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Amy | 40 comments I read 65 books last year and hoping to make it to 75 in 2018 :)

January = 8 books

The Limehouse Golem by Peter Ackroyd Stop What You're Doing and Read This! by Carmen Callil The Good People by Hannah Kent Oxford in 50 Buildings by Andrew Sargent The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier How To Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis Emily of New Moon (Emily, #1) by L.M. Montgomery Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

I particularly enjoyed The House on the Strand; I love Daphne du Maurier and I can't resist a good time travel story. How to be a Heroine was great too. The illustrated Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them is a lot of fun.

February = 7 books

Girt (The Unauthorised History of Australia #1) by David Hunt Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse, #1) by Leigh Bardugo The Yellow Wallpaper and Selected Writings by Charlotte Perkins Gilman A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) by Deborah Harkness History of Denmark by Palle Lauring Poems That Make Grown Women Cry by Anthony Holden The Nothing Girl by Jodi Taylor

I loved Charlotte Perkins Gilman's collected short stories, especially the Yellow Wallpaper. Such a creepy and fascinating depiction of the descent into madness. I found A Discovery of Witches increasingly irritating. The Nothing Girl was a re-read (or re-listen, since I have the audiobook)... one of my favourite books, so quirky and sweet.


message 2: by Amy (last edited May 16, 2018 02:15PM) (new)

Amy | 40 comments March = 7

The Something Girl (Frogmorton Farm, #2) by Jodi Taylor Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier The Silver Bough by Lisa Tuttle The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. Holmberg

Particularly enjoyed My Cousin Rachel (another Daphne du Maurier) and The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. The Silver Bough was great - Lisa Tuttle's books have a slow pace but I enjoy them so much I don't mind.

April = 7

The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan Favourite Poems of the National Trust by Jane McMorland Hunter The List of My Desires by Grégoire Delacourt Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz The Radleys by Matt Haig Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Reread of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society ahead of seeing the film - I love this book. Also enjoyed Magpie Murders and the Fantastic Beasts screenplay.


message 3: by Joanne (last edited May 16, 2018 02:22PM) (new)

Joanne OMG Amy ! Women after my own heart. Love Daphne Du Maurier I just recently finished Hungry Hill

Also just read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. What a book 💖💖💖💖💖💖 and I thought they did a good job with the movie. Love to know when you see it what you think.


message 4: by Amy (new)

Amy | 40 comments May (so far)

The Invisible Guardian (Baztán, #1) by Dolores Redondo The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence Byron's Women by Alexander Larman The Secret, Book and Scone Society by Ellery Adams A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home

I was disappointed by The Invisible Guardian but really enjoyed The Universe Versus Alex Woods. Byron's Women was a fascinating (and infuriating) account of Byron's relationships with the many women in his life, including his mother and daughters.


message 5: by Amy (new)

Amy | 40 comments Joanne wrote: "OMG Amy ! Women after my own heart. Love Daphne Du Maurier I just recently finished Hungry Hill

Also just read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Wh..."


Oh I haven't read that one, must add it to my list! I loved Rebecca and Jamaica Inn too.

I just saw the movie on the weekend and really liked it, actually! It would have been impossible to stay completely true to the book, but I thought they captured the spirit of it pretty well.


message 6: by Joanne (new)

Joanne Amy wrote: "Joanne wrote: "OMG Amy ! Women after my own heart. Love Daphne Du Maurier I just recently finished Hungry Hill

Also just read [book:The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Socie..."


Yes I agree considering it was mainly about correspondence, a majority of it at least, they adapted it well.


message 7: by Joanne (new)

Joanne Amy wrote: "May (so far)

The Invisible Guardian (Baztán, #1) by Dolores Redondo The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin ExtenceByron's Women by Alexander Larman[bookcover:The Secret, Book and Scone Society|33632473..."



I just had a look at the sea detective looks good.👍👍


message 8: by Amy (new)

Amy | 40 comments It was pretty good! I'm a big fan of Elly Griffith's Ruth Galloway series (beginning with The Crossing Places) and it's given me a taste for crime books where specialists in other fields (Ruth is an archaeologist) work with the police.


message 9: by Joanne (new)

Joanne Amy wrote: "It was pretty good! I'm a big fan of Elly Griffith's Ruth Galloway series (beginning with The Crossing Places) and it's given me a taste for crime books where specialists in other fi..."

Awesome I check it out 👏👏


message 10: by Elyse, Moderator (last edited May 17, 2018 05:19AM) (new)

Elyse (winesaboutbooks) | 7998 comments Mod
Amy wrote: "I read 65 books last year and hoping to make it to 75 in 2018 :)

January = 8 books..."


I LOVE The Yellow Wallpaper!! And I feel the same way about A Discovery of Witches! I don't get the hype! lol.


message 11: by Elyse, Moderator (last edited May 17, 2018 05:23AM) (new)

Elyse (winesaboutbooks) | 7998 comments Mod
Amy wrote: "March = 7..."

