Sunday Roundup

The Sunday Roundup #2

Welcome to The Sunday Roundup where I roundup some of the fun bookish things I have come across in the last week. If there is something missing that you would like me to include, or you know of something that I might like and haven’t included, please do give me a shout!

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Incoming Books:

Outgoing Books:

None this week!

Finished Books:

Currently Reading (I REALLY need to finish up some of these):

Read-a-thons & Challenges:

Exciting Bookish News:

  • The Cover has been revealed for the new Harry Potter Companion Book, ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard’.
  • Anne Franks Diary only comes out of storage every 10 years and this time around, they have discovered new pages; it’s amazing what they can do with modern technology!
  • This isn’t exciting at all but it is Bookish News .. I HOPE that they were trying to make a point and so didn’t show those that could do it but …. sigh. Watch this.

Books I have added to my Wish List this Week:

Upcoming Releases of Note:

I haven’t had the chance to look at this one – apologies!

Competitions I’ve Entered:

None this week (although I have done a few RT’s on Twitter it’s worth looking at!)

Sales & Good Deals I Know About:

My Loves of the Week:

  • The Charles Paris Dramatisations from the BBC. Bill Nighy is amazing in everything he does but he plays this part particularly well and is very funny!  The dramatisations are based on the books by Simon Brett.
  • I loved to see Harry and Meghan having a lovely time at their wedding – lots of smiles and giggles – BRILLIANT!

And finally.. a bookish quote of the week..

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Reading Challenge

My #Borrowathon TBR

#Borrowathon, Round 4 is starting tonight at midnight and I am planning to take part. I say planning because I actually have a lot of books to read for review at the moment as well as having some out of the library!

#Borrowathon is a week long read-a-thon that encourages participants to borrow books in any means necessary, but with a heavy emphasis on using your local library. Created by Riley (@rmfickfack and fiveleveninety), this round takes place from midnight wherever you are on 20 May to 11.59pm on 27 May 2018. There are 6 challenges that you can complete too, as well as plans for a live discussion and catchup and sprints along the way.

I took part in a previous version of this (I can’t remember which round) but it was good fun and so when I heard it was back, I started planning right away!

So my potential reading list is below – I doubt I will have enough time to read all of these but will give it a good go!  I can hit all of the challenges except 3 .. unless I can find someone that tells me that one of the books listed is their favourite!

 

Will you be taking part in #Borrowathon? Do you make use of your local library?

Review

Review: The Cult on Fog Island by Mariette Lindstein

Rating: 4

Date Started: 9th May 2018

Date Finished: 13th May 2018

Where I got it from: NetGalley (via Publishers HQ)

Cost: £0.00 in return for an honest review

Published: NG lists as 17 May 2018 but Amazon lists as 24 Jan 2019.

Blurb: The most deadly trap is the one you don’t see…

Sofia has just finished university and ended a troubled relationship when she attends a lecture about a New Age movement, Via Terra. Its leader is Franz Oswald, young, good-looking, urbane and mesmerizing.

When Franz invites Sofia to visit Fog Island, the organization’s headquarters, Sofia is dazzled by the beautiful mansion overlooking the sea, the well-tended gardens, the peaceful atmosphere and the purposefulness of the people who live there. And she can’t ignore the attraction she feels for Oswald, and clearly he is fascinated by her also. So she decides to stay.

But when summer gives way to winter, and the dense fog from which the island derives its name sets in for months, it becomes clear that Franz rules the island with an iron fist. No phones or computers are allowed. All contact with the mainland is severed. Sofia begins to realize how very alone she is. And it becomes clear that no one leaves Fog Island…

About the Author: Mariette Lindstein was born and raised in Halmstad on the west coast of Sweden. At the age of 20, she joined the Church of Scientology and worked for the next 25 years at all levels of the organisation, including at its International HQ outside Los Angeles.

Mariette left the church in 2004 and is now married to Dan Soon, an author and artist. They live in the forest outside Halmstad with their three dogs. The Cult on Fog Island is her debut novel and was first published in Sweden where it won the Best Crime Debut at the Specsavers CrimeTime Awards.

Mariette now dedicates her life to writing and lecturing to warn others about the dangers of cults and cult mentality.

My Review: I want to point out here that this is the first book in a trilogy and is also translated from the original Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles.  I am not sure when the 2nd and 3rd books are going to be translated and published in English.

The book started a little slow – there were times when I felt that the translation faltered and slightly bought me out of the zone but not to the point that it made me think of putting it down .. because I was gripped from the start. Put the word ‘cult’ int he title of a book, film or TV Show and I’m in!  Not sure why it fascinated me so much but it does and this didn’t disappoint me!

I think one of the things I liked about it so much is that you can see it happening – looking at it from the outside it’s easy to see where things are going wrong and where Oswald is exerting his influence over Sofia and you almost want to shout at the pages “Can’t you see what’s happening here?!” or “Have a mind of your own for goodness sakes” but then that is the whole issue with cults and cult mentality.

