November 2017 Book Haul

Hey everyone,

It’s book haul time 🙂 And a few days late, AGAIN!!!

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 was REALLY good in November with my book buying. I’m still trying to make a dent in my TBR, so I think I’m conscious of not buying all the books, no matter how much I want them! So without further ado, here are the books that I got in November…

  1. Now You See by Max Manning
  2. Zero Hour by Eamon Ambrose
  3. Close to Home by Robert Dugoni
  4. The Serial Killer’s Daughter by Lesley Welsh
  5. Angelfall by Susan Ee
  6. Did You See Melody by Sophie Hannah
  7. Devil’s Waltz by Jonathan Kellerman
  8. Evidence by Jonathan Kellerman
  9. Killer by Jonathan Kellerman
  10. Self-Defence by Jonathan Kellerman
  11. Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben
  12. All The Beautiful Girls by Elizabeth J Church
  13. A Good Time to be a Girl by Helena Morrissey
  14. The Sister by Louise Jensen
  15. A Map of the Dark by Karin Ellis
  16. The Good Mothers by Alex Perry
  17. The Wedding Savages by Sabri Louatah
  18. The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard
  19. Briefly Maiden by Jacqueline Chadwick – Read that review HERE
  20. Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan
  21. Dead Lemons by Finn Bell

And that’s it. I KNOW!!!! And I even managed to read 17 books in November, bringing me up to 177 books read, or 178 at the time of typing this, so I’m pretty pleased with that!

Have you read any of these? Would you read any? As always, let me know in the comments!

Here’s what I read in November:

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And a handful of the books I got throughout the month:

Until next time…

Happy reading 🙂

 

The Death File by J. A. Kerley

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About the author:

John Albert Kerley is an American author. He spent 20 years in a successful advertising career before writing his first book, The Hundredth Man.

He currently lives in Newport, Kentucky, and is married with two children. He enjoys the outdoors, particularly fishing.

He is the author of the acclaimed Alabama-set series of Carson Ryder novels

About the book:

Detective Carson Ryder returns, on the trail of a brutal killer with mysterious motives.

Detective Carson Ryder returns with his most mind-bending case yet…

Two psychologists are murdered 2000 miles apart – one in Phoenix, Arizona, one in Miami, Florida.

Amazingly, both have noted down the name of Carson Ryder – a detective with the Florida Center for Law Enforcement who specializes in catching psychopathic killers.

Carson joins forces with troubled Phoenix Detective Tasha Novarro to trace a ruthless killer whose advantages include an uncanny talent for persuasion, an utter lack of remorse, and the horrifying ability to predict their every move. A killer even Carson might not be capable of stopping…

The Death File by J. A. Kerley

My thoughts:

I have been a fan of Jack Kerley’s books since I stumbled upon The Hundredth Man a few years ago. I promptly bought the following books in the Carson Ryder series, and I flew through them. I was delighted to see that number 13 in the series, The Death File, was being published in October and I hopped onto Netgalley to read an early copy.

Carson Ryder is one of my most favourite series leads. Along with Jack Reacher, Harry Bosch and Jefferson Winter, Ryder stands deservedly amongst these brilliant main characters and fits in perfectly. Honest, hard-working and dedicated, Ryder is a really excellent character to read about. Throw in his buddy, Harry Nautilus, and then it gets even better. Harry is his port in a storm, his true true north in terms of a partner. Harry is definitely the guy you want to have your back.

In The Death File, Ryder has relocated from Alabama to Florida. Called to investigate the murder of a psychologist, things turn weird for Ryder when another psychologist is murdered in Arizona. The weird thing is his name has been found in the vicinity of the both of the deceased, and everyone wants to know why.

The cases merge, drawing in some new and unsavoury characters into the mix. This leads to some scary situations for all concerned, and it ramps up the tension quite well. The plot is more intricate than I first assumed, and I found myself unable to weave the threads together until it was there on the page in front of me! Needless to say, I was well hooked at that stage!

The Death File is the thirteenth book in the series, and I think Jack Kerley has found a great way to keep the series current and relevant. Carson Ryder has definitely been keeping up with all of the advances in investigation and technology over the years.

Listen, without spoiling the plot, I can’t say much more. I will say that I would highly recommend this book, and the entire series too. You can read this one without reading the others though, it works fine. BUT I do think if you like great detective series, you’d do well to start with The Hundredth Man!

Highly recommended!

