#ReadYourFaceOff TBR – July

The general goal for a #ReadYourFaceOff readathon is to get through as much reading as you can in a 24-hour window of time. It’s a fun (and short) readathon that was created by Riley from RMFickFack. This round will run from 9am on Saturday 14th July June to 9am on Sunday 15th July June in your time zone. I’m away on holiday during this time, so I have quite a few holiday reads I want to get stuck into during this readathon. Hopefully I can knock a few more books off of my TBR shelf during this readathon. Good luck to everyone who is participating in this round!

Latest Library Loans

Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong“Three years after losing her brother Luka in a school shooting, Skye Gilchrist is moving home. But there’s no sympathy for Skye and her family because Luka wasn’t a victim; he was a shooter. Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don’t heal easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother and also his best friend – Skye. Jesse and Skye are haunted by the unanswered questions of that terrible day. But the more they hunt for the truth of what really happened, the closer they get to a new killer. “

Lying In Wait by Liz Nugent“Lydia Fitzsimons lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia yearns for to make her perfect life complete, though the last thing she expects is that pursuing it will lead to murder. However, needs must – because nothing can stop this mother from getting what she wants…”

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott“Katie and her husband Eric have made their daughter Devon the centre of their world. Talented, determined, a rising gymnastics star, Devon is the focus of her parents’ lives and the lynchpin of their marriage. There is nothing they wouldn’t do for her. When a violent hit-and-run accident sends shockwaves through their close-knit community, Katie is immediately concerned for her daughter. She and Eric have worked so hard to protect Devon from anything that might distract or hurt her. That’s what every parent wants for their child, after all. Even if they don’t realize how much you’ve sacrificed for them. Even if they are keeping secrets from you… A mother knows best… doesn’t she?”

July TBR

The White Queen by Philippa GregoryA woman who won the love of a king and ascended to royalty by virtue of her beauty, Elizabeth fought tenaciously for the success of her family — her daughter who would one day unite the warring dynasties, and her two sons whose eventual fate has confounded historians for centuries: the Princes in the Tower. An active player in the power struggles that surrounded her, she made hard and courageous choices, always trying to protect those whom she loved.

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie PerkinsOver a year after her parents sent her away from Hawaii to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, Makani Young is still adjusting to her new life. She’s made a small group of close friends and even flirted with romance, but her past in Hawaii is still hard to forget. And then… one by one the students of her new high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders. Makani doesn’t know who’s next on the list. Between this, and a secret scorching relationship with the school weirdo, this school year may turn out to be one to die for… literally.

Something In The Water by Catherine SteadmanIf you could make one simple choice that would change your life forever, would you? Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water… Could the life of your dreams be the stuff of nightmares? Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events… Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave? Wonder no longer.

The Girl In The Picture by Alexandra MonirNicole Morgan has been labeled many things – the geeky music girl, the shy sidekick of Miss Popularity, and the girl with the scar. Now only one name haunts her through the halls of Oyster Bay Prep. The girl in the picture. After heartthrob Chace Porter is found dead in the woods near the school, the police search for the girl snuggled up next to him in a picture discovered among his personal effects. A girl no one knew was even close to him–and whose best friend, Lana Rivera, was his girlfriend. Nicole is that girl, and now she’s the primary suspect in his murder. What happened that night? Were Nicole and Chace dating behind Lana’s back? Were he and Lana over? Could either of the girls have killed him?

The Swimming Pool by Louise CandlishIt’s summer when Elm Hill lido opens, having stood empty for years. For Natalie Steele – wife, mother, teacher – it offers freedom from the tightly controlled routines of work and family. Especially when it leads her to Lara Channing, a charismatic former actress with a lavish bohemian lifestyle, who seems all too happy to invite Natalie into her elite circle. Soon Natalie is spending long days at the pool, socializing with new friends and basking in a popularity she didn’t know she’d been missing. Real life, and the person she used to be, begins to feel very far away. But is such a change in fortunes too good to be true? Why are dark memories of a summer long ago now threatening to surface? And, without realizing, could Natalie have been swept dangerously out of her depth?

June Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 8
June TBR Books Read: 4
Total Pages Read: 3,045

Year One by Nora Roberts – 3/5 – This was my first foray into the world of Nora Roberts, and it was not really what I had expected. I think if I had known about the elements that this book contained (*FAIRIES*) I probably wouldn’t have picked it up, and certainly not for my first Nora Roberts read. Having said that, I did still enjoy Nora Roberts’ writing style and I have already picked up another book by her to read next month. If you’re into post-apocalyptic stories that contain magical creatures, this could be for you.

Finders Keepers by Stephen King – 3/5 – This is the second book in the Bill Hodges series and although I enjoyed it, I felt like it fell slightly short of the first book. A big part of the appeal of the first book for me was the Mercedes Killer, and this went in a different direction where he was not really a major element of the story at all. I am really looking forward to reading the third book in the series though, and I’m hoping it will tie everything together nicely.

Misery by Stephen King – 4/5 – For some reason I was really in the mood to read this book this month and I can’t explain why. I’m glad that I did, because it has become one of my favourite Stephen King novels. Annie Wilkes is one of the most authentic villains I’ve ever read, and I think she’s going to stay with me for a long time to come. If you want to start reading Stephen King and don’t know where to begin I’d suggest this as a starting point because I feel like it would be a great way to enter the twisted world of Stephen King.

