August 2018 Book Haul

Hi guys,

So I’m a couple of days late with this one as I didn’t want to schedule it over the weekend, and today seemed like the best time for it to go out!

*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 without further ado, here are the books that I’ve added to my shelves and Kindle over the last month:

  1. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  2. The Magicians Guild by Trudi Canavan
  3. Sleeper by JD Fennell
  4. The Good Son by You-jeong Jeong
  5. Loyalty by Megan DeVos
  6. Revolution by Megan DeVos
  7. Broken Falls by Derek Flynn
  8. Before Her Eyes by Jack Jordan
  9. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  10. Anarchy by Megan DeVos
  11. Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
  12. King of Assassins by RJ Barker
  13. Cracked by Eliza Crewe
  14. Unnatural Causes by Richard Shepherd
  15. Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K Rowling
  17. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling
  18. Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling
  19. Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince by J.K Rowling
  20. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling
  21. The Witch of Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper
  22. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  23. For The Missing by Lina Bengsdotter
  24. That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger
  25. The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan
  26. Safe by Ryan Gattis
  27. The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveinstrup
  28. A Version of The Truth by B P Walter
  29. The Other Side of the Wall by Andrea Mara
  30. Private by James Patterson
  31. Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer

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June and July Book Haul 2018

Hey guys,

So I didn’t realize this until a week ago, but I didn’t actually do a June book haul. I’ve decided to do this month and last months haul in one post because of that, so it may look big, but it’s only because they’re together 🤣

For anyone that doesn’t know, this post is a list of the books that I’ve gotten during the months of June and July. It includes Netgalley, bought books and proofs that were sent to me. Also, this one includes all the books that I got while I attended Theakston’s Crime Festival at Harrogate recently. I’ll do a separate post about attending Harrogate when I get the chance but as it’s school holidays, I don’t know when that will be!

Without further ado, here’s what I’ve gotten since June 1st…

  1. Nightflyers by George RR Martin
  2. The Thinnest Air by Minka Kent
  3. Mageborn by Stephen Aryan
  4. The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly
  5. Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan
  6. And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott
  7. Blood Lines by Angela Marsons
  8. Overkill by Vanda Symon
  9. Resin by Ann Riel
  10. Believe Me by JP Delaney
  11. A Steep Price by Robert Dugoni
  12. A Thousand Perfect Notes by CG Drews
  13. Light Years by Kass Morgan
  14. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  15. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  16. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  17. The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark
  18. The Bitter End by Ann Evans and Robert D Tysall
  19. Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
  20. The Murder of Harriet Monkton by Elizabeth Haynes
  21. About A Girl by Lindsay Kelk
  22. Too Much Time by Lee Child
  23. Ink by Alice Broadway
  24. The Tall Man by Phoebe Locke
  25. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  26. Ravencry by Ed McDonald
  27. Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghard
  28. Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  29. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (ebook)
  30. The Afterlife of Walter Augustus by Hannah Lynn
  31. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo
  32. The Bastard Legion by Gavin Smith
  33. The Bastard Legion: Friendly Fire by Gavin Smith
  34. Rosewater by Tade Thompson
  35. Aftershock by Adam Hamdy
  36. The Sisters of Winter Wood by Rena Rossner
  37. One of Us by Craig Di Louie
  38. Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
  39. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  40. Mort by Terry Pratchett
  41. A Killer’s Mind by Mike Omer
  42. Snowblind (ebook) by Ragnar Jónasson
  43. Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly
  44. The Hangman’s Hold by Michael Wood
  45. After The Fire by Will Hill
  46. Hunting Annabelle by Wendy Heard
  47. Foe by Iain Reid
  48. The Edge of Sanity by Chris Thomas
  49. The Puppet Show by M. W. Craven
  50. A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay
  51. Past Tense by Lee Child
  52. All That Remains by Sue Black
  53. The Bus on Thursday by Shirley Barrett
  54. Match Up edited by Lee Child
  55. The Devil’s Claw by Laura Dearman
  56. Hydra by Matt Wesolowski
  57. The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste
  58. Palm Beach Finland by Antti Tuomainen
  59. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  60. To Catch A Killer by Emma Kavanagh
  61. Him by Clare Empson
  62. The Lost by Hanna Jameson
  63. The Secrets You Hide by Kate Helm
  64. The Dangerous Kind by Deborah O’Connor
  65. Degrees of Guilt by HS Chandler
  66. Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allen
  67. Jess Castle and the Eyeballs of Death by MB Vincent
  68. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

