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30 Day Challenge- Day 30

Book you couldn’t put down…

Theoretically, there are any number of books this year that I couldn’t put down, but with my top ten books of the year post in the works, I’m not going to list them all until then!
So ONE of the books I couldn’t put down this year, was:
ย The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft


I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I flew through it because I was dying to know what happened! You can read my reviewย HERE! It was part of Bookouture’s thriller week in October, and it was well worth reading!
Any standout books this year that you couldn’t put down?? ๐Ÿ˜Š

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30 Day Challenge- Day 29

A book you hated…

How long have you got?? ๐Ÿ˜‚

I could be here a while if I was to name them all so I’m just going to name one! Or two actually! Two! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


Just hated this book. The story, the writing style, the characters, basically everything!

Watched the movie this year and thought it was terrible too.

I’m sure people will say they loved GG, in fact, I know a few who did like the book but alas, I did not.

Up next, special mention goes to:

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins


I bought this, hyped as it was, expecting great things! I was so disappointed! The twist wasn’t exactly shocking, and I just couldn’t like any of the characters in the book.

I’m not surprised to hear this being adapted for a movie, but I can’t see myself going to see it! Might watch it when it comes out on Sky Movies and even then, meh!

What books have you hated?? ๐Ÿ˜Š

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30 Day Challenge- Day 28

Favourite quote from a book…

I don’t tend to read great literary novels and quotable books, so my choices here are limited.

Even so, for me, it can only be quotes from Albus Dumbledore:

(I’ll only post 3 otherwise I’ll be here all night ๐Ÿ˜Š)

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” โ€” Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” โ€” Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
“For in dreams we enter a world that is entirely our own. Let them swim in the deepest ocean or glide over the highest cloud.” Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Wise words Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

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30 Day Challenge- Day 27

Book that has been on your to read list the longest…

I have quite a few books on my shelves that have been there for quite some time, but I could be here all day listing them. I’ve gone with one that I’ve had on my shelves since before we moved house (4 years ago) and another that was bought in or around the same time!

A Voice For The Dead by James E.Starrs


In the midst of his distinguished law school career, James Starrs made an extraordinary leap into the politically fraught, physically arduous business of actually exhuming bodies to solve cold cases that have defied answers for years. Helped by cutting-edge technology as well as the forensic science he had been teaching for decades, he has made important discoveries. These fascinating revelations are dramatically chronicled in A Voice for the Dead.

Starrs’s passionate intention is to set the record straight, to right the wrongs done by tall tales and cover-ups, by even the most cherished historical legends. Among the high-profile cases he writes about are Jesse James-are the remains buried in his purported grave really Jesse’s? Mary Sullivan-was she, as supposed, a victim of Albert DeSalvo, who confessed, perhaps falsely, to being the Boston Strangler? And the Cold War government scientist who fell to his death from a high floor of a New York hotel-did he jump or was he pushed?


Blind Fury by Lynda La Plante


A motorway service station on the M1: dimly lit, run down, poorly supervised, flickering lights, dark corners; a favourite stopover for long-distance lorry drivers on their way up north from London. Behind it, a body is found in a ditch, that of a girl barely out of her teens. She appears to have no family, no friends, no connections anywhere. Other girls have gone missing in the vicinity and no one has stepped forward to claim them. Anna Travis is assigned to the case. Her blood runs cold when she receives a letter from a lifer — someone she was responsible for arresting in the past — who writes to her from prison, asking her to visit him urgently. For he claims he knows who the killer isโ€ฆ


So, there you have it, two of my longtime TBRย shelf warmers! I will get to them eventually! ๐Ÿ˜‰



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30 Day Challenge- Day 26

Book that makes you laugh out loud…

I’m not having much luck with some of these challenge posts! ๐Ÿ˜

I don’t really read humorous books if I’m honest, so I can’t really answer this one!

I’ve gone back over my Goodreads and can’t find any books that made me laugh out loud!

So for this post, I’m going to ask all of you for recommendations for funny books instead!

Thanks ๐Ÿ˜Š

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30 Day Challenge- Day 25

Most surprising plot twist or ending…ย 

I have read a couple of contenders lately that I could name here, but one of the more prominent books in my mind with a surprising plot twist is

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson


I read Peter’s first book, The Girl With A Clock For A Heart,which was good, so when I saw he had released another I figured I’d give it a go.

I am so glad I did because The Kind Worth Killing is all kinds of FRICKIN AWESOME!!!

As a book, it’s a superbly stylish thriller. Well written, suspenseful and it just draws you right in!

The plot twist was mahoosive!!! I mean, I just didn’t see it coming. I had to re-read the pages a couple of times before I picked my jaw up off the floor!!! I will not say any more about the plot as its too great a story for me to describe it. YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!!!

