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Karin Slaughter books reading order

Posted September 14, 2022 by louisesr in Book List / 0 Comments

Karin Slaughter has written a couple of series as well as some stand alone books. I am busy working my way through them all with my F*cked up reads book club. Click on the book title below to be taken to the Amazon page for the book. I will also link to those that I have reviewed on here.

GRANT COUNTY SERIES

You can read either series first but there is some cross over of characters so I would recommend starting with the Grant County series.

Book 1 – Blindsighted

Book 2 – Kisscut

Book 3 – A Faint Cold Fear – review to come

Book 4 – Indelible – see my review here

Book 5 – Faithless – see my review here

Book 6 – Skin Privilege – review to come

WILL TRENT SERIES

Although this is a separate series one of the main characters appears in both and so you should read the Grant County series before the Will Trent Series

Book 1 – Triptych – see my review here

Book 2 – Fractured

Book 3 – Undone

Book 4 – Broken

Book 5 – Fallen

Book 6 – Criminal

Book 7 – Unseen

Book 8 – The Kept Woman

Book 9 – The Last Widow

Book 10 – The Silent Wife

STAND ALONE

Cop Town

Pretty Girls

The Good Daughter

False Witness

ANDREA OLIVER SERIES

Book 1 – Pieces of Her – review to come

Book 2 – Girl, Forgotten – review to come

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Jessica Redland books reading order

Posted September 10, 2022 by louisesr in Book List / 1 Comment

If you click on the book name it will take you to the Amazon site, all of these are available for free on Kindle Unlimited. Where I have reviews I will link to them as well. Most of the books I’ve not yet added reviews to this site but I’ll try to get them transferred across.

‘WELCOME TO WHITSBOROUGH BAY’ SERIES

Book 1 – Making Wishes at Bay View

Book 2 – New Beginnings at Seaside Blooms

Book 3 – Finding Hope at Lighthouse Cove

Book 4 – Coming Home to Seashell Cottage

Other books set in Whitsborough Bay

Book 1 – All You Need is Love

Book 2 – The Secret to Happiness

Note: Although technically these are stand alone, they are better to be read in order as there would be some spoilers where characters overlap

CHRISTMAS ON CASTLE STREET

Book 1 – Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop

Book 2 – Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes

Book 3 – Starry Skies over the Chocolate Pot Cafe

STARFISH CAFE SERIES

Book 1 – Snowflakes over the Starfish Cafe

Book 2 – Spring Tides at the Starfish Cafe – review to come

Book 3 – Summer Nights at the Starfish Cafe (coming April 2023)

HEDGEHOG HOLLOW SERIES

Book 1 – Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow

Book 2 – New Arrivals at Hedgehog Hollow

Book 3 – Family Secrets at Hedgehog Hollow

Book 4 – A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow – review to come

Book 5 – Chasing Dreams at Hedgehog Hollow – see my review here

Book 6 – Christmas Miracles at Hedgehog Hollow – see my review here

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September 2022 – My most anticipated releases

Posted September 2, 2022 by louisesr in Book List / 0 Comments

September 2022 – My most anticipated releasesDouble or Nothing by Kim Sherwood
Published by HarperCollins on September 1, 2022
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 432
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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.

Goodreads

James Bond is missing. 007 has been captured, perhaps even killed, by a sinister private military company. His whereabouts are unknown. Meet the new generation of spies...

Johanna Harwood, 003. Joseph Dryden, 004. Sid Bashir, 009. Together, they represent the very best and brightest of MI6. Skilled, determined and with a licence to kill, they will do anything to protect their country.

The fate of the world rests in their hands...

Tech billionaire Sir Bertram Paradise claims he can reverse the climate crisis and save the planet. But can he really? The new spies must uncover the truth, because the future of humanity hangs in the balance.

Time is running out. The start of a brand new trilogy following MI6’s agents with a licence to kill, that blows the world of James Bond wide open!

Wondering what to add to your TBR in September? Here are my top 5 books I’m looking forward to getting my hand on

September 2022 – My most anticipated releasesStone Blind by Natalie Haynes
Published by Pan Macmillan on September 15, 2022
Genres: Historical
Pages: 384
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'So to mortal men, we are monsters. Because of our flight, our strength. They fear us, so they call us monsters.’

Medusa is the sole mortal in a family of gods. Growing up with her Gorgon sisters, she begins to realize that she is the only one who experiences change, the only one who can be hurt. And her mortal lifespan gives her an urgency that her family will never know.

When the sea god Poseidon commits an unforgivable act in the temple of Athene, the goddess takes her revenge where she can – and Medusa is changed forever. Writhing snakes replace her hair, and her gaze now turns any living creature to stone. The power cannot be controlled: Medusa can look at nothing without destroying it. She is condemned to a life of shadows and darkness.

Until Perseus embarks upon a quest to fetch the head of a Gorgon . . .

September 2022 – My most anticipated releasesA Sliver of Darkness by C. J. Tudor
Published by Random House Publishing Group on November 8, 2022
Pages: 256
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The debut short-story collection from the acclaimed author of The Chalk Man, hailed as “Britain’s female Stephen King” (Daily Mail), featuring eleven bone-chilling and mind-bending tales

Time slips. Doomsday scenarios. Killer butterflies. C. J. Tudor’s novels are widely acclaimed for their dark, twisty suspense plots, but with A Sliver of Darkness, she pulls us even further into her dizzying imagination.

In “The Lion at the Gate,” a strange piece of graffiti leads to a terrifying encounter for four school friends. In “Final Course,” the world has descended into darkness, but a group of old friends make time for one last dinner party. In “Runaway Blues,” thwarted love, revenge, and something very nasty stowed in a hat box converge. In “Gloria,” a strange girl at a service station endears herself to a coldhearted killer, but can a leopard really change its spots? And in “I’m Not Ted,” a case of mistaken identity has unforeseen fatal consequences.

Riveting, macabre, and explosively original, A Sliver of Darkness is C. J. Tudor at her most wicked and uninhibited.

September 2022 – My most anticipated releasesThe Winners by Fredrik Backman
Series: Bear Town #3
Published by Atria Books on 27 September 2022
Pages: 688
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wo years have passed since the events that no one wants to think about. Everyone has tried to move on, but there’s something about this place that prevents it. The residents continue to grapple with life’s big questions: What is a family? What is a community? And what, if anything, are we willing to sacrifice in order to protect them?

As the locals of Beartown struggle to overcome the past, great change is on the horizon. Someone is coming home after a long time away. Someone will be laid to rest. Someone will fall in love, someone will try to fix their marriage, and someone will do anything to save their children. Someone will submit to hate, someone will fight, and someone will grab a gun and walk towards the ice rink.

So what are the residents of Beartown willing to sacrifice for their home?

Everything.

September 2022 – My most anticipated releasesFairy Tale by Stephen King
Published by Hodder and Stoughton on 6 September 2022
Genres: Horror
Pages: 592
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Charlie Reade looks like a regular high school kid, great at baseball and football, a decent student. But he carries a heavy load. His mom was killed in a hit-and-run accident when he was ten, and grief drove his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself—and his dad. Then, when Charlie is seventeen, he meets Howard Bowditch, a recluse with a big dog in a big house at the top of a big hill. In the backyard is a locked shed from which strange sounds emerge, as if some creature is trying to escape. When Mr. Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie the house, a massive amount of gold, a cassette tape telling a story that is impossible to believe, and a responsibility far too massive for a boy to shoulder.

Because within the shed is a portal to another world—one whose denizens are in peril and whose monstrous leaders may destroy their own world, and ours. In this parallel universe, where two moons race across the sky, and the grand towers of a sprawling palace pierce the clouds, there are exiled princesses and princes who suffer horrific punishments; there are dungeons; there are games in which men and women must fight each other to the death for the amusement of the “Fair One.” And there is a magic sundial that can turn back time.

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Who Would You…. Will Trent

Posted July 20, 2022 by louisesr in Discussion, Features / 1 Comment

I’ve decided to do a new series called Who Would You. No this isn’t snog, marry, avoid! It’s who would you get to play one of the lead characters in the current book you’re reading. It was inspired by 2 of my bookstagram bestie’s who are arguing over who should play a character from one of the books they’ve been reading.

