Hello January 2016… 

Hi everyone!

It’s my first post of 2016 and it’s essentially my Goodreads Challenge plan and my reading for the month of January!

This year, I’ve decided to set myself a reading challenge of 75 books!

Should be attainable right?! 😉

Last year, I set my target low because I had just had my little girl in December 2014 and I really didn’t know if I was going to pick up a book or have time! Thankfully I did, and I managed to read 86 books in 2015, with just over 31,000 pages read.

I have a number of books on my TBR shelves that have publication days coming up this month so I’m planning on reading them first! Here’s what my list looks like at the moment, along with some others thrown in:

While this is not set in stone, I would still really like to get them read!

I’m hoping to try some more blog challenges too so I have to keep an eye out for some good ones to do! 😊

I can’t wait to take down the Christmas tree (terrible I know! 🙈) because it has taken up all my TBR shelf space and all my books are in a heap! I’m getting some new shelves to put them on though so I’m super excited to get organising! 😊

Happy reading in 2016

😊📖 xx

The TBR Book Tag

I spotted this on Janet Emson’s blog  From First Page To Last a couple of weeks back and I’ve been meaning to do a post on it since.
I’ve been so behind on my blog this month, between a massive migraine that lasted a couple of days, to losing my reading mojo, I’ve just not had the motivation or the content to post.

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However, I finally finished A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara last night after struggling through its 720 pages for almost a month. I’m not going to review it as I have no kind words to say. 😂
Anyway, as usual, I digress. Onto the TBR Book Tag…
How do you keep track of your TBR pile?!

To be honest, I don’t keep track of it. I’m not super organised, so I don’t have it listed or anything. Up until we put the Christmas tree up, I had it organised by genre, and also kept the newer books received towards the front to I knew which should be read first, but the tree now stands in place of books, so it’s all mixed up!!!
Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

I had a bit of a scout around the books this morning, and I have more print books waiting to be read than ebooks. I thought it was the other way round but obviously not. I don’t have a preference for one or the other though, they will get read regardless.
How do you determine which books from your TBR you read next?

I try to keep the books I receive for review apart from the other on my TBR, but that doesn’t always happen. I’ve got a lot of ebooks to read and review for authors but kindle doesn’t let me organise them chronologically the way I would like them, so it’s awkward for them. I do have a shelf in our sitting room, on which I put the “urgent” TBR, and most recently received if I can too. As regards ebook, sometimes I get my husband to pick a page number, and then a number between 1-6 and whatever number he picks is the book I read. That hasn’t happened in a while though as I have lots of books to get through.

A book that has been on your TBR the longest?

Honestly, I haven’t a clue. There are some that moved from our old house 4 years ago to our current home, so probably one of them. I reckon maybe Lynda La Plante Blind Fury has been on it since then.


A book you recently added to your TBR?

Just yesterday I bought The Killing Of Bobbi Lomax by Cal Moriarty for my Kindle. It’s been on my wish list since it was released, and it was down to 99p so I couldn’t not buy it! 😊


A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover? 

I don’t really buy books for their covers, but I’ll put my hand up and say I bought Simon Toyne’s Solomon Creed first edition because it has black edged pages. Beyond cool! 😍 There is a book on my wish list on Amazon that I would buy though because I love the cover.



A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?

They’re on my TBR for a reason, so there’s none that I won’t read. There are some I know I won’t get to as they’re not new releases or my usual genre, but I will read them, eventually.


An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

I think it would have to be In The Cold Dark Ground by Stuart MacBride, purely because I’ve never read any of his books, and I have his first on my kindle waiting to be read too. I know I’m going to enjoy them.


A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

This is a tough one. I have lots of blogger friends, so I tend to listen to them if they recommend a book. As I’m typing this though, I cannot call to mind any books!!! 😂 Maybe Alexandra Sokoloff’s books!


A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you?

There’s a few of these I’d say! The Bad Things by Mary Jane Riley, all Stuart MacBride’s books, After You Die by Eva Dolan, The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood, the list goes on.


A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

Again, so many. All of the above 😉


How many books are on your TBR shelf?

Ahhh, the question I was waiting for. As of this morning, I have 393 books on my TBR shelves. I have 181 e-books to read between kindle and iBooks and I have 212 physical books on my bookcase. I have a lot. 😊


Fragments by Stephen Edger

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First things first, my thanks to the author for my copy of Fragments to read and review. Also, thanks to Noelle for the suggestion!

Talk about down to the wire with a review, the launch party online is at 3pm today!!!

