Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Books to Read Right Now

 I talk frequently about the books I am lucky enough to be gifted via Netgalley.

If you haven't heard of this site before and you are a lover of books, where have you been? Only joking. This is a place where you can request advanced digital copies of new books for free in exchange for your honest reviews.

No catches, it is that simple.

Perfect for book worms like me who like to read an abundance of novels as this keeps the husband from moaning at the my expenditures on the written word.

Last month I had a bit of a reading spree, trying to empty my Netgalley shelf. 

Now regular Netgalley users will tell you just how hard it is to achieve this because it's an effort to not keep requesting books that you fancy.

I regularly share the reviews I write on both Goodreads and Amazon but I thought it might be worth while sharing my recommendations via this little space on the web too.

So keep on reading for five brilliant books that you might still be able to request, pre-order or perhaps even buy if you like to have that physical copy in your hands:


The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird

Monday, 14 September 2020

Read With Me 2020 #37

 Hello

Welcome to this weeks Read With Me.

Thanks as always for the effort made by all of you to link up and comment. You keep my TBR list long.


After reading all of the books on my Netgalley shelf a couple of weeks ago I have already added four more back on there (two which are Christmas themed).

I just can't resist a good story!

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Beyond the Secret Garden - The Life of Frances Hodgson Burnett by Ann Thwaite

 I think we always remember that one book that really captured our imagination and gave us that love of reading.

For me, when I was little the story that really caught my attention was The Secret Garden. After reading the book, I then proceeded to listen to it on tape (yes I am that old) over and over again.

It is a tale that I still recommend to this day.

So you can imagine how I felt when I got the chance to read Beyond the Secret Garden, The Life of Frances Hodgson Burnett. I've always been rather fascinated with what authors of these classic books are like, what enables them to conjure up such beautiful stories.


Most people have heard of Little Lord Fauntleroy, and of The Secret Garden. Yet few people realize that the same woman wrote both books, 25 years apart, and was considered, along with Henry James, one of the leading writers in America on the strength of the adult novels which made her name in the 1870s and 1880s. Frances Hodgson Burnett's favourite theme in fiction was the reversal of fortune, and she herself knew extremes of poverty and wealth. Born in Manchester in 1849, she emigrated with her family to Tennessee at the close of the Civil War. On the surface, her life was extremely successful. She played the roles of Famous Writer and Fairy Godmother with enthusiasm, but happiness eluded her. She was always waiting for the party, but it went on in other rooms.

A well written book

Monday, 7 September 2020

Read With Me 2020 #36

 Hey there lovely people.

Welcome to this weeks Read With Me linky.


It's a quick one from me this week as I get back into the swing of working again.

I did however managed to read all the books on my Netgalley shelf before I went back to work. Even though I have already added three more books to my shelf again.