Top Ten Tuesday | Backlist TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

I am in a state of disbelief that it’s now November and we’re gearing up for holidays and year end. Does anyone else feel that way? Today I’m jumping on the Top Ten Tuesday train and today’s topic is “Backlist Books I Want to Read”.

I recently rearranged the bookshelf in my living room to only include the books I own that I have yet to read and let me just say, there are many. However, today I’m just going to include the top ten that I’d like to get to first!

John Dies at the End (John Dies at the End, #1)

 

John Dies at the End by David Wong I received this book for Christmas last year and guess what, I STILL have not read it!

I haven’t watched the movie either so I think I’d actually like to read this before the year is through and will add it to my December TBR.

Genre: Horror

 

 


The Girl in 6E (Deanna Madden, #1)

The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre which I’ve seen so much buzz about between Bookstagram, Goodreads and Booktube.

This apparently is considered an ‘erotic’ thriller so just a forewarning. The lead character is a woman who won’t leave her apartment for fear of giving into her desire to kill. She also works in the sex trade online via video cam…sexy.

Genre: Thriller

 


Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman's Daughter, #2)

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepard

I read the first book last year and enjoyed it so I bought the last two in the trilogy but just haven’t picked them up yet!

Genre: Young Adult

 

 

 


 
The Cabin at the End of the World

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay. I went to an author event for this book when it first came out and even had Paul sign my copy!

For whatever reason I still haven’t gotten to this book so it’s time!

Genre: Horror

 

 

 

 


The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

The Wrath & The Down by Renee Ahdieh  

I actually only picked this up very recently at my library book sale but it sounds so good and the reviews on it are amazing. I like to switch up my reading from time to time and enjoy a good Fantasy novel.

Genre: Fantasy

 

 

 


The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang is another fantasy novel that I purchased when it first came out. At the time I was really in the mood to read a good fantasy novel, I was just coming off the high of re-reading the Kingkiller books by Patrick Rothfuss and wanted to keep it going.

For whatever reason I still didn’t pick it up after I ordered it so I definitely want to get to this one soon. Especially since book two is slated for spring of next year!

Genre: Fantasy

 

 


Pretty Girls

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter I picked up over the summer for four dollars. I love her books and this one of course got great reviews!

I want to read the Will Trent and Grant County books but have been working on her stand alone’s first.

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

 

 

 


Heresy (Giordano Bruno, #1)

Heresy by S.J. Parris is book one of the Giordano Bruno series and is a Historical Thriller which I really love! This has been on my bookshelf for quite some time actually so I’m ready to dive into this series. My plan is to read the first five books in the beginning of the new year because book 6 comes out in May 2019!

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

 


The Fifth Petal

The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry is a perfectly witchy read that takes place in Salem, MA which I live not far from. I recently discovered that this is actually the third book in a trilogy (though not sure if she’ll add more) so naturally I need to read the first two books first.

Genre: Fiction

 

 

 


A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab which has quite the cult following! I’ve been eyeing the Villains trilogy but figured I should finish this one first!

Genre: Fantasy

 

 

 

 

So there you have it! My top ten books currently on my TBR Shelf at home. Any of these that you think I should read first? Have you read any of these?

Happy Reading!

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The Lies We Told by Camilla Way

The Lies We ToldPublished: October 9, 2018

Publisher: Berkley Books

Format: Paperback

Pages: 336

Genre: Thriller

Buy: Amazon

Rating: 3/5

I received a copy from the Publisher through a Goodreads Giveaway that I had won. 

When Clara’s boyfriend, Luke, disappears, everyone believes that he’s left her, but Clara thinks she knows the truth. Recent evidence suggests that Luke had a stalker, and Clara worries that he’s been kidnapped. Then Luke’s older sister, Emma, who vanished twenty years ago, suddenly reappears.

Emma wants to help Clara with her search for Luke, but she refuses to talk about what happened — even though it nearly destroyed her family when she vanished. And the deeper Clara digs into Luke’s mysterious disappearance, the more convinced she is that the two incidents are connected. 