As I’m currently reading Triptych by Karin Slaughter (the first of the Will Trent novels) it got me thinking about who I would want to play Trent. I’m half way through and although he’s not had a major role so far in the novel what we do know is – he’s tall and blonde, strong and silent, kinda geeky, doesn’t look like an action hero.

Now, the suggestions that were brought up in our book club discussion were

Jake Gyllenhal, Zachary Quinto and Eric, sorry Alexander Skarsgard.

I had a quick look on Goodreads, where this has also been discussed and again, Zachary Quinto was mentioned as well as

Gabriel Macht, Joel Kinnamon and Charlie Hunnam

I’m going to disagree with all of these! For me there is a perfect actor… Seann William Scott (yep, Stifler).

Have you read any of this series? Who would you cast as Will Trent?

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Top Ten Tuesdays – Comfort Reads

Posted May 31, 2022 by louisesr in Features / 9 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Hmm so, this kind of works on the assumption that as readers we reread books when we’re looking for comfort. I NEVER reread books. I tried it a couple of times and was really disappointed. Two books which I’d previously loved and they were both DNF for me the second time round. Maybe I just don’t like knowing how something is going to turn out.

There are however authors that I class as “feel good fiction” these are the books that I know are going to make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. If I’m a bit down and I need a lift then these are the authors that I turn to, in no particular order

  1. Jill Mansell
  2. Milly Johnson
  3. Lucy Diamond
  4. Cathy Bramley
  5. Heidi Swain
  6. Carole Matthews
  7. Sarah Morgan
  8. Trisha Ashley
  9. Veronica Henry
  10. Jenny Colgan
  11. Sue Moorcroft

I know it’s top 10 Tuesday and there’s 11 of them but I couldn’t cut any of them out.

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How I read ebooks

Posted May 30, 2022 by louisesr in Features / 1 Comment

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer at  Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop starts on a Friday and ends the following Thursday. There is a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 

This weeks question was “Do you use the Kindle app on your phone or ipad to read books?” and it was submitted by Elizabeth over at Silver’s Reviews.

I love ebooks, they’re so handy, I can carry multiple books with me wherever I go and, more often than not, they’re a lot cheaper than a physical book. I mainly use the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition. Why did I go for the all singing, all dancing version? It has extra storage space, a longer battery life and it plays audible books! I have a serious book buying obsession and if I had to limit myself to physical books I’d need a bigger house!

However, I do still use the app on my phone for reading books. There are 2 main reasons for this

  1. I ALWAYS have my phone with me so if I find myself waiting at the doctors, for my daughter to finish school, in the chip shop. I can just whip out my phone and continue my book from where I left off. It’s amazing how many slots of 10 minutes you get throughout a day and if you read a chapter of your book rather than scrolling Bookstagram you get through a lot more books.
  2. Test To Speech. When you go into the accessibility section on your phone there is the ability for the phone to speak aloud whatever text is on the screen. Now, it is a robotic voice (think Siri or SatNav) but if I own an ebook and I’m sat in work doing data entry then rather than having the radio on, I would have my book playing.

Do you use the Kindle app?

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Around the Blogosphere

Posted May 29, 2022 by louisesr in Discussion, Features / 2 Comments

My reader has been particularly busy this week. Book blogging is all about the community and I loved reading other people’s opinions on books. I get so many recommendations from reading other book blogs, not just from reviews but from lists and opinion pieces as well. I’m trying hard to make this blog a mixture of posts so that there’s something for everyone.

Here’s a look at some of the posts that I’ve enjoyed this week.

