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My Top Books of 2016.

My Top Books of 2016.

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This is a post I have been thinking about for a few weeks. I have read a lot of good books over the past year, and to list my top ten is a good reminder to me how much I enjoyed them. It is also a nice way to thank the Authors for their talent. 

I met my Goodreads challenge of reading 40 books this year. I know this is not a huge amount compared to other bookbloggers, but its good for me. I prefer to read my books slower and more thoroughly so I really enjoy them and soak up the story that it is telling me. 

These books are in no particular order, but all are 5 stars worth brilliant. I have linked my review to each one, incase you want to read my thoughts on them. The links for each book will be in the review post.

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TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2016 BY CHOCOLATEPAGES.

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Cut Throat Defence by Olly Jarvis. A brilliant gripping crime thriller based in the UK. Olly Jarvis is my favourite legal thriller Author as his knowledge flows brilliantly into his fictional characters drawing me right into the gritty underground and clever legal cases. You can read my review and more about it HERE!

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Out of the Darkness by Katy Hogan, was a wonderful uplifting spiritual story. This book has stayed with me and brings hope and appreciation to its readers.  I always think of this book as I go on my walks and pass the boats. You can read more about my thoughts HERE!

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The SW19 Club by Nicola May. I only discovered this Author this year and have been missing out. I have read 3 of her books, but The SW19 Club was my favourite as it was therapeutic, brilliant and made me laugh and cry. You can read more about it HERE!

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A Stranger’s House by Clare Chase. This was a twisty turny suspence which is just the kind of book I love. Clare Chase is a wonder at writing these kinds of novels. I have her next one on my kindle ready to go. You can read more about A Stranger’s House and my thoughts HERE!

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Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me by Caroline James. I have read all of the Coffee, Tea books that Caroline has written and I just love her main characters Jo and Hattie. The tales are heartwarming while making me laugh, feel hungry for the delicious cakes they eat and go into a whole bookish world of Caroline’s imagination. You can read more about my thoughts HERE! 

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Novelista Girl by Meredith Schorr. In my review of this book, I gave the Author the huge compliment of saying that I loved the main character Kim Long as much as I love Sophie Kinsella’s Becky Brandon. This book was pure chick lit at its very best. It was perfect! You can read more about my thoughts HERE!

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Daisy In Chains by Sharon Bolton was a brilliant book with a really interesting storyline. It spoke of prison wives and fan clubs of convicted murderers. The end was so fantastic and so much of a twist, I loved it. You can read more about my thoughts HERE!

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Boyfriend by the Book by Laura Briggs. This was an indulgent chick lit easy read. It was frivolous and complete fun. Perfect for cosy days where you want to go to a bookish world of imagination. You can read more about my thoughts HERE!

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The Death of Anyone by DJ Swykert. This was another gripping crime thriller and it had the unique points within the tale about ethics of using familial DNA as evidence. Really interesting while being a fantastic crime thriller. You can read more about my thoughts HERE! 

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Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson. This was a wonderful surprise of a book, as I didn’t know there was an Anne Shirley book that I hadn’t read, then I got this! It is a really nice prequel where we can see how Anne got to Green Gables. Although it is by a different Author to the original Green Gables books, it was written with a real insight into the original books by LM Montgomery to celebrate 100 years of Green Gables. You can read more about my thoughts HERE!

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So, there are my Top Ten Books of 2016. I hope that 2017 will be full of plenty more, I’m quite sure it will be as I already have a full ‘to be read’ pile. 

Have you read any of these? What were your best reads of the year, link your posts here and I will take a look at yours too. 

Until next time, Happy Reading! 

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Posted by on January 8, 2017 in Books

 

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Cut Throat Defence by Olly Jarvis.

Cut Throat Defence by Olly Jarvis.

Today, I am very excited to bring you the newest book out from one of my very favourite Authors Olly Jarvis. Olly wrote ‘Death By Dangerous’ last year and it was one of my top books of the year. You can read my review of ‘Death By Dangerous’ – HERE!

I was so excited and pleased when I got the email asking me to read and review his latest book ‘Cut Throat Defence’  And, I was able to ask Olly a few questions. 

‘Cut Throat Defence’ is out now, so read below and prepare for another fantastic read from the very talented Olly Jarvis.

You can also follow the rest of this blog tour with these lovely bloggers below. 

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Description:

There is no man richer than a man without a price
Jack Kowalski is a young and newly qualified barrister, who finds himself working on the biggest drugs importation trial ever played out on English soil. With the assistance of his equally inexperienced instructing solicitor, Lara Panassai, Jack argues a savage ‘cut-throat’ defence – a risky tactic where the defendants blame each other – and quickly embroils some of the most eminent QCs in the land.

As the son of Polish immigrants, the sensitive Kowalski has always found it hard to fit in, with a sense of inferiority and constant nervousness in Court. Now he must face his demons and fight not only for his clients, but for his very future at the Bar.

But when the defendant then unexpectedly absconds, Jack and Lara must fight on regardless, following a tip that leads them out of the courtroom and into Manchester’s seedy underworld – crime bosses, strip clubs, corrupt lawyers and all manner of hidden sins.

As the case grows darker with each new discovery, who in this viper pit of deception can Jack and Lara trust?

Ingeniously plotted and embellished with real-life insider expertise, Cut-Throat Defence is a story of rivalry, ruthlessness and – above all – survival.

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Published: October 3rd 2016 by Canelo.

I have just finished this book and am giving it a great big 5 wonderful stars. I love Olly’s writing, his knowledge and this book is my top book of 2016 so far. My official review will be up at the weekend. But until then, have a look at what Olly says below. 

