My posts may contain Amazon Affiliate links, if you buy something through these links it doesn't cost you anything, but I may make a small commission which helps to keep this site up and running.

21 September 2020

My Autumn To Do List 2020

Tomorrow hails the start of the astronomical autumn, and since I was a bit tied up during the meteorological autumn I figured now is the best time to share my Autumn To Do List.

As I've posted before, autumn is my favourite season. I love the scents and smells and colours and it inspires me so much. I can't wait to get layered up as the days and nights cool down.


My Autumn To Do List 2020

Autumn To Do List

Walk 100 Miles

I'll only have 89 days to do this, so I'll have to get my boots on often! Part of the month will be me recovering from dental surgery, and the days are shorter, so it will be hard to do. But I did the same challenge in the summer on ViewRanger and it was excellent fun, and it's a good way to keep my fitness levels up and explore new places. I love autumn walks.

Rereading Favourites

We all know that I love re-reading books, and I do this most in the autumn. I'm have such a hankering to reread the DCI Ryan books by LJ Ross and now that I have the first four in paperback (gifted) I can do just that. I'm sure they'll inspire some of my walks too.

Bingewatching Shows

I am mid-way through Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace and I can't wait to binge the rest of the episodes on Prime Video (affiliate link). I'm also looking forward to Ghosts returning on BBC because it is excellent fun, and I'm re-watching Bedlam because it's creepy and atmospheric.

Gaming

I have become a wee bit addicted to Elder Scrolls Online and invested in ESO Plus membership, so I will be taking full advantage of access to all of the DLC packs and the unlimited crafting storage. I've been having a lot of fun creating fictional characters on The Sims too, and I can't wait to play with my neighbourhood of Crescent City characters.

Hot Drinks and Cold Days

This ties in a lot to my walking goal - I'll likely have a flask with me so I can have a hot cuppa on the go. I love warming my hands, watching the steam rise. I can't wait! I do need a new insulated flask though, so if you have any recommendations please let me know.


What do you love most about Autumn?
What's on your Autumn To Do List?

18 September 2020

Book Beginnings: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A Brown

   For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.


For Friday 56, Freda's Voice asks you to turn to Page 56 in your book or 56% on your e-reader and pick a sentence.


A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A Brown cover

"Abraa! Abraa! Come and gather - a story is about to begin!"

I couldn't resist buying myself the Fairyloot edition of A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A Brown - it's simply stunning. The cover is so pretty and striking, and my copy has gorgeous green sprayed edges.

This book is the first in a new fantasy duology, and aside from that I know nothing as I don't tend to read blurbs. I really appreciate that this book has a note from the author at the front with a list of possible triggers.

This first sentence I think is pretty clever - it sets the scene and indeed a story is about to begin. I like the writing style too, there is something also wistful about this first part told from Malik's perspective.

I'm reading A Song of Wraiths and Ruin for Conquer A Chonker this weekend, at 480 pages it's a Chonky Boi. Wish me luck!

Karina had stopped trying to scale that wall years ago.

This is from page 56 in my finished copy.

I have so many quotes written down from this book already! I am in love.

The characters have their own feel and voice when the perspective switches so I am finding it very easy to follow who is where and who is telling the story.

I know I'm not far through at all, but A Song of Wraiths and Ruin is truly excellent so far and I'm addicted. It'll be difficult to put down for sure.


What are you reading this week?

11 September 2020

Book Beginnings: The Mermaid, The Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

  For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.


For Friday 56, Freda's Voice asks you to turn to Page 56 in your book or 56% on your e-reader and pick a sentence.

I am currently reading The Mermaid, The Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall.
The Mermaid, The Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall cover

Long after the sun had set, when the passengers were nestled neatly in their cabins, the crew gathered on the deck of the Dove.

I was sent a free review copy of The Mermaid, The Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall.

I am so excited for this book. Queer pirates? Yes please.

The cover is absolutely stunning, I adore the details. It's so pretty, I would love it as an art print.

Evelyn's eyes went wide. "Don't you dare burn a book."

This is from page 56 in my review copy.

I am nowhere near this far but I have to agree with Evelyn, they'd better not dare burn a book!


What are you reading this week?

07 September 2020

Audiobook Review: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, narrated by Lesley Manville *AD Gifted

Penguin provided me with access to a digital copy of the audiobook for The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, narrated by Lesley Manville.

I have a thing for "celebrity" novels. They tend to be pretty easy to read and I fly through them. I purposefully seek them out and I keep my expectations middling. Which meant that The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman far exceeded my expectations.

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, narrated by Lesley Manville cover

Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves

A female cop with her first big case

A brutal murder

Welcome to…

THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB


In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club.

When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?


Amazon UK | Amazon US


Source: Review copy


5 Word Review: Friendship, murder, mystery, retirement, life.


I found that The Thursday Murder Club was an easy read, but I also think this is the cosiest cosy mystery I have ever experienced. And it's truly excellent fun. And quite cleverly written.

Lesley Manville does an excellent job at narrating the story. Her voice suits the character so well and really brought them to life, with slightly different intonation for each when the story is told from their perspective. They were the perfect choice of narrator and I'll be keeping an eye out for other books they have lent their voice to.

The Thursday Murder Club feels very, very British. It is somehow slightly quaint, even being set in a luxurious retirement village. And that retirement village, wow. I would very much like to live at Coopers Chase myself, I'll take the risk. It sounds like heaven, and very expensive.

