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It’s Monday (October 8, 2018)!
What Are You Reading! #IMWAYR
#Books #Reading #TBRList

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate is a weekly post to share what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this upcoming week.

 

So here is what I just read, am reading, and what I plan to read next:

 

What I Read Last Week:

 

Title: The Good Sister

Authors: Morgan Jones

Immediate Thoughts: Unnerving, raw, and impactful!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: October 2, 2018

 

 

Title: Pictures in the Sky

Authors: Amanda Paull

Immediate Thoughts: Introspective and heartwarming!

Rating: 6.5/10

Publication Date: July 29, 2018

 

 

Title: The Christmas Lights

Author: Karen Swan

Immediate Thoughts: Absorbing, heartfelt, festive, and a little mysterious!

Rating: 8.5/10

Publication Date: October 30, 2018

 

 

Title: Lies Between Us

Author: Ronnie Turner

Immediate Thoughts: Creepy, Gripping, and Twisty! 

Rating: 9/10

Publication Date: October 1, 2018

 

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

 

Investigative reporter Ross Hunter nearly didn’t answer the phone call that would change his life – and possibly the world – for ever.

“I’d just like to assure you I’m not a nutcase, Mr Hunter. My name is Dr Harry F. Cook. I know this is going to sound strange, but I’ve recently been given absolute proof of God’s existence – and I’ve been advised there is a writer, a respected journalist called Ross Hunter, who could help me to get taken seriously.”

What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would be the consequences?

The false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life’s work of a famous atheist, and the credibility of each of the world’s major religions are all under threat. If Ross Hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence…

 

What I’m Reading Next:

 

Donna Weaver has put everything into The Breakers, a Bed and Breakfast that she and her mother are opening on a remote stretch of beach. Now it waits – freshly painted, richly furnished, filled with flowers.

But as the guests arrive, they feel like they’ve been here before. Amid home-baked scones, gorgeous guest rooms, and lavish dinners fit for a king, the feeling of menace grows.

Someone has broken their vow. Someone is playing games. And then the games turn deadly…

 

 

Have you read any of my upcoming reads? What do you have coming up? How are your stats?

Happy Reading!

It’s Monday (September 24, 2018)!
What Are You Reading! #IMWAYR
#Books #Reading #TBRList

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate is a weekly post to share what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this upcoming week.

 

So here is what I just read, am reading, and what I plan to read next:

 

What I Read Last Week:

 

Title: Christmas on Lily Pond Lane

Authors: Emily Harvale

Immediate Thoughts: Romantic, charming, and jolly!

Rating: 9/10

Publication Date: September 18, 2018

 

 

Title: The Rain Watcher

Authors: Tatiana De Rosnay

Immediate Thoughts: Vivid, captivating, and melancholic!

Rating: 8.5/10

Publication Date: October 23, 2018

 

 

Title: Love and Lies at the Village Christmas Shop

Author: Portia MacIntosh

Immediate Thoughts: Sweet, heartwarming, and festive!

Rating: 10/10

Publication Date: October 8, 2018

 

 

Title: Let’s Talk About Sext

Author: Evie Claire

Immediate Thoughts: Steamy with a swoon-worthy hero but an unlikable heroine and a plot that had a little too much push-pull.

Rating: 6.5/10

Publication Date: October 30, 2018

 

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

 

Morgan Jones’ heart-stopping thriller, The Good Sister, sees one father go further than he ever knew possible, to rescue a daughter who doesn’t want to be saved.

A missing daughter. A desperate father. A journey to save them both.

Sofia Mounir’s world is not her own. Her mother is sick, her father broken, the London they live in is dying of greed and self-obsession.

So she flees, to Raqqa: heart of the caliphate, foundation stone of a just world that she will help to build. From violence and sacrifice will grow something beautiful, and she will be part of it. Her faith will be equal to everything asked of her.

Until it isn’t. Until it becomes clear that not all her new brothers’ and sisters’ intentions are as pure as her own. Until even her faith becomes a liability.

Where do you turn, when the future you’ve longed for wants you dead?

 

What I’m Reading Next:

 

She gave up on romance years ago. He’s going through the motions. Their lives change forever when he makes contact out of the blue.

