday you have looked forward to for so long is over but a new start is full of potential and holds so many great opportunities.


Whilst there are still two more days of August left, it seems the right time to look back at what August held in both bookish and real life terms.



Sunday Salon meme hosted by the wonderful Deb @Readerbuzz, it’s a place to link up and share what we have been doing during the week, to visit other blogs and join in some great bookish chat.

The Non-Bookish Stuff

I started the month on the last day of a short city break to Portsmouth. This was followed by a visit to a theme park and then another city break in Cardiff, Wales before a visit to the hairdressers for a new colour.


After an exciting and busy start to the month the second half was much quieter, though we still fitted in a visit to an automobile show and a trip to Hucknall’s first Food & Drink Festival.

Weekly Round-Up – The Bookish Stuff

Read This Month

This was DEFINITELY another slow reading month – 3 of these were DNF’s! Four Psychos was a TBR read and Reaper was a re-read I’d wanted to do, there was also some Beta reading and we went away (twice) so not too bad a result all told.

Currently Reading

I am going to give this another try, followed by another Netgalley book.

Bookish Happenings & Life in General

It’s a Bank Holiday weekend in the UK – the last one before Christmas. (I know, I know, too early to mention that now.) The weather, in true BH style is grey, cloudy and cool in the East Midlands but with luck it will remain dry. We plan to have a luxury lunch with a range of cheeses, cooked meats, pate and other treats on Monday, just as a little end of holiday treat. Hopefully on Tuesday our new freezer will be delivered. Whilst the old one still works, the drawers are all broken and the seal is coming away. We’ve had it for over 10 years, so it felt like time to upgrade to a model that consumes less energy.

August Highlights On The Blog

5th August – Book Review – YA Fantasy – These Hollow Vows ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

7th August – Let’s Talk Bookish – “What is your posting type?”

9th August – Book Review – MM Urban Fantasy – Twisted Pretty Things ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐+

13th August – Friday Book Blogger Hop – “Signed Books

25th August – Book ReviewWave Rider ⭐⭐⭐⭐

READING STATS FOR 2021
Books read in 2021 – 113 (109) including Phantom & Wraith and Restraining Reeba (x2) beta reads
Re-reads in 2021 –  7(6)
Owned books from TBR list read – 18 (18)
5 Star reads – 27 (26)
DNF’s – 13 (12)

Rounding Up The Week With The Sunday Salon – 22nd August

The last few weeks seem to have just flown by, where is summer the disappearing too?

Sunday Salon is a place for us to link up and to share what we have been doing during the week. It’s a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there.  Thank you to  Deb @ Readerbuzz for hosting this meme!

Some of the things often talked about at the Sunday Salon:

What was your week like?
Read any good books? Tell us about them.
What other bookish things did you do? 
What else is going on in your life?

Weekly Round-Up – The Non-Bookish Stuff

It’s been a nothing very much week here, I can’t believe it’s two weeks since I was at Cardiff – it feels like barely any time has passed at all. My daughter went for her second Pfizer vaccine, we visited my mother-in-law and we did some minor DIY jobs around the house. Other than that I did a LOT of reading, well a lot for me, oh and I reorganised old digital photos that were stored in various “clouds”.

Weekly Round-Up – The Bookish Stuff

Read This Week

This was such a fun read, though it’s also really dark and included some pretty graphic non-consensual BDSM style torture of the MMC. Think James Bond films on acid and where the girl gets her own back on the guy.

Set in the same world as the Omega’s Destruction series, this is a pretty dark, dub-con PNR story that ends in a cliff-hanger. Perfect for fans of dark omegaverse.

I was kindly offered an arc of this book by the author, who is only 15 years old. Her age did show in the writing at times but I did quite enjoy this fast-paced alternate reality tale, and I’m sure it will be a huge hit with both the more mature MG reader and YA’s.

I actually beta read this book back at the beginning of August but never included it in my book count. I’m including it now because it’s being released very soon. It’s a wonderful enemies-to-lovers romance an best of all it’s written by a British author and is set in the UK.

