Week in Review – 7 May 2017

This week has been a bit of a shock to the system, after several very busy weeks I got hit quite hard with a dose of mania and psychosis coming back this week. A warning shot from the bipolar that I was doing too much, and when I saw my support worker on Friday she told me as much as well, reminding me that I knew better and had to look after myself. So I’m re-evaluating what I am doing with my time, how much time I’m spending running around, volunteering, helping family etc so that I don’t end up really sick again and totally incapacitated because that’s just not good for anyone.

Friday evening saw me tootling over to Bath for the Robin Hobb event I’ve been rather excited about. It was held in Christ Church which despite my lack of religion and dislike of the uncomfortable seating was a really nice venue for this type of event. There was an hour of “in conversation” with Jane Johnson who is the Publishing Director over at Harper Voyager, she’s pretty much a legend herself given she launched the imprint and Robin Hobb, thanks Jane! It was a wonderful conversation covering Robin Hobb’s books, characters, writing processes, life, and family. There were many funny moments and many relatable moments and as someone who started reading her books right at the beginning when the first one was launched twenty years ago it made me feel nostalgic to go back to the beginning and start again, maybe I should!

At the end of the evening there was a signing and the chance to meet the lady herself, along with the fantastic jacket illustrator Jackie Morris.

Now I may have mentioned before that I have a problem with going mute when I really admire someone’s work. I used to do this a lot with bands I had to interview, and yes, it happened with Robin Hobb. In all honesty it’s a great privilege to whoever I meet if I go mute, it means I think very highly of them! I managed to squeak out a “It’s a great honour to meet you” asked to get a photo then scuttled away! Some people stood there talking for ages, I envy those people greatly! All those things I wished I could say but my voice was broken…thanks anxiety!

So, onto my bookish update this week… (as always click on the covers for more info/to see the posts)

Book of the Month

It’s time for me to announce my Book of the Month for April, I had a few in the running and I couldn’t decide between two so I’ve doubled up this month because of that.

dragon-of-ash-stars the-last-days-of-magic

The Last Days of Magic was also my most visited post during April so you guys obviously enjoyed it aswell so thanks for that!

Currently Reading

The many colours of us

What I’ve Read

Cry Wolf - Greta Stone  

New Books

My no adding to the TBR fell apart this week… but I have got some brilliant new books on there!

Bought / Freebies

 

Book Post

Holiday In the Hamptons - Sarah Morgan 

eARCs

Shifter_Clans_Series_Box_Set   The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square - Lilly Bartlett 

Reviews

There Is Always More To Say - Lynda Spiro Memortality - Stephen H. Provost HEX - Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Other Posts

This week Kate Coe was featured on The Bookshelf and was the first blogger to take part. I hope you enjoyed her answers, I came out the other end with a huge list of books to go on my wish list!

Into The Heat - Tamara Lush The Bloggers Bookshelf Logo

Giveaways

  • 1 Signed Copy of Memortality (International Tour-Wide Giveaway) Rafflecopter

#Review: There Is Always More To Say by Lynda Young Spiro @lyndaspiro

Description

Soho 1984: Two people meet and their worlds are changed forever. An unexpected meeting – a look that means their lives will never be the same again. In “There Is Always More To Say”, Lynda Spiro chronicles the lives of the couple through friendships, marriage, fleeting moments and snatched time. It is a passionate account about a connection between two people that never dies even when tested by distance and when life throws the unexpected at their feet.

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances. If there is any reaction both are transformed.” C G Jung

Review

There Is Always More To Say is a book about friendship, about love, and for me it was about fidelity aswell. Our narrator is a woman, who is telling her story in the form of a stream of consciousness or a letter or something else of this ilk. We never know her name or the name of the person she is talking to. Just Me and You.

Also very cleverly is that all of the accompanying cast have androgynous names meaning we don’t know the sex of the friends meaning that the story has to be taken as it is given and no judgements made.

