Weekly Wrap Up (x2)

Hi everyone,

I didn’t do a wrap up post last week, so this week I have a bumper two week wrap up where you can catch up on everything that’s been going on!

Although I’ve been reading, my mojo is still AWOL. I’ve been reading some great books, and I know they’re great, but I’m just not in the form so they haven’t been hitting the mark! I’ve read 157 books this year though, so I guess I can’t complain!

I took part in an event online for THE Book Club on Facebook and I was on the panel for mystery/thriller books, so I did up a post with my Top 20 all time fave M/T books which you can see here:

My Top 20 ATF Mystery/ Thriller books….

I read and reviewed an FBI K9 book:

Lone Wolf by Sara Driscoll

The usual First Monday Crime Spotlight was on Alex Marwood:

*First Monday Crime* Spotlight on Alex Marwood

My favourite post of the month went up:

November Book Haul

My awesome guest reviewer , Ellen, read and reviewed The Poisoned Rock:

The Poisoned Rock by Robert Daws *Ellen’s Review*

I read and reviewed Jackie Baldwin’s debut to coincide with paperback publication:

Dead Man’s Prayer by Jackie Baldwin

The lovely Susan at The Book Trail had me answering some Christmas themed questions:

The Book Trail Advent Calendar Day 3…

I took part in a Bloodhound Books blog tour:

*Blog Tour* Malcolm Hollingdrake Hell’s Gate

I read, LOVED, and reviewed a forthcoming Orenda Books title:

Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

And on Friday, I finally posted my top reads of the year, which has turned out to be my most popular post EVER on the blog:

Top 13 Books of 2016…


As for what’s coming up next week, I’m posting another top reads post tomorrow from Dave Hardy, where he lists some stellar books he’s read this year.

I’m also going to post up some reviews, because I’m a bit behind so there should be reviews up for the following books at some stage:

  • The River at Night by Erica Ferencik
  • Duplicity by Sibel Hodge
  • The Girl Before by J. P. Delaney
  • Lies by T. M. Logan

So yeah, that’s been my recent weeks. How has yours been? Read anything I shuld add to my TBR? Do let me know! 🙂

Top 13 Books of 2016…

Hi everyone,

It’s that time of the year again. The time where I draw up this list over and over AND OVER again, trying to whittle down the great books I’ve read into one small one.

As I type this I’m surrounded by 5 or 6 different attempts, and I’ve decided that because 13 is my lucky number, I’m recommending 13 great books from those I have read this year. And for good measure, I’m putting in two books at the end from 2017 that you all need to watch out for!!!

The drawback about listing books, is that I know for a fact I have some absolute standout books from 2016 on my TBR shelves, but I haven’t gotten around to reading them, yet… And also it’s SO hard to choose and not everyone will be happy! But at the end of the day this is personal preference, books that have been great for me. 

This is almost a list of two halves. There is a certain publisher who consistently releases excellent books, so needless to say, they feature heavily. I’ve also got a couple of book series thrown in because I’m not doing two separate posts this year like I did in 2015! If you want to see them, the links are below:

My Top Ten Books & Series of 2015 Part 1!!!

My Top Ten Books & Series of 2015 Part 2!!!

Anyway, as usual, I digress!!!

Onto my TOP 13 BOOKS OF 2016 (in no particular order, with review links under the photos)…

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Dodgers by Bill Beverly 

I read this at the right time. It was everything I was looking for, and I absolutely loved it. I still think about East, months later.

 

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The Constant Soldier by William Ryan

This book broke me. I sobbed as I finished it, I just couldn’t comprehend the beauty of this book. It was utterly breathtaking.

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Nevernight took me weeks to read, I just didn’t “get it” immediately, so I left it and came back. I was hooked when I picked it up again. Amazing storytelling, magical prose and a kick-ass heroine, it is a superb starting point for a series.

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The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn

Menacing book this one! Slow deliberate prose that will make the hairs on your neck stand on end. Unputdownable, gripping and eloquent!

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Pendulum by Adam Hamdy

Best action thriller of the year for me I think! Pendulum was fast-paced, cinematic and super fun (not for the characters obvs, but I loved it!).

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The Deviants by C J Skuse

Another one that broke me. A YA book so full of heart with great characters. Bawled!!!!

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Blackout by Ragnar Jónasson 

This man can do no wrong in my eyes. In my top books last year, and here we are again. Highlight of my year was meeting Ragnar. #epicfangirl

Dead Is Better by Jo Perry

Dead is Best by Jo Perry

These books are all kinds of awesome. Charlie and Rose are dead and they are two of my favourite characters in fiction this year.

