Monthly Archives: December 2019

Fictionophile’s Top 20 Reads of 2019 #GreatReads #BookRecommendations

This is, hands down, the most difficult post of the year to write. In 2019 I read 108 novels. Many of them were superb reads and it was VERY hard to narrow my favourites down to twenty titles. Here they … Continue reading

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“The Whisper Man” by Alex North – Book Review

“If you leave a door half open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken. If you play outside alone, soon you won’t be going home. If your window’s left unlatched, you’ll hear him tapping at the glass. If you’re lonely, sad, … Continue reading

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“Christmas at the Edge of the World” by Kate Hewitt – Book Review

Laurel West is thirty-five years old. She lives in York with her cat Mistral for company. She hasn’t given up on love exactly, but she is content with her life. When Laurel’s sister contacts her with a plea to look … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name? – Reading Challenge – 2020

The What’s In A Name Challenge is being hosted again for 2020 by Andrea at Carolina Book Nook.  Andrea took over in 2019 from Charlie at The Worm Hole who hosted previous years’ challenges. The challenge runs from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas – Happy Holidays – from Nova Scotia, Canada

I’ll be away from my computer for a few days celebrating with my family. This year we have a LOT to celebrate.  A new baby grandson, a new job for my daughter (who has a Christmas Eve birthday), and much … Continue reading

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“Why She Ran” by Geraldine Hogan – Book Review

Eleanor Marshall, a troubled teenager witnesses a brutal murder and goes on the run to escape from the confines of Curlew Hall, the facility where she resides with other ‘problem’ teens. The main issue for the police is that not … Continue reading

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“The Secretary” by Renée Knight – Book Review

In her mid-twenties, Christine Butcher goes to work as a secretary for Mina Appleton, the heiress of a large supermarket chain. Christine is married and has a young daughter but her obsessive work ethic leaves her little time or thought … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 84 – Typewriters

In my 84th installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I thought I’d do a post about typewriters on book covers. Although now an antiquated way to compose prose, the typewriter was for many years THE way to write letters, books, and any other important … Continue reading

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Bookbloggers Fiction Reading Challenge for 2020 – #FFRC2020

It’s that time of year again folks. Reading Challenges are everywhere on the internet. Some are competitive, some are just for fun. Some have ‘link-ups’ where you can share your review, some are just for personal challenges so that you … Continue reading

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“Blackberry & Wild Rose” by Sonia Velton – Book Review

Inspired by the life of Anna Maria Garthwaite, “Blackberry & Wild Rose” is a fictional rendering of  the mid-eighteenth century silk industry in Spitalfields, London. Esther Thorel – married into money and privilege, she is an Englishwoman in her late … Continue reading

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Christmas titles on my TBR #festiveread

Finally! I’m starting to actually get in the mood for Christmas.  If I had my way, I’d be reading nothing BUT Christmasy titles from now until the 25th of December. However… seeing as how I’m a bookblogger I feel that … Continue reading

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“The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides – Book Review

Theo Faber contrives to work at a forensic psychiatric hospital in North London so that he might get the opportunity to work with Alicia Berenson. Her case is interesting in that following the murder of her husband, she has not … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word = PAST

Most readers will acknowledge that some words reappear time and time again in titles. Often these words are associated with a particular genre. Case in point: “The girl on the train” and “Gone girl” spawned countless thriller titles with the … Continue reading

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Finding your Christmas spirit – some thoughts for the season

Everyone I know is experiencing some holiday stress. With the big day only just over two weeks away, there is just SO much to do over a short time. Even though I’m retired, I still feel it a little bit. … Continue reading

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“The Poison Thread” by Laura Purcell – Book Review

Dorothea Truelove is a twenty-five year old woman of means. She lives a privileged life with her wealthy father, a ladies maid, and other servants. Her only friend seems to be her canary which she calls Wilkie. She lives in … Continue reading

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