Stacking The Shelves [7] March 25th

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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 have had a lovely week.

Mine was busy but good. Not much time to read, unfortunately. Plenty of time to request, though! I’ve been naughty again and requested too much stuff, making my Netgalley feedback rate drop below 70% again, but I have felt the need for different stuff to read. I ended up requesting books I would not normally read and I think it will do me a world of good.

These are the 8 books I added to my shelves this past week:


Edelweiss ARC

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

I absolutely loved the Stepford Wives sort of vibe I got from the description of the neighbourhood and the variety of characters also intrigues me so I am very happy that my request was accepted.

Gift

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

Dear Kelly @ Book Obsession passed this on to me. I had actually wanted to watch the movie but waited too long and now I get to read the book, which is even better!

Giveaway

Gambit (The Prodigy Chronicles #1) by C.L. Denault

Gambit (The Prodigy Chronicles #1)
by C.L. Denault

In Earth’s battle-ridden future, humans have evolved. Those with extraordinary skills rise to power and fame. Those without live in poverty.

Sixteen-year-old Willow Kent believed she was normal. But when a genetically-advanced military officer shows up in her village and questions her identity, long-buried secrets begin to emerge. With remarkable skills and a shocking genetic code the Core and its enemies will do anything to obtain, Willow suddenly finds the freedom she craves slipping through her fingers. Greed, corruption, and genetic tampering threaten every aspect of her existence as she’s thrust, unwilling, into the sophisticated culture of the elite Core city. To ensure peace, she must leave the past behind, marry a man she’s never met, and submit to the authority of a relentless officer with a hidden agenda of his own.

Her life has become a dangerous game. How much will she sacrifice in order to win?

I won this in a giveaway and I am looking forward to starting it because it seems like just what I need to take a break from what I usually read and delve into a good old fantasy/dystopia. The world described in the blurb sounds really interesting!

Netgalley ARC

Hush Little Baby by Joanna Barnard

Hush Little Baby
by Joanna Barnard

When baby Oliver breaks his arm, no-one can (or will) say how it happened.

His mother is exhausted.

His father is angry.

His older sister is resentful.

And they all have something to hide.

I have felt myself drawn to stories involving children more and more these days and I am curious to know the dynamic of this family.

Mr Make Believe by Beezy Marsh

Mr Make Believe
by Beezy Marsh

Marnie Martin’s formerly perfect life is not quite going to plan.

Hard-hitting newspaper journalist turned stay at home mum slash part-time (terrible) cookery columnist slash full-time day dreamer, she’s not entirely sure when it all went wrong…

She suspects it was at exactly the moment she gave up writing the front page for the apparent bliss of perfect motherhood. But while her (tall, handsome, lawyer) husband Matt’s career is taking off, she is left behind with the impossible task of pairing socks. His late nights at the office are turning into late nights who knows where else. They haven’t had a proper conversation in weeks, sex in months, and a full night’s sleep in what must be years. Love has taken a back seat to the laundry pile and Marnie is feeling a little lost.

So when an extended fantasy about movie star Maddox Wolfe leads to a missed deadline, a very high profile case of food poisoning, the loss of her job and potentially her husband… Marnie becomes Mrs Make Believe: Anonymous blogger, secret spiller and voice of fantasy-life spinning imperfect mums everywhere.

Mrs Make Believe knows the bedtime battles, the marriage screw ups and the shrinking clothing (she remains a size 10, what are her clothes playing at?) only too well. She also knows that it’s ok to let your mind wander into make believe… What she didn’t know was that a movie star crush could walk off the screen and into her life, turning her already muddled world (with a husband with one foot out the door) totally on its head.

Will Marnie be sucked back into the world of uncomfortable cocktail dresses and Botox-frozen smiles? Will she find happiness in her infuriatingly imperfect marriage or in the arms of the (literal) man of her dreams? Or will Marnie find that true love is just make believe?

This laugh out loud romantic comedy will have you glued to your sofa. Journalist turned author, Beezy Marsh, is perfect for fans of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones, Tracy Bloom and The Bad Mother’s Diary. The battle through love, life and laundry should never be a one woman struggle.

Ok I have to admit I did not read the entire synopsis but this sounds like a funny read which is just what I need!
Also, I still am not comfortable reading a proper romance so this seems like a good compromise.