I love dark, psychological thrillers so I was pretty excited when I received a copy of this in the mail. Camilla Way is a ‘new-to-me’ author so I wasn’t sure what to expect having not read her previous novel, Watching Edie. 

I was pleasantly surprised with the kind of fast read that’s impossible to put down.

Clara is hanging out at the flat she shares with her boyfriend Luke Lawson, waiting for him to return home from work, but he isn’t responding to her texts. When she notices that he’s left his phone at home, she checks to see if he’s contacted her through email. She notices that he has emailed her, telling her he’d be home at his normal time.

As the time passes and a heavy feeling grows, Clara contacts Luke’s family, friends, and the police. Upon some digging of her own she discovers that Luke had a stalker, and a darker past that Luke had never mentioned. Luke’s sister Emily disappeared when he was just a kid, and the family completely erased her from their life. As if she never existed at all. Soon the police investigation gains nationwide appeal and Luke’s sister, Emily, reaches out to Clara eager to assist with the search but unwilling to see her family.

The only reason why I didn’t give this four or five stars is because the plot itself is nothing new or unique to the world of thrillers, however, it’s cleverly written and very entertaining. The cast of characters are all really unlikable as well and there’s so much deceit flying about it makes your head spin! Nonetheless, this novel is worthy of adding to your TBR pile for a quiet night on the couch and a cocktail.

Have you read Watching Edie or The Lies We Told? What’s the best thriller you’ve read recently? Tell me in the comments!

Happy Reading!

 

 

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Pieces of HerPublished: August 21, 2018

Publisher: William Morrow

Format: Paperback

Pages: 480

Genre: Thriller

Order: Amazon

Rating: 5/5

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all?

Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small town of Gullaway Island; she knows she’s never had any more ambition than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life.

But one day, a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura.

Twenty-four hours later, Laura is in the hospital, shot by an intruder whose spent thirty years trying to track her down. Now Andrea must go on a desperate journey to follow the breadcrumbs of her mother’s past. If she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either of them.


Happy Publication Day to Karin Slaughter! Her new book “Pieces of Her” is available to purchase today so do yourself a favor and get your copy now!

Pieces of Her is a beefy book coming in at 480 pages of character and relationship exploration. It’s a departure from Karin Slaughters typical style but I liked it just as much.

Andy Cooper lives with her mom Laura in the small apartment above her garage. For a 31 year old woman, she doesn’t have much going for her: she dropped out of school, works as a 911 operator and hardly speaks to anyone. She’s actually a really annoying character who seems completely incapable of managing the most basic of things like packing an overnight bag or having a real conversation with either of her parents. This didn’t make her a very likable character but I think it was key to her development you see happen throughout the story.

One afternoon she’s having lunch with her mom in the cafeteria when everything changes. A man walks up and begins to open fire. Andy freezes but Laura takes action and pulls out some fancy assassin-like moves and now Andy finds herself staring at a woman she thought she knew.

While in the hospital Laura tells Andy it’s time for her to leave; not tomorrow, or next month, but right now. Without any explanation from her mother, Andy leaves and begins a journey for answers. Who is her mother? Why won’t she talk to the police?

The narrative switches between current Andy and that of another woman from thirty years before whose story line is even more suspenseful and exciting. The two narratives eventually collide together in a action packed ending that will make your head spin!

I enjoyed watching Andy stumble and grow along the way and appreciated the way Laura and Andy ‘find’ themselves in each other at the end. This was definitely a story about relationships and the bond a mother and daughter have. As a mother myself I know how easy it is to want to coddle and protect your baby but just as easily,  that can become the very thing that burdens them.

A great big thank you to Karin Slaughter and William Morrow Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this book tremendously!

#SlaughterSquad forever!

Happy Reading!

