~July Book Haul~

Hello!

So, it’s time for my monthly book haul post! I’ve been very good again this month. I’ve tried to avoid book-buying if at all possible, and my book post and NG requests are super low!

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.

Here we go….

  1. The Frozen Woman by Jon Michelet
  2. Brilliance by Marcus Sakey
  3. Written in Fire by Marcus Sakey
  4. A Better World by Marcus Sakey
  5. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  6. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  7. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
  8. White Gold by Rachel Amphlett
  9. The Darkness by Ragnar Jónasson PRE-ORDER (I’m excited!!!!)
  10. Whiteout by Ragnar Jónasson PRE-ORDER *see above 🙂
  11. The Dying Game by Asa Avdic
  12. Kill Me Twice by Simon Booker
  13. The Shock by Mark Raabe
  14. The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne
  15. Time of Death by Alex Barclay
  16. Morning Star by Pierce Brown
  17. The Gunslinger by Stephen King
  18. Cragside by LJ Ross
  19. Godblind by Anna Stephens
  20. The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen
  21. How Hard Can It Be by Allison Pearson
  22. If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch
  23. 99 Red Balloons by Elizabeth Carpenter

Sadly, my photo-taking for these books was next to nothing in July, but here’s a little selection of what I got…

 

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It seems I’m reading as much as I’m getting in the past couple of months too. I’ve been getting through up to 20 books a month for the past few, and my book hauls have all been relatively low too so I’m not taking in as many books as I was this time last year for example.

Now, if only I could read the thousands of books I have on my shelves and on my kindle, I would be sorted! 🙂

Have you read any of these? Would you? (I’ve actually read a couple of them already- which almost never happens!!!!)

Do let me know in the comments!

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

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*Many thanks to the publishers for my Netgalley review copy!*

About the book:

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

Published by Hot Key Books in September, you can pre-order your copy by clicking HERE.

About the author:

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E. Lockhart is the author of We Were Liars, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, The Boyfriend List and several other novels.

website: www.emilylockhart.com
Liars site: www.wewereliars.com
blog: www.theboyfriendlist.com
Twitter: elockhart

My thoughts:

Genuine Fraud is garnering comparisons to The Talented Mr Ripley from any early reviews I’ve seen. Not a book I’ve had the chance to read but it definitely piqued my interest enough to want to read this one. After finishing it, I could see how, from what little I know of Ripley, the comparisons are drawn.

Genuine Fraud focuses on Jule and Imogen and their intense friendship. Seemingly polar opposites, its only a matter of time before they start to become like each other. Genuine Fraud becomes a story of reinvention and deceit the more of it you read. There are murders, fights, disappearances and plenty more going on in this book.

Genuine Fraud is a compulsive read, in that you have to keep reading to get answers to previous events, because it is told in a reversed timeline format. While it is not anything new, it is still a current and interesting read. The characters are also intriguing, chameleon-like in how they shed facets of themselves during the course of the narrative.

This book wasn’t as suspenseful a read as I had hoped, but it is still a steady read. If you’re looking for another We Were Liars, then you’ll be disappointed as this is nothing like it. I think if you’re new to the psychological thriller genre, then you will enjoy this one. If psych thrillers are your thing, you won’t find anything new with this one. That being said, it’s a solid page-turner and definitely one to watch out for.

Recommended!

 

June Book Haul

Hi guys,

So, it’s time for my monthly book haul post, and I’ve been very good this month. I’ve tried to avoid book-buying, but let’s face it, I have an addiction to feed.

