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Upcoming Books

Hi everyone, I hope you were all enjoying this beautiful weather that we were having, but unlike you all basking in the sunshine, I have been looking after my daughter as she suffered a bad relapse with her ME/CFS, but she is slowly on the road to recovery, anyway I am back now, so on with this week’s blog.

Today’s post is about the upcoming books in May and June, that we can look forward to reading. I love reading, there is nothing like curling up with a book and a cup of cocoa especially on those winter nights, but during the summer you can go out in your garden or to the beach and enjoy the sunny weather and get a tan at the same time as enjoying a good book. Anyway, I hope some of these can tempt you to pick up a book. Enjoy!

The Next Wife Kaira Rouda

Kate Nelson had it all. A flourishing company founded with her husband, John; a happy marriage; and a daughter, Ashlyn. The picture-perfect family. Until John left for another woman. Tish is half his age. Ambitious. She’s cultivated a friendship with Ashlyn. Tish believes she’s won… She’s wrong.

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

A strange darkness is growing in the Ward. Even Corayne an-Amarat can feel it, tucked away in her small town at the edge of the sea. Fate knocks on her door, in the form of a mythical immortal and a lethal assassin, who tell Corayne that she is the last of an ancient lineage – with the power to save the world from destruction.

Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee

Valora Luck has two things: a ticket for the biggest and most luxurious ocean liner in the world, and a dream of leaving England behind and making a life for herself as a circus performer in New York. Much to her surprise though, she’s turned away at the gangway; apparently, Chinese aren’t allowed into America…

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

From the night she is rescued as a baby out of the flames of a sinking ship; to the day she joins a pair of daredevil pilots looping and diving over the rugged forests of her childhood, to the thrill of flying Spitfires during the war, the life of Marian Graves has always been marked by a lust for freedom and danger.

Falling in Luck by Mary Ann Marlowe

Mallory Pech believes she’s cursed. Injuries, accidents, and misunderstandings follow her wherever she goes. Even her name (first and last!) means bad luck. Her best friend, Benji Chance, insists Mallory’s fortune is hers to control. Heeding his advice, Mallory pursues her dream man, the wealthy and debonair Jean-Luc Chevalier, son of her company’s CEO, visiting her NY office from Paris. He’s never noticed Mallory on his previous twelve trips, but maybe thirteen’s her lucky number.

The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews

After she discovers her sister Tanya dead on the floor of her fashionable New York City townhouse, Letty Carnahan is certain she knows who did it: Tanya’s ex; sleazy real estate entrepreneur Evan Wingfield. Even in the grip of grief and panic Letty heeds her late sister’s warnings: “If anything bad happens to me —it’s Evan. Promise me you’ll take Maya and run. Promise me.

One Last Stop by Casey Mcquiston

For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. She can’t imagine how waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many weird roommates could possibly change that. And there’s certainly no chance of her subway commute being anything more than a daily trudge through boredom and electrical failures.

illusionary by Zoraida Cordova

Reeling from betrayal at the hands of the Whispers, Renata has few options and fewer allies. Reluctantly, she agrees to join forces with Prince Castian, her most infuriating and intriguing enemy. Their goals: find the fabled Knife of Memory, kill the ruthless King Fernando, and bring peace to the nation.

While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams

When legendary Washington judge Justice Wynn falls into a coma and puts his law clerk, Avery, in control, Avery’s world is turned upside down. Because Justice Wynn had a secret. One that nobody wants to come out… But how high a price can you put on the truth? And is Avery brave enough to expose the White House itself?

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Malibu: August, 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together, the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over-especially as the offspring of the legendary singer, Mick Riva.

Instructions for Dancing Nicola Yoon

Evie is disillusioned about love ever since her dad left her mum for another woman – she’s even throwing out her beloved romance novel collection. When she’s given a copy of a book called Instructions for Dancing and follows a note inside to a dilapidated dance studio, she discovers she has a strange and unwelcome gift. When a couple kisses in front of her, she can see their whole relationship play out – from the moment they first catch each other’s eye to the last bitter moments of their break-up.

