My Week in Books


New arrivals

At last a quiet week for new arrivals so I can concentrate on reducing my TBR pile, not adding to it…

UnderanAmberSkyUnder an Amber Sky by Rose Alexander (ebook, review copy courtesy of the author)

When Sophie Taylor’s life falls apart, there is only one thing to do: escape and find a new one. Dragged to Montenegro by her best friend Anna, Sophie begins to see the light at the end of a very dark tunnel. But when she stumbles into an old, run-down house on the Bay of Kotor she surprises even herself when she buys it. Surrounded by old furniture, left behind by the former inhabitants, Sophie becomes obsessed by a young Balkan couple when she discovers a bundle of letters from the 1940s in a broken roll-top desk. Letters that speak of great love, hope and a mystery Sophie can’t help but get drawn into. Days in Montenegro are nothing like she expected and as Sophie’s home begins to fill with a motley crew of lodgers the house by the bay begins to breathe again. And for Sophie, life seems to be restarting. But letting go of the past is easier said than done…

RusticlesRusticles by Rebecca Gransden (ebook, review copy courtesy of the author)

In Hilligoss, a tired man searches for a son, a flamingo enthrals the night, and fireworks light up the lost. In these stories and more, Rusticles offers a meandering tour through backroads bathed in half light, where shadows play along the verges and whispers of the past assault daydreams of the present. Walk the worn pathways of Hilligoss.

BrewingUpMurderBrewing Up Murder by Neila Young (ebook, review copy courtesy of the author)

As the owner of Mystery Cup Café in Wilton, Missouri, a town made famous by a string of long-ago murders, Blake Harper is used to the mysterious. When her barista is found strangled in a mound of coffee beans, Blake vows to find the killer, even though her sister, the town’s lead police detective, tells her to stay out of it. Blake finds plenty of suspects, like the owners of a rival coffee shop and the handsome new bookstore owner. But when new threats are made, she soon realizes the danger is centered around Mystery Cup and someone is targeting her personally. Will Blake be able to solve the murder, find a new barista, and perfect her recipe for espresso brownies before she becomes the next victim?

On What Cathy Read Next last week

Book Reviews & Blog Tours

On Tuesday I shared my review of The Girl in the Glass Tower by Elizabeth Fremantle, a really enjoyable historical fiction novel about Tudor noblewoman, Arbella Stuart. Wednesday saw a Q&A with Annette Oppenlander as part of the blog tour for her novel set in WW2 Germany, Surviving the Fatherland.  On Thursday I shared my review of a fantastic novel by Nigerian writer Odafe Atogun, Wake Me When I’m Gone and took part in the blog tour for Tremarnock Summer by publishing a fascinating Q&A with its author, Emma Burstall. The following day I shared my review of The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde, a fantastically atmospheric dual time novel by Eve Chase. On Saturday, I was delighted to feature a Q&A with Sarah Franklin, author of Shelter. It’s a book I absolutely adored when I read it a few months ago and I’m sure it’s going to be a bit hit when it’s published next week.   My second feature that day was a guest post by Nicole Dieker about her two-volume series, The Biographies of Ordinary People. Nicole talked about her inspiration for the book and I was delighted to feature an extract from Volume 1 as well. Finally, on Sunday I was thrilled to kick off the blog tour for The Dark Isle by Clare Carson, the final instalment in her Sam Coyle trilogy set on Orkney. Clare contributed a fantastic guest post about how she goes about creating a sense of time and place in her writing. So a busy week on the blog!

Other posts

I kicked off the week with a post about the right response when coming across excessive typos and editing issues in books (a pet hate). Some interesting discussion ensued with contributions from both authors and readers. Find out what the consensus was here. On Tuesday I did some spring cleaning (I know, a bit late as it’s summer here in the UK) of my To-Read shelf on Goodreads by taking part in the Down the TBR Hole meme. Wednesday is WWW Wednesday, where I and other book bloggers share what we’ve been reading, are currently reading and plan to read next. And Thursday has become Throwback Thursday  for which I shared another review from the early days of my blog – a short story collection by Katherine Mansfield, In A German Pension.

Challenge updates

  • Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge – 87 out of 78 books read, 2 more than last week. I still need to set that new target….
  • Classics Club Challenge– 4 out of 50 books reviewed (same as last week)
  • NetGalley/Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2017 (Gold) – 41 ARCs reviewed out of 50 (3 more than last week)
  • From Page to Screen 2017– 7 book/film comparisons out of 12 completed (same as last week)
  • The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction Shortlist 2017 – Completed

On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Book Review: The Virgin of the Wind Rose by Glen Craney
  • Meme: Down the TBR Hole #2
  • Q&A: Scott Kauffman, author of Revenants: The Odyssey Home
  • Meme: WWW Wednesday
  • Meme: Throwback Thursday
  • Book Review: The Room by the Lake by Emma Dibdin
  • Book Review: The Watch House by Bernie McGill
  • Blog Tour/Review: It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan

Reviews to be added to NetGalley

  • None just at the moment!

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