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Top 5 books I want to read this Autumn

So as I am not doing monthly TBR’S at the moment, I thought I would share the top 5 that I definitely want to read in the next few months.

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…

Working as a paid companion to a bitter elderly lady, the timid heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Life is bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she falls in love with Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose proposal takes her by surprise. Whisked from Monte Carlo to Manderley, Maxim’s isolated Cornish estate, the friendless young bride begins to realise she barely knows her husband at all. And in every corner of every room is the phantom of his beautiful first wife, Rebecca.

Rebecca is the haunting story of a woman consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity

I have had my eye on this for so long and it needs to be read ASAP.

An electrifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons…. a real bedtime-buster’. Read an exclusive excerpt at BookBrowse today. Reading age approx. 9 yrs +.

The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring….

In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close.

The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

Only it’s different.

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there’s another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.

Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Neil Gaiman will delight readers with his first novel for all ages.

I feel this is going to be a great Halloween read. Dark and eerie…just what I need.

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

Another book that has been piqued my interest and feel like I should have read this by now.

Adam is a stay-at-home dad who is also working on a history of the bombing and rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral. He is a good man and he is happy. But one day, he receives a call from his daughter’s school to inform him that, for no apparent reason, fifteen-year-old Miriam has collapsed and stopped breathing. In that moment, he is plunged into a world of waiting, agonising, not knowing.

The story of his life and the lives of his family are rewritten and re-told around this shocking central event, around a body that has inexplicably failed. In this exceptionally courageous and unflinching novel of contemporary life Sarah Moss goes where most of us wouldn’t dare to look, and the result is riveting – unbearably sad, but also miraculously funny and ultimately hopeful.

The Tidal Zone explores parental love, overwhelming fear, illness and recovery. It is about clever teenagers and the challenges of marriage. It is about the NHS, academia, sex and gender in the twenty-first century, the work-life juggle, and the politics of packing lunches and loading dishwashers. It confirms Sarah Moss as a unique voice in modern fiction and a writer of luminous intelligence.

The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

I don’t have an explanation to why I have not read this yet but I need to rectify it pronto…but I do want t reread illuminae first.

So there it is my top 5 books that I want to read this Autumn…I am currently trying to read more of the books that I own.

Have you read any of these? Which one shall I tackle first?

Thanks for reading

wrap up

August Wrap Up

I know this is really cliche! But wow the year is flying by! I had a great reading month, I participated in two Readothons, #MakeMeRead and Tome Topple which definitely helped me read some of the books that I have been putting off. I read a few Middle grade books and also some massive tomes.  I read 9 books in August and I am extremely pleased with that and I am still 10 ahead of schedule on my Goodreads goal.

If you want to find out more information on the books please click on the covers to be directed to Goodreads.

What I read:

Sometimes I Lie

This was a really good Mystery/Thriller and had me guessing the whole way through – there is a lot of twists and turns.I rated this 4 out of 5 stars (Review to come)

Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye

I then read this Middle-Grade/children’s book about a young boy who is next in line to take over the hotel that has been in his family for centuries only there seems to be a rumour that there is an all-seeing eye which is a magical object hidden in the house. – This was a lot of fun and had lovely illustrations. I rated 4 out of 5 stars (Review to come)

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

Another Middle-grade that was the winner of the MakeMeRead readathon and I absolutely loved it. It was so fast paced and taught you about greek mythology without being too info dumpy. There was so much adventure and I couldn’t fault it in any way. I rated this 5 out of 5 stars #MakeMeRead wrap up and review

The Walking Dead, Compendium 1

I then read the whole of Walking Dead Compendium One which was a whopping 1088 pages long. This was one of my picks for tome topple. I liked this enough I had some problems remembering who was who and the artwork was not the usual style I like, However I did enjoy the story line and rated it 4 out of 5 stars.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

I managed to read the third book in the ACOTAR series and whilst I enjoyed it, I prefered ACOMAF and ACOTAR more than this latest edition. I liked that Maas added some diversity in this book but I just didn’t like the sisters or that everyone was coupling up. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

This is one of the books on my  beat the back list 2017. I have had this on my TBR for ages and I finally got round to reading it. This is one of those books that I can easily read but if you ask me what it’s about I wouldn’t be able to tell you. With magical realism things just happen with no reason given and I find it hard to get my head round it. I rated this 3 out of 5 stars

The Stonekeeper (Amulet, #1)

A graphic novel was next on my list and whilst I had heard a lot of great things about this story I wasn’t overly impressed by it and just thought it was ok. I rated this 3 out of 5 stars

Every Last Lie

This is Mary Kubica’s latest novel. This was great in the build up of the story and had me on the edge of my seat. However the ending let it down for me. I will go more into detail with a review in the next coming week. I rated this 3 out of 5 stars.

Public Library and Other Stories

I thought I would end the month with a set of short stories and I have wanted to read something by Ali Smith for a long time. I really didn’t like this book. I knew that from the blurb of the book the stories were about meanings of words and what public libraries meant to people. I didn’t like the stories, I don’t know if I am just not intelligent enough to interpret these stories but they seemed to just go off on tangents and I would find myself lost. The only thing I did like were the little paragraphs of what Public Libraries meant to people. I rated this 1 out of 5 stars.

Favourite Book: Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief

Longest Book: Walking Dead

Shortest book: Amulet

Favourite Cover: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrow of Ava Lavender

Total pages read: 3,816




Flight of a Starling

See What I Have Done

None of The Above


Other Posts:

July Wrap Up

August TBR

#MakeMeRead wrap up and review

Tome Topple wrap up


What I watched:

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I mean honestly, who hasn’t watched this? This is the best thing on TV in August and now we have to wait till 2019 for season 8! There is so much speculation going round the interwebs at the moment but this is making me want to read the books and re-watch it all over again.

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I have started watching Penny Dreadful, I have only watched the first 2 episodes and not sure what to make of it yet. Though it has made me pick up ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’.

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Yes I have watched this, only because the kids wanted to. This is pretty bad to be honest. It’s not funny and the plot is just very weak, However the kids loved it.

Currently reading:

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Crime Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

The Border

ok that’s it, That is what I read and watched in August. How was your month? Did you read any of the same books?

Thanks for reading


2 Year Blogiversary!

I have been blogging for 2 years! How crazy is that? This is going to be a short post. I have always been a bit of a bookworm and 2 years ago I realised that I wanted to express my opinions on the books that I have read. I didn’t dream of anybody actually reading them. I was also a bit apprehensive as I know I am not the best person at writing/grammar, so I thought I would get negative comments. In actual fact it has been the total opposite – I have all you lovely people who come to my blog to read about me waffling on about some book that I have just read. I have positive comments not just from other bloggers but friends and colleagues. Blogging has definitely made me read a lot more. I used to read about 30 books a year, since blogging has increased to 85 a year.I have been a bit slumpy lately but I think we all go through those stages.

Anyways, I would just like to thank all my followers and friends that take the time to read my posts, which makes this even more worthwhile for me.


Thanks for reading