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Friday, 3 February 2017

My week in bookish form...

Greetings!!  Friday is here to save us all again!  Been a fairly uneventful week here - thankfully! - although Storm Doris is apparently approaching so waiting to see what fun that brings!  And who doesn't mind the excuse of some bad weather to hibernate for reading eh!!  

Time to look back on how the past 7 days have been for me bookwise!

Books Bought

Just 3 new additions to my bookshelves this week - yep, i can be restrained! - although the postman did try and deliver 2 parcels today but there was nobody home so have a feeling they could be book shaped! now to wait until Monday for those! How awful!

Had a visit to The Works this week as needed to pick up a copy of Safe From Harm by RJ Bailey as it is the next book club book from a Facebook book group I belong to.  so that FORCED me to pick up an extra 2 books to take advantage of the savings so I went for The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, and Heaven Sent by Christina Jones.  Anybody read any of these?!  Have seen numerous mentions for them online from others so hoping they will be fun additions to my future reading experiences!


Managed to finish 5 books this week - amazing how much extra reading time can be found when there is very little to watch on TV!  Mix of genres again and a mix of reading experiences this time - they can't all be amazing can they?!

The Proof of Love by Catherine Hall

During the long, hot summer of 1976, a young Cambridge mathematician arrives in a remote village in the Lake District and takes on a job as a farm labourer. Painfully awkward and shy, Spencer Little is viewed with suspicion by the community and his only real friendship is with scruffy, clever ten-year-old Alice.

This was an enjoyable book full of heartwarming and  heartbreaking moments. Told in a really understated way it follows the story of Spencer and his friendship with young Alice in a really sensitive way.

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Only two can keep a secret if one of them is dead.
It’s said that the only people who really know what goes on in a marriage are the couple themselves. But what if even they don’t know the truth?
David and Adele seem like the ideal pair. He’s a successful psychiatrist, she is his picture-perfect wife who adores him. But why is he so controlling? And why is she keeping things hidden?
Louise, David’s new secretary, is intrigued. But as Louise gets closer to each of them, instead of finding answers she uncovers more puzzling questions. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise could never have guessed how wrong things really are and just how far someone might go to hide it

If you haven't seen the hashtag #WTFthatending then, where have you been?!  This book has had a very clever marketing ploy and 'that ending' really does make you say that phrase! Unfortunately for me it was all  a little too unbelievable and took things away from a really gripping thriller and dissolved that impact.  But it was still an enjoyable rollercoaster read!
Kill The Father by Sandrone Dazieri

In this fascinatingly complex thriller, two people, each shattered by their past, team to solve a series of killings and abductions...

When a woman is beheaded in a park outside Rome and her six-year-old son goes missing, the police unit assigned to the case sees an easy solution: they arrest the woman’s husband and await his confession. But the Chief of Rome’s  Major Crimes unit doubts things are so simple. Secretly, he lures to the case two of Italy’s top analytical minds: Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli, a fierce, warrior-like detective still reeling from having survived a bloody catastrophe, and Dante Torre, a man who spent his childhood trapped inside a concrete silo. Fed through the gloved hand of a masked kidnapper who called himself “The Father,” Dante emerged from his ordeal with crippling claustrophobia but, also, with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and hyper-observant capacities.

All evidence suggests that the Father is back and active after being dormant for decades. Indeed, he has left tell-tale signs that signal he’s looking forward to a reunion with Dante. But when Columba and Dante begin following the ever-more-bizarre trail of clues, they grasp that what’s really going on is darker than they ever imagined.
Really loved this crime thriller as we follow Colomba and Dante as they try and track down 'The Father' has he appears to be back after many years and has kidnapped another child.  Kept me guessing the whole way through and can't wait for more in the series as the author has created 2 amazing characters!

Paris for One and Other Stories by JoJo Moyes

From the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "Me Before You" and "After You," a sensational collection featuring the title novella and eight other stories. Quintessential Jojo Moyes, "Paris for One and Other Stories" is an irresistibly romantic collection filled with humor and heart. 
Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She's never even been on a romantic weekend away to anywhere before. Everyone knows travelling abroad isn't really her thing. But when Nell's boyfriend fails to show up for their romantic mini-vacation, she has the opportunity to prove everyone including herself wrong. Alone and in Paris, Nell uncovers a version of herself she never knew existed: independent and intrepid. Could this turn out to be the most adventurous weekend of her life? Funny, charming, and irresistible, "Paris for One"is vintage Moyes as are the other stories that round out the collection."

Paris for One
Between the Tweets
Love in the Afternoon
A Bird in the Hand
Crocodile Shoes
Last Year's Coat
Thirteen Days with John C.
The Christmas List

Received a copy of this via NetGalley and it just didn't hit the mark for me.  The main story 'Paris for One' was fairly enjoyable but just didn't have enough detail to enjoy the characters, and most of the other stories were instantly forgettable which was a shame as I normally enjoy this authors' work.

The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion

The heart warming new novel from Graeme Simsion, the international bestselling author of The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect

Can you define your life by a single song?

Adam Sharp - former pianist in a hip Melbourne bar, now a respectable IT consultant in Norwich - can. And it's 'You're Going to Lose that Girl' . . .

On the cusp of fifty and a happy introvert, Adam is content. He's the music expert at his local pub-quiz and he and his partner Claire rumble along. Life may not be rock n' roll, but neither is it easy listening. Yet something has always felt off-key.

And that's his nostalgia for what might have been, his blazing affair - more than twenty years ago, on the other side of the world - with Angelina Brown, a smart and sexy, strong-willed actress who taught him for the first time, as he played piano and she sang, what it meant to find - and then lose - love. How different might his life be if he hadn't let her walk away?

Then, out of nowhere, Angelina gets in touch. Adam has sung about second chances, but does he have the courage to believe in them?

The Best of Adam Sharp is about growing old and feeling young, about happy times and sad memories, about staying together and drifting apart, but most of all, it's about how the music we make together creates the soundtrack that shapes our lives

Another book that I received a copy of via NetGalley, and another disappointment for me!  I really loved The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect, but this book isn't those two so if you are looking for the same then you have been warned!  This book does have a wonderful soundtrack though which is linked to at the end of the book so worth listening to that at the same time as reading!  I ended up finding the characters really annoying and selfish!

So there we have it!  Have already got another 2 books on the go so that will be my homework to finish those over the stormy weekend forecast!  What is on your reading radar at the moment?! Any new, or old, recommendations always welcome!!

Happy Reading!!

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