WWW Wednesday [21 June 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? 

If We Were Villains M.L.Rio [my review here]

Miss Christie RegretsGuy Fraser-Sampson [review to follow]

Broken BranchesJonathan M. Lee [review to follow]

You Don’t Know MeImran Mahmood [review to follow]

What are you currently reading? 

Mad (Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know Trilogy #1) – Chloe Esposito

Ginny Moon (audiobook) – Benjamin Ludwig

 

What will you read next?

Wilde Like Me - Louise Pentland

Wilde Like Me Louise Pentland

 

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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Goodreads Monday: Wilde Like Me

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners, and add your own links!


Today I’m going to pick a book I recently received from Readers First which is also on my Goodreads ‘to read’ list; I read the extract on the site and thought it was really funny so I’m really looking forward to reading it!

Wilde Like Me - Louise Pentland

Title: Wilde Like Me
Author:  Louise Pentland
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre

Publish date: 29 June 2017

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[Synopsis]

On the eve of her daughter Alia’s wedding, Salma reads the girl’s future in a cup of coffee dregs.

Although she keeps her predictions to herself that day, they soon come to pass in the wake of the Six-Day War of 1967. Caught up in the resistance, Alia’s brother disappears, while Alia and her husband move from Nablus to Kuwait City. Reluctantly they build a life, torn between needing to remember and learning to forget.

When Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait, Alia and her family yet again lose their home, their land, and their story as they know it. Scattering to Beirut, Paris and Boston, Alia’s children begin families of their own, once more navigating the burdens and blessings of beginning again.

Have you heard anything about this book, or have you got it on your TBR list? 

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My Goodreads Challenge – update: 6 months in

Here’s a 6 month update on how I’m doing with my Goodreads Reading Challenge!

I have read 54 of 90 books in 2017, and apparently I’m 16 books ahead of schedule!

Books I’ve Read So Far This Year: (click the cover to go to view the book on Goodreads)

Fierce Kingdom by Gin PhillipsAll the Good Things by Clare  FisherStandard Deviation by Katherine HeinyThe Honeymoon by Tina SeskisThe Second Sister - Claire KendallExquisite by Sarah StovellOne of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManusPersons Unknown by Susie SteinerSweetpea by C.J. SkuseDeadly Alibi by Leigh RussellBlood Sisters by Jane  CorryThe Last Piece of My Heart by Paige Toon

The Light We Lost by Jill SantopoloThe Sense of an Ending by Julian BarnesCrimson Lake by Candice FoxDead Letters by Caite Dolan-LeachThe Stars are Fire by Anita ShreveHe Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
Spoils by Brian Van ReetAbout Last Night - Catherine AlliottLie to Me by Jess RyderThe Loving Husband by Christobel KentLast Breath by Robert BryndzaThe Two O'Clock Boy by Mark  Hill
The Stolen Child by Sanjida KayMy Husband the Stranger by Rebecca DoneThe Escape by C.L. TaylorThe Trophy Taker by Sarah FlintFire Damage by Kate MedinaThis Love by Dani Atkins
The Idea of You by Amanda ProwseThe Missing Ones by Patricia GibneyCommonwealth by Ann PatchettLet the Dead Speak by Jane CaseyDead Embers by Matt BrollyEverything but the Truth by Gillian McAllister
Black Widow by Chris BrookmyreThe Last Act of Hattie Hoffman by Mindy MejiaWhere I Lost Her by T. GreenwoodThe Witchfinder's  Sister by Beth UnderdownThe One That Got Away by Melissa PimentelThe Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
The Chalk Pit by Elly GriffithsThe English Agent by Clare HarveyRagdoll by Daniel ColeWe Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia HunterThe Breakdown by B.A. ParisThe Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion
Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolás ObregónThe Girl Before by J.P. DelaneyBridget Jones’s Baby by Helen FieldingBurned and Broken by Mark HardieWatch Her Disappear by Eva DolanThe Book of Mirrors by E.O. Chirovici

Are you doing a Goodreads challenge this year? If so, how is yours going?