The Moor by Sam Haysom

The MoorPublished: May 8th, 2018

Publisher: Unbound Digital

Format: Kindle Edition

Pages: 224

Genre: Horror

Buy: Amazon

Rating: 3/5

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

It begins with a ghost story around a campfire. Teenagers out on a walking trip, trying to act brave in front of each other. 

But as the walk gets underway and the boys begin to fall out, odd things start to happen.

Noises in the night. A severed rabbit’s foot outside someone’s tent. 

Soon, the boys begin to disappear.

As panic sets in and a storm approaches, the remaining boys must band together to face a darkness not even the local ghost stories could help them predict.


This is a tough one to review because as someone who is not a fan of spoilers, I can only say so much without giving everything away.

In The Moor by Sam Haysom, we follow a group of boys and one of their fathers, on what should’ve been a simple and fun trek across the moor. There’s Gary who is the more popular boy but a bit of dick; James who is always being ragged on, particularly by Gary, and Matt and Tom who just want everyone to get along. Then there’s Tim, whose a bit of an odd ball and eerily quiet. His dad, Mr. Stevens, is the group leader. The ladies of the town love Mr. Stevens, even though most of the kids find him strange.

Not to far into the trip, and after a campfire ghost story, tension begins to build among the group. Then, strange things begin to happen and boys begin to disappear.

The story alternates between past and present, newspaper clippings and perspectives of each of the boys. For such a short book, I found this to break up the flow of the story which was otherwise, very unsettling and creepy.

It’s a quick horror read – screaming children, mutilated animals, and things that go bump in the night – what’s not to love? I just wouldn’t recommend reading it at night by the fire, strange things may happen.

Happy Reading! 

Wrap-Up | July 2018

Is anyone else shocked that we’re at the end of July already!? Now I’m sitting here looking at my calendar, at everything we have going on in the next few weeks, and realizing I have to fit back-to-school shopping into the mix! My daughter is starting Kindergarten so it’s going to be a very exciting time of year for us…well for her, I’ll be crying over in the corner.

But let’s get to the books shall we? Here’s everything I read in July:

  • Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter – ARC, Paperback (Review to come)
  • The Body Counter by Anne Frasier – ARC, eBook
  • Sleepwalker: A Keyhole Novel by Sarah A. Kenney – eBook from Author
  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  • Dark Water by Koji Suzuki – Hardcover
  • Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell – ARC, eBook
  • Providence by Caroline Kepnes – Audio, Hardcover
  • The Gaslight Stalker by David Field – ARC, eBook
  • Nailbiter Vol. 2 by Joshua Williamson – Graphic Novel

Picture1I’m quite pleased with everything I read in July and the actual number of books I read! It’s hard to pick a favorite but I was really blown away by Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter. This was an ARC that the publisher sent to me and is scheduled to be released on August 21st. I’m working on the review now, but you guys…it was SO good! If you are a fan of Karin Slaughter then I will say that this is a little different then her typical books but the same outstanding writing is there. It’s a fast paced, edge of your seat, kind of read.

The least impressive for me was Sleepwalker by Sarah A. Kenney and I think it’s just because it needs a good editor to help clean it up. It’s a self published psychological thriller that I received from the author. The premise is that the main character, Ashley, ran away from the only home she ever knew because of an abusive uncle and an aunt who looked the other way. Her parents had died in an accident so her and her brother were sent to live with them. Fast forward and the aunt passes away in a strange manner and left the old family farm house to Ashley. Ashley sees ghosts and some strange things start happening around the house. The general concept of the book was good but the plot was full of holes. She was also super repetitive and that sort of drives me nuts in books. I gave it a generous two stars on Goodreads.

Currently I’m finishing up Ragdoll by Daniel Cole so that I can read his new book, Hangman, which is the second book in the Fawkes and Baxter series. It was just released here in the US last week. I love this book so far and am so excited to read the second one! I’ll definitely post a review for each once I’m finished so stay tuned for those.

Now I’m planning my TBR for August which I think will be a little less thriller and a little more fantasy and historical fiction, since that’s the mood I’ve been in. I’m also still working on my goal of cleaning up my NetGalley shelf and have some books that were released over the summer that I’d like to get to.