Narcissism for Beginners by Martine McDonagh

Narcissism for Beginners
by Martine McDonagh

Meet Sonny Anderson as he tips headlong into adulthood. Sonny doesn’t remember his mother’s face; he was kidnapped at age five by his father, Guru Bim, and taken to live in a commune in Brazil. Since the age of ten, Sonny has lived in Redondo Beach, California, with his guardian Thomas Hardiker. Brits think he’s an American, Americans think he’s a Brit.

When he turns 21, Sonny musters the courage to travel alone to the UK in an attempt to leave a troubled past behind, reunite with his mother and finally learn the truth about his childhood. With a list of people to visit, a whole lot of attitude and five mysterious letters from his guardian, Sonny sets out to learn the truth. But is it a truth he wants to hear?

Narcissism for Beginners is a fresh, witty and humane take on the struggle to make sense of growing up.

This sounds like a very peculiar coming-of-age story with lots of food for thought.

Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) by Sylvain Neuvel

Waking Gods (Themis Files #2)
by Sylvain Neuvel

When an alien vessel materialises in London, does it mean peace or war? Waking Gods is the gripping sequel to the ground-breaking thriller Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. What’s going on? Turn on the television. What channel? Any channel. An unknown vessel, not of this world, materializes in London. A colossal figure towering over the city, it makes no move. Is this a peaceful first contact or the prelude to an invasion? Every child has nightmares. But the only thing scarier than little Eva Reyes’ dreams – apocalyptic visions of death and destruction – is the habit they have of coming true… Scientist Dr Rose Franklin has no memory of the last few years. The strangers she works with say she died, and was brought back to life. The question is not just how … but why? Kara Resnik and Vincent Couture fell in love during war, and have found peace since. They are the thin line of defence against what is coming. But they do not know they have been living a lie. And a man who claims to have the answers has his own agenda. There are things he cannot say – and others he won’t. All pieces of an epic puzzle. One we have been trying to solve since the dawn of time… *** Praise for Sylvain Neuvel: ‘This year’s The Martian. Captivating … So good and so eerie’ Buzzfeed ‘Bursts at the seams with big ideas … this book is a sheer blast from start to finish. I haven’t had this much fun reading in ages’ Blake Crouch, author of Dark Matter and Wayward Pines ‘This stellar debut novel masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction … so much more than the sum of its parts. A page-turner of the highest order’ Kirkus Reviews ‘As high-concept as it is, Sleeping Giants is a thriller through and through. One of the most promising series kickoffs in recent memory’ NPR ‘Reminiscent of The Martian and World War Z, Sleeping Giants is a luminous conspiracy yarn that shoots for (and lands among) the stars’ Pierce Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Red Rising

After several rejections on both Netgalley and Edelweiss I finally managed to grab the sequel of Sleeping Giants as Read Now. Lucky, huh?

Lying to Children by Alex Shahla

Lying to Children
by Alex Shahla

A fictional father writes letters to his college-aged daughter and son remembering events, large and small, from their family’s past in the poignant and hilarious Lying to Children. In this collection of sometimes outrageous, sometimes sad, often heartwarming interconnected vignettes, author Alex Shahla enters the fray with a delightful confessional celebration of family life told in stories from a dad’s unique perspective. Centered around the untruths parents regularly tell their kids in an effort to protect (or silence) them—from “Daddy Loves his Job” to “There’s a Jolly Fat Man who Brings You Presents (Assembly Required)” —Lying to Children is an unforgettable familial history filled with laughter, tears, and life lessons, and brimming over with a somewhat-less-than-perfect suburban dad’s unwavering love.

This sounds light and funny and just what I need to unwind from some heavy stuff I have been reading.


And that’s it for this week!

Have you read any of these 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.

Stacking The Shelves [6] March 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 all having a lovely weekend.
So… Last week I went overboard with requests so I really tried to brace myself this week.
I did request more but only 3 ARCs were approved and finally received the 3 books I had ordered from BWB.
These are the books I added to my shelves:


Edelweiss ARC

Red Ribbons (Dr. Kate Pearson #1) by Louise Phillips

Red Ribbons (Dr. Kate Pearson #1)
by Louise Phillips

This British crime novel seems really interesting. A serial killer who leaves red ribbons and a criminal psychologist who tries to get in the killer’s mind – I would say this is a recipe for success.

