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

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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.

Stacking The Shelves [23] September 23rd

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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 there!

Gosh, it’s been a while since I last wrote one of these, huh?
The fact is I have not added any books to my shelves in over a month.
This past week I saw a few I liked and requested them on Netgalley, though. I was granted access to two of them!


Netgalley

You think you know the truth about the people you love.

But one discovery can change everything…

Eight-year-old Billy goes missing one day, out flying his kite with his sister Rose. Two days later, he is found dead.

Sixteen years on, Rose still blames herself for Billy’s death. How could she have failed to protect her little brother?

Rose has never fully recovered from the trauma, and one of the few people she trusts is her neighbour Ronnie, who she has known all her life. But one day Ronnie falls ill, and Rose goes next door to help him… and what she finds in his attic room turns her world upside down.

Rose thought she knew the truth about what happened to Billy. She thought she knew her neighbour. Now the only thing she knows is that she is in danger…

I have read other books by this author and they are usually quite entertaining, even if I am not a fan of the endings.
This premise sounds really interesting and I am looking forward to digging into it.


‘You know that feeling? When you want something so badly, you almost feel you’d kill for it?’

Be careful what you wish for…

Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat’s childhood friend Lisa gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream.

But Kat and Lisa’s history hides dark secrets.

And there is more to Lisa than meets the eye.

As dangerous cracks start to appear in Kat’s perfect picture of happily-ever-after, she realises that she must face her fear of the past to save her family…

Also sounds very mysterious! I think this book has the potential to explore people’s strongest wishes and what they would do to achieve what they want, while exploring their ‘dark secrets’, so I had to request it.
Also, I loooved the cover.


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.

August 2017 Wrap-Up

August is one of the busiest months at work so I didn’t manage to read much. Sims Freeplay took up most of my time, to be honest,
I did manage to go through a trilogy I grabbed from Netgalley. It was interesting food for thought.
I also managed to watch a couple of movies so overall it was a good month.


Summary:

Total Books Read: 3

Longest Read: The Final Correction (Condition #3) (288 pages)

Shortest Read: A Medical Miracle? (Condition #1) (210 pages)

Book of the Month: A Medical Miracle? (Condition #1)

Favourite Cover:

Challenges Progress:

GoodReads: 50/52

British Books Challenge: 22/12

2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 43/35


August Books:

 

I began August with the first book of the Condition trilogy, A Medical Miracle? by Alec Birri.

The book had a bumpy start but it developed into quite an imaginative work of speculative fiction and I was intrigued enough to continue on with the other two books.

I rated it 3.5/5 stars.

 

The Curing Begins… (Condition #2) by Alec Birri is the sequel to the previous book. I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the previous one but then again it was quite different. The fact that the first half of the book took place in the 70s brought a new dimension to the narrative and I slowly warmed up to it, though gah insta-love.

I rated it 3.5/5 stars.

 

I finished the month with the last book in the trilogy,, The Final Correction by Alec Birri.

I am not quite sure what to make of it, to be honest. I mean, I enjoyed it, but I was quite confused.

I rated it 3/5 stars.

 

 


Where I got the books:

 

Netgalley

  • A Medical Miracle?
  • The Curing Begins…
  • The Final Correction

 

Movie Reviews:

  • The Dark Tower
  • Annabelle: Creation
  •  

    Features:

     

    Other Posts in August:


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

    Tackling the TBR [9]: September 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.


    August flew by and I didn’t manage to reduce my TBR by much.
    On the upside I don’t have that many additions for September so, step by slow step, I will manage to reduce it!


    September 2017 TBR Tackler Shelf:

    The Blind
    by A.F. Brady

    Hanna Who Fell from the Sky
    by Christopher Meades


    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

    Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (

    Little Fires Everywhere
    by Celeste Ng

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

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

     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

    Narcissism for Beginners - A Novel by Martine McDonagh

    Narcissism for Beginners – A Novel
    by Martine McDonagh

    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

    Stacking The Shelves [22] August 12th

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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 added one book to my shelves.
    I have not been doing much reading lately so I need to keep the requests as low as possible more than ever!


    Netgalley

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

    One girl found dead. Another girl gone…

    Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever…

    When, a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer.

    No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial killer.

    As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart.

    Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’s too late?

    An utterly gripping and darkly compelling detective thriller that will have fans of Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and James Patterson hooked from the very start. You will not guess the ending!

    I read book 1 of this series and enjoyed it enough to check out more by the author.
    For some reason I did not find the blurb of book 2 compelling enough to requested it but this one sounds interesting enough.
    It sure is nice to find authors I’ve previously read and enjoyed on Netgalley!


    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.