Goodreads Monday: Making It Up As I Go Along

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 bought, but haven’t read yet so it’s still on my Goodreads TBR list…

Making It Up As I Go Along by Marian Keyes

Making It Up As I Go Along - Marian Keyes

Title: Making It Up As I Go Along
Author: Marian Keyes
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Publish date: 6 October 2017

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[Synopsis]

Welcome to the magnificent Making It Up as I Go Along – aka the World According to Marian Keyes™ – A bold and brilliant collection of Marian’s hilarious and often heartfelt observations on modern life, love and everything in between.

From a guide to breaking up with your hairdresser to entering the fifties-zone, the joys of her nail varnish museum to singing her way through insomnia, Marian will have you laughing with delight and gasping with recognition throughout – because at the end of the day, each and every one of us is clearly making it up as we go along.

I usually end up going for fiction titles (though I do love some non-fiction as well) so this is a change, plus Marian Keyes is an author I loved growing up and still do! I’m hoping this will be a great read and something a little different.

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

Don’t forget… follow me on: instagram @snazzy_stuff_goodreads Laura / and twitter @lauranazmdeh!

Goodreads Monday (but somehow ended up on a Sunday!): The Loving Husband

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’ve picked:

The Loving Husband by Christobel Kent

The Loving Husband - Christobel Kent

 

Title: The Loving Husband
Author: Christobel Kent
Format: Ebook
Publisher: Sphere

[SYNOPSIS]

Fran Hall and her husband Nathan have moved with their two children to a farmhouse on the edge of the Fens – a chance to get away from London and have a fresh start. But when Fran wakes one night to find Nathan gone, she makes a devastating discovery. As questions about her husband and her relationships start to mount, Fran’s life begins to spiral out of control. What is she hiding from the police about her marriage, and does she really know the man she shared her bed with?

This is on my Netgalley and Goodreads TBR list and I want to get around to reading it very soon. It might be the next book I read, actually!

It looks intriguing, though I’ve seen mixed reviews, so we shall see…

Have you read this, or have you got it on your TBR list? Let me know what you think! 

Don’t forget… follow me on: instagram @snazzy_stuff_goodreads Laura / and twitter @lauranazmdeh

WWW Wednesday [29 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? 

The Missing Ones – Patricia Gibney

Fire Damage – Kate Medina

What are you currently reading?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32854781-the-trophy-taker

The Trophy TakerSarah Flint (second in the DC Charlotte Stafford series)

What will you read next?

The Escape – C.L. Taylor

My Husband The Stranger – Rebecca Done

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: Standard Deviation

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 the last book I received on Netgalley:

Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny

Standard Deviation

Title: Standard Deviation

Author: Katherine Heiny

Format: Ebook

Publisher: HarperCollins UK – 4th Estate

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[Synopsis]

Graham Cavanaugh’s second wife, Audra, is everything his first wife was not. She considers herself privileged to live in the age of the hair towel, talks non-stop through her epidural, labour and delivery, invites the doorman to move in and the eccentric members of their son’s Origami Club to Thanksgiving. She is charming and spontaneous and fun but life with her can be exhausting.

In the midst of the day-to-day difficulties and delights of marriage and raising a child with Asperger’s, his first wife, Elspeth, reenters Graham’s life. Former spouses are hard to categorize – are they friends, enemies, old flames, or just people who know you really, really well? Graham starts to wonder: How can anyone love two such different women? Did he make the right choice? Is there a right choice?

I have to admit that the quote from Kate Atkinson, who’s one of my favourite authors, on the Goodreads summary (view here) helped me press the ‘request’ button, even though I’m trying to cut down on Netgalley requests!

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

Don’t forget… follow me on: instagram @snazzy_stuff_goodreads Laura / and twitter @lauranazmdeh!

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!

Why not add me as a friend on Goodreads!

#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!

Why not add me as a friend on Goodreads!