Welcome 2018! (Fictionophile’s updates and December #bookhaul)

I hope that everyone had an enjoyable festive season spent with family, friends, and of course…. books.

I received four titles from NetGalley in December

I was invited to participate in the Official Transworld Blog Tour
Friday, Februrary 9th, 2018. They sent me a NetGalley widget for the book.

I was invited to participate in a blog tour on February 2nd, 2018 by Macmillan/Henry Holt and Company. They sent me a NetGalley widget for the book.

I read and really enjoyed the first book in this series in December. Upon finishing “The shivering turn” I immediately downloaded “Dry bones“, its sequel.  Luckily I have been pre-approved by Severn House, so I didn’t have to wait for approval.

No explanation needed.  It’s Clare Mackintosh!

I received TWO titles from Edelweiss in November


So SIX more review commitments in December.

I am valiantly trying to get my TBR under control and I’m working toward my 80% NetGalley badge. My 2017 resolution was to obtain the badge.  Needless to say, though I really tried, I seem to be adding titles almost as fast as I’m reading them.  Maybe by the end of 2018 ??? LOL  I’m currently standing at 77%

I bought a book on the recommendation of Cleo Bannister.  It was one of her favorite reads of 2017 and she thinks that it deserves a wider audience.  At only $5.06 Cdn. for the Kindle copy, I was excited to purchase a copy from Amazon.ca It is a British police procedural mystery written by a former policeman!

I stumbled across these three interesting blog posts, and thought they were share-worthy.

An older post by Kristen Twardowski = How Writers Get Paid: A Beginner’s Guide to Book Royalties

A thoughtful post by author Joanna Cannon entitled = Twenty-One days without the Internet

A timely post by FoxyWriterChick = The Selfie Mindset and the Heart’s Posture

After reading this post by Eva of NovelDeelights, and this post by Danielle of BooksVertigoAndTea, I immediately visited Amazon.ca to find myself a copy of “Tall Chimneys“.  To my utter delight it was FREE! At least it was when I bought it on December 14th.

Blurb: Considered a troublesome burden, Evelyn Talbot is banished by her family to their remote country house. Tall Chimneys is hidden in a damp and gloomy hollow. It is outmoded and inconvenient but Evelyn is determined to save it from the fate of so many stately homes at the time – abandonment or demolition. 
Occasional echoes of tumult in the wider world reach their sequestered backwater – the strident cries of political extremists, a furore of royal scandal, rumblings of the European war machine. But their isolated spot seems largely untouched. At times life is hard – little more than survival. At times it feels enchanted, almost outside of time itself. The woman and the house shore each other up – until love comes calling, threatening to pull them asunder. 
Her desertion will spell its demise, but saving Tall Chimneys could mean sacrificing her hope for happiness, even sacrificing herself. 
A century later, a distant relative crosses the globe to find the house of his ancestors. What he finds in the strange depression of the moor could change the course of his life forever. 
One woman, one house, one hundred years.

I completed my Goodreads Challenge and plan to have the same challenge next year.

2017 was a very successful year for my blog.

I posted 255 times during 2017 and wonder if that was too much, or too little…. Thoughts?

Thanks to all my fellow book bloggers who have been SO very supportive, and who share my posts via Twitter, etc.

Fictionophile now has 2,200 followers.  Thanks all!

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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25 Responses to Welcome 2018! (Fictionophile’s updates and December #bookhaul)

  1. I only read 20 books in 2017. I’m hoping to double that in 2018, but I think any more would be too ambitious. But I’ve decided in the New Year that I need to spend 1 hour or less on each book review from writing to posting to scheduling. Then I might be able to keep up better with all the reviews I want to do. I’m on a roll, I did two this morning and kept to the schedule!


    • Yes, you’re correct. People who don’t write reviews have no idea how long it takes. I usually add graphics to mine and it takes ages finding just the right ones. Also, I proofread about three times – even then I don’t catch all my mistakes. LOL

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  2. Ah, you got the new MacKintosh – serious blogger envy. And Sweet Little Lies is so good. Nice haul!


    • Thanks Janel. I find I’m envious of the UK bloggers the most. In particular I would have loved to have gotten a copy of “House of Spines” and “House of birds”. Both of these weren’t offered to Canadian bloggers.

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  3. carhicks says:

    Happy New Year Lynne! You have some interesting books up to read. I will be watching for your reviews. Enjoy yourself reading, that is what matters most.

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  4. You’ve done amazingly well and need not worry about your TBR as you are in demand. You deliver an excellent product. I upped my challenge by just a skosh–and it will be a stretch for me. Here’s to your 2018 and I’m looking forward to reading more–don’t change a thing.


  5. Happy New Year my dear friend! It looks like 2018 is off to a great start for you 😉 I really hope you enjoy Tall Chimneys and cannot thank you enough for sharing the link ❤ Absolutely love the cover for Home!

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  6. Kris says:

    Girl Unknown looks pretty interesting and I really enjoyed those posts you shared. It’s scary that we have to now consciously think about and try to be present in our own lives rather than consume the lives of others through our phones. Happy New Year! I look forward to many more interesting posts from you!

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  7. madbooklove says:

    Happy New Year! And thank you for all you do to support fellow bloggers as well. As for posting, do what works for you. 😀

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  8. Holly B / Dressedtoread says:

    Happy New Year! And a 2018 full of great reads! Looking forward to Let Me Lie and New Neighbors!

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  9. Happy New Year, Lynne!

    Congratulations on completing your GR 2017. I think 200+ is just right for someone with 2,200 followers.

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  10. Happy New Year and I do hope you enjoy The Last Thread. So keen to read the latest Clare Macintosh so hoping a copy will wing its way to me too!

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  11. Happy New Year! Hope you have a wonderful 2018!💕

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