My month in books & bakes – April

my month in books & bakes

What’s happened in April?

On Tuesday April 26th my daughter and I had a day out in London specifically so I could attend my first Rooftop Book Club held at Carmelite House on the Victoria Embankment.  It was a crime panel this time hosting Claire McGowan, Ellie Griffiths and JS Law discussing place and character, followed by Sarah Hilary, Janet Ellis and Antonia Hodgson discussing London and present.  For £10 you had these 2 great panels, drinks, delish nibbles and a goody tote bag with 4 proofs.  It was a fab evening and well worth making the trip. If you get the chance to go, you won’t be disappointed.

Just a few snaps :)

Just a few snaps 🙂

Then….on Saturday 30th I went off to Birmingham to another blogger / author meet up hosted by Kim the Bookworm.  Another well attended event so we were packed in like sardines but I still managed to chat to quite a few people…Mark West, David Videcette, Elaina James, Helen Barrell, Bookaholic Holly, Jane Isaac, Holly Martin and of course my book partner in crime Claire, to name but a few (apologies if I’ve missed anyone in particular).  Do come next time, they’re always such good fun!

Books read: 5

(click the image to go to my review, if it’s available, which it’s probably not because I’m super behind)

The Rosie EffectCut Shortquarter past two on a Wednesday afternoonDear DadSee How They Run

 

 

 

Books added to the TBR: 5

april books

Currently reading: The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman

Favourite book for April:  See How They Run by Tom Bale

I baked: (click the images to have a look)

Viennese Fingers

Viennese Fingers

chocolate brownie cupcakes

Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

Blueberry Loaf

Blueberry Loaf

chocolate birthday cake

Chocolate Birthday Cake

 

Do share your news, bookish or other in the comments…. 🙂

Book Review: The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie EffectWhat’s it about?

Forty-one-year-old geneticist Don Tillman had never had a second date before he met Rosie.

Now, living in New York City, they have survived ten months and ten days of marriage, even if Don has had to sacrifice standardized meals and embrace unscheduled sex.

But then Rosie drops the mother of all bombshells. And Don must prepare for the biggest challenge of his previously ordered life – while dodging deportation, prosecution and professional disgrace.

Is Don Tillman ready to become the man he always dreamed of being? Or will he revert to his old ways and risk losing Rosie for ever?

My thoughts

This book was our book club read for March.  It’s the sequel to The Rosie Project and a lot has happened since the Project I was looking forward to re-visiting these characters and see how they were getting on.

So the book started off at a good pace and it felt like old times, Don was just…well Don and Rosie seemed ok, settled.  But then their situation changes and things start to fall apart.  Don starts taking bad advice from his new group of friends which just ends up in a whole other world of mess.

There were some amusing scenes but they didn’t provoke proper laugh out loud moments for me…all those things that you loved about the first one, either didn’t carry through to this one or were just missing.

I don’t think it helped that I didn’t really like Rosie in this book and thought she treated Don somewhat badly for reasons that were pretty poor and unclear.  And what was going on with Gene, although you loved to hate to him, having this complete reversal in his character was daft and somewhat unbelievable.

I think if you enjoy farcical novels or things like Mr Bean you’ll like this.  Overall, a little disappointing in comparison to the first book and one that would probably be better received as a movie.

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Connect with the author Graeme Simsion

Website | Twitter | Facebook

 

WWW Wednesday (April 13th)

WWW WednesdayThis 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’s on your reading list this week…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

I’m reading…

Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon by Linda Newbury

I popped into the library to return a book the other weekend and of course I came out with another.  It was strategically placed by the returns desk…clever marketing there…just like sweets at the checkout!  I’m only a few chapters in so nothing really to report yet.

quarter past two on a Wednesday afternoonThe blurb

At quarter past two on a hot afternoon in August, Anna’s beautiful, headstrong elder sister Rose disappears.

Twenty years later, Anna still doesn’t know whether Rose is alive or dead. In her early thirties now, she sees her future unfolding – with sensible, serious Martin and a grown-up, steady job – and finds herself wondering if this is what she really wants.

Unable to take control of her life while the mystery of her sister’s disappearance remains unsolved, Anna begins to search for the truth: what did happen to Rose that summer’s day?


I recently finished

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

This sequel was ok, I was expecting more of the humour to follow through from the first novel but it didn’t transpire for me.  It didn’t help that I didn’t really like Rosie in this book!  My book group will be discussing this one this evening.

The Rosie EffectThe blurb

Forty-one-year-old geneticist Don Tillman had never had a second date before he met Rosie.

Now, living in New York City, they have survived ten months and ten days of marriage, even if Don has had to sacrifice standardized meals and embrace unscheduled sex.

But then Rosie drops the mother of all bombshells. And Don must prepare for the biggest challenge of his previously ordered life – while dodging deportation, prosecution and professional disgrace.

Is Don Tillman ready to become the man he always dreamed of being? Or will he revert to his old ways and risk losing Rosie for ever?

I also read

Cut Short by Leigh Russell

I’m not really sure how I feel about crime mystery thrillers when you know who the killer is from the start and you’re just following the detective working it out rather than having a chance of deducing it for yourself.  Having said that I raced through this in less than 48 hours over the weekend!

