I can’t believe it’s Saturday again already, it’s been yet another busy bookish week here!
Bookouture Christmas week came to an end on 27th October. As you may remember, I ran a giveaway to win some fab ebooks. Thank you again to everyone who entered, the winners are all listed in this post in case you missed the announcement. By the way, Bookouture are now running a #BookoutureThriller week, read my post to the end to read details of how you can take part. There are great prizes on offer!
I was very excited this week to discover that I’d earned a new badge on Net Galley. I now have the Top Reviewer badge, which is the one you get when so many of your Net Galley reviews have been chosen to feature on publisher’s title pages.
This week I have read four books (Click the links in the list below the book pics to read my reviews)
What We Left Behind by Robin Talley
The Record Store of the Mind by Josh Rosenthal
Merry Mistletoe by Emma Davies
Written in the Scars by Mel Sherratt
I’m currently reading:
The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin
I’m a part of the blog tour for this book so my review will be up on Monday (2nd November). I can tell you that it’s a wonderful novel and if you love reading books about books this one will be for you!
Le Vie En Rose
Bookshop owner Sarah Smith has been offered the opportunity to exchange bookshops with her new Parisian friend for 6 months! And saying yes is a no-brainer – after all, what kind of a romantic would turn down a trip to Paris…for Christmas?
Even if it does mean leaving the irresistible Ridge Warner behind, Sarah’s sure she’s in for the holiday of a lifetime – complete with all the books she can read!
Imagining days wandering around Shakespeare & Co, munching on croissants, sipping café au laits and watching the snow fall on the Champs-Élysées Sarah boards the plane.
But will her dream of a Parisian Happily-Ever-After come true? Or will Sarah realise that the dream of a Christmas fairytale in the city of love isn’t quite as rosy in reality…
Time to Die by Caroline Mitchell
I’m a real scaredy-cat but I couldn’t resist this one because it’s published by Bookouture and all of their books are amazing. I’m finding this book near impossible to put down, the supernatural elements in it make the book that bit different to other books in the genre. If you’re planning on reading this (or any other of their thrillers) please check out my BookoutureThriller info at the end of this post!)
He Will Predict you life… and your death.
Don’t ever cross his palm with silver.
He will reveal your most shameful secrets.
He will predict your death.
He is hiding a secret.
He is hiding a monster.
And all his predictions come true.
Investigating a series of chilling murders, Detective Jennifer Knight finds herself tracking a mysterious tarot card reader known only as The Raven.
As the death toll rises, Jennifer and her team build a picture of a serial killer on the edge of sanity, driven by dark forces. But these are not random killings. And the method behind the madness could be the most terrifying thing of all …
Especially when it seems the death of one of their own is on the cards.
Time to Die is an absolutely gripping serial killer thriller with a breath-taking supernatural twist.
A Notable Woman by Simon Garfield (Due to be published 5th Nov)
This book is a long one so I’m going to be reading it for a while but it’s completely and utterly wonderful. I adore it and highly recommend it to everyone.
In April 1925, Jean Lucey Pratt began writing a journal. She continued to write until just a few days before her death in 1986, producing well over a million words in 45 exercise books over the course of her lifetime. For sixty years, no one had an inkling of her diaries’ existence, and they have remained unpublished until now.
Jean wrote about anything that amused, inspired or troubled her, laying bare every aspect of her life with aching honesty, infectious humour, indelicate gossip and heartrending hopefulness. She recorded her yearnings and her disappointments in love, from schoolgirl crushes to disastrous adult affairs. She documented the loss of a tennis match, her unpredictable driving, catty friends, devoted cats and difficult guests. With Jean we live through the tumult of the Second World War and the fears of a nation. We see Britain hurtling through a period of unbridled transformation, and we witness the shifting landscape for women in society.
As Jean’s words propel us back in time, A Notable Woman becomes a unique slice of living, breathing British history and a revealing private chronicle of life in the twentieth century.
Out of the Darkness by Katy Hogan
This book is brilliant! It’s one of those books that I want to keep reading but I also want to really take my time with it. I’ve decided to read it slowly so I can really take in the story. It’s an incredibly moving book, and I’d definitely recommend it. I’m hoping to review it next week and may have a giveaway too so keep an eye out for that!
DOES EVERYTHING IN LIFE HAPPEN PURELY BY CHANCE? OR ARE WE GUIDED TOWARDS PEOPLE WHO CAN HELP US IN OUR HOUR OF NEED?
Following the sudden death of her beloved mother, Jessica Gibson’s world falls apart. But after meeting a man who seems heaven-sent, she starts to feel she has something to live for again, and soon discovers that their connection holds far more significance than she could ever have imagined. And when Jessica strikes an unlikely bond with Alexandra Green, the two new friends are taken on an emotional journey into the world of the supernatural, where psychic mediums pass on messages from beyond the grave. What — or who — is causing the strange goings-on in Alex’s home? What secret is she keeping from Jessica? And who is the young woman who so badly needs their help? In a series of surprising twists and turns, the pieces of the puzzle finally fall into place and a mystery is unwittingly solved — with life-changing consequences for all involved.