 

I’m sure I have other photos somewhere, but I cant find them this morning! 🙂

Have you read any of these books? Would you read them? Do let me know in the comments section!

Until next time…

May 2018 Book Haul

Hi guys,

So I’m a few days late with this one as I had a couple of things on the blog, and today (Monday) is a bank holiday here too so I just didn’t get a chance to do up the post until now.

*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 without further ado, here are the books that I’ve added to my shelves and Kindle over the last month:

  1. Pressure by Betsy Reavley
  2. Lorali by Laura Dockrill
  3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas*
  4. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas*
  5. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas*
  6. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
  7. Shattermoon by Dominic Dulley
  8. Adrift by Rob Boffard
  9. The Island by M. A. Bennett
  10. Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
  11. The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer
  12. The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman
  13. The Dying Detective by Leif G. W. Persson
  14. I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
  15. 84K by Claire North
  16. Safe by Ryan Gattis
  17. The Call by Peadar O’Guilín
  18. The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill
  19. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  20. The Endless King by Dave Rudden
  21. Noirville Anthology by Various
  22. Problems by Jade Sharma
  23. Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
  24. Rhyming Rings by David Gemmell
  25. Hidden by Emma Kavanagh
  26. Beartown by Fredrik Backman
  27. Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
  28. The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
  29. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  30. After He’s Gone by Jane Isaac
  31. Absolution by Paul Hardisty
  32. The Party by Elizabeth Day
  33. The Last Librarian by Brandt Legg
  34. The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
  35. The Gods of Love by Nicola Mostyn
  36. Dead is Better by Jo Perry
  37. The Similars by Rebecca Hanover
  38. You Saw Too Much by Adam icholls and Jay Nadel
  39. The Extinction Trials by S. M. Wilson
  40. Cause To Kill by Blake Pierce
  41. The Priest of Blood by Douglas Clegg
  42. Trust No One by Anthony Mosawi
  43. The Puppet Show by M. W. Craven
  44. This Is How It Ends by Eva Dolan
  45. Bermuda by Robert Enright
  46. First We Make The Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson
  47. The Devil’s Half Mile by Paddy Hirsch
  48. Pond Scum by Michael Lilly
  49. Sabriel by Garth Nix
  50. World After by Susan Ee
  51. The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan
  52. What She Left by T. R. Richmond
  53. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  54. Unrest by Jesper Stein
  55. A Man of Shadows by Jeff Noon
  56. Broken Bones by Angela Marsons
  57. Seven Bridges by LJ Ross

 

 

 

 

 

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So, there you have it. A bigger haul than usual, but some beautiful books in there. Have you read any? Would you read any? Do let me know in the comments!

Until next time…

🙂

Recent Reads~Rapid Reviews

Hi everyone,

So, I’m back with another Recent Reads Rapid Reviews post. I’ve not posted many reviews lately, even though there has been plenty of other bits and pieces on here. It made sense to carry on with this feature as it’s the only way I can get some mini-reviews done for what I’ve been reading lately.

Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone

DJ

A little lie … a seismic secret … and the cracks are beginning to show…

In a reimagined contemporary Edinburgh, where a tectonic fault has opened up to produce a new volcano in the Firth of Forth, and where tremors are an everyday occurrence, volcanologist Surtsey makes a shocking discovery.
On a clandestine trip to new volcanic island The Inch, to meet Tom, her lover and her boss, she finds his lifeless body, and makes the fatal decision to keep their affair, and her discovery, a secret. Desperate to know how he died, but also terrified she’ll be exposed, Surtsey’s life quickly spirals into a nightmare when someone makes contact – someone who claims to know what she’s done…

I love anything to do with volcanoes, and if you add in murder, I am sold. I picked this one up after a run of not so good books, and I ended up reading pretty much the whole thing in one day. Doug Johnstone has a great writing style and Fault Lines is no different. It is a cleverly re-imagined crime thriller, but nature takes centre stage due to the fact there is a volcano in Scotland. I really enjoyed the escapism with Fault Lines. I had suspicions early on, but that in no way took away from my enjoyment of the book. It is a really good read packed with plenty of intrigue and secrets. Recommended for sure!

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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**A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready?**

In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the OASIS, a vast virtual world where most of humanity spends their days.

When the eccentric creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a series of fiendish puzzles, based on his obsession with the pop culture of decades past. Whoever is first to solve them will inherit his vast fortune – and control of the OASIS itself.

Then Wade cracks the first clue. Suddenly he’s beset by rivals who’ll kill to take this prize. The race is on – and the only way to survive is to win.

Why oh why did I leave this languishing on my kindle for so long?! Even my husband, who doesn’t read that much, read it before me! I picked this up when I was in need of something different, and boy did it sing to my 80’s, geek-loving heart. John Hughes references, music I love and gaming references, what wasn’t there to love with this book?! I was hooked immediately, and I read it at every available opportunity. There wasn’t a thing I didn’t enjoy with Ready Player One. As soon as I had finished it, I wanted to go back and read it again, and that rarely happens to me with books! Highly recommended!

Trunk Music by Michael Connelly

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Harry Bosch is back at the LAPD in Homicide after disciplinary leave. But his first case proves to be one of the most difficult.

In the wooded hills overlooking the Hollywood Bowl, he opens the trunk of a white Rolls-Royce and finds a corpse. It looks like a simple case of Trunk Music – the execution style of the Mafia where the victim is shot in his own vehicle – but the victim is LA movie producer Tony Aliso, and the mob weren’t the only ones after him.

Bosch finds himself up against the FBI – and back in the arms of a beautiful ex-felon. It’s starting to look like Harry’s first case back in Homicide is in danger of being his last . . .

Continuing my re-read of the Harry Bosch series and Trunk Music was another great read. I am really enjoying this series, more so now that I am reading it in the correct order. The thing that stands out in these books is Connelly’s ability to create characters that are so well-written that you can’t help but become immersed in their stories. Trunk Music is a prime example of this. Bringing back an earlier character works really well here, and it really adds to the tension of the book as a whole. I can’t recommend these books highly enough!

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

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Five years ago, Geo’s first love was revealed as a terrifying serial killer.

But he escaped custody and went on the run.

Now, bodies have started turning up, killed in exactly the same way as before.

The message is clear: he’s making his way to her, one murder at a time…

Last but not least, Jar of Hearts. This was a really gripping book for so many reasons. Clever plotting, emotive scenes and great writing made this an interesting read. I loved Geo as a character, and I really felt for her in some parts of the book. This is a book for lovers of the serial killer thriller genre, because that is exactly what it is. There is a lot going on in Jar of Hearts, but it all weaves together beautifully. Highly recommended if you want a fast-paced thriller!

And that’s it for now. I have more reviews to do, some for blog tours, and some Netgalley reads as well. I will be raving about To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo and Furyborn by Claire Legrand sooooooooooon 🙂

January 2018 Book Haul

Hey everyone,

It’s 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.

