April & May’s Books – Reviewed!

Hi there, I thought I would write a review of the books that I have read throughout April & May (there is quite a few) as I have really enjoyed getting back into the habit of reading. Some books I loved and some were little disappointing  so I thought I’d give you my thoughts on them:

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Title: Finger Licking Dead

Author: Riley Adams

Format: Paperback

Pages: 257

Genre: Murder Mystery

This book is part of the Memphis BBQ mystery series. I really enjoyed the book, it was a great who done it? with lots of twists to keep you guessing through out. The only down side was that as it was based in the South of the USA there were a few references to local traditions and food that I didn’t understand and so I did need to Google one or two things but other than that this is a great murder mystery book and I will definitely read more in the series! 4/5

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Title: Working Stiff

Author: Rachel Caine

Format: Paperback

Pages: 473

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

I have read a few books by Rachel Caine (The Morganville vampire series) so when I saw this in a discount bookshop I picked it up. Front the start I could not put this book down! It centres around a new employee at a funeral home who stumbles across the fact that the owner is reanimating bodies with a wonder drug. The employee herself is killed and reanimated and she fights to bring down the pharmaceutical company who is producing the drug. The book is well written and is full of suspense, there are more books in this series which I will definitely be purchasing!! 5/5

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Title: The Haunting of Hill House

Author: Shirley Jackson

Format: Hardback

Pages: 233

Genre: Ghost story

I bought this book as part of the limited edition Penguin Horror releases. It has been hailed as a classic so I was so excited to start it. I was bitterly disappointed!

The build up of the story was slow and monotonous. I kept expecting for it to pick up and become even slightly scary unfortunately it didn’t and the ending was extremely disappointing too. A real let down 2/5

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Title: Bellman & Black

Author: Diane Setterfield

Format: Paperback

Pages: 388

Category: Supernatural/ Victorian ghost story

This was a very strange book for me. The Book was fleshed out with well written character back story and it really felt like you were going on a journey through William Bellman’s life and I really loved that about the book. I loved the details about all aspects of a Victorian funeral and it’s finery and purpose but I was really disappointed with the ending. For me the books journey was fantastic but it’s conclusion not so much! Such a shame. 3/5

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Title: Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet

Author: M.C Beaton

Format: Paperback

Pages: 237

Category: Murder Mystery

This is the second book from the Agatha Raisin Series. I saw a pile of these books at an antique store (of all places) and picked them up for a fairly decent price and I’m glad I did because I really have enjoyed the first two books.

The books are based around Agatha Raisin a PR executive in London who decides to trade the rat race lifestyle for the peace and quiet of the Cotswolds’. She may have been expecting the quiet life but her neighbors have other plans. Before long Agatha finds herself at the center of a grizzly murder mystery and sets our to solve the mystery before her life is the next one taken. Both charming and amusing this book was well written and I couldn’t help but love Miss Raisins feisty spirit. I have the next few books to read so I look forward to those! 4.5/5

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Title: No one gets out alive

Author: Adam Nevill

Format: Paperback

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Category: Horror/ Supernatural

I was recommended this book by the staff at Waterstones so I picked it up and ended up loving this book.

The action started from the first page and continued relentlessly until the very end.

Based around a young woman who seeks out accommodation in a building offering low rent, she soon discovers that if something seems too good to be true it probably is. What ensues is pure unadulterated horror! There was one point in the book where I had to stop reading as I found it really disturbing. Once sat in daylight, I was able to resume and loved it!I could not recommend this book highly enough, absolutely fantastic!  5/5

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Title: House of small shadows

Author: Adam Nevill

Format: Paperback

Page: 371

Category: Horror

Another book by Adam Nevill (I think I may have found my new favourite author) this book is less disturbing and more creepy. If taxidermy and puppets are the things of your nightmares you may not want to read this book. Some great twists throughout and really well written! It reminded me of the gritty horror or James Herbert. I will be ordering more of Adams books come pay day!! 4/5

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Title: Call of the Weird

Author: Louis Theroux

Format: Kindle

Paged 306

Category: Non-Fiction

This book is the follow on from Louis’ documentary series about subcultures. The book sees Louis revisiting some of his more memorable guests such as the White supremacist girl band (no really), the dooms day preppers, and ex porn stars. This book Offers a great insight into American subcultures woven into Louis’ no nonsense narrative.

