Goals For 2018

Hello Readers 😀 2018 Goals

It’s so nice to be writing again, as you can tell if you visit and read my site, I haven’t posted anything in a while. I have had a few things going on and sadly I haven’t been able to post anything on this site, or on my Instagram either. If you are wondering what’s been keeping me busy, I have been moving and have started a new job, so my life has been a little crazy lately. But things are starting to get back to normal, or should I say calmer and not living out of boxes anymore *relief*.  All in time for me to set some goals for 2018.

My first goal for 2018 is going to be the amount of books that I plan on reading this year. Each year I set myself  Goodreads Reading Challenge and this year is no different, so this year I have set my goal at 50 books. Hopefully by announcing my goal, it will encourage me to keep up with it, no matter how busy I am at work and so on.

Another goal I have for 2018 is to Post More! I know I post mainly book reviews but I want to post more in general. Even if I don’t have that much time and can only do short reviews, at least then I’ve managed to post a review on what I’ve thought of what I’ve read, and close to when I’ve finished the book. I am able to do this with Goodreads and put off doing it on here because I want to do an in depth review but then because I’ve left it too long, I don’t do because I forget what I was going to say about the book. This leads me into another goal.

I want to take some notes when I’m reading. Just have a notepad near by, that way if something happens, something surprises me, this can be included in my reviews, making it more personal because I don’t always remember everything. No matter how quick I write my reviews to finishing the book.

These are just some of the goals I can think of at the moment that I want to ensure I keep up with for the ENTIRITY of 2018. Wish me luck. What are some of you goals for 2018?

Interview With The Authors

anne and ken hicksI was lucky enough to get the opportunity to get to ask the authors of my most recent read, Mind Me, Milady – Ken Hicks and Anne Rothman-Hicks some questions I had during the course of reading the book. This was something that I’ve never done before, so it was great to be given this opportunity. Here are the questions I asked and their answers to those questions:

1) Could you tell us a bit about Mind Me, Milady and why it is a must-read?
“Mind Me, Milady is a blend of genres: the mystery of Susan’s dreams and premonitions, the thriller of the Gentleman Rapist stalking women, including the main character, and romance between Jane and Jack, who she fears might be the Gentleman Rapist because he is definitely hiding something. All in all, there is a lot going on that together makes it very rewarding for many readers.”

2) What was it like co-writing a book as a married couple?
“We have been writing together for a long time. The first joint project was a course we shared when Ken was a student at Haverford College and Anne was at Bryn Mawr. There are many benefits, especially the constant feedback. Of course, to write together successfully, we both have to put our egos aside. That is not always easy.”

3) Was there a lot of arguments, compromising or did you both agree on majority of the story and plot?
“This was a difficult book and it took us a long time to put the elements together. We had a lot of angst-filled conversations about whether particular scenes or parts of the book were moving the plot forward. In the end, we always agreed.”

4) How long did it take for you both to write this book?
“That is a difficult question since we put the book down several times and came back to it.”

5) Did you have to do much research for this book?
“There was some research, including the nature of a serial criminal, the mechanics of hypnotism, the concept of reincarnation, the history of colonial New York, and the Battle of Manhattan during the Revolutionary War.”

6) Where did you come up with the idea for this book, particularly the idea and concept of the “Gentleman Rapist”?
“We were drawn to the idea of someone who believes they lived a prior life and also wanted the story to be set in Central Park in a place that would have looked substantially similar now to the way it looked in Revolutionary times. We thought the idea of a rapist who spoke like an English Aristocrat as he wielded power, was a very creepy combination.”

7) Did you know who the Gentleman Rapist was going to be from outset, or did you change your mind while writing?
“We have a very fluid writing process. It would be hard to say when exactly we decided who would be the Gentleman Rapist. We did not start out knowing.”

8) Who was your favourite/worse character to write in Mind Me, Milady and why?
“We are both very attached to Jane, who appears in two of our other novels, Weave A Murderous Web and Praise Her, Praise Diana. Susan was the most difficult character to write because she is both assertive in her way and very in need of protection. The Gentleman Rapist was interesting, since we had never written anyone like him before.”

9) What character in Mind Me, Milady are you least likely to get along with?
Jonathan Ramsey.”

10) Are you working on anything at the moment?
We are working on our fourth book in the Jane Larson series.”

11) Which book are you most proud of writing and why?
“We are most proud of Praise Her, Praise Diana. The book deals with a very difficult topic, rape and violence toward women in its many forms. It also has many characters of whom we are very fond, including Jane, Maggie and Detective Smalley. Finally, the book contains certain despicable characters and others who are neither all bad nor all good.”

