WWW Wednesday: 28th June 2017

The WWW Wednesday meme is currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you have planned.

WWW Wednesday

To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

Two Nights

I started on Kathy Reichs newest book Two Nights on Monday morning but haven’t made a lot of progress as my train buddy is back and he expects me to talk to him rather than sit reading on our commute 🙂 It does seem a bit cliched (troubled PI trying to deal with their demons by helping others) but I don’t mind that provided it’s done well and there have been some nice one liners which are always good.

I haven’t made a huge amount of progress on my audio book Attack of the 50ft. Women by Catherine Mayer, mostly because I haven’t been doing much driving and when I have there has either been someone else in the car or I’ve been using the satnav (satnav and audio books are a bad combination. I have however made quite a bit of progress on Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. It’s a big heavy hardback so I’m only really reading at weekends and evenings but only around 150 30 pages left so should finish in the next couple of days tonight.


Recently Finished

The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach: A summer sizzler full of sun, sea and sand

This has been a pretty good week for me with three books finished and most of them very enjoyable. The first of these was  The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach by Kat French. It’s a light and fluffy summer read about three thirty something women who, when their lives go a bit pear shaped, end up buying a B&B on a little known Greek Island. It’s a nice read and perfect for lying on the beach or beside the pool. I’m not sure having three separate storylines worked for me (I would have preferred the focus on just one) but I loved the way the author depicted the island and the locals. You can read my full review here.

Ginny MoonAfter the Bed and Breakfast on the beach I abandoned my original plan of reading a thriller next and decided on Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig. I’d received this a couple of months ago but put off reading it as it was a little out of my comfort zone, as the whole story is told from the pov of autistic, 14 year old Ginny. I knew I’d either love it or hate it and thankfully it was the former. Considering this is the author’s first book it is truly incredible. It’s completely unique, addictive, frustrating, funny and a little bit heartbreaking. Definitely one I’d recommend.

When Dimple Met RishiThe third book finished, When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, is one that had been sitting on my Amazon wishlist for ages but I was lucky enough to get from NetGalley. I think I possibly built this up a bit too much as while I did enjoy it, I didn’t love it as much as I hoped I would. It is quite a cute read but it wanders into “afternoon special” at times and Dimple is not the most likeable of characters. I do have to applaud it however for bringing some cultural diversity into a YA contemporary romance. How accurate its depiction of Indian culture is I have no idea (I suspect not completely based on some of the reviews I’ve seen) but it definitely made a change.


Reading Next

I think my reading next list is more or less the same as last week’s due to my wandering off course so I plan to read one of the following.

Yesterday: The thriller of the summerDon't Close Your EyesDaughter of the Burning City

Have you read any of the books above or have any other book you’d recommend? Leave comments and links below. I may be a little bit slow in responding and visiting everyone’s posts this week as internet on my phone isn’t working so apologies in advance.

I will also be dragging my poor cat to the vet this evening to get him checked out after an asthma attack at the weekend 😦

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!

Teaser Tuesday: 27th June 2017

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker. If you want to join in grab your current read, flick to a random page, select two sentences (without spoilers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments of The Purple Booker.


This week my teaser comes from Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig which is about a 14 year old girl with autism who’s trying to escape her adoptive home to find her baby doll. I received this from NetGalley a few months ago but only got around to reading last week. I’m so sorry I put this off as I absolutely loved it and would recommend to everyone. It’s so completely unique and engaging.


My Teaser

So I say, “Larry, I am not a babe. I am thirteen years old. Don’t you know that yet? This is tedious”

~ 2% Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig


BlurbGinny Moon

Meet Ginny. She’s fourteen, autistic, and has a heart-breaking secret…

‘Brilliant’ – Graeme Simison, author of The Rosie Project

Ginny Moon is trying to make sense of a world that just doesn’t seem to add up….

After years in foster care, Ginny is in her fourth forever family, finally with parents who will love her.

Everyone tells her that she should feel happy, but she has never stopped crafting her Big Secret Plan of Escape.

Because something happened, a long time ago – something that only Ginny knows – and nothing will stop her going back to put it right…

A fiercely poignant and inspirational story a lost girl searching for a place to call home. Ginny Moon will change everyone who spends time with her.

Review: The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach by Kat French

The Bed and Breakfast on the BeachThe Bed and Breakfast on the Beach by Kat French

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Another perfect summer read from Kat French.

