Top 5 Tuesday Dec 7th books on my Christmas list. REVISIT

Someone this week liked this post so reminded me of the post and I re looked at it. I have read 4 of the 5 books now although Santa brought none of them. I have not read or got The Comfort Book by Matt Haigh.

1. Comfort book by Matt Haig as loved his midnight library. 2. A slow fire burning by Paula Hawkins who wrote girl on the train. 3. Adele by L …

Top 5 Tuesday Dec 7th books on my Christmas list.

More Christmas books

I’m writing this in Jan 2022 for publication December 2022 as since writing my post Christmas books I have read a couple more.

Christmas with the Tea Shop Girls by Elaine Everest. It is my kind of book as set in wartime UK about women coping with challenges of war. The prologue is Christmas Eve but then chapter one rewinds to the previous 2nd September and the book then proceeds to Christmas. Therefore not totally Christmassy.

After reading the Christmas Killer by Alex Pine in December 2021 I bought his next book Snow Killer. The second book is set about a year after the first; it starts Christmas Eve and runs into the New Year. Features Christmas snow but lots of grittiness too! More my kind of book then fluffy Christmas books.

Book Cllub Challenge

As I completed this year’s Book Cllub Challenge so quick this year I have gone through books read post challenge to see if could have completed for a second time.

2022 Challenge Round 1 Complete

Book Cllub Challenge 2022 Round 2

Book with a Country in the Title

This is only one struggling to find book for closest can get is link to a country from author Nicki French with their (written by a husband and wife team) book Day of the Dead.

Short Stories

If Roald Dahl wrote all about 2021.

Childhood book category

Jo’s boys by Louisa May Alcot

Book Bought Second Hand.

Bought and read lots more second hand.

A book with an Island Connection

The Island and follow up One August night.

A Christmas book

Call of penguins 🐧 and a Winter Killer by Alex Pine

A book Set in Asia

The post box on the edge is the world

A book with X in title or author’s name

Hidden lives by Judith Lennox

A book with a building in the title

Lighthouse keeper’s secret

A book with a Royal Connection


A book with weather referenced in the title

The girl in the ice.

A book set where born

I was born in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire which is an hour’s drive from where I live now in Sheffield. When in a discussion someone recommended Nell Pattison books for this category. As part of the challenge I bought and read Silent House and Silent Night. Post challenge have bought and read; third in the series; Silent Victim.

Top 5 Tuesday Books Set in the Past

Appropriately this post should have been in the past …. Sorry Top 5 Tues Meeghan; caught out as by not connecting that Nov started on a Tuesday!

I enjoy reading books about people living their lives against the background of world war 1 and 2. So not books focussed just on fighting. But books showing how people coped with the events they had no control over. Similarly think there are some great stories to come set against background of the covid pandemic – but that is the future (or present). Here’s past selection.

1.Maureen Lee books. None standout to in mind individually but there are just solid comfort reads.

2. Margaret Dickinson especially books set in my home time Sheffield. I have read buffer girls and clippie girls.

3. No Angel Penny Vinzenzi. Family saga that kept me enthralled to read the sequalae.

4. The book thief by Marcus Zeus.

5. I have also enjoyed reading fictional books about Titanic including Titanic Sisters.

Top 5 Tuesday: Books set in the present

The immediate present / very recent past would be covid times. Not sure who want’s to read about that? In this Post I wrote a few months ago about the books I had read so far set during the pandemic. It is interesting to hear what others went through; if not necessary pleasant reading.

In hindsight my 2 favourites from my post a few months ago are Apples 🍎 Don’t Fall Far by Lianne Moriety (1) and The Chalet by Catherine Cooper (2)

I have been enjoying reading this year; a crime series set in last few years (with reference to earlier crimes), in my home town Sheffield by Michael Wood. The 9th book called STOLEN CHILDREN (3) which I recently read was set March / April of 2020. I loved the book in the main but was critical of mention of masks and bubbles as they were not March 2020 terms. I have pre ordered paperback of book 10 in the series and I’m eagerly awaiting.

I’m also enjoying each book that comes out of Richard’s Osman’s Thursday Murder Club. (4)

My final pick for this topic is Rock, Paper, Scissors by Alice Feeney (5) which was published in 2021.

This prompt was curtesy of Top 5 Tues Meeghan

See previous post for top 5 in the past. I do not think I come up with 5 I like in the future as not keen on dystopian books.

