Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven


Pages: 388   Published: 2016 by Penguin Books   Genre: Young Adult


“Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, but no one’s ever looked past her weight to see who she really is. Since her mum’s death, Libby’s been hiding, but now she’s ready for high school. Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin too – sexy, aloof and too cool for school. But Jack’s swaggering confidence is hiding a secret he must keep at all costs. The Jack meets Libby. And their worlds change. Because sometimes when you meet someone, the whole universe just comes into focus.” Continue reading “Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven”

Dead Simple by Peter James


Pages: 457   Published: 2005 by Macmillan   Genre: Crime


“It was meant to be a harmless stag night prank. A few hours later Michael Harrison has disappeared and four of his friends are dead. With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendant Roy Grace – a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife – is contacted by Michael’s beautiful, distraught fiancée, Ashley Harper. Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison’s whereabouts is saying nothing. But then he has a lot more to gain than anyone realises, for one man’s disaster is another man’s fortune…” Continue reading “Dead Simple by Peter James”

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware


Pages: 343   Published: 2016 by Penguin Random House   Genre: Thriler


“This was meant to be the perfect trip. The Northern Lights. A luxary press launch on a boutique cruise ship. A chance for travel journalist Lo Blacklock to recover from a taumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse. Excepts things don’t do as planned. Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin. But the records show that no-one ever checked into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat. Exhausted and emotional, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a mistake – either that, or she is now trapped on a boat with a murderer…” Continue reading “The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware”

2017 Christmas Book Haul

I hope you’ve all had a great Christmas this year and I wanted to share my Christmas Book Haul with you. This is by no means me showing off or gloating about what I received or in this case, how many I received. These were for the majority gifts that I was lucky enough to receive off friends and family and a couple of others that I brought myself within the festive period. Let me know what books you got this Christmas in the comments below, I’d love to learn about your favourite kinds of books.

1). IT by Steven King
2). Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson
3). Complete Ghost Stories by Charles Dickens
4). Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
5). The Woman In Black by Susan Hill
6). Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
7). There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
8). What The Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong
9). Into The Water by Paula Hawkins
10). The Shining by Steven King
11). Final Girls by Riley Sager
12). And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
13). The Enemy (Jack Reacher 8) by Lee Child
14). The Hard Way (Jack Reacher 10) by Lee Child
15). 61 Hours (Jack Reacher 14) by Lee Child
16). The Affair (Jack Reacher 16) by Lee Child
17). Make Me (Jack Reacher 20) by Lee Child

2017 Reading Wrap Up

So with the end of 2017 quickly approaching I would like to do a little summary of the best books of the genre’s I have read this year. For some of these they are easy choices for me and I have clear favourites, others, it’s a bit more difficult. I would also love to read your feedback in the comments of what you found to be your best books this year.

Category One: Thriller/Psychological Thriller

Killing Floor’ (Jack Reacher 1) by Lee Child (Review)
I have never read Lee Child before this year and I didn’t expect after only a couple of books for him to become my favourite author, I cannot fault his work and all of his Jack Reacher books are exceptional but ‘Killing Floor’ still takes the top spot as my favourite of the all. I look forward to continuing the series next year.

Category Two: Crime/Mystery/Detective

‘Not Dead Yet’ (Part of the Roy Grace series) by Peter James (Review)
A book that I left un-read for way too long. Again, like Lee Child, I’d never read Peter James’s work before this year but I couldn’t put this book down. I love Peter James’s writing style, the characters were great (especially Norman Potting, my favourite) and the story was so gripping from beginning to end. Once again, I look forward to continuing this series also next year.

Category Three: Classic

‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Review)
This one was a very close competition with ‘Murder On The Orient Express’ by Agatha Christie, I loved both books but Sherlock Holmes just had to be my winner. Also my first ever Sherlock Holmes book ever read, I thoroughly enjoyed this read and I just really liked how it is a collection of short stories all with clever twists and brilliant reasoning. A true fire-side crime classic.

Category Four: Horror/Dystopian

‘Stalker’ by Lars Kepler (Review)
An easy winner for me. Actually the longest book I read this year and I loved every page. This was actually my holiday book this year and I’m so glad it was. I cannot fault this book as it had me hooked into the story from start to end and the twist at the end has to be my favourite of this year. I couldn’t recommend it enough.

Category Five: Young Adult

‘All The Bright Places’ by Jennifer Niven (Review)
I can’t put into words enough praise for this book. A phenomenal read that truly opens your eyes and the way it handles ‘sensitive’ topics it perfect, there isn’t a book that I own that has more real characters than this one.

Category Six: Other

‘The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck’ by Mark Manson (Review)
If you’ve never heard of this book before, let me clarify things by tellings you it is a ‘self-help guide’ but, with a twist. An eye-opening book written so perfectly by blending comic and humor and a great big slap in the face together. Loved it.

The Best Book I Have Read In 2017: It has to be ‘Stalker’ by Lars Kepler (Review)

The Worst Book I Have Read In 2017: It has to be 1984 by George Orwell (Review)


1984 by George Orwell

This post will contain spoilers, you have been warned.

Pages: 342   Published: 1949   Genre: Dystopian, Classic


“Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skillfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal.” Continue reading “1984 by George Orwell”

The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson


Pages: 210   Published: 2016 by Harper Collins   Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-help, Humor


“A Counterintuitive approach to living a good life. In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger shows us that the key to being happier is to stop trying to be “positive” all the time and instead to become better at handling adversity.” Continue reading “The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson”