Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Show Us Your Books: January 2018


Hi. 
Happy New Reading Year! 

Linkup Guidelines:
This link up is the second Tuesday of every month. The next linkup is February 13, 2018.
Please: 
1. Visit and comment with both of your hosts, Jana & me
2. Display the button and/or link back to us on your blog post
2. Visit other blogs who've linked up and talk books as booknerds are wont to do

Engrossing Reads

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn - I must have pre-ordered this, because when it arrived from Amazon, it was a surprise. I dove right into it and it had me on the move as much as one can be on the move while reading, which is a sedentary activity. I got only one of my guesses correct. This will be a popular book. A lot of people, like me, will read it in the first wave and take it as it is and like it. Many people will read it in the second wave, expect perfection because of its popularity, and crap on it. Third wave readers will be more in line with first wave readers. Hashtag predictions Hardback, own

Undone (Will Trent #3) by Karen Slaughter - This packed the biggest punch of the three Trent books I've read so far. I will continue with the series. Philly library hardback, read in December

Violent Ends by 17 authors - Seriously well done book comprised of chapters by 17 different authors of perspectives of those affected by a school shooting. Read this. Philly library hardback, read in December


Passed the Time Just Fine
Next of Kin (Detective Buddy Lock Mysteries #1) by James Tucker - This has been on my kindle for quite a while. Not a bad start to a series. I am forever in search of series books I know I will like just fine. I'll try another. Kindle e-book, read in December

Lie to Me by Sabine Durant - The main character reminded me of many great grifters I've read throughout my reading years. I liked how the author choreographed his demise. free e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, read in December

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon - YA and a super cute love story peppered with some culture. I am not a huge love story reader but I loved Dimple and Rishi and Rishi's brother. Philly library hardback, read in December

Dead Scared (Lacey Flint #2) by Sharon J. Bolton - It's so weird. I like these, but like the first one this one took me forever to read. I'm not sure why, and I don't think it will stop me from continuing. Flint is a ballsy character and I like that. Philly library hardback, started in December and finished in January


I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman - A very interesting premise with some fumbles in the execution. It also felt like Lippman was trying to inject some suspense into a story that didn't need it. Philly library hardback, read in January

The Serial Killer's Daughter by Lesley Welsh - This was possibly overly long for what it was and a little surface but I read it in under 24 hours. I was lured in by the title, of course. Who doesn't want serial killer books for Christmas? ho ho no Paperback, own

Not Worth It


Did Not Finish

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller - Thirty pages in, I said I ain't doin' it. Nice cover though. Philly library hardback



What have you been reading? 




54 comments:

  1. It feels weird to be linking up with you guys again (but in a good way). This was one of the things I missed most about blogging. But anyway ... On to the books!

    I love that you said you only got one of your guesses right in The Woman in the Window. I love a thriller that's unpredictable!

    I added Violent Ends when Jana read and reviewed it a while ago. I wasn't 100% sold on the seventeen authors thing, but I'm glad to see that it worked well.

    The Serial Killer's Daughter definitely has a very enticing title! Haha.

    It's too bad Swimming Lessons wasn't good ... That cover is gorgeous!

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  2. I've seen Woman in the Window all over the place and was wondering if it lived up to its hype. It's good to hear that it did! I also read Lie with Me last month. I liked it although Paul really got on my nerves. I did not like Swimming Lessons either, although I did not DNF it but wish I had. :D I'm glad you enjoyed Next of Kin. It's not revolutionary but it's one of those solid mystery series that I enjoy. When Dimple Met Rishi is already on my TBR. I am generally not a huge fan of romantic YA but I've heard so many good things about this one.

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  3. Aah, I liked the sound of Swimming Lessons so I'm disappointed that you were disappointed!

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  4. Is that a new Artisan Bread book? I was just thinking I need to go back to baking bread.

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  5. I kept seeing The Woman in the Window everywhere, so I was wondering if it was good. Glad to hear you liked it!

