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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Summer TBR

Bonjour tout la monde, today’s Top Ten Tuesday choice of topic from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl is Books On My Summer TBR list. I say list as opposed to pile, as most of these books are still on my wish list rather than sat on my coffee table. But still, these are all books I want to read in the next couple of months.

  • A GOOD GIRL’S GUIDE TO MURDER by Holly Jackson is a YA murder mystery that sounds just as interesting as its adult counterparts. So yes, I’m going to give it a go.
  • THE MAIDENS by Alex Michaelides, which comes out this week, has been on my list since I heard about this one—murder and tragedy at Cambridge University, in the UK.
  • THE WISTERIA SOCIETY OF LADY SCOUNDRELS by India Holton is another of those anticipated reads. I mean, come on, with a title like that, who could resist wanting to know more. Sign me up already!
  • CATALYST GATE by Megan E. O’Keefe is the third and final installment in her excellent space opera series The Protectorate. It comes out at the end of June and I can hardly wait.
  • THE BONE CODE by Kathy Reichs is out in July and, as usual, Tempe is in the thick of it dealing in murder and bones. And, of course, there are always dark secrets at play.
  • THE MADNESS OF CROWDS by Louise Penny is her next installment of her long running Three Pines series featuring Insp. Armand Gamache. And yes, I cannot wait to get my hands on the hardback.
  • THE LESS DEAD by Denise Mina has me excited in anticipation, to quote: “She thought she was finding her birth mother. Now she’s searching for a killer.
  • MIDNIGHT AT MALABAR HOUSE by Vaseem Khan is a standalone whodunit set in India, in 1949, that promises a whole other look at an era and country we don’t normally get to read about that much.

And four books that are still sat on my coffee table awaiting my attention:

  • THE LAW OF INNOCENCE by Michael Connelly
  • THE ROSE CODE by Kate Quinn
  • THE BERLIN GIRL by Mandy Robotham

So, as you can see, I have plenty to look forward to this summer and, with 3 weeks of holidays coming up, I should have plenty of time on my hands to get a few of these read. And you, what exciting anticipated reads do you have coming up this summer?


Inside The Mind Of An Opinionated Woman — The Book Blogger Insider Tag

I hope you have your coffee and are sitting comfortably because I’m doing The Book Blogger Insider Tag today. So if you’re ready, let’s dive in …

Where do you typically write your posts?

Usually in the bedroom but, I must add, not while in the bed, or during rompy pompy, okay? I have a small corner of the room with a desk [see previous photographic evidence].

How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

Anywhere between an hour and a couple of days. 

When did you start your book blog?

I’ve been blogging—and online—for a long time, but it wasn’t till 2017 that I started book blogging, and concentrating on doing book reviews. I think my first post was a review of MR. CHURCHILL’S SECRETARY on January 14, 2017, and I wasn’t polite.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved That Made Me Want More Books Like Them

Bonjour tout la monde, today’s Top Ten Tuesday choice of topic from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl is, Books I Loved That Made Me Want More Books Like Them … which is one hell of a mouthful to say, let alone type out. Basically, books we read that inspired us to read others in a similar trope/genre/theme and the like.

So what books inspired me?

  • BURY YOUR DEAD (2010) by Louise Penny is the first book I read of hers and a book that got me started reading not only her brilliant Three Pines series, but also, back into crime fiction in general.
  • PODKAYNE OF MARS (1963) by Robert A. Heinlein was one of the first of his YA science fiction books I remember reading, which, in turn, got me reading not only most of his juvenile series, but also, a lot more science fiction.
  • PAWN OF PROPHECY: The Belgariad book #1 (1982) by David Eddings was a 6-book YA fantasy series that really got me into reading a lot more fantasy, back in the day. It’s a fun, straight forward YA fantasy easily accessible for younger teens and maybe even tweens, given it’s light content.
  • LORD FOUL’S BANE: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant book #1 (1977) by Stephen R. Donaldson launched me into somewhat darker fantasy territory with heavier themes, and probably some of the first grimdark being written, at the time.
  • THE CITY OF BRASS: the Daevabad series (2017) by S.A. Chakraborty was the book that got me back into reading fantasy after a very long hiatus. Here is a book that really hit all the right notes for me, when it comes to a good fantasy read. Basically as updated version of Arabian Nights with an adult sensibility, but with a lot more fun too. Read the entire series you won’t be sorry!
  • THE PERPLEXING THEFT OF THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN (2016) by Vaseem Khan is book two in a delightfully light murder-mystery series set in Mumbai, India, and a book that both introduced me to Inspector Chopra (Rtd) and a whole new world of fiction. And, I mean, come on, he has a baby elephant, who could resist reading this series?
  • THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE (2009) by Alan Bradley was my first introduction to crime fiction set in the UK during the 50s, with a young female protagonist turned detective, 11 year old Flavia de Luce. Again, like Vaseem Khan’s series, Bradley’s series is quaint, fun, irreverent, and serious in equal measure. It was a delight to discover how much fun it was reading this series.
  • A MAN CALLED OVE (2013) by Fredrik Backman is not a book I would normally have read, but, because of another book bloggers insistence, I picked up a copy and, was pleasantly surprised. So much so, I’ve read other books from this author and yes, enjoyed them as much each in their own way. Dark, and sometimes, difficult, but always, in the end, uplifting.
  • THE LOCKSMITH’S DAUGHTER (2016) by Karen Brooks got me into reading historical murder-mysteries, a category I would never have thought of. But this one got me into reading whodunits with historical settings that then, in turn, led me to reading a broader range of historically set novels.
  • THE SILENCED (2017) by Swedish journalist, Anders de la Motte, is a thoroughly absorbing translated thriller set in Sweden. I picked it up by chance having read the back cover blurb and really enjoyed it. And, inspired, went on to read other works in translation.

And you, what book or genres inspired you?


Top Ten Tuesday: How Hardcore Are You?

As today is a freebie from Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl, I stole the idea for today’s post from the lovely Annnemieke over at A Dance With Books: 5 things I can’t or won’t do, even though I love reading. And, as she says, a lot of bookworms are hardcore readers, but then again a few of us, well, we need our sleep!

  1. Read in a moving vehicle — I have an inner ear problem and was car/plane/train/bus sick through-out my entire childhood. Anything that moved basically, and I’d toss my guts if I did anything other than stare at the horizon. So no, I cannot read in a moving vehicle, even now.
  2. Stay up past my bedtime — nope, never gonna happen, not then, not now, not every. Going to bed is sacrosanct for me, and I can get hissy if anyone messes—even slightly—with my bedtime ritual.
  3. Always have a book in my bag — yes, there was a time when I carried a book with me at all times. Especially when I was in the military, and there was a lot of dead-time to fill between moments of screaming anxiety. Not so much these days, as I work from home and, therefore, don’t need to constantly have a book in my back pocket. 
  4. Judge people by their bookshelves — mine are kind of chaotic, disorganised, definitely not by colour/genre, or author. And I’m the only person that can find a book instantly from my own book shelf. So I never judge anyone else by how organised or disorganised they might be. My shelves give people nervous breakdowns!
  5. Get angry at dog-eared books — while I am the one anal person who keeps her own books like new, making sure that the spines are in perfect condition (for my hardback and first edition collections) I’m a little less annoying when it comes to cheap paperbacks, or, more to the point, secondhand/used/borrowed books, which all show wear and tear. And yes, I have a lot of ARCs that fairly ‘glow’ with underlined words and passages and are covered in scribbles. I’ve also been known to write rude words and other commentary on many a page. 

And what about you, how hardcore are you, and how do you treat your books, with reverence?