Top 5 Tuesday: Series I Haven’t Finished

Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and now being hosted by Meeghan reads.

Hello!

This is one that is apt for me as I am rather useless at finishing series but I do try. Although it really does frustrate me when an author doesn’t finish the next book in the series and I am desperately waiting for it, mentioning no names George R. R. Martin!

So here are the series that I haven’t managed to finish…

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

I flew through this series and enjoyed reading it so much I bought the box sets for two of my nephews to read. However, I am beginning to feel I will never find out the ending due to Martin’s lack of publishing the next books!

The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

I own nearly the entire series and I am lucky enough to have a signed edition of one of the books but I must admit I have never got beyond book 5. I have tried again and reread the first 3 but then I get distracted and give up. I really like the story though and want to finish it but I’m not a great one for patience sadly.

The Expanse by James S. A. Corey

I started this series just this year and have just finished the second book. So far I absolutely love the series so I am hoping to read them all this year.

Shardlake by C. J. Sansom

Another series I started this year and hope to continue with.

Six Tudor Queens by Alison Weir

I love this series and can’t wait for Weir to finish writing the last book in the series.

There are my five series that I have not yet completed. Are there any series that you have not yet completed? Please drop me a comment if you have also taken part in today’s Top 5 Tuesday and I will head over for a visit.

Happy Reading

WWW Wednesday: 3/02/2021

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The rules are answer the questions below and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a good week so far. There appears to be some sunshine here today so I am hoping to get out for a walk in a bit.

So here is what I have been up to in the world of books.

Currently Reading

I am absolutely loving this so far and I can already tell that I will fly through this series.

Recently Finished

I will be honest I did struggle with The Dark Veil and I am beginning to realise that James Swallow is just not an author for me. Here is my review.

The Butcher of Anderson Station was brilliant and a fantastic short story that excellently fills out the back story to Fred Johnson. Review.

What I Think I will Read Next

I will be honest if I had the next in the series then I would go straight on to the next book in The Expanse series but sadly funds are a bit tight for book buying so I must be well behaved and read some of the books I already own. It will definitely be one of these as three of them are from The Willoughby Book Club and I’ve promised myself that I will read at least one of my Willoughby books a month. The others I got in the last Waterstones sale and they are sat tempting me as I type.

The Willoughby Book Club Voucher code for 10% off is still available if anybody is interested: Voucher

Please drop me a comment with your WWW Wednesday and I will head over for a visit.

Happy Reading.

WWW Wednesday: 27/01/2021

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The rules are answer the questions below and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

Happy Wednesday!

I have had another great week reading and so far I have read some really good books to kick off 2021. So here is what I have been up to…

What I am Currently Reading

I have just started this and so far it is ok. One of my favourite Star Trek characters is Deanna Troi so it is nice to read about her.

What I have Recently Finished Reading

The House on Vesper Sands didn’t really knock me off my feet but it was ok. The Mysterious Affair at Styles was fab and I just adored Poirot.

What I Think I will Read Next

These new books are tempting me greatly so it will be one of these next.

There is my WWW Wednesday, please drop me a link to your post and I will head over for a visit.

Happy Reading.

Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For more info please check out Jana’s blog.

Hello!

I love discovering new authors so I thought this was a good post for me take part in. So here are my 10 authors that I discovered in 2020.

The Countess of Carnarvon

I read Christmas at Highclere just before Christmas and I loved it and I really enjoyed The Countess of Carnarvon’s writing style and decided that 2021 would be the year I read some more of her books.

Stephen Fry

I have never read any of Stephen Fry’s books before but owned quite a few and I read my first one, Mythos, in 2020 and it will definitely not be my last.

Mike Gayle

I discovered Mike Gayle last year through a book club that was set up through a local bookshop. I quickly read through the book Half a World Away and then promptly read All the Lonely People. I will definitely be reading more of Mike Gayle and highly recommend him.

Madeline Miller

I read The Song of Achilles and it was a true stroke of genius that I adored.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I read Mexican Gothic and it really stuck with me. It is one of those stories that you just keep thinking about.

Beth O’Leary

Beth O’Leary’s The Flat Share was recommended to me by my best friend and I laughed my head off whilst reading it and now O’Leary will definitely be an author I turn to again.

Alison Weir

I read my first Alison Weir last year and then read loads of Alison Weir books and bought loads as well. She has become one of my favourite authors.

I only have seven authors that I discovered last year but they were all firm new additions to my TBR.

Please drop me a message if you want a chat about these authors. Please drop me link to your TTT and I will head over for a visit.

WWW Wednesday: 20/01/2021

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The rules are answer the questions below and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

Hello!

Happy Wednesday.

I hope everyone has been reading some good books this week.

So without further ado here is my WWW Wednesday.

What I am Currently Reading

I will be honest this was rather a surprise when I started reading it. It really isn’t what I expected but it is good so far.

What I have Recently Finished Reading

I absolutely loved this and I can’t wait to start reading the next in the series. The review is here.

What I think I will Read Next

Any of these books are a possible and to be honest it will be hard to decide which one to choose.

Please drop me a comment with your WWW Wednesday and I will head over for a visit, as I do love to see what everyone is reading.

Happy Reading.

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Books I will Definitely Read this Year

Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and now being hosted by Meeghan reads.

Hello!

It must be November 2020 since I took part Top 5 Tuesday, so I thought it was high time I took part again.

So here are the 5 books I will definitely read this year.