The Women In The Walls by Amy Lukavics – 2/5 – This was a short and easy read, but it just didn’t do anything for me. I didn’t connect with the characters in any way so all of the reveals throughout the story fell a bit flat. This could be good to pick up if you’re in the mood for a short horror story around Halloween time, but other than that I wouldn’t really recommend it.

Sex Love Repeat by Alessandra Torre – 1/5 – Wow, this book was terrible. This was basically a whole lot of smut with very little character development, so the smutty elements of the book really had nothing to back them up and felt extremely gratuitous. I think I picked this up as a bargain book on kindle and now I know why. Would not recommend.

Everyhing Is Lies by Helen Callaghan – 3/5 – This was a decent middle of the road thriller for me. I’ve been wanting to read a thriller that had some ‘cult’ elements to it, and this fit the bill in that regard. This had some twists and turns along the way, and all in all made for an enjoyable read.

A Game Of Thrones by George R R Martin – 5/5 – I put off reading this series for a long time because it felt so overwhelming to me. I’m not normally a fan of fantasy novels but I love the Game Of Thrones TV series, so when Riley announced the #ReadYourFaceOff Book Club read-along I decided to bite the bullet and join in. I’m so glad that I did because although the series seemed so daunting to me at the start, having each book spread out over a couple of months makes it really manageable. On top of that I have come to discover that these books are GOOD. Like, really good. I think I have the added benefit of recognizing the characters based on the show, but this is a much easier read than I had anticipated. I’m eager to continue with the series and next month we are moving on to Clash of Kings.

June Book Haul

Suicide Club by Rachel Heng“In a near-future world, medical technology has progressed far enough that immortality is now within grasp -but only to those who show themselves to be deserving of it. These people are the lifers: the exercisers, yogacisers, green juicers and early nighters. Genetically perfect, healthy and wholesome, one hundred-year-old Lea is the poster girl for lifers, until the day she catches a glimpse of her father in the street, eighty-eight years after their last encounter. While pursuing him, Lea has a brush with death which sparks suspicions. If Lea could be so careless, is she worthy of immortality? Suicide Club wasn’t always an activist group. It began as a set of disillusioned lifers, gathering to indulge in forbidden activities: performances of live music, artery-clogging meals, irresponsible orgies. But now they have been branded terrorists and are hunted by the state. And Lea has decided to give them a call.”

The Favourite Sister by Jessica Knoll“Brett and Kelly Courtney are the shining jewels in a New York-based reality TV show called Goal Diggers. One of the most popular shows on American national television, its fiercely competitive cast of five self-made women are defined by their success, beauty and ruthless drive to reach the top by whatever means necessary. The Courtney sisters’ rivalry goes skin deep despite the blossoming business they have built together that helps disadvantaged women in Morocco. Harbouring bitter jealousies and dark secrets about their manufactured screen lives they’re joined by three other hyper-competitive women who all have their own agendas. And the latest season promises sparks to fly in the quest for even higher ratings. Vicious backstabbing, scathing social media attacks and finely-tuned scripting draw in the viewing public every week, all orchestrated by the show’s omnipotent producers. But even they don’t know that season 4 will end in murder…”

Shelter In Place by Nora Roberts“When the shots rang out in the shopping mall, Simone Knox knew what to do. Shelter in place. That’s what they taught you to do in the event of a mass shooting. So on that terrible, hot summer day in 2005, Simone was lucky. She escaped death. But she would never be the same again. More than ten years later, Simone still struggles with grief, trauma and the misplaced guilt of a survivor. She spends much of her time alone on Tranquility Island – a quiet, artistic community off the coast of Maine. But she is transforming – shaping herself the way she shapes her extraordinary and highly prized sculptures. As she heals herself, she opens up to Reed Quartermaine, who survived the shooting himself and has become a detective. But someone has been watching all the survivors of the DownEast Mall massacre. They have spent years perfecting a plan to finish what was started that day. Now that Reed and Simone have found each other, they are in more danger than they can possibly imagine – from a killer who will not, and cannot stop.”

Mrs Fletcher by Tom Perrotta“Eve Fletcher is trying to figure out what comes next. A forty-six-year-old divorcee whose beloved only child has just left for college, Eve is struggling to adjust to her empty nest when one night her phone lights up with a text message. Sent from an anonymous number, the mysterious sender tells Eve, “U R my MILF!” Over the months that follow, that message comes to obsess Eve. While leading her all-too-placid life-serving as Executive Director of the local senior center by day and taking a community college course on Gender and Society at night-Eve can’t curtail her own interest in a porn website called MILFateria.com, which features the erotic exploits of ordinary, middle-aged women like herself. Before long, Eve’s online fixations begin to spill over into real life, revealing new romantic possibilities that threaten to upend her quiet suburban existence. Meanwhile, miles away at the state college, Eve’s son Brendan-a jock and aspiring frat boy-discovers that his new campus isn’t nearly as welcoming to his hard-partying lifestyle as he had imagined. Only a few weeks into his freshman year, Brendan is floundering in a college environment that challenges his white-dude privilege and shames him for his outmoded, chauvinistic ideas of sex. As the New England autumn turns cold, both mother and son find themselves enmeshed in morally fraught situations that come to a head on one fateful November night.”