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Diane's Reading List 2016

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My Reading List 2016  :coffee1:

 

Well, here we are another year and another pile of books to read.  Yet again I didn't reach my meagre 'to read' total of 30 .... but have done better with 24, so nearly did it.  I shall endeavour yet again to reach it this year, famous last words I hear you say.  I'm hoping I can add a few more new authors along the reading trail too as I did last year. You are all very good at recommendations.  Must try to read more from the books already on my shelf though, than buying....but we all know how hard that is :yes: especially when you have a wishlist for birthdays, Mother's Day and Christmas..!

 

List from 2015

List from 2014

List from 2013

Click on link for 2013 for years prior to 2013

 

Reading at the moment

 

'The Little Paris Bookshop' by Nina George

 

Read

 

January

'Murder at the Vicarage-A Christmas Mystery' by Jill McGown

'Big Little Lies' by Liane Moriarty

February

'The Sweetness of Forgiving' by Kristin Harmel (started in January)

'The Ice Twins' by by S.K. Tremayne

'Sophie's Bakery for the Broken Hearted by Lolly Winston (started)

March

'Sophie's Bakery for the Broken Hearted' by Lolly Winston (mostly read in February)

'The Silent Sister' by Diane Chamberlain

April

'Eloise' by Judy Finnigan

'If My Father Loved Me' by Rosie Thomas

May

'Sing you Home' by Jodi Picoult

June

'The House We Grew Up In' by Lisa Jewell (started in May)

'Life after Life' by Kate Atkinson (abandoned, wasn't enjoying it)

'Pandora's Box' by Giselle Green

July

'Peaches for Monsieur Le Cure' by Joanne Harris

August

'I Let You Go' by Clare Mackintosh

'Nights of Rain and Stars' by Maeve Binchy (started in July)

September

'We Are All Made of Stars' by Rowan Coleman

October

'The Trysting Tree' by Linda Gillard

'A Cornish Affair' by Liz Fenwick

November

'Secret Lives' by Diane Chamberlain (started)

December

'Secret Lives' by Diane Chamberlain (finished)

'The Christmas Train' by David Baldacci

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bookring/rays/RABCK from Bookcrossing or BCF Members :readingtwo:

 

 

'Pandora's Box' by Giselle Green (started June '1) (RABCK from LindyLouMac) (Read June '16)

'If My Father Loved Me' by Rosie Thomas (charity shop find) (Read April '16)

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Wishlist/To Buy :readingtwo:

 

'The Wedding' by Nicholas Sparks

'Night Road' by Kristin Hannah

'The Nightingale' by Kristin Hannah

'Winter Garden' by Kristin Hannah

'The Cornish House' by Liz Fenwick

'A Cornish Stranger' by Liz Fenwick

'The Button Collector' by Elizabeth Jennings

'Leaving Time' by Jodi Picoult

'Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe' by Milly Johnson

'The Two Week Wait' by Sarah Rayner

'Another Night, Another Day' by Sarah Rayner

'The Sisters' by Claire Douglas

'The Little Paris Bookshop' by Nina George (pressie for Mother's day from Kenny)

 'I Let you go' by Clare Mackintosh (borrowed from a friend ~ going to be a holiday read)

'We Never Asked For Wings' by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Hayley recommends) (birthday book ~ Kenny)

'The House Between Tides' by Sarah Maine

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TBR List :readingtwo:

 

I will be adding to this when I choose the books from my shelves that I really want to try and read this year.

 

'Peaches for Monsieur le Cure' by Joanne Harris (July '16)

'Sing You Home' by Jodi Picoult (read May '16)

'The Silent Sister' by Diane Chamberlain (read Mar '16)

'The Shadow Wife' by Diane Chamberlain

'Secret Lives' by Diane Chamberlain (read Nov/Dec '16)

'Life after Life' by Kate Atkinson (abandoned this one)
'A Week in Paris' by Rachel Hore
'The Secret Keeper' by Kate Morton

'Secrets of the Lighthouse' by Santa Montefiore (Bookcrossing)

'The Sweetness of Forgiving' by Kristin Harmel (read Jan/Feb '16)

'Keeper of the Light' Diane Chamberlain (trilogy)( Kiss River & Her Mother's Shadow)

'Big Little Lies' by Liane Moriarty (read Jan '16)

'The House We Grew Up In' by Lisa Jewell

'We Are All Made of Stars' by Rowan Coleman (read)

'The Ice Twins' by S.K. Tremayne(read Feb '16)

'The Beachside Guest House' by Vanessa Greene

'A Cornish Affair' by Liz Fenwick (trilogy...need the other two first) (read)

'Reflection' by Diane Chamberlain

'Daughter of the House' by Rosie Thomas

'Rough Music' by Patrick Gale

'The Beach Cafe' by Lucy Diamond

'6 Rainier Drive' by Debbie Macomber

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New Authors/Books Bought or Borrowed/Read :readingtwo:

 

New Author = *

Books bought/borrowed/swapped = #

Read = @

 

'Murder at the Old Vicarage' A Christmas Mystery by Jill McGowan * @(Christmas present)

'The Ice Twins' by S.K. Tremayne * # @ (Christmas present)