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 we go…

  1. The Fact of A Body by Alexandria Marzano Lesnevich
  2. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  3. Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Gryffindor Edition
  4. The Paper Cell by Louise Hutcheson
  5. You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood
  6. The Detriment by David Videcette
  7. Marked For Life by Emelie Schepp
  8. Ice Lake by John A. Lenehan
  9. The Tourist by Robert Dickenson
  10. Fateful Mornings by Tom Bouman
  11. Tin Man by Sarah Winman
  12. Black Wing by Ed McDonald
  13. Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw
  14. Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech
  15. My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
  16. Under A Black Sky by Inger Wolf
  17. Cragside by LJ Ross
  18. Deadly Friendship by Tara Lyons
  19. The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste (Super early ARC, ONE TO WATCH!!! Loved it!!!)
  20. The Scarred Woman by Jussi Adler- Olsen
  21. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
  22. The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen
  23. The Relic Guild by Edward Cox
  24. The Cathedral of Known Things by Edward Cox
  25. The Watcher of Dead Time by Edward Cox
  26. The Dark Beneath by J. S. Law
  27. The Fear Within by J. S. Law
  28. In The Still by Jacqueline Chadwick

I’m feeling better about these hauls lately to be honest. I’m not buying as much, and I’m also trying to make a dent in my TBR. I managed to read 20 books in May AND 20 in June so at least I’m reading. Just not all of the books that are in my hauls! Oh well! 🙂

There you have it. Have you read any of these? Any you would reommend bumping up the TBR?? Do let me know in the comments! Until next month… 🙂

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

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*Many thanks to the publisher for my Netgalley review copy*

About the book:

THEN
She was fifteen, her mother’s golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone.

NOW
It’s been ten years since Ellie disappeared, but Laurel has never given up hope of finding her daughter.
And then one day a charming and charismatic stranger called Floyd walks into a café and sweeps Laurel off her feet.

Before too long she’s staying the night at this house and being introduced to his nine year old daughter.
Poppy is precocious and pretty – and meeting her completely takes Laurel’s breath away.

Because Poppy is the spitting image of Ellie when she was that age.
And now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.

What happened to Ellie? Where did she go?
Who still has secrets to hide?

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

My thoughts:

Laurel’s daughter Ellie goes missing at fifteen, but Laurel has never given up hoping that she will find her. Laurel meets Floyd in a cafe, who ends up asking her out. Floyd has a 9 year old daughter called Poppy. Upon meeting Poppy, Laurel is surprised to see she is very similar to Ellie when she was young. This becomes a constant reminder to Laurel that her daughter is gone.

Then She Was Gone is told mainly from Laurel’s point of view, but we also get glimpses into Ellie’s life before she disappeared. We also see the impact her disappearance has on the rest of the family and how they dealt with the aftermath.

Then She Was Gone is quite a fast-paced and gripping read It hooks the reader early on and steadily builds a level of tension and discomfort throughout. In the interest of honesty, I have to say I figured out some stuff early on, which meant I wasn’t shocked or surprised with the way the book went.

It is definitely a good story and there is real emotion in the characters. If you like psychological thrillers with hints of domestic noir, then this is definitely a book to add to your list.

Recommended.

May Book Haul!

Hello!

It’s hard to believe May has been and gone already. It seems to have flown by! As it’s the 1st of June, I’m getting my book haul post in nice and early! Last year, my May book haul was crazy, because I turned 30 and I asked for 30 books as my present! 🙂 You can see what I got HERE, and I can guarantee the majority are still unread 1 year later!!!

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 did relatively well with not buying books this month. I say that, and then I look at this list:

