Book Buying Habits Tag

I recently came across the “Book Buying Habits” tag over at An Infinite Book World, you can read Alaina’s post here. Since I haven’t done a book tag for ages, I thought I would give this one a go, so today I will be sharing with you my book buying habits.

Where do you buy your books?

Anywhere and everywhere! My main source of reading material is Amazon, but I have picked up books from car boot sales, charity shops and the usual bookstores such as, Waterstones and W H Smith. I also like The Book People and The Works.

If I’m honest I’m a bit of a tight arse when it comes to buying books and will more often than not try to avoid paying full price for them, unless it’s something I really want to read or if I’m looking for a specific edition.

Do you ever pre-order books and if so, do you do this in-store or online?

Since I review quite a lot of ARC’s before they are published I don’t really need to pre-order. However, if I really like a book and want to keep a copy I will pre-order it. One such book was my most recent pre-order Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles.

On average, how many books do you buy a month?

This varies from month to month. It also depends on the format of the book. I do have a tendency to download any free books that I think I might enjoy, which can sometimes mean I’m downloading a book a day. However most of these are usually free.

As for books I actually pay for this would probably average out at between 1-3 books every month unless I come across any bargains or deals.

Do you use your local library?

Nope. I don’t even have a library card, although I think the kids might have one somewhere. They downsized our local library years ago and the atmosphere just wasn’t the same so I stopped going.

What is your opinion on library books?

I think they are brilliant! I love that they make books so accessible for everyone.

How do you feel about second-hand books?

Second hand books are fantastic. You can get some really great bargains for next to nothing. I can often be found scouring the local charity shops for some book bargains, although some of the previous owners can be page folders and spine benders which upsets me a little bit.

Do you keep your TBR pile on your main bookshelf, or no?

Yes and no. I read a lot of books on my kindle so I have several collections on there for my TBR books. Other than than all my other books are on my main bookshelf. They have their own shelf solely for books I have yet to read.

Do you plan to read all of the books you own?

Definitely! I never buy a book that I have no intention of reading one day. That said I do find myself wondering why I’ve purchased/downloaded some of them if I don’t read them quite soon after purchasing. I usually keep hold of them though as my reading tastes change. My TBR list has everything from classics to YA; horror to historical romance and everything in between.

What do you do with books you feel you will never read/did not enjoy?

I usually pass them on to someone else to read if they are hard copies. Kindle books usually just get deleted from my device.

Have you ever donated books?

Regularly. I only have a small bookshelf, hence the kindle, so I have to regularly cull my books. Ones that haven’t made the cut to remain get donated to charity shops, friends, relatives or sometimes sold on.

I also have regular clear outs of the kids books these usually get donated to the school.

Have you ever been on a book buying ban?

Never, and I can’t see me ever putting myself on one. I do try to restrict my purchases, especially of paperbacks due to lack of space but other than that I’m free to buy as and when I please.

Do you feel that you buy too many books?

Most definitely! In fact I don’t think there is a reader out there who doesn’t.

 

I really enjoyed this tag and in the interest of sharing the love I tag the following people.

Emma at Read Write Inspire

Debbie at My Random Musings

Emma at Devon Mum

Stephanie at Our Cherry Tree

Laura at Edinburgh with Kids

Plus anyone who reads this post and wants to join in.

I hope you enjoyed today’s tag. Don’t forget to comment, like and follow for more posts!

Happy Reading

Debbie x

Blog Tour: Till The Dust Settles by Pat Young

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Pat Young’s debut novel Till The Dust Settles.

There are still  more stops on the tour so don’t forget to check them out.

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Synopsis

til the dust settles FINALThe lives of two women who never meet are about to collide.

Lucie married young. Her husband has become abusive, controlling and violent.  Having lost everything as a result of the marriage, Lucie decides it is time to walk away.

As she leaves the house on the morning of September 11th, heading to a job interview at the World Trade Centre and the promise of a new life, the unthinkable happens.

On a street in New York, choking on the dust, Lucie stumbles upon an opportunity for a new life.

She thought the grass would be greener. But starting again is never that simple…

Sometimes, what lies ahead is even more deadly.

Review

Till the Dust Settles is Pat Young’s debut novel and what a brilliant first book it is. It follows the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York and adds a totally unique spin to it all.

