My Life in Books – 2017 Edition

 
I was recently discovered the ‘My Life in Books’ tag on the fab RoofBeamReader page, and it really caught my attention so I thought I’d give it a go!!
 
The rules are pretty simple – answer the questions using books that you’ve read in 2017!  So here’s a look at my life 2017 book style!!
  • In high school I was: Too Damn Nice by Kathryn Freeman
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  • People might be surprised (by): After I’ve Gone by Linda Green
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  • I will never be: The Body in the Ice by A.J. Mackenzie (hopefully!)
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  • My fantasy job is: The Secret Library by Oliver Tearle
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  • At the end of a long day I need: Handcuffs, Truncheon and a Polyester Thong by Gina Kirkham
  • I hate it when: His Frozen Fingertips by Charlotte Bowyer
  • Wish I had:Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  • My family reunions are: A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden
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  • At a party you’d find me with: Miss Jane by Brad Watson
  • I’ve never been to: The Cafe in Fir Tree Park by Katey Lovell
  • A happy day includes: Girl Reading by Katie Ward
  • Motto I live by: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
  • On my bucket list is: See You In The Cosmos by Jack Cheng
  • In my next life, I want to have: The Little Bookshop of Promises by Debbie Macomber
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#20BooksOfSummer – done and dusted!

It is the 3rd September! And my Summer of taking part in the fabulous #20booksofsummer hosted by the lovely Cathy at 746 Books has come to an end! And I’m happy to report that my quest to read 20 books over the Summer period has been a success!!  Wahoo!! Yay me!!  Sounds like an excuse to go book shopping and treat myself to a book or two as a reward!! Like I need an excuse anyway, but I’ll use it!!!

The books I chose to read this year were those on my Kindle as I do have a tendency to hoard an e-book or a hundred, and I found this a great way to get through some of those I’d forgotten about alongside others I’d been approved for via NetGalley and that helped me keep on top of reviews there too!  Win Win situation!!

So here’s a little summary of all the books that I got through over the past couple of months – click on the title if you’d like to see my GoodReads review!

The Ice by Laline Paull – 3 stars

Esteemed Vampire Cat by Tyrolin Puxty – 5 stars

Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore  – 4 stars

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison  –  4 stars

Up Close by Henriette Gyland  –  5 stars

Impossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives  –  2 stars

After I’ve Gone by Linda Green  –  3 stars

How To Stop Time by Matt Haig  –  3 stars

House.Tree.Person by Catriona McPherson  –  4 stars

A Thousand Paper Birds by Tor Udall  –  5 stars

Finding Secrets by Lauren Westwood  –  4 stars

The Butterfly Storm by Kate Frost  –  2 stars

Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings by Wendy Holden  – 2 stars

Mist & Whispers by C.M.Lucas  –  3 stars

Girl Reading by Katie Ward  –  3 stars

 

Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis  –  2 stars

Flutter by Olivia Evans  –  3 stars

Yesterday by Felicia Yap  –  3 stars

Cutting Back by Leslie Buck  –  4 stars

The Scandal by Fredrik Backman  –  5 stars

And there we have it!!  May have found 2 of my favourite books of 2017 already by taking part in this so am very grateful for that alone!! And with 20 less books now on my TBR pile I feel I can approach the remaining – insert obscene number of books piled up around the house – with more confidence and hope that they throw up some more fascinating stories like those I’ve uncovered over the Summer of 2017!  Roll on the #20booksofsummer2018!!

HAPPY READING!!

Top Ten Tuesday – My Reads of 2017… so far!

Howdy!! GoodReads has informed me today that I’ve reached the number of 100 books read this out on my challenge!  I was shocked too LOL!  I always set a number on the challenge each year but never take much notice of it until I get the reminders!  I’ve found more time to read this year due to my ill health (I have M.E so that involves a lot of ‘resting’ and being stuck indoors) and Insomnia (what else is there to do at 2am other than read?!), but also I’ve found I’ve definitely been watching less TV as there hasn’t been many series that have grabbed me and I’ve spent many a happy evening with a bar of chocolate, a cup of tea and another book off the TBR mountain and that has really helped me reach this goal!  Plus I’ve also left the ‘chunkster’ (those massive brutes of a book that scare you when you look at how many pages there are!) books on the shelves and know I need to get round to reading them so maybe the numbers will tail off slightly when I start attacking those!!

