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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.

Once Upon A December Night

Happy Christmas eve everyone, I hope you all have a great Christmas, despite what as happened this year. Enjoy spending time with your family and loved ones, and hopefully next year will be far better than this year.

Once upon a December Night,
A fire burned there so bright,
There I found you curled up tight,
Underneath the candle light,

Outside was white as snow,
The moonlight shone and made it glow,
Crunch crunch it went under toe
As the temperature there was very low,
It had now gone below zero.

Once upon a December night,
I could see you in my sight,
I squealed with such delight,
As you came to me tonight.

If you go to sleep,
Without taking a peek,
You will receive what you seek,
And it will be the best day of the week.

Thankyou for taking the time to read my blog! I will be taking time off to spend with my family, so I won’t be back until the new year. See you in 2021. January 7th 2021.

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

International Dylan Thomas Day

Hi everyone, Today is International Dylan Thomas Day or Dylan Day for short. It is a day that is celebrated every year on 14th May for the life and work of the welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Today marks the anniversary of ‘Under Milk Wood’ as it was first read on stage at 92Y The Poetry Center, New York in 1953. Dylan Day is usually hosted by Hannah Ellis the granddaughter of Dylan Thomas, who is the Creative Directive of his literary estate. He is a writer who is best known for his poem ‘Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night and his play ‘Under Milk Wood’

Dylan Thomas Biography

Dylan Marlais Thomas was born in Swansea Wales on 27th October 1914 he was the only son of David John Thomas (DJ), and Florence Hannah Thomas. He was once educated at Swansea Grammar School.

Dylan was very close to his father whom played a big part in him becoming a poet as he was the one that introduced him to the world of poetry. Dylan started writing poetry from an early age, and with every bit of poetry he had written, it was his dad that he looked to for admiration, as he wrote to please not only himself but his father. When he was around 16years old, he began copying out the poems he once did when he was younger, what would eventually become known as his notebooks, which would then contribute to several of his first collection that included 18 poems that would get published in 1934…

At 16 Dylan left school to start a job as a junior reporter at Wales Daily Post. His position at this job was not to last very long, as he quit in December of 1932 and turned his attention away from journalism, and back to what he does best writing poetry, which now became a full-time pursuit. About two-thirds of his work was created when he was in his teens. This was the beginning of his journey of how he got to become one of the greatest writers of all time.

Dylan hid his own heartbreak of losing his father David John (DJ) Thomas to throat cancer (December 16th 1952) aged seventy-six, he was so distraught this event played a significant part in what happened in his life next. After losing his father his health had took a rapid decline in his mental wellbeing, In addition to his grieving, Dylan had become physically ill, exhausted, his marriage to Caitlin Macnamara Thomas was very rocky, and he found it hard to write, With all this pressure and downward spiral eventually led to his death less than a year later.                                                                                                                                            

Dylan Thomas was quite a heavy drinker, whom died shortly after leaving The White Horse Tavern in New York City, New York US on 9th November 1953. Dylan Thomas was a man full of talent, it’s just a shame it ended far before his time and who knows what else a man of his stature would have created.

Five of his best Quotes:

  • “There is only one position for an artist anywhere; and that is upright.” – Dylan Thomas.
  • “There are but dreaming men, and they fade.” – Dylan Thomas.
  • “Never be lucid, never slate, if you would be regarded great.” – Dylan Thomas.
  • “I may without fail, suffer, the first vision that set fire to the stars.” – Dylan Thomas.
  • “When one burns ones bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.” – Dylan Thomas.
  • “I think, that if I touched the earth, it would crumble; it is so sad and beautiful, so tremulously like a dream.” – Dylan Thomas

Finally I will leave you with this beautiful poem.

From ‘Under Milk Wood’

Every morning when I wake,
Dear Lord, a little prayer I make,
O please do keep Thy lovely eye
On all poor creatures born to die

And every evening at sun-down
I ask a blessing on the town,
For whether we last the night or no
I’m sure is always touch-and-go.

We are not wholly bad or good
Who live our lives under Milk Wood,
And Thou, I know, wilt be the first
To see our best side, not our worst.

O let us see another day!
Bless us all this night, I pray,
And to the sun we all will bow
And say, good-bye – but just for now!

Have a great week and I will see you all next time