About the book:

CHRISTMAS 2014
Following an argument with her parents, 15 year old Freya Coleman storms out of the house. In tears, she goes to meet the only person who understands her: Robbie, the nice guy she’s been chatting to online. She doesn’t return home.

ONE YEAR LATER
A teenager’s body is found in a Southampton park. She is gaunt, bruised, and barely breathing. She is rushed to hospital, but has been so badly abused that doctors fear her fragmented memory may never recover. When another girl is reported missing a day later, D.I. White of the Hampshire Major Investigation Team fears Freya’s attacker has struck again.

GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST
With White’s team focused on finding the new missing teenager, Freya’s parents hire Private Investigator Johnson Carmichael to find the person who abducted their daughter. The family has a secret they can’t tell the police, and it might just lead Carmichael to ‘Robbie’.

FRAGMENTS
Mystery, suspense, abduction, and terror: Fragments is an emotive, thrilling whodunit from the best-selling author of Snatched and Remorse.

 

My Thoughts:

When Stephen sent me the synopsis of Fragments asking if I wanted to read and review it, it was an easy yes for me. I enjoy these kinds of books so I was quite looking forward to getting into it.

When Freya Coleman is discovered, barely alive, and another girl goes missing, DI White is tasked with the investigation. However, due to past negligences the parents of Freya Coleman do not believe he is capable of finding the monster who is preying on young girls.

The Coleman’s hire Johnson Carmichael to find the person who did this to their daughter. however, Carmichael soon finds himself drawn into a world he wished he had never learned about.

Fragments is a very good book. It pulls you in early on as you need to know what happened to Freya, and you want to find out what happened. The first half of the book, for me, was much more fast paced in terms of information and red herrings.

However, once I got towards the end of the book, I found that it all seemed a bit rushed,as opposed to fast paced, if that makes sense?! Certain events take place that, I feel, could have done with further explanation. The only other thing I found hard to read was DI White’s dialect (lots of ‘man’ used) as it took me a while to get used to it. This is all personal preference though!!

The premise of Fragments is great, with a strong story behind it. I gave Fragments 3 stars on Goodreads, dropping stars for the aforementioned issues that I had. Do not let my review put you off though! Fragments is part of a series, of which I have heard great things!!!

Happy reading! 🙂

 

 

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

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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

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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! 😉

 

 

Anything For Her by Jack Jordan


This is another of my books from my Hello November post, which you can read here. I’ve had this book on my kindle since September so I added to to my TBR list for November as I kept meaning to read it but hadn’t gotten to it.

About the book: (via Amazon)

Sometimes the past comes back to haunt you. 

Louise Leighton’s life has fallen apart, all because of one fateful night. Her husband is an adulterer, her sister is his mistress, and soon, Louise will lose everything she owns. But she never imagined she would lose her daughter. 
Eighteen-year-old Brooke Leighton is missing. It’s up to Louise and the Metropolitan Police to find her. Has Brooke run away? Or has she been taken against her will? And can Louise aid the investigation without mentioning the night where all of her troubles began? 
If she mentions that night, she will incriminate her daughter for heinous crimes. But if she doesn’t, she may never find Brooke; and if she has been abducted, the person who took her may come for Louise, too. 
Sometimes the past comes back to kill you.

My thoughts:

I started this last night and managed to read almost half of it before I succumbed to sleep! It pulls you in very quickly from the beginning as Louise’s husband admits he has been sleeping with her sister for nearly a year. Ah, hello?! If that doesn’t make you get up and leave your comfortable life, maybe throw in the fact that he’s a tax evader an the family is on the verge of losing everything for good measure, then you’ll surely run.

Louise flees to their country home (as one would!) to get away from everything that is going on in her life, leaving her husband and two children back in London while she attempts to come to terms with the fallout from the adultery.

Early on, we are told that Louise and her daughter Brooke harbour a secret that could bring them all down. We do not learn this secret until the last few action filled chapters. This suspense is what kept me reading. Morbid curiosity gnawed at me until I finally read what happened on that fateful night.

Moving to the country home is not without peril. Unsettling things start happening, and Louise is convinced someone knows their secret. Brooke also arrives at the house, but after a heated exchange during her stay, she ends up going back to the train station to get a train back to London.

Brooke never turns up in London.

From here on in, the book amps up the pace as we witness the unraveling of family life both in London and the Cotswolds. The police become involved by this stage and are investigating Brooke’s disappearance while Louise’s erratic behaviours raises other questions.

What is she hiding? Who is she protecting?

