Goodreads Monday [The Word Is Murder]

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 SO EXCITED to read. I’ve always been a huge Anthony Horowitz fan and I really enjoyed Magpie Murders [read my review here], so was excited to see he’s coming out with a new novel this month – and then even more excited to get a review copy! (‘Excited’ is a word used a lot here…)

The Word Is Murder - Anthony Horowitz

Title: The Word is Murder
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Publisher: HQ Digital

Publish date: 24 August 2017

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[Synopsis]

A wealthy woman strangled six hours after she’s arranged her own funeral.

A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own.

A reluctant author drawn into a story he can’t control.

What do they have in common?

Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz’s page-turning new thriller. 

SPREAD THE WORD. THE WORD IS MURDER.

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

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WWW Wednesday [2 August 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? 

Still horribly behind on getting books reviewed before their publication dates and with the amount that were published right at the end of July, I don’t think I’ll catch up for a long while… However I finished reading:

The Secret She Keeps – Michael Robotham [my review here]

Together – Julie Cohen [my review coming soon]

Here and Gone – Haylen Beck [my review coming soon]

What are you currently reading? 

I’m listening to the audiobook of The Handmaid’s Tale – Magaret Atwood [this is a bookclub pick, I’m almost finished so review to follow soon]

Also reading The House – Simon Lelic [I’m on the blog tour, my review will be up 8 August!]

What will you read next?

I’ve got so many books that were published on 27 July, so I’m not sure what I’#ll read next… perhaps either:

Last Seen Alive – Claire Douglas
Then She Was Gone – Lisa Jewell
or perhaps a Readers First book – Shelter by Sarah Franklin

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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Liebster Award 2

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I’m so pleased to say this is the second time I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award – this time by the lovely Claire at BrizzleLass Books (see her post here). Definitely check out her blog as there are some fab reviews on there (and reviews posted really regularly too). Lots of genres and post types are covered, so check her blog out!

So, there’s a whole new set of questions to answer (and there are some great questions there!), so here goes…

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions the person asked you
  • Nominate 11 people (comment on their blog to let them know)
  • Ask the people you have nominated 11 questions

Claire’s Questions

  • What book first got you into reading?

It was the ‘Adventure’ (The Island of Adventure, The Castle of Adventure etc) books by Enid Blyton. My mum would take me to the library and we’d get out the maximum amount you could at a time, and they’d mostly be books by Enid Blyton at first – then plenty of others followers!

  • If you could be transported to one bookish world what would it be?

The first thing that popped into my head was the world in The Power, because who wouldn’t want to at least try living in a world where women are the more ‘powerful’ sex? But that book is pretty damn scary at times so I think I’ll go with the world  in Mad by Chloe Esposito; though there’s plenty of danger it sounds entertaning. Alvie is fun, there’s plenty of glamour and exciting (though crazy) occurrences, and I’ve always wanted to  go to Sicily!

  • Describe your perfect book

Sweet Little Lies - Caz FrearIt’s hard to do that because I love so many genres. But anything well written without being pretentious or hard work, without too much cheesiness or predictability, does it for me! I can’t resist an original thriller/ crime novel but I’m also a sucker for well-crafted romance! Recently I loved Close Enough to Touch for being able to achieve this romance without cheesiness, and I’ve read a lot of brilliant crime and/or thriller novels, including The Secrets She Keeps Sweet Little Lies and The Child.

  • What is your favourite quote?

I don’t really have a particularly favourite as there are lots of great quotes (can you see from this post that I’m a pretty indecisive person!). I think I’ll pick Fiction is the truth inside the lie.” ― Stephen King.

  • What makes you laugh out loud?

Dry humour and some farcical situations really entertains me in books. In real life most of my friends and boyfriend make me laugh all the time. When I’m being particularly hilarious I make myself laugh too… 😉

  • Should we visit your hometown? Why (not)?

My hometown is Peterborough but for this answer I’m going with where I live currently which is Norwich. And seeing as I work for VisitNorwich, the reasons are endless – definitely visit! Beautiful architecture, packed with history, nearby coast (which is beautiful) and the Broads, amazing restaurants and cool shops, it used to be England’s second city… the list could go on!