  • Once Upon a Time reviewed The Daughters by Julia Crouch as part of the Bookouture Tour. Look out for my post on the tour coming tomorrow.
  • Reading Between The Dunes has some alternative beach read selections, these were all books that I’d never heard of before
  • Stephanie at Adventures of a Bibliophile has been reading Japanese fiction, this includes one of the books that I’m really excited to read over the summer (Before The Coffee Gets Cold)
  • Kristin at Kristin Kraves Books has recently celebrated her 5 year blogivesary and asked the rest of the blogging community if we had any questions for her. She has answered these this week
  • Lotus Writing Therapy has reviewed The Midnight House by Amanda Geard, the cover of this reminded me of an Eve Chase novel, who I love so I was excited to see what she had to say
  • Janet at From First Page to Last has interviewed Jinny Alexander, I love hearing about a writers process and how they get from initial thought to published book
  • Jen Med’s Book Reviews has reviewed The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean, while I loved his most recent work, First Born, The Last Thing to Burn was a DNF for me (although I’m in the minority) so I wanted to share what someone else thought of this novel
  • Dedra at A Book Wanderer is taking part in 20 books of summer and has some great looking books lined up to read

What are your top blogs to follow? How do you find blogs to follow?

When I first started blogging I googled “top book blogs” and “top uk book blogs” which provided me with links to a variety of posts. It was quite frustrating that posts over 12 months old often featured blogs which were no longer active. The fact that someone had enjoyed a blog enough to put it on a top blog list but then the blogger had given up made me kinda sad. It also led me to Feedspot, which aggregates active book blogs and looks at their current traffic, how active they are, their social media presence, domain authority and freshness. This is their list of the Top 100 UK Book Blogs – guess who managed to rank at number 27?!?!

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Stacking the Shelves

Posted May 28, 2022 by louisesr in Features / 5 Comments

I was trying to be “good” this week, honest I was. I really thought I was going to have a quiet week book wise. It didn’t quite happen

Esme King messaged me at the start of the week to tell me about her novel Reasons to go Outside. This looks like a fabulous read, I’ve already shared the epilogue here on Thursday as I loved it so much. I’m also recommending this one to my irl bookclub.

I then got a message from Charlie King to ask if I’d like a copy of her book Wolfgang and the Baby Lunatic, this is one I wouldn’t have considered based on the name but having read the synopsis, and all the glowing reviews it’s had so far I’m really eager to read this, I’m thinking it might be like a mummy banter type book, funny but covering the serious issues affecting mothers. As my irl book club is formed from a birthing group I’m part of from when I had my little monsters, I figured they might like this one as well. I’m sure when they formed the group they had no clue how much I was going to bombard them with options!

I’m trying to read more independently published and debut novels so when Sarah Bell shared about her book, The Murder Next Door, on Twitter I went and had a nosey and downloaded that via Kindle Unlimited.

Georgie over at Penguin RandomHouse kindly sent me an audio copy of With A Mind To Kill by Anthony Horowitz, read by Rory Kinear, I’d actually already downloaded A Line To Kill (Horowitz’s previous book) last month and haven’t got round to listening to it yet.

I did manage to limit my NetGalley books this week, I only got two – Hooked by AC Wise, a feminist take on what happened to Wendy and Captain Hook after Neverland and One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke, I read The Castaways earlier this month and loved it so I’m excited for this.

I was reading Years of Reading Selfishly on Wednesday and there were a few books on their that caught my eye, I added them to my wishlist and then they just somehow got added to my cart, I’ve no idea how it happened 🤷‍♀️ A Tidy Ending by Joanna Cannon, Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart and The Exhibitionist by Charlotte Mendelson

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How I Track My Reading

Posted May 27, 2022 by louisesr in Features, Let's Talk Bookish / 3 Comments

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme that was originally created and hosted by Rukky at Eternity Books starting in August 2019, and was then cohosted with Dani at Literary Lion from May 2020 to March 2022.  Aria at Book Nook Bits has been the host since the beginning of April 2022. Let’s Talk Bookish is a meme where participants discuss certain topics, share their opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts. Topics for each month will be posted a month in advance on Aria’s blog.

This weeks topic on Let’s Talk Bookish is tracking reading, and I have such a lot to share with you about it!

Last year I failed miserably at tracking what I was reading. I couldn’t even tell you how many books I read. When I reached the end of the year and everyone was providing updates on how much they’d read during 2021 I got increasingly frustrated and decided that this year would be different.

From the start of the year I have been tracking my reading in Goodreads, I have set a reading challenge of 100 books as I would hazard a guess that this was somewhere close to what I read last year.

However, since I started this blog I have a new way of tracking my reading that is internal to the blog and I’m in love with it.