  1. Thomas Cromwell series by Hilary Mantel
  2. Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
  3. Tidelands by Philippa Gregory
  4. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
  5. Die Standing by John Jackson Miller

I have been desperate to read the Thomas Cromwell series for ages and I hope to read the first one in the series as a buddy read with my best friend. I have never read any Maurier and I think this year I will remedy that as I actually own most of her books. The others have been on my TBR pile for way to long so I will get them read as I plan to work the pile down this year.

So there are the 5 books I will definietlty read this year.

Please drop me a comment with a link to your Top 5 Tuesday post and I will head over for a visit.

Happy Reading.

WWW Wednesday: 13/01/2021

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The rules are answer the questions below and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a good week so far. I am getting rather fed up of my essay and will be pleased when I submit it today. I just want to curl up and read a book!

So here is my WWW Wednesday

What I am Currently Reading

I am back into reading this after a little break and absolutely loving it. I have ordered the sequel as I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

What I have Recently Finished Reading

Really enjoyed this and review will be posted soon. I have also ordered the sequel to this series.

What I think I will Read Next

I really would like to read an Agatha Christie book a month so hopefully I will read this one in January. My other options is one of my Willoughby Book Club books.

There is my WWW Wednesday. Please drop me a comment with your WWW Wednesday and I will head over for a visit.

Happy Reading.

Top Ten Tuesday: Resolutions/Hopes for 2021

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For more info please check out Jana’s blog.

Happy Tuesday!

So here are some of my resolutions and hopes for 2021. The Bookish ones are in bold.

  1. My main hope is to see my family properly because we haven’t been all together for so long due to Covid so this is definitely my main hope as I really do miss everyone.
  2. Another hope is to visit an actual book shop. Due to having underlying health conditions I have to be really careful and so I haven’t gone out anywhere so it would be fantastic to actually browse in a bookshop. My husband might have to restrain me from buying all the books but hopefully I won’t get overwhelmed.
  3. A resolution for 2021 is to finally get our library started and finished. All the books are currently boxed up in a room that we have planned for a library but we do need to do a few jobs to the room to get it ready. I will document the transformation on the blog.
  4. Another resolution is to do more walking this year and beat the amount of miles I walked last year.
  5. Resolution to read more series books this year as I have loads on my TBR pile that I have never started.
  6. Another hope is to visit Bath this year, we always go for New Year but obviously didn’t get a chance this time so really hope we can go this year when it is safer.
  7. This next resolution I am going to put on the blog so I am accountable and it will make me do it as I always put it off each year. The resolution is do my grade 6 piano exam. This really should have been done ages ago but I have been lazy.
  8. Bookish resolution is to read my height in books.
  9. Bookish resolution to read more Agatha Christie books.
  10. Final hope is to have a better 2021 than 2020.

So there is my Top Ten Tuesday. Please drop me a link with your Top Ten Tuesday and I will head over for a visit.

Happy Reading.

Goodreads Monday: 11/01/2021

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners.  All you have to do is show off a book from your TBR that you’re looking forward to reading.

Hello and happy Monday.

I have been stuck writing an assignment all day and I must admit I will be happy when this essay is done and dusted as writing about ancient Roman funeral rites is getting rather depressing.

Anyway, enough of that, it is time to choose another book off my TBR list. This week I have gone for a book that has been on my TBR list since 2015 but has just recently come back on my radar so I plan on reading it this year all being well.

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration and setting for Julian Fellowes’s Emmy Award-winning PBS show Downton Abbey, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants, Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon. Drawing on a rich store of materials from the archives of Highclere Castle, including diaries, letters, and photographs, the current Lady Carnarvon has written a transporting story of this fabled home on the brink of war.
    Much like her Masterpiece Classic counterpart, Lady Cora Crawley, Lady Almina was the daughter of a wealthy industrialist, Alfred de Rothschild, who married his daughter off at a young age, her dowry serving as the crucial link in the effort to preserve the Earl of Carnarvon’s ancestral home.  Throwing open the doors of Highclere Castle to tend to the wounded of World War I, Lady Almina distinguished herself as a brave and remarkable woman.
    This rich tale contrasts the splendor of Edwardian life in a great house against the backdrop of the First World War and offers an inspiring and revealing picture of the woman at the center of the history of Highclere Castle.

I read Christmas at Highclere by Lady Carnarvon just before Christmas 2020 and absolutely loved the book and really liked Lady Carnarvon’s writing style so I am excited to read this book.

Please drop me a comment if you want a chat.

WWW Wednesday: 30/12/2020

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The rules are answer the questions below and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

Hello

I hope everyone is OK during this limbo period. I must admit I do love the period between Christmas and New Year. The limbo period involves left overs, chocolate, reading, wintry walks and just generally chilling.

So here is my last WWW Wednesday of 2020.

What I am Currently Reading

My husband and myself love watching The Expanse so I decided I would read the books in 2021 and have started early. So far I can’t put it down.

What I have Recently Finished Reading

I finished The Nutcracker and have read two of my Christmas presents, Letters from Fairyland and How to See Fairies by Charles Van Sandwyk.

What I Think I will Read Next

I’m starting my buddy read Dissolution on the 1st January, I’m really excited about this book and to be reading it with my best friend. I will probably be reading another book at the same time and it will be one of these books.

Please drop me a comment if you want to chat about any of my books. Please drop me the link to your WWW Wednesday and I will head over for a visit.

Happy Reading!