Monthly Archives: December 2021

Fictionophile’s Top Reads of 2021 – #BookRecommendations #GreatReads

It is that time of year again. When we all reflect back and decide which books will make our favorites list…  I always find this task extremely difficult.  This year I read 131 books, many of them spectacular, making the … Continue reading

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Fictionophile’s DECEMBER 2021 Reading Wrap-Up #MonthlyWrapUp

In the past month I’ve read NINE titles. I enjoyed every one of them, some more than others of course. This is definitely not an uplifting story. It is a tale of hardship, of poverty, injustice, and perseverance. Of living … Continue reading

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Fictionophile’s DECEMBER 2021 #BookHaul #Bookbloggers #TBR

I’ve added EIGHT review commitments to my TBR this month. (All book descriptions are linked to Goodreads.) I received FIVE of these titles from NetGalley. AND thanks to Rachel Kennedy (Senior Publicity Manager, Century & Del Rey UK) I FINALLY … Continue reading

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“The Well of Ice” by Andrea Carter – Book Review

This novel, the third in a series set in Inishowen, is a well written mystery with likeable characters.  The protagonist is Ben O’Keeffe a country solicitor.  Her law practice is the most northerly solicitor’s office in Ireland. ‘Ben’ is short … Continue reading

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“Christmas at the Crescent” by Veronica Henry – Book Review

Josie is a talented chef who is in her late twenties. She is also a single mother to ten-month old Titus, whom she adores. She loves her flat in a prestigious crescent in Bath, but she wonders if she should … Continue reading

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“Yours Cheerfully” by A.J. Pearce – Book Review

Set in WWII London, “Yours Cheerfully” highlights the stoic and resilient spirit of Londoners during that time. The story takes place just a few short months after the events portrayed in “Dear Mrs. Bird“. The story is told from the … Continue reading

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#BookRecommendations with titles that start with the letter ‘L’ #GreatReads

This year I”m going through the entire alphabet, one letter per month. For December 2021, the twelfth month, I’m listing all of my favourite novels that begin with the letter ‘L‘. I am choosing these titles from the books I’ve … Continue reading

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“Darkness Falls” by Robert Bryndza – Book Review

Kate Marshall – a former police detective and university lecturer in criminology now has her own private investigator business.  Kate is a single mother in her mid-forties whose teenage son attends university. Though she has been sober for the past … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word = ANGEL #WednesdaysWord #booklovers #bookbloggers #fiction

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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Teaser Tuesday – December 14, 2021 #NewBook #TeaserTuesday @StMartinsPress #TheLastHouseOnTheStreet @D_Chamberlain

My Tuesday post where I’ll ‘tease‘ you with the cover, blurb, and first paragraph of one of the advanced reader’s copies from my own TBR. This book is a title I downloaded from NetGalley. Today, Tuesday December 14, 2021 I … Continue reading

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“Small Things Like These” by Claire Keegan – Book Review

“If you want to get on in life, there’s things you have to ignore, so you can keep on.”This story tells of a Catholic businessman who shows his moral integrity with an act of compassion that took great courage. Bill … Continue reading

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“Unsettled Ground” by Claire Fuller – Book Review

“It is hard to rewrite your own history”.Jeannie and Julius Seeder are twins who live in rural isolation deep in the heart of Oxfordshire. Their music is their solace. Julius does go out to work doing odd jobs and is … Continue reading

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#Friday Finds – Internet Gems: a little levity #booklovers #bookbloggers #humor

Thought I’d share a little levity on this snowy Friday. Hope it brings you a smile or two. These first ones are for booklovers everywhere: And these next few are seasonal – for booklovers and non-booklovers alike:Hope you will enjoy … Continue reading

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“The Secret Next Door” by Rebecca Taylor – Book Review

Alyson and Justin Tinsdale have recently moved to Denver, Colorado from Nebraska. They have been married for seven years and have one five year old son. A social climber, Alyson pressured Justin into purchasing a house that they could not … Continue reading

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Teaser Tuesday – December 7, 2021 #NewBook #TeaserTuesday @Bookouture #LostGraves @dunphyshane1

My Tuesday post where I’ll ‘tease‘ you with the cover, blurb, and first paragraph of one of the advanced reader’s copies from my own TBR. This book is a title I downloaded from NetGalley. Today, Tuesday December 7, 2021 I … Continue reading

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