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I was very pleased to be able to ask Olly a few questions for this post, and here is what he said.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I grew up in London and after scraping a law degree, travelled the world for a few years, teaching English to pay my way. When I came back to the UK, I qualified as a barrister and managed to find a pupillage in Manchester where I have lived for more than twenty years, defending clients in the crown courts across the north of England. Right from the start I specialised in criminal defence. Its been an incredible eye opening journey!

I started my writing career by doing a few things for Radio 4, before finally taking the plunge and penning my first novel.

What inspires your writing and characters?

My greatest driving force has been a desire to show readers what it’s really like working in the criminal justice system. There’s been so much government spin in recent times, portraying barristers as champagne quaffing oafs on huge incomes. Truth is those who choose a career today in this under funded area of law, see it as a vocation. Starting a career with an enormous student debt and expecting little financial reward, new recruits face eighteen hour days, unbearable stress and exhaustion.

This daily challenge and fear of failure was something I wanted to get across in this book. The two courageous central characters in Cut Throat Defence, a newly qualified barrister and a solicitor, are clinging onto their careers by their fingernails.

Conversely, these pressures can bring  fantastic highs, as well as lows, and just occasionally, a huge sense of pride in seeing justice done.

Tell us about your writing process? 

I like to map out the story first, the plot is key, and very detailed. Once I have the structure, I plan out the chapters. When I’ve finished the first draft, I go back again and again, weaving the story together and tightening the strands.

 Finding time to write is a constant battle, confined mostly to weekends and early mornings. Much of Cut-Throat Defence and Death By Dangerous were created on trains. I often defend in the courts of Bradford and Leeds – the one hour journey over the Pennines and back is a great time to write. A reviewer very kindly once said that my style of writing with short chapters has a pace and rhythm like a train rattling along the track. Maybe that’s why!

 

Here are the links if you want to get in touch with Olly Jarvis and want to get the amazing book. 

Links:

AMAZON.CO.UK

AMAZON.COM

GOODREADS

Twitter/OllyJarviso

OllyJarvis.com

 

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2016 in Books

 

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Book Review: Death by Dangerous, by Olly Jarvis.

Book Review: Death by Dangerous, by Olly Jarvis.

I would like to thank Author Olly Jarvis for gifting me a copy of this book. After speaking to Olly about his book, I had a feeling I would be hooked and was looking forward to diving right in. This is an Author with a wealth of knowledge that makes this book so gripping and really dragged me right into the story. I absolutely loved it.

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Description:

Death by Dangerous is a compelling legal thriller set in Manchester and Bradford.

John Anderson is one of the North West’s most dedicated and successful prosecution barristers. His career is going from strength to strength and he is on the verge of becoming Queen’s Counsel. But the life he once knew suddenly comes crashing down following a fatal road traffic accident…

“They’re saying it was your fault. Someone died.”

Recovering from his injuries, he has no memory of the collision. Was he responsible for the death of a child? Who was his female passenger? Facing charges of causing death by dangerous driving, the professional and personal life he once knew now lies in tatters. Depressed and taking refuge in alcohol, Anderson refuses, in the face of so many unanswered questions, to accept his guilt. He becomes convinced that the gangster he was prosecuting at the time of the crash is in some way involved.

The mystery deepens as his search for the truth draws him into Manchester’s sordid criminal underworld. Shunned by his former colleagues, Anderson finds help from an unlikely source, enabling him to confront his prejudices and re-evaluate his past life. He embarks on a journey of self-discovery and, ultimately, the path for his own redemption.

Anderson knows that defeat means deliverance to a prison full of violent criminals he has prosecuted over the years. He now has to find the strength to fight the most important trial of his life.

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My Thoughts:

Let me tell you straight off, I absolutely loved this book. It is amazing, thrilling, gripping and just simply fantastic. What a talented, knowledgeable Author. 

Each chapter of this book brought intrigue and interest. You can tell by reading this that the Author has a wealth of knowledge of legal issues. It is written in a way that was totally understandable to me as a lay person, but also from the character’s professional view point that made it so believable that I was drawn into the world of John Anderson, his family, friends and his enemies. Throughout the book we see how relationships change, develop and how confusing this would all be for the main character John. Who does he trust? Who is out to help him? And who is out to destroy him? This book is so cleverly written. I just can’t rave enough about it.

The first page of this book seems to be almost separate from the main story, and its only towards the end that the pieces all come so nicely and clearly together. I was left guessing throughout the book about what the outcome was going to be. I like a book that is not at all predictable, and this one certainly isn’t.

One of the reasons this book appealed to me before I started it, was that it is based in Manchester and surrounding areas. A lot of the thriller books I have read are based in America and it was nice to read about a place I am familiar with. The book even mentions Gregs the bakers. 🙂

I would say from the second chapter of this book, I started to tell my family how amazing the book is. (I also raved on Twitter, you might have seen). I think now, my Mum and Husband might be wanting to borrow this book……. I want it back though!!!!  ♥  I definitely recommend this book to you all, its got intrigue, twists, excitement, and I loved the cleverness of the legal tale.

Olly Jarvis has now been added to my list of favourite Authors, and he is very close to the top!!

Author Details and Links:

Paperback, 300 pages

Published July 28th 2015 by Troubador Publishing Ltd

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ollyjarvis.co.uk

GOODREADS

AMAZON UK

AMAZON USA

Have you read this book? Do you want to? Let me know your thoughts? As always, I’d love to hear from you?

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Posted by on October 31, 2015 in Books

 

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