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Top Ten Tuesday: Books By My Favorite Authors That We Still Haven’t Read #travelingfriendsread #BookBloggers

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  This week’s topic is: Books by my favorite authors that I still haven’t read.

Daisy in ChainsDaisy in Chains by Sharon J. Bolton

Norma and I have read a couple of books by Sharon Bolton and she has become one of our favourite authors. We do still have a few books that we haven’t read but this one is high on our list to read.

A Noise DownstairsA Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay is a go-to author for both Norma and I and we have read most of his books.  This one has been sitting on our EW shelves for quite some time. He never disappoints so we should just get to it and read it soon.

Women TalkingWomen Talking by Miriam Toews

Women Talking just recently caught our eye and Norma and I both just went out and bought the book.  This one is on the top of our list to get to soon.

 

All We Ever WantedAll We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

Norma and I have been reading Emily Giffin books faithfully for years which started out with the Something Borrowed series and loved them so much that we are always excited to see when she has a new release out. Norma has read all of her books except for this one and is really excited to get to it. I gifted Norma my copy of this book as I know how excited she is to read this author. I still have a few books to read by Emily Giffin to catch-up to Norma!

Us Against You (Beartown, #2)Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman became a favourite after reading A Man Called Ove and Beartown just clinched him as one.  We just bought this book and love having them in our book stash.  Us Against You is one that is sitting high on our shelves to read.

Winter GardenWinter Garden by Kristin Hannah

This was a much loved Traveling Sisters Group read that we all absolutely loved except for the fact that Norma wasn’t able to fit this one in and ever since it has been on her radar and she is desperate to read it sometime soon.

Home FrontHome Front by Kristin Hannah

This has been one I have been meaning and wanting to read for quite some time. I know I will just love this and there will be just the right time for me to dive into this one.

Two RiversTwo Rivers by T. Greenwood

After reading Where I Lost Her which became one of Norma’s all-time favourite books. T. Greenwood became a favourite author of Norma’s and has read a few others and really enjoyed them. She describes T. Greenwood’s writing style as so relatable and it feels like she is writing just for her that is how well Norma connects with her storytelling. We really want to read this one as we’ve heard lots of good things about it.

Iron HouseIron House by John Hart

After reading Redemption Road, John Hart became a favorite for us and after reading we were hooked.  We quickly bought some of his backlist and they are on the top of our list to read.

 

The Husband's SecretThe Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Why I haven’t read this one yet, I really don’t know.  I have carried this book back and forth with me so many times when I traveled but I just haven’t read it yet.  This is one I am going to find the right time for and with the new one coming out I really want to read this and the new one.Computer BooksBrenda – So I really think I need to lock myself in a room with all these books and not come out till they are read.  I also need not to open that NetGalley page till I have read some of these title.  I think it’s funny how I own so many books by my favourite authors and I seem to hold on to them and not read them.  It’s like I want to keep them close and just have them to look at, hug and available just for that perfect time to read each one.   It’s comforting to know they are there waiting for me to read them when I need that comfort.

Norma – So I have pretty much the same much-loved “book problems” as Brenda does but where we might differ a little bit is how we decide what to read. I have a collection of books by my favourite authors just like Brenda and we both pretty much feel the same way about our books but my feelings really play a huge part in what I choose to read. A favourite author I have to read right away and nothing can stand in my way – sometimes not even Brenda. But boy does she try! Lol Books definitely call my name whether it being a favourite author, an appealing cover or an enticing title. That’s what comforts me knowing that I can walk into my rooms where I store by books and that one book that is standing out and making me feel that’s it’s saying, “please read me next” has such a wonderful appeal to me.
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Do you like to hold on to some of your favorite authors books just for that perfect time? Are you a mood and emotionally reader like Norma?  What books by your favorite authors have you not read?  Drop us a comment.  We would love to hear from you!

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Truth and Lies by Caroline Mitchell #travelingsistersread #BookReview #BookBloggers @Caroline_writes

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Web_L365-1_brunette_green-eyesBrenda’s review

Lindsay and I read Truth and Lies with three of our Traveling Sisters and this one goes on my list of one of the best thrillers I have read in a while. For the most part we all had similar thoughts on this however one sister did see some things differently.

For me these fascinating and interesting characters and the dynamics between them really made the story for me.  Along with the mind games and manipulation played here I was intrigued and chilled at the same time.

