Top Ten Books To Read To Get In The Halloween Spirit

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week it is Top Ten Books To Read To Get In The Halloween Spirit.

This list is going to be HARD for me to create as I shy away from scary reads. My imagination just always runs away with itself. So please excuse my rather ‘tame’ list!

As ever, click on the book image to take you to Goodreads!

Hollow Pike

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This book is particularly creepy! I found it very eerie, but so engrossing!

Cruel Summer

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Cruel Summer definitely has a I Know What You Did Last Summer vibe. I loved it!

Say Her Name

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James Dawson does it again with the very creepy Say Her Name. It is based on Bloody Mary. *shudders*

Into The Darkest Corner

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This book is more of a psychological thriller. It’s still pretty disturbing though…if you like a disturbing read!

Follow Me Down

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Tanya Byrne is an amazing writer. This book is mysterious and engaging!

The Drowning

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I don’t recommend this book if you’re experience flooding and horrendously wet weather. Like I was, when I read this… *shudders again*

Cuckoo

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Another warped psychological thriller. I really enjoyed this book!

Dead Silent

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I absolutely love this series! Dead Silent is particularly creepy.

The Girl Who Wasn't There

I read The Girl Who Wasn’t There as part of my feature I do with Luna from Luna’s Little Library.

A book I’m looking forward to reading with a Halloween vibe!

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Alex Bell is a good friend of mine. Her first YA Horror novel is coming out soon in paperback. It is available as an e-book at the moment. It looks and sounds so creepy. I’m pretty sure she thinks I won’t read it… but I will!

What books put you in the Halloween spirit? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

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Top Ten All Time Favourite Books in the Thriller Genre

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is Top Ten All Time Favourite Books in the X Genre. We were given the chance to pick our own genres. I’ve decided to pick the thriller genre, because it is a genre that I never thought I’d read, but I’m certainly enjoying!

I’m also happy that many of these authors are British!

Click on the book image to be taken to the Goodread’s page!

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The DrowningRachel Ward– I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book. I’d heard good things about it, but I didn’t really know a lot about it. It was incredibly creepy and very well written. It freaked me out, because I read it during the massive storms and flooding in the UK. My imagination is very vivid…

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Dangerous Girls- Abigail Haas– I still can’t work out what I made of this book. It was amazing in so many ways, but that ending… I’ve added it on this list, because a book has never confused my opinion so much! It must be doing something right?

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Hollow Pike- James Dawson- An amazing book. James Dawson completely gripped me from the start with this creepy tale!

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Dead SilentSharon Jones- I’m loving this series so far. I was intrigued and captivated by Dead Silent. Very creepy.

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Cruel SummerJames Dawson– Yep, James Dawson makes the list again. This book was brilliant. I could easily see it being made into a movie.

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Into The Darkest CornerElizabeth Haynes– I thought this was a fantastic read. Not an easy subject to tackle but Elizabeth Haynes does it well!

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CuckooJulia Crouch– I was blown away by this book. It was one of the first thrillers I read when stepping into the genre. I devoured it!

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Gone GirlGillian Flynn–  I read this book before it was massively hyped. I loved it. I do wonder if I would’ve enjoyed it as much after the hype. I’ll have to try and re-read it at some point and decide! I did think it was a brilliant psychological thriller though.

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Before I Go To Sleep- S.J Watson- Another intriguing read. I just loved this book!

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Just What Kind Of Mother Are You?- Paula Daly– This book has been compared to Gone Girl and they used that “fans of Gone Girl will love this..” type of marketing.  I think this book is good in its own right!

Have you read any of these books? Let me know! Please feel free to leave your link to your posts this week, so I can see your favourite books in your chosen genre!

Round up of British Book Challenge 2013

I can’t believe it’s been a year, since I accepted the challenge to read 12 books by a British author. I’ve absolutely loved discovering new British authors this year. I’m definitely going to continue the challenge next year. We have far too many brilliant authors in the UK, that deserve much more recognition.

Here are the British Authors I’ve discovered this year, complete with a link to my review!

Here’s to discovering new British Authors in 2014 and continuing to support UK writers!

Top Ten Books I was ‘Forced’ To Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week a topic is given for us bloggers to write a list for. This week it is Top Ten Books I Was “Forced” to Read (either by teachers, friends, other bloggers, book club) — doesn’t necessarily have to be a BAD thing. Could be required reading, yes, but also book club, or just super enthusiastic friends “making” you read something!

Click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page for the book!

In no particular order:

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EntangledCat Clarke– I first heard about Cat Clarke’s book from Luna’s Little Library. Her reviews got me really intrigued, so I had to quickly read Entangled and Torn so I was ready to devour Undone when it was published. I think Cat Clarke’s writing keeps getting better and better.

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Heart Shaped BruiseTanya Byrne– I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. Another book that was recommended by Luna’s Little Library. We reviewed it together HERE.

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Pushing The LimitsKatie McGarry– This is another book that Luna and I compared opinions on(review HERE). This book made me a fan of Katie McGarry. I can’t wait to read Crash Into You soon.