And what a year it has been already book wise!  I’m sure I say it every year, but the quality of stories (and beautiful covers!) definitely seems to improve year on year, so as a reader I feel I’ve been spoilt for choice this  year in deciding what to read – and as my bookshelves will testify – there are still plenty of wonderful stories out there for me to discover!

Just thought I’d try and make a Top Ten out of the 100 as to my favourite reads of the year so far, and as I’ve scanned through the GoodReads Challenge list I have found it very difficult (VERY, VERY DIFFICULT!!)  as there have been so many fabulous reads this year! BUT, here goes with my Top Ten of books that have tugged at my heart strings, made me laugh, made me cry, given me chills or have

just  stuck with me a little more than others – in no particular order …..  click on the title if you’d like to read my review on GoodReads!

1.  The Wild Air by Rebecca Mascull

3.  The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

4.  The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

5.  We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

6.  A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

7.  The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

8.  Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

9.  Little Teashop of Horrors by Jane Lovering

10.  Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Nice little selection there eh to cover most genres!! Have to say I’m a big fan now of mixing up the genres that I read! Some of the books this year have been a little emotional so it has been nice to then go to something lighter and more ‘hopeful’ to give me a little break!  Been such a tough task though as, happily, I’ve managed to read a ton of fabulous books so far this year and just hope the second half of the year throws up just as many great reads!! 

What has been your read of the year so far?!  Would love to hear your thoughts!

HAPPY READING!!!

20 Books of Summer – 2017 challenge!

It is back!! My favourite time of year!!  And all thanks to Cathy at 746Books who started all this off way back when!  It runs from the 1st June to 3rd September and is just a fun little challenge to help spur you on in getting a few more books read and, hopefully, reduce the TBR mountains just a little!

It is always difficult putting together a list and you do have the freedom to change it if you want – your list, your rules!! – but I find that having a set list makes me focus a little more and takes the stress out of wasting time deciding what to read next! The stress I had this year putting my list together was how to decide what books to put on! There are piles of books everywhere in my house screaming out to be read – do your TBR piles do that to you too?! – and I finally settled on the hidden TBR piles and that is those on my Kindle/s!!   I do have a tendency of downloading books after seeing a review, or finding it for free, and then it is gone never to be heard of again!  So this challenge will now give me the kick up the butt to finally read these books, along with a few that have been on my NetGalley shelf for a while, and hopefully help me decrease one TBR pile for a while!

So here is a list of what will see me through the next couple of months – click on the title for links to the GoodReads page if you’d like a bit more info about each book!

1.  Colt Harper: Esteemed Vampire Cat by Tyrolin Puxty

2. Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore by Robin Sloan

3. The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

4. The World of Shadow by Kate Hamer

5. Up Close by Henriette Gyland

6. Impossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives

7. After I’ve Gone by Linda Green

8. The Ice by Laline Paull

9. How to stop time by Matt Haig

10. House.Tree. Person by Catriona McPherson

11.A Thousand Paper Birds by Tor Udall

12. Finding Secrets by Lauren Westwood Writer

13. The Butterfly Storm by Kate Frost

14. Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings by Wendy Holden

15. Mist & Whispers by C.M.Lucas

16. Bricking It by Nick Spaulding

17. The Girl with the Green Tinted Hair by Gavin Whyte

18.  Reunited by Daniel Gothard

19.The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a ship of her own making by Catherynne M.Valente

20.  Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis

And there we have it! The list for 2017!  Isn’t it bad when you can’t remember downloading half of the titles you find as you rummage through the library on your Kindle!!  Oops!!  So hopefully they’ll all be fabulous reads and I’m really looking forward to discovering some new authors to me and I think there’s a book to cover every mood this Summer!

Will you be taking part in the 20 Books of Summer?! I hope so! Looking forward to seeing more lists!!

HAPPY READING!!

Weekly Bookish Wrap Up!

Good Day to you! And Happy National Tea Day!!  Ooh I do love a nice cuppa and have to thank my grandparents for that addiction – I still remember being served very sweet tea in the most beautiful bone china tea cups whenever we went to visit!  That’s why I always do my best to hunt out a cafe where they serve Tea the proper way!  None of your plastic cup rubbish for me!!

