Linda’s end of year wrap up.
I will read about 150 books by the end of 2020, equal to the amount of books I read in 2019. Its been hard to select my top 10, and I think if I was to make the decision next week some of my choices would be different! I am delighted to feature some Irish authors in my top 10. I will list my favorites in no particular order.
What Lies Between Us By John Marrs
My heart was in my mouth at times reading this, I absolutely love how John writes characters, I LOVE loathsome characters, and very few authors can write them the way I like them, John probably does it best.
I enjoyed this book from start to end, I loved the pace, and loved how the narrative switched between Nina and Maggie, but was never repetitive, I really enjoyed the forward and backward timelines, and how easy it was to follow.
The ending was superb, and I loved it. John’s ability to tell a story is fantastic, so much so I will always read his books without needing to read the blurb.
This was an easy 5/5 for me, and I would give it a higher rating if I could, I will be telling everyone to read this book.
Eudora Honeysett Is Quite Well Thank You Annie Lyons
I didn’t want to finish this book, because I didn’t want it to end. I loved every minute of it.
I am finding I love books with older characters, and Eudora Honeysett was just perfect. I loved the storyline, even though it was about the character ending her life in a Swiss clinic. I found myself willing the doctors to approve her request, and hoping at the same time her request would be denied.
Oh how I loved Rose too, the little pocket rocket of fun and energy.
The friendship between these two characters was just beautiful.
My own grandmother, and my eldest daughter are similar ages to the characters, so I pictured them as i read this book, and perhaps that added to the humor.
I found myself constantly smiling reading this book, yet suddenly had tears pricking my eyes due to the sensitive nature of this story.
When I got to 30 minutes left, I stopped reading, just needing to savor every moment, and afraid my heart would explode with emotion.
I will remember Eudora and Rose for a long long time. I alternated between reading and listening to this book, and the narrator was just fantastic, and really added to my enjoyment.
The Curator MW Craven
I love Tilly and Poe!!
OK, now I have gotten that out of my system, on with the review. I held off on reading this book, I got this book first so bought books 1 and 2 and I am really glad I read these in order.
I absolutely love Tilly, and I would read these books just for her. I love her quirks and habits, but equally love her friendship and working relationship with Poe.
I really enjoyed the cleverly written storyline, and was kept entertained and intrigued all the way through. Even the acknowledgements were fun to read.
I listened to books one and two and loved the narrator, and equally enjoyed reading this book. I am a firm fan of MW Craven and this brilliant duo. All the stars for this book, my favourite of the 3.
Below The Big Blue Sky Anna McPartlin
This book is sequel to The Last Days Of Rabbit Hayes, and I can’t even say which book was my favourite.
I loved every single minute of both books. When I finished this book, I straight wanted their to be another book in this series, so we get to live with the Hayes family again. I loved them all, however I really loved Juliet, although she will always be bunny to me.
I totally enjoyed the Irish family dynamics in this book, every single character added to the beautiful story. I had a real soft spot for Rabbits dad, the chapters written from his perspective probably hit me the hardest.
I loved every minute of this book.
Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh
Loved it! This book ticked every single box for me. Two sisters accused of murdering their father, both make a 911 call accusing the other.
This is book is part of the Eddie Flynn series, but being me, this is the first book of the series that I have read even though I own most of the rest of the series, it reads brilliantly as a stand alone.
I loved Eddie and Kate, and really enjoyed the alternating chapters, but what really got me interested was the chapters entitled She, told from the killers perspective, although you don’t know who this is.
I changed my mind so many times reading this, I just could not decide who the killer was. So many times I found myself smirking at how clever this book is, and that’s one of my bench marks for a psychological thriller.
I loved the court room scenes too. I could picture this whole storyline play out in my head. I am absolutely going to go back now and catch up on this series.
Has Anyone Seen My Sex Life By Kristen Bailey
This book was like a breath of fresh air. I really enjoyed it, and loved the narrator. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline, although the book didn’t go how I expected it to, although not sure what I was expecting.
I loved the characters, especially Meg. I felt Megs character was so well written, she almost felt like a friend by the end of the book.
This book is not for the prudish, the whole book had an air of comedy even when dealing with lifes dramas.
This book is light and entertaining, and maybe even a little educational 😂😂