The plug in that I use is called Book Library and is provided by Nosegraze you use it in the same way as you would the Goodreads book tracker but there is so much more information available. Being part way through the year it’s taken quite a lot of time and effort to get it set up (I’m not 100% complete yet) but it’s so going to be worth it at year end. Once I’ve got all my previous books logged then just adding them as I read them will be easy enough to keep on top of. You’ll be able to see this in action in my monthly wrap up posts but I’ll give you a couple of examples of what it includes here.

Book Library

Here you can see a list of the books that I’ve added so far, I can add display this either as a list or by month. I can filter on a particular book or on format read, whether or not I’ve read them and whether I own them or not. Being perfectly honest, things like whether or not I own them and the format of them isn’t something that I’m particularly interested in so I haven’t been updating these areas. One thing that I particularly like is that you can include the series, the no of pages in the book, whether you have a signed edition etc. It’s a great way of keeping track of all the books that I own.

Now the exciting bit! The analytics 😁 You’ll see I have this filtered on ‘This Month’ but I could choose Last 30 Days, Last Month, This Year, Last Year or All Time. It’s crazy but I’m really looking forward to being able to see how this changes moving forward.

Analytics Overview

I’m sure you’re looking at this and going “hang on 7 different series read and 10 standalones doesn’t equal 18 books” this is because I’ve read 2 books from the same series, so although I’ve read from 7 different series, I’ve read 8 books from those series.

You’ll also see I’ve only written one review. This isn’t strictly true. I’ve concentrated on getting posts up on to the blog and I’m updating this when I have a bit of free time. This plug in doesn’t automatically update blog posts into here, you have to manually update them (you literally add the book id from when you input it and the post id) I just haven’t got round to doing this yet.

Analytics – library

Now we’re on to the library. If I was up to date with this and just adding books as I was purchasing/loaning them then this would be slightly more exciting but as I’m doing a mass data dump it’s not entirely accurate at the moment. When looking at the pie chart if you hover over a ‘slice’ then it will tell you the actual numbers that you’ve added. Looking at this it’s pretty obvious what genre I read most of. One of my goals that I’ve set is to read across more genres so I’ll be interested to see how this changes over the course of this year.

The amount of stats available for this is brilliant, what was my longest book read, my shortest book read, how many of each genre did I read, when were they published? As you can see most of them have been published in the last 12 months, except for 2 rogue books where I’ve been reading Karin Slaughters back list.

I’ve not included format in here, but you can also report on the format of books read, mine isn’t accurate as I haven’t been adding it in when logging books.

Although there’s a lot more this plug in can do I’m only going to show you one more thing. Ratings.

Analytics – Ratings

Obviously I’m a new blog and I haven’t added all my books yet. I started with the books that I’ve read this month (so I’ll be able to share my stats in full at the end of the month) and I’ve had a really good reading month with some fantastic books so this is all looking very positive at the minute. It will be interesting to see what this looks like at the end of the year.

So, there you go. Tracking reading. I’ve gone from one end of the spectrum (not tracking at all) to the other (tracking with loads of analytics). Do track what you’ve read?

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25 New Releases for Your Vacation

Posted May 25, 2022 by louisesr in Features / 4 Comments

There are so many amazing books releasing over the next few months, here are some of the ones I’m most looking forward to hunting down in the airport. Most of these are from authors who I have previously read and loved.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Book Quotes

Posted May 24, 2022 by louisesr in Features / 5 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks prompt for Top Ten Tuesday is book quotes, there are so many ways that this could go – my favourite quotes from in books, my favourite quotes about books, I’ve decided to share with you my favourite quotes about books and reading. I’ve been a reader all my life, I love that books take me to a different world, even if that world is one of serial killers.

“Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.”

Napoléon Bonaparte

I’m hopefully raising a family of readers. My children think it’s a great afternoon treat to head off to the library and my 6yo has just discovered the libby app. Although she is a very capable reader we take it in turns to read books, some nights she will read them herself and other times I will read to her. My son is 4, he can’t read yet but he’s working on recognising his letters (he gets so excited if he sees a word that includes the letters in his name), he gets 2 stories read to him every night.

