Some of my most anticipated books of 2019

At the end of last year, I mentioned doing a post focusing on some of my most anticipated releases for the new year. Since then, it seems everyone and their dog has done a post like that so obviously my idea wasn’t as original as I thought it was. Anyway, I decided to share this list regardless and hopefully you’ll find something that will pique your interest.

Listed by publication date for digital and hardcover copies.

| JANUARY |

Steve Cavanagh – Twisted
Matt Wesolowski – Changeling
Will Dean – Red Snow
Steph Broadribb – Deep Dirty Truth
Diane Setterfield – Once Upon A River

| FEBRUARY |

Angela Marsons – Dead Memories
Jo Spain – Dirty Little Secrets
Stacey Halls – The Familiars
Louise Beech – Call Me Star Girl
C.J. Tudor – The Taking of Annie Thorne
Alex Michaelides – The Silent Patient

| APRIL |

Gillian McAllister – The Evidence Against You

| MAY |

Stuart MacBride – All That’s Dead
Alison Weir – Anna of Kleve : Queen of Secrets
Sarah Hilary – Never Be Broken
Melanie Golding – Little Darlings

| JUNE |

Karin Slaughter – The Last Widow
Alex North – The Whisper Man

| JULY |

Riley Sager – Lock Every Door

| UNKNOWN |

Sharon Bolton – The Poisoner

This is a weird one but I’ve included it anyway. I could have sworn the original publication date was May but Amazon now lists it as December 2020, which quite frankly I refuse to believe because I WANT IT NOW!

Honourable mention to Johana Gustawsson and the third book in the Roy & Castells series.

I have a feeling it’s going to be a great bookish year once again! Which book(s) are you looking forward to the most? Do let me know and I hope you’ve found something in this list that caught your eye. Happy reading! xx

Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

I was nominated by Nicola and Tina. Many thanks to you both, lovelies!  If you don’t know who they are, you should totally go over and follow their blogs!

I don’t even want to stop and think about the fact that the end of June is near already. And I have a sneaky suspicion that these questions will leave me with a massive headache as I’ve been very lucky so far this year and have read some incredible books!

Anyway, here we go.

1. The best book you’ve read so far this year :

Oh sure, let’s start with an easy one, why don’t you? Gah! I have way too many 5 star books to choose from. I’d list them all if I could but I’ll settle for two very different ones. And an honorary mention for The Dry. Man, I can already tell compiling my Top 10 books of the year is going to be a complete nightmare!


2. Best sequel of the year so far :

Aw, come on! Seriously?! Two again. I’m not sorry!


3. New release you haven’t read yet but want to :

Hahahaha! ALL OF THEM! Fine, two it is, again.


4. Most anticipated release of the second half of 2017 :

Sorry, two again. Actually even 3 (new Stuart MacBride) but I’ll stick to two.


5. Biggest disappointment of the year so far :

Hm, as I said, I’ve been very lucky but the one that stands out to me as it didn’t live up to my expectations is :

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6. Biggest surprise :

I didn’t think I’d enjoy this one because of the supernatural vibe but boy, was I wrong!

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7. Favourite new author (debut or new to you) :

New to me : Neil White

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8. Newest fictional crush :

I don’t tend to have crushes on fictional characters but in the spirit of the game, I’ll go for Jake Boulder.

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9. Newest favourite character :

Lottie Parker, I think. Balancing a career as a detective with being a single mother and making quite a mess of it. It’s just so realistic.

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10. Book that made you cry :

Well, would you look at that! An easy question! I didn’t have to think about this answer.

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11. Book that made you happy :

This is so not what I usually read but it made me laugh at a time when I really needed it.

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12. Favourite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen so far this year :

I’ve not watched a single movie this year.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year :

Apart from the one for Neil White’s From The Shadows that I mentioned previously, it’s probably Shadows by Conrad Jones. I couldn’t quite contain my excitement.

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14. Most beautiful book you bought or received this year so far :

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15. Books you need to read by the end of this year :

Again I say : ALL OF THEM! Are you really asking me to narrow it down? I think I’m having a panic attack.

