April 2019 Book Haul

Hi guys!

Its book haul time! 

*For any of you who don’t know, this is where I list the books that have made Bibliophile Book Club their new home in the previous month. The books are usually bought books, ARC’s sent from publishers, Netgalley review books and just basically any books I get go on here.

So, here’s what I’ve added to my library since last month:

  1. A Boy and his Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher
  2. Tick Tock by Mel Sherratt
  3. The Closer I Get by Paul Burston
  4. The Last Stage by Louise Voss
  5. With Child by Andy Martin
  6. A Time of Dread by John Gwynne
  7. A Time of Blood by John Gwynne
  8. Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard
  9. Seven Signs of Life by Aoife Abbey
  10. One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence
  11. The Wicked King by Holly Black
  12. The Passengers by John Marrs
  13. The Wedding Date by Zara Stoneley
  14. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  15. The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
  16. The Victim’s Club by Jeffery Deaver
  17. The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman
  18. Sworn to the Night by Craig Schaefer
  19. The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
  20. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
  21. Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen
  22. The Bad Mother’s Book Club by Keris Stainton
  23. The Trouble With Rose by Amita Murray
  24. When Darkness Calls by Mark Griffin
  25. The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver
  26. Bridesmaids by Zara Stoneley
  27. The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
  28. The Whisper Man by Alex North
  29. Unsub by Meg Gardiner
  30. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
  31. How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran
  32. Fat Chance by Louise McSharry

So that’s all the books I bought or was lucky enough to receive over the course of March! Have you read any of these? Would you?! Let me know in the comments!

🙂

(Not so) Recent Reads~Rapid Reviews

Hi everyone,

It would appear that this is the last scheduled one of these posts that I have, so YAY! I got there in the end. I’m still way behind on my reviews, but this is the last of the 2018 reviews that I have!

The Furies

The Furies was one of those books I had seen getting lots of early hype on social media so I was delighted to be able to nab a copy to read. It is a dark read for sure, with divisive characters and an interesting plot. I don’t want to say more about it because its the kind of book you need to judge for yourself when you read it. If you liked The Craft (movie) and The Secret History, then definitely add The Furies to your list.

The Book of Love: The emotional epic love story of 2018 by the Irish Times bestseller

The Book of Love is the first book I’ve read from Fionnula Kearney and I really liked it. It is emotive, sad, uplifting and honest. I found myself getting a bit teary a couple of times. It follows Erin and Dan’s relationship as they use a notebook to say all the things they can’t get the courage to say to eachother, but its so much more as well. I’m not sentimental, or romantic (my husband can attest to this!) but The Book of Love really got to me. I was in tears after I finished it. I think if you like David Nicholl’s One Day, you’ll enjoy this one.

Inside Vogue: My Diary Of Vogue's 100th Year

When I’m not reading books, I am reading magazines. I love them. So i was dying to read Alex Shulman’s book as it focused on Vogue’s centenary year. I’ve watched the documentary, but you don’t get a huge insight into Alexandra’s thoughts in it, but here you get to go a little deeper. I don’t pretend to be knowledgeable about fashion, but I do love books like this where you get to see the machinations as well as the finished product. It was definitely an interesting read.

Otherworld (Last Reality Book 1)

I was dying to read Otherworld once I found out it was THE Jason Segal (How I Met Your Mother etc) that co-wrote it. I like him as an actor, so I was looking forward to seeing what his book was like. I went into it thinking it would be a bit like Ready Player One, which I loved, but it didn’t come off like that at all. Its a decent dystopian YA book, no doubt about it, but it doesn’t stand up to the bigger ones out there. It has a good premise, but I found it hard to connect with the characters.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! How I loved this one. This book had been languishing on my kindle for a while so I picked it up a while ago to read and I ended up absolutely loving it. It is billed as a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and I AM HERE FOR THAT! It was such a great read. I loved the characters, the whole idea, the premise, everything! I love anything to do with BATB so this book was everything for me. I can’t wait to get myself a hardcover for my shelves because I plan on reading it again in 2019. Can’t recommend it highly enough!

The Extinction Trials: Exile

I read the first one of these last year and really enjoyed it so I was delighted to see this one on Borrowbox (library app). This is another YA dystopian book with dinosaurs! Its billed as The Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park and they’re not wrong. It is a fast-paced read, with a really great story. I enjoyed Exile and I’m looking forward to reading the third book as soon as I get a chance!

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

This is a short book but it definitely packs an emotional punch. Set during the war, beside a concentration camp, that will give you an idea of what its about. It is brutal and harrowing, but also at times it is gentle. It is a heartbreaker though, and definitely an emotional read.

Monsieur Linh and His Child

I got this from a book swap at a Rick O’Shea Book Club event but I never got around to it until last year. Monsieur Linh is fleeing his home country and his story is emotional and very sad. The narrative is almost child-like at times, but its a very good story. It definitely made me well up a little.

