December 2016 Wrap Up

I can’t believe it’s time to wrap up December already, where has the time gone!? My last wrap up of 2016, as we prepare to say hello to 2017! I’m not one for New Year resolutions but if I was, it would be ‘to not buy any new books until I’ve read the 100+ books on my shelf’, but we both know that’s not going to happen! So let’s wrap this month up and have a quick look at what bookish goings-on are to come in 2017.

This month I read 15 books, well one I’ve still got to finish (Medea’s Curse by Anne Buist) but I’ll finish that today so I can go into the new year with a new book. Again, with the assistance of Goodreads and a Calculator, I read 4705 pages this month!

The Good

The standout reads of the month were: Continue reading “December 2016 Wrap Up”


The Sunshine Blogger Award


Hey Readers,

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and Father Christmas left a few books for you under the tree! If you weren’t celebrating, I hope you had the most relaxing Sunday of the year so far. With it being the beginnings of winter, I thought I’d bring a little sunshine into your lives with the Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you to Melissa @ TheBookwormFantasy for nominating me for this award.


  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4.  List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

THE QUESTIONS: Continue reading “The Sunshine Blogger Award”

2017 Beat The Backlist: TBR

How exciting is it to get your hands on a newly released book, even more so when it’s not even been published yet!? There are so many books published every day that I fear some of the older books on my shelf won’t ever get read. So I thank Misty @ Mistysbookspace for bringing the 2017 Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge to my attention. This challenge is hosted by Austine @ novelknight, and is focused on knocking off titles that have been on your TBR for a while and it runs for the entire year. The only rule is the books must be released prior to 2017.

To really clear my backlist, I’m only focusing on books I own that have been released in or prior to the 90’s. While I may have the newer editions, I’m going by when they were first published. I’m aiming to read one book from the list each month. If I manage to read all 12 books before the end of the year, I’ll pat myself on the back and update it. It seems totally do-able right, wrong, have you seen some of the amazing titles due to be released next year, not to mention the fantastic titles released in the last few years. Continue reading “2017 Beat The Backlist: TBR”

Book Review: Rattle by Fiona Cummins


Rattle has been taunting me on social media, fab reviews everywhere, with its chilling cover and creepy plot, this was a highly anticipated read.

Book Description:

A serial killer to chill your bones

A psychopath more frightening than Hannibal Lecter.

He has planned well. He leads two lives. In one he’s just like anyone else. But in the other he is the caretaker of his family’s macabre museum.

Now the time has come to add to his collection. He is ready to feed his obsession, and he is on the hunt.

Jakey Frith and Clara Foyle have something in common. They have what he needs.

What begins is a terrifying cat-and-mouse game between the sinister collector, Jakey’s father and Etta Fitzroy, a troubled detective investigating a spate of abductions.

Set in London’s Blackheath, Rattle by Fiona Cummins explores the seam of darkness that runs through us all; the struggle between light and shadow, redemption and revenge. Continue reading “Book Review: Rattle by Fiona Cummins”

Book Review: I’m Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork


Looking for some Scandi-Crime? Set in Norway, this gripping police procedural is the first book in the Holger Munch & Mia Kruger series.

From the inside cover:

A six-year-old girl is found dead, hanging from a tree, the only clue the Oslo Police have to work with is an airline tag around her neck. It reads “I’m travelling alone.”

Holger Munch, veteran police investigator, is immediately charged with reassembling his homicide unit. But to complete the team, he must convince his erstwhile partner, Mia Kruger – a brilliant but troubled investigator – to return from the solitary island to which she has retreated with plans to take her own life.

Reviewing the evidence, Mia identifies something no one else has noticed – a thin line carved into the dead girl’s fingernail: the number 1. Instinctively, she knows that this is only the beginning. To save the other children from the same fate, she must find a way to cast aside her own demons and confront the most terrifying, cold-hearted serial killer of her career… Continue reading “Book Review: I’m Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork”