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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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Book Review: Daisy in Chains, by Sharon Bolton.

Book Review: Daisy in Chains, by Sharon Bolton.

After hearing some great reviews and tweets about this book, I was excited to start this thriller of a book. Daisy in Chains is the first book I have read by Sharon Bolton, but I am quite sure it won’t be the last. I loved it.

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Description:

Famous killers have fan clubs.

Hamish Wolfe is no different. Locked up for the rest of his life for the abduction and murder of three young women, he gets countless adoring letters every day. He’s handsome, charismatic and very persuasive. His admirers are convinced he’s innocent, and that he’s the man of their dreams.

Who would join such a club?

Maggie Rose is different. Reclusive and enigmatic; a successful lawyer and bestselling true-crime writer, she only takes on cases that she can win.

Hamish wants her as his lawyer, he wants her to change his fate. She thinks she’s immune to the charms of a man like this. But maybe not this time . . .

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Published June 2nd 2016 by Transworld Digital

 

My Thoughts:

This book is an intense and very gripping psychological thriller. It is a page turner of a book that made me read later and longer than I should have. 

Usually in my book reviews, I will comment on whether the characters were relate-able or fully developed. Well, in this book there are two main characters, true crime writer and lawyer Maggie Rose.  Also Hamish Wolfe who is in prison for murder. I was curious and suspicious of both characters throughout, as the reader is made to wonder about the relationship between the two.  Rose is asked to look at Wolfe’s case and to try to fight for his innocence, and we are led to wonder who is gaining most from this relationship, and which of them is playing games.

An interesting point of this book is the women who fall in love with prisoners, those who become prison wives. The Author seems to have done her research and comes up with interesting reasons and explanations about what others may find strange and struggle to understand. As we can see from the blurb of the book, “Wolfe has a fan club”! 

Maggie Rose has blue hair, therefore as a lawyer this immediately brings attention to her personality and how she wants to be portrayed by others. I read on the Author’s website that she had this photo up to inspire her about Maggie Rose. Weirdly the Author didn’t notice the daisy brooch until later on. We do not know who this lady is, but I feel grateful that she was an inspiration for Sharon Bolton to write a brilliant character such as Maggie Rose.

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The twist at the end of the book is amazing. About two thirds of the way through the book, you are given an idea of where the plot is heading. But the twist is a roller coaster of excitement until the final page whereby I took a gasp and a sigh as everything made sense. This book made me think for days after finishing it. I thought back to all the bits I had read earlier on and each time saying, ah yes! I loved it, and if you like psychological thrillers, I truly recommend Daisy in Chains.

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Links:

Twitter/@AuthorSJBolton

www.sharonbolton.com

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

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Posted by on November 22, 2016 in Books

 

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