A Christmas Carol

Adding this in because its a classic, and I NEVER read them. It is a very quick read. The language, as you would expect from a period piece, is very eloquent at times. I knew what it was about, hard not to when its been around for so long. To be honest though, not my thing. I just can’t get to grips with the classic authors.

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

ACOFAS is the fourth book in the series by Sarah J. Maas and I had been really eager to read it since I finished the third one. This one seems to be more of a filler than anything else though. I mean, its grand, but it has none of the stories that the first three had. It seems like more of a stop gap than anything else, but it was still nice to get back into their world. I would have rathered an actual full book, but this was fine for what it was!

Aaaaand I’m done! 🙂 Unless I get way behind again!!!

(Not so) Recent Reads~Rapid Reviews

Hi all,

I had to do a bit of a name change on these blog posts, because I am months out from reading these books!

Better late than never though, right?! 😊

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

If you know me, you’ll know that Azkaban is my absolute favorite Harry Potter book, so this re-read was pretty much a confirmation of this. It’s so strange coming at these books as an adult as I read them so long ago, but I find I’m enjoying them just as much, if not more than I did years ago. For me, Azkaban is the start of JKR introducing darkness into the series. In both character and writing style, and that’s why I like this one so much. Plus, SIRIUS! He is one of my favorite characters, so The Prisoner of Azkaban will always have a special place in my heart.

Last Ones Left Alive

I read Last Ones Left Alive pretty much in one day. It was so compelling that I just had to keep reading. It’s got a great plot and some seriously kick-ass female characters, I couldn’t put it down. It is dark, brutally raw and bleak at times, but it’s a really great read. If you liked The Road, you’ll love this!

Some Kind of Wonderful

My lovely friend Sara (of Not Another Book Blogger) gave me this as she knew I was in need of a lighthearted read! She’s the best 😊 I hadn’t read anything by Giovanna Fletcher but I really enjoyed Some Kind of Wonderful. Not least because it’s title reminds me of the movie of the same name from the 80’s! Lizzie was expecting her long-term boyfriend to propose on their dream holiday, but it turns out that he couldn’t do it. What follows is Lizzie’s journey to find out who she is, without a partner, without a relationship. It’s an honest, light read that kept me turning the pages.

For the Missing: The gripping Scandinavian crime thriller smash hit

I’m a huge fan of Scandinavian crime, and I had read one prior to this that I didn’t enjoy at all. So I went into For The Missing with a hint of trepidation, but thankfully it was unfounded. I got hooked into this one really quickly. It’s got the usual formula, but the story kept my interest and I ended up flying through it. Not as intricate as some Scandi crime novels, but definitely another great addition to the genre!

Longstone: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 10)

Longstone is another gripping installment in the DCI Ryan series. I flew through this one, as with them all! Longstone concerns Ryan’s wife Anna as she’s called out to a Viking treasure discovery, but she’s not expecting to have to call Ryan with news of a murder. This is another twisty whodunnit with the usual characters from previous books and I really enjoyed it!

Until next time… ☺️

February 2019 Book Haul

Hi guys!

Its book haul time! 

*For any of you who don’t know, this is where I list the books that have made Bibliophile Book Club their new home in the previous month. The books are usually bought books, ARC’s sent from publishers, Netgalley review books and just basically any books I get go on here.

So, here’s what I’ve added to my library since last month:

  1. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
  2. The Force by Don Winslow
  3. Crime Beat: True Crime Reports of Cops and Killers by Michael Connelly
  4. IQ by Joe Ide
  5. All The Little Lights by Jamie McGuire
  6. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
  7. The Fever King by Victoria Lee
  8. The Invitation by Keris Stainton
  9. It Had To Be You by Keris Stainton
  10. They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera
  11. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  12. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  13. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  14. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  15. The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders
  16. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
  17. The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
  18. The Rosewater Insurrection by Tade Thompson
  19. Inborn by Thomas Enger
  20. How High The Moon by Karyn Parsons
  21. The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown
  22. The Stalker by Alex Gray
  23. From A Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan
  24. Emily Eternal by M. G. Wheaton
  25. Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine
  26. My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
  27. Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian
  28. The Chemical Detective by Fiona Erskine
  29. A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty
  30. Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
  31. The Infirmary by LJ Ross
  32. Eternal by W. J. May
  33. Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven
  34. Cut Off by Mark Billingham
  35. The Beach Wedding by Dorothy Koomson
  36. Hunting Evil by Chris Carter
  37. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
  38. This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pilcher
  39. The True Queen by Zen Cho
  40. The Boy in the Headlights by Samuel Bjork

So that’s all the books I bought or was lucky enough to receive over the course of February! Have you read any of these? Would you? I’ve actually managed to read about 8 or 9 of them, which is unheard of as I usually don’t get near books I get in the same month!!!

