March Haul

I brought a lot of books in March, like a whole lot, but I did get pretty much all of the physical books for cheap second hand and pretty much all of my ebooks were free so not as much damage was done as it looks like. I’m really happy with my purchases and I can’t wait to start working my way through all of my new reads.

Stephen King halloween editions boxset including Christine, Bag of Bones, The Shining and Cell.

All the Beautiful Lies – Peter Swanson

The Nightmare Girl – Jonathon Janz

Vein of Love (Blackest Gold #1) – R. Scarlett

Halo (Fallen Angel #1) – Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine

Monster in His Eyes and Torture to Her Soul (Monster in his Eyes #1 and #2) – J.M Darhower

The Girl with a Clock For a Heart – Peter Swanson

A Second Harvest and Tender Mercies (Men of Lancaster County #1 and #2) – Eli Easton

NOS4R2 – Joe Hill

Last Call (Bad Habits #3) and Hardcore (Full Series) – Staci Hart

Red Hill – Jamie McGuire

The Last Letter – Rebecca Yarros

The Devil Crept In – Ania Ahlborn

The Bird and the Sword – Amy Harmon

Full Tilt and All In (Full Tilt Duet) – Emma Scott

The Birthday List – Devney Perry

What He Doesn’t Know – Kandi Steiner

The Score (Off- Campus #3) – Elle Kennedy

A Chip and a Chair (Seven of Spades #5) – Cordelia Kingsbridge

The Silver Swan (Elite King’s Club #1) – Amo Jones

Aftercare (Ever After #1) – Tanya Chris

What Lucy Read: March 2019

March has been an amazing reading month for me. I read a total of 32 books, the most books I think i’ve ever read in one month! It was also great in that I loved pretty much everything I read, 24 of the books I read I rated 4 stars or above. I think part of the reason I managed to read so many was due to the fact that it was such a romance heavy month for me, I always tend to romance quicker that I do other genres. While i’m super happy with the books I read I am hoping in the coming month i’ll be able to fit in more thrillers, as I didn’t read many at all this month and still have far too many on my TBR.

Of Sunlight and Stardust – Riley Hart and Christina Lee ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) – Holly Black ⭐⭐

Fired Up (Fever Falls #1) – Riley Hart ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Pieces of Her – Karin Slaughter ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Princess, the Prick and the Priest (Confessions #4) – Ella Frank ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Halo (Fallen Angel #1) – Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sweet Pea – C.J Skuse ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Friend Zone (Game On #2) – Kristen Callihan ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Looking For Trouble – Riley Hart ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Make Me Bad – R.S Grey ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Night Olivia Fell – Christina McDonald ⭐⭐

A Chip and a Chair (Seven of Spades #5) – Cordelia Kingsbridge ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood #6) – J.R Ward ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Mouth to Mouth (Beach Kingdom #1) – Tessa Bailey ⭐⭐⭐

Locked Up Love – Alexa Riley ⭐⭐⭐

The Kiss Thief – L.J Shen ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Heat Stroke (Beach Kingdom #2) – Tessa Bailey ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Dirty Headlines – L.J Shen ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What if it’s Us – Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera ⭐⭐⭐⭐

When it’s Real – Erin Watt ⭐⭐⭐

Extra Credit (Ivy Years #6) – Sarina Bowen ⭐⭐⭐⭐

What She Knew (Jim Clemo #1) – Gilly Macmillan ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Beautiful Chaos – Riley Hart and Devon McCormack ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Failing Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #2) -Sara Ney ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Something About You (Saint and Lucky #1) – Riley Hart ⭐⭐⭐

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng ⭐⭐⭐

Viper (Fallen Angel #2) – Brooke Blaine and Ella Frank ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Christine – Stephen King ⭐⭐⭐⭐

All the Beautiful Lies – Peter Swanson ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Affair (Evolution of Sin #1) – Giana Darling ⭐⭐⭐

The Secret (Evolution of Sin #2) – Giana Darling ⭐⭐⭐⭐

What i’m reading.

Last week I participated in the Buzzwordathon for which I read 5 books, but now that it’s over i’m diving back into a book that I started a couple of days before that readathon began. That book is Christine by Stephen King, which I am currently just over halfway through.

