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Review; Garters and Gargoyles by Nancy Warren

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I recently read the paranormal cosy mystery Garters and Stitches by Nancy Warren and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Old Secrets lead to Murder At a secret society in Oxford’s Cardinal College, privileged young men from important families get drunk and rowdy and cause trouble. It’s been going on for centuries, but when someone dies, it looks like more than boys behaving badly. It’s up to Lucy and her undead knitters to solve the crime. My Thoughts on the Book It was an okay book, with a decent mystery. I like Lucy and Rafe, even if the latter is a bit too protective at times. And I wouldn't mind eating some of the food William makes.

Let's Talk Bookish; How Are You Going On Your Reading Goals So Far This Year?

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It's Friday and perhaps time for a new Let's Talk Bookish post, courtesy of Book Nook Bits . The theme of the week was " How are you going on your reading goals so far this year? ". The further prompts are as follows. Did you set any reading goals for yourself at the beginning of the year? If so, how are you doing with them? Any you’ve already met? Are there any goals you want to add? Did you set any blogging goals? If so, how are you doing with those? In the beginning of the year, I decided doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge and set my goal for 100 books, in addition to joining a few reading challenges hosted by other book bloggers. While I've sadly ditched the reading challenges by other book bloggers down the lane, I'm continuing on the Goodreads Reading Challenge and I'm currently a bit ahead of schedule there. As I've ditched the majority of the reading challenges, I don't see any point in adding any new goals reading-wise. I'll perhap

Book Tag; Ancient History Book Tag

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I came across the Ancient History Book Tag created by  Books Michelle and I decided to play along as it looked like a fun tag, especially as I'm a bit of a history geek. QUESTIONS: 1. The Stone Age: one of the first books you remember reading. Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl 2. Ancient Greece: your favorite myth-inspired book (doesn’t have to be Greek mythology), or retelling. This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron 3. The Roman Empire: a book featuring an impressive empire or kingdom. Murder in Absentia by Assaph Mehr 4. The Middle Ages, (or the Dark Ages): a book that is an absolute bummer. A Class of Conjuring by Evie Wilde 5. The Renaissance: a book that you’ve learned a lot from, or that made you think. Bannockburn 1314 by Lynette Nusbacher 6. The Industrial Revolution: a book featuring an invention or concept that you would love to have in your own life. I have honestly no clue. 7. World War I & II: your favorite historical fiction book about the World Wars (or

Top Five Wednesday; Must Have on Vacation

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It's Wednesday and perhaps time for a new Top Five Wednesday post, courtesy of the Top Five Wednesday Goodreads group . The theme of the week was must-have on vacation and I decided writing a list with underrated books, as they deserve some love too. Here's my five picks. Pieces of Happiness by Anne Østby Freydis by Gunhild Haugnes The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans Wooing the Farmer by Jenny Frame The Stationmaster's Daughter by Kathleen McGurl

Top Ten Tuesday; Books On My Summer 2022 To-Read List

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It's Tuesday and perhaps time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl . The theme of the week was simple enough, books on my summer 2022 to-read list. Here's my picks. Scarlet Assassin by Isabella Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux The Monster MASH by Angie Fox The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart by Leanna Renee Hieber Freeks by Amanda Hocking Dust by Chris Miller Dracula's Child by J. S. Barnes Hekla's Children by James Brogden Dracula vs. Hitler by Patrick Sheane Duncan

Book Recommendations; 10 Books To Pick Up For Armchair Travelling This Summer

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Alright, today comes yet another summerish book recommendations post. Although it's now possible for a lot of people to actually travel after the bedlam of the Covid pandemic, some of us may be either a bit wary of travelling or still unable to do so for various reasons. The good thing is, it's possible to do some armchair travelling by reading, so the list for today is highly influenced by that. Here's ten books I recommend for some armchair travelling. From Venice With Love by Rosanna Ley Description from Goodreads The best-selling author of The Lemon Tree Hotel returns with an enchanting new holiday listen about family bonds and following your heart, wherever it might take you.... With her marriage in danger of falling apart, Joanna returns home to the beautiful but dilapidated Mulberry Farm Cottage in rural Dorset, where her sister Harriet is struggling to keep the farm afloat and cope with their eccentric mother. When Joanna discovers a bundle of love letters in the at

