May 2018: #WrapUp

I really hoped we could have an extra week of May; June, and July, are set to be busy months for me, and I’m just not ready for them yet! I read 16 books this month, which I’m really pleased about – I was hoping for 20 as I had quite a bit of free time, but since the 26th May, I haven’t read a single page – not that I’m counting or anything! I did manage a fair few from my May TBR Post, along with a few impromptu reads, as always. As I haven’t picked up a book in days, I won’t set a June TBR, I’m just hoping I feel like picking up a book soon, like today, as in right now!

While I continue to feel sorry for myself for not wanting to read anything, let’s recap the month of May. I’ve also included a review copy I received yesterday, it’s just my luck, that on the very same day I posted my book haul, I got some book mail!

The standout books of the month were: Continue reading “May 2018: #WrapUp”

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Audiobook Review: Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler (Narrated by Zara Ramm)

Don't Wake Up - Audiobook

I’ve been in such a weird reading mood lately where I haven’t wanted to read anything; Don’t Wake Up is May’s Criminally Good Book Club pick, and as that’s my book club on Instagram, I kinda needed to read this one this month. Having already had it on my Kindle, I added audible narration to my purchase and here we are today, I’ve listened to my first audiobook of the year.

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A dark and gripping debut psychological thriller with a horrifying premise and a stinging twist.

Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table. The man who stands over her isn’t a doctor. The choice he forces her to make is utterly unspeakable. But when Alex re-awakens, she’s unharmed – and no one believes her horrifying story.

Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind. And then she meets the next victim.

So compulsive you can’t stop listening. So chilling you won’t stop talking about it. Continue reading “Audiobook Review: Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler (Narrated by Zara Ramm)”

Book Review: Penance by Kanae Minato

Penance - Kanae Minato

It’s official, Minato is the Queen of writing tales of revenge!

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When a group of young girls are approached by a stranger, they cannot know that the encounter will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

Hours later, Emily is dead. The surviving girls alone can identify the killer. But not one of them remembers his face…

Driven mad by grief, the victim’s mother demands the girls find the murderer or else atone for their crimes. If they do neither, she will have her revenge. She will make them pay…

From the critically acclaimed author of Confessions, Penance is a dark and disturbing tale of revenge that will leave you reeling. Continue reading “Book Review: Penance by Kanae Minato”

Book Review: Lullaby by Leïla Slimani

Lullaby - Leila Slimani

*This novel is also published as The Perfect Nanny*

This book had me wanting to read it after reading the first line of the synopsis!

Book Description:

The baby is dead. It only took a few seconds.

When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect caretaker for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite and devoted woman who sings to their children, cleans the family’s chic apartment in Paris’s upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late without complaint and is able to host enviable birthday parties.

The couple and nanny become more dependent on each other. But as jealousy, resentment and suspicions increase, Myriam and Paul’s idyllic tableau is shattered…

Continue reading “Book Review: Lullaby by Leïla Slimani”

February 2018: #WrapUp

I’ve read some good books this month but, man, am I happy to see the end of February. It was such a busy month for me and I had very limited reading time; so I’m happy that I still managed 7 books. 5 of the books were mentioned in my planned TBR, I think I’m finally getting the hang of this whole planned reads thing. I didn’t get to the books I was hoping to squeeze in or manage to read a non-fiction book but one has essays to write. Anyway, let’s take a look at all the bookish activity that took place on the blog this month.

The Books:

The standout book of the month was:

Into the Black Nowhere - Meg Gardiner

Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner

Also read this month: Continue reading “February 2018: #WrapUp”