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  7. I saw When Dimple Met Rishi in a must read list of YA books! Good to know you enjoyed it too - sometimes I wonder if those lists are just promotion from publishers :)

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  8. Violent Ends was one of the first books I read in 2016 and it was the stick by which I measured all other books that year. It still haunts me.

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  9. Violent Ends sounds very interesting. I like a book that sticks with you.
    I’ve actually heard of none of these.

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  10. Is Woman in the Window anything like Hitchcock's Rear Window? That's what I keep picturing. Bummer about Swimming Lessons - it's one of those where the cover would totally make me pick it up.

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  11. I've been on a YA streak and I'm ready for it to end. I need less angst in my life.
    I would happily judge that gorgeous book by it's cover. Disappointing that it didn't live up.

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  12. I'm so curious about The Woman in the Window AND Violent Ends, so I'm glad you really loved both of those. I thought When Dimple Met Rishi was really cute; I'm excited for the companion novel. I believe I have Next of Kin on my Kindle...I'll have to try and read that one soon. I really liked I'd Know You Anywhere - I think that was the first book by the author I'd ever read.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  13. I've heard goods things about Violent Ends, so going on my forever growing list. I also really love the cover for When Dimple Met Rishi, so adding that one too.

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  14. "Lie to Me" has been on my Amazon recommended list for ages and I've come thisclose to ordering many times but always passed it over in the end. Glad to hear it was worthwhile...I'll keep it on my list!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

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  15. Whenever I see Swimming Lessons I think it looks interesting, but when I actually look at what it's about there's something that keeps me from wanting to read it. I can't remember where I heard about Woman in the Window but it was already on my TBR so I'm glad to read you enjoyed it so much!

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  16. Bahaha Swimming Lessons made me laugh! I read last month and enjoyed it, but totally get that it's not everyone's cup of tea.

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  17. ok, adding The Woman in the Window and i will wait for the third wave haha. violent ends sounds really interesting. yay, i really liked when dimple met rishi. it was super cute. Swimming Lessons is on my list, i totally added it because of the cover, so i don't even know what it's about. bummer about DNFing it.

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  18. I'm waiting for The Woman in the Window to come in from the library! When Dimple Met Rishi was already on my to read list. I just added I'd Know You Anywhere. Definitely sounds like my kind of read!

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  19. I'm adding Dimple to my list, it has been popping up everywhere, so that's a sign that I need to read it. Thanks for hosting!

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    1. It's cute, and a quick read! I keep wanting to email you back on your comments, but your email address is not associated with your name!

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  20. Just added Woman in the Window to my list! Sounds really good. I am glad you liked Dimple, it has been on my list for awhile and I need to get to it!

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    1. I commented signed in to the wrong account because I got way too excited about book day apparently.

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  21. I ordered The Woman in the Window this morning, wantnto get in on the first wave of fandom, haha!

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  22. Adding Woman in the Window and Rishi and Dimple! I'm so glad to be back to this linkup! I need some good books!

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  23. I mentioned that I needed a new thriller and The Woman in the Window might be it!

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  24. I just got The Woman in the Window yesterday from BOTM! I went to add Violent Ends, and it's already in my To Read list, probably from when Jana read it. LOL Also, I was just looking at I'd Know You Anywhere, and by looking at it, I mean literally on one of my bookshelves as I own it but haven't read it yet. Oy.

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  25. My library has a waiting list a mile long for the woman in the window, may have to treat myself with a purchase. I am going to pitch violent ends to book club for one of my choices when it is my turn, sounds like a great discussion starter!

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  26. The Woman in the Window looks intriguing... I added it to my TBR.

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  27. I am so looking forward to The Woman in the Window! I'm glad it was a good one! I may be among the few who couldn't make it all the way through the Dimple and Rishi book.

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  28. I have definitely been in the 2nd wave on many books and have now learned my lesson.
    I finished Swimming Lessons but that was back when I saw DNF as a failure. Would probably not finish it if I had tried to read it now. Her first book was a DNF for me too. So apparently there's something about them I find appealing to begin with (maybe it's just the pretty covers) but they don't work for me after I get into them.

