The TBR Book Tag

I spotted this on Janet Emson’s blog  From First Page To Last a couple of weeks back and I’ve been meaning to do a post on it since.
I’ve been so behind on my blog this month, between a massive migraine that lasted a couple of days, to losing my reading mojo, I’ve just not had the motivation or the content to post.

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However, I finally finished A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara last night after struggling through its 720 pages for almost a month. I’m not going to review it as I have no kind words to say. 😂
Anyway, as usual, I digress. Onto the TBR Book Tag…
How do you keep track of your TBR pile?!

To be honest, I don’t keep track of it. I’m not super organised, so I don’t have it listed or anything. Up until we put the Christmas tree up, I had it organised by genre, and also kept the newer books received towards the front to I knew which should be read first, but the tree now stands in place of books, so it’s all mixed up!!!
Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

I had a bit of a scout around the books this morning, and I have more print books waiting to be read than ebooks. I thought it was the other way round but obviously not. I don’t have a preference for one or the other though, they will get read regardless.
How do you determine which books from your TBR you read next?

I try to keep the books I receive for review apart from the other on my TBR, but that doesn’t always happen. I’ve got a lot of ebooks to read and review for authors but kindle doesn’t let me organise them chronologically the way I would like them, so it’s awkward for them. I do have a shelf in our sitting room, on which I put the “urgent” TBR, and most recently received if I can too. As regards ebook, sometimes I get my husband to pick a page number, and then a number between 1-6 and whatever number he picks is the book I read. That hasn’t happened in a while though as I have lots of books to get through.

A book that has been on your TBR the longest?

Honestly, I haven’t a clue. There are some that moved from our old house 4 years ago to our current home, so probably one of them. I reckon maybe Lynda La Plante Blind Fury has been on it since then.


A book you recently added to your TBR?

Just yesterday I bought The Killing Of Bobbi Lomax by Cal Moriarty for my Kindle. It’s been on my wish list since it was released, and it was down to 99p so I couldn’t not buy it! 😊


A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover? 

I don’t really buy books for their covers, but I’ll put my hand up and say I bought Simon Toyne’s Solomon Creed first edition because it has black edged pages. Beyond cool! 😍 There is a book on my wish list on Amazon that I would buy though because I love the cover.



A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?

They’re on my TBR for a reason, so there’s none that I won’t read. There are some I know I won’t get to as they’re not new releases or my usual genre, but I will read them, eventually.


An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

I think it would have to be In The Cold Dark Ground by Stuart MacBride, purely because I’ve never read any of his books, and I have his first on my kindle waiting to be read too. I know I’m going to enjoy them.


A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

This is a tough one. I have lots of blogger friends, so I tend to listen to them if they recommend a book. As I’m typing this though, I cannot call to mind any books!!! 😂 Maybe Alexandra Sokoloff’s books!


A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you?

There’s a few of these I’d say! The Bad Things by Mary Jane Riley, all Stuart MacBride’s books, After You Die by Eva Dolan, The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood, the list goes on.


A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

Again, so many. All of the above 😉


How many books are on your TBR shelf?

Ahhh, the question I was waiting for. As of this morning, I have 393 books on my TBR shelves. I have 181 e-books to read between kindle and iBooks and I have 212 physical books on my bookcase. I have a lot. 😊


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

This is my first ever Top Ten list that I’ve done for the  blog and my god but it’s hard!

I’ve read so many great books this year, more than any other year, so there are a lot of standouts for me.

I’m also mindful of the fact that I don’t want to offend any of the lovely authors whom I have ‘met’ over the past year thanks to Twitter and Facebook.

While compiling the list, I’ve noticed that quite a few books I’ve read fall into the category of series as opposed to standalones, so I will separate the lists into two posts instead.

 

TOP 10 BOOKS

In no particular order:

  • For Reasons Unknown by Michael Wood.

 

An absolutely stunning debut novel that has left me wanting more since I finished it. You can read my 5 STAR review HERE.

 

 

  • The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson.

 

A masterclass in epic plot twists, this book had me hooked from the first page. One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Funnily enough, I never wrote up  a review after I finished it. Another 5 STAR book for me.

 

  • I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh.

 

Another contender for best plot twists, my jaw dropped when i go to the biggest twist. I just couldn’t believe it. I had to re-read the previous pages to make sure I had read it right!! You can read my review HERE.

