Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday: Best books I have read in 2017 so far!

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

All you need to do is click on the link which is above – follow the weekly criteria and then link your weekly post back to the broke and the bookish…Easy!

 

What a great topic this week! I get to share with you some of the best books that I have read so far. Now I haven’t had many 5 star reads so the majority of these reads will be a 4 + stars. It will be great to see at the end of the year if these books will make it to my top 10 reads of 2017.

Forbidden

She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

So this wasn’t a 2017 release but it is my favourite book of the year so far and if you have not read it yet then I highly recommend it.My review here
Today I'm Alice: a memoir of multiple personality disorder
When Alice was a teenager, strange things started happening to her. Hours of her life simply disappeared. She’d hear voices shouting at her, telling her she was useless. And the nightmares that had haunted her since early childhood, scenes of men abusing her, became more detailed . . . more real. Staring at herself in the mirror she’d catch her face changing, as if someone else was looking out through her eyes.

In “Today I’m Alice,” she describes her extraordinary journey from a teenage girl battling anorexia and OCD, drowning the voices with alcohol, to a young woman slipping further and further into mental illness. It was only after years lost in institutions that she was correctly diagnosed with multiple personality disorder. When her alternative personalities were revealed in therapy she discovered how each one had their own memories of abuse and a full picture of her childhood finally emerged. As she learned to live with her many ‘alters’, she set out to confront the man who had caused her unbearable pain.

Moving and ultimately inspiring, this is a gripping account of a rare condition, and the remarkable story of a courageous woman.

This was the latest book that I have finished and it was a difficult read and a very honest account of muiltple personality disorder but it truly was amazing and I don’t think I have ever given a non fiction/memoir book 5 stars before. (Review to come)
When Dimple Met Rishi
The rom-com that everyone’s talking about! Eleanor & Park meets Bollywood in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

I think this is going to be on a lot of peoples lists and for good reason too, this was a great contemporary with all the feels and a great couple. (review to come)
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Heart\’s Invisible FuriesCyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least that\’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn\’t a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more. In this, Boyne\’s most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart\’s Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit
This was a really great read, it had me laughing out loud a lot of the time but there were also heartbreaking moments too. I absolutely loved Cyril and his awkwardness. (Review to come)
The Breakdown
If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside―the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

I could not this book down – with an unreliable narrator and a murder mystery I was hooked line and sinker.My review here
The Upside of Unrequited
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

I jumped into this book not knowing what to expect, I knew readers raved about her first novel so I was keeping my fingers and toes crossed. Luckily I really enjoyed the book,I loved the characters, the representation and the references to all things nerdy.My review here
The Manifesto on How to be Interesting
Apparently I’m boring. A nobody. But that’s all about to change. Because I am starting a project. Here. Now. For myself. And if you want to come along for the ride then you’re very welcome.

Bree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behind words. Most of the time she hates her life, her school, her never-there parents. So she writes.

But when she’s told she needs to start living a life worth writing about, The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting is born. Six steps on how to be interesting. Six steps that will see her infiltrate the popular set, fall in love with someone forbidden and make the biggest mistake of her life.

From the bestselling author of Soulmates comes a fearlessly frank take on school, cliques and crushes.

I really enjoyed this book,I liked the messages that it was trying to get across and the writing style that I find extremely addictive and just devour.
Caraval
Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

I got swept away in this magical book and loved the game that was of course Caraval. I also really liked Julian. I need the next one now and will be very interested how it pans out. My review here
A Quiet Kind of Thunder
Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say.
Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder.

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.

From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.

Sara Barnards work just gets better, she writes about fantastic friendships but what made this book so special was the fact that she delivered a book that had great representation of the deaf community and anxiety. My review here
Only 9 books so far on the list but I am sure this will grow. Do you have any of these on your list? what’s your favourite read of 2017 so far?
Thanks for reading
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Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Series I’ve been meaning to start but haven’t…YET!

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

All you need to do is click on the link which is above – follow the weekly criteria and then link your weekly post back to the broke and the bookish…Easy!

 

So this week I am showing you some series that I would really really like to start but haven’t yet. I have a list longer than my arm but I will stick to 10 just for you guys.  I have commitment problems when it comes to series, I will start them but not finish and some I just haven’t started. I am more of a standalone reader but I have read some series…like two!

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

I know this might be a shock to you all but I haven’t read any Rick Riordan books and I never even heard of these till I started watching booktube videos – I feel like I have missed out on an essential part of my childhood. Anyways, I am looking to start this in 2017 – I still have 6 months to make this happen.

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)

I think I must of had a very deprived childhood as this is another that I never really heard of – I have all the books ready for me to read so I just need to get my butt moving and start reading.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

I have heard nothing but great reviews for the Lunar Chronicles and really interested in how these are retold.

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)

Another series that I need to try out – I have heard nothing but praise for these books – the only thing that puts me off is that there is so many and where do you start?

Poison Study (Study, #1)

Another series that has hundreds of books in it – slight exaggeration. I thought the premise of this book/series is intriguing.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)

The third one is to be published in 2018 but I would love to start reading these at some point as it always gets talked about.

Red Rising (Red Rising, #1)

I think this will be a sci-fi book that I would enjoy reading about – I have Red Rising on my Kindle – so come on Louise read the darn books!

The Constant Princess (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #6)

So I have read the Cousins war series and loved it – what is stopping me from reading the Tudor series is that I don’t know the actual order that I am supposed to be reading them in – so if someone would like to enlighten me that would be super.

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)

I haven’t read these books and I am a bit apprehensive in a way just because I have heard hit and miss reviews – some people love it and some people…don’t.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

I tried reading Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor and had to put it down, not because it was bad but I think to really enjoy her writing and to take everything in, I need to read at a slower pace – so when I have some time I will start this series.

