#BookTag | NEW YEAR BOOK TAG

It’s been a fair old while since I got involved with a book tag ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’m aiming to do many more in 2018! What better way to start than with a NEW YEAR BOOK TAG which I blatantly stole from Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek and I’m not even sorry about it!

HOW MANY BOOKS ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ IN 2018?

After a rather good 2017 in regards to reading (finished on 75 books) I have set my target for 2018 of 60 books. I’m hoping I’ll be able to get more read as my TBR is a little out of control at the moment – but with it being January 12th already and I’m four books down….let’s see how I go!

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NAME FIVE BOOKS YOU DIDN’T GET TO READ IN 2017 THAT YOU WANT TO MAKE A PRIORITY IN 2018.

  1. A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara
  2. FINAL GIRLS by Riley Sager
  3. DEFENDER by G.X Todd
  4. THE GOOD DAUGHTER by Karin Slaughter
  5. RAGDOLL by Daniel Cole

NAME A GENRE YOU WANT TO READ MORE OF.

Horror! I’ve got a nice little stack of Dean Koontz, Stephen King and Grady Hendrix to be read – I just need to get through them!

Just so we are clear on this as well…..I can READ horror, but I can’t WATCH horror!

WHAT’S A BOOK YOU’VE HAD FOREVER THAT YOU STILL NEED TO READ?

Thankfully I don’t have too many unread books on my shelf now that are over two years old! I made a conscious effort in 2017 to try and clear my ‘old’ TBR as soon as I could – but there is one book that still winks at me as I walk past…

JURASSIC PARK by Michael Crichton

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I picked up this STUNNING hardback edition of JURASSIC PARK and THE LOST WORLD on a visit to New York back in 2016. I could not walk out of Barnes & Noble without this book. I NEEDED it both in my life and on my shelf. A shelf where it has waited for me to pick it up and dive in. I’ve only ever watched the movies – so I am more than keen to read these!

ONE WORD YOU’RE HOPING 2018 WILL BE?

Oooh…I could go all philosophical or witty…or just plain basic! There’s many things I am hoping 2018 will be for me, but to sum it up in one word… ENJOYABLE.

I want to actually ENJOY blogging. I’m guilty of falling victim to bloggers anxiety; why don’t I have ALL the followers? How do I make my Instagram pictures look better? How many shares and tweets do I get? It can drive a person crazy! At one point I was starting to lose track of why I even started blogging in the first place. Not good.

So for 2018, I want to read what I want, when I want, review how I want, take pictures how I want and be grateful for every like/share/tweet – no matter how many and just ENJOY reading. ENJOY blogging and ENJOY the social aspect.

Following from Drew – I won’t be tagging any specific bloggers to take part in this tag. However, if you do take part – be sure to take us in so we can see your post! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Reading!

-S.

 

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#BookTag | #GoodreadsMonday 04/12/2017 |THE MISSING GIRL by Jenny Quintana @jennyquintana95 (January 11th 2018, Mantle Books @MantleBooks)

Title: THE MISSING GIRL
Author:
Jenny Quintana
Publisher:
Mantle Books
Publication Date: January 11th 2018

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When Anna Flores’ adored older sister goes missing as a teenager, Anna copes by disappearing too, just as soon as she can: running as far away from her family as possible, and eventually building a life for herself abroad.

Thirty years later, the death of her mother finally forces Anna to return home. Tasked with sorting through her mother’s possessions, she begins to confront not just her mother’s death, but also the huge hole Gabriella’s disappearance left in her life – and finds herself asking a question she’s not allowed herself to ask for years: what really happened to her sister?

Thank you so much to Annabelle at ed public relations for gifting me an early copy of THE MISSING GIRL!

I am really looking forward to reading this book. The blurb alone has grabbed my interest already and sounds exactly the type of book I need in my life right now!

Looking forward to sharing my review as part of the blog tour when it hits in January!

This tag was bought to life by the wonderful Lauren at Page Turner 20

Be sure to go and check out her page for more information on how to get involved!

-S.

