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

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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

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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

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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

My favourite reads of 2018

 

Top 10 favs

Here it is, THE LIST! Why did I choose these books? Well because these are the books that were the most surprising, the most emotional, the most twisty turny and sensational of all the books I read this year.

I had a top 10 initially but then I started seeing bloggers list more than 10 books and I saw titles that I wanted on my list too so I eventually added them to my selection and ended up with 15 favorites this year.

You might agree, you might disagree, and you’re very welcome to tell me, but here’s what I chose for my top 15:

Hydra by Matt Wesolowski

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Keeper by Johana Gustawsson

Where The Light Gets In by Lucy Dillon

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

The Fear by C.L. Taylor

The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh

Guess Who by Chris McGeorge

A Scorned Woman by Jack Jordan

Never Go There by Rebecca Tinnelly

Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Resin by Ane Riel

The Corset by Laura Purcell

If you were to ask me for my number one and most favorite book of the year then I have to say I was absolutely the most surprised by The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle!

If you like to see my favorites of last year and the year before, you can find them in my Home menu under the Reading tab or here: Top 10 2017Top 10 2016

I can’t wait to see what’s in your favorites list! Are there any from my list on yours?

WWW Wednesday (05-12-2018)

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’ve read quite a few of her novels now and she never fails me. How much will I like this one compared to It Ends With Us though.. you’ll have to wait for my review to find out :-).

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

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What I’m reading now:

Can this book live up to the hype that was created? It’s a dangerous thing to create such high expectations. So far so good though, I’m hooked.. even though I don’t have a clue yet why she’s not talking :-).

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

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What I’ll (probably) read soon:

I was invited to read this one and be in the blog tour in January but even if they hadn’t invited me, this one would have been on my radar soon anyway. I didn’t realise it has over 500 pages though (ohoh) so I better get a move on and start reading it in the next weeks.

The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup

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One blustery October morning in a quiet Copenhagen suburb, the police make a terrible discovery. A young woman is found brutally murdered with one of her hands missing. Above her hangs a small doll made of chestnuts.

Ambitious young detective Naia Thulin is assigned the case. Her partner, Mark Hess, is a burned-out investigator who’s just been kicked out of Europol. They soon discover a mysterious piece of evidence on the chestnut man – evidence connecting it to a girl who went missing a year earlier and is presumed dead; the daughter of politician Rosa Hartung. The man who confessed to her murder is behind bars and the case long since closed.

Soon afterwards, a second woman is found murdered, along with another chestnut man. Thulin and Hess suspect that there’s a connection between the Hartung case and the murdered women. But what is it?

Thulin and Hess are racing against the clock, because it’s clear that the killer is on a mission that is far from over . . .

‘As in The Killing television series, Sveistrup offers lessons to seasoned practitioners of the serial-killer whodunit in how to inject new energy into this near-exhausted subgenre, and a reminder (via his portrayal of the families, homes and workplaces that his cops visit) that crimewriting has the potential to be eye-opening, panoramic social realism’ Sunday Times

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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 #08

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:

Did I Mention I Love You by Estelle Maskame

DIMILY  DIMILY 02

Difficult but I’ll still go for number 1. The other cover, even though it’s pink, is a bit too much of a love story on the cover, and it’s not that kind of romance novel.

Little Sister by Isabel Ashdown

Little Sister 01  Little Sister 02

Cover 1 please. The second cover would be great for a horror book. I’d rather not see this image every time I pick up the novel though 🙂

The Day of the Accident by Nuala Ellwood

The Day Of The Accident 01   The Day Of The Accident 02

I choose cover 2. No particular reason but it looks more professional to me and it’s just more aestetically appealing for me.

Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia

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I’m going with cover 2 because the colours on the first cover are a bit too bland for me, I like the contrast on the second novel more.

The Rules of Seeing by Joe Heap

The Rules of Seeing 01   The Rules of Seeing 02

Definitely the second cover. That bunny is just what makes this book unique.

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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

Dogs in books – book reviews

Dogs in books

I started this list with the idea to post on World Animal Day but that day came and went (it was on October 4 btw) so that’s why you get them now. I love to read novels with dogs or cats in them and I’m always on the lookout for new titles. If you feel the same then you might get some inspiration here:

1.Inked Hearts by Lindsay Detwiler

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Reviewed on Alwaysbooking / Dog is called Henry

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2. Before It’s Too Late by Sara Driscoll

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Reviewed on Steph’s Book Blog / Dog is called Hawk

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3. The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen

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Reviewed on Read.Eat.Sleep.Repeat / Dog is called Dog called Speed Bump (or Bump)

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4. Survive the Night by Katie Ruggle

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Reviewed by The reading chick / Dog is called Otto

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5. The Purrfect Pet Sitter by Carol Thomas

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Reviewed on blog Books and Me!!! and Books of All Kind / Dog called Jack The Lab

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6. The Summer of New Beginnings by Bette Lee Crosby

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Reviewed on blog Between The Lines / Dog is called Sox

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7. The curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon

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Reviewed by Kayla’s Book Nook / Dog is called Wellington

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Blurb

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. Routine, order and predictability shelter him from the messy, wider world. Then, at fifteen, Christopher’s carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbor’s dog, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing.

Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer and turns to his favorite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents’ marriage. As he tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, we are drawn into the workings of Christopher’s mind.

And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon’s choice of narrator: The most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled by a boy who cannot fathom emotion. The effect is dazzling, making for a novel that is deeply funny, poignant, and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing is a mind that perceives the world literally.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is one of the freshest debuts in years: a comedy, a heartbreaker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read.

8. Gizelle’s Bucket List by Lauren Fern Watt

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Seen on blog My Peacock Reads / Dog (English Mastiff) called Gizelle

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9. If You Go Down To the Woods by Seth C. Adams

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Here’s my review / Dog is called Bandit

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10. The Last Family in England by Matt Haig

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Seen on blog Bookboodle / Dog (Labrador) is called Prince

 

11. Henry’s Tale by David Pipe

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Seen on blog Waggy Tales / Dog (Border Terrier) is called Henry

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IF YOU WANT MORE TO READ, HERE ARE SOME OTHER NOTEWORTHY BOOKS WITH DOGS IN THEM :

Dog On It by Spencer Quinn / Dog called Chet

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By My Side by Alice Peterson / Dog called Ticket (Labrador)

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The Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean Koontz / Dog called Nickie (Golden Retriever)

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Graig & Fred by Graig Grossi / Dog called Fred (Lab)

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Brainwash by Pat Krapf / Dog called Bullet (Schnauzer)

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Love Ledgers by Connie Lukey / Dog called Wanker (Dachshund)

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Good Guys Love Dogs by Inglath Cooper

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Where The Dogs Go by Janell Martin

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Wedding Bells at the Dog & Duck by Jill Steeples

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A Pug like Percy by Fiona Harrison

A Pug Like Percy

A Puppy Called Hugo by Fiona Harrison

A Puppy Called Hugo

Happy as Harry by Deana Luchia

Happy as Harry

Reality Rehab by Lisa Mary London

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The Dog Walker by Lesley Thomson

The Dog Walker

The Country Set by Fiona Walker

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Henry the Queen’s Corgi by Georgie Crawley

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The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan

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Have you read any of these books? Interested in reading one of them? 

 

WWW Wednesday (07-11-2018)

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesday is a book list hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and I’m happy to participate today, after a two-month www-hiatus.

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 and reviewed My Sister’s Bones in November 2016 and if you click on the link you’ll see that I loved it. I also told we’d be hearing from the author again et voilà, here we are with Ellwood’s second novel. It’s different from her debut but she is indeed talented and her debut was no one hit wonder. Day of the Accident has a great plotline, making you wonder continually if her daughter is alive or dead. I really enjoyed her new novel.

Day of the Accident by Nuala Ellwood

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What I’m reading now:

You just have to say it’s a book for fans of Agatha Christie and I’m in. The author actually wrote several episodes of Poirot so there’s no way this novel can be disappointing, can it? I have no idea who killed divorce lawyer Richard Pryce (what’s in a name) so far so I’m still very entertained. It’s kind of a special novel too when you think about it: the author plays himself in the novel. It’s ridiculously funny really.. in the novel he – Anthony (or Tony) – is following a PI who’s supposed to be smarter than he is, and he doesn’t really have a clue, he only hopes to solve it before the other one does.. but he’s the author so he knows who did it from the very beginning :-)!

The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz

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What I’ll (probably) read soon:

I read The Fear earlier this year, it was my first read by C.L. Taylor and I loved how twisted it was so when I saw her new novel Sleep I wanted to read it right away. I was first declined on Netgalley but I was on the blog tour for The Fear so I picked up all my courage and contacted the publisher and it seemed they declined me by mistake ;-). That’s how I got my hands on this beauty after all. I have high expectations now though, that’s always a bit dangerous.

Sleep by C.L. Taylor 

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All Anna wants is to be able to sleep. But crushing insomnia, terrifying night terrors and memories of that terrible night are making it impossible. If only she didn’t feel so guilty…

To escape her past, Anna takes a job at a hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum, but when seven guests join her, what started as a retreat from the world turns into a deadly nightmare.

Each of the guests have a secret, but one of them is lying – about who they are and why they’re on the island. There’s a murderer staying in the Bay View hotel. And they’ve set their sights on Anna.

Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One deadly lie.

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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 !