Currently Reading

A Netgalley arc that really suits my current reading mood of a good story, plenty of action and a dash of romance.

Bookish Happenings & Life in General

I spent a large chunk of Thursday weeding the vegetable patch and dead heading. I still have 3 large flower beds left but it’s been too wet since then to get much done.


When this post publishes we will be visiting an auto show in a nearby village where American and vintage cars will be on display, unless of course the weather is bad. Hopefully I will have some photos to share next week,

On The Blog Last Week

15th August – Sunday Salon

16th August – Review Post ~ Contemporary Romance – Claiming Cleo ⭐⭐⭐⭐

17th August – Tell Me Something Tuesday – Buying Netgalley books

18th August – Review Post ~ PNR – Forbidden ⭐⭐⭐⭐

19th August – Review Post ~ Historical Romance – Romancing the Duke ⭐⭐⭐⭐

20th August – Book Blogger Hop – Confusing e-books and physical books

21st August – Let’s Talk Bookish – Is there a book you would recommend to every reader?

READING STATS FOR 2021
Books read in 2021 – 109 (105) including Phantom & Wraith and Restraining Reeba (x2) beta reads
Re-reads in 2021 – 6 (6)
Owned books from TBR list read – 18 (18)
5 Star reads – 27 (26)
DNF’s – 12 (12)

Rounding Up The Week With The Sunday Salon – 15th August

Happy Sunday, I hope your weekend is proving to be a good one.

Sunday Salon is a place for us to link up and to share what we have been doing during the week. It’s a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there.  Thank you to  Deb @ Readerbuzz for hosting this meme!

Some of the things often talked about at the Sunday Salon:

What was your week like?
Read any good books? Tell us about them.
What other bookish things did you do? 
What else is going on in your life?

Weekly Round-Up – The Non-Bookish Stuff

Our visit to Cardiff proved to be great fun despite our hotel room being directly opposite a fire station! We explored the city centre, a local nature reserve, walked the banks of the river Taff and had an ice-cream on Penarth seafront!

Weekly Round-Up – The Bookish Stuff

Read This Week

This was my first book by this author but it won’t be my last. Michelle Dierner definitely impressed me with this wonderful science fiction romance, where the emphasis was definitely on the Sci-Fi.

I am very intrigued by the Verdant String planet system she has created and intend to read more books from this series.

This was a Buddy Read and I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun this was to read. I’m hoping for more character development of the four males in future books, but so far so good.

I discovered this writing duo back in 2016 and instantly fell in love with not only their writing but the dystopian near future that they had created. When I saw this on Netgalley I couldn’t resist. I enjoyed it but I didn’t love it – maybe I had built it up to much in my head. It was still a pretty decent SFR read.

Currently Reading

I adore this author, these are as fast paced and full of smut as an 80’s James Bond film. The humour is very snarky and very British and the whole plot is very OTT but great fun.

Bookish Happenings & Life in General

It was my sister’s birthday on Friday, I had hoped to visit her but had eaten something that wasn’t agreeing with me. A stomach bug was NOT the kind of present I wanted to give her, so my husband and daughter visited on my behalf.

I can’t resist a few more Cardiff photos!

On The Blog Last Week

8th August – Sunday Salon

9th August – Review Post ~ Urban FantasyTwisted Pretty Things ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐+

10th August – Tell Me Something Tuesday – The Best Summer Job

11th August – Review Post ~ Dystopian RomanceThe Champion ⭐⭐⭐⭐+

12th August – Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt

13th August – Book Blogger Hop – Signed Books

14th August – Let’s Talk Bookish – Are Horror Books Scary?

READING STATS FOR 2021
Books read in 2021 – 105 (102) including Phantom & Wraith and Restraining Reeba (x2) beta reads
Re-reads in 2021 – 6 (6)
Owned books from TBR list read – 18 (17)
5 Star reads – 26 (25)
DNF’s – 12 (12)

Rounding Up The Week With The Sunday Salon – 8th August

Happy Sunday, I hope your weekend is proving to be a good one.

