Recent Reads

Hey Everyone!

I have been reading quite a lot recently and I haven’t been able to have time to sit on my laptop and write a review for each of them. So this is me giving you a reading catch-up, I read eight books since Stalking Jack The Ripper. Most of the books are romance books but some of them have a thriller twist which is the types of books that I am getting a lot more.

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A Secret Garden by Katie Fforde

I’ve had the book on my kindle for ages but I am wasn’t in the mood to pick it up. I saw the book in paperback and immediately purchase it. I have been a longtime fan of Katie Fforde for years, I started reading her books since I was 14 and have never stopped getting her new book every year. I really enjoyed the book, it was a nice fluffy read and I kept imaginning Saroise Ronan’s voice in my head because Philly is Irish, so I imagine her having a strong Irish accent.

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The Wrath & The Dawn/The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

I was in the mood to read something that I had read before. It’s been two years since I picked it up and I finished the duology in two days. I was even tempted to get the UK edition of this duology but I live the US Editions a bit more.

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The Lottery & Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

I picked this book last year and I have been slowly listening to it on Audible. I really liked We Have Always Lived In The Castle but I was enjoying this book more, It’s a collection of Jacksons Short Stories. I found some stories to be quite good and there were some that I was not interested in.

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Divine Evil by Nora Roberts

Recently I have been getting very into Nora Roberts Standalone’s and I got this book out of curiosity. I have to warn you that IF you do pick this book up, be aware of sexual assault, a cult that takes women and does some unimaginable things and also a romance between a sculptor and a Sheriff. This book follows a girl who has recurring nightmares about something dark about her hometown, she goes back home for inspiration and also gets tangled with the former bad boy turned Sheriff. I have to be honest, it not one of the greatest books by her but it was definitely memorable.

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The Villa by Nora Roberts

If you have ever seen an episode of Dallas or Dynasty then this book is slightly about that. Instead of oil or a business company, this family business is about wine. Someone has intent on harming the family business and it affects the three generation of women. I enjoyed the book a lot especially when it came to the mystery of the family’s betrayal. The romantic relationship between Sophia and Ty was really sweet and Sophia reminded me very much of Fallon from Dynasty, She is quite snarky especially towards her awful father but also she was able to sort things out by herself and struggles to open up more in her relationship with Ty.

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The Collector by Nora Roberts

I never thought you could house sit for a career which apparently you can. I found this one a mixed bag, I don’t have many feelings about it. I felt the romantic relationship was not romantic but also a little pushed together. I felt the Male character to be very overprotective which annoyed me a little bit. I felt the chance meet for the characters was a bit weird since the Male character was the brother of the man that died but also the woman was the witness of the death, to me, it seemed a very odd way to write two characters meeting and also going into a relationship.

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The Search by Nora Roberts

After reading this book I now really want to own a dog. My family don’t have a dog because my parents grew up with pets and they both didn’t really like it. Anyway, Fiona is a Dog Trainer but she is also a survivor of an event that happened when she was in her twenties. An event that scarred her old life away and shelter herself on an island where that person can never find. Out of all the Nora Roberts books that I have read in this blog post, I enjoyed this book the most. I liked the relationship between Fiona and Simon but I also liked learning more of the secret of Fiona’s past.

And that concludes my catch-up. I do have a book review coming up soon so hopefully, I will get my blogging mojo back and do some more.

I hope you are having a lovely day

Let’s Catch Up

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Hey Everyone,

How are you?

Even though February is the shortest month of the year, it was quite a busy month for me. I am sorry that I haven’t been posting anything, I just couldn’t find the time to do a blog post. I call it a dry spell where I leave it alone for such a long time that it becomes forgotten, and I want to get back into blogging and make a schedule every week to get one ready for the next week, we’ll see how that goes.

I know that I haven’t done a Stars Hollow Subscription box reveal yet and I said in my previous one that I was going to write one, it is mostly because of the fact that I didn’t want to do it. Don’t get me wrong, I am always excited for the next month’s box it’s just that I am not too keen on doing a blog post EVERY  single month for a subscription box, I didn’t want to be pressured every month to do it in case I forget. If you are ever curious as to what goodies are inside the box, check out their Instagram account Stars Hollow Monthly

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If you are living in the UK, I hope you enjoyed the blizzard of Storm Emma. Jesus Christ that was a lot of snow. I have to admit there was a lot more snow than I had ever seen before. I was also reading A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong which is the second book in the Casey Duncan series and strangely enough, it was snowing and it made me feel warm and cosy reading a book with the snow outside. Although going outside in the snow was probably the most challenging thing to do.

One of the things that I have done recently is setting up an account on Depop, Depop is an app where you can sell your items. Much like eBay but in an Instagram format. In my account, I am only selling books that I have no desire to read, one of the goals for my reading is cut down my TBR in half whether if it’s reading or letting go of some books and so far I am doing a really good job and I have cut down soo much. I have about 127 books on my TBR left from the 160 books when I started at the beginning of the year. Most recently I have even sold my paperback edition of A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas which was also signed by the author. Here is my account if you are interested. I decided to sell some books because I didn’t want to always wait for a charity bag to come through the letterbox, at least I can earn back the money that I have spent to purchase them.

Reading wise has been ok, I haven’t been reading a lot but it’s still the beginning of the year. Even though Goodreads is telling me that I am two books behind but I don’t care. I was planning to do a book review for Poldark by Winston Graham and A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong but I decided not to because with Poldark my review on Goodreads was enough for me and the reason why I haven’t done one for A Darkness Absolute is that it’s because of I always review Armstrong’s books and my opinions are always the same, I love that woman with all my heart.

I hope that is all the things to catch-up on, what have you been doing? What book are you reading now? Let me know.

Hope you are having a lovely day and I will see you next week

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