“I guess there are never enough books.”

John Steinbeck

When I was a child there just wasn’t enough books for me, before I’d finished primary school I’d read all of the books in my school and all of the books in my local library. Now, I read daily but I’m pretty sure I’m never going to run out of books again.

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”

JK Rowling

I think this is so true, there is a book for everyone. I know people who can’t understand why others would read fiction but they will immerse themselves in autobiographies or books on sport. My brother always said he hated reading, and then he discovered Terry Pratchett and devoured them all.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Dr Seuss

Who does’t love Dr Seuss, he has so many great quotes. One of the things that I love about books is that even if you’re reading fiction you can learn from them. Not just the best way to dispose of a body but I recently learn about ALS and depression. I’ve found that the books that used to be known as Chick-lit, which are now normally labelled Women’s Fiction often have some of the deepest topics in amongst the humour.

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

CS Lewis

My husband laughs at me for the size of my cups, the only dainty cup that I possess is a cup and saucer that I got in this months Illumicrate box. If I’m having a cuppa I want to know that it’s actually going to be big enough to quench my thirst. In all honesty, I never really check the length of a book any more, I have a lot on my kindle so I’d have no idea how many pages they are until I come to post a review. When I was younger I always used to gravitate to the longer books, I thought I was getting more for my money with them 😁

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.”

George RR Martin

I read such a wide variety of books, I’ve gone to different worlds and lived different jobs, I’ve lived through a zombie apocalypse and world wars. When I’m reading a book I get so immersed in the world that I’m living in for that short time.

I can survive well enough on my own—if given the proper reading material.

Sarah J Maas

I’m an introvert, I don’t tend to go out very much, I’m quite happy sitting inside on my own – as long as I have a book to keep me company. Even if I go out I usually have both my kindle and a paperback with me, if I get stuck in a queue or have 5 minutes to myself, I’m not going to get bored if I have a book with me

A room without books is like a body without a soul.

Cicero

I drive my husband crazy as I have books everywhere (I have so many I couldn’t possibly limit them to my bookcases). We have 2 huge bookcases in our study which are stacked full, there is always a paperback on top of the placemats in the middle of the kitchen table, my bedroom has a couple of books on the bedside table and a book trolley on the other side of the room

It’s not that I don’t like people. It’s just that when I’m in the company of others – even my nearest and dearest – there always comes a moment when I’d rather be reading a book.

Maureen Corrigan

I think it’s pretty safe to say that I’d almost always rather be reading a book.

You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.

Paul Sweeney

I finished Lessons in Chemistry a couple of days ago and I honestly felt bereft when I was no longer living in the world of Elizabeth Zott. It was one of those books that could never have been long enough.

What is your favourite book related quote?

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Around the Blogosphere

Posted May 22, 2022 by louisesr in Features / 1 Comment

As well as writing blog posts I spend a ridiculous amount of times reading other blogs. Here I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite blog posts from the last week

What posts have caught your eye this week?

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Stacking The Shelves (1)

Posted May 21, 2022 by louisesr in Features / 7 Comments

Stacking The Shelves 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! And audiobooks. Don’t forget audiobooks! In other words, if you can read it or if it can be read to you – no matter how you got it – it belongs in Stacking the Shelves. The Stacking the Shelves meme was originally hosted at Team Tynga’s Reviews. For the last few years it’s been co-hosted at Team Tynga’s and Reading Reality. Reading Reality became the one and only host of Stacking the Shelves when Team Tynga’s Reviews closed its virtual doors in 2021.

My May LoveMyRead box arrived on Monday with Elektra in. LoveMyRead was taken over by Fane last month so I had high hopes that this would be extra special. I posted my unboxing yesterday if you want to check out this post.

I have also just received my Illumicrate box, this is always the highlight of my month. Want to see what’s in it? You’re going to have to wait a few days, I’ve not had chance to take any photo’s yet. It’s not a spoiler to tell you that the book for this month is The Book of Night by Holly Black, one that I’ve been wanting to get my hands on as I love her writing.