 

I tried to add a selection of series from different genres but essentially these are some of the series that I would like to read – this post could go on forever as there is so many. I did a post like this last year so I have tried to change things up a bit.

What series do you want to read? Do we have any the same?

Thanks for reading

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – Most anticipated books for the second half of 2017

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

All you need to do is click on the link which is above – follow the weekly criteria and then link your weekly post back to the broke and the bookish…Easy!

 

This weeks post I am bringing you my top 10 anticipated reads for the second half of 2017, I am not sure if there is actually going to be 10 but we shall see.

Click on the covers to be directed to Goodreads for more info on the book.

Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga, #2)

Release date 27th June.

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

Release date 11th July

See What I Have Done

Release date 1st August.

The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2)

Release date 29th August.

Odd & True

Release date 12th September

Artemis

Release Date 14th November

Every Last Lie

Release date 10th August

Piper

Release date 31st October

Ok so I can only manage 8 today – but I have been trying to focus on reading the books that I have got and have been on my shelves for  a long time – so I have not been adding too many books to my TBR as of late.

What are you anticipating? Do we have some of the same books?

Thanks for reading

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – 10 Mystery/Thriller books that I have recently added to my TBR.

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

All you need to do is click on the link which is above – follow the weekly criteria and then link your weekly post back to the broke and the bookish…Easy!

This weeks topic is..10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List. The genre that I have chosen is Mystery/Thriller as at the moment I really enjoy these books. They tend to be fast paced and have you on the edge of your seat. These 10 books are on this list if I am intrigued by the blurb, Some one has recommended or I have read something else by that author.

For more info on the book just click on the cover to be forwarded to Goodreads.

Summer House With Swimming Pool

Mark Schlosser is a doctor to the rich and famous. When his most famous patient, the actor Ralph Meier, invites him and his family on holiday, Marc finds that he can’t refuse. But, several months later, by the time the suntans have faded, Ralph Meier is dead. The medical board accuses Marc of negligence. Ralph’s wife, however, accuses him of murder…

The Couple Next Door

You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

Behind Closed Doors

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

The Leaving

Six were taken. Eleven years later, five come back–with no idea of where they’ve been.

Eleven years ago, six kindergarteners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to.

Until today. Today five of those kids return. They’re sixteen, and they are . . . fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom she barely recognizes, and doesn’t really recognize the person she’s supposed to be, either. But she thinks she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, except they’re entirely unable to recall where they’ve been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max. He doesn’t come back. Everyone wants answers. Most of all Max’s sister Avery, who needs to find her brother–dead or alive–and isn’t buying this whole memory-loss story

Friend Request

When Louise Williams receives a message from someone left long in the past she feels sick.

Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook.

Because Maria Weston has been missing for over twenty years. She was last seen the night of a school leavers’ party, and the world believes her to be dead. Particularly Louise, who has lived her adult life knowing herself responsible for Maria’s disappearance. But now Maria is back. Or is she?

Apple Tree Yard

Yvonne Carmichael has worked hard to achieve the life she always wanted: a high-flying career in genetics, a beautiful home, a good relationship with her husband and their two grown-up children.

Then one day she meets a stranger at the Houses of Parliament and, on impulse, begins a passionate affair with him – a decision that will put everything she values at risk.

At first she believes she can keep the relationship separate from the rest of her life, but she can’t control what happens next. All of her careful plans spiral into greater deceit and, eventually, a life-changing act of violence.

Apple Tree Yard is a psychological thriller about one woman’s adultery and an insightful examination of the values we live by and the choices we make, from an acclaimed writer at the height of her powers.

The Black Sheep

rancesca was widowed a year ago. Since then she has focused on her children, trying to soothe their grief as well as her own. Her husband and father never quite saw eye to eye but no one could have cared more for her in the past year than her close-knit family. Finally, she feels she might be ready to move on with life.

Until she is contacted out of the blue by someone who says he must get information to her. That her husband’s death wasn’t what it seemed. And that her family know more than they say …

Who can Francesca trust? And what will happen to her if she puts her faith in the wrong person?

Into the Water

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath

Things We Have in Common

Yasmin would give anything to have a friend… And do anything to keep them.

The first time I saw you, you were standing at the far end of the playing field. You were looking down at your brown straggly dog, your mouth going slack as your eyes clocked her. Alice Taylor.

I was no different. I’d catch myself gazing at the back of her head in class, at her thick fair hair swaying between her shoulder blades.

If you’d glanced just once across the field, you’d have seen me standing in the middle on my own looking straight at you, and you’d have gone back through the trees to the path quick, tugging your dog after you. You’d have known you’d given yourself away, even if only to me.

But you didn’t. You only had eyes for Alice.

His Bloody Project

A brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community in 1869 leads to the arrest of seventeen-year-old Roderick Macrae. There is no question that Macrae committed this terrible act. What would lead such a shy and intelligent boy down this bloody path? Will he hang for his crime?

Presented as a collection of documents discovered by the author, His Bloody Project opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers of Culdie, Ross-shire. They offer conflicting impressions of the accused; one interviewee recalls Macrae as a gentle and quiet child, while another details him as evil and wicked. Chief among the papers is Roderick Macrae’s own memoirs, where he outlines the series of events leading up to the murder in eloquent and affectless prose. There follow medical reports, psychological evaluations, a courtroom transcript from the trial, and other documents that throw both Macrae’s motive and his sanity into question. Graeme Macrae Burnet’s multilayered narrative will keep the reader guessing to the very end.

 

So there it is the latest Mystery/Thriller books that I have added to my TBR. Have you read any of these? What have you recently added to your TBR? What do you think I should read first?

Thanks for reading