Anyway, getting back to the books!  Hope you’ve all had a lovely bookish week!  Been a mixed bag here! Some good reads, some not so good and only one new addition to the bookshelf chaos! See, told you I can be good! Although this won’t be the case next week as it’s my birthday (21st yet again!!) and all i’ve asked for is books so watch out the birthday haul blog post coming soon!! Now, on to the books!

BOOKS FINISHED

Mixed things up here this week with some graphic novel reads and loved the experience so will definitely be looking out for more to read! Any suggestions always welcome of what are the best graphic novels to read! Click on the title of each book if you’d like to see my GoodReads review!

I Hate Fairyland #1 by Skottie Young

I Hate Faiyrland #2 by Skottie Young

Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon


The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins

Mr Gandy’s Grand Tour by Alan Titchmarsh

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

A Place For Us by Harriet Evans

Always a little disappointing not to enjoy a couple of the books, but I guess  you have to experience the bad (in your opinion as others might love them!) to appreciate the good even more!!

BOOKS BOUGHT

Amy Snow by Tracy Rees

Left to perish on a bank of snow as a baby, Amy has never known love, never known family.

Reluctantly given shelter at nearby Hatville Court, she is despised by the masters and servants alike.

The beautiful Hatville heiress, Aurelia Vennaway, is Amy’s only advocate – she becomes the light of Amy’s life, and the centre of her existence.

So when Aurelia dies young, Amy’s world collapses. But Aurelia leaves Amy with one last gift.

A bundle of letters with a coded key. A treasure hunt that only Amy can unlock.

A life-changing secret awaits… if only she can reach it

Current Reads

Somehow she’d always known that she would end like this. In a small square room, in a small square flat. In a small square box, perhaps. Cardboard, with a sticker on the outside. And a name…

An old lady dies alone and unheeded in a cold Edinburgh flat, on a snowy Christmas night. A faded emerald dress hangs in her wardrobe; a spilt glass of whisky pools on the carpet. A few days later a middle-aged woman arrives back to the city of her birth, her future uncertain, her past in tatters. But what Margaret Penny cannot yet know is that in investigating the death of one friendless old lady, her own life will become enriched beyond measure.

The Other Mrs Walker – a detective story with no detective – is a beautiful, beguiling and intensely moving debut.

COW n. /ka?/

A piece of meat; born to breed; past its sell-by-date; one of the herd.

Women don’t have to fall into a stereotype.

The Cows is a powerful novel about three women. In all the noise of modern life, each needs to find their own voice.

It’s about friendship and being female.
It’s bold and brilliant.
It’s searingly perceptive.
It’s about never following the herd.
And everyone is going to be talking about it. 

The job of the skin is to keep things in.

On the buttoned-down island of Here, all is well. By which we mean: orderly, neat, contained and, moreover, beardless.

Or at least it is until one famous day, when Dave, bald but for a single hair, finds himself assailed by a terrifying, unstoppable… monster*!

Where did it come from? How should the islanders deal with it? And what, most importantly, are they going to do with Dave?

The first book from a new leading light of UK comics, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is an off-beat fable worthy of Roald Dahl. It is about life, death and the meaning of beards.

(*We mean a gigantic beard, basically.) 

There we have it!  Hope you’ve enjoyed a little peek into my reading habits this week!  

Happy Reading!!

Mr Gandy’s Grand Tour by Alan Titchmarsh – Book Review

THE BLURB

Timothy Gandy has kept his lifetime’s ambition secret for forty years.

Now, suddenly (if tragically) released from the hen-pecked tedium of his ordinary existence, he is unexpectedly free to realize his dreams.

He will embark on a Grand Tour of Europe, following in the footsteps of the aristocrats of the eighteenth century.

He anticipates high art, culture and pleasant weather. He never expected to encounter new friendships – and possibly even love – along the way.

It seems that Mr Gandy has embarked on the journey of a lifetime…

Hardback – out now

Paperback – out 4th May 2017

Hive.co.uk – buy a copy online to support your local bookstore 

 £7.25 paperback pre-order

Amazon UK

  £7.99 paperback pre-order

Alan Titchmarsh Website

My Review

They say you find the right book for the right time, and this was definitely one of those experiences! A grey cloudy bank holiday, and feeling under the weather I was looking for an escape read and this delivered rewardingly on that front!

This is the story of Timothy Gandy who has lived a very normal and comfortable life, with his wife and 3 children and never seemed to really expect much out of life. But a sudden sad event gives him the momentum to live out his dream of experiencing a Grand Tour and to travel throughout Europe. And for a quiet, recently retired man it brings about some unexpected revelations!