Cut ShortThe blurb

When DI Geraldine Steel relocates to the quiet rural town of Woolsmarsh, she expects to find her new home to be somewhere where nothing much ever happens; a space where she can battle her demons in private.

But when she finds herself pitted against a twisted killer preying on local young women she quickly discovers how wrong she is…

 

 


 What’s up next?

Dear Dad by Giselle Green

I think I may be in need in something a little slower paced and not murder or missing people. Mmmm just heart-wrenching….

Dear DadThe blurb

Handsome, 28-year old, Nate Hardman is a frontline reporter with a big problem. Suffering from shell-shock and unable to leave his house, he’s already lost his social life and his girlfriend. Now his career prospects are sinking fast.

9 year-old Adam Boxley who lives alone with his ageing nan, also has big problems. Neglected at home and bullied at school, he’s desperate to reach out to his dad – and that’s when he sends his first letter to Nate. Only Nate’s not who he thinks he is. Will he help? More importantly – can he?

Across town meanwhile, caring but impulsive teacher Jenna Tierney really wants to help Adam – except the feisty redhead has already had enough of teaching. Recently hurt by yet another cheating boyfriend, Jenna’s now set her sights on pursuing a dream career abroad … only she’s about to meet Nate – her dream man who’ll make her re-think everything.

The big question is; can three people desperate to find love, ever find happiness when they’re only connected by one big lie?


Have you read any of this week’s choices?

Share what you’re reading in the comments…

WWW Wednesday (April 6th)

WWW WednesdayThis 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’s on your reading list this week…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

I’m reading…

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

It’s good to be back again in the company of Don and Rosie and the next instalment in their lives.  This sequel is just as humerous and heart-warming as the first.  I reviewed The Rosie Project here if you’re interested in checking that out.

The Rosie EffectThe blurb

Forty-one-year-old geneticist Don Tillman had never had a second date before he met Rosie.

Now, living in New York City, they have survived ten months and ten days of marriage, even if Don has had to sacrifice standardized meals and embrace unscheduled sex.

But then Rosie drops the mother of all bombshells. And Don must prepare for the biggest challenge of his previously ordered life – while dodging deportation, prosecution and professional disgrace.

Is Don Tillman ready to become the man he always dreamed of being? Or will he revert to his old ways and risk losing Rosie for ever?

 


I recently finished

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

A thoroughly delightful read that will particularly appeal to anyone that grew up in the 1970s and 80s…reminiscent of my own childhood.  A book that you long to savour but can’t help devouring.

The Trouble with Goats and SheepThe blurb

England, 1976.

Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands.

And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined…

 

 


 What’s up next?

Short Cut by Leigh Russell

I met Leigh recently at an author / blogger meet up in London and she offered me her book for review.  I’m expecting this to be a lot darker than my usual crime thriller reads but I’ll give it a go.  This is the first in her DI Geraldine Steel mystery series.

Short CutThe blurb

When DI Geraldine Steel relocates to the quiet rural town of Woolsmarsh, she expects to find her new home to be somewhere where nothing much ever happens; a space where she can battle her demons in private.

But when she finds herself pitted against a twisted killer preying on local young women she quickly discovers how wrong she is…

 

 


Have you read any of this week’s choices?

Share what you’re reading in the comments…

WWW Wednesday (March 30th)

WWW WednesdayThis 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’s on your reading list this week…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

I’m reading…

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

Love Tilly and Grace, love all the characters on the avenue and love all the 1970s references; feels like a biography of my own childhood!

The Trouble with Goats and SheepThe blurb

England, 1976.

Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands.

And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined…

 

 


I finally finished (yay I hear you shouting!)

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Well to be completely honest I read what I needed too; in that I didn’t read the pages and pages of referencing the author had included at the end.  I really had had enough by then.  Fascinating story full of incredible detail, history and conspiracy theories but somewhat too long.

Dead WakeThe blurb

On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era’s great transatlantic “Greyhounds”—the fastest liner then in service—and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. 

I also finished

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

I’ve never read Harry Potter but I have read The Casual Vacancy which was laborious so I didn’t read and review this book particularly as a Rowling fan but I do love a good whodunit, and for me, this didn’t disappoint.  I’ll definitely pick up the second book The Silkworm. Review here.

The Cuckoo's CallingThe blurb

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.

Strike is a war veteran – wounded both physically and psychologically – and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get – and the closer he gets to terrible danger…


 What’s up next?

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

The sequel to The Rosie Project is our latest book club read that I need to crack on with and I’m looking forward to meeting up with Don and Rosie again.  I reviewed The Rosie Project here.

The Rosie EffectThe blurb

Forty-one-year-old geneticist Don Tillman had never had a second date before he met Rosie.

Now, living in New York City, they have survived ten months and ten days of marriage, even if Don has had to sacrifice standardized meals and embrace unscheduled sex.

But then Rosie drops the mother of all bombshells. And Don must prepare for the biggest challenge of his previously ordered life – while dodging deportation, prosecution and professional disgrace.

Is Don Tillman ready to become the man he always dreamed of being? Or will he revert to his old ways and risk losing Rosie for ever?


Have you read any of this week’s choices?

Share what you’re reading in the comments…