Stacking The Shelves [27] December 9th

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


Greetings!
I managed to add one more book to my shelves. I wasn’t expecting it as I had requested it quite a while ago.


Netgalley

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookseller comes a gripping literary suspense novel set in the 1960s about a deeply troubled family and three women who will reveal its dark truths.

In the autumn of 1960, Angie Glass is living an idyllic life in her Wisconsin hometown. At twenty-one, she’s married to charming, handsome Paul, and has just given birth to a baby boy. But one phone call changes her life forever.

When Paul’s niece, Ruby, reports that her father, Henry, has committed suicide, and that her mother, Silja, is missing, Angie and Paul drop everything and fly to the small upstate town of Stonekill, New York to be by Ruby’s side.

Angie thinks they’re coming to the rescue of Paul’s grief-stricken young niece, but Ruby is a composed and enigmatic seventeen-year-old who resists Angie’s attempts to nurture her. As Angie learns more about the complicated Glass family, staying in Henry and Silja’s eerie and ultra-modern house on the edge of the woods, she begins to question the very fabric of her own marriage.

Through Silja’s flashbacks, Angie’s discovery of astonishing truths, and Ruby’s strategic dissection of her parents’ state of affairs, a story of love, secrets, and ultimate betrayal is revealed.

What drove me to request this book was not only that the mystery sounds really interesting, but also because the narrative takes place in the 60’s. It seems like a truly character driven book, with a solid plot to keep the pace, so I am really excited to read this.


And that’s it for this week!

Have you read this book or do you plan to?

Are you excited about reading any particular books you got this week?

Please comment below and if you have a STS post please post it in comments.

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On Ana’s Lair’s Silence

Dear Readers

I think it’s about time I posted something explaining my silence.

You may have noticed I did not post a November wrap-up post, which was a first. The fact is I didn’t finish any books that month, nor wrote any reviews on films or other stuff, so I felt it would be rather pointless.

My life has taken quite a turn these past couple of months. I posted before that I lost my Kindle. That alone made my reading time decrease a lot, as you can imagine. Physical copies are great but they don’t allow so much leeway as a Kindle does. Not to mention that all the books I want to read and review are there. I have been feeling especially guilty because an author I have reviewed for since the beginning of her series asked me to review the later instalment but just thinking of reading on my phone makes me cringe…

Also, a few months ago, namely in May, I decided to turn my life around. I constantly felt ummotivated, tired, with little or no energy to do anything or take care of myself. An opportunity came up to join a gym downstairs from my workplace and I figured, why not. I started going after work and at the same time improving my food habits, and I did start feeling better. However, I started going less and less and still eating poorly so quickly slipped back to the same routines.

A co-worker mentioned he went to the gym before work and I thought wow this guy is nuts. Then I started thinking, hmm, ever since I met him I have never once seen him tired or in a bad mood… I wonder if this is his secret.
Well, when daylight savings time came, I decided to give it a try. Technically I would still be waking up at the same time, my day would just be an hour longer.
Minus some days I took off work, I have since then been working out before work, waking up at 5h50 am, and I have to tell you, I really hope I can keep up the pace because I feel TONS better. More energy, better mood, I walk taller, better posture so less back pain… Not to mention I avoid morning traffic, trouble finding a parking space, crammed tube… I am still not able to catch a seat so reading time is again caught short but I usually manage only a couple of pages on tube rides and lunch breaks so yeah, it’s taking ages to finish the book I started last month.

After work I always have errands to run so by the time I get home I am really exhausted. I only really have the energy to play Sims on my phone and browse Wish and AliExpress – my two new things.

So I am really, really sorry about my silence. I am looking forward to fitting reading and reviewing back into my routine as soon as I am able to get another Kindle – that might take another month, though.

I hope all is well with you, and thank you so much for your continuous support of Ana’s Lair.

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Stacking The Shelves [26] November 18th

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


Hello, everyone!

I hope you are having a lovely weekend so far.

Last week I requested one book in Netgalley and got it. I am still Kindle-less, so I am not sure when I will be able to read it, but it sounds really interesting.


