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Book Worms Monthly December, Christmas Reading

Hello, Welcome to Book Worms Monthly December, I think my favourite time for reading because I don’t really want to be going out in the cold. This month I also have my week in hospital so it’s a good time to catch up on my TBR pile.

Reading is my passion and I love to write about what I’ve read. I’m a real book worm and I have been since the day I could read. I decided to start this linky so that other book worms could Share. I’m starting monthly for now, so you have a whole month to link up your posts. You can link up to four posts, so that’s one a week. Or if you like you can link up some of your older posts.

Let’s share what we read and give other’s ideas what to read next. Tell me your reviews, you book reading lists, your author interviews, kids book favourites, Young Adult books, and even posts about your favourite authors. Anything book related is allowed and I can’t wait to read them all. I want to find all the book worms out there.

Here is last months linky to give you some idea of what book worms monthly is about. I’m trying to reach out to all the book worms out there to come and join me with their posts monthly. What books will you snuggle up with this month?

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Book worms Monthly will be posted every four weeks, and you can join in at any time. I will share anyone who links over on my Social Media sites, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Mix (formerly Stumbleupon.) I’ll also come along and read and comment on your post. Please do share this link up with your friends.

Link up your BookWorms Monthly November book posts below.

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Each month I will read through the linked up posts and add to my TBR list here:

Exit by Belinda Baeur as reviewed by Mum of three World

Grey Walker as reviewed by The Book Critter

Dark Ride Deception as reviewed by Yet Another Blogging Mummy

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Her Perfect Family by Teresa Driscoll

My latest read was Her Perfect Family by Teresa Driscoll. I listened on Audible from my Amazon Kindle Unlimited Account. This works like a library for kindle books and audio books where you can borrow unlimited books each month for a fee of £7.99 every three months. They also do free trials if you are interested.

Her Perfect Family

Her Perfect Family book cover, face of a woman with pink stripes painted across the upper part of her face.
  • SIN ‏ : ‎ B08N5YFL78
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Thomas & Mercer (1 Nov. 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4275 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 330 pages

The Blurb

A gripping psychological thriller from the bestselling author of I Am Watching You. The perfect family? Or the perfect lie?

It’s their daughter’s graduation and Rachel and Ed Hartley are expecting it to be one of their family’s happiest days. But when she stumbles and falls on stage during the ceremony, a beautiful moment turns to chaos: Gemma has been shot, and just like that, she’s fighting for her life.

PI Matthew Hill is one of the first on the scene. A cryptic message Gemma received earlier in the day suggests someone close to her was about to be exposed. But who? As Matthew starts to investigate, he finds more and more layers obscuring the truth. He even begins to suspect the Hartleys are hiding something big—from him and from each other.

While Gemma lies in hospital in a coma, her would-be killer is still out there. Can Matthew unravel the family’s secrets before the attacker strikes again?

My Review of Her Perfect Family

This story had me gripped from the beginning. It’s full of intrigue and twisting storylines. It’s fast paced with something always going on but you still get to know the characters bit by bit and the things that they are hiding.

Starting with an attempted murder a private investigator, Matthew Hill, is on the scene straight away. Then the daughter’s family spend most of their time by their daughter’s bedside while Matthew does the digging to find out who shot their girl Gemma and if the other students are in danger or not.

It turns out that they all have secrets to hide, not the least finding out that Gemma is pregnant. She also has a clingy boyfriend who wouldn’t accept the end of their relationship and a lover who is the father of her baby. The secrets are unravelled by Gemma’s diary which she kept hidden within her degree studies and the digging by Mathew.

It’s definitely a book to read without gaps because there is so much going on. The tangles all work their way out in the end but it’s definitely a roller coaster of a story.

Looking at the poor reviews on this book most of the complaints are about the actions of the police in the situation and the flipping back and forth between timelines. Personally, I didn’t mind either of these. I don’t look for reality when reading fiction so how many police that are sent to a crime scene doesn’t really bother me. I’m also okay with changing timelines and different points of view, I think it adds more depth to a story.

I’d definitely read more from Teresa Driscoll.