I had a lovely surprise from HarperCollins this week when I received The Silence That Binds Us by Joanna Ho. I’ve read Eyes That Kiss In the Corners with my 6yo daughter so was interested in this which is aimed at a slightly older age group. I’ve already read the authors note in the front of the book and will hopefully be able to pick this up soon, it’s out on the 14th June.

I received three books on NetGalley this week – The Friendship Pact by Jill Shalvis, A Sliver of Darkness by CJ Tudor and Keep It In The Family by John Marrs (if you’re not already following him he has a fantastic Insagram account). I’m trying not to order as many books through NetGalley but it’s hard! When I first got my account I assumed that I wouldn’t be accepted for many books so I requested loads, BIG MISTAKE. At the start of this year my review percentage was 40% and it was not improving. I’ve made a big effort to review more books this year. This week I finally hit 50%, it’s taken me nearly 5 months. I don’t think I’ll make the elusive 80% by the end of the year but I’m hoping I can maybe get it up to 70%.

I also went on a library binge this week, I managed to max out 2 library cards! I tend to get audio books out of the library as for some reason in the UK you can’t read them on your kindle, functionality that I believe is available in the United States. I love getting to “read” while I’m preparing dinner or doing the cleaning.

It’s not like I don’t already have a huge TBR but it seems that no matter how fast I read, I receive books quicker than I can possibly read them, there’s just too many books out there that I want to read.

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Love My Read Unboxing May 2022

Posted May 20, 2022 by louisesr in Features / 3 Comments

My husband bought me a Love My Read subscription for Christmas. Each month I get to choose from a selection of books and then I receive my chosen book along with some extras. The selection of books is pretty good and it covers a range of genres so there’s something for everyone, however, the extras aren’t that great, they’re a selection of treats for you to consume while reading. Love My Read were taken over by Fane last month and this was the first box that I’ve received since the takeover, I was excited to see if things had changed. They hadn’t. But the extras aren’t why I get the box, they’re just an added bonus.

A 12 month subscription is £162 plus £37 delivery, which works out at £16.58 a month.

What’s in The Box?

  1. Your book in a beautifully wrapped subscription box
  2. 2-3 goodies from our partner brands, chosen to enhance your reading experience.
  3. A member magazine, detailing the book’s themes, and the author’ bios, games and more..
  4. A themed monthly bookmark

The above is what Love My Read say is in the box, what this actually translates to :

  • Your chosen book in a LoveMyRead branded cardboard box
  • A chocolate bar, a can of drink (usually Kambucha), a sample size beauty product
  • A couple of postcards with a book themed quote
  • A bookmark

This month my book of choice was Elektra by Jennifer Saint, it’s a beautiful book and I’m excited to read it

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20 Books of Summer

Posted May 12, 2022 by louisesr in Features, Reading Challenge / 7 Comments

20 books of summer is a challenge hosted by Cathy at 746books. This challenge is to read – and review – 20 books over the summer, between the 1st June and 1st September.

You can find her original post announcing the challenge and all the information here

I’m reasonably confident I can read 20 books, I’m not so confident I can review that many. As Cathy’s blog is all about reducing your TBR pile, I’m going to choose my 20 books from those that I already have on my TBR, namely my ever increasing NetGalley pile! Below are all of the books that I’m hoping to read/review. Wish me luck!

  1. The Lost Ones by Marnie Riches
  2. Wake by Shelley Burr
  3. The Guilty Girl by Patricia Gibney
  4. The Other Guest by Helen Cooper
  5. A Stranger on Board by Cameron Ward
  6. The Bay by Allie Reynolds
  7. Girl, Forgotten by Karin Slaughter
  8. The Hunting Wives by May Cobb
  9. Chasing Dreams at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland
  10. Listen to Me by Tess Gerritsen
  11. Truly, Darkly, Deeply by Victoria Selman
  12. The Last Hours in Paris by Ruth Druart
  13. The Cabin in The Woods by Sarah Alderson
  14. The Italian Ballerina by Kirsty Cambron
  15. The Retreat by Sarah Pearse
  16. The Lies I Told by Mary Burton
  17. Looking for Jane by Heather Marshall
  18. Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
  19. One Summer Sunrise by Shari Low
  20. Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point by Sarah Bennett

Let me know your most anticipated read of summer

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