With her daughter leaving the nest, Michelle Cameron would rather spend her time with good friends, a glass of fizzy and a box set, than with another idiot bloke chipping away at her self-esteem. But when childhood friend Daniel Helmsley gets back in touch, the years roll away on a tide of laughter and friendship, which soon gives way to another roller coaster of love, excitement and panic. Can Michelle let herself trust again? What if Dan is just another idiot bloke, disillusioned with the present and nostalgic for the past?

If you like cosy romance that makes you laugh as well as cry, then you’ll love this feel-good tale of past disappointment, renewed friendship and finding true love. Download Amanda Paull’s Pictures in the Sky today to discover if Michelle dares to love again.             

 

Have you read any of my upcoming reads? What do you have coming up? How are your stats?

Happy Reading!

It’s Monday (September 17, 2018)!
What Are You Reading! #IMWAYR
#Books #Reading #TBRList

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate is a weekly post to share what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this upcoming week.

 

So here is what I just read, am reading, and what I plan to read next:

 

What I Read Last Week:

 

Title: Becoming Mrs. Lewis

Authors: Patti Callahan

Immediate Thoughts: Vivid, compelling, and immersive!

Rating: 8.5/10

Publication Date: October 2, 2018

 

 

Title: Man Card (Man Hands #2)

Authors: Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

Immediate Thoughts: Sexy and super funny!

Rating: 9/10

Publication Date: January 15, 2018

 

 

Title: The Secrets of Villa Rosso

Author: Linn B. Halton

Immediate Thoughts: Atmospheric, heartwarming, and magical!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: July 21, 2017

 

 

Title: Open Your Eyes

Author: Paula Daly

Immediate Thoughts: Addictive, edgy, and entertaining!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: October 9, 2018

 

 

Title: Better Not Pout

Author: Annabeth Albert

Immediate Thoughts: A warm, romantic, festive read!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: November 12, 2018

 

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

 

Snow is falling in Little Pondale, lights are twinkling and the smell of pine trees and roasting chestnuts fills the air…

But Mia Ward is in a bit of a jam. She’d planned to rent out Corner Cottage for Christmas but thanks to best friend, Ella Swann, it’s double-booked. Now Mia’s got to let one ‘party’ down, or find another cottage – fast.

Best friends and single mums, Cathy Cole and Christy Franks want their kids to have an old-fashioned Christmas. Ice-skating, carol singing, making decorations, and tobogganing are on their list of festive fun … but their kids have other things in mind.

City bankers, Leo and Hal Hardman are wondering if renting a cottage for Christmas and their parents’ anniversary is such a good idea. Little Pondale is tiny, there’s only one pub, mobile phone reception is non-existent and the cottage doesn’t even have a TV.

Meanwhile, Jenny Lake in settling in at her cousin’s bakery, but she’s left her (broken) heart in Florence, and Christmas was never her favourite time of year. And Reverend Glen Fox has taken over at St Michael and All Angels. He’s glad it’s a temporary post because village life is definitely not for him.

But luckily, for locals and visitors alike, there’s a sleigh-load of Christmas magic heading for Lily Pond Lane; enough to put a sparkle in everyone’s festive season. Although Christmas may not go quite as each of them has planned.

 

What I’m Reading Next:

 

The first new novel in four years from the beloved superstar author of Sarah’s Key, a heartbreaking and uplifting story of family secrets and devastating disaster, in the tradition of THE NEST.

The Rain Watcher is a powerful family drama set in Paris as the Malegarde family gathers to celebrate the father’s 70th birthday. Their hidden fears and secrets are slowly unraveled as the City of Light undergoes a stunning natural disaster. Seen through the eyes of charismatic photographer Linden Malegarde, the youngest son, all members of the family will have to fight to keep their unity against tragic circumstances.

In this profound and intense novel of love and redemption, De Rosnay demonstrates all of her writer’s skills both as an incredible storyteller but also as a soul seeker.                 

 

Have you read any of my upcoming reads? What do you have coming up? How are your stats?

Happy Reading!

It’s Monday (September 10, 2018)!
What Are You Reading! #IMWAYR
#Books #Reading #TBRList

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate is a weekly post to share what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this upcoming week.