Honestly, when I started this book I wasn’t sure how I was gonna feel about a 750 page book where the antagonist is a car but so far it actually seems to be working for me. I still have a couple of hundred pages left so I don’t want to say too much yet especially as it’s usually in the endings where King tends to let me down, but so far so good.

Christine is actually the only book i’m currently reading, which is a bit unusual for me as I often tend to have a few different books on the go. I am planning on picking up The Affair by Giana Darling soon though, i’ll most likely start it tomorrow if I get some spare time.

The Affair is book 1 in the Evolution of Sin trilogy which i’m hoping to read now as I know her newest book Enthralled releases this week which features a character mentioned in this series. The two series aren’t connected, as far as i’m aware, but I always like to try and read books in order whenever I can. Also, just because i’ve heard great things and it looks like the series will make for a quick, sexy read.

I’m not much of a TBR person so i’m not sure what other books i’ll be picking up in the next week or so, but here are a couple of books that I own and am hoping to get to soon. These are all books that i’ve heard nothing but good things about and cannot wait to read!! There’s a few on here that i’m not really sure why I haven’t already read tbh so here’s hoping I will get to them soon.

Weekend Reading

This has been a relatively easy week for me, i’ve only been at work for three days this week, which is probably how i’ve managed to finish a total of 4 books so far. I’m currently 65% of the way through ‘On the Come Up’ (and absolutely loving it so far!!) but i’m hoping to get that one finished this evening leaving me free to pick up some new books for the weekend.

One that i’m definitely planning to pick up is ‘Between the World and Me’ which I have had sitting on my TBR shelf for far too long. I’ve owned this book for a couple of years now but for some reason haven’t read it despite only having heard brilliant things. This year i’m desperately trying to read more of my owned, physical books and I thought as it’s Black History Month currently that it would be the perfect time to pick up this one.

I am not typically a poetry reader, but last year the cover for Danez Smith’s collection ‘Don’t Call Me Dead’ caught my attention and after reading some rave reviews I brought it. However, I still haven’t got round to reading any of it yet so i’m hoping that over this weekend I can work my way through some of the poems inside.

Lastly, just this morning I was approved for an ARC of Peter Swanson’s newest release ‘Before She Knew Him’ which I cannot wait to get started on so I have a feeling a good chunk of this weekend will be spent diving into that one. I’ve actually only read one of Swanson’s previous works, ‘The Kind Worth Killing’, but it was one that I really enjoyed and have desperately been meaning to get my hands on more of his work ever since so i’m excited to get started on this one.

Here’s hoping it’s a good weekend full of plenty of spare time for reading!

What Lucy Read: January 2019

This year has got off to a great start for me reading-wise. I read a total of 13 books in the month of January; 8 of which were physical, 2 ebooks and 3 audiobooks. All of the books were ones that I enjoyed, not a single book I read this month was below a 3 star, and 10 ended up being between 4 and 5 stars. If this is a preview of how this years reading’s going to go then it is looking to be a great year!

Top 5 Anticipated February Reads

Title: The Lost Man

Author: Jane Harper

Release Date: February 5th

Genre: Thriller

Synopsis: They are at the stockman’s grave, a landmark so old, no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family’s quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish. Something had been troubling Cameron. Did he lose hope and walk to his death? Because if he didn’t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects…

Why I want to read: I read Jane Harper’s ‘The Dry’ back in 2017 and really enjoyed it, and i’m actually currently reading the second book in that series ‘Force of Nature’ which is also looking to be a fantastic read so far so I already knew I was excited to see what else this author had to come but those early reviews have piqued my interest even further. I haven’t heard a single negative thing about this one yet!

Title: On the Come Up

Author: Angie Thomas

Release date: February 7th

Genre: YA Contemporary

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

Why I want to read: ‘On The Come Up’ is the 2nd novel by Angie Thomas, the bestselling author of ‘The Hate U Give’. I, like most others, read and loved THUG upon its release back in 2017 so I have been eagerly awaiting anything else Thomas had to write, and I have no doubt that this one will also be a hit.

