October Book Haul

Hey everyone,

I knew I couldn’t keep on top of this forever! 😂 I’m a couple of days behind with my book haul post, but oddly (thankfully?) it’s actually quite a small collection of books! *I’m slacking, I know!*

Anyway, usual story! These are books that I’ve gotten through the month in various different ways! Arc’s, Ebooks, Netgalley, books I’ve bought myself etc! I’ll include a few photos at the end too! 😉

Without further ado, here is (a comparatively small) the list…

  1. Before You Leap by Keith Houghton
  2. Jar City by rnaldur Indridason
  3. Midwinter Sacrifice by Mons Kallentoft
  4. Lobster Boy Anniversary Edition by Charles Kriel
  5. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
  6. Blood Runs Cold by Alex Barclay
  7. Strictly Between Us by Jane Fallon
  8. The Fallen by Michael Wood (pre-order)
  9. The Stranger in my Home by Adele Parks
  10. Chilled to the Bone by Quentin Bates
  11. The Harbour Master by Daniel Pembrey
  12. Before He Kills by Blake Pierce
  13. The Brother by Joakim Zander
  14. The Safe Word by Karen Long
  15. Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer
  16. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  17. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
  18. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
  19. The Death House by Sarah Pinborough
  20. The Day I Lost You by Fionnuala Kearney
  21. The Tunnel by Carl-Johan Vallgren
  22. Saving Phoebe Murrow by Herta Feely
  23. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinnti
  24. What Alice Knew by T. A. Cotterell
  25. Sirens by Joseph Knox
  26. The Exiled by Kati Hiekkapelto
  27. The Mine by Antti Tuomainen
  28. Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb
  29. Love You To Death by Caroline Mitchell
  30. Lone Wolf by Sara Driscoll
  31. The Bone Collection by Kathy Reichs
  32. Zodiac by Sam Wilson
  33. The Wolf in Winter by John Connolly
  34. The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango
  35. Doorways by Rob Enright
  36. Cut to the Bone by Alex Caan

So, 36 books came to my house during October. I feel quite proud about that, it’s the lowest it’s been in a LONG time!!! 🙂

 

 

 

The Memory Killer by JA Kerley

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Really enjoyed this, which sounds awful considering the content (abduction, torture etc), but Kerley’s books are just so easy to read. I find whenever I start one, I really want to race through it. Which isn’t always possible with 2 kids and a husband (love ye!!!) and housework and so on.

I always think that’s the sign of a good book, when you are thinking about it but don’t have a chance to read it! I always recommend the Carson Ryder series when people ask about a good series.

The blurb from Amazon below:

“Detective Carson Ryder faces a cunning and inventive adversary in this terrifying thriller from the bestselling author of Her Last Scream.

Young men in Miami are being abducted and tortured after their drinks are spiked with a cocktail of drugs that leaves them unable to recall their ordeal. Despite this, Detective Carson Ryder knows the predator’s name, height, age, colouring … everything. It’s impossible for the perpetrator to avoid detection. Yet he does.

When Carson seeks answers from his brother, a wanted criminal intimate with twisted minds, Jeremy’s odd behaviour sparks even more questions. With each abduction, the violence becomes more horrific, and it’s only a short time until torture turns to murder.

But how do you catch an invisible man?”

The Hanging by Lotte Hammer: A short review of sorts…

As you know, I had been reading The Hanging, and I could not wait for it to be finished!

I had written a blog about it already, called Unreadable (surprise surprise) and I stick with that description!

I have never been so happy so see the end of a book before! I don’t even know where to start with this, it was one of the worst books I have ever read.

The plot was completely disjointed, and it literally didn’t make any sense until the last few chapters and even then, it was still a terrible conclusion!

The characters were badly developed and I found it difficult to form any sort of relationship with them which in turn makes it impossible for me to care what is happening to them!

The ending was an extreme anticlimax and just followed in the same disappointing vein as the rest of the story! I rated it one star on Goodreads and to be honest, even that is one star too many!

My advice- avoid this book completely!!!

Unreadable!

Have you ever got a book and thought “yeah, this will be a good one!”? I know I have! Many times!

I’m currently reading “The Hanging” by Lotte Hammer, and to be honest, I wish I wasn’t! It is terrible! I’m not a quitter when it comes to books usually, I can count on one hand the amount of books I’ve started to read then given up on,  but this book is driving me mad!

Nothing of note has happened, except the aforementioned hanging! I keep waiting for the story to improve but no joy! I hate the thoughts of having to continue reading!

However, I have challenged myself to read 100 books this year, so I feel I cant give up!

Has this ever happened to you???

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Goodreads Reading Challenge 2014

Goodreads have added a Reading Challenge widget this year and it is awesome!

You set your own reading challenge and log all the books you read. I didn’t do a reading challenge last year, but yet I managed to read 66 books in 2013 (granted, in one week I read 8 books as I was away on holidays for a week!!!) so I decided to up my numbers this year!

I’ve set myself the task of reading 100 books this year, which works out as 1-2 books a week! So far, I’ve read 10 and I’m on my 11th (by my standards and previous reading frenzies, it’s a little slow) book of the year.

Since January, I have read the following:

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
Here’s Looking At You – Mhairi McFarlane
The Hardest Part Of Love – Catherine Ryan Hyde
The Wolf Of Wall Street – Jordan Belfort
You Had Me At Hello – Mhairi McFarlane
A Tap On The Window – Linwood Barclay
The Stag and Hen Weekend – Mike Gayle
Bonkers: My Life In Laughs – Jennifer Saunders
Solo: A James Bond Novel – William Boyd
Poppet – Mo Hayder

I’m currently reading The Hanging by Lotte Hammer

Clearly I read diverse books, but my favourite genre is Crime or Psychological thrillers, so any other genres are usually easy to give my brain a break!

I’d highly recommend Poppet! Strange but a very good read if you like thrillers!