Sunday, January 31, 2021

January Book Wrap Up

 Hey

Today is January 31st so we’ve made it another month! Hope everyone is well and have been doing lot of reading! This month I have read 12 books! I know, that’s the most I’ve read in a month in ages!!! One of them was an online short story but it was on Goodreads so it counts haha.



5 stars - 7

4 stars - 3

3 stars - 1

2 stars - 1



The Captive By Deborah O’Connor ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Can We Talk About Consent by Justin Hancock ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Fake by Roz Kay ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

As Good As It Gets by Romesh Ranganathan ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The Last Thing To Burn by Will Dean ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Just Ignore Him by Alan Davies ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The Englishman (short online story) by Douglas Stuart ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Love at the northern Lights (Tsundoku Book Group read) ⭐ ⭐

Effie’s House by Raven McAllan ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Meet Me In Hawaii by Georgia Toffolo ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


Had you read any of my January reads? What did you think of them? Let me know.



Thursday, January 28, 2021

If Only I Could Tell You by Hanna Beckerman


 Audrey's family has fallen apart. Her two grown-up daughters, Jess and Lily, are estranged, and her two teenage granddaughters have never been allowed to meet. A secret that echoes back thirty years has splintered the family in two, but is also the one thing keeping them connected. 

As tensions reach breaking point, the irrevocable choice that one of them made all those years ago is about to surface. After years of secrets and silence, how can one broken family find their way back to each other?





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I received a copy of this from NetGalley in return for an honest review (this was earlier in the year before my Blog and Bookstagram)

I had been Seeing this book all over my Twitter feed for weeks, I follow the author and Publisher, so I knew the book looked pretty interesting. So as soon as I noticed it was available for request on Netgalley, I jumped at the Chance of getting to read it before its release.

This book is amazing. There is no other way of putting it. A family orientated Story, with a hell of a lot of drama. The story is told from the perspective of a few different Characters. I like this style of storytelling, as I think it gives you a better understanding of how each person is feeling. 

Ok, so there is Audrey, an older lady who is the main character, her daughters, Lily and Jess, and her teenage grandaughters Mia and Phoebe, and a few extras thrown in along the way. The daughters haven't spoken in years, no one knows why. The grandaughters have never met, and Audrey wants to fix things, while she still can.

I loved Audrey. She seemed a very caring soul, a young at heart Gal, who wants nothing more than to reconcile her daughters. But this big secret controls them all in ways the others don't even understand.

I would thoroughly recommend this book, but beware, you will need a stack of tissues (also, don't read this while you're "watching you kids play twister", or they'll Start to wonder what they've done to make you cry!). 

Beautiful Story, with Such a twist you won't have seen coming. Plus... counting to 30 will never feel the same again.



Wednesday, January 27, 2021

WWW Wednesday 27.1.21

 


Hi and happy Wednesday! 

Today we’re back to WWW Wednesday, which is a tag being hosted by Taking on A World of Worlds. It means 3 things: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?

Over on Twitter on the Tsundoku Book Group we are still reading Love at The Northern Lights by Darcie Boleyn, and our views aren’t exactly changing much. Infact some of our views are going down and our rating could end up being quite low, unless it pulls itself out of the bag in this last part. I’m reading Meet Me in Hawaii by Georgia Toffolo which is a Netgalley arc, her first book Meet Me In London was great. I’m also trying to give my very first Agatha Christie a go! I done a poll on Twitter and Instagram and Poirot came out on top over Miss Marple, so I borrowed The Mysterious Affair at Styles from my library as an ebook. 


What did you recently finish reading? 

I recently finished Our Litle Cruelties by Liz Nugent for a Bookstagram tour, which was fab! I also finished As Good As It Gets by Romesh Ranganathan which was hilarious and totally relatable! And The last Thing To Burn by Will Dean which was amazing. Last night I finished Just Ignore Him by Alan Davies and it was so heartbreaking.



What do you think you’ll read next?

Next I think I will move onto The Push by Ashley Audrain which I’ve been fancying for ages. Also maybe The Last House on Needless Street as a Netgalley Arc. And our next Tsundoku book group book, which is Wuthering Heights Paris by Starlight by Robert Dinsdale.


Thanks for stopping by this week guys, hope everyone is doing well.






Monday, January 25, 2021

The Last Thing To Burn by Will Dean

 

He is her husband. She is his captive.


Her husband calls her Jane. That is not her name.