I’ve been a big fan of Kat (and alter ego Kitty) French for a while and always look forward to a new book from her. This time we’re off to a B&B on a little known Greek Island with three thirty something women who are at a bit of a cross roads in their lives. Stella has lost her job, Frankie has split from her husband now that their children are grown up and Winnie has found out her husband has been unfaithful.

When they take a short break to Villa Valentina on the sun soaked Greek Island of Skelidos and are plied with numerous G&T’s by the B&B’s charming owner they somehow find themselves the new owners of the B&B and a few other things. They decide to make a go of it but can the B&B offer a new start or is it one adventure too far.

I liked this story a lot. It’s light and fluffy with a little bit of romance, a few touching moments and more than a few laughs. I loved the setting of the shabby chic villa on Skelidos and I think French’s descriptions of the island and the locals were the real highlight of the story. I could almost imagine myself relaxing on the beach or beside the pool with one of the Island’s special Gin and tonics in one hand and a book in the other.

The relationship between the three friends Stella, Frankie and Winnie was also wonderfully portrayed. They had been friends since childhood and despite being very different you got a real sense of closeness and camaraderie between them. I loved how they teased each other but were always there to support each other, even when there was the odd disagreement.

With three main characters and at times three different storylines going on it did feel a bit much to me. The pov switched between characters quite a lot, particularly in the beginning, and for this reason I didn’t think enough time was spent on certain characters or plot lines. I would have preferred if the story had focused on one of the three women and their relationship, allowing a little more depth and emotion. This is however a personal preference as I’m not generally a fan of romances with more than one couple. It may have been for this reason that I didn’t feel any particular spark between any of the couples.

Snarky Australian next door neighbor Jessie did bring the phwoar factor but he just wasn’t there enough for me and the other guys were a little bit meh. French can write some really great steamy scenes and has proven before that she can bring real emotion into a rom com so I’m not entirely sure why I didn’t get it from this book. It’s very possible I was just not in the right frame of mind when I was reading it.

Overall, it is a great read and perfect for lying on the beach by the pool (or if you’re in Scotland like me, hiding from the rain). There are a lot of funny moments and a few really sweet ones so I did enjoy it, I just didn’t quite love it as much as some of her others.

Thanks to NetGalley and the Avon for providing me with an ARC. As always all views are my own.

The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach was released on 22nd June and you can find it here on Amazon UK, here on Amazon US and here on Book Depository 🙂

WWW Wednesday: 21st June 2017

The WWW Wednesday meme is currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you have planned.

WWW Wednesday

To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach: A summer sizzler full of sun, sea and sand

I started The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach by Kitty French on Friday and I suspect I will probably finish it today. It’s a romantic comedy about three thirty something year old women who, needing a change, buy a Bed and Breakfast on a secluded Greek Island. I received this from NetGalley and it’s proving to be perfect summer reading. Definitely one for the beach or beside the pool.

Not much progress with Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare or Attack of the 50ft. Women by Catherine Mayer. I’m not very good at juggling a few books at the same time so my focus has been on my ebooks.


Recently Finished

Stillhouse Lake

Another relatively slow reading week for me with only two books finished. The first of these was thriller Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine which I received free through Kindle First. It’s about a woman who’s forced to go into hiding with her children after she discovers her husband of many years was actually a serial killer.

I really, really liked this book. It has the feel of quite a traditional who dunnit but brought right up to date with internet trolls, social media etc. It definitely kept me guessing (which is rare with the number of murder mysteries I’ve read/watched) and I really liked main character Gwen/Gina which I did not expect. You can read my review here.

The Foxe & the HoundThe second book finished this week was romance The Foxe and the Hound by R.S. Grey. Grey’s books are a fairly recent discovery for me but they are fast becoming my go to when I’m looking for something light, funny and steamy to get me out of a reading funk. This one is possibly my favourite so far. A clumsy mess of a heroine with a giant out of control puppy and an attractive vet make it my perfect read. I think I read the whole thing with a smile on my face.


Reading Next

Not sure what I’m in the mood for next but given my recent light and fluffy spree I think it’ll be something a bit more serious. Possibly one of the following.

Yesterday: The thriller of the summerTwo NightsDon't Close Your EyesDaughter of the Burning City

Have you read any of the books above or have any other book you’d recommend? Leave comments and links below and I’ll respond when I can.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!

Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start

I was planning to do a post on the “series I really, really want to read but have never quite gotten around to yet” and coincidentally that happens to be this weeks Top Ten Tuesday 🙂 Isn’t that lucky.

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list. All they ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post and, if you want to, add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s posts (typically put up midnight EST on Tuesday) so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists!