Lucie is on her way to an interview when the attack takes place and she is caught up in a dust cloud in the middle of Manhattan. While attempting to survive the carnage in the streets, she trips and somehow finds herself with someone else’s handbag without initially realising. By the time she has realised her mistake it is too late to return it so she looks for an alternative way to get the bag back to its rightful owner.

The story is effortlessly combines identity theft, conspiracy, murder and domestic violence into a compelling story. The twists kept me wondering what was going to happen next and the ending, well I never in a million years expected that!

The development of the characters as the book progresses is well done and overall the book is very well written.

I really enjoyed this book and although everyone is aware of the events of 9/11 this book throws an interesting twist into the mix which makes for a fascinating read.

Many thanks to Pat, Sarah and Bloodhound Books for my advanced reader copy and inviting me on the tour!

Till The Dust Settles was published on July 20th

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About the Author

downloadPat Young grew up in the south west of Scotland where she still lives, sometimes. She often goes to the other extreme, the south west of France, in search of sunlight.

Pat never expected to be a writer. Then she found a discarded book with a wad of cash tucked in the flyleaf. ‘What if something awful happened to the person who lost this book?’ she thought, and she was off.

Pat knew nothing of writing, but she knew a thing or two about books, having studied English, French and German at Glasgow University. A passion for languages led to a career she loved and then a successful part-time business that allowed her some free-time, at last.

Pat had plans, none of which included sitting at her desk from daybreak till dusk. But some days she has to. Because there’s a story to be told. And when it’s done, she can go out to play. On zip-wires and abseil ropes, or just the tennis court.

Pat writes psychological thrillers. Till the Dust Settles is her debut, from Bloodhound Books.

Book Review: Younger

Synopsis

YoungerWhen PR pro Anna Wallingham gets dumped by her last client, she finds herself running out of options in LA, where looks trump experience. Desperate to prove she is still relevant, the fiftysomething accepts a shady job offer from Pierre Barton, secretive billionaire owner of Barton Pharmaceuticals. Isolated in a facility outside London, she agrees to test a new top-secret product guaranteed to make her look thirty years younger. Anna is starting to look on the outside the way she feels on the inside: ageless. But she soon discovers that her predecessor died under mysterious circumstances, leading her to research just who stands to gain—and lose—with this miraculous product. When Pierre drops dead in front of her, she takes off on a dangerous journey across Europe hoping to stay alive long enough to uncover the truth.

With the hard-won knowledge that younger isn’t always better, Anna is determined to escape and reclaim her life before it’s too late.

They look at the shoes, the watch, and the bag. Then they decide where to seat you.

Review

I’m not really sure where to go with this review as the book was in no way a thriller, which is what it was sold as.

It began with a lot of promise. Her boss arrives at her apartment and promptly dies. Anna changes her name and goes on the run across Europe.

The book goes on to explain how Anna got to where she is now. This is where I lost interest. We hear about her shopping trips (which became a little tiresome) and the ‘life coaches’ appointed to make her sound and act appropriate to her newly come by age (I didn’t care)

I was almost a third of the way through the book before I found anything remotely resembling a ‘thriller’ and even then it fell a little flat.

The characters, although plentiful, didn’t engage me in the way I had hoped and I found myself uninterested in whether or not they found the answers they were looking for.

Overall, the book was OK, but maybe just not my cup of tea.

Thanks for reading, until next time

Debbie x

Mythical Creatures: The End of an Era

It’s a very sad day for book lovers as the The Stationery Geekette has closed the pages on her Bookclub Box. So today I will be sharing with you the contents of the very final box.

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I’ve loved my monthly box goodies from Emma and this month has been no different. She has definitely gone out on a high!

This months book choice was The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent. It’s a YA fantasy/paranormal story and looks really good. I’ll be adding it to my August TBR assuming I can find the time to read anything with the kids being off school.

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Moving on we have a gorgeous candle, made by the amazing Emma herself under her new guise of Geekette Creations. The Dragon Blood candle smells amazing and has a gorgeous glittery coating. I’ve currently got it in my office with the lid off as I don’t want to light it just yet but love the smell. I believe these will still be available over on the group.

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Next up we have a selection of planner stickers from Mix and Match Planner’s Something Magical range. The stickers are beautiful and will be finding their way to my planners in the coming weeks. As usual there is a really good selection of stickers and there will definitely enough for several weeks worth of spreads.

