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Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – Books that I am obsessed with!

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! Hosted by Goodreads T5W group this week it is books that I am obsessed with! I have had quite a good run of 5 star books recently, but even with those there are some that are just that bit better than 5 stars. Here are the books that I wanted to give more than 5 stars to and therefore books that you should definitely read!

Four Aunties And A Wedding by Jesse Sutanto (click for my book review)

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (click for my book review)

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman (click for my book review)

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood (click for my book review)

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas (click for my book review)

I would also like to mention Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series of books. I have read all of them and none of them are a disappointment!

Enjoy!

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Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – Mothers

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! Hosted by Goodreads T5W group this week it is Mothers. As I have already done a post about mother figure characters (in the UK Mother’s Day is in March) I have decided to simply spell the word mother using books that I have read:

M = The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

O = Origin by Dan Brown

T = Turkish Delight by Barry Faulkner

H = Hook, Line and Sinker by Tessa Bailey

E = Emma by Jane Austen

R = The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen

Enjoy!

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Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – Books That Adults Love

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! Hosted by Goodreads T5W group this week it is Books That Adults Love.

Here are the top 5 books that I would recommend to adults:

Book Review – The Better Brother by Simon Gravatt – dark comedy featuring the death of a parent.

Book Review – The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan – Historical Fiction – World War II

Book Review – The Mirror Game by Guy Gardner – Historical Fiction – World War II

Book Review – The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell – Horror

Book Review – The Bomb Man by Andy Greenaway – Historical Fiction – Irish Troubles

I chose these books because of their themes. They are not exclusive to adults, I just think that adults would appreciate them more!

What books would be on your books that adults would love list?

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Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! Hosted by Goodreads T5W group this week it is swoon worthy books. For this I will look at my top 4 rom coms of 2022 so far and 1 from December 2021 (because I don’t read enough swoon worthy rom coms to make 5 from 2022!):

Book Review – It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

Book Review – The Little Cafe in Copenhagen by Julie Caplin

Book Review – Pippa’s Cornish Dream by Debbie Johnson

Book Review – The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Book Review – A Gift From The Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

As you can see I have had to go back to last year because I just don’t read that many rom coms. I am more of a mystery/thriller girl, however I have started to get more into rom com (as sometimes you need a bit of light relief from all the darkness that a thriller and murder mystery contain!) and will hopefully be able to explore this genre more throughout this year.

What books would be on your list?

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Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! Hosted by Goodreads T5W group this week it is Mental Health:

“Mental health and the importance of it is increasingly a topic that is being discussed in fiction. In honor of World Bipolar Day, what are some books that touch on or center around the importance of mental health (or show the need for good mental health in light of decisions characters make)?”

This is a challenge for me as I am not sure that I read a lot of books that cover this, however I have managed to compile this list (with a couple of Christmas books I am afraid!):

Book Review – The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be very profound. It deals with death and touches on suicide on the main character’s journey to finding her truth.

Book Review – A Gift From The Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

This is lovely book that promotes love and support for someone who has had to deal with difficult circumstances in her life and as a result doesn’t trust anyone but herself.

Book Review – Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

This is a supportive book to someone who has difficulty at Christmas. She has a loving family, but this hinders rather than helps her. It is not until the Cafe and the surrounding village take her under their wing that she starts to flourish.

Book Review – Chill Out and Cheer Up by Grace Grossmann

This is a ten step guide self help book. It is well written and makes a lot of sense. It is well set out and doesn’t feel like it is preaching to you.

Book Review – Rise and Thrive by Lisa Blackshaw – Available from 2 November 2021

This is a lovely one sitting book full of inspiration quotes. I enjoyed reading this.

What books would be on your list?

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Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! Hosted by Goodreads T5W group this week it is First in Series:

“Whether you’re a fan of short or long series (or both!), most readers prefer to dive into a series. However, where does one even start with how many book series there are?! To “help a friend out,” what are some first in book series you would recommend to friends?”

I have tried to vary my answer as I don’t want to get too repetitive in my posts. Here are some excellent first books that I have read, before enjoying the rest of the series!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas (click for my review)

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (click for link to Goodreads)

The Library of the Dead by Glenn Cooper (click for link to Goodreads)

The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan (click for link to Goodreads)

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown (click for link to Goodreads)

A lot of these I read a long time ago, but they were so good that they have stayed with me!

What first in a series books would make your list?

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Friday Musings – Top 5 Wednesday

Welcome to my Friday Musings Post! This is where every week I will scour the Blogosphere and find past meme questions and incorporate them into a current post (linking back to the blog who set the meme).

This week I have chosen:

Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday

On 3 April 2019 the theme was Collectables on the Bookshelf. For this I have chosen my signed edition book collection. It is only small as I have only just started, but we all have to start somewhere!

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

Welcome to No.12 rue des Amants

A beautiful old apartment block, far from the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower and the bustling banks of the Seine.

Where nothing goes unseen, and everyone has a story to unlock.

The watchful concierge
The scorned lover
The prying journalist
The naïve student
The unwanted guest

There was a murder here last night.
A mystery lies behind the door of apartment three.

Who holds the key?

Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella (click for link to my review)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Call Ava romantic, but she thinks love should be found in the real world, not on apps that filter men by height, job, or astrological sign. She believes in feelings, not algorithms. So after a recent breakup and dating app debacle, she decides to put love on hold and escapes to a remote writers’ retreat in coastal Italy. She’s determined to finish writing the novel she’s been fantasizing about, even though it means leaving her close-knit group of friends and her precious dog, Harold, behind.