The ending of the book, for me, was quite unexpected. I won’t give anything away, sufficed to say, it’s not where I expected things to go.

I gave Anything For Her 4⭐️ on Goodreads. You can buy your copy here!

Happy reading! 😊📖

The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft


I’ve had this book on my TBR for a while so once I heard Bookouture were doing Thriller Week I figured I’d add it to my list! This is the 3rd book I’ve read from the 8 thrillers on their Thriller Week post. 2 days to read the other 5! Eeeeeek! 😂

I need to be realistic and admit I won’t get them all read but it’s still a challenge all the same!

Anywho, off on a tangent as usual! Back to matters at hand… The Girl With No Past…

About the book:

Leah Mills lives a life of a fugitive – kept on the run by one terrible day from her past. It is a lonely life, without a social life or friends until – longing for a connection – she meets Julian. For the first time she dares to believe she can live a normal life.

Then, on the fourteenth anniversary of that day, she receives a card. Someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed the life Leah has created.
But is Leah all she seems? Or does she deserve everything she gets?
Everyone has secrets. But some are deadly.

My thoughts: 

I genuinely don’t know where to begin with this review. I essentially read this in one day. I couldn’t put it down and snatched any opportunity to read when I could!

Leah lives a fairly solitary life, living on her own and holding down a job in a library. Her only solace is found online in chat rooms where nobody knows her or what has happened in her life.

Through the chat room, Leah meets Julian. Meeting him gives Leah hope for a new life. Sufficed to say all does not go according to plan (that is not a spoiler!!!) for her.

This book is thrilling and engrossing beyond words. I was hooked from the first few pages. I honestly didn’t want to stop reading once I started!!!

Kathryn Croft has expertly crafted Leah’s story so that it is full of suspense. I had no idea what Leah’s past actually was! I kept thinking I had it figured out and then something else would be said that would throw me off completely.

Essentially, the past was teenage misadventure gone horrifically wrong. In my opinion, it was completely unforseeable until the very time it was explained. I was totally shocked, but I also felt sorry for Leah at having to bear the brunt of everything.

I wholeheartedly loved this book. I am so glad I finally got around to reading it. It was an easy, and well deserved 5 ⭐️ rating on Goodreads from me! I’d highly recommend reading it if you haven’t already!!!

Happy reading 😊📖

Hello November- TBR books for this month…

  

Hey everyone, 

I’ve decided to try be a bit more organised from this month on so I’m going to post up my plans for this months reads. I can only hope to reach my target! 😊


Kindle TBR Books
First on the list is Bookouture Thriller week…

   

 

I own all 8 of these books, I have read 1 already. Caroline Mitchell’s Don’t Turn Around, my review can be found Here!

The other seven books are sitting pretty on my kindle. Essentially I’m looking at a book a day for a week!!! It’s daunting but I’ll give it a good go! 

Next up is The Run Begins by J. Frank. James.

  

The Run Begins is a prequel to James’s Dead Money Run (which I’ve reviewed here), a book I really enjoyed. Delighted to have the prequel to read Lou’s back story.


One by One by Robert Enright

  

Rob actually messaged me on Twitter recently to ask if I wanted to read and review One By One. I, of course, said yes! At the time I was swamped with books to read and review for other various authors/publicists etc so I said it would take me some time before I could get to it. By pure coincidence, going through my Kindle last week, I actually found out I had bought a copy of his book! So I plan on getting to this during November too! 

Hancock P. I. By Dan Taylor

  

I saw a few things about this book on Twitter, namely that the main character is an A-HOLE! So I was intrigued and ended up buying it so I’m bumping it up the list too.

Anything For Her by  Jack Jordan

  
People I know from blogging have raved about this book, and again, I’ve had it on my Kindle for a while. I’ve been meaning to get to it so I figured I’d add it to November’s TBR pile! 

That’s my list of Kindle TBR books, and I have 2 book books to read this month also! 

Killing Eva by Alex Blackmore

  

The author messaged me on Twitter asking if I’d read and review this book, and was kind enough to send me a copy which I received last month! It looks good! 
And last, but by no means least, 
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

  

This book is a whopper! And has been talked about a lot lately. Funnily enough, my cousin mentioned it to me a while back, before any of the hype. It’s also one of the choices for The Rick O’Shea Book Club over on Facebook. So it’s handy that I had a copy lounging on my TBR! 

There you have it. My November TBR reads. Hopefully I’ll get to them all. I’m doing Bookouture Thriller ONLY for the first week of the month. 

Let me know if you’ve read and enjoyed any of my choices!

Thanks for reading 😊📖