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A Novel Companion

I recently purchased a new notebook/organiser off of Etsy and I really love it.

It is a book created and sold by a shop named LittleInklingsDesign on Etsy and it is a ‘book lovers guide to creativity and organisation’.

It allows me to organise all my book related issues such as my book reviews, to be read lists, wishlists,hauls alongside must see movies and TV shows. I think this book is aesthetically pleasing and we’ll designed. Each segment is beautifully layed out and is easily understood. It is all helpful yet beautifully styled. It is great quality and very helpful.

My favourite part of this book is the book reviews section as it allows me to note down my thoughts and allow me to write my blog posts. It also allows me to give the books a 5 star rating and the date I read the book.

I also really like the section ‘book series tracker’ which allows me to keep track of series I have started to read, have read or still to start. It keeps me up to date with my series and allows me to see exactly what I have read.

There is also beautiful quote pages through out eh book to enjoy as you continue to use this book and fill it in.

Overall, I would recommend this notebooks to everyone as it is ‘a booklovers handbook’ and is extremely helpful. I will leave the link to the Etsy shop below.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/597011573/a-novel-companion-a-book-lovers-handbook

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please feel free to comment if you have this book or something similar)

New Book Haul

I recently purchased two new books and I am really excited to read them so I thought I would share them with you. I went into the bookshop looking to spend my vouchers and decided to spend it on the following two books;

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

murder on the orient express

Murder on the Orient Express is a book I have heard of for years but it wasn’t until the movie was released in 2017 that I had actually thought about reading it. It seems like a book that I would really like and I am surprised it has taken me so long to buy it. It is based upon the mysterious murder on the train, the Orient Express. The victim was stabbed numerous times in his compartment however the door is locked from the inside. With the train stationary due to a snowdrift everyone must find out who the murderer is as the ‘Murderer us with us – on the train now…’

It is the 10th instalment in the Hercule Poirot however you can read this book without reading the others without feeling confused. Due to the fact it was originally published in 1934 it has gained many fans and with the new movie it has become more popular again. In December 2014, the novel was included in Entertainment Weekly’s list of the Nine Great Christie Novels.

I have heard that this is a great novel to read in the crime/mystery genre which makes you think and engages you throughout and I am really excited to read it.

 

Talking with Female Serial Killers by Christopher Berry-Dee

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I tend to read fictional novels however I decided to take a look at the non-fiction crime sections whilst I was browsing the shop. I came across this book by Berry-Dee which took my interest. I find documentaries and films/TV programmes on real crime and serial killers really interesting and so therefore I think that I will find this book intriguing. It shares the stories of female killers such as Beverley Allitt and Suzanne Basso alongside women who kill under the influence of their male accomplices such as the famous serial killer Myra Hindley. It shares information and the cases of the women who not only kill but kill repeatedly.

This book was originally published in May 2018 so it is a recent publication so therefore may include more details that other books may not necessarily include. I have looked this book up on Goodreads and it does have mixed reviews with people saying the title may be misleading. Despite this there are good reviews and I am excited to read this book in order to make my own decision on the quality of this book.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please feel free to comment your opinion on these books or if you have any new book recommendations)

My to-read list

I have many books that I come across and really want to read so therefore add it to my to-read list. I have decided to share this list so if you are looking for a new book to read you can have a look at these

 

perfect silence

  1. Perfect Silence by Helen Fields. This book is yet to be released and is expected to be published on the 23 August 2018. It is the fourth instalment in the DI Callanach Series and if you have read previous blog posts you will know I am a big fan of this series. It follows DI Callanach and DCI Ava Turner as they investigate yet another brutal case whilst facign their own personal lives. I am very excited for this book to be released and I cannot wait to read it.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36589626-perfect-silence?ac=1&from_search=true

 

 

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  1. He Will Find You by Diane Jeffrey. This is yet another book to be released and is due to be available in August 2018. This is the second book by the author following on from her 2017 best selling physiological thriller ‘Those Who Lie’. I really enjoyed this book buy Diane Jeffrey and therefore I am looking forward to reading another one of her novels. IT follows Kaitlyn Best. A girl who becomes pregnant after a one-night stand and begins a new life with her school crush Alex. But is Alex all what he seems?

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40773724-he-will-find-you?ac=1&from_search=true

pretty little things

 

  1. Pretty Little Things by T.M.E Walsh. This novel is a book that I have wanted to read for a few weeks now after having read ‘All Our Sins’. This book is about an investigation into girls who have gone missing but their bodies found. It follows a mother who is doing all she can to keep her daughter safe after these events and the investigation by DI Madelaine Wood into the murders. Do they know everyone the way they think they do?

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38091257-pretty-little-things?ac=1&from_search=true

 

how to stop time

  1. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig. This book is one I stumbled across whilst looking online and I was drawn to it. It isn’t something I would generally choose but the idea of it sounds like something that I might enjoy out of my comfort zone. It follows Tom Hazard, to anyone else he is a normal 40 year old man but this isn’t the case. He has been alive for hundreds of years and has had to change his identity regularly in order to survive. He now wants a normal life but can he find it?