First we meet strong, confident and respected Detective Inspector Amy whose’s world becomes too unhinged when she finds out she is a biological daughter of serial killers.

Then we meet Amy’s mother, dark minded, manipulative and terrifying Lillian a psychopathic killer wanting to play some dark and chilling mind games with Amy.  Amy not wanting to have anything to do with her mother and her games is forced to go along with it to get some information from Lillian.  We loved the dynamics here between them and were fascinated by them.  Caroline Mitchell does a great job here creating a chilling and terrifying killer with no empathy or remorse making Lillian one of the best psychopaths I have read about. We were drawn into Amy’s struggles with accepting and questioning who she was and is.

Truth and Lies is gripping right from the start to the finish however some of us did think maybe Caroline Mitchell did push that ending just a bit with a couple of the twists that we felt might not have been needed.  Anyway this made for an interesting discussion and always fun to see everyone’s different thoughts.

I highly recommend this one to readers who love a chilling, evil and manipulative psychopath the kind so unlikable and horrible that you can’t but find her fantasying and likeable as a character.

Web_L149-3_blonde_blue-eyesLindsay’s review

Highly addictive! Gripping suspense! Unique and twisty plot! Incredible characters! I loved this book!

Detective Inspector Amy Winter is shocked when she receives a letter from the infamous and imprisoned serial killer, Lillian Grimes, explaining that she is her birth mother. Lillian is requesting to reunite with Amy in person to disclose the location of three bodies that have been missing for years.  Amy must process her entire childhood under a new light, all the while working against the clock to return the bodies home to their grieving families.

I couldn’t flip these pages fast enough! This is my first book by Caroline Mitchell and I am now a HUGE fan! I absolutely loved her writing – the characters, the dialogue, the atmosphere, the language – it all felt so real and memorable. The narrative and pace were both done to perfection. Though I found a couple aspects of the novel were unnecessary near the end, I still whole-heartedly enjoyed this book
and would highly recommend!  DI Amy Winter is a fantastic main character – I can’t wait to read more in the series.

Thank you from both of us to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and Caroline Mitchell for a copy to read and review.

Web_L117-4From Bern’s review

This book had some serious cat and mouse action going between Amy & Lillian. I enjoyed their back and forth push and pull. Lillian is pure evil. She is a master manipulator, excelling at mind games. Amy never backs down, despite the turmoil she endures as her childhood memories begin to resurface. Amy must face her past in order to uncover the location of long hidden bodies and possibly save a young girl’s life.

The story took some well crafted twists & turns and left us with a very enticing cliffhanger. Mitchell certainly has an excellent start to a series here.

LC15-5From Mary Beth’s review

I was drawn immediately into this story. This book is a chilling thriller with lots of twists. I kept guessing and guessing and was wrong every time and didn’t find out things until the very end. This is one great serial killer thriller which was gripping and suspenseful. This was a real thrill ride that kept me on the edge of my seat. Lots of surprises in this one. The ending made me hold my breath and I had to come up for air.

LC15-9From Christina’s review

The last quarter of this book was chock-full of twists and turns that I definitely didn’t see coming. While in some cases that’s great and exciting, in others it means it came out of left field. Truth and Lies delivered both in spades. A few of the twists were shockers for me that amplified my enjoyment of the read overall and others were a bit far fetched. My main gripe and disappointment with this one is it felt that Mitchell wanted the mystery of Amy’s past to propel you to the end, instead of the story engaging you enough to finish.

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Throwback Thursday: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Throwback Thursday is a meme created by Renee, Its Book Talk to share some of our old favorites as well as books that we’ve finally got around to reading that was published over a year ago.

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Norma and I really enjoyed reading The Alice Network and we stood up cheering when we saw that Kate Quinn has a new book coming out in February and we can’t wait to read to it.

The Alice NetworkThe Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Goodreads summary

In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She’s also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie’s parents banish her to Europe to have her “little problem” taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she’s recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she’s trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the “Queen of Spies”, who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy’s nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth…no matter where it leads.

From our Traveling Sisters Group review

The story told from emotional, broken, grief and guilt-stricken Eve’s perspective we learn her backstory and her part in The Alice Network. This was our favorite part of the story as we really enjoyed the friendships here and their deep connection that they had with each other. Eve’s character and her perspectives we felt were the strongest part of this story. We really could feel and see their loyalty and how protective they were of each other. We loved how the Kate Quinn gave her a stutter and it really showed how she was able to use that to her advantage.

