Books I’m Excited About #5


I have discovered some more books that I am looking forward to this year and will be preordering these very soon. I love preordering books, I just wish I could afford the books! I have just found a very nice edition of The Lord of the Rings that comes out in October just before my birthday so I have already started dropping hints to the husband.

So here are the next instalment of books that I really want to buy and read…

Spearheaded by The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Hold Still was an ambitious community project to create a unique collective portrait of the UK during lockdown. People of all ages were invited to submit a photographic portrait, taken in a six-week period during May and June 2020, focussed on three core themes – Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal and Acts of Kindness. From these, a panel of judges selected 100 portraits, assessing the images on the emotions and experiences they conveyed.

Featured here in this publication, the final 100 images present a unique and highly personal record of this extraordinary period in our history. From virtual birthday parties, handmade rainbows and community clapping to brave NHS staff, resilient keyworkers and people dealing with illness, isolation and loss. The images convey humour and grief, creativity and kindness, tragedy and hope – expressing and exploring both our shared and individual experiences.

Presenting a true portrait of our nation in 2020, this publication includes a foreword by The Duchess of Cambridge, each image is accompanied by an extended caption and further works show the nationwide outdoor exhibition of Hold Still.

I’m really looking forward to this book as it looks really interesting. I know it is more pictures than words but I think the pictures will speak louder than words.


A strange darkness is growing in the Ward. Even Corayne an-Amarat can feel it, tucked away in her small town at the edge of the sea.

Fate knocks on her door, in the form of a mythical immortal and a lethal assassin, who tell Corayne that she is the last of an ancient lineage – with the power to save the world from destruction.

Because a man who would burn kingdoms to the ground is raising an army unlike any seen before, bent on uprooting the foundations of the world. With poison in his heart and a stolen sword in his hand, he’ll break the realm itself to claim it. And only Corayne can stop him.

Alongside an unlikely group of reluctant allies, Corayne finds herself on a desperate journey to complete an impossible task, with untold magic singing in her blood and the fate of the world on her shoulders.

A new author for me but I just love the sound of this book. It looks like my kind of perfect read.

Mercia, 788 AD

In the grand Saxon halls of Mercia, King Offa rules with cold ambition. His youngest daughter Eadburh is destined for an arranged marriage, but with reckless spirit her heart is taken by a Welsh prince, a man she can never be matched with and who is quickly and cruelly taken from her.

Eadburh inherited her father’s ruthless ways but it’s the gifts passed down from her mother that are far more dangerous. She is determined to carve her own place in the world, yet her path could cause war.

Offa’s Dyke, 2021

In a cottage hidden amongst the misty Welsh hills of Offa’s Dyke, Bea Dalloway is called to help Simon Armstrong, who is searching for peace. Instead he finds himself disturbed by unsettling noises and visions.

It isn’t long before Bea is also swept up by haunting dreams. The past is whispering to them, calling out for the truth to be told at last. And as dreams and reality weave closer together, Bea and Simon must be strong to resist the pull of the past – and its desire for revenge…

I love a historical fiction book and I really do not mind what time period it is from as I will happily research the time period before reading the book.

Very excited to get ordering these books!

Please drop me a comment with any books you are excited about reading.

Happy Reading

The Weekly Brief

Happy Sunday!

I hope everyone has had a nice weekend. I haven’t managed much reading but I have managed to cook a roast dinner and end up with the meat on the floor so I made up for it by making a cheesecake. I have also done more studying and piano playing.

Anyway, here is what I have been up to on the blog

Posts this Week

Currently Reading

Books Acquired

I’m looking forward to reading these two books and I must admit my Mom has already said she wants to borrow the Richard Osman book off me.

Another blogging week complete.

I hope everyone has a good week.

Happy Reading

The Willoughby Book Club #6

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone has a good week planned with some good reading included.

My book from The Willoughby Book Club has arrived and it was in different wrapping! I’m not sure I am as keen on this wrapping as it is more of a sleeve instead of the gorgeous tissue paper but it is the book that counts.

The book I received was Mallory Cook and the Road Not Taken by Charlotte Nash. I know I say this a lot but Charlotte Nash is another new author for me. I do love discovering new authors especially when they become firm favourites, so fingers crossed I am not disappointed.

One single mother. Three escaped pensioners. An unforgettable road trip.

In their tiny, pale green cottage under the trees, Mallory Cook and her five-year-old son, Harry, are a little family unit who weather the storms of life together. Money is tight after Harry’s unreliable and impulsive father, Duncan, abandoned them to expand his business in New York. So when Duncan fails to return Harry after a visit, Mallory sets off, determined to bring her son home any way she can.

A chance encounter with three retirees on the run leaves Mallory leading an unlikely group road trip across the United States. Zadie, Ernie and Jock each have their own reasons for making the journey and along the way the four of them will learn not only the lengths they will travel to save each other, but that it’s never too late to change the path you’re on . . .

Drop me a comment with your thoughts if you have read this book.

Happy Reading

The Weekly Brief

Happy Sunday!

I hope everyone has had a good weekend so far. I have done some fantastic reading this weekend which has been wonderful.

So here is what I have been up to on the blog this week

Posts this Week

Currently Reading

Proving to be very interesting so far.

