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Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Thrillers I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List

Posted by on June 6, 2017 2:48 am in Book talk | 11 comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week is posted a new Top Ten list idea that all bloggers are welcome to discuss.

Psychological, horror, domestic, YA, true crime, historical : I love thrillers and mysteries and my shelves are full of them! It’s not surprise, then, that I had an easy time finding 10 thrillers I’ve recently added to my TBR list –  it could easily have been 20! I was reasonable though; so here they are, in a variety of genres and categories.

1 – The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

2 – The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes (Can I just mention how striking that cover is!)

3 – Final Girls by Riley Sager

4 – One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

5 – Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill

6 – Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

7 – He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

8 – The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka

9 – A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

10 – Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

What are some of your recommendations for the Halloween season?

Filling the Shelf

Posted by on June 5, 2017 2:19 am in Book talk | 8 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 everyone!

It’s already June but looking outside, you wouldn’t know it. The trees are green and we have beautiful flowers brightening our balcony and our small flowerbed, but the weather has been mostly grey and rainy for the past couple weeks. I love rainy days, but in spring I do enjoy a bit of sun. Our flowers need it to grow, too!

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Rainy day in Montreal!

This week I’ve got a big mailbox to share with you – two weeks worth of books, and it’s an exciting lot, too! It includes books by two authors who wrote some of my very favorite books, J. Courtney Sullivan and Claire North. I also got the sequel to Sylvain Neuvel’s Sleeping Giantswhich I read last year and enjoyed tremendously.

This will also be my first time reading Dennis Lehane! As a fan of thrillers and mysteries who has loved movies inspired by Lehane’s books before, I feel like this should have happened long before now.

Exceptionally, I also bought another copy of The Thief. I rarely buy the same book twice (Harry Potter is probably my one big exception). Especially if I didn’t enjoy the book much. I read it years ago and thought it was okay, then gave my copy away. (I believe this was the result of too much hype, and then I guessed its “special aspect” almost from the start, so I felt very let down.) With the release of Megan Whalen Turner’s new book, I’ve come across numerous discussions about her series that have made me curious to give it another try. My expectations are different now, so I feel that I’ll probably end up enjoying it more. We’ll see!

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Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan – The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn – Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

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The Only Child by Andrew Pyper The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

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The End of the Day by Claire North – Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel – Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia

What books did you recently add to your shelves?

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Twelve Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

Posted by on May 30, 2017 4:01 am in Book talk | 3 comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week is posted a new Top Ten list idea that all bloggers are welcome to discuss.

There are so many books I really want to read and that are coming out in the next few months, I couldn’t pick only 10! And there’s plenty more I would have included in this list given more time – especially thrillers, there’s a bunch releasing soon that I absolutely want to read. The thing is, with how strong the YA hype can be, I have a much easier time keeping track of the coming YA releases than any other genre/category. But, I managed to find a bit of everything!

Without further ado, here are (some of) the books I’m most excited about for the second half of 2017!

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1 – The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin (August 15th): This one is a no brainer, and if there were to be only one book on this list, that’d be it. I loved the first two books immensely and I am both overly excited and a little sad to see the conclusion coming!

2 – La Belle Sauvage – The Book of Dust no.1 by Philip Pullman (October 19th) : I still can’t believe this is real! His Dark Materials was such an experience (so many tears!) and I’m looking forward to getting into this world again. I need to reread the original series, too!

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3 – The Child by Fiona Barton (June 29th) : I really enjoyed The Widow last year and I am looking forward to reading more by Fiona Barton! I actually have an ARC of this one so I should get on it really soon.

4 – When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn (August 1st) : Stephanie Kuehn writes some of the weirdest YA and I’ve enjoyed her writing a lot, especially ComplicitThis one already intrigues me by its synopsis!

5 – Wonder Woman : Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (August 29th) : A favorite superhero written by a favorite author? I need this one!

6 – Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy (June 6th) : The cover, the title, and most important of all, the synopsis : everything about this book calls to me!

7 – The Power by Naomi Alderman (October 27th) : It’s been a while since I’ve read a dystopian novel, but this one looks too interesting to pass. It has girls with a dangerous power, and I believe it’s not YA, but I’m not sure.

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8 – This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis (October 10th) : I’ve read and enjoyed Mindy McGinnis a few times before, especially last year’s The Female of the SpeciesI find the concept of “absorbed twin” a super fascinating one, so I am looking forward to reading this.

9 – There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins (September 26th) : I think we’ve been waiting for this book for years, right? I loved Stephanie Perskins’ YA romances, so I’m curious to see what she’ll do with the thriller/horror/slasher genre!

10 – Warcross by Marie Lu (September 12th)  : I’ve really enjoyed Marie Lu’s previous YA series, and I love books about video games and with futuristic aspects, so there’s no way I’m passing on this one!

11 – Renegades by Marissa Meyer (November 7th) : I’m still playing catch-up with Marissa Meyer’s already published novels, but this one sounds like so much fun! Secret identities? Extraordinary powers? Yes, please!

12 – That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston (October 3rd) : This novel takes place in a near future where the British Empire never fell. It sounds intriguing and very different from the other book I read by this author last year, Exit, Pursued by a Bear (which was excellent!)

What are some of your recommendations for the Halloween season?

Review : The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Posted by on May 28, 2017 1:45 am in 3.5 stars reads | 4 comments

the husband's secretThe Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Pages : 416
Genre : Fiction, Mystery
Stand alone
My Rating : 3.5/5

About the Book  :

My darling Cecilia, If you’re reading this, then I’ve died…

Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not only the life you have built together, but the lives of others as well. And then imagine that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive…

Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything—and not just for her. There are other women who barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they, too, are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

My Thoughts :

Just a few months ago I read Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies and enjoyed it a lot. I knew it wouldn’t be long before I read more from the author, and I was glad I had The Husband’s Secret waiting for me on my shelves.

There are some things The Husband’s Secret delivers greatly. For me, mostly, it was the characters. Again, the author managed to create three unique and interesting women. I simply love how Liane Moriarty writes her characters’ train of thought. It’s incredibly lifelike and makes the characters so easy to relate to as they race through different ideas! Plus, the tiny bits of humor sprinkled through the pages create some fantastic scenes!

I also really enjoyed the nature of the secret and how the different characters related to it. Even though one of my guesses ended up being the truth, I didn’t feel the book was too predictable. How Cecilia reacted in the aftermath was especially fascinating to me. I have absolutely no idea what my reaction would be in her place, but seeing her go through different emotions felt very real. She was all shades of grey rather than black or white in her reaction, which I appreciated.

However, some aspects of the book did let me down. Mostly, the pace felt very off to me. I expected to see the content of the letter either really early in the book (and witness the aftermath), or close to the conclusion (as a big reveal). Instead, Cecilia ends up reading the letter somewhere in the middle of the story. Going from a suspenseful tension to a dramatic one really threw me off, and while I was interested by Cecilia’s reaction, I was mostly bored with the second half.

I was also disappointed by the relationship between the three main characters. While Big Little Lies offered characters who were distinct but had a great chemistry and intricate friendships, here I felt as though I was reading three different stories that took place in a similar context. I felt a bit more detached from them all.

Overall, I enjoyed The Husband’s Secret, even though it wasn’t a favorite. Liane Moriarty has such a pleasant writing though, I’m sure I’ll want to read more of her books. If you have a recommendation, let me know!