Wednesday Words #6: Lust

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Every week, I shall choose as a theme and find 3 quotes for that theme. The quotes will either be from books, films, or people.
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I Spy Book Challenge

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I’ve seen this floating around for a while on many different blogs and I thought it looked like fun. So, here’s my post!! All the books are either on my shelves, my kindle or I have read in the past. I will also add, that I definitely did not do this in the 5 minutes it says!!!

There only seems to be one rule:

Find a book that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!!


1. Food

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The Secret Ingredient of Wishes by Susan Bishop Crispell. This whole book was a joy to read, and what made it even better was it was all about pies. Who doesn’t love a pie?!

2. Transportation

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Den of Shadows by Christopher Byford. I thought this book was full of potential but didn’t quite reach it.

3. Weapon

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The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman. I love this trilogy, it’s incredible.

4. Animal

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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. I’ve no read this trilogy, but I have all 3 books. Maybe I’ll get to them soon.

5. Number

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Mistletoe on 34th Street by Lisa Dickenson. I really liked this book. I love books with a happy ending.

6. Something you read

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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. I loved this book, it’s been a long while since I read it though. It’s got a sort of picture of a book so I’m claiming it as a win.

7. Body of water

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Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine. I’ve not read this but it does sound pretty good!!

8. Product of fire

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Bonfire by Krysten Ritter. Again, I haven’t read it but do want to. It’s been on my Kindle a little while now.

9. Royalty

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I really liked this book when I read it a while back.

10. Architecture

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The Eternal City by Domenica de Rosa. I’ve not read this either, but again, it’s been on my Kindle for a while. But, any book featuring Rome, or just Italy in general, gets put straight on to the list.

11. Clothing

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No Way Back by Kelly Florentia. I’ve not read this, but I love the cover, every girl needs a pair of fab heels don’t they!!

12. Family member

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Dear Dad by Giselle Green. I love Giselle Green’s books, there always so thoughtful and touching.

13. Time of day

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A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir.I enjoyed this, the second book to the series. I did not enjoy some of Laia’s decisions or actions in it though.

14. Music

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Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab. This is on my TBR for the next few weeks, I really liked the first book.

15. Paranormal being

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The Golem and the Djinni by Helena Wecker. Ok, this one probably doesn’t count but I’m having it. I’ve not read it but I plan on it in the next few weeks.

16. Occupation

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Bodyguard by CD Reiss, I’ve got a mini review coming soon for this.

17. Season

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A Winter’s Tale by Carrie Elks. Definitely a book I highly recommend, I love Carrie Elks’ writing.

18. Colour

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The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse by Cressida McLaughin. I loved this light-hearted read.

19. Celestial body

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Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan. Another unread book sat on the shelf…

20. Something that grows

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The Cactus by Sarah Haywood. Another non-read book but I have it on my shelf and I must admit, it’s a very beautiful cover.

I’m tagging…

You, you and you!!

Mini Reviews #5

Mini reviews


35708042Bodyguard by CD Reiss

Published: November 2017 GoodreadsAmazon UK

Another great story from CD Reiss. Well written and had me gripped. Chemistry was instant and I’m slightly head over heels for Carter myself. A great story line and very likeable characters all round. I loved Phin, he was definitely a ray of sunshine in horrible times for Emily. Will definitely be reading this author again as I enjoyed the first book in the Hollywood A-List series as well.

25726443The Offer by Karina Halle

Published: June 2015 Goodreads | Amazon UK

A great second book to the series, was good to catch up with people from the first book and to get a new story from their friends. I loved how Nicola and Bram worked off each other and the chemistry was great. The addition of Her daughter was great, she was definitely a great character. Written well, with a touching story line. Will definitely be reading the next to the series eventually!!!

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Published: March 2015 Goodreads | Amazon UK

As normal for Jo Thomas books, I really liked this. She whisks us away to special places, with great characters, and a wonderful story. I liked Ruthie and Marco. We learn a lot about Ruthie and see her develop really well, but felt we could have got to know Marco and his family that little bit more. The story was written really well, and it keeps you gripped until the end. I did question where it was going to begin with but we got there and it didn’t change how I felt about the story.