It will most definitely be in my Top Ten books this year! I described it on Twitter this week something like this; an assassin of a book that just kills off all the competition! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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30 Day Challenge- Day 24

Book you’re most embarrassed to say you like/liked…

Right, this one is not one of my most favourite picks for this challenge.

Why should I admit to be embarrassed about the books I’ve read? Is there a reason why some books could be deemed embarrassing?

In researching this post, i checked some lists and some of the books listed under this category included

  • Twilight
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • Fifty Shades of Grey

No surprises there as I’ve heard them mentioned frequently, my question is should we place less value on those books because they aren’t great literary sagas that tax the mind at every opportunity?

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Note Dr. Seuss didn’t say ‘except for book X and book Y’!

I am not embarrassed to say I have read all of the aforementioned books, and enjoyed them!

Twilight was my saviour, as I read them 6 years ago after having my son, and i NEEDED to read to keep my brain working! Meyer’s books did just that!

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I couldn’t agree more, and no matter what the book, reading is reading and you shouldn’t be embarrassed about your choices! ๐Ÿ™‚


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30 Day Challenge- Day 23

Best book you’ve read in the last 12 months…

This is a really hard post to write because I’ve read so many great books that I find it hard to narrow it down to just one!

Also, I’ll be doing my top ten books of the year next month and don’t want to spoil the surprise ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m going to pick three books, which may or may not make it to the final ten next month!

In no particular order,

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintoshย 


This book was bloody brilliant! The twist literally made my jaw drop! You can read my reviewย here.


Evil Games by Angela Marsons



Evil Games has one of the most vile, despicable, emotionally cruel villains I have seen in a long time. This book is superb, absolutely the stand out in the DI Kim Stone series, my reviews of which you can readย here. ๐Ÿ˜Š


For Reasons Unknown by Michael Wood



Another stunning debut, Michael Wood’s book is fantastic! I’ve been recommending it to anyone who asks for great books to be read! I love it so much that the #Blogsquad pretty much made him do a blog tour for it! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m kicking it off on December 1st! My review can be readย hereย or you can wait until the blog tour as I get to post my review AND an excerpt.
So there you have it! A small selection of the best books I have read so far this year!


What’s the best book you have read this year?


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30 Day Challenge- Day 22

Least favourite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise…

I’ll be honest, I had to Google plot devices as i had no idea what they were. I know what irritates me when I’m reading a book now though ๐Ÿ™‚

I am not really a romantic person, I’m sure it’s there somewhere, but mainly it just makes me go


So I have to say my least favorite plot device is romantic interludes for what of a better phrase. I read a lot of “manly” books, so the last thing I want to read is that the main character and a female sub-character magically fall into bed in a moment of weakness or whatever!

I was reading a book lately, and the male lead and female lead spent the first 200 pages gazing longingly, thinking about what it would be like to be together, yada yada yada, and it just took from the main story. The main story was a serious theme, trafficking i believe, and reading the book it just felt like it wasn’t being addressed. Thanks to one of my friends, it has now become known as #sexytension ๐Ÿ™‚

Lee Child is another author who is fairly predictable with his main character’s dalliances with women. Jack Reacher fairly gets around bless him. Even though I’ve read all the JR books, and i know it’s coming, it still annoys me!

Any plot devices you don’t like?!




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30 Day Challenge- Day 21

Book you tell people you’ve read, but haven’t (or haven’t finished)…ย 

Almost forgot to do today’s post! ๐Ÿ™ˆ

I can’t think of any books that I’ve said I’ve read when I haven’t! I’ll hold my hand up and say I haven’t read it!

As for books I haven’t finished, there’s not that many!

One that’s controversial is Room By Emma Donoghue

I tried to read this when it came out first and to be honest, I didn’t like it at all. I just couldn’t get into the writing style so I put it down and haven’t touched it since. In saying that, it still sits on my TBR shelves, but way way down at the bottom.

I’m just going to list the others that I can think of that I’ve started but not finished (that I can remember!)…

  • Dave Grohl’s autobiography- I like the Foo Fighters but this book as just boring. I’ve read other music autobiographies and flown through them so I don’t know what happened here!
  • Ghost Stories by MR James- I’ve read scarier stories in my sons books!
  • Alone In The Dark by Karen Rose- only released and I had an ARC, I gave up after 200 pages. Ridiculous and full of sexual tension which ruined the book for me. My first, and possibly last, KR book.

I’m sure there’s others from before I became such an avid reader, but these are the ones I thought of.

Any book you’ve said you read when you hadn’t?!