#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 26/09/2017 โ€“ Ten Books That Feature Fierce Female Characters

#Top10Tuesday is a weekly book tag hosted by the fab team over at The Broke and The Bookish

The rules are simple โ€“ following a given prompt (or choose your own) you choose 10 items that fit within that prompt.

This weeks prompt was an open prompt;Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________:’ So I have decided that the Top 10 for this week will feature Fierce Females! When I think of a Fierce Female, I don’t necessarily just think of a Sarah Connor or Ellen Ripley type of character. There are many female characters who are fierce in their own way, whether it be the way they confront a situation or provide support for those around them.

My Top 10 looks something like this;

1. LORI ANDERSON from DEEP DOWN DEAD by Steph Broadribb

2. CAROL JORDAN from THE MERMAIDS SINGING by Val McDermid

3. KAZ PHELPS from THE INFORMANT by Susan Wilkins

4. JANE TENNISON from TENNISON by Lynda LaPlante

5. HELEN GRACE from EENY MEENY by M.J. Arlidge

6. LISBETH SALANDER from THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Stieg Larsson

7. HARPER GRAYSON from THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill

8. POPPY from THE OTHER TWIN by Lucy V. Hay

9. WILLOWDEAN DICKSON from DUMPLIN’ by Julie Murphy

10. ROBIN ELLACOTT from THE CUCKOO’S CALLING by Robert Galbraith
Do you agree with any of the above choices? Who would you feature on this list?

Would love to hear in the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next week, happy readingโ€ฆ..

-S.

#BookTag | #GoodreadsMonday 25/09/2017 |HOUSE OF SPINES by Michael J. Malone @michaelJmalone1 (August 16th 2017, Orenda Books @OrendaBooks)

Title: HOUSE OF SPINES
Author:
Michael J. Malone
Publisher:
Orenda Books
Publication Date: August 16th 2017

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Ran McGhie’s world has been turned upside down. A young, lonely and frustrated writer, and suffering from mental-health problems, he discovers that his long-dead mother was related to one of Glasgow’s oldest merchant families. Not only that, but Ran has inherited Newton Hall, a vast mansion that belonged to his great-uncle, who appears to have been watching from afar as his estranged great-nephew has grown up.

Entering his new-found home, he finds that Great-Uncle Fitzpatrick has turned it into a temple to the written word – the perfect place for poet Ran. But everything is not as it seems. As he explores the Hall’s endless corridors, Ran’s grasp on reality appears to be loosening. And then he comes across an ancient lift; and in that lift a mirror. And in the mirror … the reflection of a woman …

A terrifying psychological thriller with more than a hint of the Gothic, House of Spines is a love letter to the power of books, and an exploration of how lust and betrayal can be deadly…

I’m looking forward to sharing my review with you for HOUSE OF SPINES when the blog tour hits our page on 29th September. Until then, be sure to check out the other blogs on the tour;

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This tag was bought to life by the wonderful Lauren at Page Turner 20

Be sure to go and check out her page for more information on how to get involved!

-S.

#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 19/09/2017 โ€“ Ten Books on my Autumn TBR

#Top10Tuesday is a weekly book tag hosted by the fab team over at The Broke and The Bookish

The rules are simple โ€“ following a given prompt (or choose your own) you choose 10 items that fit within that prompt.

This week, the prompt is “Ten Books on your Autumn (or Fall for my overseas friends!) TBR”. There are some cracking books due out in the remainder of this year. I am aiming to read as many as I can!

My Top 10 looks like this;

  1. THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYE (Millennium #5) by David Lagercrantz
  2. SLEEPING BEAUTIES by Stephen King & Owen King
  3. THE DARKEST DAY by Hakan Nesser
  4. THE GIRL IN THE ICE (Erika Foster #1) by Robert Brynzda
  5. THE CRUCIFIX KILLER (Robert Hunter #1) by Chris Carter
  6. THE GOOD DAUGHTER by Karin Slaughter
  7. FINAL GIRLS by Riley Sager
  8. BETRAYAL by Martina Cole
  9. DEFENDER by G.X. Todd
  10. MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM by Grady Hendrix

What do you think to the list above? Are there some stand out books there that you also really enjoyed?