She lives in a small farm cottage, surrounded by vast, open fields. Everywhere she looks, there is space. But she is trapped. No one knows how she got to the UK: no one knows she is there. Visitors rarely come to the farm; if they do, she is never seen.


Her husband records her every movement during the day. If he doesn't like what he sees, she is punished.


For a long time, escape seemed impossible. But now, something has changed. She has a reason to live and a reason to fight. Now, she is watching him, and waiting …





TRIGGER WARNINGS: physical abuse, sexual abuse, drug abuse, mental abuse, kidnap, captvity


This book had been on my tbr list as soon as I saw it on social media. The blurb sounded amazing and so intriguing, like Room by Emma Donaghue. So when I heard it was selling at a really good price in a local supermarket, and my Dad was heading there one morning, well I had to ask. Him to grab me a copy didn’t I! I picked this up on a Saturday morning when the kids were watching tv in bed. In between a walk, tidying, and having BBQ pulled pork for tea, I finished it by late evening. It’s such a good story and one that keeps you needing to read the next chapter. 


I thought it would be like Room, as I mentioned before, but it was so different. Jane isn’t necessarily locked in, she is in a farm cottage with her ‘husband’ Lenn, fields all around, door not locked. So why is she still there? Well with the thought in her head that if she escapes, her sister will surely be killed or sent to live with Lenn instead of where she is, living her life to pay off their debts, Jane can’t even think of leaving yet. That is the lock on the door for her. 


Jane, who’s real name is Thanh Tao, and her sister Kym-Lyn, were brought from their home to work and pay off their families debts, then they were free to return. Thanh Tao receives letters from her sister, she is living a good life, working and making money to pay off their debts. These letters are a lifeline to her sister.


I honestly couldn’t put this down and needed to know what was going to happen to Thanh Tao, was anyone going to come and help, would her sister eventually pay off the debts and they could both be free to go home? It gets in your head and makes you feel so many feelings reading it. There are huge triggers in the book which I mentioned earlier, so make sure you are aware of these.


If you haven’t already read this I would highly recommend it.




Thursday, January 21, 2021

Can We Talk About Consent by Justin Hancock

 

What exactly is consent? Why does it matter? How can you respect other people's boundaries, and have them respect yours? 

Can We Talk About Consent? breaks down the basics of how to give and get consent in every aspect of life for readers aged 14 years and older. It's a powerful word, but not everyone understands exactly what it means. This stylish guide explains clearly why consent matters - for all of us.


With honest explanations by experienced sex and relationships educator Justin Hancock, you'll learn how consent is a vital part of how we connect with ourselves and our self-esteem, the people close to us and the wider world.


The book covers a broad range of topics, including: how we greet each other how to choose things for ourselves how we say no to things communicating and respecting choices in sexual relationships the factors that can affect a person's ability to choose how to empower other people by giving them consent. And - there's a whole lot of pizza. 


This guide to consent gives you all the tools you need to build consensual relationships.





I received a copy of this from the publisher Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, and Netgalley in return for an honest review.


I requested this one when a friend of mine told me about it when we were having a conversation about consent and how to bring up the subject with my 12 year old daughter. I’m glad she showed me this book as it is quite good.The book is not only about sexual consent but consent in all different manner of things. It starts asking you if you are happy to continue the book, which at first I laughed at but then the more the book goes on, I realised it’s actually a great way to get any young person who is reading the book, to understand consent is around so much in our everyday lives.


There is a section on sexual consent, and it does warn you beforehand so you know whether you want to continue on, or skip that chapter. 


The author has written this book well, and uses pizza a lot as a reference, having to house from all the different pizzas on a menu etc. It sounds weird but makes sense when you read it!


I’d recommend this to people looking to understand consent, or even like me, just wondering on how to talk about it with a child.


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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

WWW Wednesday 20.1.21


 Hi! 

We’re back to Wednesday again, which means time for WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Worlds, and its about the 3 W’s: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Our Litle Cruelties by Liz Nugent. I’m on the blog tour for this one at the star of February so keep your eye out! The Bookstagram tour has already kicked off so go have a look.

I’m also reading As Good As It Gets by Romesh Ranganathan, which is hilarious. I do like Romesh and glad a friend told me about this book!

We’re still reading Love ta the Northern Lights over on the Tsundoku book group, we’ve read our second part and most of us still feel the same about it, it’s not great and a bit unrealistic in places.


What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished reading Fake by Roz Kay and Can We Talk about Consnt by Justin Hancock. Fake is one I’m on the bog tour for so I wont say much yet, but it was funny and about 2 different couples who are intertwined, it gets strange haha! Can We Talk about Consent is a good one I got on Netgalley, and is all about talking to young people about the different forms on consent. My review for this one will be up this week.


What do you think you’ll read next?

Next I think I would like to start The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean. I’d also like to start a Netgalley read too which could be Meet Me in Hawaii by Georgia Toffolo. Her first book was lovely so I’m glad to have been approved for this one!


Thanks guys! See you next time!




Tuesday, January 19, 2021

New Book Haul

 Hi and happy Tuesday fellow book lovers.

Today I wanted to share my new book had with you. I’m trying to keep track of how many books I buy each month, and even though we’re only halfway though January, I have bought 10! To be fair I did have £40 of vouchers there so I only spent about £25 maybe on top of that. I won’t buy any more this month (well maybe a few of those kindle 99p deals, I’ve also bought 2 of those this month).

So here is my latest haul: 4 shops, 10 books.


πŸ’œ The Puppet Show by MW Craven
πŸ’œ The Catch by TM Logan
πŸ’œ The Book Club by CJ Cooper
πŸ’œ Paris by Starlight by Robert Dinsdale
πŸ’œ The Young Team by Graeme Armstrong
πŸ’œ A Girl Made of Air by Nydia Hetherington
πŸ’œ The Last Thing To Burn by Will Dean
πŸ’œ The Push by Ashley Audrain
πŸ’œ The Illustrated Child by Polly Crosby
πŸ’œ Betty by Tiffany Daniels

Have you read any of these? Any I should prioritise? I think The Last Thing To Burn and The Push may be the first ones on my list. 




Monday, January 18, 2021

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman


I was at lunch, this is two or three months ago, and it must have been a Monday, because it was shepherd’s pie. Elizabeth said she could see that I was eating, but wanted to ask me a question about knife wounds, if it wasn’t inconvenient?

I said, ‘Not at all, of course, please,’ or words to that effect. I won’t always remember everything exactly, I might as well tell you that now. So she opened a manila folder, and I saw some typed sheets and the edges of what looked like old photographs. Then she was straight into it.


Elizabeth asked me to imagine that a girl had been stabbed with a knife. I asked what sort of knife she  had been stabbed with, and Elizabeth said probably just a normal kitchen knife. John Lewis. She didn’t say that, but that was what I pictured.


In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved killings.


But when a local property developer shows up dead, 'The Thursday Murder Club' find themselves in the middle of their first live case.


The four friends, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron, might be octogenarians, but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it's too late?



This book has been on my radar for ages, I seen all the amazing reviews etc on Twitter and Instagram, so I know I’d be buying it at some point. But my lovely husband bought me it for Christmas, so it had to be my first read of 2021.


The first thought I had while reading this was it made me think it’s just something my Grandad would do haha! A group of friends in a retirement home diggin up old unsolved murders and trying to figure it out themselves. It’s brilliant, and they are a real bunch of characters. I loved the characters, even though there seemed to be quite a few and I sometimes forgot who was who! But the main group were great. I laughed a few times out loud, and smiled a lot more. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron were the main lot, and were all quiet comical. There was a lot of very slight humour there which I loved, little snippets of something funny. And some rather literal comments too which reminded me of my kids,


The police officers Donna and Chris were good characters, but I wasn’t sure if it would have been that easy for the Thursday Murder Club to have won Donna over and get in on the evidence of the murder enquiry. I guess that’s why it’s fiction though.


The murder mystery, I didn’t guess at all, I kept changing my mind throughout as to who I thought the murderer was, and there was quite a few to choose from!


I did enjoy this and gave it 4 stars, I would recommend it!


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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

WWW Wedesday 13.1.21


 Today we have WWW Wednesday again! My second week doing this at which is hosted by Taking On A World of Worlds .

WWW means 3 things - What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?

Here is my 3 W’s for this week :)


What Are You Currently reading?


I’m still reading The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. I’m liking it so far, and I’m about 120 pages in I think. 

I’m also still reading Love at the Northern Lights by Darcie Boleyn and this week the Tsundoku Book Group are reading Chapters 10-18. We had our group chat on Saturday and the general consensus is that it’s not that great so far, maybe a 2.5/3 star. Bu we’re optimistic and hoping it will get better!

I’ve started reading a book tour I have coming up. The book is called Fake by Roz Kay and my spot on the our is coming up at he start of February so make sure to watch out for it. 


