On My Wishlist …

Like any book addict, my wishlist is huge and constantly being added to. I don’t always get to buy the books on it straightaway, or sometimes I’m waiting for them to be released. This week, I’ve added these two books thanks to wonderful reviews from fellow bloggers.

Kicking The Bucket List by Cathy Hopkins

The stunning debut for fans of Celia Imrie and Dawn French.

Meet the daughters of Iris Parker. Dee; sensitive and big-hearted; Rose uptight and controlled and Fleur the reckless free spirit.
At the reading of their mother’s will, the three estranged women are aghast to discover that their inheritance comes with strings attached. If they are to inherit her wealth, they must spend a series of weekends together over the course of a year and carry out their mother’s ‘bucket list’.

But one year doesn’t seem like nearly enough time for them to move past the decades-old layers of squabbles and misunderstandings. Can they grow up for once and see that Iris’ bucket list was about so much more than money… 

Published by Harper 9 March 2017 


Why I’m Wishing For It… 
This one’s down to Kaisha @ The Writing Garnet’s fantastic and enthusiastic review. It completely sold it to me…emotional AND funny. Sounds great!  I’ve only read Cathy’s Young Adult novels before (reviewed HERE), So I’m looking forward to read an adult fiction by her , as I know how well she can mix humour and more serious subjects.

What She Lost by Susan Elliot Wright  

Eleanor and her mother Marjorie have always had a difficult relationship and although they’ve tried, they have somehow just failed to connect.
    Now Marjorie has Alzheimer’s, and as her memory fades, her grip on what she has kept hidden begins to loosen. When she calls her daughter to say, ‘There’s something I have to tell you’, Eleanor hopes this will be the moment she learns the truth about the terrible secret that has cast a shadow over both their lives.
    But Marjorie’s memory is failing fast and she can’t recall what she wanted to say. Eleanor knows time is running out, and as she tries to gently uncover the truth before it becomes lost inside her mother’s mind forever, she begins to discover what really happened when she was a child – and why…
    A story of family and secrets, perfect for fans of Maggie O’Farrell. 

Published by Simon and Schuster UK 9th March 2017  

Why I’m Wishing For It… 
Anne @ Random Things Through My Letterbox wrote a beautiful review of this book. Alzheimer’s Disease and its affect on individuals and families is something that is close to my heart after loosing my beloved Grandmother to it in 2015 and I’m currently making a list of books that deal with the subject in some way.

And this one, which isn’t yet released, also found it’s way onto my ever growing wishlist…

Together by Julie Cohen 

This is not a great love story. 
This is a story about great love.

On a morning that seems just like any other, Robbie wakes in his bed, his wife Emily asleep beside him, as always. He rises and dresses, makes his coffee, feeds his dogs, just as he usually does. But then he leaves Emily a letter and does something that will break her heart. As the years go back all the way to 1962, Robbie’s actions become clearer as we discover the story of a couple with a terrible secret – one they will do absolutely anything to protect.


Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You, David Nicholls’s One Day and M L Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans.

Published by Orion in July 2017 


Why I’m Wishing For It… 
Seriously…just look at it! Why wouldn’t I want to own it? This is one of those books that I’m going to just take from my shelves and just stare at (Everyone has those…right?) It sounds fantastic, emotional and beautiful…just my cup of teas. Roll on July when I can buy this absolute beauty!

On My Wishlist was a regular weekly feature I hosted here at Cosy Books in 2012. While I’m not intending to start up as a meme again, I’m more than happy for others to join in if they like.   

On My Wishlist…

Like any book addict, my wishlist is huge and constantly being added to. I don’t always get to buy the books on it straightaway, or sometimes I’m waiting for them to be released. This week, two books which I’ve added to my wishlist stand out, so I thought I’d share them with you.

The Trophy Child by Paula Daly  

A doting mother or a pushy parent?

Karen Bloom expects perfection. Her son, Ewan, has been something of a disappointment and she won’t be making the same mistake again with her beloved, talented child, Bronte.

Bronte’s every waking hour will be spent at music lessons and dance classes, doing extra schoolwork and whatever it takes to excel. 