This is a must for anyone who enjoyed Louis’ documentary series. 4/5

So those are the books that I reading during April/May 2015! Have you guys read any of these books? What books have you been reading recently? Let me know in the comments.

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl

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Paperchase Sale Goodies!

Hi Ladies,

I’m not sure if I have mentioned this before but I am a HUGE stationary fan. I love making lists and writing things down. I went on the Paperchase website last week and ordered some products from the sale & when it arrived this morning, I was so excited! Here’s what I ordered:

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Vista A5 Subject Notebooks x 2

I bought these so that I could keep track of my blog ideas and sort them by category. They should have been £5.50 each but they were in the sale for £2.75 each.

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Butterflies Sticky Note Bookmarks

As you know, I love reading but I always manage to drop my bookmarks and I thought these would be a great idea as they stick to the page without leaving a mark on the page and I can write notes abut the book I’m reading (which I often do). These should have been £3.00 but I got them for £2.10.

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Vista Kraft Padfolio

This is a clipboard & portfolio in one. I bought this because I have a lot of events and trade shows coming up for my business and this will come in useful for taking notes/keeping information. It also has a little pocket, which is great for storing business cards in.

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Mechanical Pens x 3

Although there are only two in the picture I actually bought three of these pens. They are the best pens ever! They write so well and come in the cutest designs. The two shown are the Butterfly design & The Owl and the Pussycat design. I also bought the cupcake design one too. These pens weren’t in the sale but they are only £2.00 each.

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Lastly I picked up some more Transparent photo corns because I like scrapbooking and I also use them for putting photo’s into my daily journal, These cost £2.00 for a box of 500 corners.

So that was my order. It may not be interesting to a lot of you, but people who love stationary as much as I do may enjoy it.

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl

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2014 – A Year in Books!

Hi Ladies

As you may know I love reading books. I also love keeping a reading journal so that at the end of every year I can look back and see how many books I read & the genres of books I enjoyed most.

I wanted to share with you guys my 2014 list to give you a little insight into the genres I like and what I thought of the books.

In 2014 I read 29 books, which may not seem a lot to some of you but may seem plenty to others. So here they are:

 

Murder Spree – Damon & Rowan Wilson.

This was my first book of 2014, and I appear to have gone through a phase of reading about true crime. I used to work in a forensic Lab and that really sparked my interest in true crime books and what drives a person to commit crime. This was a good book.

Predator – John McShane

This is another true crime book.

House of Fear – Various Authors

I am a huge fan of the Horror genre and this is a great compilation of haunted housem stories.

Evil Beyond Belief – Nathan Yates

True crime.

Beyond Evil – Nathan Yates

True Crime.

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Mortuary Confidential – Kenneth McKenzie

I know so far this list is looking pretty morbid but I read this book and the next one because when I die I want to give my body to medical science and I’m intrigued by what happens to our bodies when we no longer need them.

Stiff – Mary Roach

This is another book by a mortician.

To Kill a Warlock – H.P. Mallory

This is a light-hearted story centered on a witch and her experiences with the paranormal.

Night stalker – John McShane

True Crime.

 The Facebook killer pt2 – M. L Stewart

This is a really good thriller and is available on kindle relatively cheaply. The first installment was free and I instantly had to download the next two because it was so good.

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Are you there vodka? It’s Chelsea – Chelsea Handler

This is a autobiography by the American Comedian and was a nice light hearted read and I really enjoyed it. Chelsea has such a dry sense of humour that it had me giggling in places and I couldn’t put it down.

 

The Facebook Killer pt3 – M. L Stewart

This is the final part of this thriller series.