I am really excited to read this book and see what it is all about. I would like to see how the author tackles this unusual storyline.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35411685-how-to-stop-time

can you hear me

  1. Can You Hear Me? By Elena Varvello is an Italian Thriller. It is an unbearably hot summer, not unlike many others. For sixteen year-old Elia Furenti, living an unremarkable life of moderate unhappiness, the summer promises little. That is, until the day the beautiful, damaged Anna – the mother of his new friend Stefano – returns to Ponte and firmly propels Elia to the edge of adulthood. Then everything starts to unravel. It is set in 1978 which would usually out me off as I prefer books set in current time however it sounds like a great read and I am looking forward to reading it.

https://www.waterstones.com/book/can-you-hear-me/elena-varvello/alex-valente/9781473654891

Many Thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please feel free to comment if you have read or want to read any of these books.)

Graphic Novels: Pros and Cons

Graphic novels are something that I haven’t really read before. I know people love to read them and be able to have a story with great illustrations along side to help tell the story. I personally feel as though they take the imagination side of reading away although when it is based off of well known characters does it really make a difference?

Graphics novels are better for a quicker read. They are often easier and a lot quicker to comprehend and understand with the imagry allowing for a quicker understanding. You can also read the characters emotions and bodylanguage through the imagry and takes away the time to explain everything in detail. My sister would choose to read a graphic novel over a general book anyday as it allows her to be immersed in a story without having to spend the time investing in the words and descriptions. It is already there on the page through the images. It seems that it is more exciting with all the colours and vibrancy.

I personally still don’t think that graphic novels beat general books as there seems to be a lack of your own imagination being used. The characters are already designed and shown and there is no real descriptions so that you can create your own image in your head. I find graphic novels harder to understand personally as there is often so much going on with the multitude of images and speach bubbles everywhere. With colour and outline often showing who is speaking and in which tense. I find it much harder to keep up with the story and not just guess via the images.

Overall , I would say that it is completely personal preference as to whether you like graphic novels or a general book better as it depends on what you like. For example I love back and white books whereas my sister loves colourful, illustrated graphic novels. I will stick to my books for now but I see that graphic novels are just another way to express a story on pages.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please feel to comment your opinion on graphic novels )

The Carnivia Trilogy Review

 

The carnvia trilogy

The Carnivia Trilogy by Jonathan Holt is one of my favourite series and I think that it a series that engages your thoughts and draws you in. It is unlike anything I had read before as it is based in two different settings that intertwine. It is set in both reality (Venice) and an online world (Carnivia). In this online world you are completely anonymous and due to this it is both an exciting and scary world.

Venice as a setting is something that really helps with this story as it adds a new dimension to the plot. Venice is often romanticised in movies and literature however this book shines another light on the city showing the canals as a link to crime and death. The online version of Venice, Carniva, also shares this outlook with it being the setting of many crimes and secrets.

I found the books are complex however they are easily read. I find that there are multiple lines of story within the book but they link in a way that diffuses the confusion and allows for an enjoyable and engaging story. It is structured in a way that I enjoyed as it is short chapters which allows for a progression that you can aim for. It is a novel packed with characters and detail and action that is so engaging and exciting.

The books are also featured around a police procedural environment also as we meet Kat and Aldo who investigate these different crimes whilst stumbling upon this online world and having to deal with many twists and turns. The characters are both realistic and intriguing with keeps you enticed and wanting to read on. Each book leads onto the next as we wish to learn more about the characters and their part in this online world.  There are multiple more characters that are great to get to know and understand their place in the story also.

I would completely recommend this series and it is a series that would be enjoyed by most people as it is full of characters we love, exciting action, and extraordinary detailed. Set in both a reality and a virtual world which adds further dimension to the book.

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

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Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner is the first instalment in the DS Manon Series. It focuses in the investigation into a missing woman, Edith Hind, and how the police are dealing with this investigation with little leads and personal circumstances. This book features a police preocedural storyline however the characters are explored and can be seen as the main focus of the book. I agree that the character development is important in this book and seeing how the different characters deal with every situation is both intriguing and engaging. I like how the book isn’t necessarily set out in chapters but rather in character based sections. Each section is from a different characters viewpoint throughout the investigation which I feel was a great way to structure this book as each characters experience is important to the way the story is portrayed.

I find that character development is one of the most important things to me when reading a book. If the characters are not realistic or explored I feel as though the book is less engaging and enjoyable and I am glad this book features good characters with depth with likable and realistic characters.

DS Manon was the most developed character and I found her very likeable as a character and police officer. I think she is a strong character and she is realistically portrayed. She has realistic qualities which is relevant and relatable. She is affected by her job whilst dealing with her own personal circumstances and relationships. She is a strong character however she does show a vulnerable side which I think also makes her relatable and likeable as a character. Davy is also a likable character and seeing him through Manon section and viewpoint was good as you could see their relationship and friendship as he can see through her hard and negative exterior.

Even although I loved this book and would totally recommend it to anyone who is interested in police procedural novels that also features great characters. I do feel as though the ending was slightly rushed and not explored in a way that gave me a satisfying conclusion. The book explores the investigation and characters a lot throughout the majority of the book which I love whilst exploring new leads and twists however I feel that the concluding sections were as if the ending was not fully developed and I was slightly confused on first reading. I personally would have preferred for the book to be slightly longer to allow for further development of the ending sections as I loved the book and feel as though another section would strengthen my opinion.

Overall, I would say that this book is excellent at providing a book that features a police procedural storyline whilst giving a character development on multiple people. I would highly recommend this book and I am excited to continue reading the further books in the series and further books by Susie Steiner.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment if you have read this series or one that heavily features police procedure and character development)