Spells Trouble by P.C. Cast

Hunter and Mercy Goode are twin witches, direct descendants of the founder of their town of Goodeville. As their ancestors have done before them, it is now time for the twins to learn what it means to be Gatekeepers-the protectors of the Gates to different underworlds, ancient portals between their world and realms where mythology rules and nightmares come to life.

Thank you for reading my blog, and enjoy the rest of your day. See you all next week.

The Inspiration behind our Best loved Books

Hi everyone, I hope everyone is well. Todays’ post is going to be about UK Cities or towns that feature in books. What location as the inspiration behind those books that we love so much? There will be an upcoming post that features places around the world that features in books.

But back to today’s post…

One thing you can never say about the UK is that we lack literary history. The UK as been the inspiration for many talented writers, with the wealth of geological places of interest that are not only stunningly beautiful but also rich in history too.

From the bright lights of London, the sheer artistry of the Yorkshire countryside, but… If you want a more piece and quite vibe with amazing views to go with it then The Lake District is the place to be or have the alluring beauty of the Scottish Highlands. There is no denying that the Uk has influenced some of the most important pieces of British Literary work.

You may think to yourself where are these influential destinations and what works were born?

Cities and Towns behind our Best Loved Books

Edinburgh, Scotland

London is the most inspirational place in England, which makes Edinburgh the most inspirational location north of the border, it just oozes with literary history. The National Geographic shows that this has become the home to more than 500 novels, amongst them you will find, some are phenomenally successful.

From Robert Burns’ poetry in the 1700s, to the works of Irvine Welsh which includes the very memorable Trainspotting, and  can forget the extraordinarily successful crime series author Ian Rankin, who produced 20 book that are centred around Detective Inspector John Rebus and his crime fighting in Edinburgh’s underworld,  

Many tourists flock to the café where J.K. Rowling who had dreamt up the wizarding world of Harry Potter, but this Scottish capital has so much more to offer. It is the UNESCO City of Literature and it is the birthplace of Arthur Conan Doyle, Muriel Spark, and Robert Louis Stevenson, and it the place where Ian Rankin’s detective series was created.

They celebrate the world of literature in August by holding the Edinburgh International Book Festival which invites writers from all around the world to come for several week for talks and events.

Most Loved Book(s): John Rebus Series

Five Books set in Scotland
  • The Night Calls by David Pirie
  • One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
  • Mortal Causes by Ian Rankin

Fowey, England

Fowey is situated in Cornwall, and it is an exceedingly small town that has inspired a significant amount of very exceptional thriller novels. Dame Daphne du Maurier was a successful novelist who wrote The Birds, Jamaica Inn, Scapegoat, and the Oscar winning adaption Rebecca. All of these were inspired by the beauty of the Cornish coast, in particular The Birds. Which director Alfred Hitchcock had captured its true beauty on camera? Jamaica Inn was inspired by a hotel that had the same name in the little quaint town of Fowey which she had visited often

Most Loved Book: Rebecca

Five Books set in Cornwall
  • Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas
  • The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley
  • Ingo by Helen Dunmore
  • Under a Cornish Sky by Liz Fenwick
  • The Letter by Ruth Saberton

Gwynedd, Wales

Gwynedd is a county in the north west part of Wales which was named after the old kingdom. It is home to such places as the beautiful mountainous Snowdonia’s national park. This has amazing views with some exceptional scenic landscape which inspired the works of art by authors such as Sharon Kay Penman who had wrote the historical novel Here Be Dragons. It sets the tone as it follows the princes of Gwynedd and the monarchs of England. At the centre of the novel is the stunning countryside of Gwynedd, which plays a key factor in this medieval story that is set in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Most Loved Book: Here Be Dragons

Five Books set in Wales

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • The Missing Hours by Emma Kennedy
  • Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas
  • The Lie by C L Taylor
  • I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Haworth, England

