Top Ten Books I’ve Read For The ‘Talking About’ Feature With My Sister, Bibliobeth!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books that we’ve been recommended by others. I decided to feature some books that my sister and fellow blogger Beth, have discussed in our ‘Talking About’ feature. You can see our reviews if you click on the title of the book!

Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for the book!

Dear Thing- Julie Cohen

Dear Thing

I really enjoyed this heart-warming read. It was a struggle to read at times but that was due to subject matter, not because it was a bad book.

Before We Met- Lucie Whitehouse

Before We Met

This book was the perfect example of why sometimes you should give a book another go. I enjoyed this book the second time around. It wasn’t the most amazing read, but I did enjoy reading it.

The Memory Book- Rowan Coleman

The Memory Book

This is another story that warmed my heart. I thought it was a stunning, emotional read.

The Book Of You- Claire Kendal

The Book of You

Ooh this was a good one. I adore a psychological thriller and this book was right up my street!

I Let You Go- Clare Mackintosh

I Let You Go

Another wonderful book. This book has turned up on so many of my Top Ten lists since reading it in 2015. I adored it.

A Song For Issy Bradley- Carys Bray

A Song for Issy Bradley

I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. However, I thought it was a beautiful read!

The Ice Twins- S.K. Tremayne

The Ice Twins

This book is incredibly compelling!

Life After You- Lucie Brownlee

Life After You

Another sad one, but so beautifully written and heartfelt.

The Girls- Lisa Jewell

The Girls

I had heard a lot about Lisa Jewell, so was excited to pick up this book. It didn’t take me long to devour at all.

The Last Act of Love- Cathy Rentzenbrink

The Last Act Of Love

A stunning memoir. Another book that I devoured!

What are your favourite books that you’ve been recommended? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

British Books Challenge 2014: The round up!

The British Book Challenge was set up to show support for British Authors. By signing up I promised to read at least 12 books by British Authors. That’s equal to one book a month.

It’s safe to say that I exceeded this challenge this year.

Talking About ‘Before We Met’ with Bibliobeth

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing

Synopsis:

Hannah, independent, headstrong, and determined not to follow in the footsteps of her bitterly divorced mother, has always avoided commitment. But one hot New York summer she meets Mark Reilly, a fellow Brit, and is swept up in a love affair that changes all her ideas about what marriage might mean.

Now, living in their elegant, expensive London townhouse and adored by her fantastically successful husband, she knows she was right to let down her guard.

But when Mark does not return from a business trip to the U.S. and when the hours of waiting for him stretch into days, the foundations of Hannah’s certainty begin to crack. Why do Mark’s colleagues believe he has gone to Paris not America? Why is there no record of him at his hotel? And who is the mysterious woman who has been telephoning him over the last few weeks?

Hannah begins to dig into her husband’s life, uncovering revelations that throw into doubt everything she has ever believed about him. As her investigation leads her away from their fairytale romance into a place of violence and fear she must decide whether the secrets Mark has been keeping are designed to protect him or protect her . . .

Our thoughts:

CHRISSI: What were your first impressions of Mark?

BETH: It was obvious to me that the author was playing mind games with the reader from the start, I was instantly primed to feel suspicious of Mark. It was clear that he was a man with a few secrets and maybe a few skeletons in his closet. When he came clean about some issues to his wife which explain his actions to a certain extent, I did feel sorry for him but then a few more twists and turns come in and by about halfway through I really didn’t know what to think!

BETH: What did you think of the character of Hannah?

CHRISSI: I have to be honest, Hannah took a long time to grow on me. I thought she was incredibly dramatic, but then again, the whole story is dramatic! However, as the story progressed I did begin to sympathise with her. I tried to put myself in the same position and it’s totally believable that Hannah would become paranoid about whether she really knew her husband. It really does make you wonder if you know everyone as well as you think that you do!

CHRISSI: Before We Met has been described as a ‘marriage thriller’ – why do you think there has been an increase in this type of thriller and what is it that appeals to the reader?

BETH: Great question! I think that a lot of books like this are coming out from the huge success that was Gone Girl and Before l Go To Sleep, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed. For myself, I really enjoy reading about those relationships that have something hidden beneath the surface and are not completely perfect. Tie in a couple of twists and a psychological edge that make you catch your breath or leave your mouth wide open and I think you have the recipe for a perfect novel!

BETH: How do you think Hannah’s relationship with her mother affects her marriage to Mark, if at all?

CHRISSI: I think that Hannah is determined not to turn into her mother. She wonders if her paranoia is due to her living through her parent’s  marriage troubles. I think it definitely had an affect on Hannah’s marriage. Even if you convince yourself you won’t have the same insecurities as someone else, if you’ve lived with the person for long enough their traits do start to rub off on you, or they’re always there in the back of your mind. I felt like Hannah was aware of how paranoid her mother was and wondered whether history was repeating itself. It almost drove her mad.

CHRISSI: Did you find the book predictable at all?

BETH: Unfortunately, I did, which was a bit of a shame as there was great potential in the story. I think this might be the downfall of novels marketed as “the next Gone Girl,” as it leaves the reader always looking for the twist. In this novel, I did actually guess what was going on before the big reveal which was slightly frustrating as I prefer to be surprised.

BETH: Do you think that we can ever really know everything about another person?

CHRISSI: Quite simply…no. We are close as siblings, but I’m pretty sure there are things hidden from each other.  Nothing major, I hope. Like the secrets hidden in this book 😉 but I do strongly believe that you don’t know everything about another person. In most cases I love learning new things about others, as long as it’s not freaky or scary things!

CHRISSI: Discuss the sibling relationships in the novel.

BETH: I loved Hannah’s relationship with her brother as they are very close and he worries about her constantly. As she doesn’t get on too well with her mother, it is nice that she always has that constant person that she can call on in times of need. Their relationship is a polar opposite of Mark’s relationship with his brother. Even when growing up, the boys didn’t get on, and Mark often felt pushed out and let down by his family so that they could appease his brother. This then has huge implications for how the men relate to each other when they become “grown-ups” which was intriguing and exciting to read.

BETH: Would you read another book by this author?

CHRISSI: I’m not sure. I think the writing was good and the pace of the story was set well. I just found it incredibly dramatic. I think it would depend on the story itself. If the synopsis intrigued me then yes, I would!

Would we recommend it?:
BETH: Yes!
CHRISSI: Yes!

WWW Wednesday #81

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m just over halfway through Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse. I’m enjoying it but it’s ever so dramatic! I shall be reviewing this book shortly with Beth as part of our ‘Talking About’ feature.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I recently finished Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid. I thought it was okay, but I had some problems with it being so contrived.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Next up for me, is my first Jodi Lynn Anderson book The Moment Collector. I’m very intrigued to read this!

So what are you reading this week? Leave your link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below or feel free to answer the questions! Happy Reading! 🙂

Stacking The Shelves #44

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodread’s page!

Bought:

I’m doing well with my no book buying ban… These books were pre-ordered, so they don’t count 😉

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Cecelia Ahern and Dorothy Koomson are two of my auto-buy authors. I immediately pre-order their books, without even reading the synopsis. I’m a bit nervous about the Cecelia Ahern book, as I wasn’t overly keen on her last book. Shock horror! I’m looking forward to reading these books though.. whenever I can fit them in.

NetGalley:

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The Rosie Project sounds brilliant. I’ve heard some great things about it.  Before We Met sounds like my kind of psychological thriller!

Another small haul for me this week, but looking at my TBR pile, I’m glad they’ve been small!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll check your blog out at some point this weekend!