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Christmas Treats from Treat Republic

I’m a big fan of personalised gifts and I think they make things just that little bit more special. I am an affiliate for Treat Republic so if you use any links on this page I may earn a little money from your purchase at no extra cost to you, so thank you for your support.

Here are a few of the delightful gifts you can buy from Treat Republic this Christmas. Delivered from Watford faster than Santa’s sleigh. Are you ready for a treat?

Christmas Eve Boxes

Are you a fan of Christmas Eve boxes? This year you could make one extra special with some lovely personalisation. These wooden boxes come in an array of designs and you can choose whether to have them large or small. They will last year after year and all you have to do is fill them with treats for Christmas Eve. You can buy boxes for your baby, child pet or even a giant one for your whole family. prices start from £21.99.

treat republic Christmas Eve box

Gifts for Her From Treat Republic

treat republic for her at christmas

Personalised Definition Ceramic Eco Cup £20.00

One of my favourites, add three definitions and a name. A great personalised gift.

Personalised Rustic Carved Wooden Heart Trinket Dish £25.00

Personalised Disc Necklace £25

Available in gold plating, silver plating or rose gold plating on brass.
personalised up to 12 characters

Personalised rose gold glass trinket box 9cm x 9cm x 5cm £25

Gifts for Him

Gifts for him from Treat Republic

Personalised Home Brewed Dimpled Beer Glass
£19.99

Personalised Slate Man Cave Sign
£16.99

Engraved Special Coordinates Bar Cufflinks
£24.99

Personalised Engraved Black Powerbank
£24.99

Gifts for the Kids

gifts for the kids from treat republic, details written out below photo

Personalised Kids Baking Set
£23.99

Personalised Children’s Jungle Animal Dinner Set

£26.00

Personalised Children’s Dinosaur Wooden Train with Letters – Create Your Own Train From £5
Example: a train with dinosaurs and five letters will cost £24.95

Kids Personalised Unicorn Watch
£23.99

I hope I have given you some inspiration and some original ideas for Christmas gifts. If you are interested in seeing what else Treat Republic have on offer you can visit their Christmas Shop


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The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell, book review

I love it when I find a book I can really digest and enjoy from beginning to end, and The Night She Disappeared is one of those books.

This post will contain affiliate links so if you click through and purchase I may earn a little money at no extra cost to you. Here is a link to my bookshop.

Product Details

  • Price£14.99£13.94
  • PublisherCornerstone
  • Publish Date22 July 2021
  • Language English
  • Type Hardback
  • EAN/UPC9781529125771

The Night She Disappeared

2017: 19-year-old Tallulah is going out on a date, leaving her baby with her mother, Kim.

Kim watches her daughter leave, and, as late evening turns into night, which turns into early morning, she waits for her return. And waits.

The next morning, Kim phones Tallulah’s friends, who tell her that Tallulah was last seen heading to a party at a house in the nearby woods called Dark Place. 

She never returns.

2019: Sophie is walking in the woods near the boarding school where her boyfriend has just started work as a head teacher when she sees a note fixed to a tree. 

‘DIG HERE’ 

A cold case, an abandoned mansion, family trauma and dark secrets lie at the heart of Lisa Jewell’s remarkable new novel.

The Night She Disappeared on Audible

I listened to the book on Audible and I thought the narrator, Joanne Froggatt, did an amazing job. She captured all the characters really well, from the posh teens to the regular families.

My Review

I like a good thriller from a good writer and despite their being mixed results on the reviews I’ve read, I think it was a satisfying read. I was captivated from the beginning and never lost interest.

The difficult part was keeping track of the dates as the story bounces around a bit. Each chapter you are given a date and after a while, when you get to know the character’s better, you can work out where, in time, you are.

The young couple go missing and it’s really not like the young Mother Tallulah so her Mum, Kim is really worried, and left holding the baby.

A year later and a new habitant at a cottage, near where the teens went missing, finds a clue to what may have happened to them. It’s just a small clue, but it leads to bigger things.

Parts of the story were a little far fetched, but it didn’t really matter, it’s fiction after all!

I think I might just delve into a little more of Lisa Jewell’s novels.

the night she disappeared book cover
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Waiting To Begin, Amanda Prowse book review

I have Kindle Unlimited which means I can borrow kindle books all the time and also choose from a smaller selection of audio books. The last one I chose was Waiting to Begin by Amanda Prowse.