Books Acquired

I will be honest I have already read this. I bought it on Friday and read it on Saturday, I just couldn’t put it down.

So there is my week.

Please drop me a comment if you want to chat.

Happy Reading

The Weekly Brief


I hope everyone has a had a very bookish weekend so far.

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

Posts this Week

Currently Reading

Books Acquired this Week

I had a lovely surprise this week from my husband who had very kindly bought me books 3, 4, 5 and 6 of The Expanse series as a present. I am so excited to get reading book 3 as I am absolutely loving the series.

So there is my week. I hope everyone has also had a good week. Please drop me a comment if you want a chat.

Happy Reading.

Books I’m Excited About #4


I have started looking at the books that are being released this year and I must admit there are quite a few I am getting excited about and want to preorder.

So here are a few that I hope to order soon.

As Princesses of Crete and daughters of the fearsome King Minos, Ariadne and her sister Phaedra grow up hearing the hoofbeats and bellows of the Minotaur echo from the Labyrinth beneath the palace. The Minotaur – Minos’s greatest shame and Ariadne’s brother – demands blood every year. 

When Theseus, Prince of Athens, arrives in Crete as a sacrifice to the beast, Ariadne falls in love with him. But helping Theseus kill the monster means betraying her family and country, and Ariadne knows only too well that in a world ruled by mercurial gods – drawing their attention can cost you everything. 

In a world where women are nothing more than the pawns of powerful men, will Ariadne’s decision to betray Crete for Theseus ensure her happy ending? Or will she find herself sacrificed for her lover’s ambition?

ARIADNE gives a voice to the forgotten women of one of the most famous Greek myths, and speaks to their strength in the face of angry, petulant Gods. Beautifully written and completely immersive, this is an exceptional debut novel.

This book looks really interesting and I can’t wait for it to be published. I do love a retelling of an ancient myth.

Addie and her sister are about to embark on an epic road trip to a friend’s wedding in rural Scotland. The playlist is all planned and the snacks are packed.

But, not long after setting off, a car slams into the back of theirs. The driver is none other than Addie’s ex, Dylan, who she’s avoided since their traumatic break-up two years earlier.

Dylan and his best mate are heading to the wedding too, and they’ve totalled their car, so Addie has no choice but to offer them a ride. The car is soon jam-packed full of luggage and secrets, and with four hundred miles ahead of them, Dylan and Addie can’t avoid confronting the very messy history of their relationship…

Will they make it to the wedding on time? And, more importantly… is this really the end of the road for Addie and Dylan?

I read The Flat Share by O’Leary last year and absolutely loved it so I am looking forward to reading her latest book.

The Night Hawks, a group of metal detectorists, are searching for buried treasure when they find a body on the beach in North Norfolk. At first Nelson thinks that the dead man might be an asylum seeker but he turns out to be a local boy, Jem Taylor, recently released from prison. Ruth is more interested in the treasure, a hoard of Bronze Age weapons. Nelson at first thinks that Taylor’s death is accidental drowning, but a second death suggests murder.

Nelson is called to an apparent murder-suicide of a couple at the isolated Black Dog Farm. Local legend talks of the Black Shuck, a spectral hound that appears to people before they die. Nelson ignores this, even when the owner’s suicide note includes the line, ‘He’s buried in the garden.’ Ruth excavates and finds the body of a giant dog.

All roads lead back to this farm in the middle of nowhere, but the place spells serious danger for anyone who goes near. Ruth doesn’t scare easily. Not until she finds herself at Black Dog Farm …

This has been published but I haven’t ordered it yet but I will be honest I won’t be able to hold out for much longer as I love the Dr Ruth Galloway series.

Just three books at the moment but I will be ordering them soon I hope. I always enjoy preordering books as then I generally forget about the order and then when it arrives in the post it proves a nice surprise.

Please drop me a comment with any books you are excited about.

The Weekly Brief

Happy Sunday!

I hope everyone is having a good weekend.

Here is what has been happening on the blog this week.

Posts this Week

Currently Reading

Absolutely loving this so far!

Books Acquired

So there is my week on the blog. I hope everyone has had a good week.

Drop me a comment if you want to chat!

The Willoughby Book Club #5

Happy Saturday!

I do love it when I get a surprise book in the post and today was the day I have been eagerly awaiting since the beginning of the month.

My book was sadly not in its usual gorgeous wrapping due to staff shortages in the company but I got something even better included with my book, a little notebook to write all of my bookish notes in. I do love notebooks, so this was right up my street.

The book that I received was Meet Me In Bombay by Jenny Ashcroft. Jenny Ashcroft is another new author to me but her books have been recommended to me more than once by various people so I am looking forward to reading it.

The voucher code for 10% off a Willoughby Book Club subscription is still valid until the 25th February 2021 if you wish to join this fantastic club and get fabulous books through the post, then click the link below.

Voucher Code

Happy Reading!

The Weekly Brief


I hope everyone has had a good week this week.

Here is what has been happening on the blog in case you missed it.

Blog Posts this Week

What I am Currently Reading

I literally have about 50 pages left so will be finishing this tonight.

Books Acquired

Yes, I had a Waterstones order this week. I can’t wait to start reading these soon.

Happy Reading.