Sunday Salon is a place for us to link up and to share what we have been doing during the week. It’s a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there.  Thank you to  Deb @ Readerbuzz for hosting this meme!

Some of the things often talked about at the Sunday Salon:

What was your week like?
Read any good books? Tell us about them.
What other bookish things did you do? 
What else is going on in your life?

Weekly Round-Up – The Non-Bookish Stuff

Last year we had planned to go on lots of weekends away to celebrate our Silver Wedding Anniversary, but Lockdown’s and covid put a halt on those plans. Since we had such a good time in Portsmouth we decided to revisit those plans by booking a last minute city break in Cardiff.

In typical fashion the British weather has taken a turn for the worse – but it isn’t a visit to Wales if it doesn’t rain!

Weekly Round-Up – The Bookish Stuff

Read This Week

I love this author’s Sci-Fi omegaverse, this series is more fantasy based and whilst it’s still good it isn’t quite my thing. Omegaverse isn’t for everyone, it’s a very specific subgenre of PNR. I love the intensity of the relationship, how all consuming it is.

This book dragged me out of a reading slump, but since this is by one of my favourite authors that isn’t too surprising. This is a fast paced and twisty Urban Fantasy, set in London (yay for a book set in the UK)


And that cover is simply divine!

I did some beta reading for two authors and their very, VERY different books.

Sadly I finished the week with a DNF, I pushed through to 25% but the book just wasn’t doing it for me.

Currently Reading

I have a couple of books that I need to read, but I’m going to jump into this one as it’s part of an online Buddy Read I help run. I’ve had this on my kindle a while, so it will also count as another tick on my TBR list challenge.


Sadly the author of this book died in a road accident a few weeks ago, so reading this feels like a fitting tribute to her talent.

Bookish Happenings & Life in General

After driving home from Portsmouth on Sunday we jumped back in the car on Monday and visited Alton Towers, one of the UK’s biggest theme parks. It isn’t on the Disney scale but it is still great fun and we had a fantastic day.


The rest of the week passed very quietly, apart from the weather which was alternately hot and sunny or torrential downpours.

On The Blog Last Week

1st August – Sunday Salon

3rd August – Tell Me Something Tuesday – Do you like to read with others?

4th August – Review PostThe Wedding Dress by Dani Atkins ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

5th August – Review PostThese Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

6th August – Book Blogger HopDo you tend to stay with favourite authors and genres?

7th August – Let’s Talk BookishWhat type of blogger are you?

READING STATS FOR 2021
Books read in 2021 – 102 (99) including Phantom & Wraith and Restraining Reeba (x2) beta reads
Re-reads in 2021 – 6 (5)
Owned books from TBR list read – 17 (17)
5 Star reads – 25 (24)
DNF’s – 12 (11)

July Reading Round-Up with The Sunday Salon

July Round-Up

Happy August! I can’t believe I’ve already completed a full month of participation with The Sunday Salon – the weeks have truly flown by.

Sunday Salon is a place for us to link up and to share what we have been doing during the week. It’s a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there.  Thank you to  Deb @ Readerbuzz for hosting this meme!

Some of the things often talked about at the Sunday Salon:

What was your week like?
Read any good books? Tell us about them.
What other bookish things did you do? 
What else is going on in your life?

Weekly Round-Up – The Non-Bookish Stuff

After what has felt like a very long term Wednesday finally saw us start the summer break here in Nottinghamshire. And of course the start of the summer holiday heralded a change in the weather. Gone are the hot sunny days to be replaced by thunder storms, hail, rain and high winds.


It hasn’t stopped us enjoying a few days away in Portsmouth. exploring old haunts from the mid 90’s and discovering new gems too. It’s been a wonderful trip down memory lane – we even enjoyed a meal at a pub we visited regularly when we lived down there.


Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, so I couldn’t NOT include a photo of his statue!

