May 22, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 22nd May

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!
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Welcome in everyone, hope the reading has been going well. I have been on a bit of a buying spree this month so have decided I need to step up my reading as I also have suddenly upped my review books to read. I guess it is all the USA summer books coming on to the market.

Plus visiting blogs is so tough on the want to read books. I've seen so many positive reviews for books I'd like to read so ... it is hard to not succumb.               

What I read last week:

Finished reading... review link below
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From the review list...
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From the library .... enjoyed this romantic suspense and would be happy to read on with the series.
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From my TBR shelf I finally got to #2 in this series and enjoyed the story and the link to the first book.
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What I am reading at present:

Reading for Review at request from author
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Still listening to...

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Up next:

Review book from NG.
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And may reach this review book from Edelweiss
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Last Weeks Posts
Not A Sound Heather Gudenkauf
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May 17, 2017

Not A Sound. Heather Gudenkauf

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Published: MIRA (Australia)
Date: 1st June 2017
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 304
Genre:Mystery/Thriller
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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4.5 stars        Add to Goodreads
When a tragic accident leaves nurse Amelia Winn deaf, she spirals into a depression that ultimately causes her to lose everything that matters — her job, her husband, David, and her stepdaughter, Nora. Now, two years later and with the help of her hearing dog, Stitch, she is finally getting back on her feet. But when she discovers the body of a fellow nurse in the dense bush by the river, deep in the woods near her cabin, she is plunged into a disturbing mystery that could shatter the carefully reconstructed pieces of her life all over again.

As clues begin to surface, Amelia finds herself swept into an investigation that hits all too close to home. But how much is she willing to risk in order to uncover the truth and bring a killer to justice?


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From the moment I began reading Not A Sound I was fully into it. Heather Gudenkauf pulled me in with her opening scene, and her writing had me imagining clearly the scenes she was setting. 

The story is told from the viewpoint of Amelia, who is deaf after an accident that was appalling. It was really interesting to be drawn into a deaf person's world, to find out in a new way what they miss out on. I never thought about them not being able to differentiate emotions because they can't hear the tone and inflections of a voice. I found the phone that translates a voice into written text an insight, and the fact a deaf person is unsure of how loud or soft there voice is when speaking.  Amelia is a strong, resilient person, she has known the depths of despair and part of this story is the finding of herself again and taking her place in her world about her.

Her dog Stitch, a service dog, is very much a character too. I liked that he wasn't perfect! He's a flawed character - with good reason! He didn't always do as he was told, but he was very loyal to Amelia, loving and protective and showed how a service dog is so helpful. 

I loved the mystery and the untangling of a crime. At times it was a little scary - but not too much. The story moved along at a very good pace, the clues were slowly revealed as Amelia followed the trail. I felt that Amelia perhaps took on too much and that Jake the detective was a little more out of the picture than he should have been at crucial times.

A very satisfying read, one that had me reaching for the book any moment I had. It may be that I don't read mystery/crime very often, but... it brought back the juicy feeling of reading a good book.
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May 15, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!
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During the week I followed a link from a random tweet to find someones most read authors according to Goodreads. Of course that only tracks what you've entered since joining but it was fascinating and I might have had a peek at some of my friends on Goodreads too. Find the stat at the bottom of your bookshelves on your My Books page. Here's mine!  Obviously Nora Roberts writes an enormous amount of books, so I guess not surprising to see her at the top of my list. Who is at the top of yours?
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Hope you all had a good week. I might have lit the fire a couple of times as the beginnings of winter has begun to show its face. 
                                                         

What I read last week:

I finished reading this library book, a fun romance from Kristan Higgins.
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A review book.... this doesn't publish until July so will be a little while before I post a review. 
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From recently bought books... a military romance, I like Jessica Scott's books, they are very realistic, no doubt due to her own experience.

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I finished listening to the following book. I enjoyed it, felt it concluded satisfactorily and the narrator Amy Rubinate was great.
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And another off the long time TBR shelf 
a story of being 45 years old and finding you aren't living the life that makes you happy.
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What I am reading at present:

I am now listening to...
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Reading for review
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Up next:

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Last Weeks Posts
Bridges - A Daphne White Novel    Maria Murnane

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May 10, 2017

Bridges - A Daphne White Novel. Maria Murnane

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Published: Kindle Press
Date: April 4th 2017
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 194
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Author via NetGalley
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It’s a piece of news Daphne never expected to hear: Her globe-trotting friend Skylar, who vowed never to get married, is engaged! Time to celebrate in Manhattan—Skylar’s treat, of course. After years scaling the corporate ladder, she can more than afford it.

Daphne arrives in NYC with news of her own—the novel she’s finally finished appears to be going nowhere but the trash bin of every publishing house around. She’s devastated but plans to keep her disappointment under wraps, something that becomes trickier when she sees Skylar’s spectacular apartment. Could her life have been like this if she’d chosen a different path?

What Daphne doesn’t know is she’s not the only one with a secret. Skylar and their friend KC are also holding something back, but what? As the trip unfolds, the truth about each woman emerges, along with tears. And laughter. And love.

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Bridges - A Daphne White Novel is a delightful story of three women in their early forties who have been best friends since college. The story takes place over four or five days in New York as they come together to celebrate the engagement of Skylar.

While Skylar has obviously done very well, she is also kind and generous and wants to give her two friends a great time. And they do, and while they travel around New York, letting us in on some of the great aspects of this city, they renew their friendship and deepen it.