Title: After She’s Gone

Author: Camilla Grebe

Release date: February 7th

Genre: Thriller

Synopsis: For psychological profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schoen, life is good. She and her partner, investigator Peter Lindgren, have just returned from a dream holiday in Greenland and the symptoms of her early onset dementia seem to be under control. Then they are asked to go to the small, sleepy industrial town of Ormberg to investigate a cold case: ten years earlier a five-year-old girl’s remains were found in a cairn near the town. With her dementia creeping back again, Hanne starts to keep a diary noting down everything she is likely to forget. She will go to any lengths to keep up appearances so she doesn’t lose her job, or worse: Peter. Then Hanne is found wandering around the outskirts of Ormberg lost, hurt and confused – and Peter is missing. When the body of a woman is found at the cairn and one of Hanne’s shoes is found nearby covered in the victim’s blood, can Hanne’s diary hold the key to what happened? How does this new murder connect to their old one – and where is Peter?

Why I want to read: Camilla Grebe is the author of ‘The Ice Beneath Her’ a thriller that was a massive hit amongst readers a couple of years ago but one that I never actually got round to reading, so when I heard she had a new book coming I just knew I had to get my hands on it. I’m hoping i’ll enjoy this one as much as everyone else seemed to love the last, and if I do then I can finally go back and pick that one up.

Title: The Secretary

Author: Renee Knight

Release date: February 21st

Genre: Thriller

Synopsis: Look around you. Who holds the most power in the room? Is it the one who speaks loudest, who looks the part, who has the most money, who commands the most respect? Or perhaps it’s someone like Christine Butcher: a meek, overlooked figure, who silently bears witness as information is shared and secrets are whispered. Someone who quietly, perhaps even unwittingly, gathers together knowledge of the people she’s there to serve – the ones who don’t notice her, the ones who consider themselves to be important. There’s a fine line between loyalty and obsession. And when someone like Christine Butcher is pushed to her limit, she might just become the most dangerous person in the room 

Why I want to read: I’m going to be honest i’ve actually never heard of this author before but I was browsing through new releases recently when I came across this and that blurb just drew me straight in! It definitely sounds like the kind of book that i’d like. Since I first heard of it I have come across a couple of great reviews aswell making me even more excited for the release of this one.

Title: The Last Letter

Author: Rebecca Yarros

Release date: February 26th

Genre: Romance

Synopsis: One letter. That was all it took for Beckett Gentry to fall for Ella MacKenzie, his buddy Ryan’s sister. Through her letters, Ella spoke to his heart, fueled his dreams, and made his days in Afghanistan bearable. Until Ryan’s life ends and so do the letters. Leaving the military, Beckett heads to Colorado with one destination in mind – Ella. Despite the guilt Beckett feels over his friend’s death, he’s determined to carry out his promise to watch over Ryan’s sister and never tell Ella he’s the one she’d been writing to. At twenty-six, Ella has lost almost everyone she loves – and now one of her precious twins is battling cancer. When Beckett walks into her tiny town – all six-feet-plus of dark, brooding, gorgeous man – Ella barely takes notice. Okay, fine, of course she takes notice. He’s come with the last of Ryan’s letters and the promise that he’d made to watch over her, but he’s insanely tight-lipped about everything else. Now Beckett is everywhere – and the most irritating part is that she likes him, despite his tough-as-nails exterior.

Why I want to read: I’d actually never heard of Rebecca Yarros until recently when I started seeing people talk about this book, all the ARC reviews starting coming in and I found myself paying attention as there has been a lot of 5 stars. Then I actually read the synopsis and just knew I needed to pick it up as I love a good emotional romance but I haven’t read for a good while. I’ve been basically only reading fun, light romances recently but this one sounds perfect for when i’m in the mood for a tearjerker.

Top thrillers I read in 2018

I read 200 books in the year of 2018, 48 of which I shelved on goodreads as crime/mystery/thriller. I read from a wide range of genres but if I had to pick one favourite it would be thrillers, there’s nothing I enjoy more than a really suspenseful thriller! Last year I was still just getting into romance, after only truly discovering the genre in 2017, so I read quite a few of them meaning that thrillers were put slightly on the back burner for me this past year so I didn’t get to quite as many as i’d have liked. These are my absolute favourite ones I picked up during the year though, some are straight up psychological thrillers, some more crime based and some that are definitely more mysterious. There’s something for everyone here.

