Top Ten Tuesday – Most Anticipated Book For The Second Part of 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in top ten Tuesdays, hosted by The Broke and Bookish so today I’m joining in with my top ten most anticipated reads for the rest of 2017, although I actually found it too difficult so it’s more like most anticipated reads for the next couple of months.  
The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman 

If you could change the past, would you?

Thirty years ago, something terrible happened to Luna’s mother. Something she’s only prepared to reveal after her death. 

Now Luna and her sister have a chance to go back to their mother’s birthplace and settle her affairs. But in Brooklyn they find more questions than answers, until something impossible – magical – happens to Luna, and she meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977. 

At first Luna’s thinks she’s going crazy, but if she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in doing anything – everything – to save her mother’s life, will she have to sacrifice her own? (Published 29th June by Ebury )

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 13th July by Orion)

After I’ve Gone by Linda Green  


On a wet Monday in January, Jess Mount checks Facebook and discovers her timeline appears to have skipped forward 18 months, to a day when shocked family and friends are posting heartbreaking tributes to her following her death in an accident. Jess is left scared and confused: is she the target of a cruel online prank or is this a terrifying glimpse of her true fate? 

Amongst the posts are photos of a gorgeous son she has not yet conceived. But when new posts suggest her death was deliberate, Jess realises that if she changes the future to save her own life, the baby boy she has fallen in love with may never exist. 
(Published July 27th by Quercus)

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell 

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. 

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 27th July by Century)

Friend Request by Laura Marshall 

When Louise Williams receives a message from someone left long in the past she feels sick.

Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook.

Because Maria Weston has been missing for over twenty years. She was last seen the night of a school leavers’ party, and the world believes her to be dead. Particularly Louise, who has lived her adult life knowing herself responsible for Maria’s disappearance. But now Maria is back. Or is she? 

(published July 27th by Sphere) 

This Beautiful Life by Katie Marsh 

The addictive and emotive new novel from Katie Marsh, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes and Jodi Picoult.

‘I lived over half my life before I met you both, and I hope with all my heart to live many years more. You two are the reason why. Always, always the reason why.’

Abi Cooper is living her happy ending. She’s in remission and is ready to make the most of her second chance. But during Abi’s illness her family has fallen apart. Her husband John has made decisions that are about to come back to haunt him, while her teenage son Seb is battling with a secret of his own.

Set to the songs on Abi’s survival playlist, This Beautiful Life is the moving and uplifting story of what happens as Abi tries to put her family back together – and of why life, and love, are worth fighting for.  (published 10th August by Hodder)

Gather The Daughters  by Jennie Melamed

For fans of Emma Cline’s THE GIRLS and Emily St John Mandel’s STATION 11, this dark, unsettling and hugely compelling story of an isolated island cult will get under your skin.

GATHER THE DAUGHTERS tells the story of an end-of-the-world cult founded years ago when ten men colonised an island. It’s a society in which men reign supreme, breeding is controlled, and knowledge of the outside world is kept to a minimum. Girls are wives-in-training: at the first sign of puberty, they must marry and have children. But until that point, every summer, island tradition dictates that the children live wildly: running free, making camps, sleeping on the beach. And it is at the end of one such summer that one of the youngest girls sees something so horrifying that life on the island can never be the same again. (published 25th July by Tinder Press)

The Break by Marian Keyes 

Amy’s husband Hugh isn’t really leaving her.

At least, that’s what he promises. He is just taking a break – from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. For six-months Hugh will lose himself in south-east Asia, and there is nothing Amy can say or do about it.

Yes, it’s a mid-life crisis, but let’s be clear: a break isn’t a break up – yet . . .

It’s been a long time since Amy held a briefcase in one hand and a baby in the other. She never believed she’d have to go it alone again. She just has to hold the family together until Hugh comes back.

But a lot can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns, if he returns, will he be the same man she married? And will Amy be the same woman?

Because falling in love is easy. The hard part – the painful, joyous, maddening, beautiful part – is staying in love. (Published 7th September by Penguin)

The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray Browne

Eleanor, Richard and their two young daughters recently stretched themselves to the limit to buy their dream home, a four-bedroom Victorian townhouse in East London. But the cracks are already starting to show. 

Eleanor is unnerved by the eerie atmosphere in the house and becomes convinced it is making her ill. Whilst Richard remains preoccupied with Zoe, their mercurial twenty-seven-year-old lodger, Eleanor becomes determined to unravel the mystery of the house’s previous owners—including Emily, whose name is written hundreds of times on the walls of the upstairs room. 

(Published July 27th by Picador)

The Pool House by Tasmina Perry  

Someone lied. Someone died…

This dark, twisting novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author Tasmina Perry will keep you on the edge of your seat. Perfect for everyone who’s been gripped by Showtime TV’s THE AFFAIR, Adele Parks’ THE STRANGER IN MY HOME and J. P. Delaney’s THE GIRL BEFORE. ‘Gripping… Great pace and brilliantly written. I loved it’ Daily Mail on The House on Sunset Lake

When you’re invited to spend summer in the Hamptons with a group of new friends, you agree – who wouldn’t? But then you realise you’re taking the place of another woman, a woman who died in mysterious circumstances, just the summer before. Your housemates tell you her death was an accident. But which of them has something to hide? (Published 7th September by Headline)

Wow, even that was difficult! There’s so many books I’m looking forward to in the next few months it’s hard to narrow to just ten – I’ve had books on and off this list I don’t know how many times and there’s still a few I’m regretting not being able to add. I’m lucky enough to have copies of some of these already and can’t wait to get my hands on the rest. Are any of these on your must read list for the next couple of months? 