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WWW Wednesday [7 June 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? 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman – [review to follow]

Fierce Kingdom – Gin Phillips – [review to follow]

What are you currently reading? 

The Mayfly - James Hazel

The Mayfly – James Hazel

What will you read next?

Broken branches – Jonathan Lee

Miss Christie Regrets – Guy Fraser Sampson

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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Goodreads Monday: The Bedlam Stacks

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners, and add your own links!

Today I’m going to pick a historical novel on my to-read list. I don’t read a huge amount of historical fiction but when I do I tend to really enjoy them most of the time. This looks like an interesting read and I’ve heard good things about it!

The Bedlam Stacks - Natasha Pulley

Title: The Bedlam Stacks
Author:  Natasha Pulley
Publisher: Bloomsbury UK

Publish date: 13 July 2017

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[Synopsis]

An astonishing historical novel set in the shadowy, magical forests of South America, which draws on the captivating world of the international bestseller The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

Deep in uncharted Peru, the holy town of Bedlam stands at the edge of a forest. The shrine statues move, and anyone who crosses the border dies. But somewhere inside are cinchona trees, whose bark yields quinine: the only known treatment for malaria.

On the other side of the Pacific, it is 1859 and India is ravaged by the disease. The hunt for a reliable source of quinine is critical and in its desperation, the India Office searches out its last qualified expeditionary. Struggling with a terrible injury from his last mission and the strange occurrences at his family’s ruined estate, Merrick Tremayne finds himself under orders to bring back cinchona cuttings at any cost and dispatched, against his own better judgement, to Bedlam.

There he meets Raphael, a priest around whom the villagers spin unsettlingly familiar stories of impossible disappearances and living stone. Gradually, he realises that Raphael is the key to a legacy left by two generations of Tremayne explorers before him, one which will prove more dangerous and valuable than the India Office could ever have imagined.

Have you heard anything about this book, or have you got it on your TBR list? 

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Goodreads Monday: My Girl

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners, and add your own links!

Today I’m going to pick a book I added almost exactly a year ago (I didn’t actually add any books to my ‘To Read’ shelves exactly a year ago, but this one was added just over a year ago!)

My Girl - Jack Jordan

Title: My Girl
Author: Jack Jordan

Publish date: 4 June 2016

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[Synopsis]

Paige Dawson: the mother of a murdered child and wife to a dead man.

She has nothing left to live for… until she finds her husband’s handgun hidden in their house.

Why did Ryan need a gun? What did he know about their daughter’s death?

Desperate for the truth, Paige begins to unearth her husband’s secrets.

But she has no idea who she is up against, or that her life isn’t hers to gamble – she belongs to me.

From the bestselling author of Anything for Her, Jack Jordan’s My Girl is the new chilling thriller that you won’t want to miss.

Have you heard anything about this book, or have you got it on your TBR list? 

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WWW Wednesday [22 May 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? 

Sweetpea – C.J. Skuse (audiobook) – review coming soon

One Of Us Is Lying – Karen McManus – review coming soon

Persons Unknown– Susie Steiner – review coming soon!

 

What are you currently reading? 

Exquisite by Sarah Stovell

I am LOVING this so far – and I’m almost finished! My review should be up soon so keep an eye out for it 🙂 Thanks Karen from Orenda for the copy!

The Second Sister – Claire Kendal

Trying to continue with listening to audiobooks after really enjoying the Sweetpea audiobook, I thought I’d listen to this next. I’m enjoying it so far but it’s not wowing me… it might be because I’m not reading it from a book. We’ll see once I’ve finished anyway!

 

What will you read next?

 

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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Goodreads Monday: The Mayfly

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners, and add your own links!

Today I’m going to pick a book I’ve recently read an extract from, and which I hugely enjoyed:

The Mayfly - James Hazel

Title: The Mayfly
Author: James Hazel
Series: Charlie Priest

Publish date: 15 June 2017

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[Synopsis]

It’s happening again.

