Rachel Read it

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Bookish week in review(8/10-14/10)

This week has been the first I was back in placement since July, so that means 4a.m starts or night shifts (7-7.30)

As a result my reading has suffered , and my crafting as you battle the constant exhaustion of the change in hours, long days travelling and lots of new things to learn- not complaining, it is super interesting just that it takes a while to pick up the pace!

These are the books I managed to finish this week, I am taking part in approx.  1000 Instagram challenges but will blog about them next week.

Trick or Treat by Richie Tankersley Cusick

This was a nice surprise in that I got this as Kindle Unlimited title and as an Audible customer could listen to the audiobook for free!

The reader is perfect, she manages to capture the voices of the teenage narrators as well as the creeping tension of the story.

This is part of the HeyLittleThrifter Halloween PointHorror/Goosebumps readalong, and this 1989 title is actually pretty compelling and scarier than I remember!



It’s my favourite time of the year, autumn, and more specifically HALLOWEEN!!!

Love love love the change of seasons in autumn, kicking leaves, early nights, so much more time to snuggle up and read, read, read!

The lengthening nights make it perfect for fireside scares, and with that in mind, I present to you, my version of Blogoween, having been tagged by the awesome, Two Book Thieves 

They, in turn were linked to Blogoween by Anthony at Keep Reading Forward and the original Blogoween post can be found here –

Blogoween (Bookblogger Style)



Hunting, shooting and MURDER?!

The two books I am reviewing run along similar themes-entitlement, luxury getaways and MURDER!

‘The Hunting Party’ by Lucy Foley and ‘STAGS’ by M.A Bennett were both read alongside each other and as they complement each other, I thought it might be nice to focus on them both.

The Hunting Party is published in January 2019 and is the first crime thriller from author Lucy Foley. She sets the scene brilliantly as she details the separate groups of friends travelling to Scotland on an ‘no expense spared’ reunion.

Life has been good to this group of 9 (4 couples and a singleton) who, with the exception of Emma who has been in the ‘gang’ for 3 years dating Mark, have known each other since their uni days. Apart from Mark and Emma there are Miranda and Julien , Giles and Samira (plus baby Priya), Nick and Bo, and Katie, the lone singleton. Tensions are set right from the off when a seat booking error means one of them has to travel in a separate carriage so Katie takes it as a default for being single-but that does mean she is happy about it, it further reinforces her station as ‘the one to be pitied for not being partnered’. (more…)


September Book Round Up


I am pretty sure that I read more than 8 books this month, but Goodreads tells me that is my monthly roundup so I guess I will just go with it!

Apart from the books I have already reviewed, these 3 I have clustered together as I am planning my books for October so I can draw a line under September.



‘The Ancient Nine’ Review and exclusive content!

It is my turn of the Blog Tour for ‘The Ancient Nine’ by Ian K. Smith!

I am super excited to share another extract with you, one that takes you deep inside the Ivy League world of the Ancient Nine (Link at bottom of the post)

In ‘The Ancient Nine’, a Harvard sophomore, Spenser Collins is invited to join the most exclusive of exclusive clubs-The Delphic.



‘The Ancient Nine’-Exclusive Content and Map!

I LOVE a good map! From the floor layouts in murder mysteries that you pore over , looking for how A could have gotten to B’s room and killed them with a candlestick, to the maps of Tolkien’s Middle Earth where the topography is almost 3D as you trace the hobbits’ journey to Isengard.,

Here is an accompanying map for ‘The Ancient Nine’ by Ian K.Smith, character bios and some information about the man himself with links to all his media platforms.



‘The Ancient Nine’ by Ian K Smith Blog Tour September 2018

This coming week, on the 25th of September, it is my absolute privilege to bring you exclusive extracts and author Q and A’s with Ian K Smith .

His novel, ‘The Ancient Nine’, is on sale in Hardcover as well as pre-order for the mass market paperback due out March 2019.



Late Bookish week in review(closer to a fortnight but let’s not quibble!)

So this week I have decided to employ a tactic to help me read smarter rather than harder as I seem to have hit a wall of books-not unpleasant, definitely my preferred way to sustain an injury! On the suggestion of an equally book bound friend, she recommended filling a mason jar(see below also quick plug for my Insta feed!) with slips of paper containing all the books I have yet to read.
And to the left is said jar, not allowed to pass on or replace a title when it has been selected. I was genuinely excited to submit to this random no questions asked selection technique and as a result have read 2 books this week.

The first is ‘Everything is Lies‘ by Helen Callaghan(author of the bestselling ‘Dear Amy’) and ‘The Night She Died‘ by Jenny Blackhurst (bestselling author of ‘How I lost You’).

‘Everything is Lies’ is about a 26 year old architect, Sophie, who juggles a high pressure job with her relationship with her parents-off grid hippies who never married and live a bohemian lifestyle.



Netgalley latest-‘You Let Me In’ by Lucy Clarke

I may be wrong but I think this is the first book by Lucy Clarke that I have read and with apologies for using the standard phrase, it was unputdownable (no other word will do).

Available now in e-book format


The cover is menacing, there is a modern looking staircase with a shadow of an ambiguous looking person on the landing between the  2 flights of steps, blood red title words and recommendations by none other than C.L Taylor and Clare Macintosh-high praise indeed-so even before starting it, you are aware that this is going to be a thrill ride of a book.



My Book week in review

Plucked from my Netgalley piles, I accidentally picked two books with similar topics. They each dealt with the topic in different ways that complement each other beautifully so I thought it might be nice, as well as posting about things I am interested in in the world of books, to write a weekly review as well.

Not sure how that will turn out, currently I am juggling the third and final year of nursing school with running a zoo (3 children, 2 cats, a dog and a husband…the jury’s out on who is the most work !)and keeping my handmade crafts business afloat, but it’s worth a try!

So for this week’s review I have Alice Clark-Platt’s ‘The Flower Girls’ (due out 24th January 2019) and Lesley Kara’s ‘The Rumour’ (due out on December 27th 2018).