Review; Pharcel - Runaway Slave by Alick Lazare

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A while ago I read Pharcel - Runaway Slave by Alick Lazare. As the author is from Dominica, I could finally cross of that country for my World Literature Project. Today I'll post my review of the novel. Description from Goodreads Pharcel, a runaway slave, is heavily sought by all the political forces on the small island of Dominica-the white English colonists, the revolutionary French, and the rebellious mulattos-for his role in the slave uprisings. Torn between loyalty to his race and a strong personal desire for freedom and acceptance by the colonial powers and the rising mulatto influence, he walks a razor's edge of duplicity and ambivalence until his natural rebelliousness is pitted against the full force of colonial power. In the end, he succumbs to an irresistible and nearly fatal attraction for the wife of a French planter. But in a fit of ruthless rage, Pharcel sets the colony ablaze. Can he rescue her from the hands of his archenemy? My Thoughts on the Book

Book Recommendations; 10 Cosy Mysteries To Pick Up This Summer

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There's a lot of summer-themed cosy mysteries out there, and as it's summer at the moment and lots of people want to read, I wanted to share a few book recommendations. So here's ten cosy mysteries I'd recommend that has a summer-vibe to them. Bag of Bones by Jackie Layton Description from Goodreads Does one good turn deserve a murder? Despite all her good intentions to focus on a healthy lifestyle and leave crime solving to the professionals, Andi Grace Scott has run right smack into another investigation--literally. Who'd have thought caring for stray cats and a healthy morning beach run could lead to murder? Andi Grace has found another body and a young woman who needs help. Solving this puzzle will come with a cost. This time, catching the killer will require Andi Grace to confront her past relationships and truths about her deceased mother. Little Bookshop of Murder by Maggie Blackburn Description from Goodreads A Shakespearean scholar inherits a beachside book

Review; At the Bottom of the River by Jamaica Kincaid

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For those of you who's paid a bit attention to this blog, does perhaps know that I have a world literature project going on. A while ago I read the short story collection At the Bottom of the River by Jamaica Kincaid, who happens to come crom Antigua and Barbuda. Today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Jamaica Kincaid's inspired, lyrical short stories Reading Jamaica Kincaid is to plunge, gently, into another way of seeing both the physical world and its elusive inhabitants. Her voice is, by turns, naively whimsical and biblical in its assurance, and it speaks of what is partially remembered partly divined. The memories often concern a childhood in the Caribbean—family, manners, and landscape—as distilled and transformed by Kincaid's special style and vision. Kincaid leads her readers to consider, as if for the first time, the powerful ties between mother and child; the beauty and destructiveness of nature; the gulf between the masculine and the f

Book Tag; The Greek Gods Book Tag

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I came across The Greek Gods Book Tag created by  Bookbum and I decided to play along as it looked like a fun book tag to do. Rules: Pingback to me here so I can read all your posts!! You can use my graphics if ya like, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to Tag as many people as you want, but please, share the love ZEUS: KING OF THE GODS – YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK Dracula by Bram Stoker HERA: QUEEN OF THE GODS – A BADASS FEMALE CHARACTER Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron has several JANUS: GOD OF BEGINNINGS – YOUR FAVOURITE DEBUT(S) The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden ATHENA: GODDESS OF WISDOM – YOUR FAVOURITE NON-FICTION BOOK Bannockburn 1314 by Lynette Nusbacher. The author is a historian and almost like a goddess of history, so I find it only fitting to list this book here. APHRODITE: GODDESS OF LOVE – A BOOK YOU ADORE AND RECOMMEND EVERYONE READ (OTHER THAN YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK!) Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas HADES: GOD OF THE UNDERWORLD – AN EVIL BOOK YOU WISH DIDN