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  29. Definitely adding The Woman in the Window to my list!

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  30. Woman in the Window sounds really good. I just read an interview with the author. He has worked in the publishing industry for year and came up with a formula for the perfect suspense novel. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/article/Q-A-Novelist-A-J-Finn-talks-about-Hitchcockian-12477045.php

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  31. There should be a rule that you can only have an awesome-looking cover if your book is actually good. LET ME JUDGE YOU, BOOK!

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  32. It’s akways fun when you get a surprise book in the mail! And I need to give Karin Slaughter another chance! Her books seem like my kind of books!

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  33. Violent Ends sounds so intense but it sounds really really good. I'm reluctantly adding it to my TBR list. I've seen enough people (with different reading preferences) rave about When Dimple Met Rishi that it needs to go on the TBR list for sure.

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  34. It's always good learning what's worth reading and what books to not spend the time or money on. You always have a good mix of books to choose from. Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

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  35. Can I tell you how much I love your reading photography? Sofas, cozy socks, dogs. They are perfection!

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  36. I feel like I always end up falling into wave 2 of those big popular books, especially thriller types. I put off reading them for a long time because I always feel like it won't live up to the hype. Or I wait so long I forget the hype. ha!

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    1. Me too! I'll get excited to talk about a book I've read, then I'll see that it's been out for three years. And has two sequels already. We can just say that we prefer to let others have the first wave of excitement lol.

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  37. Once I read the synopsis of that first book on your list, I totally agree with your prediction about how the book will do. Still it seems like it will be an interesting read for me! I took a super long break from the link up and blogging in general and am so glad to finally be back!! Can't wait to find some more great reads because of y'alls link up! So glad it's still going strong!

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  38. The Woman in the Window keeps popping up in my circles - people with lots of varied reading preferences - all seeming to enjoy it. Onto the list it goes. :) I need to get better about "officially" abandoning books that just aren't doing it for me - too often I keep trying to go back to them which stalls reading in general - and it's not like I have a shortage of books I want to be reading. Looking forward to expanding my TBR list as I visit around the link-up.

    P.S. Updated my profile for commenting, can you see email address now? (Will email you separately, too.)

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  39. I haven't read any Karin Slaughter...hmmm, might have to look her up! And I'm with you - not usually a huge fan of YA love stories, but When Dimple Met Rishi was such a fun read. I think the added cultural element definitely helped add some depth.

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  40. Well, Woman in the Window obviously needs to go on my list. Thanks for all the recs as always!

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  41. Such a bummer when a book with a beautiful cover ends up being a dud. I mean, I know what they say, but I find myself judging books by their covers all the time! I have When Dimple Met Rishi on my list. I'm not a big YA reader but it seems like it would be a nice book to read between longer/heavier titles.

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    1. It was a nice little interlude between all the murderers I am usually reading.

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  42. Definitely reading The Woman in the Window... sounds like my cup of tea!

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  43. Yay, I'm definitely going to read The Woman in the Window at some point this year - it is already getting a lot of hype!! A full day of just relaxing and reading sounds absolutely perfect. Especially if it's chilly out.

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  44. I'm on the fence with Dimple because it sounds almost too cutesy. Disappointed to hear about Swimming Lessons- it sounded so promising! The Woman in the Window sounds a bit like The Girl on the Train (which, admittedly, I didn't read). I'm intrigued.

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  45. God I've been sick. I haven't had any time for blog reading. Here I go. Glad you enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi. I appreciated the author's ability to say some really profound things in such an otherwise cutesy book. I thought it was a good mix. And hopefully will make teens and others who read it unassumingly think a bit! :) How fun to get a pre-ordered book that you forgot you pre-ordered. The best surprises! :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  46. I can't read these posts! I currently have 8 books out, due in 19 days. I think I can, I think I can... I'm adding Violent Ends to my list. I just read Dimple and thought it was pretty cute.

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