Weekly Round-Up – The Bookish Stuff

Read This Month

At times it’s felt like a very slow reading month, not helped by the number of arc reads it’s involved. Because I’m on the arc team for several authors I can get books dropped on my without much warning. Normally that’s fine but when 3 or 4 authors do this at the same time it does get a little stressful.

Currently Reading

I started July with and arc and I am finishing with one too. These are quick, fun reads and I am looking forward to reading this one.

Bookish Happenings & Life in General

We are currently enjoying watching the Olympic Games. I was shocked to discover that rowing gets the most funding in the UK, especially after the abysmal showing we had. What made it worse was that one of our gold medallists’, Bethany Shriever who for BMX, had to crowd fund to be able to attend the Olympics. Rowing in the UK tends to be the preserve of the wealthy – it does make me wonder if the “old boys network” had some sway on funding.

On The Blog Last Week

25th July – Sunday Salon

26th July – Review PostGhost Electricity by Sean Cunningham ⭐⭐⭐

27th July – Tell Me Something Tuesday –
Where is your favourite place to read during the summer?

28th July – Review PostBlood Lust by Kitty Thomas ⭐⭐⭐⭐

29th July – Review PostThe Newspaperman and Bedelia ⭐⭐⭐

30th July – Book Blogger HopDo you have an online calendar to keep track of your reviews and posts or do you print out a calendar or list?

31st July – Let’s Talk BookishHow do you decide whether a book should get 5 stars?

READING STATS FOR 2021
Books read in 2021 – 99 (96) including Phantom & Wraith and Restraining Reeba (x2) beta reads
Re-reads in 2021 – 6 (5)
Owned books from TBR list read – 17 (17)
5 Star reads – 24 (23)
DNF’s – 11 (11)

Rounding Up The Week With The Sunday Salon ( July)

Happy Sunday, I hope your weekend is proving to be a good one.

Sunday Salon is a place for us to link up and to share what we have been doing during the week. It’s a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there.  Thank you to  Deb @ Readerbuzz for hosting this meme!

Some of the things often talked about at the Sunday Salon:

What was your week like?
Read any good books? Tell us about them.
What other bookish things did you do? 
What else is going on in your life?

Weekly Round-Up – The Non-Bookish Stuff

The past week has seen a heatwave across the UK, with many temperature records being set and the thermometer hitting the low 30’s Celsius. For a couple of nights the temperatures remained in the low to mid 20’s Celsius. All this in a country where is air conditioning is not common in homes and where those very same homes are built specifically to retain heat, with roofing insulation, cavity wall insulation, double glazing etc. It let to some very sticky, sweaty days indeed and it was a great relief that Friday saw the temperatures drop to a much more manageable low 20’s.

Weekly Round-Up – The Bookish Stuff

Read This Week

This left me with mixed feelings, and to say I only read it a few days ago it hasn’t really “stuck” with me. I rated it 3.5 stars, so there were definitely more positives than negatives.

This was the first of many arcs I need to read in the next week or so. I enjoyed it but I think I’d built my expectations far to high along with already wanting the story to play out a certain way. Totally my fault, but I did still enjoy it so it was still a win in my book.

Finally I read what should have been an arc read but which I only managed to get around to once the book had been released. Since I’d pre-ordered it I read the published edition instead. This was the final book of a series that was broken into three chunks. I will miss this fascinating world but I do think it was time to finish whilst still on a high.

Currently Reading

I have two beta reads to complete over the next few days, plus a buddy read if I can manage it. I seem to be going through a “can’t say no” phase, they rarely end well.

Bookish Happenings & Life in General

We enjoyed watching the opening of the Olympic Games, though it was sad to see no real audience in attendance. I can’t imagine how it will affect the participants.

There was an audience at last week’s F1 British Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamilton gained a controversial win. I mention it because there was a fly past by the Red Arrows, the RAF aerobatic display team and on their journey home they flew close enough to where we live for us to see them go by. The shot is blurry because we were actually driving in the car when they flew overhead, and boy were they an impressive site all in formation.

