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  • Best Books,  Random

    10 Best Books of 2017 #ReadWomen

    The time has come! While we wonder about where 2017 has gone, what we did, what we didn’t, time flies, and all those terrifying thoughts on how quickly time goes by, it is time to choose the best 10 books that I have read in 2017. As I usually combine new releases with backlists, some of this books were actually published in 2017, but some others were not. This post is also the perfect time to remind myself that reading is something that I mainly do for pleasure – though I am lucky enough for it to be a big part of my job too – so there should be…

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    2016 In Review: Crime, Fiction, and Women

    2016 has been an interesting year. As I write this we have just heard of Carrie Fisher’s death. Bowie. Prince. Cohen. Brexit. Trump. Aleppo. The ‘alt-right’. George Michael. Spain’s turn to the right, once more. Let’s take a deep breath. 2016 has not been kind to us. Reading is, for many of us bookworms, a necessity, but also escapism. When I joined the blogging community 6 years ago (!!!!) I discovered that reading for escapism was considered a bad habit. You should read to become a better person, to learn. But, what if escaping our lives makes us better people? What if turning the news off and enjoying a good…

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    Top Ten Books of 2015

    2015 has come to an end! Here are the Top Ten Books of 2015 at Books & Reviews: 1. Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm Fiction: identity novel. Good for: readers of philosophical fiction, and Margaret Atwood fans. Want more? Read an exclusive interview with author Rebecca Scherm here. 2. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll Fiction: crime novel. Good for: Gone Girl fans. No more indications needed. Bonus points! This is the first book I reviewed for the Los Angeles Review of Books. 3. Forensics by Val McDermid Non-fiction. Good for: CSI fans, crime fiction fans with an interest in criminology. 4. Atonement by Ian McEwan Fiction: contemporary novel. Good for:…

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    Books And Reviews Best Books of 2014

    The wonderful, challenging and surprising 2014 is coming to an end today, so following Books & Reviews’ tradition, here are the best books I’ve read this year. Can you guess which was my favourite? 10. East of Eden by John Steinbeck 9. Linda, as in The Linda Murder by Leif G.W Persson 8. Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary 7. The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan 6. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

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    Coming Soon: Books & Reviews’ Best Books of 2014

    Lovely Readers, Just a quick note to let you all know that, following B&R’s tradition, a list with the 10 best books of 2014 will come out on New Year’s Eve. Another reason for this late release – since I have seen many of you publishing your lists already – is that I am still reading and reviewing great books. Thank you for your patience and I hope to see you around on the 31st! Elena xx

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    2013 Recap

    I always wait until the very last day of the year to write and publish my Best Books posts because I am always afraid of doing some marvellous last-minute reading that will change my whole Top Ten list. It hasn’t happened yet! Meanwhile, there are my 10 favourite books of 2013 and some reading statistics: 1. Life After Life by Kate Aktinson 2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 3. Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell 4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 5. Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives by Sarah Weinman 6. Z by Therese Anne Fowler 7. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith ( alias J.K. Rowling) 8. Burial Rites…

  • Best Books,  Random,  Top Ten Tuesdays

    Top Ten Tuesday

    This is the first Top Ten Tuesday for me! I’m super excited to be joining y’all sharing our favourite books. Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! August 21: Top Ten Favorite Books You’ve Read During The Lifespan Of Your Blog This is a very difficult task! But the following is a list of books taht really touched me or even changed my life.…