But as Karen pushes Bronte to the brink, the rest of the family crumbles. Karen’s husband, Noel, is losing himself in work, and his teenage daughter from his first marriage, Verity, is becoming ever more volatile. The family is dangerously near breaking point. 


Karen would know when to stop . . . wouldn’t she? 
(Published by Corgi January 2017) 

Why I’m wishing for it… 
I’ve read some fantastic reviews recently about this book, but this one by Cleo Loves Books clinched it. Also, a couple of years ago my daughter got into playing tennis competitively for a while, an environment way out of my comfort zone, and I definitely came across one or two pushy mums there! Taking this to the extreme sounds like a fascinating premise for a thriller.

And Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell 

 THEN
She was fifteen, her mother’s golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. 

NOW 
It’s been ten years since Ellie disappeared, but Laurel has never given up hope of finding her daughter.
And then one day a charming and charismatic stranger called Floyd walks into a café and sweeps Laurel off her feet. 

Before too long she’s staying the night at this house and being introduced to his nine year old daughter. 
Poppy is precocious and pretty – and meeting her completely takes Laurel’s breath away. 

Because Poppy is the spitting image of Ellie when she was that age.
And now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back. 

What happened to Ellie? Where did she go? 
Who still has secrets to hide? 
Published July 2017 by Cornerstone 

Why I’m wishing for it…
I’m a MASSIVE Lisa Jewell fan. She’s probably my favourite author and I’ve read and loved all of her books up until the most recent two (which I own and need to get on with!). And she’s now writing psychological thriller style books? Well, putting two favourite things together like that, why wouldn’t I be wishing for it?


 On My Wishlist was a regular weekly feature I hosted here at Cosy Books in 2012 (see HERE). While I’m not intending to start up as a meme again, I’m more than happy for others to join in if they like. 

On My Wishlist (3/5/12)

This is a weekly event, originally created by Book Chick City and now hosted right here, where we showcase the books which are currently top of our wishlists. Old, new or yet to be released titles are all welcome. And why keep it to books? Spot some awesome book accessory or related item that you can wait to own? Share that with us too. Feel free to take the meme button below for your post and don’t forget to come back and add your post to the linky every Saturday so others can visit. 

On My Wishlist This Week 

I don’t think my choices this week could be any more different. I’m definitely finding a variety keeps me a happier reader (after I read my fifth dystopian YA in a row!) Anyway, one YA one adult this week…

Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles Like his brothers, Luis Fuentes is a risk taker; whether he’s scaling the Rocky Mountains or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis is always looking for the next thrill. Nikki Cruz lives her life by certain rules -, don’t trust a boy who says “I love you”, boys lie to get their own way and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Then she meets Luis at his brother Alex’s wedding and suddenly she’s tempted to break all her rules. Getting Nikki to give him a chance is Luis’s biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by the head of the gang that nearly destroyed his brothers’ lives. Will Luis’s feelings for Nikki be enough to stop him from entering a dark and violent world that could prove to be the ultimate risk? 

This one’s already out in the US and due for publication in the UK this July. I’ve loved the previous two books and can’t wait for more from the delicious Fuentes brothers (phew at that cover!):D  

The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones A sinister tale of haunting beauty, from The Outcast author Sadie Jones.

She was obeying a prompt, an instinct: the instinct that makes a dog lying by the fire tremble of a sudden, and whimper, when there is no one near to see.

The cake is iced. The wine decanted. The house gleams invitingly. But as Sterne prepares for Emerald Torrington’s birthday supper, who are the pale strangers struggling silently up the drive?

A supernatural comedy and spellbinding thriller, The Uninvited Guests strips away the respectable layers of Edwardian society to reveal the dark secrets beneath.

‘What a delicious read! Like something written by a wicked Jane Austen. Passing like a spring fever, here is a fairy tale that stays with you long after it is gone.’ Sarah Blake, author of The Postmistress 

This one came up on my Amazon vine list a few months ago, but was snapped up so quickly I missed it 😦 I read The Outcast by Sadie Jones a few years ago and really enjoyed it. This one sounds very different though. I love the cover, the setting and the fact it sounds so unusual. 

So what’s on your Wishlist this week? 






