#Top3Reads ~ The TOP 3 Reads for Me and My Books in 2017

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If someone asks me what books I have read this year are memorable, there are several obviously, I decided on Some of my favourite Reads of 2017,they have been great reads for various reasons.  But my Top 3 are books that had that something that made an extra impact on me.  One made me cry so many times, another is a writer who has a style and a way of laying out his story that really appeals to me, and then there is the books that blew me away.  My Top 3 comprise of a series, a non-fiction,  and a trilogy, so not actually 3 books, but authors of the year.

 

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Blowback ~ The Blue Garou  ~ Can’t Stop The Funk ~ Ghosts and Shadow  ⇐click each title for my review.

Now I am going to introduce you to H.Max Hiller and his “Detective”Cadillac” Holland Mystery” series.  I just love this series of books, for me Hiram has a wonderful writing style.  These books are not all action packed, guns blazing at dawn books, they are more subtle than that.  The first three books use the aftermath of hurricane Katrina as a back drop to the stories, he highlights how the residents are coping and getting on with their lives.  Detective Holland and the other characters that include his sister, mother, best friend all have parts to play in the stories, I see these characters as friends, I am getting to know them and their individual quirks and their interests.  The books are laid out in a wonderfully logical way, but at no point do you work out what the endings are going to be.  It is great to be able to immerse into a well written and developed series, learning about the characters and their histories as you progress through the books.  Ghosts and Shadows takes a slightly different turn and includes a little of the authors love of food and cooking.  I just recently had the privilege of reading the first few chapters of the next book, and so my love for this series continues. These books are available in physical and eBook format from Amazon US ~ Amazon UK

 

NUMBER TWO

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“The Radium Girls” by Kate Moore ~ my review

I cannot believe this is a book that I read way back in March.  This book moved me to tears so many times, even when I tried to tell people about it I could feel myself welling up.

Kate Moore has done a superb job highlighting the working conditions and then the health implications of working with radium.  At the time no one knew what these implications were, and by the time the reader is told what is happening, a bond has already formed with the reader, so the emotional roller coaster begins.

I think this is a book that people should be aware of and take the time to read, Kate has done such a wonderful job of highlighting what these women went through and showed a warmth and an understanding when she told their story.  It is available in Hardback, eBook and will be released in March 2018 as a paperback. Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

NUMBER ONE BEST READ OF 2017 , is a Trilogy ! 

 

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“The Darkest Hand” Trilogy by Tarn Richardson absolutely blew me away, and then some.  I am a reader that starts a books, reads it and then moves on to the next one, when The Risen arrived in the post, I dropped the book I was reading immediately so I could begin reading this final instalment.

It originally started with “The Hunted”, a little 45 page prequel I was stunned by the time I got to the end, then moved onto The Damned and was amazed, then came The Fallen and was more amazed than before, then was furious as the publication date was moved back for The Risen. When I finally finished it I find few watery droplets falling from my eyeballs.

A brilliantly detailed, researched and written historical fiction and fantasy mash up. The Hunted is so action packed and fast paced, that when I had finished it, I thought there is no way this could be kept up for a full length book , never mind a trilogy.  Oh how wonderfully wrong I was. This has got the most brilliantly, elaborately thought out plot, with little, almost insignificant details in the prequel showing up in the last book.  Nothing in this book is there by chance, the characters have a role to play they are not mere bystanders.  In this series you will come across Poldeck Tacit a rude, blunt inquisitor of the unhinged variety, he will lead you across Europe and through wars, corruption and conspiracy within the church, with supernatural mixed in alongside old rites and rituals and oh so much more. The highlight of my reading year that wiuld appeal to Dark Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Fiction.

I just want to rave on and on about this trilogy,  they are that good, I still stand by my shout out that this trilogy is second only to Lord Of The Rings, and they are some of my favourite books.  Available in paperback, hardback and eBook from Amazon UK ~ Amazon US


I would like to thank all the wonderful fellow bloggers, authors and publishers that have made this year a great one from a literary perspective, the shares, likes and comments have been amazing.  I have have made some wonderful virtual friends and look forward to virtually meeting many more.

I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year xxx

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#Books ~ Me and My Books ~ Some of my favourite Reads of 2017

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I have thought about this post for a little while now, and have iffed and ahhmmed over several weeks.  I have read some of the most amazing books this year that have taken me through a journey of several emotions, to different worlds  and times.

Prior to this year I spent 2015/16 reading a lot of Classics.  So when I decided to read newly published books it was almost like a child in a sweet shop, a lot of the authors were new to me as was the whole world of Book Blogging, and the wonderfully loyal, crazy, supportive bunch of people who inhabit it’s spot in the universe.

So now to my decisions :

I have read nearly 190 books this year and so this decision has been hard.

My “Top 3” I will be popping on a post tomorrow, but I have a selected some that I have loved reading so much over the year. This first list is of books that are not associated with any blog tours, (they are on another list lol 😉 ) and I thought they were amazing.  A mixed bag of fantasy, historical fiction, crime, contemporary, children’s and festive.

Click on book title for my review 🙂

Perfect Remains by Helen Fields.

Hortense and The Shadow by Lauren and Natalia O’Hara

My Husbands Wife by Jane Corry.

1066 : What Fates Impose by G.K Holloway.

Ronaldo The Reindeer Flying Academy by Maxine Sylvester.

The Deaths of December by Susi Holliday.

The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde by Eve Chase.

Melokai by Rosalyn Kelly.

The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days by Juliet Conlin.

How To Stop Time by Matt Haig.

The Little Village Christmas by Sue Moorcroft.

The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie.

The Ludlow Ladies Society by Ann O’Loughlin.

The Weight of Shadows by Karl Holton.

The Last Nazi by Andrew Turpin.

Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair by Heidi Swain.

I would also like to add a huge thanks you to all the Blog Tour Organisers who have allowed me a spot on the tours for books over the past few months.  Being new to blogging I appreciate the chance to take part in them. I am going to mention some of the favourites, but there were so many that I really enjoyed.

The Fallen Agent by Oliver Tidy.

The Dead Whisper by Emma Clapperton.

Scream Blue Murder by Tony J Forder.

Absolution by P.A Davies.

Outremer by D.N Carter.

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond.

You’re Next by Michael Fowler,

Christmas at the Little Knitting Box by Helen J Rolfe.

No Bodies by Robert Crouch.

Tall Chimneys By Allie Cresswell.


I have had a great reading year and would quite happily add so many more books to this list.  I would like to finish by saying to all those that have followed and shared my posts “Thank You Very Much xxx”

Wishing everyone a “Happy Christmas and New Year”, or “Happy Holiday”, (whichever you prefer) see you all in 2018 🙂

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