This is an excellent exploration of the friendship of women at its best. They are there for one another, genuinely care for one another, and sometimes... get it wrong. One aspect that I really loved was the feelings that arose especially for Daphne, when she compared herself to Skylar and found herself wanting and filled with self doubt. What she does with that self doubt was so real, and what many of us most likely do. What struck me though was the honest communication between them that ensured that the friendship would endure.

All three women are likeable yet I probably liked Daphne the most and that may be due to the fact it is more from Daphne's point of view. I felt she was so genuine and learned so much about herself and the need to persevere and not give up hope in her desire to have a novel published.   However I was thrilled for K.C. and her news and really Skylar was wonderful too and I loved how she reaches out to her soon to be step daughter Sloane. That relationship pointed out that we can never judge what is going on for a person, unless of course they tell us!

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May 8, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 8th May

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!
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Hope you all had a great week, looking forward to finding out what you have all been reading.          

What I read last week:

From my TBR.  I did enjoy this but most likely won't continue on with the series.
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From my review pile. Enjoyed very much and review up nearer publication.

What I am reading at present:

From a whim as I was passing a shelf at our local library!

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Up next:

From the review shelf, latest in Troubleshooter series which I am a big fan of.
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Last Weeks Posts
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir      Jennifer Ryan


May 3, 2017

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir. Jennifer Ryan

Published: HarperCollins
Date: 23rd February 2017
Format: Audiobook
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Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 11hrs 56 min
Source: Own book
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5 starsAdd to Goodreads
The village of Chilbury in Kent is about to ring in some changes. The women of Chilbury village have taken umbrage at the Vicar's closure of the choir now that its male singers are at war. But when spirited music professor Primrose Trent arrives, it prompts the creation of an all-female singing group. Resurrecting themselves as The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, the women use their song and unity to embolden the community as the war tears through their lives.

Dependable Mrs Tilling sees the choir as a chance to finally put herself first and a welcome distraction from thoughts of her son fighting on the front line. For Kitty Winthrop, the precocious youngest daughter of Chilbury Manor, singing is the only way to outshine her glamorous sister Venetia, who isn't letting the war ruin her plan to make every bachelor in the county fall in love with her. Meanwhile, when midwife Edwina Paltry is presented with a dastardly job which she's convinced will make her rich, she will have to misuse more than the trust of the choir's women to carry out her scheme - and nothing is going to stop her.

Choral music sung by Mums N' Roses, with musical direction by Craig Hudson.

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I was totally in love with this audiobook book. It is a debut novel by Jennifer Ryan - I can only say it was enthralling.  Set in southern England in a small village in 1940, it examines the life of the people as they start to face the reality of most of the men gone to war. 

Up until now there has been a choir, but now with the men gone the vicar has cancelled the choir. But... soon the women are rallying around Prim the choir mistress and they are setting up their own group. 

The story is told by four or five characters through letters and journals. However it is seamless and actually doesn't feel like letters and diaries. Rather the story told from different points of view. That's where the narrators come in, they do an amazing and outstanding work of bringing this book to life. By itself its a great story, with the narration absolutely brilliant. I see on Jennifer Ryan's website that the book has had the TV rights optioned by the makers of the makers of Downton Abbey. I sure have my fingers crossed that this will go ahead.

The characters are really interesting, they feel like real people, some of them are rogues and worse, one of them rather precocious but delightful, others kind and compassionate  and already the war is changing many of them. The women are strong and resilient and were mostly a joy to follow, even the rogue amongst them.

Highly recommend this as an audiobook.  Thanks to Mary from Bookfan for bringing it to my attention, it will for sure be on my top books for 2017 as well.

Here Jennifer Ryan speaks about the book...
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Website: Jennifer Ryan

May 1, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? May 1st 2017

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!
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Well a brand new month and a brand new week!  The start of winter for us and we have a little tickle up from the south and the Antarctic to usher it in.  Not too bad though. Sun is shining through the rain.

I had a good week of reading, sewing and general mucking around. I went to a quilt show on Saturday full of totally gorgeous quilts. Today I turn my calendar and on the May page is a quilt pillow, mug of tea and books - perfect, so bodes well for May.

Apart from reading I am watching Season Three of A Place to Call Home, a wonderful Australian production that I love and I am also viewing Grey's Anatomy but we are a season behind, I see little previews on Facebook of the present season in the USA!

Later today I go to collect my new glasses, looking forward to them.

What I read last week:

A good balance from various shelves this week!!

From my recently purchased shelf the last in the Survivor series.  Enjoyed it.
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From the TBR shelf
Typical Jill Mansell and again enjoyed it.  Had a character with cystic fibrosis.
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From the review shelf
Review will be up most likely this week - (I don't work to a plan, unless have a specific date given).
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From the audiobook shelf
A fabulous book, my rave rather than review will be up in a day or two. Historical fiction set in 1940 in small village in Southern England.
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What I am reading at present:

From my recently purchased shelf. It is the first in a series, so reading it to see if I want to continue with the series. Steampunk I think.
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About to start listening to
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Up next:

Possibly this review book.
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Last Week's Posts
Talk of the Town   Rachael Johns
Month in Review  - April
Book of Choice Giveaway - special spot in it for bloggers who join in It's Monday.
Teddy Bear Quilt completed.
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