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The Girl On PaperGuillaume Musso- I probably wouldn’t have read this book if it wasn’t for the book club that I’m in. I thought it was such a strange book, but an original story.

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Me Before YouJojo Moyes– I think I probably would have read this book without book club, but I’m glad I read it pretty soon after it was published. It’s become one of my favourite books.

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Into The Darkest CornerElizabeth Haynes– This was another book club read (I’m in various book clubs of several shapes and forms). It’s a gripping read which includes some very heavy topics that aren’t easy to read. Yet, I couldn’t stop turning the pages!

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Before I Go To SleepS.J Watson- Another one from the book club recommendations.  Again, it’s not an easy subject matter, but it’s so well written, I burned through it!

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The Bronze HorsemanPaullina Simons– This is a book that was recommended to me by my sister. I loved it and thought that the character development was so impressive.

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The Time Traveler’s WifeAudrey Niffenegger– My sister recommended this book to me. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, with all the jumping around in time, but once I got used to it, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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SisterRosamund Lupton– Sister was recommended to me by my sister. This is a touching read, which is so beautifully written.

Whilst writing this list, I’ve realised how many recommendations have come from Bibliobeth (my sister) and Luna (my good friend). I’ve also read some awesome books from book clubs.

What about you? What have you been ‘forced’ to read? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten Tuesday posts.

Human Remains

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How did I get it?:
Edelweiss- thanks to Harper Paperbacks

Synopsis:

How well do you know your neighbours? Would you notice if they lived or died?

Police analyst Annabel wouldn t describe herself as lonely. Her work keeps her busy and the needs of her ageing mother and her cat are more than enough to fill her time when she s on her own. But Annabel is shocked when she discovers her neighbour s decomposing body in the house next door, and appalled to think that no one, including herself, noticed her absence.

Back at work she sets out to investigate, despite her police officer colleagues lack of interest, and finds data showing that such cases are frighteningly common in her own home town.

A chilling thriller and a hymn to all the lonely people, whose individual voices haunt the pages, Elizabeth Haynes new novel is a deeply disturbing and powerful thriller that preys on our darkest fears, showing how vulnerable we are when we live alone, and how easily ordinary lives can fall apart when no one is watching.

Thoughts:

Every now and then I like to read a thriller. Elizabeth Haynes knows how to write a great thriller and this is one of her darkest yet. The subject matter is incredibly dark and it’s certainly not for the faint-hearted.

I did enjoy reading Human Remains, but as the title suggests it’s quite a tough read and the descriptions of decompositions are really quite disgusting. Some of the passages made me feel sick they were so descriptive! Elizabeth Haynes certainly took a risk in writing a book like this.

Human Remains is an interesting and quite unique story about a predator who thinks he can kill without risk, due to the method he uses. The story includes many people which can sometimes get a bit confusing. Its main focus though is on Annabel the quiet police analyst who suspects what is happening to a lot of human remains is incredibly unusual. A lot of the characters are incredibly serious, so Human Remains doesn’t have any respite from a dark, harrowing tale.

Overall, I didn’t enjoy Human Remains as much as Elizabeth’s debut novel Into The Darkest Corner, but I did enjoy it enough to still be intrigued by whatever she writes next. She doesn’t shy away from tough subjects and her writing is incredibly easy to read.

 

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Reading next:
Attachments- Rainbow Rowell

Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s list is top ten books dealing with tough subjects. Now, I read quite a few books that deal with some tough subjects so it’s going to be quite hard to narrow it down to ten!

In no particular order.. I just can’t order awesome books!

Pushing The Limits- Katie McGarry

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I had heard a lot about this book before I read it. I was worried that I wouldn’t like it and that it was over-hyped, but actually it was a beautiful book, very sensitively written.

Undone- Cat Clarke

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This book really moved me. Especially the ending. I was lost for words.

Me Before You- Jojo Moyes

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I judged a book by its cover and really thought this book was going to be light and fluffy. Oh no. It really wasn’t.

Just What Kind Of Mother Are You?- Paula Daly

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Not an easy subject to read at all, but it was incredibly well written!

The Quietness- Alison Rattle

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This book was passionate. It had deeply disturbing moments especially as it was based on history.

Heart-Shaped Bruise- Tanya Byrne

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Such a daring debut, a protagonist that has done something bad, yet you end up feeling for her. I love it.

Fifteen Days Without A Head- Dave Cousins

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This is such a sad book, but it’s nicely balanced with some humour. It’s much needed!

My Best Friend’s Girl- Dorothy Koomson

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My Best Friend’s Girl is very touching.

Wonder- R.J Palacio

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I was recommended this by a good friend and I’m glad she did recommend it. I thought it was heart-wrenching.

Into The Darkest Corner- Elizabeth Haynes

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A fantastic debut novel touching on an incredibly difficult subject.

This was so hard! I could’ve probably found 20 that I absolutely adore. I’m pretty sure that I’ve missed some amazing books and I’ll see them on other blogs and be annoyed I didn’t include them! Please feel free to link your blog so I can see what’s on your list!