Monthly Archives: December 2018

Fictionophile’s Top Reads of 2018

As ever, I have a terribly difficult time compiling my ‘best of‘ post. Mostly because I read so many spectacular books that I’d hate to forget a true favourite of the year. In 2018 I read 103 books, not all … Continue reading

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“The Body in the Dales” by J.R. Ellis

As a bona fide anglophile, books set in England always appeal to me. My mother was a war bride and I still have a lot of family in the ‘old country’. I’ve read all of the James Herriot books and … Continue reading

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Series titles every month – a plan for 2019

I borrowed this idea from fellow blogger Cathy Johnson of What Cathy read next. She made a commitment to read one title by John Buchan every month. She calls it her “Buchan of the Month” posts. I have SO MANY … Continue reading

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“Seven Days of Us” by Francesca Hornak

Christmas is a family time. We all put a lot of pressure on ourselves in trying to live up to the traditional Christmas ideal. Most of us fall short.  Although we all love our families, we don’t always like them. … Continue reading

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Fictionophile’s Bookish Christmas 2018

With the big day tomorrow, I thought I’d share some of the bookish ornaments on my Christmas tree. Many of these you saw last year, but there are a few new ones… probably my favorite bookish ornament and YES, it … Continue reading

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“The Craftsman” by Sharon Bolton – Book Review

A new Sharon Bolton novel is always cause for me to celebrate. Though I wasn’t able to procure an advance reader’s copy of “The Craftsman“, I simply just HAD to buy a copy and read it before the end of … Continue reading

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Christmas – time to appreciate those you love

Every year at this time, I pull out a book that has been in my possession for many years.  I read it myself. I share it’s contents with friends.  Once again, I’m sharing it with you! “A cup of Christmas … Continue reading

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“The Winter’s Child” by Cassandra Parkin

Susannah and John Harper were very much in love and they longed for a child. When they couldn’t conceive, they decided to adopt. Joel, the infant they adopted, was born addicted to drugs. They brought him home on Midwinter’s Day, … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 66 – Silhouette heads

They say you can never have a second chance to make a good first impression. A book’s cover does just that – gives a first impression. A good cover can make a reader pick up a book. A bad cover … Continue reading

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“Embers of Atlanta” by Laurențiu M. Badea

“We are born embers, my friend, sparks kindling on the night sky, then fade into darkness.” The Daughter – Lisa, a young girl clutching her old teddy bear, wakes to a surreal landscape. Starting with the sounds and smells of … Continue reading

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“For the Missing” by Lina Bengtsdotter #PublicationDay @orionbooks

“The award-winning, global bestselling Swedish crime debut about a missing girl, and the detective who must return home and confront her darkest secrets in order to find her.” Charlie (Charline) Lager is a police detective working in Stockholm for the … Continue reading

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“Dry Bones” by Sally Spencer

Last year I read “The Shivering Turn” which was the first in the Jennie Redhead series. With “Dry Bones” we revisit private investigator Jennie as she attempts to solve three murders which took place decades apart. For those who haven’t … Continue reading

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Proud to be a #bookblogger

To quote another blogger who is just starting out “I’ve found my tribe“.  The book blogging community has made my retirement twice as enjoyable as it would have been otherwise.  As I waste my time spend a lot of enjoyable … Continue reading

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“The Stranger Diaries” by Elly Griffiths

In the beginning we meet Clare Cassidy, an attractive, divorced, school teacher and single mum living in West Sussex with her teenage daughter and much-loved dog. She teaches creative writing in the English Department of Talgarth High, the same school … Continue reading

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Discussion Post: Blog comments

As a book blogger, I love it when someone comments on one of my posts.  Therefore, I try to comment on other blogs whenever time permits and I feel I have an opinion to voice.   Today, I received a comment … Continue reading

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