There’s also the new Stuart MacBride and the second book in the Jake Boulder series and the new Michael J. Malone and ….. you get the picture, I’m sure.

That was hard but a lot of fun! Thanks again to Nicola and Tina for tagging me!

I would like to see the following people do this but please don’t feel like you have to if you don’t want to or if you’ve done it before, obviously.

Janel @ Keeper of Pages
Jen @ Jen Med’s Book Reviews
Ana @ The Misstery
Renee @ It’s Book Talk
Lorraine @ The Book Review Cafe

 

Book Hoarding : What’s been on my backlist the longest?

Today, I am jumping on the beating-the-backlist-challenge bandwagon, following the example set by Sam at Clues and Reviews and Chelsea over at The Suspense is Thrilling Me.

I didn’t use to be a hoarder. Every week, I would decide what to read and buy those books. Done. (Not so anymore.) So not only did I never get around to reading the books on the list below, I never even bought them. I just kept/keep adding books to the ever-growing TBR pile and tend to buy the latest ones. And that’s why I’m joining in with this challenge.

I decided to use my Goodreads to-be-read list to choose the following 10 books I’m determined to read by the end of the year. I did cheat a little bit because I had a few in a row by the same author and I preferred mixing things up.

So, here we go. In random order, here are my 10 choices.

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I concentrated hard, desperately listening for something familiar, the sound of life. I heard nothing. Just my own breath and the wind, whistling through the branches above. The thought made me shiver. I am buried alive.

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For a mother, life comes down to a series of choices. To hold on. To let go. To forget. To forgive. Which road will you take?

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What if you could only watch as your bright future slipped away from you?

Sally Cummings has had it tougher than most but, if nothing else, it’s taught her to grab opportunity with both hands. And, when she stands looking into the eyes of her new husband Peter on her perfect wedding day, it seems her life is finally on the up. That is until the car crash that puts her in a coma and throws her entire future into question. In the following months, a small part of Sally’s consciousness begins to return, allowing her to listen in on the world around her – although she has no way to communicate. But Sally was never going to let a little thing like a coma get in the way of her happily ever after.

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It’s criminal profiler Ivy Dunlap’s job to unravel the psyches of the most dangerous men alive. None haunts her dreams more than the killer who took her son’s life sixteen years ago, then silently disappeared into the dark. Now an urgent request for help from the Chicago police has reawakened Ivy’s greatest nightmare.

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For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive. Everyone tells him it’s time to move on, to forget the past once and for all. But for David Beck, there can be no closure. A message has appeared on his computer, a phrase only he and his dead wife know. Suddenly Beck is taunted with the impossible – that somewhere, somehow, Elizabeth is still alive.

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Chloe Benson wakes up kidnapped and bound in an underground tomb with no memory of how she got there. She escapes through deserted woods with her life, but no one believes her story. And when she suspects her husband is lying to her, Chloe is forced to retrace her past, following in her own footsteps to find the truth and stay alive.

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Folly Beach, South Carolina, has survived despite hurricanes and war. But it’s the personal battle of Folly Beach’s residents that have left the most scars, and why a young widow has been beckoned there to heal her own.

To most people, Folly Beach is simply the last barrier island before reaching the great Atlantic. To some, it’s a sanctuary for lost souls, which is why Emmy Hamilton’s mother encourages her to buy the local book store, Folly’s Finds, hoping it will distract Emmy from the loss of her husband.

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What can you do to make the world a better place?

Libby helps a stranger, and transforms her life in the process. Libby and her husband Jason have moved back to his hometown to turn the family B&B into a boutique hotel. They have left London behind and all the memories – good and bad – that went with it. Th injured woman Libby finds lying the remote country road has lost her memory? She doesn’t know why she cam to be there, and no one seems to be looking for her. When Libby offers to take her in, this one small act of kindness sets in motion a chain of events that will change many people’s lives.

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Can you imagine keeping a secret so devastating, you couldn’t even tell the people you love?