  • What three words would you use to describe yourself?

I HOPE I’d be described as caring and energetic, and I think people would also say I’m a bit of a worrier…

  • If you could go anywhere in the world where and why?

I want to go EVERYWHERE. I love travelling! I’m off to Malaysia in September which I’m so excited about, but also on my list are: Japan, New Zealand, New York, Indonesia, Canada and many, many more!

  • What is top of your bucket list?

Travel plays the key part in my bucket list so see above answers! But I’d also love to live in London at some point in my life, at least for a little while, and I’d love to see a real life moneky/organuatan (hopefully that’ll happen in Malaysia!!)

  • Tyrion lannisterIf you could only read one genre for the rest of your life which would  you choose?

Ooh tricky. I think I would have to pick crime/thrillers…

  • Which Game of Thrones character are you?

No idea who I’d be but my favourite character is Tyrion Lannister!

My Nominations:

I’ll try to pick some people that I don’t think have been tagged a million times before etc… so there won’t be 11 but anyone who fancies doing it, please do – and let me know when you’ve posted your answers as I’d love to see them!

My Questions

(…apologies, some are tricky – I think!)

  1. If you had to pick a literary character to marry/ enter into a civil partnership with, who would it be?
  2. What instantly puts you off a book?
  3. If you had to pick – favourite 3 authors?
  4. Most-read series?
  5. Tea or coffee whilst reading – or neither?
  6. If you could only eat one food ‘cuisine’ for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  7. Ebooks or paper books?
  8. What do you do with books you don”t want to keep? Give them to friends, charity shops, sell them….etc?
  9. Favourite book/s of 2017 so far?
  10. Favourite genre?
  11. Favourite book to movie/TV adaptation?

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Goodreads Monday [The Doll House]

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 a copy of as I’m on the blog tour when it comes out in September…

The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan

Title: The Doll House
Author:  Phoebe Morgan
Publisher: HQ Digital

Publish date: 14 September 2017

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[Synopsis]

You never know who’s watching…

Corinne’s life might look perfect on the outside, but after three failed IVF attempts it’s her last chance to have a baby. And when she finds a tiny part of a doll house outside her flat, it feels as if it’s a sign.

But as more pieces begin to turn up, Corinne realises that they are far too familiar. Someone knows about the miniature rocking horse and the little doll with its red velvet dress. Someone has been inside her house…

How does the stranger know so much about her life? How long have they been watching? And what are they waiting for…?

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

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WWW Wednesday [26 July 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? 

Well due to being busy with a number of things I’ve been falling VERY behind on reviews the last few weeks. I’d like to say I’m caught up but I’m not… however I have finished off quite a few books this week:

Beneath a Burning Sky – Jenny Ashcroft [review to follow]

Close Enough To Touch – Colleen Oakley [my review]

One Small Act of Kindess [audiobook] – Lucy Dillon [review to follow]

Final Girls – Riley Sager [my review]

What are you currently reading? 

The Secrets She Keeps - Michael Robotham

The Secrets She Keeps – Michael Robotham

What will you read next?

Either:

Together – Julie Cohen

or Here and Gone by Hayley Beck

I’ve also got a few books from Readers First that I really need to get on with; they are:

Shelter – Sarah Franklin

and Unforgivable – Mike Thomas

Hopefully I’ll get a bit more time to read!

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 [12 July 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? 

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell [audiobook] [my review]

Sweet Little Lies – Caz Frear [my review]

The Child – Fiona Barton [my review]

What are you currently reading? 

Last Seen – Lucy Clarke [audiobook]

Do Not Become Alarmed – Maile Meloy (I’m on the blog tour on the 17th July!)

 

 

What will you read next?

How to Stop Time – Matt Haig

Then I’m hugely behind (as usual) so I’m not sure whether to read something that’s not yet released after that, so I’m ahead of the publication, or something I’ve already missed the publication date for but it means I’ll catch up a little…

So after that either:

The Marsh King’s Daughter – Karen Dionne… or

Beneath a Burning Sky – Jenny Ashcroft

Agghh I need more time to read!

 

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 [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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