On The Blog Last Week

18th July – Sunday Salon

20th July – Review PostOmega Awakening ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

21st July – Review PostThe Prey by Claire Thompson ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

23rd July – Book Blogger HopThe Classics Club

24th July – Let’s Talk BookishDoes a positive message change your view of a book?

READING STATS FOR 2021
Books read in 2021 – 96 (93) including Phantom & Wraith and Restraining Reeba beta reads
Re-reads in 2021 – 5 (5)
Owned books from TBR list read – 17 (16)
5 Star reads – 23 (23)
DNF’s – 11 (9)

Rounding Up The Week With The Sunday Salon (18th July)

Happy Sunday, I hope your weekend is proving to be a good one.

Sunday Salon is a place for us to link up and to share what we have been doing during the week. It’s a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there.  Thank you to  Deb @ Readerbuzz for hosting this meme!

Some of the things often talked about at the Sunday Salon:

What was your week like?
Read any good books? Tell us about them.
What other bookish things did you do? 
What else is going on in your life?

Weekly Round-Up – The Non-Bookish Stuff

Last weekend saw enjoy a walk around a local woodland. Whenever we visit my daughter and husband have to play a game of Pooh sticks. It’s become a tradition that neither is ready to let go of, and aren’t they just the best ones?

The temperature is rising here in the UK, which leads to sweaty days and uncomfortable nights as it just isn’t worth having air conditioning for the handful of times each year that it would be used.

We had a lovely visit with my husbands mum on Friday and on Saturday I heard that my cousin had safely delivered her second child, a gorgeous little boy by the name of Reggie.

Weekly Round-Up – The Bookish Stuff

Read This Week

I DNF’d two books this week, I’d spent days reading one of them meaning I only completed one book. I was starting to worry I’d hit a dreaded reading slump!

However Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare proved to be the magic that rejuvenated my reading mojo.

One of the DNF’s is a huge selling fantasy, AKOFAF by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Despite it’s slow pace, I really enjoyed book #1 of the series. I forgave it’s rather plodding feel as the result of necessary world building. However it became apparently clear, after 5 hours of reading and still only half way through book #2, that writing unnecessary waffle and filler is a hallmark of this author. In 400 pages exactly 3 significant things had happened and, despite supposedly being on a journey, the setting hadn’t changed at all. The author is stretching this series out to 6 pretty expensive books. Based on current evidence there is enough actual plot for 2, maybe 3 at a stretch, so on that basis alone I am most definitely NOT continuing any further

Currently Reading

Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book.
“In Aeterna, Kim Bannerman weaves an astonishing tale of intrigue, betrayal, mystery and adventure. From warrior kings to soothsayers, bio-engineers to slaves, ogres to phantoms, this sweeping epic is as rich and haunting as the undead who populate the city, and sure to delight fans of fantasy and dystopian fiction.”
I blend of sci-fi and fantasy – who can resist? Not me!

Bookish Happenings & Life in General

As I mentioned earlier, I borrowed my first library e-book this week. I had to read it on my phone and whilst this wasn’t as bad as I’d expected, it did mean I couldn’t highlight or bookmark passages. We are on the countdown to the end of term and looking forward to reconnecting with a few people my husband knew years ago, when he served on HMS Cottesmore.

On The Blog Last Week

11th July – Sunday Salon

12th July – Review PostHexing The Ex by Susanna Shaw ⭐⭐⭐

13th July – Review PostThe Prey by Claire Thompson ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

14th July – Review PostTools of the Trade by G.L. Francis ⭐⭐⭐⭐

16th July – Book Blogger Hop Least Favourite Character Type

17th July – Let’s Talk BookishHow I deal with reading slumps.

READING STATS FOR 2021
Books read in 2021 – 93 (92) including Phantom & Wraith and Restraining Reeba beta reads
Re-reads in 2021 – 5 (5)
Owned books from TBR list read – 16 (16)
5 Star reads – 23 (23)
DNF’s – 11 (9)