Netgalley

This is a love story. This is a tragedy. This is a book about a break up so bad that when you put the pieces of the love story back together, what you get is MURDER …

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Mike knows that most of us travel through the world as one half of a whole, desperately searching for that missing person to make us complete.

But he and Verity are different. They have found each other and nothing and no one will tear them apart.

It doesn’t matter that Verity is marrying another man.

You see, Verity and Mike play a game together, a secret game they call ‘the crave’, the aim being to demonstrate what they both know: that Verity needs Mike, and only Mike.

Verity’s upcoming marriage is the biggest game she and Mike have ever played. And it’s for the highest stakes.

Except this time in order for Mike and Verity to be together someone has to die …

This blurb makes me think the main character is demented but maybe there’s something more to it and I am looking forward to finding out.


And that’s it for this week!

Have you read this book or do you plan to?

Are you excited about reading any particular books you got this week?

Please comment below and if you have a STS post please post it in comments.

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

Title: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

Author: Claire North

Genres: Science Fiction | Speculative Fiction

Length: 405 pages

Source: Book Depository

Format: Paperback

Rating: 3/5

Premise:

Harry is a kalachakra – he is reborn after he dies, over and over again.
While trying to figure out how to deal with this, he receives an unexpected visit towards the end of his 11th life that will change everything.

Review:

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August started well enough. I was intrigued by the concept and this character, born in 1919.

The book grasped my attention and held it but after a while the narrative grew tiresome. It jumped a lot between Harry’s different lives and I found myself often confused as to what belong in which life.

There were some twists and turns that perked my interest again but not enough to want to pick the book back up. Also, if the book’s concept involves both time travel and parallel realities, I could not see how it would be possible for the narrative to unfold the way it did. And finally, I cannot believe that Harry would be able to maintain such farce for so long without a single slip-up.

Once you have such issues with a book, it’s difficult for it to hold your attention and make you stick to it, so at times I found it quite difficult to pick it back up, as you can see by the time it took me to go through it. I do believe the book is unnecessarily long, particularly the middle, and could have had more impact if it had been more edited.

Still, it is enjoyable as a ‘what if’ work that makes you think and wonder about several issues.

Read from Oct 22nd to November 11th, 2017
GR Review

October 2017 Wrap-Up

Dear all

This post is long overdue, apologies for posting it so late. A lot has been going on, including having my Kindle lost, so not a fun month! Good news is I may be getting it back but it’s been weeks now so… I’ll believe it when I see it.

I have moved to paperbacks while that doesn’t happen, but my current read is taking forever so, alas, only 2 books this month. Let’s hope November goes better!


Summary:

Total Books Read: 2

Longest Read: The Blind (400 pages)

Shortest Read: A Child Called “It” (Dave Pelzer #1)/i> (184 pages)

Book of the Month: A Child Called “It” (Dave Pelzer #1)

Favourite Cover:

Challenges Progress:

GoodReads: 55/52

British Books Challenge: 22/12

2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 47/35


October Books:

 

A Child Called “It” (Dave Pelzer #1) by Dave Pelzer is a very disturbing account of the abuse and torture the author suffered as a small child. I believe this first book covers David’s life until his 12 years of age and the others in the trilogy will relate the years after.

I would have liked to see a more coherent story, the narrative felt disjointed at it was mostly composed of the odd account of abuse and so I just felt very distant.

I rated it 3/5 stars.

 

The Blind by A.F. Brady was supposed to be the first book I finished in the month but I was so irritated by it that I had to pick up another one before I gave it another try.

I just couldn’t take to the main character. I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt but I just could not understand her thoughts or actions and they ended up just making me really annoyed. There was so much focus on her and so little on the mystery of a patient who no one is able to get to open up that I was just immensely disappointed.

I rated it 2/5 stars.

 

 


Where I got the books:

Book Depository

  • A Child Called “It” (Dave Pelzer #1)

Netgalley

  • The Blind

 

Features:

 


How was October for you?
Do you have a Wrap-up post? Please link it below!

Tackling the TBR [11]: November 2017

Note: The covers link to GR book page.