12) What made you both want to become writers?
“We were both early avid readers and started writing and dreaming at a young age.”

13) Do you both have day jobs in addition to be writers? If so, what do you do?
“Ken was a lawyer (and is now semi-retired). Anne was an editor before she became a full time writer and raised our three children.”

14) How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Here are our links:
Ken and Anne’s blog: http://www.randh71productions.com/blog
Ken and Anne’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Kenneth-Hicks-and-Anne-Rothman-Hicks-622272714477979

Buy links
Praise Her, Praise Diana:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Praise-Her-Diana-Anne-Rothman-Hicks-ebook/dp/B00NVDGCIM/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1485443323&sr=1-4
Barnes and Nobel: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/praise-her-praise-diana-anne-rothman-hicks/1120805267?ean=9781612359441
Melange: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/hicks/diana.html
Weave A Murderous Web:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Weave-Murderous-Web-Larson-Novel-ebook/dp/B01CDMB72W/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Barnes and Nobel” https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/weave-a-murderous-web-anne-rothman-hicks/1123847239?ean=2940152901085
Melange Books LLC: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/hicks/web.html
Mind Me, Milady:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Mind-Me-Milady-Anne-Rothman-Hicks-ebook/dp/B06XWHY859/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496868407&sr=8-1&keywords=mind+me%2C+milady
Barnes and Nobel: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mind-me-milady-anne-rothman-hicks/1126178316?ean=9781680464382
Melange: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/hicks/milady.html

25 Bookish Facts About Me…

Hey everyone!!
I came across a little post and I really liked the idea behind it, so I thought that I would do one about myself. The idea is to come up with 25 Bookish Facts about yourself and share it, so here are some little facts about me and hopefully this will be a good way for you all to get to know
me a little bit better. So, lets begin..

1) I am a slow reader and envy all those fast readers out there.
2) I am more of a night time reader, staying up until the early hours in the morning. This can be so peaceful.
3) I totally judge books by their covers.
4) I suffer with chronic migraines which sucks as a reader, as it can really damping the whole reading process. The joy can sometimes turn into misery.
5) I never read the Harry Potter series in the correct order the first time I read the books.
6) My least favourite genre is most probably Sci-fi.
7) I can’t read in a moving vehicle, especially a car, because I’ll either get carsick or a migraine. This doesn’t stop me from trying though!
8) I HATE lending out ANY of my books! I’ve had a bad history with this.
9) My favourite books when I was younger (the earliest I can remember) are; ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘Matilda’ and ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’.
10) I love going through second hand bookshops and discovering little hidden gems.
11) My entire Roald Dahl collection was the first books I bought myself, setting up my very own account. I sadly don’t own those books any more.
12) My mother, a non-reader, once gave ALL of my books to a charity shop while I was at school, claiming I had too many books. I was FUMING!!
13) I 100% prefer physical books over eBooks or audiobooks, although I do read and listening to them all.
14) I can’t and won’t ever dog-ear, write or do anything that may damage my books.
15) I own so many books and I haven’t read about half of them. That doesn’t stop me continually buying more books.
16) Following on from *no15, that means that my current TBR list on books I already own is high. This is before including or thinking about any new TBR books I discover, or may have been released.
17) I will choose to read the book before watching the films adaptation, so there’s several films I still haven’t seen because I haven’t read the book yet.
18) I always have at least one book on me at all times!
19) I have a tub/box that’s just for bookmarkers and it’s almost full and sits on my bookshelf (one of them). But I still often use random things, eg. remote, my phone, another book as a bookmarker.
20) I love it when a book takes me by surprise.
21) My Amazon wish-list is a godsend. I can just add all the books I want or take my fancy, then when I think I deserve a new book, they’re all there in one place.
22) Sometimes I find it hard or it takes me longer to get into fantasy and dystopian books, simply because of their worlds.
23) I am bad when it comes to reading a book, to be constantly thinking and wondering about possible endings and twists, especially when reading a mystery, or a suspense. 9 out of 10 times I’m usually right, which can be good, but can spoil the ending of the book for me. Stupid overthinking brain.
24) There is no such thing as too many books. NEVER!
25) My Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2017 is 60 books. Fingers Crossed!

So there are just 25 little bookish facts about me and I hope you’ve gotten to know me a little bit better :). What are some 25 bookish facts about you?