Until next time…

Recent Reads~Rapid Reviews

Hey guys,

I’m back with another of these because if I don’t post them now I’ll never do it! 😂

Die Cold (Jake Boulder Book 4)

I love the Jake Boulder series. It’s got everything I look for in thrillers. Pace, action, great characters and just all round good fun! Die Cold is another brilliant installment in the JB series. I was hooked pretty much from the off. For the full effect, I would recommend reading the previous books in the series in order to know the backstory, but you could probably jump in with this one and still enjoy it! Graham Smith has a knack for writing US-based thrillers. You really get a feel for the locations plus he has a real cinematic quality to his writing. There is a definite nod to Die Hard in this one, and you’ll notice plenty of bookish easter eggs/homages to that action stalwart in Die Cold. Thoroughly enjoyed Die Cold and can’t wait for the next one!

The Cross: An Eddie Flynn Novella

I had been saving The Cross for when the Eddie Flynn-shaped hole in my reading life got too big to ignore, so I had to pick it up because I’m really missing Eddie. This is a novella, but it feels like you’re reading a full book, such is the depth of the story that Cavanagh has in this book. I love this series, and The Cross was perfect to get me through my withdrawals. I really enjoyed it, and actually took my time reading it. If you’ve not read this one yet, I would definitely recommend picking it up. And if you’ve not read the Eddie Flynn series then add that too because they’re great fun!

Gone By Dawn: An Exclusive Short Story (Victor)

I haven’t read Tom’s Victor series (YET) but Gone By Dawn was the perfect intro to him as a character. Think Eastern European Jack Reacher kind of style. This is only a quick read, but it fairly packs a punch. It’s made me want to read the series to find out more about Victor. There is an excellent amount of action and just the right amount of humanity to make Victor a character you would happily keep reading again!

Orphan, Monster, Spy

Orphan Monster Spy was one of the book club choices for Rick O’Shea’s Book Club on Facebook (at some point in the past few months) so I was eager to read it because Rick had been raving about it. I have to say, it wouldn’t have been a book I would have picked up of my own volition normally, but I absolutely loved it. I found myself thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it, and wishing the time away so I could get back to reading. Compelling, emotive and gripping, I would definitely recommend checking it out!

Our Bloody Pearl (These Treacherous Tides Book 1)

The obsession with mermaids (shoutout to Into The Drowning Deep by Mira Grant and To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo for starting it!) continued with Our Bloody Pearl. It popped up randomly on a Bookbub email so I downloaded it because I saw mermaids in the description 😂 It’s actually not a bad book. It’s got an interesting story, and I did feel for the characters as the plot developed. It kept me reading, and that’s always a good thing. I would happily continue reading if the author brings out more books!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I’m continuing my re-read of the HP books, although I appear to have stalled because Goblet is a TOME, my Azkaban one is in another batch of these reviews! I love these books, and it’s really weird reading them as 30-something because I’m seeing a lot more now than I was when I read them many years ago. While Chamber isn’t my favorite of the series, it’s still a good one. It introduces one of my fave characters, Dobby, so it was always going to be a positive thing! I genuinely don’t know how to review these books now, because I never envisioned reviewing them then! So I’ll just say I love them 🤣

The Burning Page: The Invisible Library 03 (The Invisible Library series Book 3)

Not my favorite of the Invisible Library series, but it was still really good. There seemed to be a lot more going on in this one than in the previous books, but it’s still really enjoyable. I really like the characters, especially Kai and Irene, and the world building is so complicated that I have the utmost of respect for Genevieve Cogman and her ability to weave these worlds together so seamlessly. Highly recommend this series if you enjoy fantasy books!


So that’s it for another R4 (yep, I’m too lazy to type the words 😂) post. I’m hoping to get through these a bit more in the next week or so if I get the time so keep an eye out!

I’ll have fantasy, YA, crime and thriller reviews coming soo, along with blog tour posts too 😊

Until next time…

Happy reading 📚😊

January 2019 Book Haul

Hi guys!

Its book haul time! 🙂

*For any of you who don’t know, this is where I list the books that have made Bibliophile Book Club their new home in the previous month. The books are usually bought books, ARC’s sent from publishers, Netgalley review books and just basically any books I get go on here.

