Goodreads, I am back! Books, reviews and more.

Back towards the end of 2011, I stumbled upon a site called Goodreads.com. The site is a global library of books, however, you cannot borrow a book from this library. What you can do is search for books, add them on your ‘to-read’ list. You have the freedom to add bookshelves to categorise your books according to genre or however you may fancy. You will also be able to review and rate books that you have read. Your opinion counts – many had profited from being a brilliant reviewer from that site. I have met brilliant book-geeks and converse, shared and laugh about books with them virtually. Therefore, I can say that this is just like your average book club and instead of meeting in a village hall swapping books with each other, sipping tea and catching up. You will discover more books than you can possibly imagine, sip tea or in my case coffee and laugh with each other through the conversation on your most recent review or progress through your computer screen, mobile or tablet.

There have been conflicts in my time on GR. People have different opinions on books as a result, you’ll see word-fighting often. People liked to use .gifs back then to express their emotions on their reviews. The website allowed html and embed code posting – we have the freedom to use external sites such as Tumblr and others for our reviews. Goodreads became a platform for authors, developing writers and crazed book fans to meet and share ideas. It was so open, authors were looking for amazing reviewers to hand over their ARCs. I sure hope that some of my GR friends became proof-readers because some ARCs are just as raw as they can be. Come to think of it I could have become one, if life didn’t come in between me and my reading. 😉

Now it’s January 2017, time to make a new beginning. I know it won’t be new as such but it’s a start. I, am coming back to the “booknerd” world and I am looking forward to completing my 2017 Reading Challenge where I vow to read a hundred books. So here’s to me and my new challenge, I hope I can uphold the promise of a comeback.

Currently Reading:

Outlander

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

I finally picked this up, it was recommended to me a while back by a friend who enjoyed the book so much. When the TV series adaptation came out I wasn’t so keen on watching it or picking the book up. One day, I ran out of box sets to watch and stumble upon this on Amazon Prime so I watched the first episode – holy shit, she went through the stones and now living in the 18th century. I was hooked, so much so that I finished season 1 and 2 in 4 days. Sleepless saturday night was well worth it.

There are scenes in the TV series that is too much for me though, I hit fast forward on those. Yes, you can call me a baby but my mind cannot process or tolerate those scenes. I may skip reading those on the book too, I don’t know, I am not sure. We shall see, I guess.

Buy from: Amazon UK, Kobo, Waterstones Listen from: Audible 

 

To-Read for 2017 so far…

From the award-winning author of Hades and Eden comes an ingenious and edgy suspense novel that will keep you guessing to the very last page . . .

12.46: Thirteen-year-old Claire Bingley stands alone at a bus stop
12.47: Ted Conkaffey parks his car beside her
12.52: The girl is missing . . .

Six minutes – that’s all it took to ruin Detective Ted Conkaffey’s life. Accused but not convicted of Claire’s abduction, he escapes north, to the steamy, croc-infested wetlands of Crimson Lake.

Amanda Pharrell knows what it’s like to be public enemy number one. Maybe it’s her murderous past that makes her so good as a private investigator, tracking lost souls in the wilderness. Her latest target, missing author Jake Scully, has a life more shrouded in secrets than her own – so she enlists help from the one person in town more hated than she is: Ted.

But the residents of Crimson Lake are watching the pair’s every move. And for Ted, a man already at breaking point, this town is offering no place to hide. . . 

The blurb made me curious enough to put this on my to-read shelf. Publication date is set for 6th April 2017 in the UK. I have pre-ordered my copy already.

Pre-order from: Amazon UK

Once upon a time, I loved him.
He broke me and he didn’t even know it.
I ran from him.
He didn’t chase me.
He never needed to, because he knew I’d come back.
He was right.
Death brought me home to him.
Brett Walker.
Drop dead gorgeous and filthy-mouthed with a smile that turns saints to sinners.
A casanova to his core.
My ex-best friend.
And the bad boy whose reputation precedes him—the same reputation I’m tasked with turning to gold… Or so they think.
Revenge is a dish best served cold, after all…

It’s refreshing to not see a half naked guy on the book cover of this new adult second-chance-at-romance book. Reviews are mix for this book but I am captivated by the blurb that I will give it the benefit of the doubt. I will be reading this as soon as I get hold of a copy.

Buy from: Amazon UK, Kobo

Seductive, moving and full of insight into the desperate acts committed by individuals when fighting for their lives, MUSSOLINI’S ISLAND is a novel of sexuality and desire, and the secrets we keep locked within us. For any reader of Anthony Doerr’s ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE or Virginia Baily’s EARLY ONE MORNING.

Francesco has a memory of his father from early childhood, a night when life for his family changed: their name, their story, their living place. From that night, he has vowed to protect his mother and to follow the words of his father: Non mollare. Never give up.

When Francesco is rounded up with a group of young men and herded into a camp on the island of San Domino, he realises that someone has handed a list of names to the fascist police; everyone is suspicious of one another. His former lover Emilio is constantly agitating for revolution. His old friend Gio jealously watches their relationship rekindle. Locked in spartan dormitories, resentment and bitterness between the men grows each day.

Elena, a young and illiterate island girl on the cusp of womanhood, is drawn to the handsome Francesco yet fails to understand why her family try to keep her away from him. By day, she makes and floats her paper birds, willing them to fly from the island, just as she wants to herself. Sometimes, she is given a message to pass on. She’s not sure who they are from; she knows simply that Francesco is hiding something. When Elena discovers the truth about the group of prisoners, the fine line between love and hate pulls her towards an act that can only have terrible consequences for all.

I am sucker for historical fiction. This book’s blurb gave me a promise of a fix, so I am patiently waiting for the book to be delivered to me. Expected release date 23rd February 2017.

Pre-order from: Amazon UK

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