Tag Archives: choosing books

Book blurbs – what words will put me OFF?

As a bookblogger/bookreviewer and a retired public library fiction cataloguer, I have read countless ‘blurbs‘ on novels.  Some I read avidly, while others I drop like ‘hot potatoes’! Why would I dismiss a book so readily you ask?  Well, the blurb … Continue reading

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“The Doll Funeral” by Kate Hamer – PUBLICATION DAY in UK!

Last February I read and reviewed Kate Hamer‘s debut novel “The girl in the red coat“. It was a favorite read of 2016 so when I saw her second novel on NetGalley, I was sad to discover that it wasn’t available … Continue reading

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“Unlocking worlds: a reading companion for book lovers” by Sally Allen

The name of my blog sort of gives it away.  I read mostly FICTION.  However, the exception that proves the rule is that I read non-fiction if the subject matter is books. With “Unlocking worlds” I felt that I met … Continue reading

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Top 5 titles I’m looking forward to in 2017

I have completed my Goodreads reading challenge of 100 books in 2016.  At present I’m reading #103, “The language of dying” by Sarah Pinborough.I plan to have the same challenge for 100 books in 2017. As I scanned my review … Continue reading

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Hello October (Fictionophile updates)

Autumn is fast encroaching.  It is the favorite season of many booklovers, myself included. Autumn lends itself to cuddly blankets, cups of tea, and books.  Alternately reading outside in autumn is wonderful as well.  I enjoy both. September was a great month … Continue reading

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My fiction wish list is never-ending…

I had a conversation with a fellow book club member about titles we want to read.  I was talking about a specific title and I guess I was raving…. Gulp! Who me? Rave about a book????   Anyway, she said … Continue reading

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My #20booksofsummer Challenge… so far

20 Books of Summer was initiated by fellow blogger Cathy at 746 Books.  The time parameters of the #20booksofsummer challenge: June 1 – September 5, 2016. Book bloggers all have lengthy (sometimes never-ending) TBR lists.  This challenge serves as an … Continue reading

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The top of my TBR pile… (or, laments of a book blogger)

I’ve read 27 novels since January 1st, 2016 – so… I’m on track for my target of 100 books this year.  I’ve read some excellent novels – and some that didn’t live up to the hype. Now, with various new … Continue reading

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Fictionophile’s tips for new NetGalley members

Note: This blog post has been updated Feb. 1, 2019 For avid readers, readers who like to share their reading experiences by reviewing, and pretty much any book blogger – NetGalley is a dream come true.       So many … Continue reading

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The TBR Book Tag

How do you keep track of your TBR pile? I predominantly use Goodreads.  Since I’ve started reviewing for NetGalley, Edelweiss, TLC Book Tours, Gumshoe Review, and some others, I’ve also begun to use an Excel spreadsheet.  Yikes!  92 review commitments … Continue reading

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Love of reading

Yes…. February is love of reading month.  Also my birthday month so I look at it as a sort of personal tribute to my favorite hobby.  As an only child I learned early on that reading is the most enjoyable … Continue reading

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Most anticipated titles of 2016

I have committed to reading and reviewing a LOT of fiction titles in 2016 via NetGalley, Edelweiss, and TLC Book Tours. Of the ones I’ve agreed to review – here are 10 of the titles that I am MOST looking forward to! … Continue reading

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A difficult question rephrased

You’ve been asked it before.   The almost impossible question. “What is your favorite book?”  So many, to choose from. You just can’t answer. I attended my  monthly Whodunit Book Club meeting last evening and when asked a different way, the … Continue reading

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Series fiction and prequels

Many fictionophiles LOVE series fiction.   I am one.   Once started you loyally and  fastidiously follow the series until its completion.  And you NEVER, ever read a book out of order within the series. Which leads me to ponder….  what happens … Continue reading

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“The hanging shed” by Gordon Ferris – Book Review

I work as a library cataloguer so see countless books everyday. So… it stands to reason that this is where I find the books I want to read next. Not this time. I belong to a social networking site called … Continue reading

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