  1. The Golem of Hollywood by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman
  2. The Primrose Path by Rebecca Griffiths
  3. The Game by Tom Wood
  4. The Dinner by Herman Koch
  5. Close To Home by Cara Hunter
  6. Die Last by Tony Parsons
  7. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  8. Punishment by Scott J. Holliday
  9. Nightblind US edition by Ragnar Jónasson
  10. Perfect by Cecelia Ahern
  11. Past Echoes by Graham Smith
  12. Anaconda Vice by James Stansfield
  13. White Midnight by Daniel Culver
  14. Body & Soul by John Harvey
  15. I Still Dream by James Smythe
  16. Obscura by Joe Hart
  17. The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty
  18. Blunt Force Magic by Lawrence Davis
  19. Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb
  20. Our House by Louise Candlish
  21. The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste
  22. Furyborn by Claire Legrand
  23. Stateline by  Dave Stanton
  24. Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris
  25. A Breath After Drowning by Alice Blanchard
  26. Blood of Assassins by RJ Barker
  27. Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly
  28. Those That Remain by Rob Ashman
  29. Coldmaker by Daniel A. Cohen
  30. Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh
  31. King of Ashes by Raymond E. Feist
  32. The Fandom by Anna Day
  33. Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
  34. My Name is Nobody by Matthew Richardson

How good was I in January!? 🙂 Only 34 books, and I’ve already managed to read TEN of them!

 

Have you read any of the books on the list? Would you?!

Do let me know in the comments!

Until next time… 🙂

 

Recent Reads ~ Rapid Reviews

Hi everyone,

So I’m back with another Recent Reads Rapid Reviews post. I’ve been crap at reviewing lately so I’m about twenty-odd reviews behind. It made sense to bring back this feature as it’s the only way I can get some mini-reviews done for what I’ve been reading lately.

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll know that my lovely uncle passed away recently after a brief illness, so the blog and reviewing has been the furthest thing from my mind. I’ve been reading as a way to keep my mind off the sadness and grief, so I have quite a few of these to do. Plus some from late last year, so I’ll be posting a few Recent Reads, Rapid Reviews posts in the coming week or two, so bear with me 🙂

Mira

Seven years ago the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary, bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend.

It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a tragedy; others have called it a hoax.

Now, a new crew has been assembled to investigate. And they’ll discover that whatever is down there is definitely no joke . . .

I really enjoyed Into The Drowning Deep. Its not something I would have picked up myself (Thanks to Nazia @ Orbit) but it was a fun read. If cannibalistic mermaids is your thing, then you’ll love this one. I found myself glued to this book, possibly in a car-crash sense of the word in that you know no good can come of being deep underwater with these creatures and its only a matter of time before people start disappearing! Escapism abound in this one, it definitely kept me reading!

empress

It’s a new day in the Empire. Tyrus has ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side and now they can find a new way forward – one where they don’t have to hide or scheme or kill.

But having power isn’t the same thing as keeping it, and change isn’t always welcome. The ruling class has held control over planets and systems for centuries and they are not going to give up their power willingly, especially not to a teenage Emperor and Nemesis, who they consider nothing more than a creature and certainly not worthy of being Empress.

Nemesis knows she will protect Tyrus at any cost; he is the love of her life and they are partners in this new beginning. But she also knows she can’t protect him by being the killing machine she once was. Instead she will have to prove the humanity that she’s found inside herself to the whole Empire – or she and Tyrus may lose more than just the throne… they might lose their lives.

*Read The Diabolic before you read The Empress!

This is a great follow up to the events of The Diabolic. I had been eager to read this one and I wasn’t disappointed. Full of action, some seriously shady characters, and more twists that I was expecting, it kept me reading compulsively. It is YA, but with the corruption and politics, it could easily be general fantasy. Highly readable, but just make sure you read book 1 first so you’re not lost!

jo spain

Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear. It looks like Harry’s many sins – corruption, greed, betrayal – have finally caught up with him.

An hour later the intruder, JP Carney, hands himself in, confessing to the assault. The police have a victim, a suspect in custody and an eye-witness account, but Julie remains troubled.

Has Carney’s surrender really been driven by a guilty conscience or is this confession the first calculated move in a deadly game?

