Month: July 2014

Feature: Monthly Round-up! July 2014

Feature: Monthly Round-up! July 2014

Monthly feature, linking everything that has happened in the last month, posted on the last day of said month. So at the moment I’m working part-time in a solicitor’s office. It involves a lot of running around making cups of tea and photocopying. Actually a lot of photocopying. For one letter that had to be sent, I photocopied for an entire afternoon and used two packs of paper. As you can imagine it was a fun afternoon. I have, somehow, managed to complete my Goodreads challenge, so now I have to decide whether to up the number of books or leave it and see the percentage increase at the end of the year. Decisions, decisions… Currently reading: Reviews on the Blog:  Now That You’re Gone by Julie Corbin The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness The Seventh Miss Hatfield by Anna Caltabiano The Girl with all the Gifts by M. C. Carey Only Remembered edited by Michael Morpugro Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness     Other Blog stuff:  It’s a Bookish Life – posted five quotes  Pastime Pleasures – explained why The Hobbit and Lady Daisy are excellent books to while away the time.   Blog Tours: The String Diaries author Stephen Lloyd Jones gave a spoiler free introduction […]

Review: Now That You're Gone by Julie Corbin

Posted July 30, 2014 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: Now That You're Gone by Julie Corbin

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Now That You’re Gone by Julie Corbin Series: Standalone Published by: Hodder & Stoughton on 5th June 2014 Genres: Fiction; Mystery; Thriller Pages: 352 Format: E-arc Source: Netgalley Rating: **** About: When the body of Isla’s brother, an ex-Marine and private investigator, is pulled from the River Clyde, she is convinced he was murdered. When the coroner declares Dougie’s died of accidental drowning and rules out foul play, the police are happy to close the case. But Isla has other ideas. Determined to find out what really happened the night Dougie died, and why he was even in Glasgow, she starts looking into his unsolved cases. What she finds will put her in grave danger and force her to question everything she thought she knew about those closest to her . . . Review: Isla is determined to find out how Dougie ended up in the river Clyde. She starts simply by looking around Dougie’s house and visiting the site of his death. But soon she is in deeper than anticipated and she ends up questioning her relationship with her brother. How many secrets was Dougie hiding from […]

Feature: Pastime Pleasures #12 – The Hobbit

Feature: Pastime Pleasures #12 – The Hobbit

Welcome to my  feature, Pastime Pleasures, posted every other Friday. Here I will look at books that have given me great pleasure in the past. These are books I can read over and over again. The only rule is that the book must have been published five or more years ago.       The Hobbit is a charming adventure story. Often heroes are depicted as strong, large, handsome figures. But here we get Bilbo, he is tiny and because he is a hobbit he is fat. It is also probably safe to say that he isn’t particularly strong. He has, after all, lived a very sheltered life, where his biggest worry is if he has enough pocket handkerchiefs and what to have for supper. Bilbo is an ordinary hobbit forced (although with some willingness on his part) by Gandalf to go off on an adventure. Yet despite appearance Bilbo processes characteristics which we should attempt to stand by. Bilbo is humble and caring. He does not care for wealth or power. All he wishes for is to be back in his cosy hobbit hole.   Bilbo is someone to aspire to. His counterpart in the book is Thorin – […]

Guest Post: 'A Spoiler-free Introduction to The String Diaries Sequel' by Stephen Lloyd Jones, author of The String Diaries

Guest Post: 'A Spoiler-free Introduction to The String Diaries Sequel' by Stephen Lloyd Jones, author of The String Diaries

Today I am delighted to be part of the Blog Tour for The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones. I loved reading The String Diaries (see my review) and I cannot  recommend it enough! Don’t forget to visit other blog stops along the tour for other great content. Below Stephen explains what to expect of book two in the series which is out later this year! This article, perhaps miraculously, remains spoiler free, the story of The String Diaries and its sequel await your reading pleasure.   With the paperback edition of The String Diaries only launching this summer – it may be out by the time you read this – I’m going to assume that you haven’t read it yet. (Please do, though. I’ll be enormously grateful.) That said, how do you write a teaser for a sequel, while avoiding spoilers? If I tell you anything about the characters who appear in the new book, you’ll know that they must have survived the last one. If I tell you much at all, in fact, I risk revealing some of the surprises that await you in the first instalment. I suspect this article is going to be very short. Let me start, then, by telling you a little […]