Waiting To Begin

waiting to begin book cover

The Blurb

From the bestselling author of The Girl in the Corner comes a story that asks: what would you risk for a shot at happiness?

1984. Bessie is a confident sixteen-year-old girl with the world at her feet, dreaming of what life will bring and what she’ll bring to this life. Then everything comes crashing down. Her bright and trusting smile is lost, banished by shame—and a secret she’ll carry with her for the rest of her life.

2021. The last thirty-seven years have not been easy for Bess. At fifty-three she is visibly weary, and her marriage to Mario is in tatters. Watching her son in newlywed bliss—the hope, the trust, the joy—Bess knows it is time to face her own demons, and try to save her relationship. But she’ll have to throw off the burden of shame if she is to honour that sixteen-year-old girl whose dreams lie frozen in time.

Can Bess face her past, finally come clean to Mario, and claim the love she has longed to fully experience all these years?

My Review

I was drawn to this book because the main character is almost the same age as me. The book switches between 1984, the year that Bess left school and 2021 where Bess is fifty three and her children have grown and she’s wondering what life is all about.

It’s sad that Bess had to go through so much as a teen and how it has affected the rest of her life. She feels unfulfilled and torn apart by keeping her secrets for so long. Just as she is about to come clean her life begins to fall apart. Is it too late to be honest and make it all good again?

I did enjoy the story although it wasn’t anything special. There were lots of things that annoyed me about the book. There was not enough research into a life of a teenager in the 80s. The clothing was not quite right and neither was the type of language. Plus, I don’t think I have ever remembered having exam results posted on a board and the children subjected to being put in numerical order from best to worst. I think this is an American thing? I received a private envelope with my results as have all my children.

I loved Bess’s parents, they were truly down to earth. Maybe a little too ‘common’ for a working class family, but they did make me laugh. It did make me wonder why Bess found it so hard to tell them her secret, I’m pretty sure they’d have been okay with it, as indeed they were when she finally told them.

Bess’s relationship with her husband Mario was a little weird too. I can’t believe that they had been together so long but she had been unable to tell him her secret. He seemed like a nice enough man, I just don’t get why she couldn’t trust him. Maybe telling him a good few years earlier would have made the outcome a little easier?

So, I started this book thinking I’d enjoy it because I’d be able to relate to the character, where in fact I could not relate to her at all. I guess we are all individuals.

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Book Worms Monthly November, Darker Nights are Here

Hello, Welcome to Book Worms Monthly November. October seems to have flown by and now we are down to shorter days and so much less daylight. Less desire to go out, and more time for reading under a blanket!

Reading is my passion and I love to write about what I’ve read. I’m a real book worm and I have been since the day I could read. I decided to start this linky so that other book worms could Share. I’m starting monthly for now, so you have a whole month to link up your posts. You can link up to four posts, so that’s one a week. Or if you like you can link up some of your older posts.

Let’s share what we read and give other’s ideas what to read next. Tell me your reviews, you book reading lists, your author interviews, kids book favourites, Young Adult books, and even posts about your favourite authors. Anything book related is allowed and I can’t wait to read them all. I want to find all the book worms out there.

Here is last months linky to give you some idea of what book worms monthly is about. I’m trying to reach out to all the book worms out there to come and join me with their posts monthly. What books will you snuggle up with this month?

Join Us for Book Worms Monthly November


Book worms Monthly will be posted every four weeks, and you can join in at any time. I will share anyone who links over on my Social Media sites, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Mix (formerly Stumbleupon.) I’ll also come along and read and comment on your post. Please do share this link up with your friends.

Link up your BookWorms Monthly November book posts below.

Here is a badge to share, just use the code below if you want to put it on your blog. Or you can just link back to www.athomealot.com thanks.

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Each month I will read through the linked up posts and add to my TBR list here:

The Night She Disappeared – Lisa Jewell (reading right now)

One Family Christmas – Bella Osborne

The Queen’s Gambit – Walter Lewis

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Horror Games to Scare Your Socks off this Halloween

I’m not one for playing horror games but I admit that I love to watch others play. If you want a good scare on Halloween and are looking for good horror games here are some from Go2Games. I’m an affiliate so I’ll earn a little cash if you buy anything from my links, but at no extra cost to you so a big scary thank you. But, I do have a treat for you too..5% off any of these games with the code HALLOWEEN5 at the checkout.