At the retreat, she’s not allowed to use her real name or reveal any personal information. When the neighboring martial arts retreat is canceled and a few of its attendees join their small writing community, Ava, now going by “Aria,” meets “Dutch,” a man who seems too good to be true. The two embark on a baggage-free, whirlwind love affair, cliff-jumping into gem-colored Mediterranean waters and exploring the splendor of the Italian coast. Things seem to be perfect for Aria and Dutch.

But then their real identities–Ava and Matt–must return to London. As their fantasy starts to fade, they discover just how different their personal worlds are. From food choices to annoying habits to sauna etiquette . . . are they compatible in anything? And then there’s the prickly situation with Matt’s ex-girlfriend, who isn’t too eager to let him go. As one mishap follows another, it seems while they love each other, they just can’t love each other’s lives. Can they reconcile their differences to find one life together?”

The Devil’s Advocate by Steve Cavanagh (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

A deadly prosecutor

They call him the King of Death Row. Randal Korn has sent more men to their deaths than any district attorney in the history of the United States.

A twisted ritualistic killing

When a young woman, Skylar Edwards, is found murdered in Buckstown, Alabama, a corrupt sheriff arrests the last person to see her alive, Andy Dubois. It doesn’t seem to matter to anyone that Andy is innocent.

A small town boiling with rage

Everyone in Buckstown believes Andy is guilty. He has no hope of a fair trial. And the local defense attorney assigned to represent him has disappeared.

A former con-artist

Hot shot New York lawyer Eddie Flynn travels south to fight fire with fire. He plans to destroy the prosecutors case, find the real killer and save Andy from the electric chair.

But the murders are just beginning.

Is Eddie Flynn next?

The City of Tears by Kate Mosse (click for link to my review)

Book Description From Goodreads:

Following on from the Sunday Times number one bestseller, The Burning Chambers, Kate Mosse’s The City of Tears is the second thrilling historical epic in The Burning Chambers series, for fans of Ken Follett and Dan Brown.

August 1572: Minou Joubert and her family are in Paris for a Royal Wedding, an alliance between the Catholic Crown and the Huguenot King of Navarre intended to bring peace to France after a decade of religious wars. So too is their oldest enemy, Vidal, still in pursuit of a relic that will change the course of history. But within days of the marriage, thousands will lie dead in the streets and Minou’s beloved family will be scattered to the four winds . . .

A gripping, breathtaking novel of revenge, persecution and loss, the action sweeps from Paris and Chartres to the city of tears itself, Amsterdam.”

The Dark Remains by William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“In this scorching crime prequel, New York Times best-selling author Ian Rankin and Scottish crime-writing legend William McIlvanney join forces for the first ever case of D.I. Laidlaw, Glasgow’s original gritty detective.”

What collectables are on your bookshelf?

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Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! Hosted by Goodreads T5W group this week it is books friends made you read. These days I choose my next reads from what I see on Instagram so these will be books from the past!

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling

Book Description From Goodreads:

Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter ‘H’.

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!”

I would read this series with my friends from school. Each time a new book came out we would get it and read it.

A Series of Unfortunate Events – The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

“Dear Reader, I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in you hands is extremely unpleasant.It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children.Even though they are charming and clever,the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe.”

My sister recommended these ones. I went through and read her books. I don’t think I ever made it to the end of the series, but I did enjoy them and the film that later came out.

Twilight by Stepenie Meyer

Book Description From Goodreads:

“About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

Deeply seductive and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight is a love story with bite.”

I was recommended this from an old work colleague. I had just started my first job after school and there were a couple of books that were recommended. This was the first one with the other book being Fifty Shades of Grey – more for a laugh than anything else!

Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

Book Description From Goodreads:

“When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.”

I bought this for my friend for her birthday and she then recommended that I read it! I loved it and the following year I then read the rest of the series. It rekindled my love of Fantasy!

What books have you been recommended?

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Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! Hosted by Goodreads T5W group this week it is adventurous reads. These are my most recent reads and ones which I consider to be adventurous in their own way (click on the titles for my review)!

The Mirror Game by Guy Gardner

The main character went on adventure to solve a mystery, when often took him to dark places.

The Postmistress of Paris by Meg Waite Clayton

The main character put herself at risk to help others escape. We follow the story of one particular adventure she went on.

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

This was a lovely book which took us on a fake dating adventure!

Turkish Delight by Barry Faulkner

This was an adventure undertaken by the main character and his “sidekick” to solve the mystery of why the husband and wife wanted each other killed.

Kill Me Goodbye by A K Reynolds

The main character had to solve the mystery of why people wanted her dead.

What adventurous books would be on your list?

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Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday

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Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! Hosted by Goodreads T5W group this week it is books with kind characters. This is something that I don’t often think about when reading a book and actually when trying to find some kind characters it was quite difficult! Maybe that says a lot about the books that I read! However, here is my list of kind characters (click on the title for my book review):

Joyce from The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman. She was a lovely character who brought humour and lightness to the book.

Nanee from The Postmistress of Paris by Meg Waite Clayton selflessly stayed in occupied France and helped people to escape persecution.

Cherie the owner of the cafe in Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson, opened her cafe to help people and always has their favourite foods in stock.

Arthur Parnassus from The House in the Cerulean Sea by T J Klune looks after children who would otherwise be ostracised for who/what they are.

Verity Bloom from Comfort and Joy by Cathy Bramley opened up her cookery school and brought everyone together when there was a flood in the village over Christmas.

Who would be on your list of kind characters?

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