One of the first books I read in 2018 was Hydra By Matt Wesolowski, one that I picked up as soon as it was released. I adored Six Stories, it was one of the most refreshing crime books i’d read in a long time, so I knew I was probably going to love the sequel; Hydra. Honestly though Hydra far surpassed my expectations, solidifying this series as some of my favourite crime reads of all time. This book is again told through the podcast ‘Six Stories’ where they’re investigating not the who but the why of a murder. 21 year old Arla bludgeoned her mother, stepfather and sister all to death in an unprovoked attack, now she’s finally ready to admit to why but the only person she’ll talk to is Scott King; the narrator of ‘Six Stories’. These books are in my opinion far and away some of the most original crime novels out there, you don’t have to read Six Stories in order to read this but I would recommend if you haven’t as that one is also an excellent read. The next book in this series, Changeling, is to be released this month and of course I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my pre-order.

Kill the Father‘ is the first book in the Colomba Caselli series by Italian author Sandrone Dazieri. Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli is recovering from a bombing, still on official leave, when her superior requests she looks into a kidnapping case. Her superior also suggests she works with Dante Torre on the case. Dante is a man still dealing with crippling anxiety and claustrophobia from his kidnapping and subsequent 11 year incarceration in a silo as a child, but he has a brilliant mind which makes him excellent at solving crimes. Dante and Colomba are both fascinating characters who make an unusual pairing. The pacing is fast and there are a whole range of twists and turns throughout the book which make it incredibly hard to put down. The plot is well-done but it’s the characters that make this such a memorable book. I also read the second book, Kill the Angel, last year which was a thrilling follow-up to this excellent book. I hope there’ll be more to come for these characters soon, I can’t get enough of them!

This is probably the most hyped book on this list, ‘Sadie‘ was definitely a well loved book last year. It’s a book told through two different narratives, the first of which is Sadie’s POV. Sadie is a young woman who has left her home behind in order to go on a desperate quest to find the man who murdered her younger sister, Mattie, and make him pay for taking her world away. The other narrative is a podcast narrated by West McCray as he follows Sadie trying to figure out where she is and exactly what she’s up to. This is such a suspenseful book. It’s also a gut-wrenching, emotionally heavy read but it is so worth it. If you haven’t read this one yet then I would definitely recommend the audiobook which has a whole cast of narrators who do an absolute superb job of bringing this book to life.

Like so many others I absolutely adored Clare Mackinstosh’s first novel ‘I Let You Go’ so I knew I needed to read another of her books. ‘Let Me Lie’ is a book that begins one year after the death of Anna’s mum. Her mum is believed to have committed suicide just months after her husband did. However, Anna has always struggled to believe that that’s what really happened so when she gets a card hinting that there may be more to the story of their deaths she becomes determined to find out the truth once and for all. Clare Mackintosh is firmly in the category of my favourite authors, her writing is absolutely excellent. This is quite a slow burn thriller but it pulled me in right from the beginning. I felt such a strong connection to this book and the characters that are mentioned that I actually felt emotional at points reading about their struggles. I still haven’t read Mackintosh’s second book, ‘I See You’, but I recently brought a copy that i’ll definitely be picking up during this year.

This was my first Tarryn Fisher book, aka the start of my obsession. ‘Bad Mommy‘ (also known as ‘I Can be a Better You’) begins when Fig see’s a woman, she later learns is Jolene Avery, and her daughter at the park. She convinces herself that the woman’s young daughter is the physical embodiment of the soul of Fig’s own daughter that she miscarried years ago. Fig becomes obsessed with Jolene so when she finds out the house next door to her is up for sale she buys it in the hope that this way she can get closer to Jolene and her family, making it easier for her to steal Jolene’s life out from under her. I loved this one because of its originality, it’s so unlike anything i’ve read before. Being inside of Fig’s mind is overwhelming at times, the woman exudes all kind of craziness. The whole novel is thrilling and fast-paced which makes it hard to put down, and that ending.. wow.

This book is one that definitely seems to divide opinions, it took me a while to read it as I was unsure whether I was going to like it or not but i’m so glad I finally did as I definitely fall into the love category. ‘Behind Her Eyes’ is told from two different POV’s, beginning with Louise a newly single mum who is on a rare night out when she meets a man she feels an immediate connection with. However, when she starts her new job on Monday she meets her boss, David. The man from the bar David. A very married man. The other POV is from Adele, a beautiful young woman who exudes a hint of vulnerability which draws people to her. Her and David are childhood sweethearts who have been together for years but maybe their relationship is not all it appears on the surface. I honestly loved every single second of this book, I know it’s not for everyone, but I could not get enough of it!