So, on to this weeks prompt…

Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start

I have a terrible book buying addiction so I actually own a lot of first in series books that I really want to start but somehow never find the time. The biggest challenge on this is limiting myself to just 10, but here we go…

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)1. The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – I bought physical copies of both books in the series so far around 6 months ago and they have been languishing on my bookshelf ever since. They do look very pretty and I love the idea of the format of the book so I really, really must read them soon. On a related note, I also own a copy of Nevernight and haven’t started it either *hangs head in shame*

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

2. Monsters of Verity by Victoria Schwab – There is a real reason (or real in my head) for why I haven’t read this yet, I don’t like reading more than one series by the same at the same time. I’ve been absolutely loving ADSOM so I didn’t want to make a start on this or Vicious (another one that could be on this list) until I finished it. However I am genuinely planning to read this series in July as I’m going to the authors Edinburgh book tour stop in August.

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – Same reason as the previous one for this. I’ve been reading and loving Throne of Glass so I didn’t want to start a different series by the same author. It does now seem like Throne of Glass is going to take a few years to finish so I may need to abandon my aforementioned rule and just read this.

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

4. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh – I have both a physical and ebook version of the first book in this duology but again I haven’t gotten around to it. I do love the sound of the story and I really enjoyed Ahdieh’s Flame in the Mist so…

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)

5. The Graceling Realm by Kristin Cashore – I’ve heard a lot of really great things about this series, a few GoodReads friend have claimed it as there favourite ever so I rushed out to buy the first book in the series a year or two ago and it has lurked on my kindle ever since.

Poison Study (Study, #1)

6. Study by Maria V. Snyder – I own a ridiculous number of Snyder books especially considering the fact that I’ve never read a single one. They keep appearing at bargain prices on Amazon and I really can’t resist buying them. I have got to find some way to stop book buying, particularly later books in series when I haven’t read the first one and have no idea if I actually like the authors writing.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – I recently read Strange the Dreamer and enjoyed it so I’m very tempted to swing back and read Daughter of Smoke and Bone (another series I own all of). It does seem to get great reviews but I’m not entirely sure about the authors writing style.

Wolf By Wolf (Wolf By Wolf, #1)

8. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin – To be perfectly honest it was the cover that made me first want to read this series. There’s just something very intriguing about it. I’m not generally a fan of historical fiction either but the blurb does make it sound like my kind of read.

The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)

9. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye – Honestly, I have started the first book in this duology about four times and haven’t made it past the third chapter. Nothing against the book or the writing, it’s just never been the right time to read it.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

10. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater – Shameful confession time, I’ve never read a single Maggie Steifvater book. This one does seem to get great reviews so I feel like I really must read it soon, even just so I can say I’ve read a Maggie Stiefvater 🙂


So that’s it, my Top Ten series I really must start. I’m kind of ashamed of quite a lot of these as I feel like I’m possibly the only person on the planet who hasn’t read at least the first book in the series. Do any of these make your list, or am I the only one?

If you have read them, what did you think? Are there any I really must read immediately?

Feel free to leave comments and links to your posts below.

Teaser Tuesday: 20th June 2017

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker. If you want to join in grab your current read, flick to a random page, select two sentences (without spoilers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments of The Purple Booker.


This week my teaser comes from romance read The Foxe and the Hound by R.S. Grey. Grey’s romances have become a little bit of a guilty pleasure for me and I absolutely loved this one. It was just so funny and cute and has a giant puppy. Perfect for pulling me out of the slump I seemed to have fallen into.


My Teaser

Eventually, I will have to leave the agency or learn to put up with Lori in a healthier manner…like killing her with kindness, or murdering her with smiles, or disemboweling her with compliments. That sort of thing.

~ 7% The Foxe and the Hound by R.S. Grey


BlurbThe Foxe & the Hound

When your life is a hot mess at twenty, it’s cute. At twenty-seven…well, not so much.

It’s just that my lofty dreams—making it as a real estate agent, paying rent on time, showering daily—have stayed just that: dreams. Oh, and love? I’ve decided love might be a little ambitious for me at the moment. Instead, I’ve settled for the two guys who will never leave me: Ben & Jerry.

That is, until Dr. Adam Foxe takes up residence as the town’s new vet.

With his strong jaw, easy confidence, and form-fitting scrubs, it’s not long before every housewife in Hamilton is dragging neglected tomcats in for weekly checkups.