There were a couple of occasions where information seemed ‘tagged’ on as if the writer realised, in editing, that she hadn’t introduced a theme, idea or person but again it didn’t really detract from the story or feeling and the final one (that I noticed) I even found myself thinking “we must need to know he was here for a future plot line” .. and we did!

I toyed with my star rating and I erred on the side of lower only because there were some things that poked at me … but in total honesty, I am not sure if it was plot holes / inaccuracies or very clever writing making me totally ensconced in the story.

Either way, I really enjoyed it and I will absolutely most definitely pick up the next in the series – having read the synopsis for it I am very much hoping that it is on it’s way soon!

Book 2: The Cult that Resurrected (Swedish Title)

Book 3: Children of the Cult (Swedish Title)

**I was sent this book by the publisher in return for an honest review and some of the links are affiliate**

2018, Sunday Roundup

Sunday Roundup 1

I thought I would do a Sunday post each week to sum up the bookish things that I have done in the past week.  This will mean that I won’t post Hauls, Wrap-ups and Currently Reading posts separately, but will include those details in this weekly post too. If there is something missing that you would like me to include, do give me a shout!

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Incoming Books:

Outgoing Books:

Finished Books:

Currently Reading:

Readathons & Challenges:

Exciting Bookish News:

Newly Released Books I want to Read:

Upcoming Releases of Note:

 

Competitions I’ve Entered:

Sales & Good Deals I Know About:

My Loves of the Week:

  • I have done a lot of reading on my Kindle Fire this week – It really is wonderful and I am so glad I spent the money on it at the end of last year!
  • This is totally non-bookish (although there have been some books published) but I have been attempting to catchup on the final 3 series of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – I boycotted it for a long time when Grissom left but after happening upon a couple of episodes on TV the other day, I decided that the time was right and so have been watching a couple of episodes a day and am LOVING IT!

And finally.. a bookish quote of the week..

“Life’s so busy, I don’t think it matters if you’re eight or 80, the world just moves so fast nowadays. I think the most important thing is to give yourself time to read.” 

Dermot O’Leary

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Devon Book Club, Event

Devon Book Club

Today has been a busy day for me!

Last year when I got back into reading and started this blog, I also discovered BookTube and started ‘meeting; all the wonderful people that are into reading as much as me. I got excited when I discovered that wonderful Liv is based in Exeter and then more recently found out that Keriann is too and started thinking about whether I was brave enough to go and meet with them at any point to do bookish things.

Then I was minding my own business one day when I noticed a message pop up on the Devon Book Club  group on GoodReads from someone saying they were looking for bookish people in Sidmouth .. which is where I am from!

Now if you don’t know Sidmouth, it’s a little town on the South coast in East Devon which is South of Exeter. It has the reputation of being a place full of old, retired people and not the kind of place that I ever thought would be home to another book nerd .. let alone someone that has a BookTube channel!  Ashamedly, I actually subscribe to Matt’s channel and must have missed the one where he announced he had moved here ..

We quickly struck up a conversation and arranged to meet a few days later for coffee.  We did, and got on well and agreed that we were both keen to do bookish things, which was good timing as the Devon Book Club had one of their get togethers a few days later in Tiverton which isn’t too far for us to go.

Yesterday, I got the opportunity to meet Ian who setup and runs the group – it all started after he broke his arm and had some time off work and thought he would see if there were other bookish people in Devon. It was never meant to be a Book Club in the traditional sense of reading and discussing one book a month, but more a network of bookish people coming together to meet new people, share ideas and support each other.  He started it 3 years ago and now has approx. 3,000 members across GoodReads, Facebook and Twitter .. all grown organically.

He reached out to the group as a whole at the end of last year to see if anyone would be open to helping him manage the group and I stuck my hand up and this was the outcome of that – albeit 5 months later!  We discussed the group, where it was and where he saw it heading; speaking over thought and ideas and seeing where my skills and interest lie and how it all fits in.  The meeting was fun and exciting and we walked away with a bounce in our step.

Which brings us to today and my trip to Tiverton. Altogether, it took about 2hrs to get there on 2 different buses but it was totally worth it!  The shop we were meeting in, Liznojan, was gorgeous – rustic, natural and they had all of the beautiful books you could imagine!

We were lucky enough to meet 3 authors – Chrissie Parker, Lucy Hay and Michelle Kenney and hear them all read from one of their books.  Of course, I walked out with a copy of each of them ..!

Chrissie Parker – Among the Olive Groves

Elena Petrakis adores living on the Greek island of Zakynthos. When World War Two looms her way of life is threatened. Left with no choice she joins the island’s resistance to fight for what she believes in; her family, her home, and her freedom. Decades later, thousands of miles away in the Cornish town of Newquay, Kate Fisher prepares to celebrate her twenty-first birthday, but her joy is fleeting when she learns she is adopted. Abandoning life in England, Kate flees to Zakynthos, where she is forced to acknowledge a life she has struggled to come to terms with, one that will change her future. From the beautiful crystal turquoise seas of the Ionian Islands to the rugged shores of the Cornish coast, ‘Among the Olive Groves’ is a story of love, bravery and sacrifice.