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books Recently Added To My TBR List

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic is books recently added to my TBR list. These are the books that have most recently landed on that ever growing, almost toppling over tower of books to read.  

(Clicking on the images will take you to Goodreads for a description)



There’s a theme running there…and a LOT of black! I’m loving psychological thrillers with no sign of getting tired yet, but I still like mixing it up with some contemporary fiction and YA. 

These are books I’ve recently become the owner of, either through the Amazon Vine Program, Publishers, Netgalley or bought. 

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Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t/Want To Read
This was a hard one to narrow down. I have shelves of books that I haven’t got around to going back years. My Amazon wishlist is nearly as big as the entire book catalogue on there. In the end I decided to grab the books from my shelves that I remember being the most excited about and the ones I still REALLY want to read and can’t believe I haven’t yet.  (from mixed genre’s so a bit of a cheat!)
Boundless by Cynthia Hand, The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan and Insurgent by Veronica Roth….I RAVED about the first books in these series, waited desperately for these sequels, got my hands on them the second I could…and then never got round to reading them. WHY!!! I fear it’s been so long now, I’ll struggle to recall what happened at the beginning of these series.  
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets and A Thousand Splendid Suns are probably the two longest unreads on my shelves. The Distant Hours and Twenties Girl were books by favourite authors which I’d been waiting for for ages. And A Hundred Pieces Of Me, Room and Gone Girl were all books which I’d bought on the back of amazing reviews…I think I’m in a small minority of people who never got around to them….yet.

Top Ten Tuesdays: Books At the top Of My Spring TBR List

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Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR Pile: 


I’ve talked quite a lot about my Grandmother and Alzheimer’s here in the past. It’s a subject very close to our whole families hearts. My eight year old daughter has been very involved in her care and I want to highlight books with the theme of children coping with caring for a loved one with the disease, and these two books fit the bill. 


Final instalments from three of my favourite series over the last couple of years.  



I’m off to Tenerife for a week at the beginning of May. This is my planned beach reading. 



These two are review books, I’m taking part in a blog tour for By Any Other Name and The Kitchen House is outstanding from the Amazon Vine program. 

Top Ten Book Goals Of 2013

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Here’s my list…
1. Read at least 52 books in 2013…I’m going for a goal I know I can achieve this year
2. Allow a total of 2 new books a MONTH into the house. (a difficult, but essential one) 
3. Write reviews of books within 24 hours of finishing. Or at least take detailed notes. 
4. Read a couple of classics to prepare for next years uni course. 
5. Read a good mix of adult, YA and kids books and be unafraid of mixing genres.

6. Catch up on a few series I’m way behind on.

7. Say no-no matter how tempting! Realistically, I can’t read all the review books I’m offered so I’m not going to try. I’ll be operating a very strict review book acceptance policy. 
8. Get back into the habit of participating in the blog community.
9. Update seriously out of date Review A-Z and interview links (ongoing from 2012-eeek) 
10. Read The Distant Hours by Kate Morton (a compulsory goal-for the 3rd year running!)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Broke My Heart

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I’ve been meaning to join this meme for a while because I always enjoy reading other people’s posts so much. Then when I saw today’s topic was anti-valentines I was IN. For the record…I don’t Hate Valentines Day. I just don’t get the hype around it.  😀
Top Ten Books That Broke My Heart

This was tough. Mainly because I’m a crybaby and the slightest thing can set me off in tears. 
1. Before I Die by Jenny Downham I cried SO much at this book I couldn’t actually see the pages towards the end. Heart. Breaking
2. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Probably my favourite book of all time. There was no doubt this wasn’t going to end well. I still cried my eyes out though. Then went back to the beginning and started again
3. Charlotte’s Web E.B White This is the 1st book which ever broke my heart. We read it in class when I was around 8 years old. I LOVED this book, couldn’t wait for the next time we’d be having class reading and read more. Then the spider DIED. It was a literary Bambi moment for this little girl.
4. Delirium by Lauren Oliver I was ok with this book, reading along without too many emotional involvements. Then bam. Lauren Oliver made me gasp loudly and throw my hand to my mouth. On public transport. 
5. The Diary Of Anne Frank Another childhood right of passage. Until this book I had no idea how horrible the world and people could be. The first true story that broke my heart. A life changing moment.
6. My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher 10 year old narrator Jamie broke my heart into pieces in this book. Then put them back together again. 
7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak When a book is narrated by Death I guess it’s a given there’s going to be some weepy moments. And indeed there are. Stunning book.
8. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey This my most recent heart-breaker. You can feel the pain of main characters Mabel and Jack in this book. But it’s also very, very lovely. 
9. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Based on an idea by the late Siobhan Dowd I was an emotional mess when I finished this book
10. Mile High Apple Pie by Laura Langston You wouldn’t think a picture book would cause an adult to cry right? Wrong. Possibly because this book was VERY close to home as my own grandmother had just been diagnosed with Alzheimers when I read it to my daughter, this book is so touching my voice was shaking.  
And that’s my list. 
So what books have broke your heart?