I read The Confession fairly quickly. Its an Irish psychological thriller with a highly divisive set of characters. I found myself compelled to read the book at every opportunity, and its definitely an interesting read. It covers some of the financial history that we have lived through as well which you’ll appreciate (maybe wrong choice of word, but you know what I mean!) if you’re Irish like me!

David Mark

The police think Crystal Heathers isn’t missing.

The trainee detective assigned to the case isn’t so sure.

McAvoy thinks someone was being held at the derelict building where they just found a body pinned to the wall…and that all the signs point to it being a little girl.

But why would anyone not report a kidnapping?

And how far would someone go to get revenge?

The case will test McAvoy to breaking point – as the crimes of the present lead him to a final violent confrontation with an enemy from his own past.

My first meeting with DS McAvoy and it will definitely not be my last. I raced through this one, eager to see what was going to happen and where the author would take us. I wasn’t prepared for just how invested I would get in the characters fates. Excellent plot, great characters, what’s not to love! I will definitely be reading the previous books in the series, as well as recommending David Mark to anyone who will listen!

morrie

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.

Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying of ALS – or motor neurone disease – Mitch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final ‘class’: lessons in how to live.

This was a spur of the moment ‘I want to read a book from my personal TBR’ decision, and Morrie has been on there for long enough. I find it hard to read books that are like this, and I’m pretty sure if I had read it in the past couple of weeks I would have been an emotional wreck, but not this time. Yes its a sad story, knowing the ending is inevitable, but it didn’t really do much for me emotionally. It was a bittersweet book, short but with plenty of little life lessons. It’s only the second Mitch Albom book I’ve read, but if I had to choose, The Five People You Meet in Heaven was more resonant. Still though, I liked reading about Morrie!

 

Ok, I think I’ll stop there, because I still have another 8 books to go and I do’t want to overload the post, haha!

Hopefully there is something in here you might read! 🙂

See you again soon with another Recent Reads Rapid Reviews post!

Happy reading!

December 2017 Book Haul

Hey everyone,

It’s the first day of 2018, and that means it’s 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 (a LOT of bought books), ARC’s sent from publishers, Netgalley review books and just basically any books I get go on here.

I’m not going to beat around the bush, here’s a list of what I added to my shelves in December:

  1. Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall
  2. Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates
  3. Brain Damage by J. A. St.  Thomas
  4. Hangman by Daniel Cole
  5. An Engineered Justice by William L. Myers Jr.
  6. A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
  7. Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic
  8. Vanished by Tim Weaver
  9. Fever by Deon Meyer
  10. The Mountain by Luca D’Andrea
  11. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
  12. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  13. The Treatment by C. L. Taylor
  14. The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
  15. Blame by Jeff Abbott
  16. The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
  17. Contagion by Teri Terry
  18. Stags by M. A. Bennett
  19. The Burial Hour by Jeffery Deaver
  20. Cold Blood by Robert  Bryndza
  21. Perfect Prey by Helen  Fields
  22. The Midnight Lie by Lee Child
  23. Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker
  24. Say Nothing by Brad Parker
  25. Whiteout by Ragnar Jónasson
  26. City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
  27. The Wolf by Leo Carew
  28. You Were Made For This by Michelle Sacks
  29. The Darkness by Ragnar Jónasson
  30. Don’t Make A Sound by David Jackson
  31. Slow Horses by Mick Herron
  32. Dark Skies by LJ Ross
  33. Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling and Jim Kay  (illustrated version)
  34. A Known Evil by Aidan Conway
  35. The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
  36. The Long Drop by Denise Mina
  37. The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
  38. Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
  39. Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch
  40. Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch
  41. Baby Doll by Hollie Overton
  42. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  43. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  44. House of Beauty by Melba Escobar
  45. Freefall by Adam Hamdy

And there you have it. 45 books isn’t too bad i the grand scheme of things I guess! Haha! Here’s a small selection of the books:

 

Have you read any of the books on my list?? Would you read any? Do let me know in the comments below!

Happy New Year 🙂