Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish Items/Merchandise I’d Like to Own

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 Bookish Items/Merchandise I’d Like to Own. I love tea and everything to do with mugs, so here are some bookish mugs I would like to own!

  1. Go Away
  2. Professional Bookworm
  3. My Book Smells Better Than Your Tablet
  4. Book Lover
  5. A Cat, A Book…

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The Craftsman by Sharon J. Bolton

The Craftman

Florence Lovelady’s career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Grassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago in a small village in Lancashire. Like something out of a nightmare, the victims were buried alive. Florence was able to solve the mystery and get a confession out of Larry before more children were murdered., and he spent the rest of his life in prison.

But now, decades later, he’s dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves. Is someone copying the original murders? Or did she get it wrong all those years ago? When her own son goes missing under similar circumstances, the case not only gets reopened… it gets personal.

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Aw man, I’m in the minority once again. I’m scrolling through Goodreads’ reviews trying to summarize my thoughts and I can’t find a review less than 4 stars. It’s tough because there wasn’t anything that I can pinpoint that was wrong with the novel. I struggled just to find time to read it. At night, I would just go right to bed instead of reading (which I rarely do). It’s no surprise that it took me much longer than normal to read The Craftsman.

The novel opens at a funeral of a convicted child killer. Florence is back in town for the first time since she put away the murderer 30 years ago. The novel then goes back in time to 1969, where Florence is the first female officer in the police department and working on her first big case.

I really enjoyed Florence and reading about her experience in the department. Obviously being the first female, she had many struggles to find where she fit in and what role she would have. I was rooting for her throughout the novel.

The past takes up a large part of the novel and goes back to the present for a short time at the end of the novel. I enjoyed being back in the present and how Florence has to question everything she thought she knew about the case. There was a number of people that I suspected throughout the novel and I was never quite right.

The ending had some paranormal activities, which I wasn’t expecting at all. It threw me off and I didn’t enjoy it at all. I think Bolton still could of gotten the ending she wanted without all of the extras thrown in.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. Not my favourite Bolton novel, but will still continue to read her future novels.

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The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

The Dream Daughter

When Caroline Sears receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970 and there seems to be little that can be done. But her brother-in-law, a physicist, tells her that perhaps there is. Hunter appeared in their lives just a few years before—and his appearance was as mysterious as his past. With no family, no friends, and a background shrouded in secrets, Hunter embraced the Sears family and never looked back. 

Now, Hunter is telling her that something can be done about her baby’s heart. Something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Caroline has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage that Caroline never knew existed. Something that will mean a mind-bending leap of faith on Caroline’s part. And all for the love of her unborn child.

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To keep this short and sweet –  read this novel and go in blind! The less you know about the plot of the novel, the better experience you will have.

Chamberlain was able to fit so much into the novel and not lose any of the connections that you feel with the characters and the story line. I felt that I went on a ride that was so beautiful and emotional.

I’m struggling to find words to write to describe this novel, but not share too much. Anyone who has read the novel and wants to discuss is more than welcome to message me!

4 calculators out of a potential 5. Read it, read it, read it! I’m taking off one calculator because this wasn’t an all time favourite of mine and it may not be a novel that I re-read in the future. I’m also very picky when it comes to 5 calculators!

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I can’t wait for … Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding (Can’t-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday)

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I’m switching it up this week and participating in Can’t Wait Wednesday!

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a meme hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we are excited about that we have yet to read. The book I can’t wait to read is this week is:

Her Pretty Face

Frances Metcalfe is struggling to stay afloat.

A stay-at-home mom whose troubled son is her full-time job, she thought that the day he got accepted into the elite Forrester Academy would be the day she started living her life. Overweight, insecure, and lonely, she is desperate to fit into Forrester’s world. But after a disturbing incident at the school leads the other children and their families to ostracize the Metcalfes, she feels more alone than ever before.

Until she meets Kate Randolph.

Kate is everything Frances is not: beautiful, wealthy, powerful, and confident. And for some reason, she’s not interested in being friends with any of the other Forrester moms—only Frances. As the two bond over their disdain of the Forrester snobs and the fierce love they have for their sons, a startling secret threatens to tear them apart…because one of these women is not who she seems. Her real name is Amber Kunick. And she’s a murderer.

I just finished the other week reading The Party and really enjoyed Harding’s writing style. I can’t wait to read Her Pretty Face and I’ll hopefully be reading it this weekend!

What novel are you excited to read? Let me know in the comments below!

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