Would love to hear in the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next week, happy readingโ€ฆ..

-S.

#BookTag | #GoodreadsMonday 18/09/2017 |MARIA IN THE MOON by Louise Beech @LouiseWriter (August 15th 2017, Orenda Books @OrendaBooks)

Title: MARIA IN THE MOON
Author:
Louise Beech
Publisher:
Orenda Books
Publication Date: August 15th, 2017

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Long ago my beloved Nanny Eve chose my name. Then one day she stopped calling me it. I try now to remember why, but I just can’t.’

Thirty-one-year-old Catherine Hope has a great memory. But she can’t remember everything. She can’t remember her ninth year. She can’t remember when her insomnia started. And she can’t remember why everyone stopped calling her Catherine-Maria. With a promiscuous past, and licking her wounds after a painful breakup, Catherine wonders why she resists anything approaching real love.

But when she loses her home to the deluge of 2007 and volunteers at Flood Crisis, a devastating memory emerges … and changes everything. Dark, poignant and deeply moving, Maria in the Moon is an examination of the nature of memory and truth, and the defences we build to protect ourselves, when we can no longer hide…

As much as I love to read crime fiction, I do like to change it out from time and time and venture into horror, romance, YA…just something different. Orenda Books don’t just produce great crime fiction.

Louise Beech is a great writer and her previous novel; THE MOUNTAIN IN MY SHOE received nothing but great reviews so I am more than keen to get stuck into her new novel (which of course has already received fantastic reviews and has been tipped in some press as their top reads for September!)

I am beyond thrilled to be a part of this blog tour! Be sure to check out the blog page on 23rd September for my full review. Make sure you check out the other awesome bloggers on the tour!

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This tag was bought to life by the wonderful Lauren at Page Turner 20

Be sure to go and check out her page for more information on how to get involved!

-S.

#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 12/09/2017 โ€“ Books I’ve LOVED Since I’ve Been Blogging!

#Top10Tuesday is a weekly book tag hosted by the fab team over at The Broke and The Bookish

The rules are simple โ€“ following a given prompt (or choose your own) you choose 10 items that fit within that prompt.

This week, the prompt is “Ten Books I Loved Since I Started My Blog”. I feel particularly blessed that since our little blog has been going (January 2016), we have had the priviledge of being able to work with some amazing authors, publishers and of course, other bloggers!

My reading scope has certainly increased since blogging as I listen to SO many recommendations every day! There are simply too many books to read and not enough time to read them all ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

My Top 10 looks like this;

  1. THE BAT by Jo Nesbo
  2. THE INFORMANT, THE MOURNER & THE KILLER (Kaz Phelps Series) by Susan Wilkins
  3. THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill
  4. IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover
  5. EENY MEENY by M.J. Arlidge
  6. TENNISON, HIDDEN KILLERS & GOOD FRIDAY (Jane Tennison series) by Lynda LaPlante
  7. DEEP DOWN DEAD by Steph Broadribb
  8. THE CROW GIRL by Erik Axl Sund
  9. CURSED by Thomas Enger
  10. INSIDIOUS INTENT by Val McDermid

What do you think to the list above? Are there some stand out books there that you also really enjoyed?

Would love to hear in the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next week, happy readingโ€ฆ..

-S.

#BookTag | #GoodreadsMonday 11/09/2017 |THE SNOWMAN by Jo Nesbo (November 6th 2014, Vintage Books @vintagebooks)

Title: THE SNOWMAN (Harry Hole #7)
Author:
Jo Nesbo
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Publication Date: November 6th, 2014 (First Published in 2007)

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The night the first snow falls a young boy wakes to find his mother gone. He walks through the silent house, but finds only wet footprints on the stairs. In the garden looms a solitary figure: a snowman bathed in cold moonlight, its black eyes glaring up at the bedroom windows. Round its neck is his mother’s pink scarf.

