Library Wanderings

Happy Tuesday!

I hope you’re having a wonderful and a great start to your week. I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted something other than a review so was I inspired to do an unintentional Library Haul. I don’t do it very often as I tend to be rushing from the Library to get other things done because I’ve usually lost track of time browsing. I have a bit of extra time today so I figured why not.

I think of Tuesdays as a day for me to usually enjoy being a bookworm whether that be a trip to the Library or Bookstore or both if I give myself enough time.

Lately I’ve been trying to make it more of a Library trip to save money and slowly running out of space for my owned books. Plus Libraries are a very soothing place for me and I can usually be found at some point relaxing near a bookshelf display and window to gaze out of.

Today I’ve made it to the Library that’s about a 20 min drive from my home which is one of my favorite places to be and also happens to be one of my favorite Libraries!

I could easily spend hours here just wandering the aisles and most likely coming home with a stack taller than me! Which would be quite the stack as I’m just over 5ft11. I went in for 3 books & came out with a stack. In my defense, I was left alone which I admit isn’t much of a defense as I tend to go in by myself anyways as it tends to be easier unless I’m with a fellow bookworm.

I also went to Dunkin Donuts because I need caffeine to keep me awake and I do love treating myself to coffee once in a while! My Kindle Paperwhite is also pictured as I’m currently near the end of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi which I borrowed via Libby. Don’t worry, I was parked when I took the picture!

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Well I am going to wrap up this ode to my Library wanderings and get back to enjoying a little more extra time at the Library while I can. I hope you’ve enjoyed my bookish ramblings and are able to enjoy some quality reading time. I’ll return soon with more bookish content.

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~M

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The Bermondsey Bookshop Blog Tour

Good morning,

I was recently asked if I would like to read a book that is set in the U.K. and there’s a bookstore involved which I couldn’t pass up because it’s always a fascinating combination to read about.

Before I give you my thoughts on the book, I would like to mention that I was given a digital ARC via Netgalley through the publisher but it doesn’t influence my thoughts on the book itself.

 

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My Thoughts:

This is the story of a young woman named Kate who has grown up in a small run down town called Bermondsey, at the mercy of her cruel Aunt Sylvie and cousins who have done their best to make her life miserable and treated her as a proverbial physical and emotional punching bag.

Her Aunt forces her to get a job at the young age of fourteen and takes most of her wages, leaving an amount left that she couldn’t survive on if she were to attempt to get her own place. A few years later, she is still working at the same place, though has received a bit of a raise. When her cousin said something cruel about her mother who died tragically, she responds back by walloping her a good one and then her Aunt proceeds to stab her with a knife. Shortly after being bandaged up, her Aunt essentially throws her out with barely the clothes on her back and Kate is left scrambling to figure out where to live.

Kate has learned a thing or two while being under the rule of her Aunt and one of those is that she knows she’s tough and will find a way to survive even if she has to take multiple jobs. When she happens to land a job at the Bermondsey Bookshop for cleaning, she has no idea at the time of just how much it will change her life and how it just may set her on the path that she’s always dreamed of.

She may even have a chance to be reunited with the Father that has been absent a good chunk of her life though her Father isn’t quite the loving person that he would have many people believe and there could be a darker meaning behind much of his actions.

This story was quite the adventure and my heart ached for Kate who has been through so much and yet continues to get up to carry on no matter how often she gets knocked down. Life has been far from easy for her but she’s determined to make her way in the world and along the way she could very likely meet the love of her life as well as become friends with unexpected people.

I really enjoyed reading about Kate’s determination and how she really is a sweetheart who’s had some tough hurtles to overcome but hasn’t let that turn her bitter or into a mean person. She shows quite the growth throughout the story and finds herself caught between two different worlds. She didn’t graduate but that doesn’t take away from what a smart young woman she is and is talented in a number of different ways.

This is a book I highly recommend particularly if you’re one that enjoys a story set in the early to mid-1920s, has a bookstore in it and shows just how powerful friendship can be. I really hope that there will be a sequel to this book at some point!

Please be aware of possible trigger warnings for death of parents, alcoholism, domestic abuse, child abuse and other forms of violence.

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I hope you’ve found my views interesting and if any of the themes above interest you, please feel free to check out the book which has only recently been released. I will be back shortly with more bookish thoughts and I hope you’re having a wonderful week!

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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An Everyday Hero Blog Tour

Good morning,

I hope you’re having a wonderful February and enjoying as much reading as you like. Speaking of reading, I was asked if I’d like to join in on a blog tour of a second book in a series whose previous book I read and enjoyed.

Of course I said yes because I’ve been looking forward to reading the book for some time! I would like to note that though I was given a digital ARC via Netgalley from the publisher, all thoughts are my own.

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My Thoughts:

This is the story of two people who have had their fair share of challenges to overcome, life hasn’t quite gone the way they planned and are given another chance that neither expected. It’s also a story of how much PTSD affects soldiers in a variety of different ways and the importance of having support as well as programs available to help soldiers transition from active duty to civilian life.

I loved the banter that Greer and Emmett had who weren’t afraid to speak their minds to each other and essentially gave each other kicks in the butts to start following their dreams and offering support. Emmett is missing a limb from a routine patrol gone wrong which is something he feels self conscious about but Greer shows him that there’s so much more to life than focusing on something he had no control over.

I love the bond that forms between Ally and Greer through a love of music and recognize kindred spirits in each other after some time.

My heart ached for Ally who is trying to deal with her Dad’s death while he was on active duty, several horrible fellow classmates, stress about her Mom and the added struggle of being a teenager who wants to fit in but is so angry particularly with losing her Dad.

This book kept my attention from beginning to end and I highly recommend reading this story though be prepared to have your heartstrings tugged on!

Full of humor, the power of music, a glimpse into the military, small town life, romance and the importance of family whether blood or by choice.

Looking forward to reading more books in the future!

Well that wraps up my bookish Ramblings for the time being. I hope you’re loving the books that you’ve read so far this year and staying warm particularly if you’re in an area with similar temps to MN. Thank you for dropping by and I’ll return soon with more bookworm love.

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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