Showcase Sunday #87 + I’m on Holiday!

Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. For more information about how this feature works and how to join in, click here.

Hello everyone! I have LOTS of new books to show you today but I wanted to let you all know that I’m on holiday until this time next week and won’t be around much as I’m not taking my laptop with me. I’m taking quite a few books, though, so I’ll be back with lots of reviews for you.

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Showcase Sunday #87

Guinea Pigs Online books

Ghost Moth | Crossing the Line | Eren
Guinea Pigs Online | GPO: Bunny Trouble
| GPO: Viking Victory | GPO: Christmas  Quest

I already uploaded and resized these images when I realised I already showed you Ghost Moth in last week’s post – sorry about that! I usually put my review copies in one pile and completely forgot this one arrived earlier.

Anyway, lots of shiny new books to check out this week – many thanks to Pan Macmillan, Constable & Robinson and Quercus Kids for them! Eren is truly stunning (I posted two close up images of the front and back cover here and here, if you’re interested – I love them) and I’ll have a special excerpt for you in early September.

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No Time For Goodbye Readalong: Week 5 + An Exclusive Giveaway!

No Time for Goodbye readalong

Good morning everyone and welcome to our very last No Time for Goodbye Readalong discussion! If you missed the previous recaps, make sure to read them here before reading this post because (understandably) it WILL contain spoilers. And if you’ve just found us and not sure what this event is all about, you’ll find all the information you need on the No Time for Goodbye sign-up page.

Ah, the last ten chapters. It’s my second time reading this book but they still managed to keep me on the edge of my seat until the very end. There were actually quite a few details I still didn’t remember (Rolly’s secret being one of them) so it was a brilliant read even for the second time.

We finally hear the truth about Cynthia’s family and what happened on that fateful night 25 years ago and boy, what a story it is. Her dad, Clayton Bigge, had two different identities. He had a wife and a son in one state, and a wife, a son and a daughter in another. He had to split his life between the two, pretending he was going away on business every time he drove off to his other family. Mind-boggling, I know.

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Showcase Sunday #86

Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. For more information about how this feature works and how to join in, click here.

Hello everyone and happy Sunday! Did you have a nice week? Mine went by surprisingly quickly, which I’m really happy about because this time next week I’ll be sitting on a plane en route to Barcelona! I’ve never been to Spain before so I’m really looking forward to it. Plus, it’ll be nice to soak up the sun on a nice beach with a good book for company. :D

In other news, since I know a lot of you (including me) prefer to leave blog reading, commenting and scheduling for the weekend because we’re busy during the week, I decided to start a new weekly newsletter. If it sounds like something you’d like to be part of (you know you want to!), you can subscribe at the very top of the page or by clicking here.

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Showcase Sunday 86

Ghost Moth | Reunited

I met the lovely Karin – who came to London on holiday – last Saturday and she gave me her copy of Reunited, which I’ve been meaning to read for ages. Although I’ve heard mixed things about this one and even Karin said it wasn’t as good as she expected, I’m really looking forward to picking it up. I love road trip books and I’m always looking for new ones to read so it sounds perfect!

Ghost Moth is a review copy from Hachette, which arrived yesterday. I’ve seen this a lot on Twitter and is a genre which I haven’t read lately, so it’ll be a nice change from YA and crime fiction. :) Thanks, guys!

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Bout of Books 11 – Goals!

Bout of Books 11

Bout of Books is a  week-long read-a-thon organised by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It runs from Monday, 18th August to Sunday, 24th August. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

I’ve always said it but I’ll say it again: Bout of Books is one of my favourite read-a-thons ever. It was the very first bookish event I’ve ever participated in three years ago and this is where I met some of my oldest bookish buddies, who I consider very good friends even today, so BoB will always be a special event for me.

I wasn’t sure if I would be able to join in this time because I’m going on holiday on the 24th (and who knows how much time I’ll have between work and packing) but I really need to catch up on reading and I need some motivation – plus I missed chatting to you all – so I decided to sign up. AND I CAN’T. WAIT.

My goals:

  • Finish two books: I’m not the fastest reader and I know I won’t have an insane amount of time, so finishing two books would be perfect already.
  • Participate in as many challenges as I can (at least 1 each day)
  • Find new people to follow on Twitter and the blogosphere: One of the things I love about BoB the most is how great the community is and how many friends you can make in one week, so I’m really looking forward to chatting to you all.

