To Be Read: April 2017

I failed my TBR last month so I may be a little bit more cautious when selecting how many and what books I will choose to read for the month of April. I was sad to not read any Harry Potter books last month, especially considering I am in the middle of rereading the Harry Potter series. So my goal this month is to definitely include and to hopefully read at least two Harry Potter books. So let’s see what books I’m hoping to read during April…

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, #3 – J.K. Rowling

Of course I’m including the book I sadly failed to read last month, the first being the third book in the Harry Potter series. I can’t wait to reread them all in the correct order this time.

Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transportation for the stranded witch or wizard. Just stick out your wand hand, step on board and we can take you anywhere you want to go.”

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it’s the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run – and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry’s tea leaves… But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss…”

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, #4 – J.K. Rowling

This is the other book that I sadly failed to read last month, even though it was on my TBR list. But, if I’m being honest, I didn’t think I would actually read and finish this book during March, but hopefully April will be different.

“There will be three tasks, spaced throughout the school year, and they will test the champions in many different ways… their magical prowess – their daring – their powers of deduction – and, of course, their ability to cope with danger.”

The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter – but that doesn’t stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe’en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through – alive!”

The Judas Game.jpgThe Judas Game, #4 – Ethan Cross

The Shepherd series is one of my favourite murder, thriller series and I just love it! This is the fourth book in the series, plus there’s even a prequel novella. The best part about this series, for me anyway, is the villain. Is that wrong? This series has the most amazing villain I have ever read. I have been waiting so long for this sequel to come out and now I can’t wait to read it.

“When a correctional officer climbs to the top of his watchtower and opens fire on the inmates and guards, federal investigator Marcus Williams and serial killer Francis Ackerman Jr. mustjoin forces again to unearth the truth behind the incident. What they find is a serial killer using the prison as his hunting grounds. But the Judas Killer’s ambitions don’t end with a fewmurders. He wants to go down in history and has no reason left to live. With Ackerman undercover among the inmates and Marcus tracking down the mastermind on the outside, the team must learn the identity of the Judas Killer and stop a full-scale uprisingthat he’s orchestrated. But the more they learn about what’s happening at the prison and why the more enemies they must face. From inside the overrun facility, Marcus and Ackermanmust save the hostages and stop an elaborate escape attempt while trying to determine how a rival corporation, the leader of one of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations, andan inmate with no identity only known as Demon fit into the Judas Killer’s plans. Launching a bold new cycle of novels featuring The Shepherd Organization, The Judas Game is searing, mesmerizing fiction it’s Ethan Cross at his very best.”

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.jpgMe & Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews

I’ve had this book for a while, and I keep telling myself that I’m going to read it but other books keep getting in the way. So now I’m putting it down so I will have to read it, especially as it’s meant to be a good read as well. Sad and emotional, but funny as well.

“Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.”

April TBR.jpgI’m going to play it safe and leave it at just those four as the books I plan on reading during the month of April, considering last months lack of reading, and if I read anything extra then that’s a bonus. I think I’m the most excited about this months TBR and can’t wait to get started on them. Bring on the books 😀

What are you planning on reading during April? What is your biggest TBR book you currently own but haven’t read?

March Book Haul – 2017

I haven’t bought books in a while, because I am a bit of a slow reader, but this month I have a bit of a big haul, considering my previous months. I have also been lucky enough to have won a good couple of Goodreads Giveaways and the books have arrived during the month of March, so they will also be included in this Haul. I will be dividing them up into the books I won and the books I bought, that way I don’t have to keep repeating myself with each of the books. So what books have I received or bought this month. . .

Books I Bought During March: Books Bought.jpg Each of theses books were purchased in a second hand shop. Seriously, how can you say no to some cheap books!! It’s impossible. So I came away with quite a few.

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Our Song – Dani Atkins

One of the books I selected was Our Song by Dani Atkins. The cover first attracted me to this book, it just looks so good. It reminds me instantly of winter and Christmas, with the blue, the white and the lights at the top. Here is Goodreads Description of this book and you can see what you think and if this sounds like the type of book you’d like to read;

“This is the story of Ally and Charlotte, whose paths have intersected over the years though they’ve never really been close friends. Charlotte married Ally’s ex and first true love, David. Fate is about to bring them together one last, dramatic time and change their lives forever.”