Halloween Game for the kids – Goosebumps Dead of Night

Slappy the Dummy has unleashed a nightmare of Goosebumps monsters, and they’re all out to get you! Escape from frightening creatures like the Graveyard Ghoul, Lawn Gnomes, Annihilator 3000, Murder the Clown, and the Werewolf of Fever Swamp as you collect the scattered pages of Slappy’s book to seal him away. You’ll explore infamous Goosebumps locales for clues, hide from monsters, and solve Slappy’s devious puzzles.

In Goosebumps Dead of Night, the best-selling Goosebumps franchise has been reimagined as a first-person spooky survival adventure game for Nintendo Switch. Experience three chapters of stealth gameplay with 3D graphics and chilling AI monsters.

FEATURES

  • EXPLORATION – Explore Locations From The Goosebumps Books And Movies As You Search For Clues, Evade Monsters, And Solve Puzzles To Stop The Evil Ventriloquist Dummy Slappy.
  • PUZZLES – Solve Puzzles To Thwart The Evil Slappy. Be Careful Though, One Wrong Move Could Be Your Last.
  • JUMPSCARES – Beware You’re In For A Scare! Some Of The Classic Monsters From Goosebumps Have Been Unleashed, And They Are Hungry. Avoid Them At All Costs, Or They May Scare You To Death.
  • The Game Also Features HD Rumble Functionality, Touchscreen Support, And Gyroscopic Controls On Nintendo Switch.

Day Z

Do you want to fight zombies for a thrill? How about playing along with up to 60 others online, how long will you survive? A harsh, immersive games for those who like a horror challenge, team up or go it alone, but stay alive as long as you can. Available on most consoles.

Bloodstained – Ritual of the Night

If scary zombies are not your thing then how about a gothic horror action RPG set in 19th Century England. Play as a cursed orphan who has to battle her way through a castle and defeat an evil summoner to save humanity and herself. Available on most platforms.

Devil May Cry 5

It’s been years since the legions of hell have set foot in this world but now a new demonic invasion has begun. It’s down to three lone demon hunters to save humanity. Over the top, technically advanced, utterly insane action experience of this generation.

Dark Souls III

The Award winning Dark Souls III pushes the boundaries. As the world falls into ruins you journey into a universe of of colossal enemies and environments. Embrace the darkness and immerse yourself into some epic gameplay.

Resident Evil 8 Village (one of my favourite horror games)

I’ve watched all the Resident Evil games (too scared to play them myself!) I thought the last one was the scariest, but Village continues the story of Ethan and Mia and their baby Rose. Quite terrifying at times, it’s a great game to play late at night (but not alone. hahaha!)

Are you a fan of Halloween games or Horror Games? Don’t forget, all of these games have a discount code of HALLOWEEN5 if you decide to purchase one.

Other things I enjoy while At Home a Lot.

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My Latest Crochet Creation – A Warm Mosaic Hat

I found this fabulous pattern for a crochet mosaic hat and it really appealed. The best thing about mosaic crochet is that you don’t have loads of ends to weave in because you don’t have to change the colours you just bring them in each row. You can get some really fun patterns from mosaic crochet and it’s not that difficult to master once you can read the charts.

mosaic crochet hat

The pattern isn’t exactly right, but I think it still looks good. I think the great thing about these types of patterns is that you can make it more unique when you get it wrong, so long as it fits okay! I just need a pom pom on the top now, but I haven’t decided yet whether to make one or buy a fake furry one. I love the rustic autumn colours which I bought from Deramores my favourite wool shop. The wool is Studio Aran which is great value but feels so soft. Choosing your wool is one of the fun parts of crochet. I did have to put a ban on myself for buying wool earlier this year, but after using up over half of my stash I decided that it wouldn’t hurt to get some more wool especially as the seasons are changing. I can see a lot of hats and scarves being made if I am well enough.

Here’s me wearing the hat…yes, it definitely needs a pom pom.

crochet mosaic hat on my head

I’m going to make another now, maybe in a child’s size so I can put it in my Etsy Shop.

