WWW Wednesday [22 March 2017]

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words.

Visit her blog to take a look, and get involved too if you can, even if you don’t have a blog yourself – as she says, you can leave your answers in the post comments. I’d love to see your answers too!

It’s been a few weeks since I last posted one of these (I never manage to post more than a few in a row, I’m rubbish!) but here’s this week’s WWW post which covers the last 3 weeks!

The three W’s are:

  1. What have you finished reading?
  2. What are you currently reading?
  3. What will you read next?

What have you finished reading? [3 week’s worth!]

What are you currently reading?

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The Missing Ones – Patricia Gibney

Really enjoying this so far – seems a great new series! Review to follow once I’ve finished 🙂

What will you read next?

This Love – Dani Atkins (though I’m currently waiting for my copy to arrive!)
OR
Fire Damage – Kate Medina
What have you been reading recently? Any exciting books you’re looking forward to reading next?

If you do your own version of this tag please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to read your answers too!

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#RapidFireBookTag

rapid-fire2-901x506-535x300Thank you to Nicola at ShortBookandScribes for nominating me for the Rapid Fire Book Tag. Take a look at her blog if you haven’t already – she posts great, concise reviews and I have lots of book-choices in common with her!

So here goes…

#RapidFireBookTag

eBooks or physical books?
I’m happy to read ebooks (and most of the review copies are ebooks anyway) but I don’t think you can beat the feel of an actual book in your hands. Saying that, it’s must easier to read when it’s dark on an ebook without disturbing anyone else in the room, and my kindle (well, kindle app on my ipad) is ideal for if I finish a book whilst I’m on a journey or out, as I can just select a different one without carrying lots of books around.

For cookery books, though, it has to be print – I have lots of recipe books on kindle but they’re not anywhere near as easy to use when actually cooking!

Paperback or hardback?
Paperback – I remove the dust jackets on hardbacks anyway as I don’t want to get them dirty/ruined! So paperback is smaller, lighter, easier.

Online or in-store shopping?
Online! I am an ebay addict, and most of what you can find in shops you can get cheaper online so it saves money. I do feel bad sometimes as I feel I should be supporting the high street more, but to be honest I spend a horrific amount of money both online and in-store!

Trilogies or series?
I am a sucker for a good series – I love that there’s bound to be loads more if you like it. Plus I’m a big crime fiction fan and a lot of crime books are part of big series.

Heroes or villains?
I do love a good hero! Though a villain can be more entertaining I suppose…

A book you want everyone to read?
It’s an oldie but The Secret History by Donna Tartt is a great read. (I read this before starting my blog and realised I never wrote a review for it, which I should do sometime soon!)

Recommend an underrated book?
Hmm this is tricky to think off the top of my head… I guess I feel that the Detective Erika Foster series (by Robert Bryndza) should be everywhere, and though it has had lots of praise and buzz around it, I really think it should be up there even more, and be as well known as some of the more well-known series!

The last book you finished?
The Widow by Chris Brookmyre

Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?
Whatever’s closest… I do have a bookmark a friend gave me but if it’s not in reaching distance I’ll use anything – a receipt, a flyer, takeaway menu… once I even used my contraceptive pill as a bookmark!

Used books, yes or no?
Used books are never a no, and you can get some great books for really cheap second hand and in charity shops. But for me you can’t beat a shiny new book – the smell alone is amazing!

Top three favourite genres?
This is hard… I suppose:
Crime/ Detective
Psychological Thriller
Novels with ‘timeslip’ elements (a bit specific, I know!) or just with dual narratives/ storylines

Borrow or Buy?
I get most of the books I read for review, but I buy lots of kindle books (to try and save space on my already groaning bookshelves) and my mum lends me lots of books too! So a bit of both…

Characters or plot?
Characters keep me interested in a series but if the plot’s crap I won’t want to finish the book. So plot ultimately, but it needs skill in both areas of course!

Short or long book?
Long if it’s good, as I won’t want it to end. But anything over 500 pages feels a bit much to be honest. Too many books, too little time! I don’t really read short stories, if that’s what this means, but maybe I should make more of an effort to…

Long or short chapters?
Short as I can’t stop in the middle of a chapter!

