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Filling the Shelf – 215

Posted by on June 27, 2016 4:13 am in Book talk | 10 comments

Welcome to Filling the Shelf, or as many of you know it, Mailbox Monday! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, click away! (but beware, visiting other mailboxes will probably add to your neverending wishlist!)

Hello again!

Another week went by, and another week without a blog post. Woops. I swear I’m reading too, and not simply accumulating new books! Talking of accumulating books : in preparation of an eventual move and in the hopes of first selling our place, we packed a lot of stuff this week to make the place a little less “personal” to potential buyers, so a lot of my books are now in boxes. I’m already itching to unpack them, but I selected them carefully and kept anything I might want to read in the next 6 months. Hopefully, I’ll get to open these boxes before!

I also made a few additions to the shelves this week (there is space to be filled in again! Wait, is that not the purpose of all this?) Some YA series + 1 non series that I had been wanting to read for a while, and most of them on sale – which makes it even better!

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Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige  – Half Bad by Sally Green

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Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan (audio)  – The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

What books did you recently add to your shelves?

 

Filling the Shelf – 214

Posted by on June 20, 2016 3:45 am in Book talk | 6 comments

Welcome to Filling the Shelf, or as many of you know it, Mailbox Monday! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, click away! (but beware, visiting other mailboxes will probably add to your neverending wishlist!)

Hello all!

Things have been busy here as we get ready for an eventual move, but I’ve got a small mailbox to share! :) I’m really excited about all of these, especially The Last Star since I’ve been wanting to finish the series!

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The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge  – The Fireman by Joe Hill

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The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin  – The Last Star by Rick Yancey

What books did you recently add to your shelves?

 

Review : In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Posted by on June 17, 2016 2:06 pm in 3.5 stars reads | 0 comments

in a dark dark woodIn a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Pages : 352
Genre : Psychological Thriller
Stand alone
My Rating : 3.5/5

About the Book  :

In a dark, dark wood

Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.

There was a dark, dark house

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room

But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

And in the dark, dark room….

Some things can’t stay secret for ever.

My Thoughts :

I’m not sure what I expected from In a Dark Dark Wood, but still it surpassed expectations I didn’t know I had!

How to describe it? In a Dark Dark Wood reads both as a psychological thriller and a horror novel, and it reminded me a lot of all these slasher movies I used to love as a teen. A group of people, some strangers to one another, some not, mysteriously reunited, deep in the wood with barely a phone connection. From there things can only go wrong, of course!

I guess what surprised me was how much fun I had reading it, and how quickly I flipped through the pages – even though the conclusion felt predictable and the flashforwards didn’t really build up the suspense they were supposed to. Yet I really enjoyed the narration and the setting (it made me look forward to our summer trip to the forest – which hopefully will be less murdery!) Nora had a compelling voice, and I was very interested in discovering her secret. Plus, the dynamics between her, Clare and Flo were captivating to read.

I had expected something a little heavier and darker from the story, but in the end I didn’t mind that it felt a little “lighter”. I read it on the plane and at the beach, and it was perfect for such an occasion : easy to jump in and out of, and just enough gripping to have me entertained. So while it wasn’t my favorite thriller of 2016, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to fans of the genre.

 

Wordless Wednesday – To the Beach

Posted by on June 15, 2016 1:23 am in My work | 4 comments

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Jacksonville Beach, Florida, May 2016

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