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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