Inspector Harry Hole is convinced there is a link between the disappearance and a menacing letter he received some months earlier. As Harry and his team delve into unsolved case files, they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years. When a second woman disappears Harry’s suspicions are confirmed: he is a pawn in a deadly game. For the first time in his career Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his turf, a killer who will drive him to the brink of insanity.

It’s never ideal to bounce around a series, as you can lose key moments which really are integral to the development of plots and characters. However, when you hear that a movie based on this book is due out pretty soon staring that there Michael Fassbender – jumping around a series is certainly justified!

THE SNOWMAN is the seventh book in the Harry Hole series. I have only read the first book; THE BAT so far and I was blown away by the writing style and how the story grabbed me from the first page. I have heard great things about THE SNOWMAN, so I cannot wait to get stuck in!

This tag was bought to life by the wonderful Lauren at Page Turner 20

Be sure to go and check out her page for more information on how to get involved!

-S.

 

#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 05/09/2017 โ€“ Ten Books I Struggled With!

#Top10Tuesday is a weekly book tag hosted by the fab team over at The Broke and The Bookish

The rules are simple โ€“ following a given prompt (or choose your own) you choose 10 items that fit within that prompt.

This week, the prompt is “Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving or Ten Books That Were A Chore To Get Through or Ten Books I’ve Most Recently Put Down (the theme is…books you had a hard time with…tweak it how ever you need)”… I have chosen to feature books that I struggled with – but turned out to be booked that I really enjoyed!

  1. THE GIRL IN THE SPIDERS WEBย  by David Lagercrantz
  2. THE CUCKOO’S CALLING by Robert Galbraith
  3. MISERY by Stephen King
  4. THE TEACHER by Katerina Diamond
  5. THE CROW TRAP by Ann Cleaves
  6. MISSING, PRESUMED by Susie Steiner
  7. WESTERN FRINGES by Amer Anwar
  8. RATTLE by Fiona Cummins
  9. IN A DARK, DARK WOOD by Ruth Ware
  10. AMERICAN PSYCHO by Bret Easton Ellis

Did you struggle with any of the books mentioned above? Were there any others that you just couldn’t get through?

Would love to hear in the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next week, happy readingโ€ฆ..

-S.

#BookTag | #GoodreadsMonday 04/09/2017 |UNTAINTED BLOOD (DI Gus McGuire #3) by Liz Mistry @LizCrimeWarp (August 29th 2017, Bloodhound Books @Bloodhoundbook)

Title: UNTAINED BLOOD (DI Gus McGuire #3)
Author:
Liz Mistry
Publisher:
Bloodhound Books
Publication Date: August 29th 2017

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In a city that is already volatile, tensions mount ย after a Tory MP in Bradford Central is discredited leaving the door open for the extreme right-wing candidate, Graeme Weston, to stand in the resultant by-election.

However, Graeme Weston is not what he appears to be and with secrets jeopardising his political career, he must tread very carefully.

Meanwhile, a serial killer targets Asian men who lead alternatives lifestyles and metes out his own form of torture.

As DI Gus McGuireโ€™s team close in, the deranged killer begins to unravel and in an unexpected twist the stakes are raised for Gus.

Are the murders linked to the political scandals or is there another motive behind them?

DI Gus McGuire and his team are back and this might be their toughest case yet.

I seem to be a little obsessed with books based in Bradford at the mo! I have STREETS OF DARKNESS to thank for that! So I was really keen to get involved with the latest DI Gus McGuire novel by Liz Mistry.

This is the third outing for this character – so I feel at a small disadvantage that I don’t have the full history and background to the characters, but in a weird way – I find that a thrill as I am constantly asking questions. I’m really keen to get stuck and let you know how it all unfolds.

I’m looking forward to taking part in the blog tour when it hits the blog on 4th September. Make sure to check out the other great blogs that are also taking part on the tour below;

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This tag was bought to life by the wonderful Lauren at Page Turner 20

Be sure to go and check out her page for more information on how to get involved!

-S.