Some of the characters did grate me a little - mostly in how they played in to stereotypes. It did lend a very recognisable face of sorts to the characters, their flaws and the things that made me dislike them slightly made them all the more real. But I could have done without the cantankerous old man being a knob just because he can!

I kind of need more to the story - it was a really comforting read and I enjoyed the mystery. I would happily join the Thursday Murder Club for more of their investigations.

31 August 2020

NSFWathon Prompts and TBR

This is mostly a booktube readathon, and although I don't fancy filming myself I do fancy taking part. So here we go!

Not Safe For Workathon (or NSFWathon) runs from 1st September to 30th September, and is filled with truly filthy and funny prompts.

Not Safe For Workathon NSFWathon Prompts and TBR

NSFWathon Prompts

The prompts for NSFWathon made me spit out my tea when I first read them, but they really are excellent and imaginative prompts. I'm pretty sure I can hit each of them with mostly the books I already own anyway, which is even better!

G-Spot - mood read a book you think will hit the spot
Orgasm - listen to an audiobook
Golden Shower - read a book with gold on the cover
2 Girls, 1 Cup - read a book recommended by 2+ people
Popper - read a relaxing book that opens you up
Shooting Blanks - randomly select a book from your TBR shelf
Pussy - read a book that has an animal on the cover
Lube - read a book that's easy to glide through
Jaffa-Caking - read a book whilst eating a dessert (or your favourite food)
Clit - read an under-hyped book or one that was hard to find


My NSFWathon TBR

I honestly don't know what I'll be reading, except that it will be romance! I'm only going to count romance reads toward this readathon.

Expect a lot of Mills & Boon, probably more of the Dynastie series if I'm honest because I still have three bind ups to get through. I also picked up one of the Billionaire Boss bind ups so I think that might feature too.

There is one book that I know I will definitely be reading, romantic saga The Dover Cafe at War by Ginny Bell (AD - PR copy) it will probably fulfil the Lube prompt as I find sagas such an easy and comfortable read.

If you have any historical romance recommendations then PLEASE throw them at me. I definitely need some historical romance to go with this thoroughly autumnal weather. Also I need a book with an animal on the cover, so if you know a romance with an animal on the cover throw that at me too.


I am very excited for this readathon!


What are you planning to read in September?



24 August 2020

Book Review: Entangled by Eileen Wilkes

So basically I loved the first Dynasties bind up so much that I had to buy myself the next one. I like the power and the family drama, and all of the warm fuzzies that ensue. Also, the settings are lavish AF.

Dynasties: The Ashtons: Entangled by Eileen Wilkes cover

Cole Ashton has worked so hard to ensure his family’s vineyard is the valley’s premier boutique winery. 

But when graphic designer, and ex-flame, Daisy McCord turns up to work Cole’s thrown into turmoil. 

Both a ready to rekindle their passion but with what aims..?

Add to Goodreads button

Amazon UK | Amazon US

Source: Purchase

5 Word Review: Family, friendship, lovers, regret, wine.


Dixie is such a fun character - she pushes boundaries and pushes Cole's buttons. She's flirty and sexy and she knows it, the kind of character to put a smile on everyone's face. She's also compassionate and creative, and I love when she was drawing or painting - it felt so real that I wonder if it's a passion of the authors too. It felt almost like I was a painter myself trying to capture someone.

Entangled has lots of nice little moments of quiet - where the characters and their feelings just are. It made this collision of passion even more intimate. I loved the scenes at the cabin, and I kind of want a cabin like that for myself. It sounds perfect.

Cole and Dixie do clash a lot, and at first I wasn't sure if it would pan out between them. Even though this is a romance so it's expected. I liked that they weren't so different after all, and the character development that brought them to that conclusion.

This book has made me really want to drink wine though. I want to sit and eat food paired with small glasses of wine. I want to curl up in front of a fire with my dog and a book and a glass of wine. I want to walk amongst vines and see the whole process. I feel like this will definitely be an ongoing theme for The Ashtons stories!

I can't wait to read more about The Ashtons.


She strolled. He wanted to get where he was going as efficiently as possible.

21 August 2020

Book Beginnings: FOXES by MA Bennett

 For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.


For Friday 56, Freda's Voice asks you to turn to Page 56 in your book or 56% on your e-reader and pick a sentence.

I am currently reading FOXES by MA Bennett.
FOXES by MA Bennett cover
Last night I dreamed I went to Longcross again.

If there is one thing that MA Bennett does extremely well, it is first lines. They're always the type to stop you in your tracks, make you pause, hit you hard. And if you've read STAGS or DOGS then this line will definitely hit your hard. And I love that it's a hark back to Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, a classic novel I have never read past the first chapter of. One day, I will read it all.

I feel like again, you don't have to have read STAGS or DOGS first to read FOXES, but it will be an all round better experience if you have. First you get to experience the majesty that is the story so far, but also you get to know a lot about Greer and the school environment at STAGS.

The cover is perfect - it fits so well with the previous books, I love the colour scheme and the subtle embossing, it's so striking.

You see what I mean about dinner with the upper classes being a battleground?
This is from page 56 in my finished paperback copy.

I am... No where near this part. I literally just started reading it this morning. But I'm curious as to how Greer ends up in this situation.

I am so excited to get properly in to this book, especially as I loved the previous two:


What are you reading this week?