My month in books – July

What’s happened in July?

What with a week’s holiday in France, a trip to Wimbledon and participating in 2 book blog tours July has been a busy month for me and the blog. My reading has picked up considerably; a massive difference to June in fact.

The blog tours were for Holly Martin’s Fairytale Beginnings and Ann Troup’s The Lost Child, you can click the book title to go to my reviews; both I would recommend for different reasons and for different readers. In fact, I wrote my review for The Lost Child from the gite I was staying at in France; not a bad place to write a blog post eh!

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La Ville Voisin

I also managed to squeeze in a visit to Booka Bookshop in Oswestry to Cathy Rentzenbrink’s talk on her memoir The Last Act of Love. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t planning on reading this book as I thought it would just be too sad, but I was asked to go to the event by my book club members so off I went. Cathy’s talk was extremely sad and at one point I felt myself filling up but it was also very hopeful and inspirational and so I bought the book too with the full intention of reading it!

Books read: 4

The Night CircusFairytale BeginningsThe Lost ChildThe Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

 

 

 

Books added to the TBR: 3

Go Set A WatchmanThe Last Act of LoveTenacity

Currently reading: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Favourite book for July: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

What’s coming up in August?

  • Hoping to make real progress with #PaperbackSummer

How was your July reading and what are you looking forward to in August?

Book Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night CircusWhat’s it about?

Opens at Nightfall

Closes at Dawn

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.

Le Cirque des Rêves

The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open.

Now you may enter.

My thoughts

Oh guys, I really don’t know what to say about this book. After first seeing it on You Tuber Carrie Hope Fletcher’s vlog I really liked the look of it and every time I tweeted about it or mentioned it in a Wednesday post, people were so positive about it. What did I miss?

I loved the cover of this book and I loved the idea of this book more than I actually liked it unfortunately, it really didn’t do anything for me.

Initially there’s a lot about the setting up of the circus and the introduction of all the characters, of which there are a lot, but then they come and go and visit the circus and then aren’t mentioned again for a few chapters. I usually love a dual time line but this one just confused me and I often found myself going back to check at what time we were at before which I found disrupted my reading rather than enhanced the experience.

Things happen without anything really happening; all with this backdrop of some sort of contest between two of the main characters that I didn’t really know what it was or what they were expected to do but it was to the exclusion of what you’d expect to be legally and morally right.

On the plus side, it is mysterious and magical and the writing is very descriptive and expressive and I found it easy to visualise the circus acts. It also reminded me of the movie The Prestige which I love.

My book club is a small group of 5 and nobody got on with it. I was a bit gutted as I’d chosen it and it is rather a long book to get through so it was a shame that it wasn’t for us. We all agreed it may be better suited to young/new adult readers.

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WWW Wednesday (July 8th)

Yay I’m posting this week as I finally finished a book….

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what you’re reading this week…

WWW Wednesday

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

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

I’m currently reading…

Fairytale BeginningsFairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin

I’m taking part in Holly’s blog tour for her new book later in the month so getting stuck in to the book in preparation.

The clue’s in the title here; it’s a very light and easy read with some racier scenes 😉 and would suit a Disney rom-com fan.

The blurb

Hopeless romantic Milly Rose has had her fair share of heartbreak. Obsessed with all things Disney, she refuses to give up on finding her Prince Charming – he’s out there somewhere, isn’t he?

When Milly is given a job to investigate the origins of a historical building in the village of Clover’s Rest, she’s not sure what to expect. What she discovers takes her breath away – a beautiful real life Cinderella castle, complete with turrets, a magnificent drawbridge AND a very handsome owner…Cameron Heartstone.

As Milly and Cameron begin to unearth the secrets of Clover Castle, they can’t ignore the intense chemistry building between them. But they’ve both been hurt badly before. Can they take a big leap of faith and find their own happily-ever-after?

I recently finished reading…

The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Well I finally finished it…I loved the cover of this book and I loved the idea of this book more than I actually liked it unfortunately, it really didn’t do anything for me other than take me 2.5 weeks to read so am a little gutted! Review to follow soon.

The blurb

Opens at Nightfall

Closes at Dawn

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.

Le Cirque des Rêves

The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open.

Now you may enter.

 

What’s up next?