Wonder Woman Book Tag

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I don’t know where this tag comes from, or who created it. I’ve had it on my draft page for a very long time now. Thanks to whoever the creator is. So, who doesn’t love a superhero?? I’m definitely more of a DC fan than Marvel, and Wonder Woman is definitely up there!! Who’s your favourite? Are you a DC fan or a Marvel fan?


Wonder Woman: Your favorite badass female book character…

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Fantasy Island: A book setting you want to escape to…

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Hogwarts. I really want to go to Hogwarts. Please can I go??

London: A hyped book that let you down…

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The Rosie project by Graeme Simson, and The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins.

Steve Trevor: A book that has a beautiful cover and a great story (i.e. good personality)…

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All of the covers for Strange The Dreamer are beautiful, and the story inside is just as beautiful.

Lasso of Truth: A book you hated…

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Not so much hate but just disliked. 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You. had an amazing amount of potential, if you’ve read my review on this recently you’ll know my feelings.

Wonder Woman’s Shield: A book so sad that you need a shield…

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I don’t need to think about this one.

Ares: a villain that is scary, but you can’t seem to hate them…

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The Darkling from the Grisha Trilogy. I just can’t hate him.

The Amazons: A book that you wish had more/better LGBT+ representation…

I can’t really answer this question. It doesn’t changed my opinion on any books, or makes me want to pick a book up or put it down. There are obviously books out there that people think could improve with the representation but I wouldn’t know which ones.

Justice League: What superhero book friends do you tag…

Everyone!!!!

Book Review: The Reading Group by Della Parker

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Published: November 2017
Publisher: Quercus
Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9781786489722
Source: Bookbridgr and the publishers, thanks lovelies!!

Goodreads | Amazon UK

Description

Grace, Anne-Marie, Kate, Jojo and Serena are as different as can be but each month they meet in Serena’s beautiful cliff-top cottage to discuss a good book – and their lives, which are sometimes stranger than fiction! Between new loves and old flames, cheating husbands and wayward children, there’s always a surprise around the corner…


My Review

I liked this story. It was fun, well written and a very likeable group of women. I did find it a bit odd to begin with when it was Anne Marie’s story but it got better.

Anne Marie was probably my least favourite character. She came across as a little naive, a bit of a spoilt child. She seriously didn’t think a 22 year old would want anything to do with a 17 year old romantically did she?? Well.. I’m glad that side story didn’t work out. Anyway, her romance story didn’t really grab me and I didnt feel there was any chemistry between her and Thomas.

Kate was probably my favourite. She took no shit from her husband in the end and she was all the better for it. Her romance with Bob seemed the most realistic, if a little predictable but I still liked it.

JoJo was another of the characters I didn’t really connect with. She seemed to just float between all of the other women and didn’t really work for me. I found Daniel a little creepy, and I really didn’t think g the oukf be the sort of man he turned out to be.

Serena. I liked Serena. She was caring and loving, even towards her family who were not the best family in the world. She obviously cared for the children in her school. Her slow building romance with Mr. Winchester was a nice, simple romance. Even if the ex wife is a bit of a psycho.

Grace. I didn’t know what to make of her. I felt like we didn’t really get much from her, she didn’t really have a tale to tell so to speak. The only thing we got from her was that she had money problems, and that was about it really.

I didn’t feel that we needed the addition of Mikey in the final part of the story. He didn’t really have the same chemistry with the ladies than they all had together. It just seemed a little rushed and not really thought about.

I loved that we got a whole section for each of the ladies. It’s obvious that the book was all separate before coming together all in one but it works really well. I liked how their lives seem parallel with the books that they are supposed to be reading. It was a nice twist on it all.

Overall, it is written brilliantly. The characters were great. There was a true sense of friendship, love, and fun.

Book Review: 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant

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36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You 36 Questions that Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant

Published: October 2017
Publisher:
Format: Ebook
ISBN13: 9781471407086
ASIN: B0728MXS1C
Source: NetGalley and the publisher, thank you lovely people!!

Goodreads | Amazon UK

Description

36 questions guaranteed to make two strangers fall head over heels in love with each other? What’s not to like. A clever, wry, funny, rom-com. For fans of The Rosie Project.

