Lazy Sunday catch up on My Chestnut Reading Tree

Morning everyone! Hope you’ve a good week! It’s Bank Holiday weekend here in U.K and I’m hoping to get loads of reading done so I’m all up to date for when I go away. I realised whilst sorting through my books yesterday that my holiday book pile (that I usually spend so much time and effort sorting out as it’s a hugely enjoyable part of the holiday build up for me!) was looking a little sad and neglected. So as I have loads of WH Smith vouchers still from Christmas I have been asking for suggestions to add to my holiday reading pile. Here’s how it’s looking at the moment…

And I will post an updated pic in a couple of weeks!

Last Saturday I braved the awful weather and the trains (if you’re a regular follower then you will know my luck with trains is decidedly dodgy at the best of times let alone during a storm!) to meet my good friends Jill Doyle, from Jill’s Book Cafe, and Sian-Elin Flint-Freel at the Wrexham Carnival of Words.

And the reason that we battled our way through torrential rain and high winds was that the AMAZING Amanda Prowse was talking at Wrexham Library about her life and her journey to publication.

It was honestly one of the best events I’ve been to! I laughed and I cried as I listened to Amanda talk about how she became a published author and how she discovered her unique natural talent for storytelling. I am a big believer in everything in our lives happening for a reason and Amanda’s journey proved that point once again.

The 2 hours flew by far too quickly and I didn’t even get chance to chat to her husband Simeon whom I’ve chatted to by email many times but have also never met! I did get chance to have a chat* (*let my nervous mouth run away with me!) with Amanda though and get two books signed for my collection. A brilliant day spent with lovely friends…

I’ve had some wonderful book post this week mostly for blog tours later on this year.

I’m Absolutely Fine A Manual For Imperfect Women by Annabel Rivkin and Emilie McMeekhan

‘I’m absolutely fine but I slightly need to pee, I followed the road less travelled and now I don’t know where the hell I am, I may bleed to death shaving my legs, my soul aches, another week has ended without me becoming accidentally rich, I just put my keys in the fridge, unexpected object in the bagging area, I’ll have a café mocha vodka Valium latte to go please, where’s my phone? My anxieties have anxieties, no… not like that – here, I’ll do it, do I have to do everything? WTF?’

Is it just me? We gnaw on that, don’t we? Is it just me? Well, look around. Look at the rage, the resolution, the ‘hear me roar’, the panic, the power, the chin hairs, the shame, the empathy, the conversation, the sheer potential.

Welcome to Midulthood. A place where we recognise that we are all more alike than we are unalike. Of course it’s not just you. If we’re not in it together, we’re not in it at all…

From sex (What Could Possibly Go Wrong) to self-image (Does This Straightjacket Make Me Look Fat?), I’m Absolutely Fine is a wry look at real life, real wisdom and real information framed in fun.

The Reunion by Guillaume Musso

On a freezing night, as her high school campus is engulfed by a snowstorm, 19-year-old Vinca Rockwell runs away with Alexis, her philosophy teacher.
No one will ever see them again.

Formerly inseparable, Thomas, Maxime and Fanny – Vinca’s best friends – have not spoken in twenty-five years. 
But when they receive an invitation to their school’s anniversary reunion, they know they must go back one final time.

Because there is a body buried in that building… 
…and they’re the ones who put it there.

The Whisper Man by Alex North

If you leave a door half-open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken…

Still devastated after the loss of his wife, Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake move to the sleepy village of Featherbank, looking for a fresh start.

But Featherbank has a dark past. Fifteen years ago a twisted serial killer abducted and murdered five young boys. Until he was finally caught, the killer was known as ‘The Whisper Man’.

Of course, an old crime need not trouble Tom and Jake as they try to settle in to their new home. Except that now another boy has gone missing. And then Jake begins acting strangely.

He says he hears a whispering at his window…

Found by Erin Kinsley

When 11 year old Evan vanishes without trace, his parents are plunged into their worst nightmare. 
Especially as the police, under massive pressure, have no answers. 

But months later Evan is unexpectedly found, frightened and refusing to speak. His loving family realise life will never be the same again. 

DI Naylor knows that unless those who took Evan are caught, other children are in danger. And with Evan silent, she must race against time to find those responsible…

These all sound fabulous don’t they?

In other “wedding related” news I sent the Grumpy Scotsman up into the loft yesterday on a search for the garter I wore on my wedding day as DD3 has asked to have it for her own wedding day. I found it in a box of other wedding related bits and pieces and then got very emotional reading all the cards we were sent on that day as so many of our friends and relatives are no longer with us. I also found the shoes and stockings I wore that day (they are very much of their time!! Remember the 80s IS the decade that fashion forgot lol).

Some old, borrowed AND blue!

Can’t believe these shoes are a 6 1/2 when I’m actually an 8! Our puppy actually got hold of them the day before our wedding and one of them has chew marks all over it! And funnily enough DD3 doesn’t want to wear the shoes or the hold ups below!!

So yes it was an emotional old afternoon yesterday!

Anyway, today I shall mostly be reading this for a blog tour organised by the lovely Emma damppebbles…

Have a good week and happy reading!

Jo xx


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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

9 thoughts on “Lazy Sunday catch up on My Chestnut Reading Tree”

  1. What a difference in the weather this weekend – just out luck. That said, it was well worth it – a lovely day. Had to laugh at your wedding items. I think I had exactly the same garter, and a pair of cream hold ups – those were the days! I think this may have been where I got the idea we were nearer in age. I always forget I married relatively late. Happy Reading! xx

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