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Posted 19 November 2019 - 01:04 PM
#55 Eleanor Oliphaunt is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman.
I really loved this. Do yourself a favour and pick it up if you haven't already.
#56 The Love of Stones - Tobias Hill
I didn't love this. It's about a woman who is obsessed with a particular jewel. It takes place in several locations around the world and across two time periods. It had all the ingredients of a really engaging novel, but I felt distant from all the characters and couldn't get into it. I slogged through because I needed to tick it off for the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge and I'd already abandoned one book of this prompt.
Toomanybooks, did you enjoy The Night Circus? It's in my TBR pile.
Posted 19 November 2019 - 02:52 PM
#92: The Couple on Cedar Close – Anna-Lou Weatherley
More domestic suspense. Quite a good one. Definite "put your brain in Park and just read" sort of stuff.
#93: The Silver Eyes: Five Nights at Freddy’s 1 – Scott Cawthon and Kira Breed-Wrisely
Yeah okay look I make no pretensions about being particularly literary these days. This was DD2's fault, she expressed an interest in these novels and I decided I'd check them out first. I have decided that she is too young to read them but I am not, and it turns out my former teenage self was quite right about liking teen horror fluff crap. This is quite good teen horror fluff crap, too, with pacing that's clearly from Cawthon, even if you're not actually playing the game and noping out the moment Freddy leaves the stage like some allegedly grownup women I could mention who are not at all scared of evil animatronics, no, not at all.
#94: Remembering Anita Cobby – Mark Morri
This was interesting. I'm not for the most part really into true crime because I feel it's usually disrespectful to the victims (usually women) but this one wasn't. Anita felt present in the book. And she should absolutely be remembered.
#95: Game Changers: From Minecraft to Misogyny – Dan Golding and Leena Van Deventer
Great discussion of Gamergate and the general background radiation of misogyny in computer games, no matter how much I love them. Strongly recommended.
#96: The Twisted Ones: Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 – Scott Cawthon and Kira Breed-Wrisely
#97: The Swimming Pool – Louise Candlish
Another good one from her.
Posted 22 November 2019 - 08:25 PM
#57 Rain Dogs - Adrian McKinty
#58 The Place on Dalhousie - Melina Marchetta
Posted 23 November 2019 - 09:35 AM
Finished!!! The bride test by Helen Hoang for a book with a wedding. Could also be for the own voices prompt.
I am really liking her style, I’m going to read the third one I think. This book was a lot better than the Kiss Quotient and I really liked that too.
Posted 24 November 2019 - 09:11 PM
#26 - Coming Clean, Kimberley Rae Miller. A memoir of growing up with parents who are hoarders. Not the most well-written book I've ever read but far out it hit close to home.
Posted 25 November 2019 - 08:42 AM
#34/45 Private India - James Patterson & Ashwin Sanghi
Posted 26 November 2019 - 08:01 AM
#58 2028 by Ken Saunders. Not as funny as advertised.
#59 488 Rules for Life by Kitty Flanagan. Absolutely hilarious.
Posted 27 November 2019 - 05:48 AM
#59 The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty
Interesting as it made me quite uncomfortable in places - all wrapped up in the end, characters weren't too horrible.
Posted 28 November 2019 - 05:22 PM
131) The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
132) Harmless by Julienne Van Loon
Posted 02 December 2019 - 06:05 PM
133) The Twisted Ones by T Kingfisher
134) Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley
135) The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Posted 04 December 2019 - 02:03 PM
136) Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
137) A Month of Sunday’s by Liz Byrski
Posted 04 December 2019 - 07:56 PM
#59.75 (and I realise now I am never going to plough through the other .25, so this is a joke post as I have part-read other books and put down because they didn't grab me) - My Story by Louise Sauvage (with help) (which didn't help)
The only reason that I persevered is because it has been beside my bed for 4 years since someone gave it to DH for Christmas and I felt I had to read it out of obligation. That, and I kept forgetting to go to the library to replenish my larder.
She is an awesome athlete - but it was not a biography (or autobiography) that gripped in any sense of the word.
Thank goodness I got to the library!!!
Posted 05 December 2019 - 11:07 AM
#29 Me, Elton John (audiobook version, read by Taron Egerton- who did a brilliant job IMO)
Posted 07 December 2019 - 07:33 AM
139) Lullaby by Leïla Slimani
140) Lie With Me by Philippe Besson
Posted 07 December 2019 - 10:09 AM
I’ve just downloaded a whole heap of cozy Christmas stories free on Amazon. I really should remember to check there more often.
Posted 07 December 2019 - 10:54 AM
Ops haven't been on here for ages,,,, I am up #90
#26 A light on the hill, Connilyn Cossette.
#27 The Priest, Francine Rivers.
#28 The prophet, Francine Rivers.
#29 Seagrass Pier, Colleen Coble.
#30 The Well, Step Landsem
#31 Love, like you've never been hurt, Jentzen Franklin.
#32 The midwife, Jolina Peterson.
#33 The outcast, Jolin aPeterson
#34 The hidewaway, Lauren Denton.
#35 Daughter of the regiment, Jackie French.
#36 Dining with joy, Rachel Hauck.
#37 Skin Deep, Lauren Jarrat.8
#38 Whitesands of summer, JH Fletcher
#39 A mothers promise, Dilly Court
#40 Mrs Kelly Grantlee
Posted 07 December 2019 - 12:41 PM
^I really liked another one of hers something about the eyes of the sheep was the title I think.
Posted 07 December 2019 - 01:00 PM
#41 The view from rainshadow bay, Colleen Coble
#42 Ellie Pride, Annie Groves
#43 No one ever asked, Katie Ganshert
#44 A month of Sundays, Liz Bryski
#45 Day 9 at Worreen, Rob Hunter
#46 Two weeks, Karen Kingsbury
#47 The bridge, Karen Kingsbury
#48 Facing the flame, Jackie French
#49 The last dingo summer, Jackie French
#50 Redemption, Karen Kingsbury
#51 Remember, Karen Kingsbury
#52 The 3 Miss Allens,Victoria Purman
#53 Mackenzie Crossing, Kay Dobbie
#54 Mothering Sunday, Rosie Goodwin
#55 The lily and the rose, Jackie French
#56 The comfort of water, Maya Ward
#57 Breaking the Spell, Jane Stork
#58 The last of the Bonegilla girls, Victoria Purman
#59 What happens when you say yes to God, Lysa Ter Keurst
#60 Beneath the apple leaves, Harmony Verna
#61 The girl under the olive tree, Leah Fleming
#62 How the light gets in, Joline Peterson
#63 The baby farmers, Annie Cossens
#64 Barbed wire and cherry blossoms, Anita Heiss
#65 Engraved on teh heart, Tara Johnson
#66 Dare to be kind, Lizzie Velsaquez
Posted 08 December 2019 - 01:14 AM
#30 The Widow, Fiona Barton (audiobook read by Clare Corbett)
Goodreads reviews are mixed but I found this book quite gripping. Listened every moment I could and finished it quickly. I though the narrator was excellent.
Will probably use this for my debut novel prompt for popsugar 2019, I’d planned on something else for that but not sure I’ll finish that one in time.
Posted 10 December 2019 - 07:56 AM
#60 The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein. I didn't enjoy this at all.
Posted 10 December 2019 - 12:51 PM
#60 The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein. I didn't enjoy this at all.
No? I’ve just read it recently. I’m conflicted on it. What didn’t you like about it?
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