Top Ten Tuesday – Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Books On My Fall 2018 TBR. Where did summer go?!

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Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard

Mr Perfect

What would make the perfect man?

That’s the deliciously racy topic that Jaine Bright and her three girlfriends are pondering one night at their favorite after-hours hot spot: Mr. Perfect. Would he be tall, dark, and handsome? Caring and warmhearted — or will just muscular do? As their conversation heats up, they concoct a tongue-in-cheek checklist that becomes an overnight sensation, spreading like wildfire at work and sizzling along e-mail lines.

But what began as a joke among friends turns deadly serious when one of the four women is murdered….Turning to her neighbor, an unpredictable police detective, for help, Jaine must unmask a killer to save her friends — and herself. Now, knowing whom to trust and whom to love is a matter of survival — as the dream of Mr. Perfect becomes a chilling nightmare.

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I was at a used book store over the summer and I stumbled across the Linda Howard section. There was a ton of books and I eventually read the back of Mr. Perfect. It sounded good and reminded me of the Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson. The best part – it was only $1!

It took me by surprise how much romance and graphic intimacy scenes are in this novel. I wasn’t expecting it and I’m not much of a romance fan, so I could of done without all of the extra parts.

Behind all of those scenes, there is a pretty good mystery!  Even though I thought I knew where the book was heading, I was surprised by the end. I also enjoyed the characters and their friendship with one another. It was realistic and refreshing.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. A bit too much romance for me, but overall an enjoyable read.

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The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings–massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.

Yet it’s immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present.

And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.

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How can you write a review when you want to spoil everything that made the book so amazing?! Something about the first page just hooked me right in. The novel is 90% set in a sleep away summer camp, so the creepy factor is right there at the beginning. Add in some missing camp girls and you have yourself a thriller!

I was flip flopping between who I thought Emma could trust and then at times I didn’t trust Emma. I had so many theories going on and even though some of them were right, I was totally surprised by the ending.

Even though I loved the book, I would only recommend it to some people. My husband loves thrillers, but when I was talking about the book, he just heard “girls away at summer camp”. Not a huge appeal for him.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. A big step up from his debut novel, Final Girls, which I had also enjoyed! Can’t wait to read more from this author!

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Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty

Those Other Women

Poppy’s world has been tipped sideways: the husband who never wanted children has betrayed her with her broody best friend.

At least Annalise is on her side. Her new friend is determined to celebrate their freedom from kids, so together they create a Facebook group to meet up with like-minded women, and perhaps vent just an little about smug mummies’ privileges at work.

Meanwhile, their colleague Frankie would love a night out, away from her darlings – she’s not had one this decade and she’s heartily sick of being judged by women at the office as well as stay-at-home mums.

Then Poppy and Annalise’s group takes on a life of its own and frustrated members start confronting mums like Frankie in the real world. Cafés become battlegrounds, playgrounds become war zones and offices have never been so divided.

A rivalry that was once harmless fun is spiraling out of control.

Because one of their members is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And she has an agenda of her own…

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The Moriarty name may sound familiar to you, because you probably know it! Nicola Moriarty is the sister of author Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies and The Husband’s Secret). I don’t like comparing sisters, which is good because I enjoy all of their novels and they are must reads! I don’t think I have read a bad Moriarty novel!

Those Other Women gets itself into a very sticky situation – women with children vs women without. I don’t have kids, so obviously I found myself relating more to the women that didn’t have children. At times, the story seemed a bit silly with a lot of finger pointing and fighting.

If you like drama, then you will enjoy this novel, because there is tons of it! You had the betrayal of a best friend, the mystery of a new friend, and tons of drama between mothers and non-mothers.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. Another book that I would recommend! Also check out The Fifth Letter also by Nicola Moriarty!

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Sunshine Blogger Award

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog to this post
  2. Answer the eleven questions asked by your nominator
  3. Nominate eleven bloggers
  4. Ask them eleven questions, different to the ones you’ve answered
  5. List the rules
  6. Display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and blog

Thank you to JenChaos Reviews for nominating me for a Sunshine Blogger award! Hopefully this post will allow you to learn a bit more about me and hopefully you will participate as well!

Jen’s 11 Questions:

What do you do in your free time besides reading and blogging?

I work full time as a Senior Analyst, so that takes up a lot of my time. When I’m not working, I enjoy running and watching TV. Over the summer, my husband completed his first Ironman Triathlon, so that took up a lot of our free time!

Do you have any kids? If so, how many?

No kids, but I do have 2 cats named Hans and Heidi!

How many books, on average, do you read a month?

I have no idea…let me check Goodreads! According to Goodreads, I read 10 books in the month of August, which seems about right. I tend to read 2-3 book a week.

What time of day do you usually start working on your blog? Morning, afternoon or evening?

I normally write my blog posts in the afternoon and respond to comments and check out other blogs during the evening.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Can I retire and travel the world at age 37?!

What is your favorite food?

I love all dessert! If I had to pick one, I would pick cherry cheesecake!

What is the WORST book you ever read and wish you never read it?

Oh boy, there are so many that I could pick from. I would have to pick either One & Only by Emily Giffin since I was so creeped out the whole time or Emma by Jane Austen where I was bored the whole time.

 

What is the BEST book you ever read and have re-read it?

Again there are so many that I could pick from! The only books that I have re-read multiple times is the Harry Potter series. My favourite mystery is Pretty Girl by Karin Slaughter

 

Do you read comics and graphic novels? If so, what’s your favorite?

I read one Spider-Man comic as part of a reading challenge and was super confused. Comics are not for me!

Do you work alone on blogging or do you have help at home or online ( like a developer or something)?

I work alone on my blog.

What country do you live in?

Canada!

I Nominate:

YOU! If this challenge sounds interesting to you, then do it! Can’t wait to read your answers!

My Questions:

  1. What made you decide to start blogging?
  2. Which website do you visit most often?
  3. What is your favourite thing about the city that you live in?
  4. What country do you most want to travel to?
  5. Do you have any pets?
  6. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
  7. What is the best book you have read so far in 2018?
  8. What is your favourite place to read?
  9. What book most surprised you?
  10.  What fictional place would you most like to go?
  11. Who is your favourite author?

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