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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.

I think that a lot of these lists will feature places people live that they don't see enough in books, or other worlds that they would like to see more of so I don't think mine will be very different...

1. Denver
2. Yorkshire (not rural Yorkshire, actual towns)
3. New Jersey (possible New York adventures)
4. Wales
5. Glasgow
6. Heathrow Airport
7. Canada
8. Schools (from the teachers points of view)
9. Minneapolis
10. Paddington Station

So if you're looking for a setting for your latest novel-here are some suggestions!
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Sunshine, cider and family secrets...
Dragonfly Farm has been a home and a haven for generations of Melchiors - arch rivals to the Culbones, the wealthy family who live on the other side of the river. Life there is dictated by the seasons and cider-making, and everyone falls under its spell.
For cousins Tabitha and Georgia, it has always been a home from home. When a tragedy befalls their beloved Great-Uncle Matthew, it seems the place where they've always belonged might now belong to them...
But the will reveals that a third of the farm has also been left to a Culbone. Gabriel has no idea why he's been included, or what his connection to the farm - or the Melchiors - can be.
As the first apples start to fall for the cider harvest, will Dragonfly Farm begin to give up its secrets?
A Home from Home is the very best of Veronica Henry's storytelling - gorgeous scenes you wish you could step into, a cast of characters who feel like friends, and an irresistibly feel-good family drama crossing three generations.




Review: Being a huge Veronica Henry fan, I was looking forward with great anticipation to her latest novel. This one turned out to be quite a family saga, with lots of back stories for the characters; definitely one of those books it is difficult to put down.

The main story concerns Dragonfly Farm, not a farm with animals or crops, but just the farmhouse, outbuildings and apple orchards. It is rather run down to look at, but there have obviously been many happy times for the Melchior family, who have lived there for generations, in recent times producing a very palatable cider. As we join the story, great uncle Matthew, the last of the older generation, has died, and his will has caused quite a stir amongst his surviving relatives. Tabitha, who has lived at the farm for years, and her cousin Georgia, who looks on the place as a second home, find that, as they hoped, Matthew has left them the farm, but has also left an equal share to someone they have never heard of, Gabriel Culbone. His very name is enough to raise hackles, as the Melchiors and the Culbones have long been at loggerheads following an incident a few generations ago. When all parties start digging into the past to find out Gabriel’s connection with the farm, there emerge all manner of revelations. 

As I expected, I really enjoyed this book. Events spanned long periods of time, although the main focus was on the present and what was going to happen to the farm. It certainly kept me guessing until the end. I liked the fact that there was an air of mystery mixed with romance; so many secrets binding together the two families. I can recommend this book, with its strong, mainly likeable, characters and a surprise round every corner to Veronica Henry fans and those new to her work alike. 


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

If you've been following for a while then you will know there are quite a few auto buy authors on my shelves-certainly far too many to fit into a top ten so... let's just try and list some of them and see what number we get to...
















































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I got some amazing books from some wonderful authors and publishers in New York this year. Here are some of my highlights and some of the books I will be picking up ASAP. 

These are in chronological order of US Publication date...

Out Now





July


2nd July


16th July


30th July

August


6th August


13th August


27th August


27th August


27th August

September


3rd September


3rd September


3rd September


3rd September


10th September


10th September


17th September


24th September


24th September

October


1st October


1st October


1st October


8th October


8th October


15th October


22nd October


22nd October


29th October


29th October

January 2020


January 21st 2020

February 2020


4th February 2020

Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon  

4th February 2020

I don't have a cover for this one so here's the synopsis...

Will the princess save the beast?


For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending… Right?

His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life. Sparkling and elegant, Jaya’s unlike anyone Grey has ever met. Still, he can’t shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…

As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending. 


March 2020


3rd March 2020


Book Haul: Book Expo & Book Con 2019 - YouTube


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Welcome to my Reading Rush sign up post and TBR! The Reading Rush has an awesome website where you can sign up, that can be found here. On their site they explain that...

The Reading Rush is a week long readathon for book lovers all around the world. For one week readers gather together to read as much as they possibly can and to participate in challenges and giveaways online.

