Hello January 2019 (Fictionophile updates & Dec. book haul)

I wish a very Happy New Year to you all!

In my every valiant effort to cull my overwhelming TBR I really tried to not request any ARCs in December.  I almost succeeded… well give me an ‘A’ for effort.  I only added two titles to my long list of review commitments.

From Edelweiss I received two titles:

The Invited by Jennifer McMahon

Publisher: Doubleday

Blurb: A husband and wife don’t simply move into a haunted house, they start building one from scratch, without knowing it, until it’s too late…
In a quest for a simpler life, Helen and Nate abandon the comforts of suburbia and teaching jobs to take up residence on forty-four acres of rural land in Vermont where they will begin building the house of their dreams. When they discover that this charming property has a dark and violent past, Helen, a former history teacher, becomes consumed by the legend of Hattie Breckenridge, a woman who lived and died there a century ago. As Helen starts carefully sourcing decorative building materials for her home – wooden beams, mantles, historic bricks — she starts to unearth, and literally conjure, the tragic lives of Hattie’s descendants, three generations of “Breckenridge women,” each of whom died amidst suspicion, and who seem to still be seeking something precious and elusive in the present day.

The Good Sister” by Gillian McAllister
(also published under the title “No Further Questions”)

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Blurb: Martha and Becky Blackwater are more than sisters–they’re each other’s lifelines. When Martha finds herself struggling to balance early motherhood and her growing business, Becky steps in to babysit her niece, Layla, without a second thought, bringing the two women closer than ever. But when Layla is found dead one morning, at only eight weeks old, Becky is charged with the unthinkable: the murder of her sister’s child.

Nine months later, Becky is on trial and maintains her innocence–and so does Martha. Unable to shake the feeling that her sister couldn’t possibly be guilty, Martha sets out to uncover exactly what happened that night, and how things could have gone so wrong. As the trial progresses, fault lines between the sisters begin to show–revealing cracks deep in their relationship and threatening the family each has worked so hard to build. With incredible empathy and resounding emotional heft, The Good Sister is a powerhouse of a novel that will lead readers to question everything they know about motherhood, family, and the price of forgiveness.

I didn’t request anything from NetGalley so that I might FINALLY reach the elusive 80% feedback ratio rating.

And guess what?  On New Year’s Eve I finally got it! Talk about squeaking through by the skin of my teeth…

I successfully completed my 2018 Goodreads Challenge by reading 103/100 books.

A while back I asked YOU which of these British Police Procedural series I should start in January. Here are the poll results:

The standout winner of the poll was “For Reasons Unknown” by Michael Wood. I’m really looking forward to reading it this month.

Even though I only added two titles to my review commitments, I DID purchase three Kindle titles in December.  I’ve put the price I paid underneath the graphic. Just click on the cover to find out more on Goodreads.  Total price for three books = $3.97

“The Univited by J.A. Baker 
published by Bloodhound Books –  Price: .99

“Murder Undeniable” by Anita Waller
published by Bloodhound Books  – Price: .99

“Death in the lakes” aka “The Silent Dead” by Graham Smith
published by Bookouture
Price: 1.99

It was SO awesome to reach the 3000 followers milestone in 2018, and to surpass that just blows me away!  Thanks everyone! I’m SO honoured to be a part of this wonderful book-blogging community. Let’s hope we all meet our 2019 reading goals. ♥

On a personal note, last night (New Year’s Eve) my son and his wife had a gender reveal with fireworks. Our first grandchild (due in June) is a BOY!


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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21 Responses to Hello January 2019 (Fictionophile updates & Dec. book haul)

  1. Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins says:

    What a wonderful post, kicking goals left, right and centre! Congratulations on hitting your Netgalley and Goodreads goals, and (of course) your grandson! I’m sure it’s a sign of wonderful things to come in 2019 for you. Enjoy!


  2. carhicks says:

    I missed it on the first read, but congratulations on the coming grandson. It will be a wonderful year. Grandchildren are the best!


  3. carhicks says:

    Great update Lynne. You have some good books coming up and I will be watching for your reviews. I have been reading everyone’s updates and best books and diligently adding them to my TBR if they look good to me. Happy New Year to you and your family. Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2019.


  4. What a lovely update to read! Congratulations on achieving your 80% NetGalley feedback ratio…now you’ve just got the little task of keeping it 😁 You don’t want your hard won badge taken away 😞

    Congratulations as well on the news about your first grandchild. What a fantastic thing to have to look forward to.

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    • Thanks so much Cathy. We are delighted with the prospect of a grandson.
      As for the 80% badge… I’ve had it twice before and lost it. This time it took over 2 years to get back so I’d hate to lose it again. 🙄📚💕


  5. Vera says:

    Congratulations on your first grandchild on the way, reaching your reading challenge as well as finally getting that 80% on NetGalley. So many amazing news!

    Happy New Year to you and your family. 🥳❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  6. sepiareads says:

    Happy New Year! The Good Sister sounds like something I’ll like.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. sahmoun2778 says:

    Congratulations on your NetGalley score!!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Happy New Year! Great job on reaching your goals!!


  9. Congratulations reaching your Goodreads challenge 😘 Lovely to know it’s going to be a baby boy Lynne.. you’re going to spoil it, right? On another note, great books you requested and I’m very interested in the novel by Michael Wood too. Happy New Year lovely ❤️


  10. Congratulations on having your first grandchild on the way!


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