Completing a Long-Term Reading Goal

For as far back as I can remember, as I had this own little personal reading goal of mine. I say little, but it’s big in size and big in my own achievement. I have always wanted to read IT by Stephen King.

This doesn’t seem like that much of a big deal, but for me it has been. The copy I have own for countless many years, contains roughly 1120 pages, with tiny writing, which would be the biggest book I would ever have read. So that alone is intimidating. So why IT? 

Have you heard or seen the mini series/movie of IT, with Tim Curry as Pennywise? That film creeper the life out of me and is the reason, to this day, why I am petrified of clowns. I don’t remember at what age I watched that, but I remember that I was young. Like still in single figures young, so you can understand how this would have some negative affects on me. Not mentioning how the following day, I saw a clown in real life. That sealed my fear. So again, why would I want to read the book that inspired the film that caused so much fear?

I can’t really remember the full film except for certain things, plus I love horror films. I have never read a book that has scared me. Really scared me. And maybe this book always called to be because it resonated with that part of my childhood. But to be honest, I’m not 100% sure myself why, it’s just always called to me to read it.

So I finally put by I entire month to read this book, so that’s what June was spent doing. I neglected every other book and every bit of free time I had and picked up IT whenever I could. Because of its sheer size and because I wanted to finish it and really get into it, I even purchased the audiobook so that I was still able to carry on while I was doing some other tasks, such as cleaning, dishes and so on. 

And YES I completed my goal!!! I have finally read the whole of IT by Stephen King and it is such a great feeling to be able to say that I have read this book after such a long time of wanting to. It is the biggest book I have ever read and its making other books, not seem so that intimidating. I would actually reread this book again, that’s how much I enjoyed it. 

After reading the book, I even went back and watched the original film that made me scared and it seemed to tame compared to the book. It made me wonder why was I so scared? But on saying that, I was a young, young child and I still don’t like, trust or want to go near any clowns. I thought that doing this now was perfect timing with the remake coming out soon and now, I think I may actually go and see it. It looks more like certain elements stick with the book, even if the clown looks way too creepy. 

So there we go, what are some of your reading goals? 😃

Discussion: Rereading Books

Hello fellow book lovers 😃👋

I have recently taken to rereading the Harry Potter series for a couple of reasons. No. 1 because they are awesome books so why not, and No. 2 because the first time I read the series, I didn’t read it in the correct order and now that I own them (finally) I wanted to do it correctly for the first time and see if it makes a difference.

I am not usually somebody who chooses to reread a book when there are so many books on my tbr and bookshelves I have to read, so why reread something I have already read? But I have been wanting to do this with Harry Potter for so long, so I went against my original presumption and voila. I have been loving this series even more the second time around, and I don’t know if it’s because I’m reading them in the correct order so the stories are following each other correctly, because I am older and am understanding the books, the characters so much more and am in a different place in my life now. The fact I have hindsight, so I have so much more emotion that’s connecting me with the, again the stories and the characters and I know what’s to come. Or maybe it’s all of it mixed together. 

Because of how much I have been enjoying rereading the Harry Potter series, it has been making me want to reread some more of my favourite books, or books I didn’t enjoy so much when I was younger. Will my opinion have changed? Will I enjoy it more or less? How will I now look, think, feel, connect and so much more, now with this book? 

I was shocked when I then reread Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck because of how much more I connected and emphasized with characters I previously didn’t like as much. I realised how innocent I was when I first read it and how much more I appreciate this book. How emotional I got about this short little book and how much more grateful I was for the teacher who introduced me to this book. How I picked up on certain little things that popped out this time around, either because I’m older and more mature, or because I know the story and know what’s coming and am able to pick up on things I didn’t see before. I took so much more away from the book the second time around and again, it’s giving me that want to go and reread some of my other books I’ve previously read. 

Would you rather take the time you could spend on reading a brand new book, and spend it reread through a book you have already read before? There are only so many books you are going to be able to read in your life, so do you want to spend it rereading the same book, especially if it was one you didn’t like or understand, to see if you have changed and maybe you like it now? But if like me, you can rewatch the same film again and again and you do that because you enjoy it, then why not reread a book you love/d? 

What are you’re thoughts on rereading books? 

April Wrap Up – 2017

Hello my fellow booknerds 😀

I am so happy with the amount of books I was able to read during April, not only physical, but ebooks and audio books included. I was able to not only read all the books I had wanted to in my AprilTBR, but I was able to get through several others. So what books have I read during April? Let’s dive right in. . .