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Keeping with the stationery aspect there is a super cute little dragon paperclip by Little Dragon Jewellery.

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The other items in the box included a bookmark by Jessica Scissorhands, a mermaid postcard by Papiopress, a feather card and a gorgeous dragon necklace.

Everything in the box is amazing and this is definitely one of my favourite boxes. It’s a shame to see them go, but I believe there will be special edition box in time for Christmas.

Thanks for reading,

Debbie x

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Blog Tour: In Your Name by Rob Ashman

Today is my stop on the blog tour for In Your Name by Rob Ashman.

There are still a few more stops on the tour so don’t forget to check them out.

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Synopsis

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Police detective Lucas has become consumed with tracking down the deranged killer, known as Mechanic, and bringing the murderer to justice. Nothing else matters, not even his wife. His marriage is falling apart.

Mechanic has not killed for eight months and the trail has gone cold, then Lucas receives a terrifying letter. In a desperate bid to reignite the case, he tries to convince his boss to mount an operation in Baton Rouge where the letter was posted.

But was the letter really sent by Mechanic?

Not knowing where to turn, with his marriage in turmoil and his career on the rocks, Lucas begins to spiral out of control.

When Mechanic meets the head of a drug smuggling cartel the situation takes a grave turn.

Meanwhile, a bizarre set of murders are taking place in Vegas and Detective Rebecca Moran is put on the case. She will stop at nothing to make a name for herself.

Is there a link between the murders and Mechanic?

Can Lucas apprehend the killer this time or will Mechanic remain one step ahead?

Review

Last month I read and reviewed Rob’s first book in the Mechanic Trilogy, Those That Remain. You can read my review here. I’m so pleased to be able to be able to review the next book in the series, In Your Name.

In Your Name begins where Those That Remain ended (and began). Lucas has returned to work after his rehabilitation following the events of the first book, he is still obsessed with catching Mechanic and because of this obsession his marriage is failing. Add to the mix his partner, Bassano has moved away and cut all ties and you have a man on the verge of losing everything.

I can’t go into to much detail regarding the overall story as it will spoil both this book and Those That Remain. What I will say is that this book is as good as, if not better, that the first book and all the suspense I have come to expect from Rob Ashman was there and more.

There are twists and turns galore in this book and be ready to expect the unexpected as drug dealers, police and Mechanic all get drawn into one elaborate tale of survival, revenge and greed.

The book is fast paced and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. The characters are brilliant and I probably shouldn’t admit to actually liking the Mechanic, the crazed, psychopathic serial killer, but I kind of do.

Overall I would highly recommend this book. I’m so excited for the final book and luckily there isn’t long to wait, my review will be available next month.

Many thanks to Rob, Sarah and Bloodhound Books for my advanced reader copy and inviting me on the tour!

In Your Name was published on July 13th

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About the Author

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Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.

Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.

When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

Rob is delighted that all three books in the Mechanic Trilogy will be published with Bloodhound Books in 2017.

Those That Remain  –  22 June

In Your Name            –  13 July

Pay The Penance     –  8 August

Rob now writes full time and has recently completed his fourth novel titled Faceless.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Marry Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt

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I am delighted to be involved with the weekend blitz for Marry Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt and today I have a guest post from the author herself.

The Complexities of Cross-Country Cooking by Kate Hewitt

In Marry Me at Willoughby Close, the heroine Alice ends up making a lot of British comfort food for her employer, Lady Stokeley—nursery favourites such as toad in the hole, cottage pie, and others that Lady Stokeley hasn’t enjoyed since she was a child.

As a mum of five, I have become well versed in the importance of comfort food! Although I’m American, I learned to cook in the UK after I got married, and so the go-to comfort foods of my family tend to be British—my children’s favourite meals are roast dinner with Yorkshire puddings, chicken and ham pie, and toad in the hole.

However, despite having learned to cook in this fine country, there are many delicacies that have passed me by. Marmite, for example, I find atrocious, and so do my children. Jaffa cakes are not quite as perplexing, perhaps, but I don’t enjoy them, either. I don’t mind flapjacks, but my children really don’t see the point. If you’re going to eat the equivalent of a cookie, they say, it should have chocolate in it.

When we entertain guests, they are often somewhat bemused by my fusion of American and British cuisine. At dinner parties my husband and I always seem to forget which is American and which is British—coffee, then dessert, or dessert then coffee? Of course, it goes the other way too—British friends are baffled by our love of root beer (it tastes like mouthwash, they say), as well as peanut butter and jelly (a family staple), and are incredulous of American-sized portions.