Inspired by the real psychology study popularized by the New York Times and its “Modern Love” column, this contemporary YA/crossover is perfect for fans of Eleanor and Park, Jo Jo Moyes, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Cecila Ahern.

Two random strangers. Thirty-six questions to make them fall in love.

Hildy and Paul each have their own reasons for taking part in the psychology study (in Paul’s case it is the $40, in Hildy’s the reasons are significantly more complex). The study poses the simple question: Can love be engineered between two random strangers?

Hildy and Paul must ask each other 36 questions, ranging from “What is your most terrible memory?” to “When did you last sing to yourself?” By the time Hildy and Paul have made it to the end of the questionnaire, they’ve laughed and cried and lied and thrown things and run away and come back again. They’ve also each discovered the painful secret the other was trying so hard to hide.

But have they fallen in love?

My Review

I very rarely write a review for a book I didn’t like but for this I’m making an exception. I don’t know why I feel the need to say something about it. I’d normally just let it go but this time, I just can’t.

So in all honesty, I’m so disappointed about this book. The idea was fantastic, the story should have worked but it didn’t. It really didn’t. The cover is gorgeous as well.

I think it would have worked if they were adults, or if we were given clear details. I couldn’t grasp if Hildy was supposed to be 16 or 18, in high school or college/uni or… God knows what. She was naive, childish, self centred and I just didn’t like her. I really didn’t like her. I found her irritating and whiney, someone needed to tell her to sort it out. Paul didn’t set the page alight either to be fair but he was described as the extremely attractive man. Nope, didn’t feel it. I just found him grumpy, humourless, a tad annoying and a little stalkerish. Mind you, Hildy wasn’t any better on the stalking front either.

You get where I’m going with this review yet? I just think that there was an amazing amount of potential but it just didn’t live up to my silly high expectations.

There are maybe 2 or 3 things I did like about it, surprisingly. One of them was the layout of the story, what I mean is the way it was written when it was just Hildy and Paul. It was easy to keep track of who was who and what was being said. Another thing I liked was the actual idea of the story. 36 questions, that’s all it’s supposed to take but we learnt more about the characters in those 36 questions than we would have normally. Unfortunately, that is all I can think of what I liked about the book.

Overall, if it was written differently, or at least the characters were written differently, I think this book could have been something. I found it boring, slightly predictable and I really didn’t like the characters. Shame really as it really could have been an incredible story.

Un-Stacking The Shelves

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Wow, March is over and done with.. This year is going unbelievable fast. I don’t want it to go any quicker!!!! My Reading this month has been a bit of a busy one. I’ve had 4 blog tours in one week and finally had a chance to read a few books of my choosing!! Yay!!

March Update
  1. Sweet Home Summer by Michelle Vernal Blog tour, check out my review
  2. Mister Cowboy by Rebecca Jenshank Mini Review
  3. Sunshine and Secrets by Daisy James Another blog tour, Review here
  4. Strange The Dreamer by Laina Taylor Yet another blog tour, Review Here
  5. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness Trilogy Review
  6. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness Trilogy Review
  7. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness Trilogy Review
  8. Burning Moon by Jo Watson Mini-Review
  9. Relight My Fire by Joanna Bolouri Mini Review
  10. The Château of Happily Ever After by Jaimie Admans Mini Review Coming Soon!!
  11. 36 Questions that Changed by Mind About You by Vicki Grant Review Coming Soon!!
  12. This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab Mini Review Coming Soon!!
  13. Someone Like You by Brittney Sahin Mini Review Coming Soon!!
  14. The Hotel on Mulberry Bay by Melissa Hill Mini Review Coming Soon!!
  15. The Reading Group by Della Parker Review Coming Soon!!
  16. The One plus One by Jojo Moyes Mini Review Coming Soon!!

April TBR

I don’t think I will have a definite April TBR, it’s going to be a stressful, exciting month and I don’t want to have to go by a list this month.  I’ll probably be able to read a little in downtime and at work, and probably on the train to and from Edinburgh but we shall see!!

I’ll be back in May with a possible TBR list.