How to Stuff Up Christmas by Rosie Blake (Due to be published 5th Nov)
‘Tis the season to be jolly. Unless you’ve found an intimate picture of another woman on your fiance’s phone…
Eve is heartbroken after discovering her fiance is cheating on her. Being surrounded by the joys of Christmas is more than Eve can bear, so she chooses to avoid the festivities by spending Christmas alone on a houseboat in Pangbourne. Eve gets gets an unexpected seasonal surprise when handsome local vet Greg comes to her rescue one day, and continues to visit Eve’s boat on a mission to transform her from Kitchen Disaster Zone to Culinary Queen.
But where does Greg keep disappearing to? What does Eve’s best friend Daisy know that she isn’t telling? And why is there an angry goose stalking Eve’s boat?
A hilarious and heart-warming novel about Christmas, catastrophes and cooking, containing exclusive Christmas recipes, from the talented Rosie Blake.
I’m also joining in with Stacking the Shelves (hosted by Tynga’s Reviews), which is all about sharing all the books you’ve acquired in the past week – ebooks or physical books, and books you’ve bought or borrowed or received an ARC of.
Books I’ve bought this week:
Home is Burning: A Memoir by Dan Marshall
The Witches: Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff
Bones in the Nest by Helen Cadbury
Muse by Jonathan Galassi
Sunday Dinners by Jon Rance
I was most excited to buy The Witches: Salem 1692 as I’ve heard so much about it but all of these books caught my eye over the course of the week and I couldn’t resist buying any of them. I hope to have time to read them soon.
Arcs I’ve received:
The Widow by Fiona Barton (paperback)
A Game for all the Family by Sophie Hannah (hardback)
The Heart of Winter by Emma Hannifin (paperback)
The Day of Second Chances by Julie Cohen (ebook)
In Real Life by Jessica Love (ebook)
Lost Girls by Angela Marsons (ebook)
This Raging Light by Estelle Laure (ebook)
I’m so excited about all of these ARCs. I think I was most excited when I was offered a copy of The Widow because I’ve heard so much about it and have been so badly wanting to get my hands on a copy. All of the other books have been books I’d added to my wishlist so I was super excited to get approved for them.
From 31st October – 6th November Bookouture are running a Bookouture Thriller week on twitter. To join in all you need to do is read one (or more!) of their thrillers and tweet about it using the hashtag #BookoutureThriller.
22 thoughts on “My Weekly Wrap-Up and Stacking the Shelves (31 October)”
Great books this week! I really want to read The Witches , as it pertains to the subject of STS post this week. Happy Halloween!
It’s a lengthy book but sounds fascinating. Happy Halloween to you too! And happy reading also!
Your week definitely looks full! And your new books all look great, even the ones I haven’t heard of before 🙂
Have a wonderful weekend and happy reading.
It’s going to be a busy bookish week, I think! 🙂 Thank you for stopping by, happy reading to you too! 🙂
The Witches looks so interesting!
The Little Bookshop on the Seine seems like a book I would like. Congratulations on your new NetGalley badge. I’m sure you worked your tail off to get it! Have a great week!
Thank you so much. The Little Bookshop on the Seine is a gorgeous book, and if you love novels about books you’ll adore this one. I do put a lot of effort into my reviews and try really hard to make sure they’re always constructive and fair so it’s nice to have that recognised by net galley, thanks. Happy reading!
Congrats on the Top Reviewer badge….and enjoy your new week.
Your books look tempting…I am especially drawn to A Notable Woman.
Thank you 🙂 A Notable Woman is wonderful, I’d highly recommend getting it. It’s a lengthy book but the writing is just so beautiful.I’m hoping I get lots of time to read soon as I can’t wait to start all of my new books.
I’m excited for In Real Life and I’ve seen good things for This Raging Light. I haven’t heard of The Widow, but it looks intriguing. Congrats on your new NG badge! Happy reading!
They both sound so good, don’t they? I hope to get to them soon. The Widow is beginning to get a lot of hype so I’m very keen to read it, it’s been billed as the big thriller of 2016. It looks really good so I can’t wait to get to it.
Awesome haul! Heard good things about Home Is Burning. Happy reading!
You got a lot of great books! I’ve heard many people talk about The Little Bookshop on the Seine, and The Witches sounds amazing!! 😀
Happy Halloween! 🙂
Thank you. I’m really enjoying The Little Bookshop on the Seine and I cannot wait to start reading The Witches. It’s a long book but one I think will be utterly fascinating. Happy Halloween to you too! 🙂
Great selection of books! I’ve added “Time To Die” and “Lost Girls” to my wishlist, they both sound good.
I’ve almost finished Time to Die and it’s really good. I can’t wait to start Lost Girls next. Happy reading!
Congrats on finishing 4 books and wow on reading 5 books! I still haven’t finished the 1 I’m reading which is kind of depressing if I think too much of it but it’s really fault too. LOL.
Interesting haul. There’s a couple I would be interested in. 🙂
Thank you, I usually have 3 or 4 books on the go at once so 5 is a lot even for me. I can only do it if the books are different genres though otherwise I get confused. Some weeks I only read one book, it depends what else is going on in life. If the book I’m reading isn’t keeping me engrossed I just start something different and see if that gets me reading again. Which books caught your eye in my haul? Happy reading 🙂
Great haul this week! You have a lot of awesome looking books and I really hope toy enjoy them all 🙂
Thanks so much! I just wish I could read even faster so I could get to them all sooner! 🙂
Wow, awesome capture this time! 🙂 You have amazing books from different genres and I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun reading them! Hugs!
Thank you so much! 🙂