(I’m off to find my Carson Ryder books so I can add them to my shelves to re-read!)

Previous posts:

Mini Review: Jack Kerley No One Will Hear… Her Last Scream

The Apostle by JA Kerley

Author Q&A with Jack Kerley

October 2017 Book Haul

Hey guys,

It’s book haul time again 🙂 And a few days late!!!

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 tried to be good in October, but I got spoiled by publishers this month so there’s quite a few extra books on here compared to last month! Double figures as usual, so here we go…

  1. The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman
  2. Murderabilia by Craig Robertson
  3. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  4. The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
  5. The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd
  6. Darktown by Thomas Mullen
  7. Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh
  8. The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan
  9. Spellslinger by Sebastian de Castell
  10. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  11. The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman
  12. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
  13. The Easter Make Believers
  14. The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave
  15. Know Me Now by CJ Carver
  16. Bone Music by Christopher Rice
  17. The Empress by SJ Kincaid
  18. Under Water by Casey Barrett
  19. Lament The Common Bones by Jen J Danna and Ann Vanderlaan
  20. The Death File by Jack Kerley
  21. Don’t Tell A Soul by DK Hood
  22. Lucy’s Book Club for the Lost and Found by Emma Davies
  23. Me Life Story; Sofa So Good by Scarlett Moffatt
  24. On The Bright Side by Hendrik Groen
  25. Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King
  26. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
  27. Origin by Dan Brown
  28. The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown by Vaseem Khan
  29. The Strange Disappearance of the Bollywood Star by Vaseem Khan
  30. Scorched Earth by David Mark
  31. Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
  32. The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn
  33. If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch
  34. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
  35. Places in the Darkness by Chris Brookmyre
  36. Where The Past Begins by Amy Tan
  37. The Binding Song by Elodie Harper
  38. She’s Not There by Tamsin Grey
  39. The Wife’s Tale by Aida Edemariam
  40. Jade City by Fonda Lee
  41. Into The Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
  42. While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt

So there you have it! 42 isn’t so bad, right? I managed to read 15 books in October too, which I’m pleased with, especially considering I’m taking a bit of time off from pressured reviews at the moment as my reading/reviewing mojo seems to want to be on holidays lately! That 15 brings my tally of books read in 2017 up to 160, if Ii make 200 by December 31st I’ll be thrilled, but I’m not going to jinx it 🙂

Here’s my October Reads collage:

 

And here’s some of the lovely books received in October:

 

August Book Haul!

Hi everyone,

I can’t believe how quickly the months are going. September is upon us, and my kids are both in school, so I will actually have some free time from now on! 🙂

In terms of book hauls, I’m trying to be really good lately. I’m trying to make a dent in my TBR as well as taking some time off reviewing, but I’m getting back into it slowly. Needless to say, my hauls are considerably lower these past few months as I try to get through some of my own books.

I did buy some great books in August, as well as being lucky enough to receive some highly anticipated review copies as well, so in terms of quality, this month’s haul is one of my faves for sure. Read on to see what I’ve gotten…

  1. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  2. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
  3. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
  4. The Adversary by Emmanuel Carrere
  5. Force of Nature by Jane Harper
  6. All The Wicked Girls by Chris Whittaker
  7. Need to Know by Karen Cleveland
  8. Frostbood by Elly Blake
  9. The Twelve by Justin Cronin
  10. Song of Edmon by Adam Burch
  11. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
  12. Together by Julie Cohen
  13. The Dragon Blade: The Reborn King by Michael R. Miller
  14. Licensed to Thrill by Diane Capri
  15. Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
  16. The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor
  17. Vicious Circle by C. J. Box
  18. Liar Liar by M. J. Arlidge
  19. Dark Pines by Will Dean
  20. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
  21. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
  22. The Late Show by Michael Connelly
  23. The Collector by Fiona Cummins
  24. Artemis by Andy Weir
  25. Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  26. Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
  27. The Plea by Steve Cavanagh
  28. Daisychain by GJ Moffat
  29. Nos-4A2 by Joe Hill
  30. The Fourteenth Letter by Claire Evans

Thirty books in August isn’t too bad, especially considering I managed to read 19 books during the same month. Although, I’ve only read two books from this list! My current Goodreads challenge tally is 133 books read this year, and my goal was 52, so I’m happy enough with that!

Are there any books on here you’ve read? Or want to read? Do let me know in the comments! 🙂

And as per usual, a few photos, including this months Illumicrate…

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~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… 🙂