Netgalley ARC

Lie to Me: A gripping psychological thriller with a shocking twist by Jess Ryder

Lie to Me
by Jess Ryder

Despite the annoying mention of the shocking twist the premise sounded very interesting. I wonder what story a four-year-old could be asked to tell and what devastating questions that action could have…

Augustus Carp, Esq., by Himself by Henry Howarth Bashford

Augustus Carp, Esq., by Himself
by Henry Howarth Bashford

The description of a a self-proclaimed “good man” who relishes every opportunity to condemn the weaknesses of others while excusing his own failings completely grasped me. This sounds very funny and real, just what I need to wind down from all the heavy stuff I read.
Unfortunately I am unable to read it as it is in ACSM format and will just not deliver to my Kindle.

Purchases

My lovely books from Better World Books have arrived and they all look amazing! Neither has a cover even remotely bent, they just had stickers and stamps from having belonged to a library. I easily removed the stickers so they look even more gorgeous now.

I have been wanting to buy 0.4 and 1.4 by Mike Lancaster in this edition, for many months now, because I love the covers but I just could find them.
After being hypnotised, Kyle Straker wakes up to a whole different world and people don’t even seem to realise he exists. I am very curious and looking forward to reading both books.

A Child Called It is not something I would usually read because even though I am used to reading heavy stuff it is all fiction, so let’s see how I will cope with this one.


And that’s it for this week!

Have you read any of these 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.

Random Chat: Where Do You Read?

Where Do You Read?

Step up, take a seat, make yourself at home and let’s chat!

Besides snuggling up at home, my favourite places to read…

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… are definitely…

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… near nature.

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But the fact is I will read anywhere.

And I mean anywhere

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Regardless of whether there are people around or not, I always take my book with me.

Do you do this as well or is there any situation you can think of that you will not take your book along?

And where do you prefer to read?

Movies I Really Want to Watch [1]

After sharing with you a list of movies I really wanted to watch I figured I would make this a feature at Ana’s Lair that I will post once I am done with the movies previously listed. I figure I will be able to do this monthly.

I live in Portugal, so the premiere times are different here; sometimes I have to wait quite a while until I am able to watch something at the movie theatre. Hence I figured this would be an okay approach to it.

I did not watch all films I mentioned in my previous post because I simply lost interest. I seem to find myself gravitating towards more independent movies these days, stuff that is completely different from what is out there.

This is the list of the 11 movies I previously mentioned. The ones I have watched link to the review.

Moonlight
Hidden Figures
Toni Erdmann
Split
Rings
20th Century Women
Fences
The Space Between Us
The Eyes of My Mother
The Autopsy of Jane Doe
Ah-ga-ssi (The Handmaiden)


And here are the 6 movies I intend to watch in the near future, ordered by the date in which they will show in Portugal (the covers link to IMBD page):

Life


Life

An international space crew discovers life on Mars.

This seems a bit like a rip-off of Alien in more ways than one, but I am willing to go into it open-minded and trusting that it will find its own way.
Also, the cast is a big plus.


En man som heter Ove


En man som heter Ove (A Man Called Ove)

Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.

I can tell this one will have me shedding a tear or two.
The trailer really impressed me. It seems to be a sad movie in a funny way, with plenty to take from it, and I look forward to watching this.


Umimachi Diary


Umimachi Diary (Our Little Sister)

A story that revolves around three sisters who live in their grandmother’s home and the arrival of their thirteen-year-old half sister.

From what I have seen in the trailer this film should portray the Japanese reality in a manner I haven’t seen before, while showing a heart-warming, modern coming-of-age story.


Ah-ga-ssi


Ah-ga-ssi (The Handmaiden)

A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.

I actually still very much want to watch this, I just had no idea it would premiere so late in my country.
This is like nothing I have watched in the past, and certainly not for the faint of heart, so I am very curious about it.


Mindhunter

A Cure for Wellness

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps, but soon suspects that the spa’s treatments are not what they seem.

It’s a freaky coincidence I found this right after watching The OA, where Jason Isaacs also plays the part of a shady doctor.

This trailer totally got my attention. I got a Shutter Island sort of vibe from it and I can tell this movie will have me second-guessing everything until the grand finale.
I hope it is well executed because it has SO much potential.


Mindhunter

Mindhunter

An agent in the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit tracks down serial killers and rapists.

I don’t usually watch much Netflix stuff but I found this one day roaming the internet and although both the blurb and the trailer don’t say much the fact is I absolutely love profiling and delving into the minds of sick people, so it should be right up my alley.


Please let me know if you watched any and let me know what you thought – no spoilers, though!

Stacking The Shelves [5] March 11th

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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!

Well, I really did it this week! It started so well… For a couple of days I only had two books. I really tried, but it is not an easy task with so many potential great reads out there.