 

So here is what I just read, am reading, and what I plan to read next:

 

What I Read Last Week:

 

Title: The Christmas Sisters

Authors: Sarah Morgan

Immediate Thoughts: Captivating, warm, and uplifting!

Rating: 10/10

Publication Date: September 25, 2018

 

 

Title: Sea Prayer

Authors: Khaled Hosseini

Immediate Thoughts: Powerful, short, and beautifully depicted!

Rating: 9/10

Publication Date: September 18, 2018

 

 

Title: Playing Hurt

Author: Kelly Jamieson

Immediate Thoughts: Sexy, playful, and fun!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: July 17, 2018

 

 

Title: The Exes’ Revenge

Author: Jo Jakeman

Immediate Thoughts: Ominous, relentless, and intense!

Rating: 7.5/10

Publication Date: September 11, 2018

 

 

Title: The Missing Girl

Author: Jenny Quintana

Immediate Thoughts: Atmospheric, dramatic, and intriguing!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: October 2, 2018

 

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

 

In a most improbable friendship, she found love. In a world where women were silenced, she found her voice.

From New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan comes an exquisite novel of Joy Davidman, the woman C. S. Lewis called “my whole world.” When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C. S. Lewis—known as Jack—she was looking for spiritual answers, not love. Love, after all, wasn’t holding together her crumbling marriage. Everything about New Yorker Joy seemed ill-matched for an Oxford don and the beloved writer of Narnia, yet their minds bonded over their letters. Embarking on the adventure of her life, Joy traveled from America to England and back again, facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, and against all odds, finding a love that even the threat of death couldn’t destroy.

In this masterful exploration of one of the greatest love stories of modern times, we meet a brilliant writer, a fiercely independent mother, and a passionate woman who changed the life of this respected author and inspired books that still enchant us and change us. Joy lived at a time when women weren’t meant to have a voice—and yet her love for Jack gave them both voices they didn’t know they had.

At once a fascinating historical novel and a glimpse into a writer’s life, Becoming Mrs. Lewis is above all a love story—a love of literature and ideas and a love between a husband and wife that, in the end, was not impossible at all.

 

What I’m Reading Next:

 

Jane Campbell avoids confrontation at any costs. Given the choice, she’ll always let her husband, Leon–a bestselling crime writer–take the lead, while she focuses on her two precious young children and her job as a creative writing teacher. After she receives another rejection for her novel, Leon urges Jane to put her hobby to rest. And why shouldn’t she, when through Jane’s rose-tinted glasses, they appear to have the perfect house and the perfect life?

But then Leon is brutally attacked in their driveway while their children wait quietly in the car, and suddenly, their perfect life becomes the stuff of nightmares. Who would commit such a hateful offense in broad daylight? With her husband in a coma, Jane must open her eyes to the problems in her life, as well as the secrets that have been kept from her. Although she might not like what she sees, if she’s committed to discovering who hurt her husband–and why–Jane must take matters into her own hands.

A surprising and gripping thriller of pride, ambition, and envy, Open Your Eyes is an unsettling whodunit about the illusions of a perfect marriage that confirms Paula Daly as a writer at the forefront of domestic suspense.                    

 

Have you read any of my upcoming reads? What do you have coming up? How are your stats?

Happy Reading!

It’s Monday (September 3, 2018)!
What Are You Reading! #IMWAYR
#Books #Reading #TBRList

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate is a weekly post to share what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this upcoming week.

 

So here is what I just read, am reading, and what I plan to read next:

 

What I Read Last Week:

 

               

 

      

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

 

       

 

What I’m Reading Next:

 

                    

 

#20BooksofSummer Wrapup:

 

 

# of Books Read in the #20BooksofSummer Challenge: 16/20 ☹️

So I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t quite finish all 20 books (that weren’t ARCs) I was hoping to read and I did end up substituting some of the books I originally chose to read, but all-in-all I beat the 13/20 I read the last time I tried this challenge, so I’ll just keep working at it and hopefully next year I’ll manage all 20.

However, to put it into perspective I read a total of 75 books (59 ARCS) between June 1 – September 4, but only 16 books that I own (which was not a requisite of the challenge but a personal one), and here they are:

 
Thank you so much to Cathy at Cathy746 for creating and hosting this challenge once again this year. It’s truly appreciated!

