Monday, 16 January 2017

Bookmarked... #27

The return of the (mostly) weekly post letting you all know what I'm reading and have lined up for the week! It's my own version of Sheila at Book Journey's It's Monday What Are You Reading (now hosted by Kathryn at Book Date) and I have her permission to rename it for my own nefarious reasons...

We're now 2 weeks into 2017 and so far, so good! I've read some great books so far this year but I'm waiting for my first dud to turn up. The Bird Tribunal, written by Agnes Ravatn and translated by Rosie Hedger, was beautiful and I loved the writing so I shall be on the lookout for more, both by Agnes Ravatn and Orenda Books. I devoured The Invisible Library and loved it, enough to wish I had a paperback copy rather than Kindle but good book buying habits are in progress so not right now... Here's what else I've started, finished, and am still reading.


The Bird Tribunal - Agnes Ravatn
Loved this creepy Swedish psychological suspense novel, beautifully translated!

The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
It's a book about books and a library, what's not to love? Review coming up shortly!


The Girl Who Lied - Sue Fortin
I've actually finished this now. A suspense novel set in Ireland involving two former best friends from school and a secret.

Pantomime - Laura Lam
Oh, I wish I had this pretty cover copy of Pantomime. I still have the original cover when it was released through Strange Chemistry and it's been on my shelves since the day it was released.

The Witch's Kiss - Elizabeth & Katharine Corr
A reread for the blog tour for the second book, I rather like this YA book about a girl who finds out she's a witch.

Still Reading

The Fireman - Joe Hill
Taking my time over this as I said I would, although it's not easy! I'm about 125 pages in and want to dive in but it's not exactly a book you can drop in your bag...

Friday, 13 January 2017

January New Release Giveaway!

Welcome to the January 2017 New Release Giveaway Hop, hosted by It Starts At Midnight! The hop runs from today through to midnight on January 31st, 2017. Up for grabs is any new release this month up to the value of $22 from the Book Depository as long as they deliver to your country - find the list of countries here

All you have to do is choose any new release published in December and fill out the rafflecopter!

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Check out the linky for lots of other chances to win, thanks for entering and good luck!

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Show Your Shelves Some Love Challenge 2017

I thought long and hard about reading challenges for 2017 and came to the conclusion that, for me anyway, they don't really work. I am going to try 1 challenge though and hope that #ShelfLove will work because it's my books that I need to read. The hundreds of books that seem to have multiplied and are in waist-high stacks around the house...

Because I want to read as many of my TBR books as possible I'm going steady with my shelves, with a target of 51+. I managed over 100 in 2016 so I'm really hoping that I can hit at least 125, half of my overall Goodreads target for this year. No pictures of my TBR because it's extremely embarrassing and in about 12 different places but this is my TBR list on Goodreads. And yes, that number really does say 1512. And it's not up to date either. This is why I need help!

I'm not banning myself from buying books this year but I'm going to try and be more selective in what I buy and where I buy from. I'm going to mainly try and stick to Waterstones, mostly because of their reward scheme! I'll use the points at the end of the year to have a book buying binge, or buy presents... If I'm feeling generous!


To grow your TBR pile responsibly and read the books you already own. You have ‘em, now read ‘em!

Your Hosts:

This year’s hosts are the lovely gals over at and Second Run Reviews.

Guidelines for the Shelf Love Challenge 2017

  • Read books that are in your personal library and obtained before January 1, 2017.
  • Responsibly obtain books for your personal library.
    • You may wish to abstain from purchasing books or set a book budget for yourself.
    • You decide the best way to get control of your TBR pile and read the books you already own.
  • Library books (and textbooks) do not count for the challenge. You may use your library to obtain different formats of books you already own and count those towards your goal.

Goals for the Shelf Love Challenge 2017

  • 1-10 books: shake hands with your shelves
  • 11-20 books: pat your shelves on the back
  • 21-30 books: give your shelves a warm friendly hug
  • 31-40 books: regular date night with your shelves
  • 41-50 books: my shelves are now my BFF
  • 51+ books: my shelves and I are going steady
Shelf Love Discussions
  1. December 2016/January 2017: I’m joining in the #ShelfLove Challenge! Tell us your goals for the challenge this year. Will you be going on an all out book buying ban or are you setting a budget? Share pictures of your TBR piles or link up to your GoodReads Shelves. See above!
  2. March/April 2017: Top books that have been on your shelf the longest that you haven’t read
  3. June/July 2017: Mid-year check in post. How are you doing with the challenge? Look back at your January post and let us know how you are doing. Share an updated picture or list of your TBR pile.
  4. September/October 2017: Top Books/Genres You are Addicted To
  5. December 2017/January 2018: End of the Year Check in Post. Look back at your June and January posts and let us know how you did this year. Share an updated picture or list of your TBR pile. Would you do the challenge again in 2018?

