‘We’re going where the sun shines brightly’


Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

Summer Reads Freebie

Basically my summer reads are the next upcoming list of books waiting on my shelves.  In the spirit of holidays, beaches and generally chilling with an easygoing read I’ve looked through my upcoming books and come up with the following:

  1. All Good Things by Emma Newman
  2. The Space Between the Stars by Emma Corlett
  3. A Kiss Before Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton
  4. The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May
  5. The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H Wilson
  6. Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
  7. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  8. The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  9. Sea of Rust by Robert Cargill
  10. The Turn by Kim Harrison

What you looking forward to this Summer?

Weekly Wrap Up : 21/5/17

Posted On 21 May 2017

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This week I’ve finished Rotherweird -I enjoyed this but I’m just going to be perfectly frank – this is not a quick read, I’m not saying that because it’s a bad thing, I’m simply stating the fact.  Yes, of course, I’m sure you could skim read it and make it a bit quicker but the pace is not that of a book that you’re going to zip though.  It’s a thinking person’s book.  You need to mull and chew the cud and reflect.  Review to follow.  I’ve also read Andrew Pyper’s The Only Child and hopefully my review for that one will be forthcoming very soon – check out the first couple of sentences here.

Next week I’m hoping to read :

  1. Between The Stars by Anne Corlett
  2. All Good Things by Emma Newman
  3. Skitter by Ezekiel Boone

So, who am I kidding with that three book wishlist! Hey I have to have aspirations and reading three books in a week is about all I can think of at the moment.

And, finally, my cover highlight this week, I’ve gone for the Split World series by Emma Newman:

How was your week?  What you currently reading?

The #SPFBO 2017

Posted On 20 May 2017

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It’s difficult to believe but the #SPFBO 2016 is all wrapped up with a wonderful winning entry and lots of incredibly enjoyable books to read.  There are lots of blog posts out there to read about but I’ll point you in the general direction of Mark Lawrence’s blog to get a general feel for what went on.  The winner – which you should definitely read – was the Grey Bastards by Jonathan French – and believe me when I say you should read quite a few -or a lot – of the other entrants because there were some awesome reads.

Now, I did intend to write a much fuller piece of my experience taking part and in fact I probably will do so because I thought it had such a good feel – but, for now, this is just a quick post to let you know that the SPFBO ’17 is about to commence.  Yes, that’s right, we’re going for our third year and hopefully it will be as awesome as last year.

As I said, a fuller post will follow, this is just a quick heads up.  The details are here.

That is all for me today.  More to follow.  In the meantime thank you to everyone who took part in the #SPFBO ’16.  A huge thanks especially to all the authors who put their work forward for review – there wouldn’t be any SPFBO without you after all 😀  And, good luck to everyone this year.

Watch this space for my list of books for 2017.

Remember people – there can be only one.


The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plane..

Posted On 19 May 2017

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Here we are again with the Friday Face Off meme created by Books by Proxy .   This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers.  The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme (list below) choose a book, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below. This week’s theme:

Plane “When everything seem to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it ….”

Again this week, I had a book in mind so it worked out fairly easy for me: The Three by Sarah Lotz which I loved:

Next week – Mice

Future themes:

26/05/2017 – Mice “Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, ‘it might have been’…”

02/06/2017 – Moon “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”

09/06/2017 – Mummy “It shuffles through the dry, dusty darkness”

16/06/2017 – Guitar “You couldn’t not like someone who liked the guitar”

23/06/2017 – Cat “In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this”

30/06/2017 – Hat “It is always cruel to laugh at people, of course, although sometimes if they are wearing an ugly hat it is hard to control yourself “

07/07/2017 – Gold “All that is gold does not glitter”

14/07/2017 – Boats “The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea, in a beautiful pea green boat…”

21/07/2017 – Planet “Any planet is ‘Earth’ to those who live on it”

Friday Firsts : The Only Child by Andrew Pyper

Friday Firsts
 is a new meme that runs every Friday over on Tenacious Reader. The idea is to feature the first few sentences/paragraph of your current book and try and outline your first impressions as a result. This is a quick and easy way to share a snippet of information about your current read and to perhaps tempt others.  Stop on by and link up with Tenacious Reader.    This Friday I’m reading : The Only Child by Andrew Pyper

She was awakened by the monster knocking at the door.

Lily knows better than most how unlikely it is that this is real.  Through her years of training and now her days in the courtroom providing expert testimony on psychological states of mind, she has learned how shaky the recollections of children can be.  And she was only six when it happened.  The age when certain things get stuck in the net of real memory, and other things you try to sell yourself on having happened but are in fact made up, turned into convincing bits of dream.

What is verifiably known is that Lily was small for her age, green-eyed, her straight black hair snarled into a nest.  The sole survivor and there was the body, of course.  Her mother’s.


My First Impressions

I admit I’m looking forward to this book very much!  So, I probably enjoyed the start and had a great first impression regardless.  That being said – it’s a very intriguing start I think.  Can’t wait to discover more.

What you reading this Friday??  What are your first impressions??

*The above excerpt was taken from an advanced reader copy and it is possible that the final version may have further changes.
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