ARC Book Haul

A very quick post just to squeeeee a little bit over the two most recent approvals from NetGalley, both character-driven crime novels. The Searcher, Tana French Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a bucolic Irish village would be the perfect escape. After twenty-five years in the Chicago police force and a bruising divorce, he just… Continue reading ARC Book Haul

Top Five Saturday: Detective Fiction

The Top 5 series is back! Top Five Saturday is a meme hosted by Devouring Books in which the bookish community discover and share books that all have a common theme. Previously, the meme has focused on a range of different characters (witches and werewolves), genres (thrillers, detectives and re-tellings) and thoughts about the industry and life… Continue reading Top Five Saturday: Detective Fiction

Top Ten Tuesday: Questions I Would Ask My Favorite Authors

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. PREVIOUS TOP TEN TUESDAY TOPICS: July 14: Books That Make Me SmileJuly… Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Questions I Would Ask My Favorite Authors

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Have Read Most Books By

This is an interesting and lovely idea for a list: the old favourites, the familiar friends, the comfort of a warm hug.

Top Five Saturday: Murder Mystery

The Top 5 series is back! Top Five Saturday is a meme hosted by Devouring Books to discover and share books that all have a common theme. Previously on the blog I have focused on witches, werewolves, thrillers, faeries, fairy tale re-tellings, high fantasy and many more. I am going to try and bring this series back for… Continue reading Top Five Saturday: Murder Mystery

Top Five Saturday: Books by Favourite Authors

Top Five Saturday is a meme hosted by Devouring Books to discover and share books that all have a common theme. The list of themes currently runs at 1/4/20 — Funny Books1/11/20 — Books Over 5 years old1/18/20 — Unreliable Narrators1/25/10 — Books by Favorite Authors Five books? Only Five? Only five favourite authors? What sort of… Continue reading Top Five Saturday: Books by Favourite Authors

Top Five Saturday: Unreliable Narrators

Top Five Saturday is a meme hosted by Devouring Books to discover and share books that all have a common theme. The list of themes currently runs at 1/4/20 — Funny Books1/11/20 — Books Over 5 years old1/18/20 — Unreliable Narrators1/25/10 — Books by Favorite Authors Ooooo I love me an unreliable narrator! The moment when we… Continue reading Top Five Saturday: Unreliable Narrators

2019 Book Survey

Love the idea of this Survey, from Jamie’s End of Year Book Survey and having read a few, thought I'd (perhaps a little belatedly) upload my own. **2019 READING STATS** Number Of Books You Read: 40Number of Re-Reads: 0Genre You Read The Most From: Crime, Fantasy and Literary 1. Best Book You Read In 2019? The… Continue reading 2019 Book Survey

Top Ten Tuesdays: Favourite Books of 2019

I was going to say "In no particular order..." but as I wrote the words, I thought No! I shall give this list an order! So, listed by genre rather than by preference - because, how can you choose between yout favourites? - my top ten are Gothic Deliciously dark and creepy tales to chill… Continue reading Top Ten Tuesdays: Favourite Books of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Changes in Reading Habits

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. I skipped over last week's TTT because I am an utter philistine… Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Changes in Reading Habits

Top Five Saturday: Books That Cast a Spell on You

Top Five Saturday is a meme hosted by Devouring Books to discover and share books that all have a common theme. Previously, the focus has included witches, werewolves, thrillers, faeries, fairy tale re-tellings, high fantasy and many more. Now, I have a confession: it is Sunday. A day and a half late. But yesterday was filled to… Continue reading Top Five Saturday: Books That Cast a Spell on You

The Trespasser, Tana French

I'd been saving this one up for the summer holidays when I have time to indulge it, not sneaking a half-hour read in late at night when I should be sleeping. I also wanted to head back to the beginning of the series, having started with The Secret Place, and catch up chronologically. And I… Continue reading The Trespasser, Tana French

2018: A Year in Books

sparkling trails of light drawing out the numbers 2018 in glowing light to welcome in the new year So here it is. New Year's Eve and, being a dad to a five year old and generally quite antisocial, I am at home with family, a glass of chilled champagne and, currently, Pointless on the television.… Continue reading 2018: A Year in Books

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 17!

I find this a very broad category today; A book with a person's name in the title (real or fictional). I mean in every genre, there are a wealth of books containing (or perhaps consisting of solely) the name of the characters: every one of the Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl series in Young… Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge: Day 17!

30 Day Book Challenge: Day Eight!

So, week two and day eight roll around and we're still going... And the challenge today is to name  A series everyone should read. Now I struggle with this concept. Why should everyone read the same thing? Why would one series - which is a massive investment of time - be something everyone should read? Why should anyone read… Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge: Day Eight!

30 Day Book Challenge: Day One!

Okay, so I came across this at the great Professional Book Nerds site and with an unexpected day off work, I thought I'd start off today. And doing it on my blog rather than Twitter gives me a little more space to ruminate over the prompts which today is Favourite book in a series. Do… Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge: Day One!

Reading Update: 14th October

Oh the books. The piles of books. The new books coming out. The unread books still waiting. So, this week I have found myself with four books on the go, simultaneously: waking and alert, I'm continuing Daisy Johnson's Everything Under and as I drive I'm listening to Esi Edugyan's Washington Black from the Man Booker Shortlist; and… Continue reading Reading Update: 14th October

Weekly Round Up: 30th July 2018

It is here at long last! The summer holidays! We - and all other teachers - survived! And golly it has been a heck of a year! So, the upside: more time to read! Insofar as a five year old will let me! Less issues for reading past my bedtime! The downside, and it's a… Continue reading Weekly Round Up: 30th July 2018

Weekly Round Up: 17th July 2018

One more week until the Summer holidays and a real chance to get stuck into my TBR pile - and my To Be Reviewed list too! I'm sure I've missed some things off somewhere! Wasn't there a Dresden File I read and haven't reviewed yet? Blood Rites? I have this week posted my first Netgalley… Continue reading Weekly Round Up: 17th July 2018

Weekly Round Up: 10th July 2018

This week sees a coupe of books finished and taken from my TBR pile! Jessie Burton's The Muse grew on me as I reached the final sections and anticipated some of the revelations. I did find her language to be beautiful and sensual but her more contemplative moments a little awkward. I was, though, sad to… Continue reading Weekly Round Up: 10th July 2018

Weekly Round Up 28th May

Okay, so some books are a quicker read than others, sometimes life, children and work get in the way of reading and finishing a book. Half-terms always seem like a good time to catch up on that eternal TBR pile ... but then life intervenes and you end up standing in a river in glorious… Continue reading Weekly Round Up 28th May

The Witch Elm by Tana French

Well! This is my Christmas gift list sorted! Heart racing! Just need to resist the temptation to buy it myself on October 9th! I would read almost anything by Tana French since reading The Secret Place and going back to start her Dublin Murder Squad series from the start - Broken Harbour is in my… Continue reading The Witch Elm by Tana French