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #175 - Wintersong

Waiting On Wednesday, where we put the spotlight on upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating, is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

This week's choice is -

Wintersong - S. Jae-Jones
ISBN - 9781785655449
Publisher - Titan
Release date - February 7th, 2017
Find - Goodreads 

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go - for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her - musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

One word about this book! Labyrinth... I've been so impatient to read this book since I first heard about it and thankfully Titan are publishing it here in the UK. Even better? It's not that long a wait.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The Dry - Jane Harper

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.

The Dry is Jane Harper's debut novel and very much doubt it will be her last. The Dry draws you in from page one and doesn't let go until the very last word of the last page. The Dry is the story of Aaron Falk and his childhood friends, Luke, Ellie, and Gretchen. Ellie was found 20 years ago in the river and, suspected of her murder, Falk and his father leave town. Twenty years later, Falk is back, this time as a police officer in town for the funeral of his best friend, Luke, and his wife and son who were all found shot to death in their farmhouse. The only reason Falk has returned is because Luke's father doesn't believe that Luke could be capable of killing his family and wants Falk to investigate.

Little does Falk know that he's about set a match to a powder keg, quite literally as Kiewarra is suffering from its worst drought ever. The townspeople haven't forgotten about Ellie or Falk's possible involvement in her death and the tension is palpable. Given the terrible state of the town, the suspicious nature of its residents, and their struggle to eke out a living it's not going to be too long before things come to a head.

With a motley cast of characters, you're never quite sure who to believe or who might have pulled the trigger. Was it Luke, desperate to find a way out of his struggle? If so, why did he leave his 13-month-old daughter alive and why can't his father let things rest? What follows is a twisty tale of greed, terror, and betrayal with a good old sting in the tail for an ending - and plenty of mentions of poisonous spiders too...

Jane Harper is definitely an author to watch, The Dry has one of the tightest storylines I've read in a thriller recently and her characters (in which I include the Australian countryside which is so forcefully brought to life you can almost feel the heat rising from the pages) are all multidimensional, complicated humans, each with their own secrets to hide. The best thing about The Dry? I didn't guess why certain things were happening until I was smacked in the face with a hefty dose of obviousness! If Ms. Harper's debut is this good I cannot wait to read her next effort. If you're at all a fan of intelligent, well-written thrillers then read this book and I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

The Dry - Jane Harper
ISBN - 9781408708170
Publisher - Little Brown
Release date - January 12th, 2017

Monday, 9 January 2017

Bookmarked... #26

The return of the (mostly) weekly post letting you all know what I'm reading and have lined up for the week! It's my own version of Sheila at Book Journey's It's Monday What Are You Reading (now hosted by Kathryn at Book Date) and I have her permission to rename it for my own nefarious reasons...

Here we are, at the start of yet another year and hopefully one full of good books and plenty of reading! Here's what I've been reading over the last 7 days.


The Dry - Jane Harper
A great debut thriller, I'm on the blog tour for this and my review will be up tomorrow.

Sleeping Murder - Agatha Christie
One of my favorite books but I'm not a fan of the television adaptations, not even the one with Joan Hickson.

Currently Reading

The Fireman by Joe Hill
I've owned this since the day it came out but have put off reading it. No longer! I am going to take my time over this one.

Up Next

The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
I've been meaning to start this series since book 1 was released. I'm going to at least make a start by reading book 1!

The Witch's Kiss - Katharine & Elizabeth Corr
I'm on the blog tour for the 2nd book in the series so this is a reread for me to refresh my memory.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

My 2016 In Books, According To Goodreads...

Discounting my poor blogging habits (the amount of posting, mostly) 2016 was a pretty good year for reading. I managed to rate 62 books with my highest '5 clock' rating. Even more incredible is the fact that 12 of those are graphic novels!

I am so pleased I managed to read over 100 of my own books, fingers crossed that trend will be continuing this year. I'm also happy that my Kindle reading went down and my library borrowing increased slightly. 2016 was obviously the year of reading physical books!

I started the year with a Kindle cozy mystery freebie,

and finished the year with the cutest children's book I read in 2016 (bought for Emily of course, not me...)

According to Goodreads...

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