The two characters meet while working in a London cafe in 1984, after a brief relationship, they go back to their lives, with “you” returning to the USA. They only see each other twice in the next 30 years but there is semi-regular contact and it is our narrator’s thoughts and feelings about this friendship that we are taken through.

Now in some ways this sounds like a beautiful and moving friendship, it has survived miles and decades, and I’m sure we can all vouch for the fact that friendships like that are hard to find. On the other hand some of the things that are said in regards to our narrators husband in comparison to this “friend” I found quite wrong, hence my comment above about this book being about fidelity aswell.

I believe there was definitely an emotional affair happening here and I found it very uncomfortable to read someone so oblivious to the fact they were cheating on their partner or not caring. All of the things they said they were getting from their “friend” I get from my Husband and it made me feel very awkward and very sorry for the Husband.

This is obviously a very one-sided story and it’s told like this on purpose. I sometimes wondered if maybe it was just a diary rather than something meant for the “friend” to see. It was very repetitive the way a diary would be with constant reminders of when they met and other facts that we already knew.

It would be interesting for another book to be written with the story from the “friend” perspective because I wonder if things are as they played out in this story. I wonder if our narrator is caught up in a bubble of their own making, the grass is always greener with the first love kind of thing.

This was an interesting book, it’s a short read and gets you thinking.

A huge thanks to Lynda Young Spiro for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleThere Is Always More To Say
Series: N/A
Author: Lynda Young Spiro
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: New Generation Publishing
Publication Date: 18 April 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback | Hardcover
Pages: 110
BuyAmazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones | Foyles | Book Depository | SpeedyHen

The Authors Bookshelf – Lynda Spiro @lyndaspiro

Welcome to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.

This week I have Lynda Spiro. Lynda is the author of There is Always More to Say which I plan on reading later this year when my review queue is a bit shorter.

I hope you enjoy Lynda’s answers…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
Winnie The Pooh – A A Milne

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
If Ever I Fall – S D Robertson

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
The Versions of Us – Laura Barnett

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
Breath – Tim Winton, Adultery – Paulo Coelho,  One Red Paperclip – Kyle Macdonald, Mutant Message Down Under – Marlo Morgan, The Time Keeper – Mitch Albom,

    

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
Manipulated Lives – H A Leuschel. On Writing – Stephen King

 

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?
There Is Always More To Say

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?
There Is Always More To Say. But I’m also very proud of my other book Latch-Hooking Rugs

 

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?
Love Story – Erich Segal

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?
Yes

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

Lynda Spiro’s Bookshelf

 

*These may not be all of an author’s publications but the most recent. Check their links below for full details.

About Lynda Spiro

Lynda Young Spiro is a mixed media artist whose love of textiles, found objects and recyclable materials are incorporated into her colourful work. Lynda was born in 1959 in Hampstead, London, where she now lives with her husband. Lynda’s previous book Latch-Hooking Rugs is published by A & C Black. There is Always More to Say is her award-wining first novel, which has been recognised by Chill With A Book, Shelf Unbound, and Hollywood Book Festival.

   

The Bookshelf

the-bookshelf-logoThanks so much for stopping by Lynda, it’s been a pleasure to have you!

If you are a blogger or author and would like to take part in The Bookshelf click here, and fill in the really short contact form to let me know!

I can’t wait to hear from you!

The Discoverability Challenge – 2017

I was looking to add a challenge to my reading this year in addition to the Goodreads Reading Challenge which is just about the number of books you read. I enjoyed keeping tabs on how Joanne Hall was doing with her Discoverability Challenge last year, a challenge to read more female authors, especially within the SFF genre. When she posted she was doing it again this year and within the post put a call out for others to join her this seemed the perfect challenge to join, especially as I have quite a pile of books waiting to be read by female authors I’ve not read before.

The rules are simple, read at least one book per month in any genre, fiction or non-fiction by a female author you’ve not read before. As I take part in blog tours and pick up books from NetGalley this will be easily achievable so I have set myself the goal of making sure that I read at least one SFF novel by a female author I’ve not read before each month to chip away at that pile I mentioned earlier!