All in all we’re neither one thing nor an another; both British and American friends find us to be an anomaly—something we’ve become used to! So, what is your comfort food of choice? I must admit, when I’m in need of comfort food, I go back to my roots. I prefer Kraft macaroni and cheese (and yes, it is bright orange) or a Philadelphia cheesesteak, something that is regional to my part of the US.

Let me know what your comfort food is in the comments!

Happy Reading (& Eating!),

Kate

Synopsis

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Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver…

Alice James has been a drifter her whole life, working her way through several foster homes before ending up in Wychwood-on-Lea, feeling anchorless and invisible. When a chance encounter leads to Alice accepting a position as a caretaker and companion to Lady Stokeley, she starts to feel as if she might finally be able to put down some roots and live the way other people do.

Then, Lady Stokeley’s nephew, city banker Henry Trent, storms into Willoughby Manor, seeming to find fault with everything, including Alice. As the next in line to the manor and title, he threatens to upturn everything she’s started to build. But Henry is hiding his own secret fears and weaknesses, ones he’s desperate for no one to discover. A surprising and inconvenient attraction that simmers between them leaves Alice feeling more confused than ever, and Henry torn between duty and desire, fear and love.

When circumstances become even more difficult, both Alice and Henry must decide who they really are, and what they are willing to fight for. Could Alice possibly the next Lady of Willoughby Manor?

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Many thanks to Kate, Jenny and Neverland Blog Tours for inviting me on the tour!

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Giveaway

If you want to be in with a chance of winning a £10 Amazon giftcard then don’t forget to enter the giveaway here

About the Author

Kate Hewitt is the author of over 60 novels of romance and women’s fiction.

An American ex-pat and former diehard New Yorker, she now lives in a market town in South Wales with her husband, five children, and overly affectionate Golden Retriever.

To learn more about Kate, check out her website, or join her on Twitter or Facebook at Kate’s Reads.

Blog Tour: Poor Hands by Oliver Tidy

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I’m thrilled to be able to share with your my stop of the blog tour for Poor Hands by Oliver Tidy and published by Bloodhound Books

Synopsis

poor hands finalOut of a big old building on the south coast of Kent, David Booker runs a book-themed coffee shop and Jo Cash operates a private investigation business. They live there, too. But not like that.

 

Jo needs help with tracing a mystery client’s living relatives. David needs help with his staffing problems. Can they both get what they are looking for?

 

Sometimes two heads are better than one. Sometimes a poor hand is better than none. But not always…

Review

Poor Hands is the third book in Booker and Cash series. You can read my thoughts on the previous book He Made Me here.

Like the previous book, Poor Hands can be read as a standalone story. However in order to understand the relationship between Booker and Cash fully it is worth reading the books in order.

I was really looking forward to returning to Dymchurch and following the story of David Booker and Jo Cash and I wasn’t disappointed.

Bookers is going from strength to strength and David is on the look out for more staff to handle the increasing number of customers. Jo has a few small investigative jobs on the books, one of which is right up David’s street.

Yet again the quality of the characters is exceptional. I especially loved Ben and his quirky ways and hope to see more of him in future books. The will they-won’t they aspect of Booker and Cash’s relationship is still there, however it does seem to be progressing ever so slightly throughout the story so who knows what might happen in the next book.

There is something about this series that that draws you in. It has a mix of humour, suspense, romance and of course mystery and crime. It’s not quite as dark as some of my recent reads but it had me hooked and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a quick lighthearted read and I’m very much looking forward to the next instalment.

Many thanks to Oliver, Sarah and Bloodhound Books for my advanced reader copy and inviting me on the tour!

Poor Hands was published on July 11th

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Oliver Tidy was born and bred on Romney Marsh, Kent. After a fairly aimless foray into adulthood and a number of unfulfilling jobs he went back to education and qualified as a primary school teacher.

A few years of having the life sucked out of him in the classroom encouraged Oliver abroad to teach English as a foreign language. The lifestyle provided him the time and opportunity to try his hand at writing.

Oliver’s success as a self-published author has led to his Booker and Cash series of books, which are mainly set on Romney Marsh, being signed by Bloodhound Books.

Oliver is now back living on Romney Marsh and writing full time.

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