So I am very much looking forward to the week-long readathon even though it will be a reasonably busy week for me, I hope to get some good reading in and of course take part in the video challenges and Instagram challenges. You can find my channel here!

1/ Read a book with purple on the cover


2/ Read a book in the same spot the entire time AND 5/ Read a book with a non-human main character


3/ Read a book you meant to read last year (re-read) AND 7/ Read and watch a book to movie adaptation


4/ Read an author’s first book


6/ Pick a book that has five or more words in the title


Bonus/ Read 7 books!
Well here are the books that are left on my July TBR so I will be choosing from these...














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I know it's been a while since I got back from Book Expo and Book Con in New York but things have been busy you know? I made vlogs of both events and the have been up on my channel for a while, I will link those for you if BookTube is more your thing but here are a few highlights of the events. There will be a separate book haul up soon!


Book Expo 2019 Vlog - YouTube


BookCon 2019 Event Vlog - YouTube

The Panels

I saw some awesome Panels at both events and literally enjoyed every moment of them!


When Millennials met romance: The RomCom Phenom featuring Tessa Bailey, Alexis Daria, Mia Sosa, Jasmine Guillory, Abby Jimenez and Amanda Heger moderated by Meg Cabot


The Future of The Online Book Community moderated by Christina Marie, featuring @Mrcommonspence @Absorbedinpages @storiesforcoffee


Jennifer Weiner talking about Mrs Everything (out now)




Adam Rippon talking about Beautiful on the Outside (out October 15th)




EL James Talking about The Mister


I also got to hang out with awesome friends!


Jess from Enchanted Fandom


And awesome BookTuber Beautifully Bookish Bethany!

I was lucky enough to attend the Riveted (Simon Teen) books for breakfast breakfast event on the first day of BookCon where we got a whole goodie bag full of signed books from Cassandra Clare, SK Ali, Britteny Morris, Jenny Hann, Sandhya Menon and Margaret Rogerson.


And then there were the author signings...


George Takei


Out now


Julie Murphy


Out October 1st


Rainbow Rowell


Out August 27th


Candace Bushnell


Out August 6th


Meg Cabot


Out September 24th

Full book haul will be coming soon!


Book Haul: Book Expo & Book Con 2019 - YouTube



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Escape to the Scottish Highlands where a tiny bookshop perches on the edge of a loch
Zoe is a single mother, sinking beneath the waves trying to cope by herself in London. Hari, her gorgeous little boy is perfect in every way - except for the fact that he just doesn't speak, at all. When her landlord raises the rent on her flat, Zoe doesn't know where to turn.
Then Hari's aunt suggests Zoe could move to Scotland to help run a bookshop. Going from the lonely city to a small village in the Highlands could be the change Zoe and Hari desperately need.
Faced with an unwelcoming boss, a moody, distant bookseller named Ramsay Urquart, and a band of unruly children, Zoe wonders if she's made the right decision. But Hari has found his very first real friend, and no one could resist the beauty of the loch glinting in the summer sun. If only Ramsay would just be a little more approachable...
Dreams start here...
 



Review: How lovely to find a new book from Jenny Colgan. I have enjoyed so many of her books in the past, with their amazing characters, and loads of humour mixed in with real life drama and romance. Although Jenny says in her introduction that this book is not a sequel to The Little Shop of Happy Ever After (or The Bookshop on the Corner for US readers), it sounded to me as if there might be echoes of that story in this one. I sat down to read and was reluctant to pause until I got to the end.

This story concerns single mum Zoe and her son Hari. Although four years old, Hari has not begun to talk, which is causing Zoe not inconsiderable concern. She has other concerns too, living in a small, noisy and altogether unpleasant flat in London where the rent is about to be raised beyond her reach. A possible solution comes out of the blue, when a friend tells her of not one but two jobs in a remote Scottish village on the shores of Loch Ness, living in as nanny to three children and helping out on a mobile bookshop. With that all sounding pretty good, if a little far away, Zoe and Hari board the bus to the highlands towards a new life. However, on arrival, Zoe finds herself landed in the midst of a truly dysfunctional family and working for a bookshop owner who is hard to please and with customers who are even more difficult to deal with. Can the wonderful setting, in such contrast to what she has left behind, and the fact that Hari seems happy compensate for the challenges of her new situation?