I love the way Alan Titchmarsh writes as he really allows the reader to connect with the characters and the circumstances they find themselves in. We get glimpses of family life, and it is fascinating to live inside Timothys’ head as he encounters new experiences and how life ends up often surprising you.

His children are all so different and it was fascinating to see how he interacted with all of them, and how his thoughts about them could be so far from the truth – when space and time apart allows them all to be honest with each other.

This was a really enjoyable read and did a wonderful job of brightening up my grey day!!

Thank you to the publishers and BookBridgr for the paperback copy in return for a fair and honest review.

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney – Book Review


My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:

1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.

Amazon UK

Hive.co.uk – buy online and support your local bookstore

MY REVIEW

WOW!!  That was my first response in finishing this book last night!! If you are looking for a book that totally messes with your head, leaves you unwilling to trust any of the characters and unable to believe what people close to you are capable of – then look no further!! This is the book for you! I loved it!!


Told in the ‘Now’, ‘Then’ and ‘Before’ we see a story unfold full of family drama, secrets, lies and so much more!

Amber is in a coma – she knows she’s in a coma and we hear her thoughts as she tries to uncover what has happened and what is happening to her. We go back to a week earlier when wheels are set in motion that leads up to this event, and we also go back to extracts from a childhood diary and how a friendship begins and what lengths friends go to when someone they care about is in danger.

I really didn’t know who to trust throughout this thriller as all the characters have some very unlikeable traits, and the perspective of Amber while she is in a coma is a fascinating one as she hears everything going on around her and listens to those who visit her.  As she tries to put together the pieces that lead up to her accident you understand the anguish she has gone through and is still going through as she tries to make sense of it all.

 
The pace of the story is judged perfectly – never goes too fast, or never seems to drag – and you are just left wanting more as each chapter goes by and a new secret, or lie, is revealed!

2017 is turning into another great year for top psychological thrillers full of twists and turns that keep you guessing from start to finish!!

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter – book review

THE BLURB

‘Like being swung heart first into history . . . A brave and mesmerising debut’ Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife
From the jazz clubs of Paris and Kraków’s most brutal prison, to the ports of Northern Africa and the farthest reaches of the Siberian gulag, We Were the Lucky Ones expresses how in the darkest of times the human spirit can find a way to survive, and even triumph.

‘By the end of the Holocaust, 90 per cent of Poland’s three million Jews were annihilated; of the more than 30,000 Jews who lived in Radom, fewer than 300 survived.

The Kurc family shouldn’t have survived the Holocaust.  In the spring of 1939 three generations are living relatively normal lives in Poland, despite the hardships that Jews face.  When war breaks out and the family is cast to the wind, the five Kurc siblings do everything they can to find their way through  a devastated continent to freedom.

 

Publication:  February 14th 2017 by Allison & Busby

Hive.co.uk – support your local bookstore online   £9.59

Amazon UK  £12.99

MY REVIEW

Wow! Feel extremely privileged after reading this extraordinary story of the Kurc family – 3 generations of Jews – and their experiences of life as a Jewish family leading up to and during the Second World War. The author has based the characters on the real life story of her own family and that just makes this an even more powerful book of the horrendous chapter of history and how those living through it find the strength to keep living.

The family involved are full of amazing stories and characters and each journey you follow with them brings home the fear, the despair, the brutality and the slight glimmers of hope and bravery that keep the human spirit fighting to survive.

In between certain chapters too you also get a glimpse of ‘reality’ with inserts of the history timeline as to what was happening and where and I found that such a clever and poignant way of bringing the story even more to life, and to give background as to what different areas were facing at the time.

The parallel of people trying to carry on with life as normally as they could, and the horrors of what was happening around them in neighbouring districts was heartbreaking to read at times and brought home the fine line between life and death.

There are many horrific scenes that were difficult to read but there were also odd moments of humour as the family seemingly sought out to block out all the bad. The lengths that many non-Jews went to in helping those fleeing persecution was also heartwarming when you realised the danger they were putting themselves in if they got caught.

This was an absolutely stunning read that really needs to be read for yourself to fully appreciate and it was also wonderful to read the Author’s note too explaining all about her family that she based these characters on. A must read!!

Thankyou to the publishers and author for an advanced reading copy

The Breakdown by B.A.Paris

THE BLURB

THE NEW CHILLING, PROPULSIVE NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.