The Lost ChildThe Lost Child by Ann Troup

I’m taking part in a blog tour for The Lost Child later in the month and am looking forward to this mystery.

The blurb

Mandy Miller disappeared from Hallow’s End when she was just 3 years old. She was never found.

Thirty years on, Elaine Ellis is carrying her mother’s ashes back to Hallow’s End to scatter them in the place that she once called home. Elaine has never been there, but it’s the only place Jean talked about while she was growing up – so it seems as good a place as any.

As Elaine settles into her holiday cottage in the peaceful Devonshire village, she gets to know the locals; family she never knew she had, eccentric and old-fashioned gentry, and new friends where she would least expect them. But she is intrigued by the tale of the missing girl that the village still carries at its heart, and which somehow continues to overshadow them all. Little does she know how much more involved in the mystery she will become…

 

What are you all reading this week?

My month in books – June

What’s happened in June?

My reading seems to have really slowed this down month, only 2 books read! That is like, some all time record low for me. I’ve been quite busy in the evenings and at weekends which has eaten into my reading time and The Night Circus is quite a long book and has taken a good 2 weeks to get through. Onwards into July with head held high……

Books read: 2 (and 90% of The Night Circus)

The Lost Art of Keeping SecretsThe-Ship

 

 

 

Books added to the TBR: 2

The Monogram MurdersI Let You Go

Currently reading: Finishing off The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Favourite book for June: Not much to choose from so I would say The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets

What’s coming up in July?

  • Blog tour for Holly Martin’s Fairytale Beginnings
  • Blog tour for Ann Troup’s The Lost Child
  • Continuing with #PaperbackSummer
  • My summer holiday to France for my brother’s wedding – yippee!!

How was your June reading and what are you looking forward to in July?

WWW Wednesday (June 24th)

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what you’re reading this week…

WWW Wednesday

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

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

I’m currently reading…

The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I’m about half way through this book and I am enjoying it even though I’m finding it quite slow. The majority of what I’ve read has been about the setting up of the circus and the introduction of all the characters, of which there are a lot.

It’s very mysterious and magical and the writing is very descriptive and expressive and I can easily visualise the circus acts. It reminds me of the movie The Prestige which I love.

The blurb

Opens at Nightfall

Closes at Dawn

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.

Le Cirque des Rêves

The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open.

Now you may enter.

I recently finished reading…

The Lost Art of Keeping SecretsThe Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice

No change from last week’s post…

This is a strange one in that it’s not an amazingly different book but it’s still incredibly engaging and captivating with a gorgeous cover.

The parts about Johnnie Ray and the concert made me reminiscent of the first concert I ever went to (New Kids on the Block 😉 ) and how that made me feel and the author expresses those teenage feelings perfectly.

The blurb

Set in the 1950s, in an England still recovering from the Second World War, this is the enchanting story of Penelope Wallace and her eccentric family at the start of the rock’n’roll era.

Penelope longs to be grown-up and to fall in love, but various rather inconvenient things keep getting in her way. Like her mother, a stunning but petulant beauty widowed at a tragically early age, her younger brother Inigo, currently incapable of concentrating on anything that isn’t Elvis Presley, a vast but crumbling ancestral home, a severe shortage of cash, and her best friend Charlotte’s sardonic cousin Harry…

What’s up next?

 Fairytale Beginnings by Holly MartinFairytale Beginnings

No change here from last week’s post…

I’m taking part in my first blog tour for ages in July and as I’m on my summer holidays mid-July I want to be ready and prepared. I don’t mind a bit of ‘chick-lit‘ now and again to break up the stuff I usually read and I did enjoy Holly’s previous novel The Guestbook.

The blurb

Hopeless romantic Milly Rose has had her fair share of heartbreak. Obsessed with all things Disney, she refuses to give up on finding her Prince Charming – he’s out there somewhere, isn’t he?

When Milly is given a job to investigate the origins of a historical building in the village of Clover’s Rest, she’s not sure what to expect. What she discovers takes her breath away – a beautiful real life Cinderella castle, complete with turrets, a magnificent drawbridge AND a very handsome owner…Cameron Heartstone. As Milly and Cameron begin to unearth the secrets of Clover Castle, they can’t ignore the intense chemistry building between them. But they’ve both been hurt badly before. Can they take a big leap of faith and find their own happily-ever-after?

What are you all reading this week?