Haworth is a village just outside the city of Bradford in West Yorkshire. It as an amazing setting with an alluring landscape that was to be the main inspiration behind the works of the Brontë sisters, the sisters’ were very talented and exceptionally gifted who had written a significant amount of classic novels during the 1800s. This charmingly but remote area in West Yorkshire inspired the uniqueness of both the gothic and poetic setting for Charlotte’s Jane Eyre, Emily’s Wuthering Heights, and Anne’s Agnes Grey 

For anyone that is a true Brontë fan there is an amazing museum for the whole family, where you are transported  back in time, from the moment you step through its doors, and as well as that there is a 44 mile Brontë picturesque walking trail.

Most Loved Books: Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights

Five Books set in West Yorkshire

  • The Little Teashop of Lost and Found by Trisha Ashley
  • A Snapshot of Murder by Frances Brody
  • The Railway Children by E Nesbit
  • A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford

London, England

This is one of the most iconic locations in literary history, It is so obvious that there would be just to many to keep count of, and certainly to many to list every single author going, and not to mention every piece of fiction that has been inspired by this humungous city.

This industrial city sets the scene of exceptional beauty with its picturesque undertones that will end up end up being the works of Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle with a series of Sherlock Holmes stories. From Fitzroy Tavern to Keats House and from 221B Baker Street to the Globe Theatre, a list of literary tourists just goes on and on.

In todays modern age it is hard to go anywhere that does not feature the works of J.K. Rowling, to be more specific the Harry Potter Series, with their many Hogwarts adventures. From Platform 9 ¾, to  the Millennium Bridge, from Diagon Alley, to the Lambeth Bridge, the amount of Harry Potter based locations is extensive and is definitely a must visit for families and anyone obsessed with the wizarding world  of Harry Potter.

Most Loved Book(s): Harry Potter series

Five Books set in London

  • How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
  • Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

The Lake District, England

The Lake District just screams with natural beauty and you can see why it is undoubtably one of Cumbria’s most idyllic setting for inspiration, so there is no surprise that over the years it has inspired a number of literary works. You have romantic poets of the 1700s which included William Wordsworth, John Ruskin, and Samuel Coleridge whose homes you can still visit today in Cockermouth. Then there’s Arthur Ransome who wrote Swallows and Amazons book series that was set in the Lake District and of course not forgetting the hugely successful and most iconic Beatrix Potter who created the most famous Peter Rabbit.

Most Loved Books: The Peter Rabbit Series

Five Books set in Cumbria
  • The Windermere Witness by Rebecca Tope
  • A Cry in the Night by Tom Grieves
  • Deep Fear by Rachel Lynch
  • Death in the Lakes by Graham Smith
  • The Curator by M. W. Craven

Torquay, England

Devon has become the perfect location to many books so it’s not surprising to see that it had become the perfect setting and the inspiration behind the UK’s Agatha Christie, who was the creator of Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. Even though she would spend most of her time travelling the world with her archaeologist husband.

During the summer she would spend her days completing her books at her summer home on the outskirts of Torquay. This beautiful location had inspired her many characters and became the setting for her many novels. Throughout her work, she would reference some of Devon’s landmarks which are all still standing today.

Most Loved Book: And Then There Were None

Five Books set in Devon
  • War Horse by Michael Morpurgo.
  • The Secret of Crickley Hall by James Herbert.
  • The Hound of The Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle.
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.
  • The A.B.C Murders by Agatha Christie.

Whitby, England

Whitby is a beautiful seaside town, that is on the coast of North Yorkshire. Well… after saying that, it is hard to imagine that this beautiful place became the inspiration to one of the most gothic novels ever written.

He came to visit Whitby to decide on whether this is was a good holiday, but there were no worries there, as the writer Bram Stoker loved the atmosphere the town destination had to offer. Whilst his stay in Whitby he had gone along to the library and it was there he found a history book that had the only reference to the name Dracula, and it was from there that he had gained inspiration for both the character and the connection to the Abbey which can be found in 1897 classic Dracula.

