Category Archives: Favorite books

“Things My Son Needs to Know About the World” by Fredrik Backman – Book Review

“Words matter” The short personal essays in this collection will tug at your heartstrings. They will make you laugh and cry, and, they will make you examine your own parenting strategies. With an essay devoted to ‘poop’ and another to … Continue reading

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“The things we keep” by Sally Hepworth – Book Review

“I like it when people remember that I’m a person, not just a person with Alzheimer’s.” Anna Forster, a vibrant woman in her mid thirties who works as a paramedic, rides motorcycles, and loves life, is diagnosed with early onset … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday – “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin – Book Review

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’m showcasing a novel that I read over five years ago. “The storied life of A.J. Fikry” was a title that I got from … Continue reading

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Older male protagonists? – I love them!

Someone asked me recently “What is your favourite book?” (I know right – it’s like picking a favourite child) Near the top of my list is “A man called Ove” by Fredrik Backman.  Then… I started thinking, and I discovered … Continue reading

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“Perfect Remains” by Helen Fields – Book Review

A while back, I polled my followers so that YOU could pick which police procedural series I should begin next. The first poll was a resounding success with the recommendation of “For Reasons Unknown” by Michael Wood. This second poll … Continue reading

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World Book Day 2019 #GreatReads

To celebrate this year’s World Book Day, I thought I’d share some of my favourite reads of the past ten years. Ten books that stand out in my memory as being truly great reads. I have entered them in the … Continue reading

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“Her Dark Retreat” by J.A. Baker – Book Review

For me, this novel was the perfect storm. Setting, characters, and plot converged into a stellar read! BLURB: The coastguard’s residence Chamber Cottage, which sits high up on the North Yorkshire cliffs, overlooking The North Sea, holds many dark secrets. … Continue reading

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“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens – Book Review

“abandoned, hungry and cold” North Carolina 1952 – We meet little six-year-old Kya Clark on the day her mother walks out of their marsh ‘shack’ for the last time. Covered in bruises, Kya’s mother has left her drunken, abusive husband … Continue reading

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“For Reasons Unknown” by Michael Wood – Book Review

BLURB: Two murders. Twenty years. Now the killer is back for more… DCI Matilda Darke has returned to work after a nine month absence. A shadow of her former self, she is tasked with re-opening a cold case: the terrifyingly … Continue reading

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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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“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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“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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The Rúin by Dervla McTiernan

A complex, character-driven police procedural mystery set in Galway, Ireland. “In Irish, Rúin means something hidden, a mystery, or a secret, but the word also has a long history as a term of endearment.” From the publisher’s blurb: “This unsettling … Continue reading

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“The Visitors” by Catherine Burns

“…she wrapped her arms around Mother’s angular hips for comfort. Physical affection wasn’t encouraged, however, in the Zetland family, and she soon felt herself peeled off with extreme delicacy.” In this compelling debut thriller we first meet Marion Zetland.  Born … Continue reading

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“Snap” by Belinda Bauer – Book Review

Publisher’s Blurb: A taut, suspenseful new novel from award-winning thriller author Belinda Bauer in which a woman being menaced by a knife-wielding home invader is connected to a string of burglaries in a quaint bedroom community, and the brutal murder … Continue reading

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