  1. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
  2. You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood
  3. My Soul to Take by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  4. The Trapped Girl by Robert Dugoni
  5. The Twilight Wife by AJ Banner
  6. Stalker by Lars Kepler
  7. Sockpuppet by Matthew Blackstad
  8. Why Did You Lie by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  9. Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson
  10. Exquisite by Sarah Stovell
  11. Snowblind US Edition by Ragnar Jónasson*
  12. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
  13. Broken Branches by M. Jonathan Lee
  14. The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey
  15. Blue Gold by David Barker
  16. Trust Me by Angela Clarke
  17. Age of Assassins by RJ Barker
  18. Snowblind Signed 1st Edition by Ragnar Jónasson*
  19. Dying to Live by Michael Stanley
  20. Wolves in the Dark by Gunnar Staalesen
  21. Ghosts by Ed McBain
  22. Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid
  23. Sanctus by Simon Toyne
  24. Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  25. Sanctum by Denise Mina
  26. The Wrath of Angels by John Conolly
  27. Give Me The Child by Mel McGrath
  28. The Demon of Dakar by Kjell Eriksson
  29. Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz
  30. Infernal by Mark De Jager
  31. The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber
  32. Last Breath by Robert Bryndza
  33. No Middle Name by Lee Child
  34. The Ice by Laline Paull
  35. Nocturnal Animals by Austin Wright
  36. The City & The City by China Miéville
  37. Little Sister by Isabel Ashdown
  38. The Sixth Window by Rachel Abbott
  39. Deadly Fare by David Liscio
  40. Vanished by Kendra Elliott
  41. Nowhere to Run by C. J. Box
  42. Our Little Secret by Darren O’Sullivan
  43. Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear
  44. Two Sisters by Kerry Wilkinson
  45. The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka
  46. Each Little Lie by Tom Bale

*I clearly like Ragnar Jónasson’s books, pretty sure I have at least 5 copies of Snowblind now! 🙂

I think that’s all the books from the month of May! Pics below 🙂

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The Mayfly by James Hazel~ Mini Review

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*Many thanks to the publishers for my Netgalley review copy*

About the book:

A mutilated body discovered in the woods.
A murderous plan conceived in the past.
A reckoning seventy years in the making . . .

When lawyer Charlie Priest is attacked in his own home by a man searching for information he claims Priest has, he is drawn into a web of corruption that has its roots in the last desperate days of World War Two.

When his attacker is found murdered the next day, Priest becomes a suspect and the only way to clear his name is to find out about the mysterious House of Mayfly – a secret society that people will kill for.

As Priest races to uncover the truth, can he prevent history from repeating itself?

The Mayfly by James Hazel

My thoughts:

The Mayfly opens with a pretty grizzly murder and this sets the tone for the rest of the book. It then follows Charlie Priest in the aftermath of an attack in his home, an attack that comes completely out of the blue. When his attacker is found dead the next day, Priest becomes entangled in a web with so many threads that it is hard to see where they begin and end.

I really liked Charlie Priest as a character. As with many main characters, Priest has his own demons and they follow him throughout The Mayfly. I really liked how he was developed during the course of the book and I would be interested to read more about him.

I enjoyed The Mayfly! It was a compulsive and engaging read. I liked the characters, and the plot was interesting. This is the second book I’ve read recently to feature Buchenwald which is an odd coincidence. The dual timeline works well, but I found the jumping between characters to be a bit confusing at times. However, it’s a good read. A little gory, and with plenty to keep the reader guessing!

Recommended! 

April Book Haul

Hi guys,

So, it’s time for my monthly book haul post, and I’ve been very good this month. I’ve tried to avoid book-buying, but let’s face it, I have an addiction to feed. Plus, I did what I always seem to do on the last day of the month, yep, I bought some books!

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.

Here we go…

  1. The Lost Ones by Ben Cheetham
  2. But For The Grace of God by Paul Grzegorzek
  3. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
  4. The Cleaner by Mark Dawson
  5. The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle
  6. Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawlor
  7. The Roses of May by Dot Hutchinson
  8. Obsession by Amanda Robson
  9. Midnight Blue by Simone Van Der Vlugt
  10. If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio
  11. The Thirst by Jo Nesbo
  12. The Child by Fiona Barton
  13. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  14. The Escape by C. L. Taylor
  15. Everything But The Truth by Gillian McAllister
  16. Afterlife by Marcus Sakey
  17. I Found You by Lisa Jewell
  18. The Mayfly by James Hazel
  19. Dead Ends by Erin Lange
  20. Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden
  21. The Forever Court by Dave Rudden
  22. Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

See!!! I told you I was good this month. I managed to read 17 books in April, so I only have a deficit of 5 books in what I took in versus how many I read, so I’m guessing this is my best month yet, but to be honest this is the first time I’ve ever actually checked books read vs. books received!

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Have you read any of these? Would you? Do let me know in the comments 🙂