On My Wishlist (#3)

This is a weekly event, originally created by Book Chick City and now hosted right here, where we showcase the books which are currently top of our wishlists. Old, new or yet to be released titles are all welcome. And why keep it to books? Spot some awesome book accessory or related item that you can wait to own? Share that with us too. Feel free to take the meme button below for your post and don’t forget to come back and add your post to the linky every Saturday so others can visit. 

Guys, I must apologise for both the lack of activity and commenting on your posts this weeks. My poor old laptop has just about given up and my netbook needs a replacement screen (which is being done this weekend …woop! Very hard to see anything with a shattered screen!)

On My Wishlist This Week  

Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne Girl, Interrupted meets Beautiful Creatures in this fast-paced thriller

When sixteen-year-old Faye arrives at Holbrook Academy, she doesn’t expect to find herself exactly where she needs to be. After years of strange waking visions and nightmares, her only comfort the bones of dead animals, Faye is afraid she’s going crazy. Fast.

But her first night at Holbrook, she feels strangely connected to the school and the island it sits on, like she’s come home. She’s even made her first real friends, but odd things keep happening to them. Every morning they wake on the floors of their dorm rooms with their hands stained red.

Faye knows she’s the reason, but what does it all mean? The handsome Kel tries to help her unravel the mystery, but Faye is certain she can’t trust him; in fact, he may be trying to kill her – and the rest of the world too.

Rich, compelling writing will keep the pages turning in this riveting and tautly told psychological thriller. 

Published by Putnam February 2012

So what’s on your wishlist this week? 

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On My Wishlist (#2)

This is a weekly event, originally created by Book Chick City and now hosted right here, where we showcase the books which are currently top of our wishlists. Old, new or yet to be released titles are all welcome. And why keep it to books? Spot some awesome book accessory or related item that you can wait to own? Share that with us too. Feel free to take the meme button below for your post and don’t forget to come back and add your post to the linky every Saturday so others can visit. 


I’ve been thinking about On My Wishlist, as I want to make it as diverse and interesting for everyone (and hopefully attract more participants! I’d love to start featuring other bookish stuff too such as book accessories ( I have a thing for those!) and other stuff. What do you think? I’m also thinking about including some books from my seven year old daughter’s wishlist … any idea’s/thoughts or opinions?

On My Wishlist This Week 

Changeling by Philippa Gregory Dark myths, medieval secrets, intrigue, and romance populate the pages of the first-ever teen series from #1 bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl.Italy, 1453. Seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is brilliant, gorgeous—and accused of heresy. Cast out of his religious order for using the new science to question old superstitious beliefs, Luca is recruited into a secret sect: The Order of the Dragon, commissioned by Pope Nicholas V to investigate evil and danger in its many forms, and strange occurrences across Europe, in this year—the end of days.      Isolde is a seventeen-year-old girl shut up in a nunnery so she can’t inherit any of her father’s estate. As the nuns walk in their sleep and see strange visions, Isolde is accused of witchcraft—and Luca is sent to investigate her, but finds himself plotting her escape.     Despite their vows, despite themselves, love grows between Luca and Isolde as they travel across Europe with their faithful companions, Freize and Ishraq. The four young people encounter werewolves, alchemists, witches, and death-dancers as they head toward a real-life historical figure who holds the boundaries of Christendom and the secrets of the Order of the Dragon.      The first in a series, this epic and richly detailed drama is grounded in historical communities and their mythic beliefs. It includes a medieval map of Europe that will track their journey; and the interior will include relevant decorative elements as well as an interior line illustration. And look for a QR code that links to a note from the author with additional, detailed information about the setting and the history that informed the writing. With Philippa Gregory’s trademark touch, this novel deftly brings the past—and its salacious scandals—vividly and disturbingly to life 

Published May 2012 by Simon & Schuster I’m really looking forward to Philippa’s YA debut!

The Boy With The Cuckoo Clock Heart by Mathius Malzieu
Edinburgh, 1874: Little Jack is born with a frozen heart and immediately undergoes a life-saving operation — the implantation of a cuckoo-clock in his chest. From then on his days all begin with a wind-up, in this dark, tender fairy tale spiced with devilish humour. 

There’s not that much information on this book. But with a cover like that…who cares? *swoons* Amazon reviewers describe it as a retake of Pinnochio for adults with a hint of steam-punk. It’s been on my wishlist for absolutely ages, but was always very expensive! I’ve just noticed it’s gone down a bit in price though so I may own a copy very soon.