So this week, after signing up to Edelweiss, I already got to e-ARC from them. I also got 6 from Netgalley. No physical books, at least!

These are the novels I got:


Edelweiss ARC

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

All Our Wrong Todays
by Elan Mastai

I have heard good things about this book’s character development and it’s sci-fi so it will be good to vary. These days I feel like I keep reading a lot of the same, since psychological thrillers are the rage and I do enjoy them. I do need other genres to balance and this sounds perfect for that.

The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne

The Marsh King’s Daughter
by by Karen Dionne

Ever since I read the blurb I knew I had to read this. I had requested several editions on Netgalley and was rejected for them all so I was really happy that Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read and review this.

Netgalley ARC

Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin

Girl Last Seen
by Nina Laurin

Over the past few months I have developed a keen interest in reading about truly twisted minds. So when I read this blurb I had to request the book on Netgalley and luckily I was accepted!

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

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

This premise sounded really interesting and I have come to really love British crime novels.

The Lost Children (Detective Lucy Harwin crime thriller series, #1) by Helen Phifer

The Lost Children (Detective Lucy Harwin crime thriller series, #1)
by Helen Phifer

An asylum… Missing children… Disturbing secrets… What more could I want??

Virginia by William Esmont

Virginia
by William Esmont

A very short novella about a man who makes a bargain that he may regret.

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

Every Last Lie
by Mary Kubica

I read a previous book by this author and found it fairly interesting, the writing was engaging.
I was curious about the description so I requested it.

The Case of the Famished Parson (Chief Inspector Littlejohn #15) by George Bellairs

The Case of the Famished Parson (Chief Inspector Littlejohn #15)
by George Bellairs

Again, I have really come to love British crime novels and this blurb describing a mysterious man no one really knew much about turning up dead, in a state of malnourishment, made me curious.


And that’s it for this week!

Have you read any of these or do you plan to?

Are you excited about reading any particular books you got this week?
Please comment below!

Stacking The Shelves [4] March 4th

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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!

This week I received


Netgalley ARC

Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin

Girl Last Seen
by Nina Laurin

Over the past year or so I have developed a keen interest in reading about truly twisted minds. So when I read this blurb I had to request the book on Netgalley and luckily my request was accepted!

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

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

This premise sounded really interesting and I have come to really love British crime novels so I requested it.

The Lost Children (Detective Lucy Harwin crime thriller series, #1) by Helen Phifer

The Lost Children (Detective Lucy Harwin crime thriller series, #1)
by Helen Phifer

An asylum… Missing children… Disturbing secrets… What more could I want??


And that’s it for this week! I am trying to behave myself and not add much to my TBR pile if I can help it. Not an easy task!

Have you read any of these or do you plan to?

Are you excited about reading any particular books you got this week?
Please comment below!

Tackling the TBR [2]: March 2017

Welcome to my second Tackling the TBR post!

From now on I shall try to read one paperback per month, so I included three in this post (the final row of my Tackler shelf).

I am looking forward to reading all other six as well and I have started with Roanoke Girls as I like to get my Blogging for Books novels out of the way first but there are several carry-overs that I want to dig into as well so ahh decisions, decisions!

What do you think of my list? Do you have one? Please post a link!

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.


March 2017 TBR Tackler Shelf:

The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer

The Doll Funeral
by Kate Hamer

 I Found You by Lisa Jewell

I Found You
by Lisa Jewell

 My Sister's Bonesby Nuala Ellwood

My Sister’s Bones
by Nuala Ellwood

 Momo Freaks Out by Samone Bos

Momo Freaks Out
by Samone Bos

 You Don't Know Me by Imran Mahmood

You Don’t Know Me
by Imran Mahmood

 The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The Roanoke Girls
by Amy Engel

 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

 The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
by Claire North

 Slade House by David Mitchell

Slade House
by David Mitchell

 


Tackler Carry-overs:

All the Good Things by Clare Fisher

All the Good Things
by Clare Fisher

The Ridge by John Rector

The Ridge
by John Rector

The Fifth Reflection by Ellen Kirschman

The Fifth Reflection
by Ellen Kirschman

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

The Girlfriend
by Michelle Frances

The Abscission Zone by Samuel Muggington

The Abscission Zone
by Samuel Muggington

The Follower by Koethi Zan

The Follower
by Koethi Zan

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

The Breakdown
by B.A. Paris

One of the Boys: A Novel by Daniel Magariel

One of the Boys: A Novel
by Daniel Magariel