Lucy Hay – The Other Twin

When India falls to her death from a bridge over a railway, her sister Poppy returns home to Brighton for the first time in years. Unconvinced by official explanations, Poppy begins her own investigation into India’s death. But the deeper she digs, the closer she comes to uncovering deeply buried secrets. Could Matthew Temple, the boyfriend she abandoned, be involved? And what of his powerful and wealthy parents, and his twin sister, Ana? Enter the mysterious and ethereal Jenny: the girl Poppy discovers after hacking into India’s laptop. What is exactly is she hiding, and what did India find out about her? Taking the reader on a breathless ride through the winding lanes of Brighton, into its vibrant party scene and inside the homes of its well-heeled families, The Other Twin is a startling and up-to-the-minute thriller about the social-media world, where resentments and accusations are played out online, where identities are made and remade, and where there is no such thing as truth.

Michelle Kenney – Book of Fire

Life outside the domes is not possible. At least that’s what Insiders are told. Twins Eli and Talia shouldn’t exist. They’re Outsiders. Their home is a secret. Their lives are a secret. Arafel is a secret. An unexpected forest raid forces Talia into a desperate mission to rescue her family while protecting the sacred book of Arafel from those who would use it as a weapon. As Talia and her life long friend Max enter the dome, she makes some unexpected discoveries, and allies, in the form of rugged Insider August, that will change the course of her life forever. She’ll stop at nothing to save her family but will she sacrifice her heart in the process?

It was such a lovely afternoon – chatting about books, reading and the Devon community.  Matt actually did a little vlog about the day which you can see here – you will notice that I managed to stay out of the camera’s eye for most of it – PHEW!

I am pretty certain that you will be seeing more about the Devon Book Club, Matt, Ian, and the authors I met today .. and I look forward to telling you about more fun bookish things I get up to in the future!

Do you go to bookish events?

 

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2018, Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal: The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane

I’m really honoured to be taking part in the cover reveal for ‘The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane’ which is coming out on 10th May – Pre-order it here.

The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane

The Blurb:

New Beginnings

Mia Ward is amazed to be told she has inherited her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She’s even more astonished to discover she’ll only inherit the place if she actually lives there for one year. Mia’s a city girl at heart, not to mention she’s afraid of water, so the fact the cottage backs on to a sandy beach, is not, in her opinion, a bonus.

But Mia’s struggling to pay her rent since being fired for inappropriate behaviour at the office party, and her boyfriend’s also dumped her. When her best friend, Ella and Ella’s brother, Garrick offer to help her move and settle in, Mia decides to see this as a new beginning.

It may also be the start of an exciting adventure because now Mia wants to know just who, exactly, was great-aunt Matilda. And she’s determined to find out. But it soon becomes clear that someone is trying to make sure Mia doesn’t stay in Little Pondale….

Author Bio:

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.”

When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

You can find Emily on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

2018, Friends, Sidmouth Library

Library Friends

Recently, I was asked by my local Library to consider taking on the position of Chairman of their ‘Friends of the Library’ group. I have to admit that initially I was reluctant – I do a lot of charity work and even work with a lot of local groups as part of my business, so taking on another role in the local community felt like it might be too much .. but then I remembered … BOOKS!

It’s all happened quite quickly and I shall be voted in on the 10th May but yesterday I went along to a regional meeting of local friends’ groups and had a great time! I got to have a good chat with our wonderful Librarian, Carol, and get to know her more – we discovered that we are pretty similar in personality which I suppose shouldn’t be such a surprise as we are both avid readers and book lovers!

I also got the chance to meet the people that run our local libraries in Devon, Libraries Unlimited.

Libraries Unlimited is a new and independent staff and community owned charity, established in April 2016. We are a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. Our formally registered name is Libraries Unlimited South West.

Our mission is to bring ideas, imagination, knowledge and creativity to people’s lives and communities through our six core purposes:

  • Promoting and encouraging a love of reading
  • Providing free access to information to help people in their everyday lives
  • Inspiring people of all ages to learn, imagine, create, succeed and realise their potential
  • Guiding and supporting people to explore and connect to the wider world
  • Offering a welcoming space to meet, socialise, learn, read and enjoy new experiences
  • Supporting the health and wellbeing of individuals and local communities.

It was lovely hearing form the Chairman (Julie Dent), the CEO (Ciara Eastell), the Fundraising Director and Marketing Department – it made me realise that they’re not just saying thank you and running off, they spent the entire morning with us, thanking us for our help and support and making us feel really part of the team – hats off to them for that for sure!

It was really lovely meeting and chatting with the other friends groups too – as a total newbies I listened intently and wrote many notes of ideas and questions and feel that I have a lot of thoughts and ideas to take to the committee as soon as I am voted in – I hope they realise what they have let themselves in for!

In the last 10 mins or so I ended up chatting with the Ciara and Julie and the fact that I write this blog slipped out .. they both asked me for the address and I reluctantly gave it to them so if they are reading this ..

HELLO!

Do you have a Library friends group where you live and if so, are you involved?  What events do you run?  Do you have any suggestions I can steal?