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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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.

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

Click to go to The Obsessive Bookseller


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

Tackling the TBR [10]: October 2017

Note: The covers link to GR book page.

Click the image to go to The Obsessive Bookseller

Click to go to The Obsessive Bookseller


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!

Fall has finally arrived and with it some spooky reads. I just noticed how dark the covers for my new additions are!

I still have a lot of catching up to do, particularly on my paperbacks. I am constantly chasing the elusive feedback rate on Netgalley so I tend to prioritise those books.

So here is my TBR pile for October!


October 2017 TBR Tackler Shelf:

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


Tackler Carry-overs:

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

 The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
by Claire North

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

September 2017 Wrap-Up

September was sweet!

Another cycle has finished at work so that was good and I finally managed to tale some time off, the last week of the month, where I didn’t do much besides sleeping, reading and soaking up the sun.

I was lucky with my reads! I also watched a couple of films but didn’t feel like writing a review. Guess I am going through a phase in that department.

That’s about it!


Summary:

Total Books Read: 3

Longest Read: Little Fires Everywhere (336 pages)

Shortest Read: Narcissism for Beginners (208 pages)

Book of the Month: An Uncertain Grace

Favourite Cover:

Challenges Progress:

GoodReads: 53/52

British Books Challenge: 22/12

2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 46/35


September Books:

 

My first book of the month was An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen.

I wanted to try something different so I went for this erotica/speculative fiction short story collection. There are only 5 of them, connected by a common thread, and I have to admit I was blown away. Great story telling, amazing world building and a new view on sexuality.

I rated it 4.5/5 stars.

 

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng was pretty darn great.

These are memorable characters and I loved the portrait of a picture-perfect community disturbed by someone who dared live outside their rules.

I rated it 4.25/5 stars.

 

 

My last book of the month was Narcissism for Beginners by Martine McDonagh.

The book portrayed a few heavy subjects through the eyes of a breezy young man who is slowly coming to terms with the fact he needs to grow up, while learning the secrets of those around him – his guardian, his guru father and his elusive mother.

I rated it 4/5 stars.

 

 


Where I got the books:

Edelweiss

  • Little Fires Everywhere

Netgalley

  • An Uncertain Grace
  • Little Fires Everywhere
  • Narcissism for Beginners

 

Features:

 


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

Stacking The Shelves [24] September 30th

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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 hope you are enjoying your weekend so far.

I added one single book to my shelves this week.

Wish you all a lovely day!


Netgalley

You never know who’s watching…

Corinne’s life might look perfect on the outside, but after three failed IVF attempts it’s her last chance to have a baby. And when she finds a tiny part of a doll house outside her flat, it feels as if it’s a sign.

But as more pieces begin to turn up, Corinne realises that they are far too familiar. Someone knows about the miniature rocking horse and the little doll with its red velvet dress. Someone has been inside her house…

How does the stranger know so much about her life? How long have they been watching? And what are they waiting for…?

I couldn’t resist a psychological thriller with a hint of horror! This seems good.


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.