What’s up next on your TBR?

Happy Reading!

 

 

The Body Counter by Anne Frasier

The Body Counter (Detective Jude Fontaine Mysteries, #2)Published: June 12, 2018

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Format: Kindle Edition

Pages: 297

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Buy: Amazon | Book Depository

Rating: 4/5

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Months after discovering the mastermind behind her own kidnapping, Detective Jude Fontaine is dealing with the past the only way she knows how: by returning to every dark corner of it. But it’s a new, escalating series of mass slaying that has become her latest obsession at Homicide.

At first, Jude and her partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, can see no pattern to the seemingly random methods, the crime scenes, or the victims – until they’re approached by a brilliantly compulsive math professor. He believes that the madman’s next move is not incalculable; in fact, it’s all part of a sequential and ingenious numerical riddle. His theory is adding up. The body count is rising.

But when the latest victim is found in Jude’s apartment, the puzzle comes with a personal twist that’s going to test the breaking point of her already-fragile state of mind. For all she knows, her number may be up.


I really love the Jude Fontaine series!

These are fast past, gritty, dark, solid mysteries and I highly recommend them if you want a quick thriller that sucks you in and takes you for a ride. But make sure you read The Body Reader first before you even think of touching this one. Our lead Detective won’t make as much sense if you don’t, I can assure you.

Jude and her partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, are damaged and broken: Jude is still trying to figure out how to live a normal life after being held captive in a basement for three years and Uriah is dealing with the guilt and torment of his late wife’s suicide. Together, their partnership just works and they’ve now been assigned to a series of gruesome murders that they soon begin to realize, hold a disturbing pattern.

There are no clues and no rhyme or reason for the killings. They have nothing until a seemingly nutty math professor comes to them with an idea: he believes the killer is following the Fibonacci Series, a series of number in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers i.e. 1, 1, 2, 3, 5…

This book doesn’t pack as much of an emotional punch as the first book did, but it still delivers in suspenseful twists and thrills which is what we all really come for when we sit down with a good thriller right?

We do get more of the relationship between Jude and Uriah and how they work together. Their relationship is fragile but both depend on the other in way that has me really routing for the two of them.

The murders are much more grisly and disturbing and I was so hooked on it. A long slow clap for Ms Frasier because I just enjoyed this plot so much.

I can’t wait to see what Frasier comes out with next in this series – she’s definitely one of my top ‘must read’ authors and this series has easily become one of my favorites!

 

Book Haul | July 2018

I thought it would be fun to share the book binge I’ve been on lately, which is actually a little overwhelming…oops! One can never have to many books though right. Right?

Bookoutlet Haul

Let’s start with the huge bookoutlet haul that came earlier in the week. In June they  were having their big ‘scratch and dent’ sale so I was able to snag some great titles for under $35.00. I’ve already read Hidden Bodies but wanted a copy of my own. I will link each book to their Goodreads page below:

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Christine by Stephen King – The master of horror weaves together a story of a possessed 1958 red-and-white Fury and hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes – This book was SO good. I love Joe Goldberg and this is a follow up to You. I’ve already talked about these books a few times on my blog. I definitely plan to re-read both of these books and I’m pumped for the premier of the show coming September 9th!

The Third Twin by C.J. Omololu – Okay I will admit, if you’ve read Hidden Bodies then chances are you know why this title caught my attention. But the synopsis of the book actually sounded pretty interesting. “Identical twins. Identical DNA. Identical suspects. It’s Pretty Little Liars meets Revenge in this edge-of-your-seat thriller with a shocking twist.

The Way of Sorrows by Jon Steele – I actually did not realize that this was book three of a trilogy, I just thought it sounded really interesting. So I need to scoop up the other two books before I can read this one. It’s a fantasy novel and this book counts down the dwindling hours between humanity and the apocalypse. Evil goons, eternal angels, protectors of paradise…sounds pretty damn good!