Book to movie or book to TV adaptation?
TV adaptation usually means more can be  fitted in, but I am a huge cinema fan so I love seeing books adapted into films.

Name the first three books you think of?
The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith
Everything But The Truth – Gillian McAllister (current read)
The Adventure series of books by Enid Blyton (no idea where that popped up from but I used to love them as a kid – all of Enid Blyton’s books in fact)

Books that make you laugh or cry?
I cry fairly easily; I think the last cry was at We Were The Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter. A memorable ‘crier’ novel was Me Before You by JoJo Moyes, one of my favourite books.

Our world or fictional worlds?
Definitely our world – I do enjoy fantasy/ sci-fi, etc, but can’t beat our own world. I can relate a lot more with it and find I get more involved in the storyline.

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?
I am ashamed to say I do – a lovely cover grabs my attention, but the story has to sound good too!

Series or standalone?
Either, as long as it’s good! But if I had to choose then probably a series – if I really like the characters, I know there’s more books about them coming to enjoy!

 

TAG TIME

I am now tagging these three people to do the tag – apologies if you’ve already been tagged!
Postcard Reviews
Rather Too Fond Of Books
Chat About Books

But anyone who fancies doing it, do go ahead and let me know – I’d love to see your answers!

Blogger Recognition Award

I was kindly nominated for this Blogger Recognition Award, which is rather exciting, so here goes!

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Blogger Recognition Award

I was nominated for this award by Melissa Snow over at The Bookworm’s Fantasy. She has a brilliant blog and I really enjoy reading her posts, so definitely go and check it out  – she enjoys a good crime novel, as well as psychological thrillers and the odd romance, just like me, so I always enjoy her reviews! (Follow her on twitter too – @SnowMel1)

 

Rules Of The Award

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide a link to the post you created.

How Did My Blog Start?

The main reason I started my blog, back in May 2014, was because I realised I read so many books and often advised or just discussed books with my friends and family, so I thought why not start a blog too? I have to admit that learning about Netgalley and sites like that (plus a recent addiction to Goodreads) helped encourage me to start a proper blog to review on, as it would hopefully mean I’d get to read some amazing books before they’re released, and I have loved book blogging ever since – despite sometimes struggling to get everything read alongside work (and life!). However reading is something I hugely enjoy (obviously!) so it’s never a chore to have to work my way through a big TBR list! It’s only been in the last 6 months or so that I’ve realised I needed to get my arse in gear with Twitter, too, as it’s a key way of promoting my blog and getting new followers. I do a lot of digital marketing at work so it’s ironic that I didn’t consider how much using Twitter would help my own blog, but there you go… my handle is @lauranazmdeh if you don’t already follow me but would like to 🙂 I also have an Instagram account (@snazzy_stuff_) too, but I don’t have many followers on there!

Two pieces of advice for new book bloggers:

1. Don’t go crazy and request 50,000 books on Netgalley/ Edelweiss/ anywhere you can get your grubby hands on books, because there might be delay with approvals (particularly at the beginning) and then suddenly you’ll have 50,000 books waiting for you and about a week to read and review them all in! (To be fair, I still do this today so I’m obviously not learning from my own advice!)

2. Just because someone’s sent you a book, don’t feel you have to lie if you didn’t enjoy it. Fair enough, if you hated it maybe contact them to explain before posting an awful review, but don’t feel pressured to change your opinions, otherwise you’re undermining your credibility as a blogger. That’s what I reckon anyway……

15 bloggers to pass this award on to:

It’s hard to pick just 15 as there are so many amazing blogs I follow! So here are some great bloggers that I don’t think have been tagged already, and who I’d like to see do this tag (apologies if you have been tagged before!)

WWW Wednesday [1 March 2017]

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words.

Visit her blog to take a look, and get involved too if you can, even if you don’t have a blog yourself – as she says, you can leave your answers in the post comments. I’d love to see your answers too!

