Not been a lot going on in my life this week if I’m being perfectly honest. Bit of work, bit of training, bit of budget preparation, bit of reading and a bit of Bloody Scotland. Quite a bit of Bloody Scotland to be fair and what a wonderful weekend of bookishness it has been too. I’m not going to bore you all with details today, that is tomorrow’s pleasure, but I will say that if you have any opportunity to attend this most wonderous of book events then you should do so. It is fabulous.
And they have haggis!
Becuase work has been manic and because I have been away generally enjoying myself rather than doing anything else, I’ve been a bit pants on the reading front this week. Hasn’t stopped me from buying and preordering books, just reading them. I did receive some cracking book post too which had me grinning from ear to ear.
First up was a hard copy of the Bloody Scotland short story collection. I was on the blog tour for this over the weekend with a guest post from one of the writers and festival organisers, Gordon Brown. On the very same day, I also received a copy of This is How It Ends, the new release from Eva Dolan, due out in January 2018. I am so very stoked to have received both of these so thanks to both Fiona Brownlee and Bloomsbury for sending them.
In a rather humourous twist of fate, the day after Eva’s book arrived in the post I also got approved for it on Netgalley. Well, it made me chuckle. Other books I had from Netgalley this week include The Mistake by KL Slater and We’ll Always Have Christmas by Jenny Hale, both for blog tours so I can be forgiven.
Book order wise, I may have slung a couple in the basket. As ya do. First up, the upcoming release from Kerry Fisher, The Secret Child. I also ordered The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir and its follow up, The Reckoning, due for release in 2018. Next up were a couple more pre-orders, Hydra by Matt Wesolowski, and Now You See Me by Kierney Scott. And because I like to be prepared, last but by no means least was the second book in the Hidden Iceland series from Ragnar Jonasson, The Island. It’s not out until 2019. I have time to save up for that one 😀
Now, sadly, because I have been in a book festival all weekend, I have been forced into accepting free books and purchasing new ones. Freebies I got were Bloody January by Alan Parks, The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste and Head Case by Ross Armstrong. Purchase wise I went in for some old favourites, filling up my Henning Juul collection with the first three books in paperback, Burned, Pierced and Scarred (signed by the lovely Mr Enger) and House of Spines by Michael Malone from the book launch pop up.
See. Not too many books at all really. Sort of. Ish.
Reading wise it was a fairly paltry effort of two books. And a bit more of the Bloody Scotland collection. Oh and 2/3 of an audio book so it could be worse I suppose.
Books I have read
When Evelyn Dooley married her high-school sweetheart, James, she thought she was set for life. Now she’s 28, single, and fleeing to Dublin from her small hometown to avoid the gossip surrounding their break-up.
This was not in her five-year plan.
Then a chance encounter with gorgeous musician Danny leads to an unlikely friendship, and soon the pair are running music nights together. Surrounded by new friends and a welcoming community, Evelyn is building a life that she really loves – and sparks are beginning to fly between her and Danny…
But when her savings run out and home beckons, Evelyn has to choose. The safe, comfortable life she left behind, or a new adventure with Danny? Will Evelyn flee back to the familiarity of her ex, or reach for the stars and take a leap into the unknown?
WEll this book really did make me smile. I’m not going to tell you quite how much until next week when I’m part of the blog blitz but if you like a feel good story of a woman striving out on her own and finding happniess in the unlikeliest of places, then this book will most definitely be for you. You can pre-order a copy here.
Long ago my beloved Nanny Eve chose my name. Then one day she stopped calling me it. I try now to remember why, but I just can’t.’
Thirty-two-year-old Catherine Hope has a great memory. But she can’t remember everything. She can’t remember her ninth year. She can’t remember when her insomnia started. And she can’t remember why everyone stopped calling her Catherine-Maria.
With a promiscuous past, and licking her wounds after a painful breakup, Catherine wonders why she resists anything approaching real love. But when she loses her home to the devastating deluge of 2007 and volunteers at Flood Crisis, a devastating memory emerges … and changes everything.
Dark, poignant and deeply moving, Maria in the Moon is an examination of the nature of memory and truth, and the defences we build to protect ourselves, when we can no longer hide…
Pretty much yep to all that it says above. This book will make you pause and reflect and, unable to escape either it’s poignancy or darkness, it will most definitely move you. I am taking part in the blog tour in a couple of weeks when I’ll be sharing my full review but this is another superb offering from Ms Beech which you can order here.
And that was it. I’m not going to lay claim to the audiobook as I’ve not finished yet and I shall be pootling through the remaining Bloody Scotland stories over the next week. Blog wise, I’ve been busy as heck again so that is something at least.
I’ve another fairly busy week ahead, personally, professionally and bloggingly. You’re only interested in the blog though (if that) so here you go. Tomorrow, if I remember to write it today, there will be a bit of a round up of Bloody Scotland. I will be sharing the book love with Eve Seymour and Patricia Osborne. I have a brand new review and I will also be taking part in the blog blitz for The Missing Girls by Carol Wyer. And hopefully reading. I have plenty of that planned.
Have a fabulous week all. See you same time next week