I’m Traveling Alone by Samuel Bjork – This is the first book in the Holger Munch & Mia Kruger series. It’s a dark nordic noir set in Norway and a young girl is found hanging lifeless from a tree. She’s dressed in strange doll’s’ clothes with an airline tag around her neck that says “I’m traveling alone.”

The Owl Always Hunts at Night by Samuel Bjork – And this is the second book, same detectives but a whole new case. When I read the blurbs for these two books, they instantly gave me Mo Hayder vibes who happens to be one of my very favorite authors. Dark, disturbing and edge of your seat suspense.

Extreme Makeover by Dan Wells – This is by the same author of ‘I Am Not a Serial Killer’ which I have on my kindle (but of course, haven’t read yet). This is a satirical suspense about a health & beauty company that accidentally develops a hand lotion that can overwrite your DNA. I’ve seen reviews that claim this is laugh-out-loud funny while being terrifying all at the same time so I’m really looking forward to this one.

Hook’s Tale by John Leonard Pielmeier – I’m starting this one over the weekend for the #24in28 Readathon which is where you read for 24 hours out of the 48 hour period.  Hook’s Tale is a retelling of the story of Captain Hook and I’ve really come to enjoy these types of books. I recently read Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry which was pretty dark so I can’t wait to see what this one’s all about.

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid – This is YA/Science Fiction and I had seen other reviews around the web and Instagram and so my interest was peaked. It follows Nemesis who is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her.

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz – This is a story about a woman who walks in to find her dead husband who apparently fell down the stairs. Instead of calling 911, she backs up her bags, clears out her accounts and takes off. Totally normal.

By Gaslight by Steven Price – This is a historical-suspense novel written in the same tradition as Michael Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White which I read years ago and loved! Here’s a piece of the blurb from goodreads:

Epic in scope, brilliantly conceived, and stunningly written, Steven Price’s By Gaslight is a riveting, atmospheric portrait of two men on the brink. Moving from the diamond mines of South Africa to the battlefields of the Civil War, the novel is a journey into a landscape of grief, trust, and its breaking, where what we share can bind us even against our darker selves.

And of course if that weren’t enough I just ordered two books from Amazon that I told myself I would wait for but they were on sale so I had to! My willpower is weak.

The Poppy War by R.F. Kaung is so hot right now and since I’ve been in the mood for a fantasy novel, I simply couldn’t get this one out of my brain.

I decided to just go ahead and pull the trigger and buy it now even though I probably won’t get around to it until September.

Apparently it’s pretty dark (which is okay with me because I love dark) and follows a girl named Rin who gets into the prestigious military school, Sinegard.

While she’s there she discovers that she possesses some shamanic powers that could prove to be the only way to save her people as the Third Poppy War is only a spark away.

 

 

 

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young is another book that I’ve really been wanting to read and I’m seriously missing my show Vikings so I’m hoping this will fill that void in my life.

This is a YA/Fantasy novel that follows seventeen-year-old warrior, Eelyn. She fights alongside her Aska clansman in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until one day she sees the impossible – her brother, fighting with the enemy – the brother she watched die five years ago.

Man this sounds so good! I’ve seen some pretty mixed reviews on this so I’m not sure what to expect.

Bad ass warrior women, not sure how you can go wrong there.

 

 

Amazon Prime Day Haul

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The majority of these books I scored for free during the Prime Day deals: The Bloodlands Collection, The King Tides, Whisper Me This and A Killer’s Mind where all free. The other books were discounted to $.99 or $1.99 so I scooped them up. And What Remains of Her by Eric Rickstad I won from Goodreads (because apparently people really do win those Giveaways).

So that about wraps it up! I did receive some ARC’s from NetGalley and Publishers as well this month but I’ll save those for the reviews. I’ve pretty much overwhelmed myself with the amount of new books I’ve managed to accumulate this month! Whew!

What about you? Have you scored some new reads this month that you’re really excited to read?

Have a great weekend and happy reading!