Since then this town has kept up with its gothic association. Till this day Whitby hosts a Goth Weekend that sees hundreds of people dressed up in gothic attire, this occurs twice a year, while October marks the annual Bram Stoker’s Film Festival.

Most Loved Book: Dracula

Five Books set in North Yorkshire
  • The Coffin Path by Katherine Clements
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson
  • The Girl at the Window by Rowan Coleman
  • Gods Own Country by Ross Raisin
  • Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

Thankyou for taking the time to read my post. See you all next time

Down at the Library

Hi everyone i hope you are all keeping busy and staying well. I thought i would do one of my own poems this week, as its been a while since my last poem, anyway I hope you like it.

Down at the library
Is where I love to be?
It is nothing new,
For that’s where…
You will find me,

I open a book,
To have a look,
And See what
Adventure is…
About to begin.

From fables of old,
To finding some gold,
Or… could it be?
An adventure at sea.

Slaying dragons,
Or firing cannons,
We have a ball,
With fairy tales and all.

Jumping through
To an unknown world,
That will have your head,
Spinning in a whirl.

I flick through each page,
As I start to engage.
In every stage.
Of the Dark Age,

To marrying my prince,
Whatever it is…
I don’t stand a chance,
At first glance.

By Aria

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my poem Down at the Library. look after yourselves and keep smiling and I will see you all next week.

Upcoming Books 2020

Hi everyone, hope you are all doing your bit in staying safe, as it is devastating the amount of people that have already lost their lives to coronavirus, and my heart goes out to all the families that have lost a loved one. So please take every step necessary to stay safe.

Anyway on with todays post, I wanted to give you an insight into some upcoming books for you to look forward too, over the coming months. For me I can never have enough books as I find that they are good places to escape too, even if its for an hour or two.

Something to Talk About – by Meryl Wilsner

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A showrunner and her assistant give the world something to talk about when they accidentally fuel a ridiculous rumor in this debut romance.

Hollywood powerhouse Jo is photographed making her assistant Emma laugh on the red carpet, and just like that, the tabloids declare them a couple. The so-called scandal couldn’t come at a worse time—threatening Emma’s promotion and Jo’s new movie.

As the gossip spreads, it starts to affect all areas of their lives…

Someday In Paris – by Olivia Lara

A magical new love story about star-crossed lovers, perfect for hopeless romantics and fans of One Day and The Notebook.

Finding the one is only the beginning…

1954. Zara is fifteen the first time she meets Leon. During a power cut in a small French museum, the two spend one short hour in the dark talking about their love for art, Monet and Paris. Neither knows what the other looks like. Both know their lives will never be the same…

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games #0) – by Suzanne Collins

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the 10th annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to out charm, outwit, and out manoeuvre his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low…

The Fascinators – by Andrew Eliopulos

A magic-infused YA novel about friendship, first love, and feeling out of place that will bewitch fans of Rainbow Rowell and Maggie Stiefvater.

Living in a small town where magic is frowned upon, Sam needs his friends James and Delia—and their time together in their school’s magic club—to see him through to graduation.

But as soon as senior year starts, little cracks in their group begin to show. Sam may or may not be in love with James…

Girl Serpent, Thorn – by Melissa Bashardoust

A captivating and utterly original fairy tale about a girl cursed to be poisonous to the touch, and who discovers what power might lie in such a curse…

There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it’s not just a story.

As the day of her twin brother’s wedding approaches, Soraya must decide if she’s willing to step outside of the shadows for the first time…

Chasing Lucky – by Jenn Bennett

Budding photographer Josie Saint-Martin has spent half her life with her single mother, moving from city to city. When they return to her historical New England hometown years later to run the family bookstore, Josie knows it’s not forever. Her dreams are on the opposite coast, and she has a plan to get there.

