Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Books I Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To

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 about 10 books that I wanted to read last year but didn’t manage to get round to. I am probably not the first to say this….but there was way more than 10 books that I wanted to read last year….in fact so many that this post would go on forever. This is going to be hard to narrow down to 10. Not all of these are going to be 2017 releases it’s just going to be books that are high on my list right now.

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1

Artemis

It’s strange as Science Fiction is a genre out of my comfort zone yet this book is on the list. I really enjoyed ‘The Martian’ in 2016 and was excited to hear that Andy Weir had a new one out. The only reason this wasn’t read in 2017 was it took ages for my library to get the book.

Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of Jazz’s problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself – and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even more unlikely than the first

 

2

The Hate U Give

I was waiting for the hype of this book to die down a bit. I have had this on my shelf for months and never got round to picking it up which hopefully changes in the next month or so.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

 

3

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1)

I really can’t believe that I have at least two science fiction novels in this list…crazyness! This sounds really interesting, I have heard great reviews.

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

An inventive debut in the tradition of World War Z and The Martian, told in interviews, journal entries, transcripts, and news articles, Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by a quest for truth—and a fight for control of earthshaking power.

 

4

The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2)

I read ‘The Thousandth Floor’ in 2016 and enjoyed and as it was left on a cliffhanger I wanted to read this book it’s on my kindle and sometimes those books get forgotten about. I need to read this as the 3rd book is being published in 2018. As always with sequels, I don’t like to post the synopsis in case it has any spoilers.

 

5

My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies, #1)

Another book that I have heard nothing but good things about. I have heard this is really funny and just appeals  to me.

Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…

Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…

Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.

The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?

 

6

Truly Madly Guilty

 

This book has on and off my TBR lists so many times over 2017 that it has got ridiculous and just needs to be read.

Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?

Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.

Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.

Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

 

7

Homegoing

This is another book that is different to what I usually read but the synopsis and all the high praise had me intrigued.

Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader’s wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel – the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and through their lives the very story of America itself.

Epic in its canvas and intimate in its portraits, Homegoing is a searing and profound debut from a masterly new writer.

 

8

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Another book that I have had on my kindle for a while plus the synopsis and high praise is what is making me want to read this book.

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.

Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?

 

9

Behind Closed Doors

I read ‘The Breakdown’ in 2017 and it made my top 10 books of the year – I wanted to get to this but had so many other books that I needed to read. I know that I am going to love this.

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?

 

10

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)

I wanted to continue on with the series but I always picked up another book and I don’t know why because I loved the lightning thief – my brain is weird in how it works.

 

That is 10 of the books that I wanted to read in 2017 but never managed to get to them in time. Hopefully all these books that you see on this list will be read in 2018 as really I have no excuse.

What books were on your list? Do we have the same?

Thanks for reading

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday: New To Me Authors I Read In 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 topic is 10 new authors that I read in 2017 and enjoyed. I read 61 new authors in 2017, this makes sense as I like to read from different authors all the time. These are my top 10:

 

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris   Caraval by Stephanie Garber  Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma  The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne  The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

B.A Paris (The Breakdown) –  This is a really entertaining book and fast paced. It was a cleverly crafted story that had me wanting more from this author. I hope to read ‘Behind Closed Doors’ in 2018.

 

Stephanie Garber (Caraval) – Amazing story telling and very atmospheric writing,I can’t wait for book two.

 

Tabitha Suzuma (Forbidden) – Such an amazing story set around a taboo subject – her writing makes you feel sympathetic towards these kids and you can’t help but want things to turn out ok.

 

Holly Bourne (The Manifesto in how to be interesting) – Holly Bourne’s writing just gives you all the feels and just a great contemporary writer. Another author that I can’t wait to read more from.

 

Becki Albertalli (The upside of Unrequited) – This has such a diverse set of characters, it has references to Harry Potter and other fandoms. It has great sibling relationships and everything you could want in a YA contemporary.

 

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne  When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon  None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio    The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan     The Diviners by Libba Bray

 

John Boyne (The Hearts Invisible Furies) –  I wasn’t expecting to love this book or John Boyne’s writing as much as I did – he has this perfect blend of seriousness and hilarity.

