Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Bookish Memories 30/11/21


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Ooo this is a fun list I love bookish memories and definitely have experiences tied to books and bookish events. 

1. My first blogger event at Simon and Schuster Books and the City

2. My first visit to Strand Books: http://www.fabulousbookfiend.com/2016/11/bookshop-love-in-us-so-far.html

3. Meeting Jackie Collins: http://www.fabulousbookfiend.com/2015/09/literati-with-jackie-collins.html

4. First visit to BookCon

5. Seeing my name in/on a book for the first time!

6. Reading my first Judy Blume novel and then everything else she wrote that same summer!

7. Discovering Wonder and then sharing it with multiuple students over many many years!

8. Lindsey Kelk's first novel coming along at the time I needed it most, I still feel like she writes specifically for me!

9. Reading an entire novel in a starbucks, such a good day!

10. Discovering Caitlin Moran and reading this entire book on a return train journey. Looking at my life differently and discovering just what a feminist I am!

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Guest Review: Christmas Carols and a Cornish Cream Tea by Cressida McLaughlin

Can she spread Christmas cheer in Cornwall this year?

All Meredith Verren has ever wanted is to escape the holiday season without having to wear a Christmas jumper. Her new job at the cosy gift shop in a picturesque Cornish tourist spot is making it impossible for her to maintain her scrooge-like manner.

With their seasonal hampers on everyone’s wish list, Meredith must paste on a smile and fake some holiday cheer. Then she meets handsome new arrival, Finn, who wishes it could be Christmas every day and wants her to feel the same way too.

Can she embrace the holly and the ivy before the decorations are packed away for another year?

Review: This is the fifth book in the Cornish Cream Tea Bus series from this author. As with all the books in this series, this one is set in a lovely little Cornish seaside town, but this time in Port Karadow rather than the usual Porthgolow. As well as having a new setting, this story has mainly all new characters, except that the Cornish Cream Tea Bus and its owner do make a brief appearance. This book has a glorious cover that combines a Christmas feel with the beauty of the seaside location described in its pages.

The story centres on Meredith, who, following a tragedy ten years previously, tries to avoid Christmas and its festivities as much as possible. This year finds her working for a gift company in Port Karadow that sells a range of Cornish-themed items, including hampers that can be tailored to any occasion, including, of course, Christmas. With her job including designing new products that will help promote the company, ignoring Christmas is more difficult than usual. On her daily swim one morning, Meredith bumps into Finn, a stranger who seems interested in the usually deserted cove she knows so well. As they gradually get to know each other, will Finn be able to break through Meredith’s resistance and instil her with some Christmas cheer?

I have followed this series of books from the start, and really enjoyed this new addition. It truly is a heart-warming festive romance. Even though I have loved getting to know the setting and people in the series so far, I was charmed by the new setting and characters in this book. Meredith and Finn are both complex and interesting players, each taking the time to save the other. There are, of course, many supporting characters as well, all likeable with lots going on in their own lives. The main story line concerning Meredith and Finn is accompanied by interconnecting subplots, one of the main ones which I loved concerning the town’s Christmas pageant - enough to make even Scrooge feel Christmassy. I would always recommend this series of books as a whole, but this particular one would be a welcome addition to anyone’s Christmas stocking.

To order your copy now, just click the link: UK or US

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Book vs Movie: How Does Passing The Movie on Netflix Compare to The Audiobook by Nella Larsen?


Cover Reveal: We’ve Got to Stop Meeting Like This by Donna Y. Ferris @minidva @KellyALacey @lovebookstours @igbooktours #LoveBooksTours

I've got an exciting cover reveal for you today. We’ve Got to Stop Meeting Like This by Donna Y. Ferris. The book will be coming your way very soon and I am very excited to share the cover with you but first, here's what it's all about...

What if the path to inner peace leads to outright disaster? 

Donna has it all - a generous husband, two healthy kids, a Jersey shore home - but believes something is missing. When she signs up for yoga teacher training, her carefully cultivated life begins to crumble. Her husband is having an affair. Dangerous childhood secrets resurface. Her mother dies suddenly. And she doesn’t even like yoga . . . yet. 

As Donna reels and heals, she discovers love, rescues dogs, and confronts yet another crisis of faith

when her new fiancĂ© falls ill. 

A devastating but funny, life-affirming love story, We’ve Got to Stop Meeting Like This is for anyone who has ever dared to fight for what matters - and believes it’s never too late to find love or enlightenment.

But not necessarily in that order.

Are you ready for that cover?

Author Bio

Donna Y. Ferris lives in West Chester, PA with her husband and dogs - and spends as much time as possible with her two Musketeers in Pittsburgh (the home of her beloved Steelers). We’ve Got to Stop Meeting Like This – A Memoir of Missed Connections is her first book. Donna continues to work in corporate America and has contributed over thirty articles to Elephant Journal.  She also teaches yoga weekly, workshops quarterly, and leads Spring / Fall retreats in Duck, NC. Donna can be reached via email (donnayferris@minichangeyoga.com) or on Facebook and Instagram (@downdogdiva) and Twitter (@minidva).

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I'd Love Updates On


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Ooo this is such a great topic, there are so many characters I would love to hear more from and I often put at the end of my reviews that I would love a sequel/update with where they are now. This list is not definitive and just assume that each book, I want to know where the main characters are now unless otherwise stated.