Click the image to go to The Obsessive Bookseller

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However you put together your TBR for the next month, the goal is to reduce the amount of obligation in reading and increase the fun.

Here’s a look at how the system works:

1. Identify the titles that take top priority in your TBR.
2. Combine them all in your own Tackling the TBR post.
3. Throughout the month pick from that pile as the mood strikes you.


Greetings, ladies and gents!

Last month I didn’t add much to my shelves – I requested several books from Netgalley but most requests were denied, so I ended up with one non-fiction book from them and one offered by the author to read and review.

Considering how long it is taking me to get through my pile I am content with that.

So here is my TBR pile for November!


November 2017 TBR Tackler Shelf:

Surviving Kidnappers by Olav Ofstad

Surviving Kidnappers by Olav Ofstad

Whispers From the Past (Lake of Sins, #5) by L.S. O'Dea

Whispers From the Past (Lake of Sins, #5) by L.S. O’Dea


Tackler Carry-overs:

The Mistake by K.L. Slater

The Mistake by K.L. Slater

The Surrogate by Louise Jensen

The Surrogate by Louise Jensen

The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan

The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan

The Missing Girls (DI Robyn Carter #3) by Carol E. Wyer

The Missing Girls (DI Robyn Carter #3) by Carol E. Wyer

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker


Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin

Girl Last Seen
by Nina Laurin

The Ghost of Robert Brown: A Mystery Novel by P. Wish

The Ghost of Robert Brown: A Mystery Novel
by P. Wish

Seven Suspects by Renee James

Seven Suspects
by Renee James

Elle by Philippe Djian

Elle
by Philippe Djians

The Fear by Rae Louise

The Fear
by Rae Louise

When I Wake Up by Jessica Jarlvi

When I Wake Up
by Jessica Jarlvi

Don't Wake Up by Liz Lawler

Don’t Wake Up
by Liz Lawler

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2)
by Ransom Riggs

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3)

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3)
by Ransom Riggs

The Things We Thought We Knew by Mahsuda Snaith

The Things We Thought We Knew
by Mahsuda Snaith

Lying to Children by Alex Shahla

Lying to Children
by Alex Shahla

Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault (Glass Vault #1) by Candace Robinson

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault (Glass Vault #1)
by Candace Robinson

Blood and Stars (Legend of Rhyme, #5)
by Jaime Lee Mann

Stillhouse Lake (Gwen Proctor #1)
by Rachel Caine

Hanna Who Fell from the Sky
by Christopher Meades

The Blind

Title: The Blind

Author: A.F. Brady

Genres: Psychological Thriller

Length: 400 pages | Kindle locations

Source: Netgalley

Publisher: Park Row Books

Publishing Date: September 26th, 2017

Rating: 2/5

Premise:

Sam Jones is the most reputed clinician at the mental health facility where she works.
She finds herself trying to help a mysterious patient who will give nothing away about himself while dealing with her personal issues and struggling to keep them a secret from everyone in her life.

Review:

I grabbed this one because it had two of my favourite themes – mental illnesses and a mystery. However, it’s been a while since I was this disappointed in a book.

For the biggest part, The Blind irked me so much. I just found the main character so annoying. Every situation, including the mysterious patient, seemed to be there as an excuse for her to whine more and descend even further to a rotten place. I couldn’t take much more of her wanting to stab people in the eye or feeling jealous that no one was petting her hair and then going back to her abusive boyfriend. At times I was so close to quitting. I had to pick up another book, which is really uncommon for me.

I appreciated the whole looking perfect to everyone else but suffering so much inside but there really wasn’t much to hold on to, just little clues every once in a while that Samantha never bother to even comment on, let alone try to investigate. I mean, if I found a note with my address and directions for how to get there, I would be seriously worried. All Sam does is comment that the handwriting is not her own.

Towards the end, the chapters got really intriguing, and the pace definitely picked up. I wanted to know more. But ultimately the ending was predictable and it did not make up for the disappointment of the rest of the book.

Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Read from Sep 28th to Oct 1stth, 2017
GR Review