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…

🙂

February 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. Killman Creek by Rachel Caine
  2. The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  3. Too Close To Breathe by Olivia Kiernan
  4. We Were The Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard
  5. The Rising Storm by Ceri Lowe
  6. Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman
  7. The Creation by The Behrg
  8. Our Dark Duet by V. E. Schwab
  9. The Rose and The Dagger by Renée Ahdieh
  10. Anaconda Vice by James Stansfield
  11. Drift Stumble Fall by M Jonathan Lee
  12. Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin
  13. The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen
  14. My Little Eye by Stephanie Marland
  15. I Know Where You Live by Pat Young
  16. The Absent Man by Robert Enright
  17. The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star by Vaseem Khan
  18. Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
  19. Dead Girls by Graeme Cameron
  20. The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams
  21. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
  22. Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hilier
  23. The Lies We Told by Camilla Way
  24. Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft
  25. Witchsign by Den Patrick
  26. I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman
  27. Nobody Real by Steven Camden
  28. The Final Hour by Tom Wood
  29. The Nowhere Child by Christian White
  30. Beneath The Whispers by Jim Ody

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 🙂

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 🙂

 

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: