WWW Wednesday (06-03-2019)

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesday is a book list hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and I’m happy to participate today.

The three W’s are:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What I finished reading:

This sounded like a fun chicklit rom-com type of novel and it totally is. It’s a perfect escape if you’re in the mood for a feel good novel, I really enjoyed this!

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

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What I’m reading now:

I received Dark Pines and the sequel Red Snow from the publisher in January. I really wanted to read the first one while it’s still winter. Call me crazy but I think it adds to the reading experience if it’s cold here too :-). I’m really enjoying it so far.. there is someone who looks very suspicious but I don’t know if there’s another secret to find there or if it’s the killer.

Dark Pines by Will Dean

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What I’ll (probably) read soon:

I really had to restrain myself not to dive in right away but I’m on the blog tour in May so I told myself to hold off reading The Passengers a little longer. I think I won’t be able to do that much longer really because I’m dying to read this! John Marrs is one of my must-read authors and I loved all of his previous books so that’s a really good omen, right ?

The Passengers by John Marrs

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Eight self-drive cars set on a collision course. Who lives, who dies? You decide.

When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course.

The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife – and parents of two – who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive but are the passengers all that they first seem?

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So that’s it, what are you reading this week? Share your link in the comments below so that I can come and take a look !

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Book recommendations: 10 locked-in novels

Locked In

One of my absolute favorite tropes is the one where there’s more than one or two main characters but you have a whole lot of them (the more the merrier like they say) and where there’s really nowhere to go or run to! Lots of times the killer also hides in plain sight and everyone involved is a suspect (lots of suspects yay!). I love secrets and lies and you’re guaranteed to be entertained when reading such a novel.

If you happen to share the same love, here are 10 recommendations. These are a mix of books that I already read and ones that are on my readlist for the future.

  1. Guess Who by Chris McGeorge (reviewed)
  2. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (I watched the mini-series on tv)
  3. An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena (reviewed)
  4. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley (reviewed)
  5. Sleep by CL Taylor (reviewed)
  6. Halfway by B.E. Jones
  7. No Exit by Taylor Adams
  8. The Passengers by John Marrs (Pub date April 1, 2019)
  9. The Escape Room by Megan Goldin (out in PB in August 2019)
  10. The Holiday by TM Logan (Pub date June 13, 2019)

PS: There’s also a YA novel by CL Taylor to come (I heard about it via the author’s newsletter but the novel is untitled).

It’s difficult to say which one(s) I liked most because I liked the ending more in this book and the villain more in another, but the one novel that still stands out for me most is Guess Who by Chris McGeorge because it’s literally a locked room they’re in. I think the top 5 are basically just sort of my order of preference 🙂

So over to you! Any of these you read or want to read?

WWW Wednesday (13-02-2019)

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesday is a book list hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and I’m happy to participate today.

The three W’s are:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What I finished reading:

I read three of Lisa Gardner’s books in the past and gave them 3, 4 and 5 stars respectively so I’ll just keep you in suspense a little longer about how much I liked this one. It can definitely be read as a standalone, I’ll tell you that much ;-).

Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

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What I’m reading now:

I only read a few pages of this one so can’t really comment on it yet but so far so good. I hear a lot of praise about it and read a very positive review by Ludwig’s Thrillers last weekend so I have high hopes!

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

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What I’ll (probably) read soon:

When I came across this novel on Twitter and looked up the synopsis on Amazon I definitely wanted to add it to my readlist. It’s published in May in case you’re interested.

The Furies by Katie Lowe

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You’d kill to be one of them.

1998. A sixteen-year-old girl is found dead on school property, dressed in white and posed on a swing. No known cause of death.

Four girls know what happened.

And until now they’ve kept their silence.

Violet is returning home, back to the sleepy coastal town which holds so many memories.

In 1998, after a tragic accident claimed the lives of her father and sister, she joins Elm Hollow Academy, a private girls’ school with an unpleasant history of 17th century witch trials.

There she is drawn to Robin, Grace, Alex and their charismatic teacher, Annabel; she is invited to join them in their advanced study group.

There they learn about art, literature and the grisly history of the school. Though Annabel claims her classes aren’t related to ancient rites and rituals, she warns them off the topic, describing it as little more than mythology. However, the more the girls learn, the more they start to believe that magic is real, and that together they can harness it.

But when the body of a former member of the society is found on campus nine months after the she disappeared, fingers are pointed at those closest to her. Leading Violet to wonder whether she can trust her friends, teachers, or even herself.

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So that’s it, what are you reading this week? Share your link in the comments below so that I can come and take a look !

Same book different cover #10

battle-of-the-books

I’m back with 5 new book covers to pick and choose your favorite one. This is just for fun so there are no wrong answers! OK, I’ll go first, then it’s up to you:

The Last by Hanna Jameson

The Last 02  The Last

I’ve seen a million books with eerie mansions on the cover already so definitely cover number 2. Great choice with the red color too!

The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz

The Sentence Is Death  TheSentenceIsDeath

Also cover number 2, I like the dripping paintbrush but I just want a bit more color on the cover. Color definitely sells it for me.

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

The Hunting Party  The Hunting Party 01

Do I even need to say it? Cover 1 of course and I feel very very strongly about this one. It’s so easy to remember if you’ve seen the yellow cover before, don’t you think?

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told You 01  Everything I Never Told You 02

This one’s more difficult, I don’t feel very strongly about either of them. I don’t like the font of cover 1 so I’m going with cover 2 although it doesn’t make me feel very much, it’s nice but a bit too clean and it’s not revealing at all.