I thought this was a marvellous story. It has it all; humour, many dramatic moments, surprising revelations and promises of romance. Having previously read The Little Shop of Happy Ever After, I was delighted to meet up with familiar characters and find out how their lives have progressed. I’m sure I’m not alone in enjoying that aspect of any story. Here, although Zoe finds herself in the midst of a chaotic household with a distant father, children with behavioural problems and a weird housekeeper, she is not deterred and I admired her tenacity greatly. Of course, her lovely surroundings, so well depicted by Jenny, free from the noise and bustle of the city, would go a long way to persuading anyone to stay. I was impressed with the way in which Jenny dealt so sensitively with the mental health issues raised in the story. This is a book I would highly recommend to other readers; you might even be tempted to go monster hunting in this stunning area of the highlands.


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

Some of these characters have really stuck with me and so that is why they have made it onto the list! Let me know in the comments what characters have stuck with you!


Evelyn Hugo


Ellen


Jenny Lopez (and Alex and Angela!)



Both Starr and Bri are awesome!


Puddin' and Dumplin.


Robin Wilde


Darcy Burdock


Harriett Manners


Leah!


Dave-I miss Dave!


Becky Bloomwood



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Ok I have to apologise that I forgot to post this one... It's now well into July and I have already posted my July Wrap up. I will leave my June BookTube Wrap up at the bottom in case you would prefer this in video form. 

As always I will break this down into what format I read each book in and leave any reviews I have already posted. It's a short list this month...

Ebooks







Physical Books




Book Vs Movie: The Darkest Minds - YouTube

Audiobooks












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Do we change or does the world change us?


Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise.

Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life.

But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined. Jo and Bethie survive traumas and tragedies. As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s lib, Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture and is up for anything (except settling down). Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Neither woman inhabits the world she dreams of, nor has a life that feels authentic or brings her joy. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after?

In her most ambitious novel yet, Jennifer Weiner tells a story of two sisters who, with their different dreams and different paths, offer answers to the question: How should a woman be in the world?



Review: Oh my goodness this book! This was such an epic read in so many ways. It covers so many issues that we face as women today, it covers such a great time period and it covers the thoughts and feelings and lives of two amazing characters. This book to me what it must have felt like when Little Women first came out and readers discovered it for the first time. 

I loved reading about these two sisters. They are amazing characters because they really are just like you and me and yet they have to face so many things, so many difficulties and so many choices in their lives and we get to go through all of that with them. Bethie is such a sweet girl and yet life is tough on her from such a young age and we can see how much she has been affected by that. She doesn't always make the best choices and yet I was wishing her all the best the entire way through the novel and I am pleased that she got the ending that she did. Jo is initially such a strong person and yet she too is hit by such devastation and has to witness her sister going through such a lot as well. She is such a complex character who seems so keen to do well by her entire family and that often means putting herself last. I really fell in love with Jo and cried more than once over what she had to go through. 

There is also a third character of sorts in the form of the sisters' mother, Sarah. She definitely has an important part to play in each step of these women's lives and yet she has also had a tough time. She isn't an easy person to like but boy does she love her daughters and she worked hard for them. She is conservative in her values but that provides a springboard for both of the journeys that the sisters go on and she is an important character in the novel. 

This book not only covers a wide expanse of time but also a wide range of geographical destinations and so it feels a little bit like we got to live and travel with these sisters no matter where they are. As a result you do feel a little worn out by the time you get the final stages of this book and yet it feels like a worthwhile journey and oh the things you will see along the way. 

This book has good LGTBQ+ representation and really shows what it could be like to question your sexuality in 1950s Detroit. It also has good representation of other diverse groups and the fact that the story lines for these marginalised groups change as the time and location changes shows how well thought out these characters and this plot is. This is intersectional feminism in novel form, I loved every minute of it and I know that you will too!

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

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