I’ve missed a few weeks, so I’ll have more than usual for this post!

The three W’s are:

  1. What have you finished reading?
  2. What are you currently reading?
  3. What will you read next?

What have you finished reading?

The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo – Amy Schumer [review here]
The One That Got Away – Melissa Pimentel [review here]
Ragdoll – Daniel Cole [review here]
The Witchfinder’s Sister – Beth Underdown [review here]
The English Agent – Clare Harvey [blog tour: author guest post & review here]

What will you read next?

Everything But The Truth – Gillian McAllister
Black Widow – Chris Brookmyre

If you do your own version of this tag please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to read your answers too!

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WWW Wednesday [15 February 2017]

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words.

Visit her blog to take a look, and get involved too if you can, even if you don’t have a blog yourself – as she says, you can leave your answers in the post comments. I’d love to see your answers too!

The three W’s are:

  1. What have you finished reading?
  2. What are you currently reading?
  3. What will you read next?

What have you finished reading?

A little while ago I finished reading The Breakdown B.A. Paris and The Recipe hacker Confidential – Diana Keulian so I’ve included them here.

I also finished:
No Excuses Detox – Megan Gilmore

What are you currently reading?

The Chalk Pit - Elly Griffiths

The Chalk PitElly Griffiths

This is an author I love and a great series (Ruth Galloway) which is set in Norfolk!

What will you read next?

The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by  Amy Schumer for my book club

And I’m not sure after that… maybe The One That Got Away – Melissa Pimentel or The Witch Finder’s Sister – Beth Underdown (which I’ve wanted to read for ages!)


What have you been reading recently? Any exciting books you’re looking forward to reading next?

If you do your own version of this tag please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to read your answers too!

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WWW Wednesday [8 February 2017]

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words.

Visit her blog to take a look, and get involved too if you can, even if you don’t have a blog yourself – as she says, you can leave your answers in the post comments. I’d love to see your answers too!

The three W’s are:

  1. What have you finished reading?
  2. What are you currently reading?
  3. What will you read next?

What have you finished reading?

A little while ago I finished reading the following two books, but in the last week I posted reviews for both of them so I’ve included them in this section:

The Girl Before – JP Delaney

The Best of Adam Sharp – Graeme Simsion
And last week I actually finished reading:

We Were The Lucky Ones – Georgia Hunter

Ragdoll – Daniel Cole [review to follow soon]

What are you currently reading?

The English Agent

The English Agent – Claire Harvey
I’ve only just started this but I’m really enjoying it so far! I’m on the blog tour so look out for my review which will go up on 26 Feb!

What will you read next?

 

The Chalk Pit – Elly Griffiths

Aaand we’ve resurrected book club with friends! So I’ll also be reading The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by  Amy Schumer soon!


What have you been reading recently? Any exciting books you’re looking forward to reading next?

If you do your own version of this tag please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to read your answers too!

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WWW Wednesday [1 February 2017]

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words.

Visit her blog to take a look, and get involved too if you can, even if you don’t have a blog yourself – as she says, you can leave your answers in the post comments. I’d love to see your answers too!

The three W’s are:

  1. What have you finished reading?
  2. What are you currently reading?
  3. What will you read next?

What have you finished reading?

These I finished a while ago, but I’ve only just posted the reviews on my blog, so I thought I’d include them here:

Burned and Broken – Mark Hardie [review here]
Watch Her Disappear – Eva Dolan [review here]
Kill The Father – Sandrone Dazieri [review here]

Sadly I haven’t finished any books this week!

What are you currently reading?

We Were The Lucky Ones - Georgia Hunter

We Were The Lucky Ones – Georgia Hunter
This is pretty emotional. Obviously I know what’s coming, what with it being set during WW2 and about a family of Polish Jews, but I feel that it’s really well written and does make you want to keep turning the page.

What will you read next?

Some exciting new books added to my list (couldn’t resist requesting a few more from Netgalley, as usual!) so either:

The Chalk Pit – Elly Griffiths
Ragdoll – Daniel Cole


What have you been reading recently? Any exciting books you’re looking forward to reading next?