A mutilated body discovered in the woods.
A murderous plan conceived in the past.
A reckoning seventy years in the making . . .

Charlie Priest, ex-detective inspector turned London lawyer, is hired by influential entrepreneur Kenneth Ellinder to investigate the murder of his son. But Priest is no ordinary lawyer. Brilliant, yet flawed, this case will push him, and those closest to him, to the edge.

Priest traces the evidence back to the desperate last days of the Second World War. Buried in the ashes of the Holocaust is a secret so deadly its poison threatens to destroy the very heart of the establishment.

With more victims going missing, Priest realises that not everyone should be trusted. As he races to uncover the truth, can he prevent history from repeating itself?

Have you heard anything about this book, or have you got it on your TBR list? 

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Goodreads Monday: Sweetpea

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners, and add your own links!

Today I’m going to pick a book I’m currently listening to on audiobook:

Sweetpea by C.J. Skuse

Sweetpea - C.J. Skuse

Title: Sweetpea
Author: C J Skuse
Format: Audiobook

Publish date: 20 April 2016

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[Synopsis]

 

The last person who called me ‘Sweetpea’ ended up dead…

I haven’t killed anyone for three years and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcoholic taking a sip of whisky. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once.

Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret.

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list.

A kill list.

From the man on the Lidl checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge.

Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder…

Review to follow once I’ve finished it, but I can say I’m really loving it so far – and that’s even from listening to it on audiobooks which I don’t generally tend to get along with!

Have you heard anything about this book, or have you got it on your TBR list? 

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My Life in Books Tag!

I saw this brilliant tag on Sarah Withers blog and loved it, so thought I’d do my own version!

Here goes:

A book for each letter of your name

L – (The) Light We Lost – Jill Santopolo: I really enjoyed this one  – I mean, anything billed as “Me Before You meets One Day” is going to appeal to me! Review to follow soon.

A – All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon: this was a great read which surprised me as I expected it to be light and fluffy – and it was, but it was so much more than your average chick-lit. Read my full review here.

U – Us by David Nicholls: well, it had to be, didn’t it?! I will always love this book; I loved everything about it. Emotional, so well-written and funny at times too. Read my full review here.

R – Relativity by Antonia Hayes: I was part of the blog tour for this book, and I’m so glad I was. I really enjoyed it and thought it was a lovely, beautifully written novel. Read my full review here.

A – Atonement by Ian McEwan: an older pick, in that I read it a long time ago so I don’t think I ever reviewed it on my blog – it was before Snazzy Book’s time I think. Perhaps I need to rectify that when I have time… anyway, a great novel and the film wasn’t too bad – mainly due to James McAvoy! Nowhere near as good as the book though, of course!

 

Age – count along your bookshelf (27)

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Commonwealth – Ann Patchett: read my review here.

A book that represents a destination you would love to travel to?

Gosh, there are too many really! I’ve picked a few…

Blue Light Yokohama – Nicolas Obregon (Toyko – Japan) – my review

Little Lies – Liane Moriarty (Australia)

The Tea Planter’s Wife – Dinah Jefferies

 

Favourite colour?

I don’t particularly have a favourite colour but I have reviewed a lot of books with this colour on the cover, so I’m going for: BLUE!

So here’s a selection:

 

Most difficult to read:

The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

Probably The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini; it’s such an emotional read and so, so great! I read it before I started blogging so there’s no review on my blog but I’ve linked to the Goodreads page.

 

Which book in your TBR will you get the most satisfaction from reading?

ANY of the books that my mum / friends/ other people have leant me ages ago that I never get around to reading because I keep requesting books on Netgalley, or accepting books for review when I shouldn’t!

A few examples include:

The Girl In The Spider’s Web – David Lagercrantz

Any Human Heart – William Boyd

A Game For All The Family – Sophie Hannah

 

Please let me know / tag me if you do this tag as I’d love to see your answers too! This was a really fun post to write 🙂

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