Honor’s secret threatens to rob her of the independence she’s guarded ferociously for eight years. Jo’s secret could smash apart the “normal” family life she’s fought so hard to build. Lydia’s secret could bring her love – or the loss of everything that matters to her. One summer’s day, grandmother, mother and daughter’s secrets will collide in a single dramatic moment. Is it too late for second chances?

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When Jess’s daughter, Anna, is reported lost in an avalanche, everything changes. Left to explain her mother’s absence to Anna’s five-year-old daughter, Rose, Jesse isn’t yet ready to admit to herself that her daughter might not be coming back. But Anna’s disappearance dredges up some life changing questions : Jesse must uncover her daughter’s secret life – and unearth a secret that changes her world irrevocably?.

The day I lost was you the day I discovered your secret life. The day I lost you was the day you tore our family apart.

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And there we have it. I hereby commit myself to reading these 10 books before January 1st, 2018. I think I have a bunch of tearjerkers in there. Have you read any of these?

Thanks to Sam and Chelsea for the idea. Might need someone to poke me from time to time, to remind me of this challenge. Memory of a sieve, me. Especially when I’m actively trying to avoid something 😉.

Who else wants to join in? The more, the merrier!

Mystery Blogger Award Tag @ingstje @keeperofpages @BooksVertigoTea @Choconwaffles @Vicki_CosyBooks

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I was nominated by the lovely El over at El’s Book World. Thank you so much!

The Mystery Blogger Award is a tag created by Okoto Enigma as a way for bloggers to connect and find out more about each other and the rules are as follows :

  1. Put the award logo/image in your post.
  2. List all the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
  4. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  5. Nominate 10-20 people and notify them
  6. Link back to the creator of the award.
  7. Ask nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with a weird or funny question.
  8. Share the link to your best/favourite post of yours.

Three things about myself :

  1. I’m a horrible procrastinator.
  2. I’m a serial pot plant killer. Not on purpose. It’s not like that was my ambition in life.
  3. I don’t own a single pair of shoes. Just boots. And a pair of sneakers. But no shoes.

The questions :

1. Where is your favourite place in the world and why?

Tuscany, Italy. The weather, the gorgeous landscape, the language, the people, the food and the wine.

2. If you could trade reading for a year for £2 million, would you?

Well, I’d definitely consider it because that would totally pay for my dream home in Tuscany. It seems worth it. Whether I can do it, is another thing.

3. What is your favourite film and why?

I always get weird looks from people when I say this but I don’t really have a favourite and I’m not in the habit of watching a movie more than once, unless it’s something like The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings.

4. If someone were to buy you a gift, what would be the perfect item?

Apart from that dream house in Tuscany? 😄. A signed copy of a book by Karin Slaughter. Or Stuart MacBride. Or both. Yes, I know, greedy. My bad.

5. What are your interests apart from reading and blogging?

I like to dabble in some amateur photography although it’s been a while and I wage a daily battle against my Netflix addiction because it wreaks havoc on my reading time.

I nominate the following, whose blogs you should definitely check out!

Vicki @ cosybooks

Donna @ Chocolate ‘n’ Waffles

Janel @ Keeper of Pages

Danielle @ Books Vertigo and Tea

Inge @ The Belgian Reviewer

Don’t feel you need to do this if you don’t want to. I promise I won’t be offended!

My questions for the nominees are :

  • If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would that be and why?
  • Who’s your favourite author? The one whose books you automatically pre-order without even knowing what they’re about?
  • Can you think of a character in a book you’d love to invite for dinner?
  • Name five books you’d hope to have with you if you were stranded on an island?
  • You’re going on a road trip but you can only bring music by one artist. Who do you choose?

Thanks again for the nomination, El!

Wishing everyone a happy Wednesday.

Rapid Fire Book Tag

I was tagged by the ever lovely Inge at The Belgian Reviewer so without any further ado, let’s get to it!

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Ebooks or physical books?

Both, please and thank you. Although I read ebooks more since I order physical books from the UK and I’m an awfully impatient lady.

Paperback or hardback?

