Hi everyone, I hope you’re well and looking forward to the weekend. If you’re a book worm like me then the weekend means it’s time to relax and snuggle up with a new book. In my weekly Five Things Friday Book List I share my recommendations on Things To Read, Watch or Listen this weekend.
So if you love reading books then you’ll love my weekly book list where I share:
- One for your wishlist – a book I’ve added to my wishlist that I think should be on your book list of things to read ?
- What I’m reading – why not grab yourself a copy and read along with me
- A book related must watch such as a movie adaptation from a book
- Something to listen to – each week I suggest a book podcast, audiobook, playlist or YouTube video
- Lastly my What’s happening at TouringTales where I share a little about me & Dave as well as what’s been happening on my blog just incase you missed it.
I hope you enjoy this week’s book list of things to read, watch or listen to. There’s bound to be something new for you to try. Which one will you try?
One for your Wishlist
This week I’ve added The Paris Apartment by Kelly Bowen to my wishlist. This is one of my recommendations in the May 2021 New Book Releases post published earlier this week. The Paris Apartment will be released on the 27th May and it’s already receiving great reviews from the book blogging community. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one, it’s definitely on my book list of things to read this month. Here’s the book info…
The Paris Apartment – Paperback Release Date 27th May 2021
When a modern woman inherits a Parisian apartment undisturbed since WWII, she discovers that it may hold the key to unraveling her cold great-grandmother’s secret life — a past of sacrifice during a mission to protect those she loved.
As the heiress to a wealthy Parisian family, Lise Allard grows up immensely privileged, but barely knowing her absentee parents. Instead, she finds her own sense of family among a close circle of friends. Yet when war breaks out and Paris is occupied, she sees her friends taken away one by one. Heartbroken, Lise vows that she will do whatever it takes to help defeat the Germans.
When Aurelia Leclaire’s great-grandmother passes away, the last thing Aurelia expects to inherit is a tiny Paris apartment untouched for over half of a century. But even more shocking is the massive collection of priceless jewellery and fine art secreted inside. When she discovers an unknown painting cherished by Lise, she realises that it may be the key to unlocking her great-grandmother’s story.
Art appraiser Gabriel Seymour is contacted by a woman who claims to have found a painting by his great-great-grandfather. While unearthing its story, Gabriel and Aurelia discover a hidden cache of weapons, encrypted letters, and faded passport photos revealing intertwining family connections and betrayals from the past.
What I’ve been reading
For those of you who are new to my blog, Touring Tales Blog is a Travel and Books Blog. I love nothing better than Touring in our motorhome exploring the world then snuggling up at night in the van with a good book/Tale. So when I was invited to join a book blog tour for Sew On The Go I jumped at the chance. This looks right up my street, combining my love of travelling, books and crafts. So this week I’ve been in the delightful company of Mary Jane Baxter and her new book. Here’s the book info…
Sew On The Go by Mary Jane Baxter – Released on 27th May 2021
In 2016, Mary Jane Baxter did what many people dream of: she quit her job at the BBC, rented out her flat and headed for the hills. Her home for the next few months was an upcycled 1986 Bedford Bambi campervan with a top speed of 60mph. She raided skips for vintage wallpaper and scoured second-hand emporiums to source stylish vintage accessories, creating her own travelling craft studio, packed with everything necessary for crafting on the road.
She then set off around Europe searching for inspiration, travelling from Belgium right down to the Cinque Terre in Italy then around France and up to Scotland. Armed with her trusty hand-cranked Singer, she spent a summer sewing on the go, foraging in flea markets, meeting artists and hosting pop-up events to help fund her trip. Like creatives the world over she decided to see where her travels would lead her and returned with a head full of new projects.
Fortunately, there’s no need for you to give up your job, wave goodbye to your family and rent out your house in order to re-ignite your own creativity; Mary Jane has done all the hard work for you. Sew on the Go is her guide to carving out more creative space in your life. From decorating your own budget-conscious bolthole to achievable projects including clothes and fashion accessories, beautiful gift ideas and child-friendly makes, this book is the ideal companion for those who dream of devoting more time to their craft.