If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside―the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

Hive.co.uk – buy online and support your local bookstore

Amazon UK

MY REVIEW

Having devoured Behind Closed Doors, I have been eagerly awaiting the release of B.A.Paris’ second novel and it hasn’t disappointed one bit!!

In this story the main focus is Cass and what happens to her after she sees a car pulled over on the side of a road one dark, stormy night. She pulls over briefly and sees a woman sitting inside whose features are blurred by the rain. When the woman doesn’t get out of the car Cass drives off feeling that she may have been waiting for someone and didn’t require her assistance. When Cass then wakes up the following morning to find that a woman has been brutally murdered and found in her car, the ‘What ifs’ take over in her mind and she slowly starts to fall apart. Could she have helped? Should she have helped? Did the murderer see her pull over? Could she have been another victim??

The fallout to the murder is brought closer to home as Cass knew the victim but she seems unable to let those around her in to the torment she is currently going through over the events of that night. This also seems to trigger episodes of severe memory loss for Cass and she starts forgetting appointments she has made, conversations she has had – and the prospect of early set dementia, that also affected her mother, plays heavily on her mind.

As a reader I found Cass and her memory loss quite unsettling as you begin to question just exactly what she may, or may not, have seen that night. She also starts receiving silent phone calls which add another level of intrigue to the story – could she have been spotted that night and the murderer is doing this to unsettle her?

The events of that night plague Cass throughout this novel and I found it to be a stunning page turner and another book I couldn’t put down once I had started as it has that power of plot line that gets under your skin and won’t let go of you!

The cast of characters around Cass – her husband, work colleagues, best friend, and even the husband of the murder victim – all add to the story in fascinating ways and offer different glimpses into her state of mind and even the pills that the Doctor gives her do nothing to ease her constant state of terror and paranoia.

If you loved Behind Closed Doors then you are in for another treat with this one, and I highly recommend this to everyone who loves a powerful gripping thriller full of tension and unease!  

My week in bookish form….

Greetings!!  Friday is here to save us all again!  Been a fairly uneventful week here – thankfully! – although Storm Doris is apparently approaching so waiting to see what fun that brings!  And who doesn’t mind the excuse of some bad weather to hibernate for reading eh!!  

Time to look back on how the past 7 days have been for me bookwise!

Books Bought

Just 3 new additions to my bookshelves this week – yep, i can be restrained! – although the postman did try and deliver 2 parcels today but there was nobody home so have a feeling they could be book shaped! now to wait until Monday for those! How awful!

Had a visit to The Works this week as needed to pick up a copy of Safe From Harm by RJ Bailey as it is the next book club book from a Facebook book group I belong to.  so that FORCED me to pick up an extra 2 books to take advantage of the savings so I went for The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, and Heaven Sent by Christina Jones.  Anybody read any of these?!  Have seen numerous mentions for them online from others so hoping they will be fun additions to my future reading experiences!

BOOKS FINISHED

Managed to finish 5 books this week – amazing how much extra reading time can be found when there is very little to watch on TV!  Mix of genres again and a mix of reading experiences this time – they can’t all be amazing can they?!

The Proof of Love by Catherine Hall

During the long, hot summer of 1976, a young Cambridge mathematician arrives in a remote village in the Lake District and takes on a job as a farm labourer. Painfully awkward and shy, Spencer Little is viewed with suspicion by the community and his only real friendship is with scruffy, clever ten-year-old Alice.

Amazon UK

This was an enjoyable book full of heartwarming and  heartbreaking moments. Told in a really understated way it follows the story of Spencer and his friendship with young Alice in a really sensitive way.

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Only two can keep a secret if one of them is dead.

It’s said that the only people who really know what goes on in a marriage are the couple themselves. But what if even they don’t know the truth?

David and Adele seem like the ideal pair. He’s a successful psychiatrist, she is his picture-perfect wife who adores him. But why is he so controlling? And why is she keeping things hidden?

Louise, David’s new secretary, is intrigued. But as Louise gets closer to each of them, instead of finding answers she uncovers more puzzling questions. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise could never have guessed how wrong things really are and just how far someone might go to hide it

Amazon UK

If you haven’t seen the hashtag #WTFthatending then, where have you been?!  This book has had a very clever marketing ploy and ‘that ending’ really does make you say that phrase! Unfortunately for me it was all  a little too unbelievable and took things away from a really gripping thriller and dissolved that impact.  But it was still an enjoyable rollercoaster read!