What Did you recently finish? 


I finished The Captive by Deborah O’Connor this week, my review was up yesterday in case you missed it. The idea behind the book is amazing and its gives you chills while you’re reading!


What do you think you’ll read next?


I think next (well after the Thursday Murder Club), I am sticking with The Snow Song, then Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent as I am also on the tour for that one on Instagram at the start of February. 




Thanks for checking out my WWW Wednesday guys :)



Tuesday, January 12, 2021

The Captive by Deborah O’Connor

 

He killed her husband, Now he’s living in her house...


Hannah is grieving the loss of her husband, a policeman who was brutally murdered. Jem was convicted of the crime. But under a new system he will serve out his twenty five year sentence in a cell in Hannah's house. There it is hoped he will learn the true cost of his terrible crime. But who is the real captive? Jem, whose whole world is now confined to a few square feet - or Hannah, whose responsibility it is to look after her husband's killer? As Hannah and Jem settle into their strange new situation, they begin to get used to their new routines. But then something happens. Jem tells Hannah he's innocent. He tells her something else too. That her husband had been lying to her. Before long, the relationship between Hannah and Jem begins to shift, as Hannah questions everything she thought she knew. But was Jem really wrongly convicted? Or is he simply a desperate man, willing to say and do anything that might grant his freedom?




I received a copy of this book from the publisher Bonnier Books/ Zaffre and Netgalley in return for an honest review.


I don’t know why I kept this one for so long on my Netgalley list, it was so intense!! 10% in and I was freaking out, didn’t want to go to sleep! I had lay in bed, in the dark reading that first 10% and if I hadn’t started to fall asleep I may have stayed awake reading more and being scared.


The idea behind the toy is amazing, can you imagine having to have someone live with you who had damaged your family in some way, murdered a loved one, caused harm to your children? Well for Hannah she has to do just this, her husbands murderer is placed in a cell built in her kitchen, to live out his prison sentence. I mean it’s crazy right! But wow does this book grip you!


The first half of the book was getting used to the characters, finding out all sorts of new information and becoming a detective yourself trying to work out the clues. The second half was so full of twists I honestly never knew what was going on.


I’d definitely recommend this one, and its made me want to check out Deborah’s other books!


Thanks again to Bonnier Zaffre and of course, as always, the author Deborah O’Connor


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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Book Tag - Resolutions Books

 Hi!

I was tagged by the lush Emma over at Em And Her Books to do the Resolution Book Tag, which she was originally tagged in by Mikaela at Mikaela Reads. This is a tag inspired by your New Years Resolutions. I don’t really have any to add myself so I have went with the ones Mikaela found, the mot common resolutions.

1. Exercise more - Name a book that has made you want to jump out of your seat (for any reason)

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

This book is brilliant. I was jumping out of my seat in rage and shock at the amount of twists there was, even my husband at one point asked me what was wrong with me as I kept gasping and moving around! Elin and her boyfriend are invited to a wedding in a huge hotel up in the Swiss Alps, this hotel used to be a Sanatorium, and things start to happen and get a bit weird. A lonely hotel high up in the mountains, and a snow storm they can’t escape... yeah not freaky at all!


2. Get Organised - A book with an exceptional plot

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

This one I remember had me gripped so much. It’s a brilliant book about a dystopian world, a father and his son just trying to make their way through it and stay alive. It’s bleak, and heartbreaking but it is such an amazing read. 



3. Learn a New Skill - A book which taught you something

The Unwrapping of Theodora Quirke by Caroline Smailes

A different one, but after (and during actually) reading this I was googling things quite a bit. The unwrapping of Theodora Quirke tells the story of Theo who meets St Nick, and goes off on a little adventure. But this isn’t Santa as we know him, it’s based on the real story of Saint Nicholas of Myra, and I just ad to know more about it. I didn’t know anything I found out so I was really intrigued. Have a look too if you don’t know the story, and how he story of Saint Nicolas of Myra turned into the story of Santa Claus.


4. Live Life To The Fullest - A book which inspired you

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Oh I don’t know what else to say about this one except I love it! But as for inspiring me, it made me want to know more about this era, and want to rad more stories set in the same times and place. Shuggie is set in Glasgow back in the 80s, and although it wasn’t really that long ago (I was born in the 80s), it’s so different. The people seem different, the houses, the poverty. God, Shuggie stole my heart, so if you know any other books similar please let me know. 