Looking for more book inspiration?
Here’s the Amazon Bestsellers List (updated hourly)
Something to Watch
Dave and I watched the movie Our Kind Of Traitor this week on Amazon PRIME. An adaptation of John Le Carre’s bestselling novel. This isn’t a new movie, it was released in 2016, however it’s an engaging, suspense, action movie with a good cast including Ewan McGregor, Damian Lewis, Stellan Skarsgard and Naomie Harris.
Whilst taking a holiday in Marrakech, a young English couple, Perry (Ewan McGregor) and Gail (Naomie Harris) bond with an enigmatic Russian businessman (Stellan Skarsgard) after a chance encounter.
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Something to Listen to
Do you play background music whilst reading? I sometimes do, so this week I have a great Spotify Playlist recommendation for you.
I discovered a gorgeous magazine called The Simple Things that I thought I’d share here. Full of interesting articles, the magazine encourages you to take the time to live well.
Slowing down, enjoying what you have and making the most of where you live. Sharing good food with friends and family, grow your own vegetables, visit local markets, rummage for vintage finds, and decorate your home. Love being outdoors and microadventures (Touring Tales do) 🙂
Upcycling, growing, cooking, escaping or relaxing.
Yes, this definitely sounds like Touring Tales, that’s why Dave and I both love this magazine. We look forward to reading each issue, which is published monthly.
As well as amazing content the magazine also features a monthly Spotify playlist of songs to listen to. I find these so lovely to play as background music when I’m reading. Give it a try for FREE on Spotify now and see what you think…
What’s been happening at Touring Tales
Finally on this weeks Five Things Friday Book List:
So the weather here in Wiltshire has been rubbish over the past week, we’ve been stuck indoors quite a bit (or getting soaked on our daily dog walks). Luckily, we rarely get bored on wet weather days as there’s always a house project or hobby project to tackle. Dave loves to potter about in the garage with his power tools, usually resulting in a lovely new item for the house or garden. The latest project being a lovely wooden planter which runs under our two living room windows at the front of the house. Definitely a statement piece full of pretty grasses and flowers.
I’ve been busy getting us organised for our May and June travel plans. It feels so good to be able to move about again. There’s always lots of research to do and campsites or farm sites to book. As well as getting Lexi van ready to take us back on the road.
I’ve recently decided to merge my two blogs into one Travel and Books Blog. So over the past week I’ve spent some time working out how best to tackle this merger. The priority for me was working out the new site structure so that it’s still easy for visitors to find things. Getting the navigation right is so important when creating and maintaining a blog. If your visitor finds what they are looking for quickly (structure) and like what they see and read (content) then they are more likely to return to your site again.
Over the next couple of weeks I shall move across some of the Travel, Motorhome and dog-friendly content from TouringTALES.co.uk onto this blog site TouringTALES.co.uk, which will ultimately be our main blog going forward. Very exciting.
Weekly round-up: Here’s a quick round-up of my Travel & Book blog posts published this week on Touring Tales.
- May 2021 New Book Releases – My top picks from this month’s new books
- Book Review: Breathe by Elena Kravchenko – A tense, engaging debut novel based on true events from the 2004 Thailand Tsunami
- 10 Travel Games – my 10 favourite board games to take on a road trip / holiday. Which will you choose?
What’s coming up: I’ve added more exciting book reviews, book launches and author interviews to my Book Blog Schedule. Have a look at my book reading schedule, why not follow a link and treat yourself to a new book this month. Read along with me and join in the discussion.
Now over to you
Q: What’s on your book related list of things to read, watch or listening to this weekend? Share in the comments below. I’d love to hear them.
Have a fabulous weekend. Happy reading.
Related Post: Five Things Friday #13 (Previous week)
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