This isn’t my usual type of book but I am actually looking forward to reading it, as it sounds different to your usual Romance books.

Alice In Zombieland

Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1) – Gena Showalter

There is only one reason and one reason only that I bought this book is because of how much I loved Alice (Chronicles of Alice) by Christina Henry. Then when I saw this book, I just got excited. So I bought it without even looking at the description. So let’s see what Goodreads Description is together;

“She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

If anyone had told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real.

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.”

Cujo.jpgCujo – Stephen King

I was actually so excited to buy this book!! I am a massive Stephen King fan, and have a growing collection of his books, so I was glad to add this book to my collection. I knew roughly what it was about and the condition was almost brand new and unread.

Outside a peaceful town in central Maine, a monster is waiting. Cujo is a two-hundred-pound Saint Bernard, the best friend Brett Camber has ever had. One day Cujo chases a rabbit into a bolt-hole – a cave inhabited by sick bats. What happens to Cujo, how he becomes a horrifying vortex inexorably drawing in all the people around him makes for one of the most heart-stopping novels Stephen King has written.”

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders – Gyles Brandreth

This book I bought because it really intrigued me. I have read several books by Oscar Wilde and when I was firstly attracted to this book buy it’s cover and then found out what it was about, I had to buy it. It just seemed like something so intriguing and something a little extra to fans or people who like Oscar Wilde’s and even Arthur Conan Doyle works. I’m really interested to see how this book turns out, especially considering I just found out that this is Book 1 in The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries.

Oscar Wilde, celebrated poet, wit, playwright and raconteur is the literary sensation of his age. Yet when he chances across the naked corpse of 16-year-old Billy Wood, he cannot ignore the brutal murder. With the help of fellow author Arthur Conan Doyle he sets out to solve the crime.” 

The Muse.jpg The Muse – Jessie Burton

I have seen this book popping up everywhere and I have fallen in love with it’s cover. Like seriously! Look at how beautiful this cover is. This was purely a cover buy. Now let’s see what this gorgeous book is about.

“A picture hides a thousand words . . .

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn’t know she had, she remains a mystery – no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.

The truth about the painting lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise come artist and revolutionary Isaac Robles and his half-sister Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences . . .”

The King’s General – Daphne Du MaurierThe King's General.jpg

I own but haven’t read Daphne’s other novel, Rebecca, but it is meant to be good and it is on my ever growing TBR list. So when I saw this book, by the same author, I had to pick it up, even if it takes me a while to get to it.

“Honor Harris is only eighteen when she first meets Richard Grenvile, proud, reckless – and utterly captivating. But following a riding accident, Honor must reconcile herself to a life alone. As the English Civil war is waged across the country, Richard rises through the ranks of the army, marries and makes enemies, and Honor remains true to him.

Decades later, an undaunted Sir Richard, now a general serving King Charles I, finds her. Finally they can share their passion in the ruins of her family’s great estate on the storm-tossed Cornish coast-one last time before being torn apart, never to embrace again.”

the Da Vinci Code.jpgThe Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

I already owned and ready this book, but I had to rebuy it because I lent it out and it came back DAMAGED!! 😦 It’s been irritating me for a while, so I finally bought  newish used copy, because I actually enjoy reading this book.

“An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci. A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe. An astonishing truth concealed for centuries . . . unveiled at last.

While in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the dead of the night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Even more startling, the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—a secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci—and he guarded a breathtaking historical secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle—while avoiding the faceless adversary who shadows their every move—the explosive, ancient truth will be lost forever.”

So those are the books I have bought this month! It’s only seven, so that’s fine. It’s not as many as I thought and the best part is that with them all combined, they probably didn’t cost me more than £3!! :O Amazing!..

Books I Received During A Goodreads Giveaway:
goodreads.jpgI have been lucky lately and I have won and received quite a few books, thanks to Goodreads, the authors and the publishers. So let’s see which books I have been lucky enough to have won.

devour.jpgDevour – L.A. Larkin

I love a good thriller so I was so glad when I won this book, especially considering all of the reviews by great authors such as Peter James.