 

  • Normal by Graeme Cameron

 

This book was unique in that you are essentially in the mind of the killer as opposed to reading about them. It was a brilliant take on the normal style and I loved it. My 4 STAR review is HERE.

 

  • I Am Death by Chris Carter

 

No list of great books is complete for me without including a book by Chris. This year’s release was I Am Death and it was superb. I love all of Chris’s books but I was eagerly anticipating this one and thoroughly enjoyed it. My 5 STAR review is HERE.

 

  • The Widow by Fiona Barton

 

This book is one to watch in 2016. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of the book from the publisher and loved it. You can read my 4 STAR review HERE.

 

  • The Perfectionist by Simon Duke

 

Another one to watch out for, released in January 2016. I was lucky enough to help Simon with some promo on my blog and get to read an ARC of his book. I really enjoyed it, it has a great plot twist near the end! I gave it 5 STARS and you can read my full review HERE.

 

  • The Lobster Boy and The Fat Lady’s Daughter by Charles Kriel

 

This book deserves to be on this list because it is one of the most unique, fun and different books I have read in a long time. It was a breath of fresh air when I read such similar books all the time. My 5 STAR review can be read HERE.

 

  • The Theseus Paradox by David Videcette

How could I not include this book?! A superb book based on the London Bombings. I loved this book, and it was an easy 5 STAR read from me. My review in full is HERE.

 

  • The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft

I read this as part of Bookouture Thriller Week and absolutely loved it! I read it super fast, it was just so engrossing. You can read my full 5 STAR review HERE.

 

In my next post, I’m going to be listing my Best Book Series of 2015! 😊

 

 

Hello November- TBR books for this month…

  

Hey everyone, 

I’ve decided to try be a bit more organised from this month on so I’m going to post up my plans for this months reads. I can only hope to reach my target! 😊


Kindle TBR Books
First on the list is Bookouture Thriller week…

   

 

I own all 8 of these books, I have read 1 already. Caroline Mitchell’s Don’t Turn Around, my review can be found Here!

The other seven books are sitting pretty on my kindle. Essentially I’m looking at a book a day for a week!!! It’s daunting but I’ll give it a good go! 

Next up is The Run Begins by J. Frank. James.

  

The Run Begins is a prequel to James’s Dead Money Run (which I’ve reviewed here), a book I really enjoyed. Delighted to have the prequel to read Lou’s back story.


One by One by Robert Enright

  

Rob actually messaged me on Twitter recently to ask if I wanted to read and review One By One. I, of course, said yes! At the time I was swamped with books to read and review for other various authors/publicists etc so I said it would take me some time before I could get to it. By pure coincidence, going through my Kindle last week, I actually found out I had bought a copy of his book! So I plan on getting to this during November too! 

Hancock P. I. By Dan Taylor

  

I saw a few things about this book on Twitter, namely that the main character is an A-HOLE! So I was intrigued and ended up buying it so I’m bumping it up the list too.

Anything For Her by  Jack Jordan

  
People I know from blogging have raved about this book, and again, I’ve had it on my Kindle for a while. I’ve been meaning to get to it so I figured I’d add it to November’s TBR pile! 

That’s my list of Kindle TBR books, and I have 2 book books to read this month also! 

Killing Eva by Alex Blackmore

  

The author messaged me on Twitter asking if I’d read and review this book, and was kind enough to send me a copy which I received last month! It looks good! 
And last, but by no means least, 
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

  

This book is a whopper! And has been talked about a lot lately. Funnily enough, my cousin mentioned it to me a while back, before any of the hype. It’s also one of the choices for The Rick O’Shea Book Club over on Facebook. So it’s handy that I had a copy lounging on my TBR! 

There you have it. My November TBR reads. Hopefully I’ll get to them all. I’m doing Bookouture Thriller ONLY for the first week of the month. 

Let me know if you’ve read and enjoyed any of my choices!

Thanks for reading 😊📖

Reviews!

Ok! So I’m behind (again!!!!) on reviews, so I’m just going to do some super quick and short ones for the books I’ve read in the past month or so! 

The books I’ll be doing quick reviews for are:

  1. Falling by Emma Kavanagh
  2. Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson
  3. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
  4. The Crooked House by Christobel Kent
  5. No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay
  6. No Safe House by Linwood Barclay
  7. Judas Child by Carol O’Connell

The joys of a 7 month old a baby and a 6 year old on school holidays means I don’t get to write proper posts 😦 

Bibliophile Book Club

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