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Where Roses Never Die by Gunnar Staalesen

Another beautiful Scandi crime novel makes the list. This one was special. Well worth reading!

The Defence by Steve Cavanagh

The Plea by Steve Cavanagh

Eddie Flynn is another of my favourite characters this year. Steve Cavanagh writes legal thrillers, and they are just perfection. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment!

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Epiphany Jones by Michael Grothaus

This book! This one. Unexpected, odd, and absolutely wonderful. Read it, you’ll thank me later!


There you have it, my Top 13 Books of 2016. Here are the two I think you all should keep an eye out for in 2017 and that will more than likely be on this list next year for me…

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Ragdoll by Daniel Cole 

A PROPER serial killer thriller. Edge of your seat amazing, great characters and a twisted antagonist. What more could you want?

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Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

LOVED this one! Haunting and threatening. It freaked me out more than once. Superb writing style, razor sharp. You’ll want to read it!


And so it ends. These books have been my favourites this year, by a mile. They have made me cry (which rarely happens with books!!!!), made me laugh, given me hope and filled me with excitement.

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

Weekly Wrap Up November 27th

Hi everyone,

Super quick wrap up post this week! I’m still reading but not very much so there’s only one non blog tour review on here! Here’s a list of what’s been on the blog this week in chronological order:

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*Blog Tour* Zero by Matt Brolly

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*Blog Tour* The Reykjavik Assignment- Adam LeBor

*Cover Reveal* Domina by L. S. Hilton

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The Back Road by Rachel Abbott

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*Blog Tour* The Mine by Antti Tuomainen #Finnish Invasion

 

So, that’s been my week here! The coming weeks are going to be pretty quiet on here as I’ve not got much on! I’ll post reviews for anything I read though so do stop by 😊

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend!

Reader’s Block…

As a book blogger, I kinda have to read, a lot. So when I find myself not pushed about picking up my books, I know there’s a problem! Nick Quantrill (author) recently suggested maybe writing about it, because we hear of writer’s block, but not much about reader’s block. So I’m writing this… when I should be reading!!!

The irony in this is that my blog name is BIBLIOPHILE Book Club:

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Now, I have no issue with the admiring and collecting of books, as anyone who follows me on here or social media can attest to, but every so often my reading mojo decides its time for a little holiday and leaves me in a bit of trouble!

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Anyway, last time I was in a bad reading slump, I mentioned it briefly in this old post from earlier this year: I’ve hit the wall…& Weekly Wrap Up so I’m going to chat about it a bit more this time I think.

There have been a number of things suggested to me to help get rid of the reader’s block, so I’m going to list them here as though they don’t work for me, they might help someone else.

  • Read some short stories or novellas.
  • Re-read an old favourite.
  • Pick a book that you want to read as opposed to one you need to read.
  • Write something.
  • Watch some tv, or a good movie to keep your brain occupied.
  • Read a magazine (The National Enquirer is GOLD for this one!!!)
  • Read a kids book.
  • Read outside your preferred genre.
  • Walk away from the books, they will still be there when you come back.

I have done most, if not all of these, in my quest to try and get back into a reading rhythm, but to no avail this time round.

*Update*

Funnily enough, it seems I got writers block with this post too. It’s been 5 days since I started this post, and I genuinely couldn’t finish it because I didn’t even know what to write. Even now, I’m only checking in while I’m prepping the blog tour posts that are coming up on here.

I’m still reading, but I’m reading books that I’m on blog tours for first and then I’ll move onto review requests again. I think this slump is making me feel like I’m at school, and I have to read as opposed to picking books to read for pleasure. 

In writing that, I genuinely don’t remember the last book I read that I picked! And it’s not like I don’t have any to choose from, I have literally hundreds of books on my shelves and kindle!

This is just a snapshot of some of my TBR…


(More books have been added since this photo was taken-shocker!!! 😂)

So, have you ever had a reading slump? If so, how do you get out of it? I’d be interested to see if there’s anything I haven’t tried yet!

Let me know in the comments 😊

Weekly Wrap Up November 13th

 Hi everyone, 

So it’s weekly wrap up time again! Oddly enough I’m still in the depths of this reading slump, yet I’ve managed to read two books and I’m on my 3rd this week. I’m reading out of necessity as opposed to reading for pleasure which means that I’m feeling a bit like I have homework and I don’t want to do it 😱

On the blog this week, I had a mix of blog tours and reviews. Huge thanks to Ellen who sent me her review for A Man With One Of Those Faces too! Here’s a chronological list of what you may have missed on the blog this week:

*Blog Tour* Beneath The Ashes by Jane Isaac

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Dark Fragments by Rob Sinclair

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*Blog Tour* My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

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*Blog Tour* The Exiled by Kati Hiekkapelto #FinnishInvasion

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A Man With One Of Those Faces by Caimh McDonnell

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Coming up next week for definite, I have two blog tours:

Love You To Death by Caroline Mitchell

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While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft

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As well as these, I have a couple of posts hanging around that I may try and finish and get them posted up. Book related but not book reviews! 