You can find out all about the pattern here on MJs Off The Hook Designs. I bought the book so I have two more designs to try out using very different techniques.

Do you crochet?

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My Pink Baby Cardigan

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The Man Who Died Twice, Richard Osman Book Review

Despite my disappointment in Richard Osman’s first book, The Thursday Murder Club, I have nothing but praise for his second book, The Man Who Died Twice. Looking back I think I was a little harsh on The Thursday Murder Club as I did really enjoy it in the end. I think that maybe I wasn’t feeling so good when I started it and that’s why I couldn’t concentrate on the story. I’m telling you this because ‘The Man Who Died Twice’ is really a sequel and refers to the first book quite a lot.

This post contains affiliate links that may earn me a little money if you click through and buy, but at no extra cost to you. thank you for your support x

The Man Who Died Twice

By: Richard Osman
Narrated by: Lesley ManvilleRichard Osman
Series: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 16-09-21
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Audio

The Blurb

The second novel in the record-breaking, million-copy best-selling Thursday Murder Club series by Richard Osman.

It’s the following Thursday.

Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He’s made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster and a very real threat to his life.

As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds, too? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus?

But this time, they are up against an enemy who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can the Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them?

My Review

I listened to The Man Who Died Twice on Audible and it was narrated by the lovely Lesley Manville who did a fabulous job. I think my problem with the first book was that these old people were not like any old people I’ve ever known (well, some of them.) But they are NOT like any old people you would meet, they are special and really quite wonderful in their own way.

The story was exciting from the start and Richard writes some long winding books, but each thread leads somewhere. The story was fascinating and I couldn’t stop listening. I felt so disappointed that it had to end. That’s surely the sign of a good book. I have to admit, that finding out who The Man Who Died Twice actually was, is a touch of genius and it nearly broke me.

The characters that Richard Osman introduced us to in the first book, develop and grow in this one and we get to know them better. My heart broke for poor Ibrahim but he’s got some good friends. I loved Ron’s grandson Kendrick, and how Ron insists on calling him Kenny or Ken. I guess Kendrick is just a little too modern for him.

Elizabeth becomes a force to be reckoned with, but her sidekick, Joyce, also proves her worth.

The book is full to the brim of entertaining storylines, it’s a captivating story of friendship, love, crime, death, revenge, suspense and a satisfying, if a little surprising, ending. Richard Osman is certainly a great story teller.

The book is mainly told in the third person, but it also has diary entries from Joyce. The humour is subtle but definitely hits the spot.

Just like the first book the story is over the top and unbelievable but Richard tells it in a way that makes you believe it. I’m looking forward to the next instalment already.

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Baby Cardigan in Pink, My Latest Crochet Creation

I love to Crochet and I have my own little shop on Etsy with all my makes. I started with blankets but apart from a couple that I have gifted, I have mostly kept them. They took so long to make it was hard to part with them. I then went on to scarves and cowls which were fun to make. But I also found that I enjoyed making baby clothes after I made a little blanket and cardigan for my great nephew. My latest creation is a pink cardigan for a baby girl.

baby cardigan in pink from the front with arms out

I love this pattern by Kelly Jane Designs and I’m about to embark on a blue version and a lovely bobble baby blanket. I have a selection of these lovely buttons which say ‘handmade with love’

close up of baby cardigan showing cute buttons

My Baby days are over but I wish I’d learnt to crochet when my children were little. The first time I tried was when I was expecting my first born, but it didn’t turn out very well. It was harder then too because there was no internet for help, I had to use books and written pattern. My Mom could knit but not crochet. I can knit a little but I prefer to crochet.

Kerry Jayne provides some adorable patterns and I’m a big fan (not an affiliate, an actual fan!) When you buy one of her patterns you get step by step directions with clear to follow images. It makes learning a lot easier.

baby cardigan in pink with arms folded in

You can find my pink cardigan along with the other items in my Etsy Shop along with a few other items like cowls and mittens, and a lovely blanket.

Do you crochet?

If you happen to be looking for baby gifts Then Never Mind the Mess has a Perfect New Baby Gift List on their blog you may enjoy.

My Etsy Shop September Sale