What she doesn’t plan for is a run-in with the town bad boy, Lucky Karras. Outsider, rebel…and her former childhood best friend. Lucky makes it clear he wants nothing to do with the newly returned Josie…

The Notorious Virtues (The Notorious Virtues #1) – by Alwyn Hamilton

A glamorous media darling, a surprise heiress, and the magical competition of a lifetime.

At sixteen, Honora “Nora” Holtzfall is the daughter of the most powerful heiress in all of Walstad. Her family controls all the money–and all the magic–in the entire country. But despite being the center of attention, Nora has always felt like an outsider. When her mother is found dead in an alley, the family throne and fortune are suddenly up for grabs, and Nora will be pitted against her cousins in the Veritaz, the ultimate magical competition for power that determines the one family heir.

Four Days of You and Me – by Miranda Kenneally

A new swoon-worthy romance following a couple’s love story on the same date over four years.

Every May 7, the students at Coffee County High School take a class trip. And every year, Lulu’s relationship with Alex Rouvelis gets a little more complicated. Freshman year, they went from sworn enemies to more than friends after a close encounter in an escape room. It’s been hard for Lulu to quit Alex ever since.

Through breakups, make ups, and dating other people, each year’s class trip brings the pair back together and forces them to confront their undeniable connection.

The Trouble With Hating You – by Sajni Patel

A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy debut about first impressions, second chances, and finding the love of your life in the most unexpected way.

Liya Thakkar is a successful biochemical engineer, takeout enthusiast, and happily single woman. The moment she realizes her parents’ latest dinner party is a setup with the man they want her to marry, she’s out the back door in a flash. Imagine her surprise when the same guy shows up at her office a week later — the new lawyer hired to save her struggling company. What’s not surprising: he’s not too thrilled to see her either after that humiliating fiasco.

Don’t Make a Sound (Sawyer Brooks #1) – by T.R. Ragan

Her own past could be a reporter’s biggest story in this twisting thriller about murder and family secrets by the New York Times bestselling author T.R. Ragan.

Plagued by traumatic childhood memories, crime reporter Sawyer Brooks still struggles to gain control of her rage, her paranoia, and her life. Now, after finally getting promoted at work, she is forced to return home and face her past.

River Rock is where she’d been abandoned by her two older sisters to suffer alone, and in silence, the unspeakable abuses of her family…

The Mother Code – by Carole Stivers

It’s 2049, and the survival of the human race is at risk. The earth’s inhabitants must turn to their last resort, a plan to place genetically engineered children inside the cocoons of large-scale robots—to be incubated, birthed, and raised by machines. But there is yet one hope of preserving the human order: an intelligence programmed into these machines that renders each unique in its own right—the Mother Code.

Kai is born in America’s desert southwest, his only companion his robotic Mother, Rho-Z. Equipped with the knowledge and motivations of a human mother, Rho-Z raises Kai and teaches him how to survive.

The Girl in the White Van – by April Henry

A teen is snatched after her kung fu class and must figure out how to escape—and rescue another kidnapped prisoner—in this chilling YA mystery.

When Savannah disappears soon after arguing with her mom’s boyfriend, everyone assumes she’s run away. The truth is much worse. She’s been kidnapped by a man in a white van who locks her in an old trailer home, far from prying eyes. And worse yet, Savannah’s not alone: Ten months earlier, Jenny met the same fate and nearly died trying to escape. Now as the two girls wonder if he will hold them captive forever or kill them, they must join forces to break out—even if it means they die trying.

House of Dragons (House of Dragons #1) – by Jessica Cluess

Five royal houses will hear the call to compete in the Trial for the dragon throne. A liar, a soldier, a servant, a thief, and a murderer will answer it. Who will win?

When the Emperor dies, the five royal houses of Etrusia attend the Call, where one of their own will be selected to compete for the throne. It is always the oldest child, the one who has been preparing for years to compete in the Trial. But this year is different. This year, these five outcasts will answer the call…

Thank you for taking the time to read this post, if you want to know about any more upcoming books click this link: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/141961.May_2020_Book_Releases and I will see you all next Thursday.