A lot of Guernsey fans here! :)


message 12: by Amy (last edited May 19, 2018 01:56PM) (new)

Amy | 40 comments Would be interested to hear what you think if you read it Joanne!

Elyse wrote: "Amy wrote: "I read 65 books last year and hoping to make it to 75 in 2018 :)

January = 8 books..."

I LOVE The Yellow Wallpaper!! And I feel the same way about A Discovery of Witches! I don't get..."


I got so sick of reading about what she was wearing or drinking, and of Matthew carrying her around and putting her to bed as if she was a child, lol.


message 13: by Amy (last edited May 25, 2018 02:44PM) (new)

Amy | 40 comments 36. Persuasion by Jane Austen Persuasion by Jane Austen - a reread, always enjoy reading this.

37. Shakespeare by Bill Bryson Shakespeare by Bill Bryson - I wanted more detail but this was a fun and very readable biography.

38. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert - found this quite interesting and insightful in places, but also hard to relate to.

39. The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1) by Laurie R. King The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King - I must admit I haven't read much Conan Doyle, but I really enjoyed this story of a retired Sherlock taking a precocious teenage girl under his wing. Looking forward to continuing with this series.


message 14: by Elyse, Moderator (new)

Elyse (winesaboutbooks) | 7998 comments Mod
I read like the 12th book in that Sherlock series and really liked it so someday I have to start at the beginning. lol.


message 15: by Amy (new)

Amy | 40 comments It focuses a lot on Mary growing up and the development of their relationship so good for the back story if nothing else :)


message 16: by Joanne (new)

Joanne Amy wrote: "36. Persuasion by Jane Austen Persuasion by Jane Austen - a reread, always enjoy reading this.

37. Shakespeare by Bill Bryson Shakespeare by Bill Bryson - I wanted more detail but this was..."



I love beekeeper apprentice I wanna read the rest, but can’t find copies


message 17: by Amy (new)

Amy | 40 comments Yeah, I'm finding my local libraries don't have all of them, so I'll probably get them on my Kindle.


message 18: by Amy (new)

Amy | 40 comments 40. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware - enjoyed this, good page-turner.

41. The Dry (Aaron Falk, #1) by Jane Harper The Dry by Jane Harper - this was fantastic, looking forward to the next in the series.

42. The Improbability of Love by Hannah Mary Rothschild The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild - mostly liked this but about halfway through I found it was starting to drag. Some of the characters and the details of their lives just felt unnecessary.


message 19: by Joanne (new)

Joanne Amy wrote: "40. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware - enjoyed this, good page-turner.

41. The Dry (Aaron Falk, #1) by Jane Harper The Dry by Jane Harper - this was fantastic, l..."



I loved the dry I am wanting to read as well the second one. 👏👏👍


message 20: by Joanne (new)

Joanne Amy wrote: "Yeah, I'm finding my local libraries don't have all of them, so I'll probably get them on my Kindle."


Yes I now have joined the city library and that has 5 locations but I can get them to bring to an express location right in the heart of the city. Been very useful.


message 21: by Amy (last edited Jun 18, 2018 05:46AM) (new)

Amy | 40 comments 43. The Woman Who Walked Into the Sea (Cal McGill, Sea Detective, #2) by Mark Douglas-Home The Woman Who Walked into the Sea by Mark Douglas-Home - was disappointed with this after enjoying the first in the series so much. The main character was barely part of the story.

44. Insidious Intent (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #10) by Val McDermid Insidious Intent by Val McDermid - enjoyed this. The ending was a bit hard to believe, but this is book 10 in a series and I haven't read the first 9, so I don't know the characters very well.

45. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope - My first Trollope and I'll be reading more. A long story but very charming.

46. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2 (Harry Potter, #8) by John Tiffany Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - this was fine, but I agree with others that it feels like fanfiction. Some of the characters weren't really recognizable. I did really enjoy the play when I saw it, so I think it works better in that way than as a script.


message 22: by Stina (last edited Sep 07, 2018 11:30AM) (new)

Stina (stinalyn) | 23 comments Amy wrote: "Joanne wrote: "OMG Amy ! Women after my own heart. Love Daphne Du Maurier I just recently finished Hungry Hill
..."


Rebecca used to be my favorite, but now I think My Cousin Rachel has taken its place. Frenchman's Creek was pretty awesome, too.


message 23: by Stina (new)

Stina (stinalyn) | 23 comments Amy wrote: "40. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware - enjoyed this, good page-turner.

41. The Dry (Aaron Falk, #1) by Jane Harper The Dry by Jane Harper - this was fantastic, l..."


Looks like The Dry is on the list for one of my book clubs later this year.


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