'The Sweetness of Forgetting' by Kristin Harmel * # @(sent by BCF member)

'The Beachside Guest House' by Vanessa Greene #

'A Cornish Affair' by Liz Fenwick * #

'Reflection' by Diane Chamberlain #

'Sophie's Bakery for the Broken Hearted' by Lolly Winston * # @

'The Little Paris Bookshop' by Nina George * # (Mother's day present)

'Eloise' by Judy Finnigan * # @

'Daughter of the House' by Rosie Thomas # (signed copy in a Giveaway on Facebook)

'Pandora's Box' by Giselle Green # @

'I Let You Go' by Clare Mackintosh * # @

'The Trysting Tree' by Linda Gillard # @

 

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Books Read/Authors :readingtwo:

 

British

Jill McGown - Scottish (new author for me)

S.K. Tremayne

Judy Finnigan

Rosie Thomas

Lisa Jewell

Giselle Green

Joanne Harris

Clare Mackintosh

Rowan Coleman

Linda Gillard

 

 

International

Liane Moriarty - Australian

Kristin Harmel - American (new author for me)

Lolly Winston  - American (new author for me)

Diane Chamberlain - American (2 read '16)

Jodi Picoult - (American)

Maeve Binchy

David Baldacci (American)

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:welcome2:

 

 

 

** I'M NOW OFFICIALLY OPEN **

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SPARE POST - Not sure what will be going in here, possibly just the first review.

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:welcome2:


 


** I AM NOW OFFICIALLY OPEN **


:welcome2: 


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Have a great reading year in 2016, Diane.

 

I see you have some Diane Chamberlain on your TBR pile. She's great....I've never been disappointed by one of her books. :smile:

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Oh, and definitely buy Night Road this year! ;)

 

I have The Two Week Wait on my shelves, I'll try and get around to reading it soon and then I will send it to you as I'm not expecting it to be a keeper. :)

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Oh, and definitely buy Night Road this year! ;)

 

I have The Two Week Wait on my shelves, I'll try and get around to reading it soon and then I will send it to you as I'm not expecting it to be a keeper. :)

Not that I need to buy/aquire any more books.. :giggle: 

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I wish you a smashing reading year in 2016, Diane! :smile2:  I noticed you had Big Little Lies on your TBR pile. I just read it in December and really enjoyed it and didn't want it to end. I hope you will like it very much, too! :) 

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Happy Reading in 2016 Diane xx Hope you enjoy your reading which is far more important than reaching any old target. 

I'll be popping in often for shortbread etc :D 

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I wish you a smashing reading year in 2016, Diane! :smile2:  I noticed you had Big Little Lies on your TBR pile. I just read it in December and really enjoyed it and didn't want it to end. I hope you will like it very much, too! :)

Oh good, it was a birthday wishlist book from last year, so I must move it up the list then.

 

Happy Reading in 2016 Diane xx Hope you enjoy your reading which is far more important than reaching any old target. 

I'll be popping in often for shortbread etc :D 

Still have shortbread in the tin Kay...I'll put the kettle on...let me know when you are going to pop in :D 

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Happy reading, Diane! As Kay said, don't put pressure on yourself to reach a reading goal. If it happens, great! But it's more important that you just have fun. :)

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'Murder at the Vicarage - A Christmas Mystery' by Jill McGown

 

I really enjoyed this little murder mystery. Not my usual type of book, but it was a wee page turner. Simple plot, or so it would seem. Set in an isolated village with a close knit community. Murder takes place at the vicarage at Christmas, and the victim is the vicar's son-in-law. Good characters and writing. It is down to CI Lloyd and Sergeant Hill to solve this modern day version of twists and turns. Whose head will the crime finally fall upon....well that would be telling.....!!

 

I'm sure Agatha Christie would have approved this version. I might look for more of Jill McGown.

 

4/5

 

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'Big Little Lies' by Liane Moriarty

 

My second read of 2016...and oh what a good one it was.

 

Pirriwee School is the setting where disaster strikes at a school trivia evening, which was supposed to be an evening of fun. Is it a murder or a tragic accident? It opens with the disaster, but we don't know what it is as such and progresses from six months priortto  the event. This is a rapid page turner to find out the conclusion.

 

Our main characters are parents of children at the school. Jane a single mum to Ziggy who are new to the area and school, but she says nothing about Ziggy's father. Ziggy is accused of being a bully on his first day at nursery. Madeleine, a down to earth and not afraid to speak her mind kind of woman, with a teenage daughter from her first marriage, but Abigail has chosen to live with her ex and new wife...why?  Celeste, the beautiful one but has a hidden secret, she probably should tell someone about but is scared to do so. A successful husband and two twin boys, it would appear they have the perfect marriage, or do they? It is filled with friendships old and new and gradually secrets come to the fore.

 

With believable characters and everyday situations we can all relate to in some way, the story unfolds to its (I felt) unpredictable conclusion, only the fact the something terrible had happened. I did gasp out loud when the truth was revealed about one situation and on the disaster. I also felt the little diary/interview snippets at the end of each chapter added intrigue to the plot and very much so, kept you guessing/wondering what the outcome would be. Yes a very good read Liane Moriarty, thank you very much.

 

5/5

 

 

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