“Their greatest fear was contaminating an ancient Antarctic lake, buried beneath the ice for millions of years. They little knew about the catastrophe they were about to unleash.
Welcome to the high octane world of Olivia Wolfe,
As an investigative journalist, Wolfe lives her life in constant peril. Hunted by numerous enemies who are seldom what they first seem, she must unravel a complex web of lies to uncover an even more terrifying truth.
From the poppy palaces of Afghanistan and Antarctica’s forbidding wind-swept ice sheets, to a top secret military base in the Nevada desert, Wolfe’s journey will ultimately lead her to a man who would obliterate civilisation. She must make an impossible choice: save a life – or prevent the death of millions.”

spontaneousSpontaneous – Aaron Starmer

Out of the four books that I have won and received this month, I was the most excited about this book. This copy I received is an Uncorrected Proof copy, which only added to the excitement. I have already read this book this month and wrote a review, that’s how excited I was, which I will link below in case you would like to check that out.

“Mara’s senior year is proving to be a lot less exciting than she’d hoped, until the day – KABAM! – Katelyn Ogden explodes during third period. Katelyn is the first, but she won’t be the last senior to explode without warning or explanation. The body count grows and the search is on for a reason, while the students continue to pop like balloons. But if bombs or terrorists or a government conspiracy aren’t to blame, what is?

With the help of her oldest friend, her new boyfriend, a power ballad and a homemade disco ball, will Mara make it to graduation in one piece? It’s going to be one hell of a year, where the only test is how to stay alive and where falling in love might be the worst thing you can do . . .”

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Frailty – Betsy Reavley

This is one of those times when you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. At least I’m hoping because it’s sounds really good and it’s something I wouldn’t have been something I would have picked up on my own, because of the cover. Which is something I know I shouldn’t be doing, but I do a lot.  What’s even more special about this book, is that it’s signed by the author! So it’s doubly special, as I get to discover the hidden story within the pages, and I received a signed book 🙂

“How far would you go to protect your family?
Danny and Libby are about to face every parent’s worst nightmare.

When eight-year-old Hope Bird disappears without a trace, from the idyllic village where she lives, life for her family will never be the same again. Her parents know she would never have gone off alone and the police have no idea where she is. Then a child’s shoe is discovered and the case takes an unexpected turn. Soon a suspect is identified but this is only the beginning.

Will they ever find Hope?”

dragons Green.jpgDragon’s Green – Scarlett Thomas

This book just screams excitement and adventure in some mysterious world. At least that’s what this cover is screaming at me, with it’s bold colours, the mysterious kingdom in the background and the fact that this book even GLOWS IN THE DARK!! You’re not going to miss this book and you’re not going to want to, as it sounds like this book as so much within it.

“Some people think opening a book is a simple thing.
It’s not.
Most people don’t realise that you can get truly lost in a book.
You can.
Especially you.

After the worldquake, magic is seeping into our world

Effie Truelove is a new pupil at the Tusitala School for the Gifted, Troubled and Strange, with its twisted grey spires and an English teacher so frightening she gives the class nightmares.

When her beloved grandfather is brutally attacked, Effie promises to look after his magical books. But when shady book-collector Leonard Levar gets his hands on them and Effie has to embark on the most dangerous adventure of her life . . .

Effie must travel to the mysterious Otherworld, unlock the hidden meaning of an old book called Dragon’s Green, and brave the terrifying Diberi, a secret organisation with plans that could destroy the entire universe.

But Effie can’t face the Diberi alone. Can her new school-friends Maximilian, Wolf, Lexy and Raven combine their gifts and discover their true powers in time?”

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So these are all of the books I have bought or won during the month of March. I do say this every month, but I am not going to be buying more books until I have read a good chunk of my current ones, especially as I have nowhere to put them anyways, as my bookcases are full. That with me unhauling a lot of my old books during the month.

So what books have you bought this month? Or are you looking forward to reading? Let me know below 😀