I know, I know, I missed last week’s Five Things Friday Book List. I’m sorry about that. Last Friday I had two fabulous book tours to share, which I hope you enjoyed, so I decided to skip a week. But never fear I’m back on it again today with another intriguing list to tempt you for the weekend.
So how have you been? Have you had a productive week? Read any amazing books you can share with me? If so, then pop them in the comments section below. Ok, so let’s get on with my Five Things Friday Book List for this week.
New on my TBR List
This week I came across a debut novel, released this month, called The Girl in the Walls by A.J Gnuse. Promoted as a gothic fiction novel, this one’s now on my To Be Read list. Book Cover Notes are shared below in case you fancy this as a weekend read…
Book Cover Notes
’Those who live in the walls must adjust, must twist themselves around in their home,
stretching themselves until they’re as thin as air. Not everyone can do what they can.
But soon enough, they can’t help themselves. Signs of their presence remain in a house.
Eventually, every hidden thing is found.’
Elise knows every inch of the house. She knows which boards will creak. She knows where the gaps are in the walls. She knows which parts can take her in, hide her away. It’s home, after all. The home her parents made for her. And home is where you stay, no matter what.
Eddie calls the same house his home. Eddie is almost a teenager now. He must no longer believe in the girl he sometimes sees from the corner of his eye. He needs her to disappear. But when his older brother senses her, too, they are faced with a question: how do they get rid of someone they aren’t sure even exists?
And, if they cast her out, what other threats might they invite in?
What I’ve been reading
This past week I’ve read The Woman in the White Kimono. This was chosen by my local book club as our April book read. To be honest, I’m not sure I would have picked up this book, even though the cover is gorgeous. But the beauty of a book club is it encourages you to read outside of your comfort zone or stretch your reading to new genres. I’m so glad that this book was chosen by the book club as it is a fabulous book. Beautifully written with a story narrated by two woman in two different countries and in two different times (1950s and present day).
Related Post: Read my book review of The Woman in the White Kimono
Here’s the book details to tempt you if you’re looking for a new read. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. I suspect this one will be in my Top 10 Best Reads of 2021 at the end of the year.
Book Cover Notes
Inspired by true stories, The Woman in the White Kimono illuminates a searing portrait of one woman torn between her culture and her heart, and another woman on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.
Japan, 1957. Seventeen-year-old Naoko Nakamura’s prearranged marriage secures her family’s status in their traditional Japanese community. However, Naoko has fallen for an American sailor and to marry him would bring great shame upon her entire family. When it’s learned Naoko carries the sailor’s child, she’s cast out in disgrace and forced to make unimaginable choices with consequences that will ripple across generations.
America, present day. Tori Kovač, caring for her dying father, finds a letter containing a shocking revelation. Setting out to learn the truth, Tori’s journey leads her to a remote seaside village in Japan where she must confront the demons of the past to pave a way for redemption.
What I’ve been Watching
I love to find movies that are based on true stories. I recently read The Dictionary of Lost Words, you can read my book review here. Following on from this fabulous book I came across The Professor and The Madman on Amazon Prime starring Sean Penn and Mel Gibson.
Professor James Murray begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid 19th century and receives over 10,000 entries from a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr William Minor.
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Photo Of The Week
Just for fun… Are you a Seasonal Bookworm? I certainly am 🙂
What’s been happening at Touring Tales
Finally on this weeks Five Things Friday Book List:
Offline: Life has been pretty busy in the Touring Tales house over the past couple of weeks. Life has just been getting in the way of my blogging life but thankfully I’ve still found time to keep on reading. So I’ll catch up with my book reviews over the next week.
My dad is now happily settled into his new bungalow. We’ve unpacked a ton of boxes, it’s amazing how much stuff you can accumulate over 70+ years! He’s now quite settled and tackling his new garden with new energy and focus, which is lovely to see.
Dave and I have managed to sneak off for our first motorhome trip yay! We have been exploring the Jurassic Coast around the UK, specifically just outside pretty Swanage. We took the crazy spaniels on a steam train ride, a paddle in the sea, fish and chips on the sea front and a LOT of exploring the cliffs and coastline. Could we be any more British Tourists 🙂 The weather was gorgeous, blue skies and sunny, which was great except we’d only packed winter clothes so we lived in the same pair of shorts for the whole trip ewww!
Online: The past couple of weeks I’ve been lucky enough to join some great blog tours, see list below. Tonight I’m really looking forward to attending the online World Book Night event being hosted by Sandi Toksvig, the line up is looking like a great event.
Weekly round-up: I have a bumper round-up this week as I missed Five Things Friday last week. So here’s what you might have missed on Touring Tales Book Blog…
- Earth Day Book Launch: Setsuko and the song of the sea (Children’s beautifully illustrated book)
- Guest Post: A. S. French Author of The Hashtag Killings shared his insights on how he found his writing style.
- Book Review: Resourceful Living by award winning interiors blogger Lisa Dawson.
- Book Review: The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
- Blog Article: Books For Dog Lovers – a round-up of my favourite doggo books. Have you read them yet?
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 are you reading this weekend? Share in the comments below one or more of your own Five Things Friday book list. I’d love to hear them.
Have a fabulous weekend. Happy reading.
PS: If you’re new to Touring Tales then welcome. You can read more on my About Page. My book blog was launched in October 2020. I have lots planned for Touring Tales Books for 2021, so I hope you’ll follow along and say hi in the comments below.