Books I’m looking forward to in 2014

This week, the Broke and the Bookish set the ‘task’ of listing ‘Top Ten 2014 Debuts I’m Excited For’. At the moment, I’m here:

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As a result, I’m not spending time at the computer putting together photo montages of book covers. And my list isn’t debuts, it’s just books I’m looking forward to. And it’s not even ten books, it’s twelve. Do with it what you will. Continue reading

Alys, Always by Harriet Lane

There are few occasions when new ‘friends’ have been thrust into my life. My friendships tend to develop slowly but I stick around (I’m the loyal variety – once I like you, I might be difficult to get rid of). However, I have a handful of friends who, due to circumstances, have come into my life in an immediate and resoundingly permanent way. One day they were strangers, the next they’re on my phone favourites list. This is the topic of Harriet Lane’s debut novel, Alys, Always. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I HAD To Buy…But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

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I need a ‘pause’ button.

I read great reviews (thanks fellow bloggers) and then hit Amazon and moments later I have the book on my Kindle. Such is the joy (and the agony in terms of my wallet) of online shopping.

I have tempered my impulse buying somewhat. Somewhat…

I use ‘wishlists’, Kindle samples and the ‘Want to Read’ feature on Goodreads as a way of reminding me of books that look like my kind of thing. But still, sometimes the need is too great. And I wish I could hit ‘pause’ instead of ‘Add to Shopping Cart’.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is the Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy…But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread. Here are the books that bypassed my wishlists, samples and want-to-read lists and instead were bought immediately. Because I couldn’t wait. And yet, they haven’t even been opened…. Continue reading