I will keep a list here of all the authors I read who qualify for the Discoverability Challenge, and for all the books I specifically read for the challenge I will tag them and link them back to this page. I’m looking forward to seeing how many new female authors I discover in 2017!

My 2017 Discovered Female Authors

  1. Victoria Aveyard – Cruel Crown
  2. Jill Mansell – Meet Me At Beachcomber Bay
  3. Sheila Norton – The Vets at Hope Green
  4. Anabelle Bryant – The Den of Iniquity
  5. Lele Iturrioz – Seasons Within
  6. Cassandra Piat – Stuck With Me
  7. Anne Bishop – Written In Red
  8. Judith Colquhoun – A Country Practice: New Beginnings
  9. Nikki Landis – Dark Promise
  10. Sarah Morgan – Sleepless in Manhattan
  11. Donna Compositor – Curse of Stars
  12. Liz Gavin – Celtic Fire
  13. Clare Morrall – When the Floods Came
  14. Jane Ederlyn – Reborn
  15. Tamara Lush – Hot Shade
  16. Abbie Roads – Saving Mercy
  17. H. Leighton Dickson – Dragon of Ash & Stars
  18. J.D. Hughes – My Beautiful Disaster
  19. Laini Taylor – Strange the Dreamer
  20. Sybil Bartel – Rough
  21. Harper Sloan – Lost Rider
  22. Deborah Wilde – The Unlikeable Demon Hunter
  23. Catherine Green – The Darkness of Love
  24. Deborah A. Wolf – The Dragon’s Legacy
  25. Lynda Young Spiro – There is Always More to Say
  26. Greta Stone – Cry Wolf
  27. Gail Marie Mitchell – Loving The Life Less Lived
  28. Rachel Burton – The Many Colours of Us
  29. C.M. Stunich – Groupie
  30. Cristina Hodgson – A Little of Chantelle Rose
  31. J. Aislynn d’Merricksson – Mother of Wolves
  32. Patricia A. McKillip – Alphabet of Thorn
  33. Tiffany Shand – Shifter Clan Series
  34. Lilly Bartlett – The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square
  35. Jaimie Admans – The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters
  36. Anna Stephens – Godblind
  37. Laurie Winters – Home Field
  38. Tani Hanes – Living In The Shallows
  39. Rachel Van Dyken – Cheater
  40. Joanna Mazurkiewicz – Wyvern Awakening
  41. Holly James – Worth Remembering
  42. Caitlyn Lynch – Ellie’s Encounter
  43. Chantelle Griffin – Made In The Image Of The Goddess
  44. A.L. Michael – Cocktails & Dreams
  45. Errin Krystal – The Last Dragon Rider
  46. Aimee Brown – Little Gray Dress
  47. Sarah Bennett – Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove
  48. Karen Marie Moning – Darkfever
  49. Terry Tyler – Tipping Point
  50. Erika Gardner – The Dragon in the Garden
  51. Pepper Winters – Tears of Tess
  52. Brittainy C Cherry – The Air He Breathes
  53. Sylvia Ashby – The Sinking Chef
  54. Maxine Morrey – The Christmas Holiday
  55. J Kenner – Wicked Grind
  56. Nikki Sex – Abuse
  57. Natalie K. Martin – What Goes Down
  58. Keary Taylor – Branded
  59. Alexandra Weis – Damned
  60. C.M Stunich & Tate JamesElements of Mischief
  61. Violet Blaze – Biker Rockstar Billionaire CEO Alpha
  62. Summer Cooper – Professor Next Door
  63. Leigh LaValle – Breathless
  64. Allie Burns – The Lido Girls
  65. Lilac Mills – And A Sixpence For Luck
  66. Ellen Wiles – The Invisible Crowd
  67. J Mercer – Dark and Stormy
  68. Mhairi McFarlane – You Had Me At Hello
  69. Jackie Ladbury – Air Guitar and Caviar