Like everyone else, I’m intrigued. Even after I spoil my chance at a good first impression, he still offers me a proposition I can’t refuse: play his girlfriend at a family function and he’ll hire me as his real estate agent. Welcome to love in the 21st century.

It’s too bad I underestimated Adam’s irresistible charm and the undeniable attraction that burns between us. The day he pins me to the wall and silences me with a kiss, the line between reality and ruse begins to blur. Every teasing touch brings me to my knees. Every kiss promises more.

It looks like my hot mess of a life is about to get a little hotter.

Dad’s Recommended Reads

Happy Father’s Day everyone!!!

I was originally planning to do a post on great father’s in books but my list would probably not be that long (Atticus Finch and Arthur Weasley) as there are unfortunately way more books with bad dads than good ones. Instead I’ve decided to do a post highlighting the books and authors my Dad recommends.

My Dad is a big reader and is to a large extent responsible for my book obsession. Like me he can quite happily sit with his head buried in a book all day long (something which drives my Mum nuts). Our tastes are a little bit different, he exclusively reads thrillers and murder mysteries, but he’s definitely influenced my reading. So here’s a list of the authors he has or is still trying to persuade me to read.


Ten Authors My Dad Recommends

The first three authors on the list are all Scottish authors and are actually three of my favourites too.

Cold Granite (Logan McRae, #1)Quite Ugly One Morning (Jack Parlabane, #1)Knots and Crosses (Inspector Rebus, #1)

  • Stuart MacBride – probably most famous for his Logan Macrae series which follows a police detective on the murder squad in Aberdeen. They’re a little bit gruesome and quite dark but there’s a lot of humour too.
  • Chris Brookmyre – has written a few different series but the most famous is probably his Jack Parlabane books. These follow an investigative journalist who gets embroiled in murder mysteries, hacking, political espionage and all kinds of other cases. Personally my favourite series of his is the Angelique Xavier series.
  • Ian Rankin – most famous for his Rebus police detective series set in Edinburgh, this is probably one of the first authors my dad convinced me to read. This year is the 30th anniversary of Rebus so he’s been in the murder business for quite a while.

The next three authors also have a Scottish connection but I have to confess so far Dad hasn’t convinced me to read them yet.

The Mermaids Singing (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #1)Raven Black (Shetland Island, #1)The Blackhouse (Lewis Trilogy, #1)

  • Peter May – born and raised in Scotland he writes three main series, the Lewis trilogy, the China thrillers and the Enzo files. I actually own the Black House but I haven’t had a chance to read as yet. We have family in Lewis so I know it well and think it will make a great setting for a mystery.
  • Ann Cleeves – OK technically she’s English but she writes a murder mystery series set in the Shetlands so that’s good enough. My Dad has been trying to persuade me to read her books for years but so far I haven’t
  • Val McDermid – McDermid is another author who has been in the business for a long time and is most famous for her Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series about a criminal profiler Tony Hill who works with the police. This was turned into a TV show, Wire in the Blood, which I watched and loved so I have no idea why I haven’t read the books.

The final four authors are a little more geographically spread (some are even outwith the UK 🙂 ) but the mystery/thriller trend continues (one of these day’s I’ll succeed in getting him to read a sci fi or fantasy)

The Redbreast (Harry Hole, #3)Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, #1)Fool Me OnceSleepyhead (Tom Thorne, #1)

  • Jo Nesbo – a Norwegian author most famous for his Harry Hole series. He’s an autobuy author for my Dad who has been trying to persuade me for years to give one a try.
  • Lee Child – I know, it’s absolutely ridiculous that I haven’t read a single Jack Reacher book (confession: I haven’t seen any of the films either) but for some reason they’ve never really appealed. He has managed to persuade my Mum to get into them but so far I’m holding out.
  • Harlan Coben – an American author this time, and one he has persuaded me to try. He seems to mostly write stand alones and while I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve read they haven’t really blown me away.
  • Mark Billingham – Another writer my Dad raves over but hasn’t yet convinced me to read. Billingham’s Tom Thorne series is about a police detective who investigates stuff (can you tell I’m struggling to describe books I haven’t read).

Anyway, that’s ten of the authors my Dad recommends. There are actually many, many more (Jeffrey Deaver, David Baldachi, James Patterson, Clive Cussler to name a few). I’ve read a few but still have so many to try.


Let’s Chat

So let’s chat, have you read any of these? Are there of my Dad’s recommendations you agree that I really should read?

As my Dad is stuck in a little bit of a reading rut (honestly it’s impossible to persuade him to try a new author) are there any books or authors you think I could persuade him to read?