Also, I’m (hopefully) taking part in the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast! This is the brainchild of Steve Cavanagh and Luca Veste and having listened to the first one, it’s definitely one to watch out for if you’re into crime books and brilliantly funny book chat. I’ll be recommending a couple of books on there and I’m beyond nervous because I’m more at ease behind a keyboard than a microphone! 😂
So yeah, that’s been my week here! How has your week been? Read anything that I need to know about? 🤔 Do let me know in the comments…

Weekly Wrap Up October 2nd

Hi everyone,

It’s Sunday, which means it’s wrap up day. Now this will be a double one as I was away last week! More on that later though 😊

Bex over at Ninja Book Swap asked me to do a blog post helping to spread the word:

The Ninja Book Swap

I reviewed Erik Storey’s action thriller that had been on my TBR for aaaaages:

Nothing Short of Dying by Erik Storey


I was lucky enough to run a giveaway for a signed proof of Pendulum by Adam Hamdy which I loved:

Run by Adam Hamdy & SIGNED Pendulum Giveaway


I also hosted a stop for Andy Blackman for his new book:

*Blog Tour* For The Love of Grace by Andy Blackman


Another TBR book checked off the list when I started The Enemy series:

Dance With The Enemy by Rob Sinclair


This week opened with a blog tour, and something a little different in that I had to write a post about blogging:

*Blog Tour* The Million Dollar Blog by Natasha Courtenay Smith


I finally got to share my review for the stunning novel, The Bird Tribunal:

The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn


My lovely guest reviewer, Ellen, had her first blog tour on Wednesday:

*Blog Tour* The Mountain In My Shoe by Louise Beech


And today I had the pleasure of taking part in the blog tour for Michael Malone’s new book, A Suitable Lie:

*Blog Tour* A Suitable Lie by Michael J. Malone


That’s been the past two weeks in blogging. I’m finding it really hard to read lately, or at least hard to concentrate! This is really slowing my reading down, and my reviews all tend to be for blog tours so it feels like I’m actually not posting half enough! 🙈 

I’m going to try and rectify that soon though! I’m well above my goodreads target now, I think I was at 129/75 at last look so I’m happy enough with it! 😊

And now onto London… I’m still deciding whether or not to do a separate post but for now I won’t! All I will say is that I had THE BEST TIME!!!! 😁 

I got to spend QT with my husband, see the sights and go to the launch of Ragnar Jónasson’s Blackout in Goldsboro Books. Which was AMAZING!!! 😍 I think I’ll have to do a different post! 😏


Isn’t he lovely?!  😂❤️ 

How was your week?  

Weekly Wrap Up September 18th

Hi hi!

Sunday again and time for my weekly wrap up! And it was another relatively busy blogging week as I managed 8 posts this week, including two reviews! Click the two links below to catch up:

Black List by Will Jordan
Soul Rights by Liberty Gilmore

I also had a cover reveal for Corpus, which looks fab! You can see that one here:

Cover Reveal- Corpus by Rory Clements

Also this week, after some minimal teasing, I finally got to tell you all about my wonderful new guest reviewer! These two posts tell you all you need to know about Ellen 😊

Some news…

All about Ellen – Guest Reviewer

One of my fave punk publishers turned one and there was a great giveaway on the blog, you can read about it below! The winner will be announced soon! 

Fahrenheit Press is 1! Giveaway Time!

I also had the usual Triple S post on Saturday, featuring Rachel Dove yesterday:

Saturday Series Spotlight- Rachel Dove

And I managed to squeeze in a cover share for Joyce Schneider yesterday too! 

Cover share for J.A Schneider

I am way behind on posts and reviewing, but I’m planning on rectifying that later on tonight with some serious drafting to be done! 😉

I also managed to read 3 books this week, but reviews will be a while yet! I read 

  • Dance With The Enemy by Rob Sinclair
  • Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
  • Tell Me No Lies by Lisa Hall

I’ve also started Michael J. Malone’s A Suitable Lie in prep for a blog tour in early October! 

Next week I have an Adam Hamdy related post! But it’s not Pendulum, so you’ll have to keep an eye out to see! 😉 I’m also on the blog tour for Andy Blackman’s new book and I should have some reviews as well! 

I can’t see there being a wrap up next week, as I’m going to London next Sunday, but you never know, I may be super productive! 😂 

How has your week been? 📚