So, here’s what I’ve added to my library since last month:

  1. The Bat by Jo Nesbo
  2. The Watchmaker’s Daughter by C.J. Archer
  3. An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
  4. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  5. The Food Medic by Hazel Wallace
  6. The Circadian Code by Satchin Panda
  7. The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross
  8. Twisted by Steve Cavanagh
  9. We Are Blood & Thunder by Kesia Lupo
  10. The Orphanage of the Gods by Helena Coggan
  11. The Queen’s Wing by Jessica Thorne
  12. I’ll Be There For You by Kelsey Miller
  13. Naked in Death by JD Robb
  14. No Mercy by Joanna Schaffhausen
  15. Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M. McManus
  16. The Courier by Kjell Ola Dahl
  17. Deep Dirty Truth by Steph Broadribb
  18. The Ringmaster by Vanda Symon
  19. A Modern Family by Helga Flatland
  20. Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech
  21. City of Lies by Sam Hawke
  22. The Rig by Roger Levy
  23. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (First Ed) by JK Rowling
  24. Breakers by Doug Johnstone
  25. After The Eclipse by Fran Doricott
  26. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  27. Hunting Evil by Chris Carter
  28. Night by Night by Jack Jordan
  29. The One Who’s Not The One by Keris Stainton
  30. Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhari McFarlane
  31. Dead Lions by Mick Herron
  32. Embers Of War by Gareth Powell
  33. A Man With One of Those Faces by Caimh McDonnell
  34. Sunshine at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson
  35. Tell Him He’s Dead by Tony Parsons
  36. Girl on Fire by Tony Parsons
  37. Ninth and Nowhere by Jeffery Deaver
  38. If You Could See Me Now by Keris Stainton
  39. I’m Still Standing by Colleen Coleman
  40. Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow

So, there you go! 40 books isn’t too bad at all, I actually thought it was less until I started to compile the list!

Have you read any of these? Would you? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

Recent Reads~Rapid Reviews

Hi guys,

I’m back with more reviews. It honestly feels like I will never get to clear this backlog, but I’m going to do what I can! 🙂

Dark Sacred Night: The Brand New Bosch and Ballard Thriller (Harry Bosch Series Book 21)

I’m a huge fan of the Bosch series, and I was lucky enough to be approved for this on Netgalley. I really enjoyed it, especially as I got to read about Renée Ballard. I haven’t gotten around to reading the first book featuring her. I loved the story, and it kept my attention the whole way through. I really like the relationship between Ballard and Bosch and I can’t wait to see what’s next for them!

The Midnight Line: (Jack Reacher 22)

The Midnight Line was another super fun Reacher read. I loved the idea of seeing the West Point ring in the pawn shop and the way everything spiralled once Reacher decided to find out why it was there. Interesting characters in TML too, and I flew through it.

Past Tense: (Jack Reacher 23)

I had a BEAUTIFUL hardback bound proof of this since Harrogate, but I had been saving it until closer to publication. I loved Past Tense. I found the story to be a bit of a departure from the usual Reacher story, in the sense of character motivations and actions, but I enjoyed it. I will now be impatiently waiting for the next one 🙂

Wild Magic (The Immortals, Book 1)

I’ve never read any Tamora Pierce so this was a new author and style for me, and I definitely got into it. The main character, Daine, is a young mage and she can communicate with animals and nature. I found myself thinking about it often when I wasn’t reading it, and I had to get the next books in the series to find out what happens! Highly recommended!

Wolf-Speaker (The Immortals, Book 2)

This one delves deeper into Daine’s world and it was as compelling as the first book. These are gentler than the usual magical/fantasy reads, but just as captivating.

Emperor Mage (The Immortals, Book 3)

Lots more happened in this book than the previous two. Questions were answered, more questions were asked. I found myself getting lost in the world, and I really liked seeing the characters journeys throughout the series. Definitely recommend this series, and I’m dying to read the fourth book in the series!

The Importance of Being Aisling: Country Roads, Take Her Home

I’m the first to admit I am not a big fan of Irish fiction, not for any particular reason, I just prefer books set in a different country. But then I met Aisling, and I have never read a more relatable book in terms of being able to see traits in people I know woven through the story. It made me laugh, it had some sombre moments, but it was just a genuine and fun read. It really surprised me!

The Hangman’s Hold: A gripping serial killer thriller that will keep you hooked (DCI Matilda Darke Series, Book 4)

Absolutely love Michael’s DCI Matilda Darke series and The Hangman’s Hold was another excellent installment. Dark, gripping and unsettling, I would highly recommend this series if you’ve not read any!

The Hermitage: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 9)

I love this series, and I really liked The Hermitage. I enjoyed the dual locations and I found the story to be quite engaging. I kept reading and before I knew it I had it finished. The camaraderie and friendships between the characters are what make this series for me. It feels like catching up with friends when I pick up LJ Ross’s books !

Storm Rising (An F.B.I. K-9 Novel Book 3)

Another awesome installment in the FBI K-9 series. Hawk is such a cool dog, and I love reading these books because they are always so insightful from a technical aspect while being completely absorbing in terms of the story. I couldn’t put it down when I started it! Highly recommend this as another series to add to your TBR!