 

Sandhya Menon (When Dimple Met Rishi) – Another super cute contemporary writer and I believe is own voices. I enjoyed reading about a positive story on arranged marriages.

 

I.W.Gregorio (None of The Above) – This book just made me feel so many emotions and was such a thought-provoking topic.

 

Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief) –  It’s crazy to think that I have only just started reading Percy Jackson or anything that Rick writes. This is a whole lot of fun, action packed and loads of different characters.

 

Libba Bray (The Diviners) –  I liked Libba Bray’s writing style and the characters voices – especially when I was reading them with New York accents. The writing was also atmospheric.

 

What authors were new to you in 2017? Did we have the same?

Thanks for reading

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
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.

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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?

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Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – The most unique books I have read

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 week I am going to be telling you about the unique books that I have read. This could be for numerous reasons such as format or topic etc etc. Some of these I loved and some not so much.

As per usual, click on the covers to be referred to Goodreads.

Horrorstör

The concept of this book is really cool and the aesthetics are even cooler. The book looks like an Ikea catalogue and very much formatted like one too. However this one left me a little disappointed.Horrorstor review.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

This book is unique for me in the style of formatting that was used to tell the story. It had IM’s,files,documents etc etc and made it a totally different reading experience. If you haven’t read this yet then I definitely recommend it.Illuminae review

Forbidden

This book was amazing and my first 5 star read of 2017. The reason why this is so unique is because the plot is about an incestuous relationship between brother and sister……Now I don’t go searching for books with this topic but my interests were piqued when I heard of this and I don’t think I will read anything like it again.

You (You, #1)

I have never read about a stalker, what made this book unique was how it was told. It felt like he was talking to me and also at times I felt sorry for the stalker WTF!

The Book Thief

This story is narrated by Death, Death!! I don’t think I am going to be reading another book like this in a long time if ever.

Apocalypse Cow (Apocalypse Cow, #1)

This book is a whole lot of fun about zombie cows. I enjoyed it and so did my partner and he doesn’t read! I have just realised there is a second book to this, hopefully my library holds it.

Kimberly's Capital Punishment

This book is just weird! I have never read anything like it. The first half is a story and the other half is a book where you can sort of choose your own ending. I don’t know anyone else that has read this book. If you have let me know what you thought.

I couldn’t manage 10 unfortunately but I would love to hear if you have any recommendations for unique books.

Thanks for reading

 

 

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – 10 books that I have read pretty quickly

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!

I am not going to be doing this weeks topic which is top 10 authors you have met or want to meet as I feel like I have done a post like this not so long ago. My dream book panel.

I am actually going to do last weeks topic – which is 10 books that I either read in one or two sittings. There are some books out there that you just can’t put down, you are so invested in the characters and the plot that you must carry on reading into the middle of the night. I have had a few of these books and just love how gripped I get.

I have linked some of my reviews below, you can click on the covers to be directed to the Goodreads page for more information.

 

We Come Apart

The majority of Sarah Crossan’s books are written in verse, so you can either read it as poetry or a novel. Her books are always quick to read with really interesting topics.

Paper Butterflies

This book was quite dark and gripping,I stayed awake reading this till 3am in the morning. Paper Butterflies

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

The format of this book just makes it fun, quick and easy to read. I really enjoyed this book and recommend reading to anyone even if you are not a massive sci-fi reader like me.

The Sleeper and the Spindle

Ok this is a bit of a cheat as it’s only 72 pages, but this book is beautiful and the illustrations are amazing.

George

Another short book but such a powerful read and I really enjoyed this and couldn’t put it down.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

This is funny but also a really serious topic about mental health and really was an enjoyable read. Furiously Happy

One

I can’t help it, I just love Sarah Crossan’s books and as I said previously they are really easy and quick to read. I found this book really thought provoking.

Thirteen Reasons Why

I read this book in one sitting. I just needed to find out how everyone was involved in the death of Hannah Baker. Thirteen Reasons Why

Wonder

I am sure most people have read this book, I was unable to put this down and there were so many feels going on.

Butter

This book was really good.I read it for the #antibullyreads readathon and just devoured it.

Let me know some of the books that you found quick to read, did you find any of these books quick?

Thanks for reading