The Judas Game (The Shepherd Series, 4) – Ethan Cross

I have been wanting to read this book for so long and I have finially gotten around to reading it and I couldn’t be happier. This is the fourth book in The Shepherd Series which is a series I looovveeee and definitely needs more attention towards it!! This book did not disappoint. It has some twisted elements, with comedy and my favourite book character, EVER! I was not disappointed. I haven’t posted my review for this book yet, but it will be posted soon, as well as the other books in the series.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews 

This is a book that’s been on my shelves for a while, which I have always wanted to read, hearing reviews and reviews constantly. So I am so glad that I finally got around to reading this book. I had seen the film so I knew roughly what to expect, but of course like always, there was so much more. I loved how this book was written, the style and how the entire book was made to appear as though the character had written it, I think that was amazing. 

For my full review of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, click here.

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

I am making my way through rereading the Harry Potter series and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I will gladly and openly admit that I am enjoying the series a lot more now as an adult, than when I was a child. I am understanding the simplest of things and am connecting everything together so much better now as an adult, things that I never thought about when I first read them. 

For my full review of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, click here.

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

This was the first ever Harry Potter book I ever read! And now after rereading it again, in the correct order, I got to appreciate it so much more. I got to understand it, to feel for everyone and I got even more emotional reading this book this time around. 

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

I did a lot of rereading this month and was already feeling emotional, but I was in the mood to re-read Of Mice and Men for some reason. This has been, without a question of a doubt, one of the books that have stayed with me the most that I read in school, becoming a favourite, even encouraging me to purchase a copy. But a few books make me sad to my core and stay with me for a while, and this is one of them. Reading this as a 14 year old, I always hated George, I never understood why he did what he did, but omg reading it now, but heart broke not only for Lennie, but for George. I could see what it was all leading up to, the writing and the story was all pre-warning you and I emphasized so much with George. I realised the adult content, because I had such an innocent mind, and the racism. Plus, this is the only book (or film or anything) that got me upset when an animal died.

I was also able to read two ebooks during April, which were Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Alice, Through The Looking Glass both by Lewis Carroll and I plan to read the next two (the final two) books in the Alice In Wonderland series during May. I also listened to a several audio books during April, although two of them were short stories. I listened to If I Stay by Gayle Forman, The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling and the two short stories were Mrs. Zant and the Ghost by Wilkie Collins and The Window Man by Louise Millar. 

That’s a total of 11 books!! Wow! :O 😀 I’m so proud of myself. I’ve really become a fan of audiobooks recently, which is so funny coming from me, as I have always been a major hater on them. 

What books did you read during April? 📖😃

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 😀

March Wrap Up – 2017

I would love to say that I succeeded in my first ever Month TBR prediction for the month of March, but sadly March was a slow month for me. I had originally wanted to read 5 books, but only thinking I would manage to read 4 of them, but I only actually successfully read 3 of my chosen books, which were the three of the smallest of the books, plus an additional which was an audiobook. I have already posted my reviews for each of these books, so I will be posting the book, the details, a link to my review and providing a description of what each of these books are about. So which books did I read?

To Die ForTo Die For by Alice Clark-Platts is a Short Story that I downloaded and listened to thanks to Audible. This is particular story was read by Rachel Bavidge.

In an empty car park, Ryan James sits in his car contemplating death. He has set up a hose pipe that is pouring carbon monoxide into the car, and his deciding whether or not to close the last window and end it all. Finally, he gets a text and decides to end his life.

Detective Inspector Martin is called to the scene the next. At first she is convinced it is a simple suicide but as she looks deeper into the boy’s life and his relationships she begins to wonder if someone else was involved.”

 

Glass Sword ReviewThe first physical book I read this month was Glass Sword (Book 2) by Victoria Aveyard. This is the sequel to Red Queen and comes before the recently released, King’s Cage (Book 3).

“Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?”

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I also read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart this month, which was definitely the book that took me the most by surprise this month, out of them all.

“We are the Liars.

We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury.

We are cracked and broken.

A story of love and romance.

A tale of tragedy.

Which are lies?

Which is truth?

You decide.“

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This is the last book that I read during the month of March and it is the book I won in a Goodreads Giveaway! The last book I read during March was an Uncorrected Proof copy of Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer.

“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 . . .”

That sums up my reading and audio month of March. So that’s been my first TBR and first Wrap Up posts and they weren’t as bad as I was expecting, except for the disappointment of not meeting my March TBR list. Maybe my April TBR will be better and it is definitely something I want to keep doing.

What books have you been reading lately?