Posted in Bookmail

January Book Mail

With January being halfway gone already, I thought I would do a little update on some book mail I’ve received this month.

Unsurprisingly, I’ve broken my book-buying limit (no more than 3 books a month), with a book haul and a book box, although on the plus side, I’ve made some progress with my two reading challenges and my overall TBR.


BookScape Book Box

I came across BookScape Books on Instagram a couple of months ago, and since I’d never tried a book box before, I decided to give theirs a try.

This particular book box was ideal as there’s no commitment involved and you can pick between a 3 or a 6 book box.

There’s also a choice of genre (crime, thriller, romance, chic lit, historical fiction, or you can pick a surprise and get a selection of blind books), so there’s something for everyone, plus a bonus bar of chocolate, as well.

I picked the surprise 3 book box, so I had no idea what books I was getting until they turned up on my doorstep, and I can honestly say I’m really happy with these picks.

I’ve wanted to read Dumplin and My Year Of Saying No for ages, and while I hadn’t heard of Angel Guard before, it sounds like it will be an interesting read.

Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)
My Year of Saying No
Angelguard (Chronicles of the Angelguard #1)

January Book Mail
Girl A
Without a Trace
Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)

Posted in Bookmail, Weekly Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up #8

So September’s over with, and we’re into October as of tomorrow.

It still amazes me how long this year has felt but how quickly it’s gone in. I’m also amazed by how many books I’ve managed to read, despite a lack of focus.

I think some of them will need to be reread again at a later date, when there isn’t a global pandemic going on, but I have loads of new favourite authors and books, so that’s at least something positive to come out of 2020.

September Reads
Conviction

Quichotte

The Stranger

The Art of Dying (Raven, Fisher, and Simpson, #2)

Good Girls Die First

What I’m Currently Reading:
Save the Date

Book Mail:

This book haul was the result of this year’s Bloody Scotland, which not only introduced to me so many amazing authors, but also provided me with a discount to get money off their books.

How could I pass up an opportunity like that?

The Thursday Murder Club (Thursday Murder Club, #1)
The Polish Detective (Dania Gorska, #1)
The Less Dead
Hold Your Tongue (DI Eve Hunter, #1)
A Dark Matter
Posted in Bookmail

August Book Mail

I’ve been adding to my tbr list pretty consistently over lockdown, and this recent haul has taken the total up to 80.

Since the Book People closed earlier this year, I’ve been at a loss for a replacement because they did great deals and a lot of their books were far cheaper than the likes of Waterstones, WH Smith and Amazon.

This particular haul came from The Works, which I’d kind of forgotten about since the last time I visited them, they didn’t have a lot of authors I read or recognised.


No Place to Die
The Stranger
The Woods
Save the Date
The Flatshare
Vanity Fair
Blood Orange
Posted in Bookmail, Weekly Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up #5

I’ve been a little absent from this blog over the past couple of weeks, aside from a few pre-scheduled posts. My reading has also taken a bit of a hit, due to a lack of concentration which is a result of burn-out, so I’ve decided to take a break until I’m ready to carry on with my tbr list.

I still have some reviews planned to upload, but those are going to spaced out until I’m back, and hopefully that won’t be too long an absence.

Anyway, below are my June reads, my picks for July, and some bookmail. As usual, the book covers contain a link to Goodreads.

June Reads:

Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
Dead Simple
The Chain
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games, #0)
My Dark Vanessa
The Way of All Flesh (Raven, Fisher, and Simpson, #1)
Maestra (Maestra #1)

Audio Books Finished:

This was the very first audio book I’d ever listened to, and it was an abridged adaption. Surprisingly, after the initial hesitation over how to spend my time while listening to it, I found myself enjoying it.

It was narrated by Philip Glenister (Life On Mars, Ashes to Ashes, Mad Dogs) and I didn’t find the different voices he did for each character who spoke cringey, which I’ve found in the past with some audio books and the reason why I was so reluctant to try another.

Nineteen Eighty-Four

What I’m Currently Reading:

I was impatient to return to the Tudor court with Bring Up The Bodies, and I’m already about a quarter of the way through. Its page count is slightly less daunting than Wolf Hall, but I don’t think that would have stopped me, anyway.

I started reading Domina, the sequel to Maestra, for something a bit less serious in tone, though if it’s anything like its predecessor it will be just as shocking and twisted.

Bring Up the Bodies
Domina (Maestra #2)

Book Mail:

Antigone
The Odyssey
Sense and Sensibility
The To All the Boys I've Loved Before Collection

What I’m Watching:

Series 11 and 12 of the BBC’s police drama New Tricks were back on TV in June, so I finally got round to watching it. It follows a team of detectives brought out of retirement to work on unsolved cases, and ran from 2003 to 2015 with Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman, James Bolam and Alun Armstrong starring from the beginning.

