The Goodreads Book Tag

I saw this a while ago on Amanda @ Hangingwithamanda’s blog and loved it – been meaning to do it for ages – so here we go!

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What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

Another Day, Another Dali by Sandra Orchard.

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 Best book title ever. It was fab, take a look at my full review if you want to know more.

What are you currently reading?

The One That Got Away by Melissa Pimentel.

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Ruby and Ethan were perfect for each other. Until the day they suddenly weren’t.

Now, ten years later, Ruby is single, having spent the last decade focusing on her demanding career and hectic life in Manhattan. There’s barely time for a trip to England for her little sister’s wedding. And there’s certainly not time to think about what it will be like to see Ethan again, who just so happens to be the best man.

But as the family frantically prepare for the big day, Ruby can’t help but wonder if she made the right choice all those years ago. Because there is nothing like a wedding for stirring up the past . . .

What was the last book you marked as TBR?

The Unbroken Line of the Moon by Joanne Hildebrandt.

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In this grand saga of love, war, and magic set in the tenth century, young Sigrid is destined to be the mother of the king of the Nordic lands that would become Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and England.

A devout believer in the old Nordic gods, Sigrid is visited regularly in her dreams by the goddess Freya, who whispers to her of the future. Though Sigrid is beautiful, rich, arrogant, and matchlessly clever, her uncanny ability to foresee the future and manipulate the present guides her through dangerous politics as a bloody war between Vikings and Christians rages on.

Sigrid’s father wants her to marry Erik, a local king, to secure the peace between the Goths and the Swedes. Thinking she is doing Freya’s will, she accepts the marriage offer, only to find that her destiny lies not with Erik but with Sweyn, a warrior who dreams of dethroning Harald Bluetooth, the legendary ruler of Denmark. Will Sigrid sacrifice her will for the greatest Viking kingdom of all time, or will she follow her heart at the risk of losing everything?

What book do you plan to read next?

I plan to read Once Lost Lords by Stephan Morse next. The author sent me a copy to read and review, and it sounds so dark and exciting. I love supernatural fantasy.

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Humanity hasn’t been alone for almost two thousand years. Elves, wolves, vampires, all joined together with mankind to eradicate the ‘darker’ races and maintained a tentative peace until modern times. Society adapted, everyone has rules that help keep the peace in this modern era. Yet, absolute genocide is impossible when talking about creatures beyond the pale. Some hid, some buried, other were re-purposed.

Some, like Jay Fields, pass for human with a little bit extra. His abilities didn’t belong to one of the major races, but any information was buried along with the long dead boogie men. All Jay cared about was those closest to him and a job that let him hit people. He used to be a bouncer at a bar, a part-time enforcer for a loan shark, and even a fight club champion. That was four years ago, before betrayal by someone close sent him packing.

Now he’s back and trying to recover a life he left behind. Questions of origin aren’t his only problems. His ex-girlfriend is a vampire. His part-time boss doesn’t think he’s up to snuff anymore. There’s a missing elf who might have some answers, and Jay’s best friend is caught up in something dangerous…

Do you use the star rating system?

Although I don’t star-rate on my blog, I do use the system on Goodreads. It’s a super easy way to rate books – especially ones I read a while a go and can’t remember in enough detail to write a full review.

Are you doing a 2016 reading challenge?

I’m not. I got into this blogging malarkey mid-year, and didn’t use Goodreads much before then. I figured it wouldn’t be best to start a challenge halfway through.

Do you have a wish list?

My to-read list is a wish list of sorts. And my Amazon wish list is getting pretty extensive book-wise…

What book do you plan to buy next?

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison. I’ve wanted this one for ages (just been waiting for the price to drop enough that I can afford to buy it!)

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Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden.

In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

When the garden is discovered, a survivor is brought in for questioning. FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are tasked with piecing together one of the most stomach-churning cases of their careers. But the girl, known only as Maya, proves to be a puzzle herself.

As her story twists and turns, slowly shedding light on life in the Butterfly Garden, Maya reveals old grudges, new saviours, and horrific tales of a man who’d go to any length to hold beauty captive. But the more she shares, the more the agents have to wonder what she’s still hiding…

Do you have any favourite quotes? Share a few.

“The dead know everything, but they don’t give a damn.” – Runemarks, Joanne Harris.

“It’s painful to see that people prefer a bad guy who looks like an angel to a good guy who looks like a demon.” – World After, Susan Ee.

“Those unwilling to look beyond their own little world will be left in the dark.” – The Light of the Fireflies, Paul Pen.

“For the record, a life without kissing is no life at all.” – Stealing Snow, Daniella Paige.

Who are your favourite authors?

Joanne Harris and Lesley Glaister. Definitely. They both have such a diverse range of books and, though I haven’t read all of them yet, I have yet to find one I didn’t love. They’re both amazing writers.

Have you joined any groups?

I did join the Goodreads Reviewers’ Group , but to be honest I haven’t interacted much yet.

Who do you tag?

As I got this from Amanda’s blog (I wasn’t actually tagged), I won’t be tagging anyone either. If you wanna do it, do it!

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