 

How did you do on the challenge?

Have you read any of my upcoming reads? What do you have coming up? How are your stats?

Happy Reading!

It’s Monday (August 27, 2018)!
What Are You Reading! #IMWAYR
#Books #Reading #TBRList

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate is a weekly post to share what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this upcoming week.

 

So here is what I just read, am reading, and what I plan to read next:

 

What I Read Last Week:

 

             

 

       

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

 

       

 

What I’m Reading Next:

 

                    

 

Current Stats:

 

# of Books Still on my Goodreads TBR List: 348 (😊)

 

 

# of NetGalley ARCs Outstanding: 11

# of NetGalley ARCs Read & Reviewed so far in 2018: 85

 

 

# of Books Read in the #20BooksofSummer Challenge: 16/20

🎉 (4 More to Go!) 🎉

 

 

Have you read any of my upcoming reads? What do you have coming up? How are your stats?

Happy Reading!

It’s Monday (August 20, 2018)!
What Are You Reading! #IMWAYR
#Books #Reading #TBRList

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate is a weekly post to share what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this upcoming week.

 

So here is what I just read, am reading, and what I plan to read next:

 

What I Read Last Week:

 

              

 

      

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

 

       

 

What I’m Reading Next:

 

                    

 

Current Stats:

 

# of Books Still on my Goodreads TBR List: 351 (😊)

 

 

# of NetGalley ARCs Outstanding: 10

 

 

# of Books Read in the #20BooksofSummer Challenge: 14/20

🎉 (6 More to Go!) 🎉

 

 

Have you read any of my upcoming reads? What do you have coming up? How are your stats?

Happy Reading!

It’s Monday (August 13, 2018)!
What Are You Reading! #IMWAYR
#Books #Reading #TBRList

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate is a weekly post to share what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this upcoming week.

 

So here is what I just read, am reading, and what I plan to read next:

 

What I Read Last Week:

 

                 

 

       

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

 

       

 

What I’m Reading Next:

 

                    

 

Current Stats:

 

So I decided to take last week’s advice from the lovely Eva from Novel Deelights and seriously clean up my TBR. And I’m happy to say that after eliminating anything with a rating under 3.5 and anything added prior to 2017 that didn’t still really attract my attention I was able to reduce my Goodreads TBR from 914 to (drumroll please) 🥁

 

# of Books Still on my Goodreads TBR List: 315 (😊)

 

 

# of NetGalley ARCs Outstanding: 10

 

 

# of Books Read in the #20BooksofSummer Challenge: 12/20

🎉 (8 More to Go!) 🎉

 

 

Have you read any of my upcoming reads? What do you have coming up? How are your stats?

Happy Reading!

It’s Monday (August 6, 2018)!
What Are You Reading! #IMWAYR
#Books #Reading #TBRList

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate is a weekly post to share what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this upcoming week.

 

So here is what I just read, am reading, and what I plan to read next:

 

What I Read Last Week:

 

                 

 

                 

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

 

        

 

What I’m Reading Next:

 

                    

 

Current Stats:

 

# of NetGalley ARCs Outstanding: 8

 

 

# of Books Still on my Goodreads TBR List: 914 (😳)

 

 

# of Books Read in the #20BooksofSummer Challenge: 9/20

(Almost double digits. Still way behind 😳)

 

 

Have you read any of my upcoming reads? What do you have coming up? How are your stats?

Happy Reading!

It’s Monday (July 30, 2018)!
What Are You Reading! #IMWAYR
#Books #Reading #TBRList

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate is a weekly post to share what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this upcoming week.

 

So here is what I just read, am reading, and what I plan to read next:

 

What I Read Last Week:

 

          

 

                    

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

 

          

 

What I’m Reading Next:

 

                    

 

Current Stats:

 

# of NetGalley ARCs Outstanding: 11

 

 

# of Books Still on my Goodreads TBR List: 913 (slowly coming down!)

 

 

# of Books Read in the #20BooksofSummer Challenge: 6/20 (almost 7)

(getting way behind 😳)

 

 

Have you read any of my upcoming reads? What do you have coming up? How are your stats?

Happy Reading!

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