The Alice Network made for an interesting group read and discussion that we all really enjoyed. We all agreed we really appreciated learning about the remarkable Alice Network. We recommend for group reads and for anyone looking to learn more about this very interesting part of history and the workings of this spy network of women.

About the Author

Kate Quinn is a New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction. She attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written seven historical novels, including the bestselling “The Alice Network,” the Empress of Rome Saga, and the Borgia Chronicle. All have been translated into multiple languages.

Kate and her husband now live in San Diego with two black dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia, and her interests include opera, action movies, cooking, and the Boston Red Sox.

Coming February 26, 2019

The HuntressThe Huntress by Kate Quinn

Goodreads Summary

From the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, The Alice Network, comes another fascinating historical novel about a battle-haunted English journalist and a Russian female bomber pilot who join forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America.

In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted…

Bold, reckless Nina Markova grows up on the icy edge of Soviet Russia, dreaming of flight and fearing nothing. When the tide of war sweeps over her homeland, she gambles everything to join the infamous Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on Hitler’s eastern front. But when she is downed behind enemy lines and thrown across the path of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, Nina must use all her wits to survive.

British war correspondent Ian Graham has witnessed the horrors of war from Omaha Beach to the Nuremberg Trials. He abandons journalism after the war to become a Nazi hunter, yet one target eludes him: the Huntress. Fierce, disciplined Ian must join forces with brazen, cocksure Nina, the only witness to escape the Huntress alive. But a shared secret could derail their mission, unless Ian and Nina force themselves to confront it.

Seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride grows up in post WWII Boston, determined despite family opposition to become a photographer. At first delighted when her long-widowed father brings home a fiancée, Jordan grows increasingly disquieted by the soft-spoken German widow who seems to be hiding something. Armed only with her camera and her wits, Jordan delves into her new stepmother’s past and slowly realizes there are mysteries buried deep in her family. But Jordan’s search for the truth may threaten all she holds dear.

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We Can’t-Wait to Read: The Night Before by Wendy Walker #travelingsistersread @Wendy_Walker @StMartinsPress

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about and that we have yet to read.  It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

We can’t wait to read The Night Before by Wendy Walker an upcoming Traveling Sisters Group Read.  Joining in on this read is Christina from Recipe and a Read

Thank you to Jordan from St Martin’s Press for supplying The Traveling Sisters with copies to read and review.  We are excited to get started!

img_6494The Night Before by Wendy Walker

Twelve hours earlier, she was…
Hopeful.
Excited.
Safe.

Now she’s gone

Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

About the Author

Wendy Walker is a former attorney and investment banker in Fairfield County, Connecticut who began writing while at home raising her three sons. Her debut thriller, All Is Not Forgotten, has become an international bestseller and was optioned for film by Warner Brothers with Reese Witherspoon set to produce. Emma In The Night was published the following year and her next thriller is expected to be released in Spring 2019.

This will be my first book by Wendy Walker, but not Norma’s.  She has read
All Is Not Forgotten and Emma in the Night.  All is Not Forgotten was a favourite for Norma.  I have both just waiting for me to read.

Have you read any of these books by Wendy Walker?  Have you read The Night Before? Does that very short description have you intrigued?  Want to read this one?  Drop us a comment!  We Love to hear from you!

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The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz #travelingfriendsread #BookReview #BookBloggers

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The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

Web_L365-3_brunette_blue-eyesLindsay and I read The Word is Murder with three of our Traveling Friends.  A while back we read Magpie Murders in a much larger group in the Traveling Sisters group and this one was a bit of a different reading experience for us.  I enjoyed Magpie Murders just a bit more than The Word is Murder and felt it had a few more elements to the story to add to the discussion.  However we had a great discussion with this one and I recommend it for group reads.

Anthony Horowitz takes the classic, golden age whodunnit style of mystery, crime here with The Word is Murder and reinvents it with some clever wit, sarcasm, and fun by adding himself into the story.  Rumor has it Horowitz based this crime on a real case. He creates some mystery here with what’s fact and what’s fiction.  This really added to our discussion as we tried to figure out what was real and what wasn’t.  We took to the internet to find some answers.