Also started was Hidden, a TV mini-series from 2011, whose cast includes Philip Glenister, Anna Chancellor, Thekla Reuten and David Suchet.

New Tricks (2003)
Philip Glenister, Thekla Reuten, and David Suchet in Hidden (2011)
Posted in Bookmail, Weekly Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up #4

Well, that’s another month gone.

I’m trying not to dwell on how slowly the days are dragging by, and keeping myself busy with working through my tbr list.

My May reads are below, including current reads, and some new additions to my shelves.

As usual, the book covers in this post will take you to Goodreads if you want to add them to your own tbr lists.

May Reads:

Natural Causes (Inspector McLean, #1)
The Cheerleaders
Everything Under
Silent Scream (D.I. Kim Stone, #1)
The Book of Souls (Inspector McLean, #2)
The Hangman's Song (Inspector McLean, #3)
The Titanic Secret (Isaac Bell, #11)
Evil Games (D.I. Kim Stone, #2)

What I’m Currently Reading:

I’m loving Wolf Hall a lot more than I expected to. Admittedly in the beginning I was a bit confused with the use of ‘he’ instead of Thomas Cromwell’s name (so it was confusing at times over who was speaking), but I was interested in the story and kept going until I could get past that.

Now I’m about 200 pages from the end, and I don’t regret sticking with it.

Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)

My copy of the prequel to the Hunger Games trilogy arrived at the beginning of the week, and I ignored it for a day before caving and picking it up.

It’s been interesting reading The Ballad alongisde Wolf Hall, because there are quite a few similarities in terms of the power plays and politics made by Thomas Cromwell and Coriolanus Snow.

They both want to better themselves, and are incredibly cunning in how they go about that.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games, #0)

Next Up:

I’m going to continue with the Inspector McLean series, and hopefully get started on My Dark Vanessa or The Chain.

Dead Men's Bones (Inspector McLean, #4)
My Dark Vanessa
The Chain

Book Mail:

I’m finally onto the third book in the Kim Stone series. Given how Book 2 ended, I’m interested to find out how Kim is coping with everything that happened.

Lost Girls (D.I. Kim Stone, #3)

I watched my first ever author interview on Thursday the 28th, which was hosted by Waterstones. The authors being interviewed were John Grisham and Michael Connelly and attendees of the talk were given a discount code for their new books, Camino Winds and Fair Warning.

Camino Winds
Fair Warning (Jack McEvoy, #3; Harry Bosch Universe, #33)
Posted in Bookmail

January Book Mail

The title of this post kind of gives away the subject of it before we’ve even got there, but I’m not feeling witty enough to think of anything else right now.

So here is my book haul for January.


First up, we have this new release from Karen McManus, author of Two Can Keep A Secret, and One of Us Is Lying.

It’s the sequel to One of Us Is Lying, and I can’t wait to get reading.


I sort of jumped the gun with this next one, because I hadn’t even started the first Miss Peregrine novel before pre-ordering the fifth instalment in the series.

That being said, I’m now currently three-quarters of the way through Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and loving it, so I don’t think it’s going to be too much of a commitment to stick with the series until I get to Conference of the Birds.


I’m a huge fan of a good mystery novel, and I loved the TV adaptation of Murder is Easy. Except when I started reading the book, I realised that Miss Marple is not in it in any way, shape or form, and the TV episode that I’ve watched at least three times since December is nothing like the story on which it is based.

I’ve read a lot of Agatha Christie stories over the past few months, and while I’m only about halfway through this one, I’d have to put it at the bottom of my list of favourites because it is quite slow going.

Though it’s still clever and full of loads of twist and the usual Christie charm, so I’m not going to consider it a write off until I get to the end.


The Man Book Winners of 2019 is currently on sale with The Book People, and since I’ve already got the 2018 collection, I thought I would treat myself because January feels like it’s lasted a year already.

Booker Prize Shortlist 2019 - 6 Books - 9990000039173

So there you have it. My January book-buys.

With these additions, my tbr list is now going to be somewhere in the sixties, and I’ve been making slow progress this month because I’ve recently discovered the gems that are Hawaii Five-Oh, Life On Mars, and Kitchen Nightmares USA, so I’ve been watching a lot of TV.

But my Goodreads goal is a safe target of 20, so I’m feeling quite confident about hitting that target between reality TV and Steve and Danno’s bromance.