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No Time For Goodbye Readalong: Week 4

No Time for Goodbye readalong

Good morning everyone and welcome to our next No Time for Goodbye Readalong discussion! If you missed the previous three recaps, make sure to read them (you’ll find them here) before continuing with the story or reading this post, as we’re nearing the end of the book and it WILL contain spoilers. And if you’ve just found us and not sure what this event is all about, you’ll find all the information you need on the No Time for Goodbye sign-up page.

Chapters 31-40 revealed a lot of information we’ve been missing and I think it’s safe to say we got to a point in the story where we have a pretty good idea what might have happened 25 years ago and what’s going on with Cynthia’s father and his double identity. All we missing is the reason for all this, an explanation.

After waking up to an empty house and realising his wife and daughter are gone, Terry decides to visit Cynthia’s ex-boyfriend Vince, whom she used to date back in high school before her family disappeared. As it turns out, Vince had nothing to with it – or Cynthia and Grace’s disappearance, for that matter – but he did see something that he hadn’t told anyone back then. On the night her family vanished, Vince was parked in front of her house, waiting for her to come outside – but she never did. Her mother and brother did, however. Shortly after they got home with a drunk Cynthia, Cynthia’s mum and brother left in a hurry. They both got in her mum’s car and drove away. A couple of minutes later her dad stormed out and drove off after them. Vince had no idea what was happening but what made things even more fishy was another, unknown car, which has been parked outside the house ever since Vince got there. When Cynthia’s dad got in the car to follow his wife and son, the unknown car went after them. Vince couldn’t see the driver but it was probably the same dark car Terry saw lurking around Grace’s school.

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Showcase Sunday #85

Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. For more information about how this feature works and how to join in, click here.

Hello everyone! How are you? Did you have a nice week? I’ve had another hectic week but I did manage to squeeze some reading in, which I’m really happy about. :) I also decided to change things up a bit and experiment with a new blog template. I like the colour and overall look of the blog but I’ve wanted to switch to a different template for a while and I figured this would be a good time to do it. Don’t worry, it won’t be a complete makeover (many of you complemented me on this design so I know you’ll pleased to hear this) but the blog will look a bit different. In a good way, hopefully. :D

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The Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

thelieswetellourselves2.jpgThe Lies We Tell Ourselves

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No Time for Goodbye Readalong: Week 3

No Time for Goodbye readalong

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for the next No Time for Goodbye Readalong discussion! If you missed the previous two recaps, make sure to read them (you’ll find them here) before continuing with the story or reading this post, as it will contain spoilers. And if you’ve just found us and not sure what this event is all about, you’ll find all the information you need on the No Time for Goodbye sign-up page.

Chapters 21-30 seemed quite eventful and things are definitely getting more and more interesting. After Tess’ death in the previous chapters, there’s another mystery waiting to be solved. Terry gets a phone call from the wife of the private investigator they hired to help them find Cynthia’s family, who says she hasn’t seen her husband for a few days. The last thing they know about him is that he was on his way to talk to Tess. Tess is dead and the guy is missing. And the guy’s business card – which Tess pinned to her notice board – is nowhere to be seen. We don’t know what’s going on but it’s obvious someone wants the secrets of the past stay in the past.

A little bit later another interesting thing happens. Terry is going through the shoebox full of mementos Cynthia kept from her past and starts looking at the newspaper clippings Cynthia’s dad was collecting. They were all fishing related – Clayton was a big fan of fishing – but one of the clippings included a smaller section about a hit-and-run accident twenty something years earlier. At first Terry thinks it’s not deliberate but when he takes a closer look he notices that Clayton – or whoever cut this article – made sure the hit-and-run was part of the clipping. They don’t know why Cynthia’s dad might have wanted to keep something like that or whether he was connected to the incident in any way but it definitely makes things even more mysterious and confusing.

And, possibly the most important event in today’s 10 chapters is the anonymous letter Cynthia finds in the letterbox one morning. It’s addressed to her but there are no stamps or postal addresses – it was clearly put there by someone who knew where to find her. Inside, there is a hand-drawn map and a note saying it’s time for Cynthia to know what happened to her family and if she followed the map and the directions given there, she’d find her family. The map leads to an abandoned quarry a couple of hours’ drive of where they live. The odd thing about this letter – apart from the obvious fact that they have no idea where it came from or whether the person writing it really knows where her family is – is that it was written on Terry’s typewriter. Terry recognises it instantly but doesn’t know what to think. Their locks were changed after someone tried to break into their house a while ago, and Grace couldn’t have done it. That leaves his wife. He doesn’t want to go there but what else is there to think?

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