What really made this story for us was the dynamics between Horowitz and the eccentric and brilliant investigator Hawthorn.  I loved his quick wit and sarcasm that left Horowitz’s reluctance to work with him  “The world has had quite enough of white, middle-aged, grumpy detectives.’’  

There are some great twists and turns that kept some of us on our toes and guessing right to the end and we didn’t figure out that ending.  One of our friends was much cleverer than we were and was able to piece together some of the clues that were left for us to find.

I highly recommend this one to readers who love the classic whodunnit mysteries and to anyone looking for a safe, fun, fast-paced and suspenseful mystery with a little wit and sarcasm to it.

Web_L149-3_blonde_blue-eyesLindsay’s review

Clever! Brilliant! I don’t think I will ever write a review for this author’s work without those two words included.

Anthony Horowitz has such a unique way of narrating his novels. This one is done in the first person, with Horowitz himself as the main character – ingenious! This is marketed as “a masterful and tricky mystery” which sums it up perfectly!

This novel revolves around a tragic and shocking murder that happens six hours after the victim plans her own funeral. Ex-detective, Daniel Hawthorne, is helping the police investigate this unique case. Hawthorne reaches out to Horowitz to request that he accompany him on his investigation to document the case as well as write a sort of biography about Hawthorne. I loved the dynamic between Hawthorne and Horowitz! They made such an entertaining pair!

If you haven’t read Horowitz before, know you are in for a treat with his unique writing style. Last year I read and LOVED Magpie Murders and while I would say that Magpie remains my most favourite, this novel is a very close second!

Web_L323-3_brunette_green eyesFrom Jan’s review

Jan’s reviewThis is, in many ways, a classic whodunit Agatha Christie style murder mystery, which happens to be a favorite genre of mine. What makes this book different and unique is the author is a character in his own book and the narrative is a fun blend of fact and fiction. In the story, the novelist Horowitz is presented with the opportunity to follow along with Hawthorne as he works the case and writes a book about it.

They are an unlikely pair and the banter and dynamic between these two characters are most enjoyable. Horowitz is the Watson-type sidekick to Hawthorne’s Sherlock Holmes. Hawthorne is brilliant but difficult and very little is known about his personal life, while Horowitz interjects into the story tidbits about a writer’s life while writing a mystery novel, which adds to the fun.

I loved last year’s Magpie Murders and with this book, the author has made his way onto my favorites list. This is a highly readable, well-written, and well-constructed mystery with the proper clues and red herrings, and a surprising conclusion.

I was happy to read this is book one of a new series. I can’t wait for the next installment!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Fall TBR #travelingsistersread #travelingfriendsread

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  This week’s topic is Books on my Fall TBR.

A Ladder to the SkyA Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

I will be starting this one here real soon with The Traveling Sisters.  I have some high expectations for this one because I loved The Heart’s Invisible Furies.  It’s getting some great reviews.  I can’t wait to get started.

Little DarlingsLittle Darlings by Melanie Golding

Coming up in October for the Traveling Sisters.  Not sure what to expect from this one.  I am thinking it just might be an interesting group read.

 

The CraftsmanThe Craftsman by Sharon J. Bolton

I loved the books I have read from Sharon J. Bolton so I am excited to dive into this one.  I also have Daisy in Chains I want to dive into soon.

 

The Hate U GiveThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I have heard so much about this one and recently read a few reviews and now I really want to read it.  It is an Upcoming Traveling Friends Group Read.

 

VoxVox by Christina Dalcher

This one has been compared to The Handmaid’s Tales and I am really curious about it.

 

The Handmaid's TaleThe Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I am on the second season of the Netflix series and still haven’t read the book.  I really need to start this one soon.

 

The Clockmaker's DaughterThe Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

I haven’t read anything from Kate Morton but I have heard a few Traveling Sisters including Lindsay say how much they like her books.  So I am thinking it’s about time I give it a try.

 

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

I am thinking I need a change a pace here soon and I think this one might just fit the bill.  It is an upcoming Traveling Friends Group read.

 

The Dream DaughterThe Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

This is another Traveling Sisters Group read that I am looking forward.  I can’t wait to see what Diane Chamberlain has in store for us with this story.

 

A Spark of LightA Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite and go to authors.  This one was not available for me to request on NG.  I made a wish but it wasn’t granted.  So as soon as this one is released I am buying it and locking myself in my room till I am done reading it.

 

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Have you read any of these titles?  Want to read any?  What’s on your fall TBR you are most excited for?   Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you.