Kill The Father by Sandrone Dazieri

 

In this fascinatingly complex thriller, two people, each shattered by their past, team to solve a series of killings and abductions…

When a woman is beheaded in a park outside Rome and her six-year-old son goes missing, the police unit assigned to the case sees an easy solution: they arrest the woman’s husband and await his confession. But the Chief of Rome’s  Major Crimes unit doubts things are so simple. Secretly, he lures to the case two of Italy’s top analytical minds: Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli, a fierce, warrior-like detective still reeling from having survived a bloody catastrophe, and Dante Torre, a man who spent his childhood trapped inside a concrete silo. Fed through the gloved hand of a masked kidnapper who called himself “The Father,” Dante emerged from his ordeal with crippling claustrophobia but, also, with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and hyper-observant capacities.

All evidence suggests that the Father is back and active after being dormant for decades. Indeed, he has left tell-tale signs that signal he’s looking forward to a reunion with Dante. But when Columba and Dante begin following the ever-more-bizarre trail of clues, they grasp that what’s really going on is darker than they ever imagined.

Amazon UK

Really loved this crime thriller as we follow Colomba and Dante as they try and track down ‘The Father’ has he appears to be back after many years and has kidnapped another child.  Kept me guessing the whole way through and can’t wait for more in the series as the author has created 2 amazing characters!

Paris for One and Other Stories by JoJo Moyes

From the #1 “New York Times” bestselling author of “Me Before You” and “After You,” a sensational collection featuring the title novella and eight other stories. Quintessential Jojo Moyes, “Paris for One and Other Stories” is an irresistibly romantic collection filled with humor and heart.
Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She’s never even been on a romantic weekend away to anywhere before. Everyone knows travelling abroad isn’t really her thing. But when Nell’s boyfriend fails to show up for their romantic mini-vacation, she has the opportunity to prove everyone including herself wrong. Alone and in Paris, Nell uncovers a version of herself she never knew existed: independent and intrepid. Could this turn out to be the most adventurous weekend of her life? Funny, charming, and irresistible, “Paris for One”is vintage Moyes as are the other stories that round out the collection.”

Paris for One
Between the Tweets
Love in the Afternoon
A Bird in the Hand
Crocodile Shoes
Holdups
Last Year’s Coat
Thirteen Days with John C.
The Christmas List

Amazon UK

Received a copy of this via NetGalley and it just didn’t hit the mark for me.  The main story ‘Paris for One’ was fairly enjoyable but just didn’t have enough detail to enjoy the characters, and most of the other stories were instantly forgettable which was a shame as I normally enjoy this authors’ work.

The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion

The heart warming new novel from Graeme Simsion, the international bestselling author of The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect

Can you define your life by a single song?

Adam Sharp – former pianist in a hip Melbourne bar, now a respectable IT consultant in Norwich – can. And it’s ‘You’re Going to Lose that Girl’ . . .

On the cusp of fifty and a happy introvert, Adam is content. He’s the music expert at his local pub-quiz and he and his partner Claire rumble along. Life may not be rock n’ roll, but neither is it easy listening. Yet something has always felt off-key.

And that’s his nostalgia for what might have been, his blazing affair – more than twenty years ago, on the other side of the world – with Angelina Brown, a smart and sexy, strong-willed actress who taught him for the first time, as he played piano and she sang, what it meant to find – and then lose – love. How different might his life be if he hadn’t let her walk away?

Then, out of nowhere, Angelina gets in touch. Adam has sung about second chances, but does he have the courage to believe in them?

The Best of Adam Sharp is about growing old and feeling young, about happy times and sad memories, about staying together and drifting apart, but most of all, it’s about how the music we make together creates the soundtrack that shapes our lives

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Another book that I received a copy of via NetGalley, and another disappointment for me!  I really loved The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect, but this book isn’t those two so if you are looking for the same then you have been warned!  This book does have a wonderful soundtrack though which is linked to at the end of the book so worth listening to that at the same time as reading!  I ended up finding the characters really annoying and selfish!

So there we have it!  Have already got another 2 books on the go so that will be my homework to finish those over the stormy weekend forecast!  What is on your reading radar at the moment?! Any new, or old, recommendations always welcome!!

Happy Reading!!