 

The Dangerous book for Demon Slayers – Angie Fox

This is kind of chick lit but with a paranormal twist (the main character is a demon slayer) I really liked it and bought others in the series.

 

World War Z – I read this book after seeing the film and it was a great take on the zombie apocalypse Genre although as tends to be the norm, it was different from the film.

 

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This House is Haunted – John Boyne.

This is a fantastic book that got me into the Victorian ghost story genre, well written and with a gripping plot, again I couldn’t put it down. A really great ghost story book.

 

The Silence of Ghosts – John Aycliffe

The previous book really got me into ghost stories so I downloaded this as soon as I finished the last one and again another great ghost story.

 

Grave Surprise – Charlaine Harris

From the author of the True Blood Novels this book is focused on a young woman who after an accident can now see and speak to the dead. It was so good I bought the next two books in the trilogy.

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The Voices – F.R Tallis

Once again this is another great ghost story. A new couple, move into a house and strange happenings begin; the part when voices come over the baby monitor is pretty creepy.

 

The Possession – Peter James

This is a fantastic take on the classic possession plot. I couldn’t put it down once I’d started.

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The Stake – Richard Laymon

  1. Love. This. Writer.

I am yet to read anything by this author that isn’t well written, captivating and scary as hell!

A group of people end up in a ghost ton and find a staked vampire but do they dare remove the stake? Read this book to find out!!

 

The Locker – Richie Tankersley Cusick

For me this was a nostalgic choice, growing up, I was engrossed by the Point Horror series of books and this was one of my favourite authors so I decided to read one of their books and I now remember why I loved that series so much!

 

How to make love like a porn star – Jenna Jameson & Neil Strauss

This is not a how to book, it’s Jenna’s autobiography. It was interesting seeing how someone is drawn into the world of porn and the highs and lows that they experience. There’s also plenty gossip in there about celebrities she has slept with over the years lol!

 

No Way Out – MJ Ware

Another ghost story book, it had a great plot.

 

The Unquiet House – Alison Littlewood

This was another Haunted house novel. I really enjoyed it.

 

Guilty Pleasures – Laurell K. Hamilton

This is a re-read; I first read this book years ago. It is a book about a necromancer who raises the dead for a living and the cases she takes on.

The series is based around a Vampire/ Werewolf love triangle. This book was out way before twilight and is definitely more adult themed. The Sex scenes are pretty steamy!

There are soooooo many books in this series, but I’ll get through them eventually.

 

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Confessions of a Shopaholic – Sophie Kinsella

I wanted to read this book after watching the film and though it’s different from the film I really liked it and bought the next few books in the series. Sophie Kinsella is a fantastic Author!

 

I sold my Soul On ebay – Hemant Mehta

This is a book on Christian religion from the point of view of an atheist. Hemant is an atheist who goes to church services and gives feedback to the church about their services. I found this book to be soooooo boring and it was a struggle to finish it.

 

Is everyone hanging out without me? – Mindy Kalin

This is written by The woman who Plays Kelly Kapur in the American version of the office and was really funny. I had no idea that Mindy wrote for the office but it really shows throughout, both hilarious and heart warming in equal measure. Her honesty is refreshing.

 

The woman in Black – Susan Hill

As I mentioned in my previous blog I love film The Woman in Black. Recently on our trip to London my Boyfriend surprised me with a trip to the theatre to see the play. It was amazing! I had no idea that a theatre production could be so atmospheric and scary. It was really good. While there, I bought a special edition of the book and had to read it right away. A fantastic book I give it 10/10!!

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So that is my book list, as you can see I like my books with a dose of the dark side & a sprinkle of comedy.

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I would just like to mention an app I have just got for my iPhone called Bookswing, it’s basically an electronic reading journal were you can add pictures and notes, time your reading session and record what page you are on and your thoughts on the book. It only costs £1.49 from the app store and I love it!

 

Have you read any of the above books? What was your favourite book of 2014?

Any recommendations? Please comment below and let me know!

 

Love & Bubbles

 

The Secret Girly Girl

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