Book Riot Read Harder

I absolutely love a good readathon or year long reading challenge, and in the past I have given the Book Riot Read Harder challenge a cursory go. In previous years I have struggled completing many of the challenges, and have quickly lost energy and motivation. I often found that I was trying to complete the challenges for the sake of it, and not because I actually enjoyed reading the books that fit. I looked at the 2018 list at the beginning of January and just felt that this year it was more manageable, and so I set about attempting to do what I have always failed to do before, and ‘read harder’. Continue reading

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The Intruder | Review

Title: The Intruder

Author: P S Hogan

Rating: 2 Stars

Dates read: 28 Jan 18 – 04 Feb 18

Publication date: 01 Feb 18 (digital) 31 May 18 (paperback)

Publisher: Transworld Digital/Black Swan

Genre(s): Thriller

Description:

William Heming is an estate agent. He’s kept a copy of every key to every house he’s ever sold. Sometimes he visits them. He lets himself in when the owners are out. But what will happen if he gets caught?

What will he do next? Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Longest time on my TBR

Let’s be honest, all of us love books, all of us read books, all of us buy books. The problem, we also hoard books, and think ‘Oooo that sounds good, I’ll read that one day’ and then promptly forget all about it 7 minutes later, lost on your TBR for all eternity. I gain books as fast as I read them, but I don’t often go back and read the books that I planned to long ago, that results in a large TBR, on which some books have sat for a decade (or longer!) So this week’s post comes at a good time really!

For all of you who don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is, or don’t know how to get involved, click here. The lovely folks at Broke and Bookish teamed together to create this awesome weekly prompt, which is now hosted by the wonderful Jana @ The Artsy Reader Girl. Quite simply, you list the top ten of the topic prompt. Continue reading

Around the Year in 52 Books

Howdy folks, and welcome! Welcome to Liz tracks her progress with Around the Year in 52 books in a public place! Yes, you’ve probably guess is, but for those who haven’t worked it out, I am attempting to complete the Around the Year in 52 Books Reading Challenge. This challenge, the details of which can be found in this Goodreads Group. The guys who run this awesome challenge have set up 52 unique challenges, one for each week of the year, which an option to wildcard a single challenge from another readathon to replace one that’s too hard or time consuming to complete.

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The 140 Character Review: January 2018 in Books

In 2017, I read over 120 books and reviewed every single thing I finished. I’m sure you’ll agree, that was quite an impressive feat?! Don’t get me wrong, I am really pleased that I have some recorded thoughts summarising everything I read, I found that writing a longer review for everything to be routine and something to do for my wrap post, rather than something to do for me. So this year I have decided to bring by the 140 Character Review to summarise everything I read – of course some will also have a longer review because I have too many feelings!

The 140 Character Review is my short and concise way of expressing my feelings on watch I watch and read. Throwing it back to the original twitter limit of 140 characters, I try to summarise my opinions to tweet length. To read other 140 Character Review posts, click here. Continue reading

Exile | Review

Title: Exile (Marc Dane Series #2)

Author: James Swallow

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 12 Jan 18 – 26 Jan 18

Publication date: 01 Jun 17

Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre

Genre(s): Thriller

Description:

A vicious Serbian gang whose profits come from fake nuclear weapons.

A disgraced Russian general, with access to the real thing.

A vengeful Somali warlord, with a cause for which he’d let the world burn.

A jaded government agency, without the information to stop him.

Only one man sees what’s coming. And even he might not be able to prevent it . . .

Racing breathlessly from uncharted CIA prisons to the skyscrapers of Dubai, from stormbeaten oil rigs off the African coast to the ancient caverns beneath the city of Naples, Marc Dane returns in the incredible new action thriller from the internationally bestselling author of NOMAD.

NOMAD WAS EXPLOSIVE. THIS IS NUCLEAR.

I received an e-ARC of this book courtesy of Bonnier Zaffre and Net Galley in return for a fair and honest review. (I also bought the paperback version of the book post-release.) Continue reading

January: It’s a Wrap

Well well guys, it’s no longer January (aka the longest month of the year, the month that never ends, the month that is made for us to be poor), which means it is time of the first wrap post of the year. January has previously been the month that I read hard in, where I shift through a huge stacks of books, and take part in a load of readathons. January 2018 has been a lot busier in my life than was initially expected, so I haven’t read quite as much as January’s gone by, but I took part in Bout of Books and the 24in48 Readathon and I also joined an awesome online book community of book bloggers and YA readers called Crone Bloggers. Continue reading