I haven’t done one of these before so I thought why not start with the Goodreads Book Tag! I saw this a few weeks ago over at Hanging with Amanda and thought it looked pretty fun.
What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?
The Wave by Lochlan Bloom. Really well written and thought provoking, it’s one that will certainly give your brain a workout. You can see my review here.
When μ returns home to find a sinister screenplay has arrived from Brazil it propels him on a quest to track down a character he believes to be called Ddunsel.
As μ’s search progresses it slowly becomes entangled with two parallel tales – the stories of DOWN, a troubled publisher, and David Bohm, a real-life quantum theoretician in post-war São Paulo.
Just how far is it from London to Gotham City? Or from Paul Auster to Pierre Menard for that matter? Some people may think these sorts of questions are idle and ultimately meaningless but this book is not for them.
The Wave combines multiple narratives to blend metafiction, historical fiction and screenplay as each of the characters struggles to understand what is reality and what is fiction.
What are you currently reading?
A few books actually…but the one I last set my eyes on is Paris Mon Amour by Isabel Costello, I’m not that far in yet so I won’t pass any judgement but the blurb certainly hooked me.
The first time I caused terrible harm to the people I love it was an accident. The second is the reason I’m here.
When Alexandra discovers that her husband Philippe is having an affair, she can’t believe he’d risk losing the love that has transformed both their lives.
Still in shock, Alexandra finds herself powerfully attracted to a much younger man. Jean-Luc Malavoine is twenty-three, intense and magnetic. He’s also the son of Philippe’s best friend.
With every increasingly passionate liaison, Alexandra is pulled deeper into a situation that threatens everyone she holds dear.
Beautifully told through the boulevards and arrondissements of the City of Light, Paris Mon Amour is a sensual novel about inescapable desire and devastating betrayals. It is the story of one woman and two men, and what happens when there is no way out.
What was the last book you marked as TBR?
How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry. I’ve heard good things about this and most of the reviews are glowing, plus it’s about a bookshop.
Everyone has a story . . . but will they get the happy ending they deserve?
Emilia has just returned to her idyllic Cotswold hometown to rescue the family business. Nightingale Books is a dream come true for book-lovers, but the best stories aren’t just within the pages of the books she sells – Emilia’s customers have their own tales to tell.
There’s the lady of the manor who is hiding a secret close to her heart; the single dad looking for books to share with his son but who isn’t quite what he seems; and the desperately shy chef trying to find the courage to talk to her crush . . .
And as for Emilia’s story, can she keep the promise she made to her father and save Nightingale Books?
What book do you plan to read next?
Tricky question, I’ve got two on the cards The Deadline by Jackie Kabler and The Good Kind of Bad by Rita Brassington, both sound pretty good so it’s a hard toss up.
Cora Baxter is back – and this time, she’s facing the most important deadline of her career…
When TV reporter Cora Baxter attends the scene of a murder in a London park, she’s horrified to discover the victim is someone she knows – and devastated when one of her best friends is charged with the crime. Suddenly the fun-filled life of Cora and her eccentric camera crew takes a darker turn. Cora is convinced that her friend is innocent, but with seemingly solid evidence, the police investigation team – reluctantly led by Cora’s boyfriend DCI Adam Bradberry – believe the case is closed. With a trail of clues that leads all the way to New York, can Cora find out the truth before the trial begins – or is it already too late?
The Good Kind of Bad
Secrets don’t stay secret for long…
She spent her whole life being the perfect daughter, the perfect girlfriend, and was all ready to become the perfect wife.
But after ditching her fiancé at the altar and escaping to Chicago, she marries smouldering stranger Joe Petrozzi three weeks after meeting him in a bar. At least this time, there’s no chance of cold feet.
Married life starts out great: there’s the new job, a gorgeous, enigmatic husband and money’s no issue.
So what if she’s kept a few secrets from Joe – like where all her money came from. Joe’s been keeping secrets from her, too.
But his might just get her killed.
Do you use the star rating system?
Most definitely but I rate to my own system, I think it’s on par with the Goodreads system though.
Are you doing a 2016 reading challenge?
I am but I don’t think I’m going to manage it, I set it up about half way through the year and might have overreached a little as I went for 50 books and then I lowered it to 40. Still don’t think I’m going to make it.
Do you have a wish list?
On Amazon, it’s so big, it’s the TBR pile that I’m ignoring because it means I’ll spend all my money on books.
What book do you plan to buy next?
Midnight Soul by Kristen Ashley. I love this series and this is the last book in it. I’m really hoping that it’s a good conclusion and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with Noc and Franka.
Against his will, Noctorno Hawthorne, an undercover vice cop, finds himself embroiled in magic, mayhem and parallel universes. Too late, he meets an amazing woman only to find she’s destined for his identical twin in another world.
And things aren’t going real great there.
Noc is recruited to help save that world.
What he doesn’t know is his destined love resides there.
Franka Drakkar wears a mask. A mask she never takes off to protect herself in a world of malice, intrigue and danger.
When Franka meets Noc and he discovers her secrets, convinced she carries a midnight soul, having shielded herself from forming bonds with anyone, she struggles with accepting his tenderness and care.
When Noc meets Franka, over wine and whiskey, her masks slips and Noc knows it’s her—only her—and he has to find a way to get her to come home with him.
And then make her want to stay.
Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. – Edgar Allen Poe, Eleonora
I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each others dreams, we can be together all the time. – A.A Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
It’s a matter of perspective, the difference between opponent and partner, you step to the side and the same person can be either or both or something else entirely. It is difficult to know which face is true. – Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus.
Who are your favorite authors?
That is a difficult one!! David Baldacci, Kristen Ashley, Cassandra Clare, Catherine Bybee, Siri Hustvedt are the most prominent but there are others.
Have you joined any groups?
Yes I joined Top 5 Wednesday and The Book Vipers. I haven’t contributed much yet but I am hoping too.
Who do you tag?
Anyone that wants to do it and feel free to leave links in the comments, so I can have a nosy at what other books I can add to my ever growing TBR.