If you do your own version of this tag please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to read your answers too!

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WWW Wednesday [25 January 2017]

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words.

Visit her blog to take a look, and get involved too if you can, even if you don’t have a blog yourself – as she says, you can leave your answers in the post comments. I’d love to see your answers too!

Well, as usual I’ve left it ages since the last WWW Wednesday – far more than a week’s worth, I should point out – it’s been about a month! So there’ll be plenty here!

The three W’s are:

  1. What have you finished reading?
  2. What are you currently reading?
  3. What will you read next?

What have you finished reading?

The Book of Mirrors – E.O. Chirovici
Relativity – Antonia Hayes
The One – John Marrs (and I currently have a giveaway where you can win a paperback copy too!)

What are you currently reading?

Actually reading FOUR books this week – I usually only let myself read one at a time, but I’ve started a few paperbacks then happened to only have my kindle with me, and vice versa…

Blue Light Yokohama – Nicolas Obregon (review to follow soon)
The Best of Adam Sharp – Graeme Simsion (review to follow soon)
A God in Ruins – Kate Atkinson (on hold until I get other books read)
The Breakdown – B A Paris

What will you read next?

The Witchfinder's Sister - Beth Underdown

The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown – can’t wait to read this!


What have you been reading recently? Any exciting books you’re looking forward to reading next?

If you do your own version of this tag please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to read your answers too!

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WWW Wednesday [18 January 2017]

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words.

Visit her blog to take a look, and get involved too if you can, even if you don’t have a blog yourself – as she says, you can leave your answers in the post comments. I’d love to see your answers too!

Well, as usual I’ve left it ages since the last WWW Wednesday – far more than a week’s worth, I should point out – it’s been about a month! So there’ll be plenty here!

The three W’s are:

  1. What have you finished reading?
  2. What are you currently reading?
  3. What will you read next?

What have you finished reading?

The Perfect Blend – Tess Masters
Sheet Pan Suppers – Molly Gilbert
The Watcher – Ross Armstrong
Little Deaths – Emma Flint
Good Me, Bad Me – Ali Land
Bridget Jones’s Baby – Helen Fielding
The Fifth Letter – Nicola Moriarty
A Boy Made of Blocks – Keith Stuart (I’d read this before but republished my review as part of the blog tour, as it’s just come out in paperback!)
The Girl Before – JP Delaney (review to follow soon)
Behind Her Eyes – Sarah Pinborough (review to follow soon)

What are you currently reading?

The Best of Adam Sharp – Graeme Simsion
A God in Ruins – Kate Atkinson

What will you read next?

I think I’ll read:

The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown
The Breakdown – B A Paris

…but I don’t often end up reading what I think I will!


What have you been reading recently? Any exciting books you’re looking forward to reading next?

If you do your own version of this tag please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to read your answers too!

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WWW Wednesday [14 December 2016]

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words.

Visit her blog to take a look, and get involved too if you can, even if you don’t have a blog yourself – as she says, you can leave your answers in the post comments. I’d love to see your answers too!

It’s actually been months since I’ve last posted a WWW post, so I’ll pick a selection of books I’ve finished reading instead of listing every single one!

The three W’s are:

  1. What have you finished reading?
  2. What are you currently reading?
  3. What will you read next?

What have you finished reading?

You and Me, Always by Jill Mansell
All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft
Girl Unknown by Karen Perry
The Food Of Love by Amanda Prowse
The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer
The Perfect Blend by Tess Masters
The Girls Next Door by Mel Sharratt
Nomad by Alan Partridge

What are you currently reading?

Little Deaths by Emma Flint
Relativity by Antonia Hayes (I’m part of the blog tour so my review will be up 19 January!)

What will you read next?

I’m not really sure – possibly:

The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Or one of the many other novels lining my shelves – finally got ahead with my Netgalley list so can read a few other books too! Hoping to get plenty of reading done over the Christmas break!


What have you been reading recently? Any exciting books you’re looking forward to reading next?

If you do your own version of this tag please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to read your answers too!

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