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:
 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 review 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?? 😊

30 Day Challenge- Day 29

A book you hated…

How long have you got?? 😂

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! 😉

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?? 😊

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 😊)

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” — 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.” — 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 🙂 

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 is…


So, there you have it, two of my longtime TBR shelf warmers! I will get to them eventually! 😉



30 Day Challenge- Day 26

Book that makes you laugh out loud…

I’m not having much luck with some of these challenge posts! 😝

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 😊

30 Day Challenge- Day 25

Most surprising plot twist or ending… 

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! 😂

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! 🙂