The Woman Inside by E.G. Scott

The Woman Inside 02  TheWomanInside

Cover number 2! They are very similar indeed and maybe the look of the person in the first cover is more ominous and evil but I still love the look of the second cover more!

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So that’s it. Tell me your thoughts! If you can’t get enough, check out Battle Of The Books #1 – #2#3 – #4 – #5#6 – #7#8#9

Blind Date With a Book #subscriptionbox *spoilers!*

Blind Date With a Book

Happy hump day! This feels like a perfect time to tell you about the new subscription box I tried. I already reviewed two boxes before and in case you missed it, you can find my reviews on the PageHabit (mystery) box and the Bookworm box (romance) by clicking on the links 😊.

This one is not really a box but only a book so really perfect for people who don’t really want a box with bookish goodies.

You can choose a book yourself on the website of Blind Date With A Book by looking at a few keywords that describe the book. I really like the idea to still have a hand in choosing something that I think I’d like but keeping it a surprise too. I didn’t get any presents this year so I decided to gift myself two books. Because I already read so many thrillers and didn’t want to risk having the book already I thought it was wiser to choose two books with a bit of romance:

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I have to give them a 10 out of 10 for the gorgeous packaging. I love the way these look and the words printed on the wrapping paper, it’s almost too nice to unwrap!

So why did I choose these two books? Well those keywords really spoke to me on both books. I love books with DOGS in them!

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I also like a novel that can give me ALL THE FEELS!

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So are you curious what I received?

Only scroll down if you really want to know!

Are you sure?

Spoiler ahead!

Tadaaaa!

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Here they are. Honestly, it was a little bit of a let down because I was hoping for other books.

Well I can’t say The Secret of Happy Ever After wasn’t a good choice but I already read it. 😢 What are the chances though, I don’t read much romance and I only read 2 novels by Lucy Dillon so far (her last one Where The Light Gets In was in my top fav readlist last year btw). My first read was this novel and although I liked it, I didn’t love it and I don’t really fancy rereading it.

As for Eleanor & Park, when you’re an avid reader chances are it’s one you already read too, it’s a popular title. Now I haven’t read it but I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, gave it 2 stars and didn’t want to read another book by this author again. There was no real romance in it and the alternating chapters were just weird and I didn’t get it at all (some Harry Potter reference apparently). This book probably won’t be read and I think I’ll add it to my Facebook swap page called English books-Engelse boeken (@bookwormsdream if you’re interested).

So yeah it wasn’t a big success for me this time but it could have been a whole other story and I feel I just had some bad luck this time.

If you’re interested they have a Blind Date With a Book Club (UK, US and International) and you can sign up for 6 months (or if you want to try it out like me you can just order once). If you’re in the UK its cheapest. You simply select the genres of books you’d enjoy receiving and once a month you’ll get a surprise novel. I really like the idea, I think it’s a great gift for someone or to give yourself.

So anyway, do you know any other subscription boxes that ship internationally and don’t cost an arm and leg that I can check out? Or maybe I should sign up for a Secret Santa Swap next year somewhere?

Have you ordered on the website Blind Date With a Book and were you happy with the book(s) you received? Anyone else interested in trying this book service? 

WWW Wednesday (16-01-2019)

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesday is a book list hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and I’m happy to participate today.

The three W’s are:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What I finished reading:

I loved the YA novel One of Us Is Lying (it was on my fav list in 2017) so I couldn’t believe my luck when I was invited to read the sequel Two Can Keep A Secret. It’s enjoyable and entertaining so it’s a good read but I still feel her debut One of Us is Lying was better. I was expecting bigger and more shocking twists but they never really came. I’m still gathering my thoughts to draw up a review.

Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus

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What I’m reading now:

I signed up for the blog tour of The Woman Inside and I don’t sign up often for book tours so it’s obvious that the book blurb sounded very interesting. I always love a game of cat and mouse 🙂 but this is quite a deadly game it turns out. I like it although you have to suspend some belief about what’s happening.

The Woman Inside by E.G. Scott

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What I’ll (probably) read soon:

A lovely blogfriend recommended and praised this book so highly that I decided to go for it and request it on Netgalley.

The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts

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The Flower Girls. Laurel and Primrose.

One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity.

Now, nineteen years later, another child has gone missing.

And The Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again…

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Same book, different cover #09

battle-of-the-books

I’m back with 5 new book covers to pick and choose your favorite one. This is just for fun so there are no wrong answers! OK, I’ll go first, then it’s up to you:

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

AnUnwantedGuest  An Unwanted Guest 02

I pick cover 1. It pops out more and I’m not a fan of winter at all so maybe that’s why I’m not attracted to the cold cover nr. 2.

The Confession by Jo Spain

The Confession 02  The Confession 01  The Confession 03

Number 3. Then number 2. Not number 1 :-). Number 1 could be used as well for the cover of The Breakdown by B.A. Paris. The third cover gives something away about this novel and the first and second don’t really.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

 The Kiss Quotient 01  The Kiss Quotient 02

I kind of like them both. The quotient sign in the title of the first cover is a nice addition but my final choice is cover 2 because of the color.

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier 

Jar of Hearts 01  Jar of Hearts 02

The most difficult choice of all. Maybe a slight advantage for cover 1 over number 2 because I do like the red petals, they catch my attention immediately.

Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

Last Time I Lied 02  Last Time I Lied 01

Cover 1. His first novel, Final Girls, had pink edges and I like how the same technique – with another colour – is repeated in the second novel. If you have both novels it’s going to be lovely to look at  🙂

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So that’s it. Tell me your thoughts! If you can’t get enough, check out Battle Of The Books #1 – #2#3 – #4 – #5#6 – #7#8