First published 2005, various publishers around the world.






So what’s on your wishlist this week? 

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On My Wishlist (#1)

This is a weekly event, originally created by Book Chick City and now hosted right here, where we showcase the books which are currently top of our wishlists. Old, new or yet to be released titles are all welcome. And why keep it to books? Spot some awesome book accessory or related item that you can wait to own? Share that with us too. Feel free to take the meme button below for your post and don’t forget to come back and add your post to the linky every Saturday so others can visit. 
On My Wishlist This Week 

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley ‘We’ve got at least seven hours to get what we want before the sun comes up.’
School is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight she’s going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. Somewhere in the glassy darkness, he’s out there, spraying colour, birds and blue sky on the night. And Lucy knows that a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for – really fall for.
The last person Lucy wants to spend this night with is Ed, the guy she’s managed to avoid since punching him in the nose on the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells Lucy he knows where to find Shadow, the two of them are suddenly on an all-night search to places where Shadow’s pieces of heartbreak and escape echo off the city walls. And what Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes. 

I’ve heard so many great things about this book I may not be able to wait until it’s UK release this summer! 

The Girl Who Chased The Moon by Sarah Addison Allen Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew, she realises that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life. Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbour, Julia Winterson, bakes hope in the form of cakes, offering them to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth – but also in the hope of rekindling a love she fears might be lost forever. Can a hummingbird cake really bring back a lost love? Is there really a ghost dancing in Emily’s backyard? The answers are never what you expect. But in this town of lovable misfits, the unexpected fits right in. 

Sarah Addison Allen’s latest book, The Peach Keeper, was my first experience of this author. Certainly won’t be the last. I have all her books on my wishlist, but this one is right at the top.
So what’s on your wishlist this week? Link up your post below.

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March Recap and Where I’ve Been…

March started off so, so well! By the 17th I’d read 8 books…which for me is a big deal…and had big plans for the next couple of weeks of reading. Then my Nan got taken into hospital and I’ve kind of not been here since.

She’s ok, well she has Alzheimer’s which is totally hideous, but physically she’s fine. She’s stuck in hospital now waiting for a care package. I’ve mentioned before on the blog how my Nana is the biggest influence on me as a reader, ever since I was tiny. Even as confused as she has been, she was most worried about getting the library books she checked out recently back on time. (Which I did for her and had a gawp at the pretty awesome YA Section while I was at it)

So I’ve had very little time for the last couple of weeks. In fact, it’s taken me that two whole weeks to read one book. I also failed to take part in my own challenge of reading one of the oldest books on the shelf *sigh* Two in April to make up? We’ll see. 


But although March has ended up being pretty horrible, I did still fit in some great reading and bloggish stuff before it all went to pot! There seems to have been a witchy theme going on with my reading and my favourite book this month was Hollow Pike by James Dawson, closely followed by Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake & Bunheads by Sophie Flack.  



I also took over the popular weekly meme, On My Wishlist, from Book Chick City which I officially start hosting this Saturday! I’m looking forward to that and hope you’ll join in. 



Of course I managed to fit in a visit to the cinema to catch The Hunger Games. I thought it was good, but not as emotional as it should have been. If that makes sense? Anyway my friend who’d never read the books said she thought it was sweet. I sent her on her way with a copy of the book. 

So how was your March? Hope you all managed to make the most of that week of gorgeous weather!

New To Cosy Books: On My Wishlist – A Weekly Meme

Carolyn at Book Chick City has passed over the reigns to weekly meme, On My Wishlist and I’ll be hosting it right here at Cosy Books every Saturday!
This is a weekly event where we showcase the books that are top of our wishlists. Old, new or yet to be released titles are all welcome. And why keep it to books? Spot some awesome book accessory or related item that you can wait to own? Share that with us too. Feel free to take the meme button below for your post and don’t forget to come back and add your post to the linky every Saturday so others can visit. 
I’ll be taking over properly next week with my own post and a linky, but for anyone who finds their way here today via Book Chick City and would like to leave a link to their post in the comments please feel free! 
I look forward to seeing your posts next week!