We Ride Upon Sticks – Quan Barry

In 1692, Danvers, Massachusetts was home to the original witch trials. In 1989, it’s home to field hockey team “Danvers Falcons” who, after a humiliating defeat the first day of sports camp, decide if they want to make it to State Finals it may be time to think outside the box. With Co-Captains, Abby Putnam, a descendant of famous Salem accuser, Ann Putnam, and Jen Fiorenza, who’s claw hair do seems to have a life of its own, at the helm the girls set out to do whatever it takes to get them to finals.

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A Faint Cold Fear – Karin Slaughter

The third book in the “Grant County” series sees Medical Examiner, Sara Linton, called to the scene of an apparent suicide by a student on campus but something about it just doesn’t feel right to her or her ex-husband, Police Chief, Jeffrey Tolliver. When a woman is viciously attacked nearby and victims start piling up it seems that Sara’s fears are right, there could be a killer on campus.

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She Said – Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

On 5 October 2017, the “New York Times” published an article by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey about the predatory behaviour of Harvey Weinstein that helped change the face of Hollywood and bring Weinstein to justice for his crimes. “She Said” is the story behind the article.

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June Round Up

June is absolutely one of my favourite months. It’s my birthday month so there’s always some fun stuff going on, catching up with friends and family and of course new books for presents!

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The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires – Grady Hendrix

Patricia Campbell led a fairly mundane life. Her husband is a workaholic, pushing for promotion, her teenage kids are busy with their own lives and she’s struggling to take care of her Mother-in-Law who is rapidly declining with dementia. The one bright area of her life is her book club where the group of women read a mix of true crime and crime fiction. After a horrific attack by her elderly neighbour, Patricia meets the neighbour’s nephew, the mysterious James Harris. At first she is enchanted by him but as time goes on strange things start to happen around the neighbourhood and when some kids from the other side of town start to go missing or die in unusual circumstances, Patricia starts to suspect her new friend may be involved. Could the truth be even worse than she ever imagined and just how much are her convictions going to cost her?

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Yearly Round Up

Well, another year older and another reading year over! It’s my birthday today, which means it’s also my bookstagram anniversary and the end of my reading year. For new readers of my blog, I use my birthday as the start of my reading year rather than doing the traditional calendar year.

In total I have read 23,362 pages across 68 books, which is my highest since I started tracking the numbers so I’m feeling very pleased with myself. Looking back over my star ratings for the year as well I’ve read some really amazing books too, which is definitely more important to me. Here’s how my ratings broke down:-

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 27

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 – 10

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 14

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 – 4

⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 4

⭐️⭐️ – 1

DNF – 1

Unrated (kids book re-reads) – 8

At the halfway point of the year I did a post, which can be found here, detailing some of the fabulous books I’d read during the first six months of the year so I’m not going to repeat those but here are some of my favourites from the second half of the year:-

📖 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. This has been recommended by basically everyone and I can see why it’s so widely loved.

📖 Forced Out by Kevin Maxwell. At times difficult to read but overall I’d say an important read, very thought provoking.

📖 When I was Ten by Fiona Cummins. This was a NetGalley read and a new author to me. A really gripping read.

📖 Just Friends in Vegas by Lucy Keeling. This made me so happy, a genuinely fun & sexy read.

📖 American Predator by Maureen Callahan. By turns angering and brilliant, an excellent true crime book about what I would consider to be a little known case.

📖 Cujo by Stephen King. My last book of the year and I ended on an absolute high!

I’m also astounded that there are now 434 people following me over on Instagram, which is over a hundred more than last year. Never ceases to amaze me that people are interested in what I post on there and I’ve met some fabulous people. I don’t really actively set out to grow my following so I’m always so happy when new people find me.

Over the coming year I’m just gonna keep doing what I have been doing really. I’ll be trying (and no doubt kind of failing) to get my TBR under control, carrying on with my King journey and my 50 books to read before I’m 40 as well as trying to push myself to try new authors and genres. For my Stephen King journey I’m currently sitting at 51 read out of 75 and on my 50 books to read before I’m 40 I’m at 24 read out of 50 so still a bit of work to do.

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Cujo – Stephen King

Brett Camber’s St Bernard, Cujo, is a gentle giant and the best friend he’s ever had, until one day he chases a rabbit down the wrong hole and finds himself confronted by rabid bats. Over the next few days Cujo gets sicker and sicker until anyone who crosses his path is in extreme danger.

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False Witness – Karin Slaughter

Despite not having the most conventional upbringing, Leigh and Callie were good people, trying to make changes to their lives for the better until one night, over 20 years ago, they did something terrible and everything changed.

Now a successful Lawyer trying to get through the pandemic, Leigh has buried what happened deep inside her until she gets a new client pushed on her at short notice and he knows things about that night, all those years ago, that he shouldn’t. Can Leigh and Callie save themselves from this new threat and what will it cost them this time?

“False Witness” is due to be published on 24 June by Harper Collins and I was given a free e-arc via NetGalley in exchange for this honest review.

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Catch and Kill – Ronan Farrow

In 2017, Ronan Farrow stumbled into a story that had previously been only the subject of whispered rumours. One of Hollywood’s most powerful producers was a sexual predator who would intimidate and bully his way out of trouble and make sure the women he abused kept quiet. With seemingly unlimited resources he hired shadowy agencies to carry out surveillance and gather intelligence against anyone who tried to get the story out and he had been getting away with it for years.

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The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

Esther Greenwood appears to be on the brink of a bright future. She’s done an internship at a fashion magazine in New York and has a passion for writing but she also feels at odds with the world around her and is being consumed by a darkness that she can’t seem to shake.

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