5. Save More Money/Spend Less Money - the most expensive book you’ve bought and was it worth it? 

The Little Mermaid and other stories Minalima Edition

The Little Mermaid is my all time favourite fairy tale and I love any story similar, so retellings too. When I first saw the MinaLima edition I knew I had to had this one. Luckily I got National Book Tokens for my birthday so I bought it with those, £20 though!! So this is the most I’ve spent on a book as I usually grab books in the sale, or don’t usually go over £15 a the most.


6. Spend More Time With Family and Friends - a character you would want to be best mates with

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Who doesn’t love Matilda?! She’s a lovely girl who loves to read, who wouldn’t want to be her best mate! 

7. Travel More - a book with a location you’d love to visit

The Phone Box at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina

Set in Japan, this book is just gorgeous. The Phone Box is actually a real thing (google it, Wind Telephone Japan), and the book was based around that. I’d love to go to Japan for plenty of reasons (a lot of them include food), but I’d love to visit the Phone Box too. 


8. Read More - a book you are desperate to read this year

The Illustrated Child by Polly Crosby

This has been on my radar for a while now, I just keep forgetting to buy it. I think it’s because I entered so many competitions over Christmas to win a copy (and never did), so I’ve just bought a copy. Hopefully I’ll get round to reading it soon. I’ve heard amazing things and can’t wait!



This was a hard tag, but I enjoyed it! I’d love to tag a few more to join in too but please don’t feel like you  have to :) The people I’ve tagged are over on my Instagram and Twitter (different folk for different media) as I don’t have enough blogs to tag yet (I’m working on that though).

Instagram: @deeswordsbooksandmorebooks https://www.instagram.com/deeswordsbooksandmorebooks/

Twitter: @GeordieDeeDee https://mobile.twitter.com/GeordieDeeDee/





Wednesday, January 6, 2021

WWW Wednesday 6.1.21


Hi

Today is my first WWW Wednesday. I found this tag on a few friends blogs, and it’s being hosted by Taking On A World of Worlds , I thought I’d try to join in.

So WWW means three things:

* What are you currently reading?

* What did you recently finish reading?

* What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading? 


I’m reading 3 books at the moment (I know, I don’t think I’ve read 3 at once before!). 

Love at the Northern Lights by Darcie Boleyn

This is for my Tsundoku Book Group. We are reading a few chapters a week and discussing it each Saturday. This week was chapters 1-9. I’m liking it so far, excited to see where it goes. Also, I really want to go to Norway now lol.

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

I’ve been fancying this for ages and my husband got me it for Christmas. It’s good, I’m around 80 pages in or so and enjoying it. I’m already likening a couple of the characters, there’s good humour in it.

The Captive by Deborah O’Connor

This is my Netgalley read at the minute.Wow it’s actually really good and I’m only 10% in! I was lying in bed in the dark reading it last night and started to get a little freaked out!


What did you recently finish reading?



The last book I finished was The Witches Graphic Novel by Penelope Bageiu and Roald Dahl. I love The Witches and it’s my favourite Roald Dahl story, and the graphic novel is very cute. Lovely illustrations with small changes from the original story, bu nothing major or anything that spoils it.


What do you think you’ll read next?



Next I think I may start A Snow Song by Sally Gardner/Wray Delaney and The Puppet Show by MW Craven. A Snow Song is an arc I won and it’s so pretty. The Puppet Show is on my 12 Friends 12 Books challenge so that one will tick a box on there.


Thanks for checking out my WWW Wednesday and hopefully I’ll be back next week with another!




Friday, January 1, 2021

21 in 2021, 12 Friends 12 Books

 Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a nice night last night whatever you were doing. We stayed home with the kids, played games on the Xbox and stayed up til midnight to see in the new year. 

As well as the new year, my blog has has a makeover, I hope you like it 😊

Today I am sharing my challenges with you. I have two 21 in 2021 challenges, one physical and one ebook, and also a 12 Friends 12 Books challenge. Check out my challenges page for lists of names, authors, and Twitter pals who recommended https://deeswordsbooksandmore.blogspot.com/p/reading-challenges.html  I’ll also keep that page updated with which ones I’ve managed to read.

Here are all the pictures:





Let’s see how many of these I can do his year. I have set my Goodreads goal at 75 this year, so hopefully I can do a good handful of these as well as my Netgalley reads (and any new books I may as lets face it, I’m going to buy more!)

Happy New Year everyone, thanks for looking, stay safe x






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