Also both? Hardbacks are so pretty on a bookshelf but paperbacks are easier for reading.

Online or in-store book shopping?

Online. I’m an excellent online shopper. It’s a gift.

Trilogies or series?

Series.

Heroes or villains?

Both. I’m easy. … 🤔

A book you want everyone to read?

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Recommend an underrated book.

Sheesh. I don’t have the faintest idea!

The last book you finished?

Lies by TM Logan

Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?

Probably a doggie biscuit.

Used books, yes or no?

I prefer new.

Borrow or buy?

Buy.

Characters or plot?

Both. I need everything.

Long or short book?

Any. All! I’m not bothered. I read the Song of Fire and Ice series so anything after that is a breeze.

Long or short chapters?

Short. Just to be able to squeeze in one more before bed time.

Name the first three books you think of?

In Deep Water by Sam Blake

A Room Full of Killers by Michael Wood

Dead Woman Walking by Sarah Bolton

Books that make you laugh or cry?

Laugh. I bloody hate crying.

Our world or fictional worlds?

Our world.

Audiobooks : yes or no?

Nope. I’ll be off doing whatever and completely forget I’m supposed to be listening to something.

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

All the time. Bad Dee, bad.

Book to movie or book to TV adaptation?

TV. Just because I feel they have more time to get things right.

A movie or TV adaptation you preferred over the book?

Maybe The Hobbit but only because of Richard Armitage and Aidan Turner. Did I mention I was easy?

Series or standalone?

Both.

Phew, I’m exhausted!

 

I have no idea who’s already done this or not. If you’d like to do this, please do. If not, just ignore me.

This Week in Books – March 15

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Hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found, my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I’m reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words.

Previously : I finished reading Bad Little Girl by Frances Vick.

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Little Lorna Bell is from a notorious family on a rundown estate. Everyone thinks she’s a nasty piece of work. The schoolchildren call her a thief. But Lorna’s hair is matter, her shoes pinch her feet and her school teacher Claire Penny can’t help herself; some kids just need a bit more support, a bit more love, than the rest. As the bond between teacher and pupil grows stronger, Claire sees Lorna’s bruises, and digs to uncover the disturbing tale behind them.

Currently : Despite multiple warnings from various people, it seems I already need to tackle the ever-growing pile of Netgalley requests. Currently I’m reading The Lost Children by Helen Phifer. I have only an hour left to go but my eyes were incredibly uncooperative last night.

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For decades, The Moore asylum was home to the forgotten children of Brooklyn Bay. But ever since a scandal forced its closure, the abandoned building has cast an imposing shadow. Until now – when an elderly man is found dead, his body strapped to an ancient gurney.

Detective Lucy Harwin, still reeling from a previous case that ended in the devastating murder of a mother and her child, finds herself on the trail of a killer ruthlessly fixating on avenging the asylum’s wrongs.

Next up … this is always such a tough choice for me. I will decide on something and then something else will catch my eye and all my plans go out the window. So I’ll call it “next up – subject to change” : The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman by Mindy Mejia.

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Seventeen year old Hattie Hoffman is a talented actress, loved by everyone in her Minnesotan hometown. So when she’s found stabbed to death on the opening night of her school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of the community. Local sheriff Del Goodman, a good friend of Hattie’s dad, vows to find her killer, but the investigation yields more secrets than answers. It turns out Hattie played as many parts offstage as on. 

What are you reading? Inquiring minds would like to know. 🙂

Welcome

I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember with a gap of a few years when adult life got in the way. But it wasn’t until I joined goodreads that my love for reading returned in full force. It’s really due to joining that site and following like-minded people that the urge to start this blog became too hard to ignore.

Don’t get me wrong. I like goodreads to keep track of books and watch my TBR explode. But somehow I feel being part of the bookblogging community is just that little something extra. So far I’ve been mostly active by sharing other bloggers’ excellent reviews via twitter but part of me wants to be more involved than that so here I am.

My name is Eva and I’m a bookaholic.

ps : I’m still fiddling around with the furniture so mind where you go.