20 Sep Top 5 Tuesday: reasons to be with a bookworm

Meeghan has asked us top 5 reasons to be with a bookworm. I would love to attract the right bookworm. But also I think being a bookworm is a selling point therefore my 5 reasons are a mixture of what I would value in a bookworm and positives I can offer. Will be reading other’s lists for more ideas of how I can see self!

1. If they wake up first they will read instead of waking you! Although waking up in winter when too dark to read is annoying!

2. Readers have more to talk about and discuss.

3. Readers can understand situations, feelings etc as read different viewpoints.

4. Those who have read widely know life is not a fairy story and have to work on relationships.

5. Readers have read about some evil partners so will appreciate a good partner!

Top 5 Tuesday: ways to tempt a bookworm out of their home

This week Meeghan has asked us how to lure bookworms out – as if it is a difficult mission!

I think bookworms are easy to lure out of the house! We are so interested in the world from reading and want to see the world. Plus you can take a book with you, almost anywhere!

Here are some ways to lure this bookworm out. There are many others!

1. To see a film of a book.

2. To read on a beach.

3. To the theatre. It is wonderful seeing 3D words, live in front of you. From my blog you will see I love a theatre trip!

4. I also love live music. I like songs with good, distinguishable lyrics. Live music for me involved people singing not miming and playing instruments particularly guitar 🎸 and drums 🥁.

5. To a restaurant. Food is brilliant!

Top 5 Tuesday books with bones 🦴

I have not even attempted Meeghan’s last two scavenger hunts as not reading fantasy not sure I could have come up with much for crowns or anything for shields. This week however is bones so between covers and titles it was easier.

1. Straight away I thought of Lovely bones which read years ago.

2. Bone garden is a Tess Gerritsen book but not part of Rizzoli and Isle series. I read this book or at least most of it in an afternoon.

Antlers are made of bone, and covered with “velvet”—a thin, soft layer of skin and blood vessels that gets scraped off the antler over time.

Looking through Instragram Wonderwall360 of reads over last few years books I found two with antlers on.

3. The Stag and Hen party by Mike Gayle. This book contained the story hen party and stag party running respectively from each cover to the middle.

4. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foyle.

5. Finally one that does not have bones in the title or any versions of the cover I have seen. But it is all about bones. It is Handle with care by Jodi Piccoult. It centre’s around Willow who has brittle bone disease therefore lots of mention of broken bones in the book.

Hump Day Careers / day in life

Been a while since I did a hump day careers or day in the life. But last Wednesday felt exciting as went into the office with people in my team for first time since March 2020.

In March 2020 I was doing a different job. I did go into the premises a few times during 2020 – to sit in an empty office to work and not see anyone knew.

In July 2021 I started a remote working job. However originally some of my team including my manager worked in Leeds office. Therefore a few of us went in last week (August 2022)

Getting to Leeds involved trams to Sheffield station. Then train to Leeds and few minutes walk to the office. I bought a day ticket for the tram costing £4.60. The return train ticket was £15.

I set off from home about 7.30 and arrived at the office 9.30.

My manager showed me around the office floor. In the kitchen there was a free drink machine so I got a hot chocolate 🙂

Most of the day I was just continuing with the usual studies I lead. But I did take the opportunity to discuss various work things with my manager and other team members. It was also good just to chat to my colleagues face to face as usually we just do voice calls.

At lunchtime 4 of us went to Marks and Spencer food stall to buy lunch. But then everyone ate at their desks; I hoped we would sit in the kitchen together. I had king prawn and basil pasta salad and a couple of blackcurrent sundaes.

I had a second hot chocolate in the afternoon.

I had a meeting until 6 therefore I was last of my team to leave but there were other people still in the office.

As I only left at 6, I went to a nearby pub for food before the train home. Had aimed for 19.19 train but due to a delay and platform change did not leave until nearly half past. I got home just before 9.

Sorry if you have read all this, the day was not actually that exciting. But I enjoyed getting out of the house and talking to colleagues face to face! The day went faster than at home. We hope to all meet again and block out some time so we can all go out for lunch together. I’m keen to do that but not too often due to travel time and cost. None of my team have decided to go in regularly. If I had an office to go to in Sheffield, I would want to go there regularly.

Top 5 Tuesday: books with keys

I had to stretch this a bit to locks 🔒 as well as keys 🔑 🔐. See Meeghan’s post below.

Hello friends!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 books with keys!! Yes, we’re back on scavenger hunts ― but I swear on my life, …

Top 5 books with keys

I found two with actual keys. The foundling with a padlock. On the Eve of Man by G and T Fletcher inside the A think technically a lock that is key 🔑 shaped? The fifth can see door lock (just) on House Swap.