Behind Closed Doors, B.A Paris – Book Review 

Behind Closed Doors by B.A Paris

Rating: 5/5

This is a fantastic psychological thriller written by B.A Paris. I waited a long time to read Behind Closed Doors so I was excited when I got my hands on a copy!!!👐

Behind Closed Doors is about a couple, Grace and Jack, who are made out to be living a “perfect” life, in a “perfect” relationship. I don’t know which of you would wish for a relationship their in – Jack calling all the shots,  Grace seeming like a dolcile little thing. Certainly not me 😵🙈 Anyway early on you realize this relationship is far from perfect! We learn how messed up, or shall I say fu*ked Jack is and how manipulative he is. When Grace marries Jack, she becomes captive. She stops working and her independence basically goes down the drain -the only semi normal-ness  in her life are the dinner parties Jack insists on to keep up their image of a “perfect” couple. 

Grace has a wonderful younger sister named Millie who has downs syndrome and acts as Graces inspiration through her journey. Grace feels the need to help Millie who is supposed to come live with Jack and Grace in the near future. Jack’s plans to also hold Millie captive make Grace sick but also push her to act. Throughout the book we get to know Millie and learn how absolutely brilliant she is (we all need a Millie in our lives ❤)

The chapters of this book switch between past and present and are told by Grace which I throughly enjoyed as I believe it keeps the fast pace of the story. Every single chapter had me on my toes  and wanting to read on. I won’t spoil anything but I will say that I loved the ending, which is uncommon for me. Thank you B.A Paris for my first 5/5 rating of 2017! Wonderful and I highly suggest you ALL go find this book (right now):)

It’s  2017 my loves!!! What are you starting the year off with in terms of BOOKS?! I’m currently reading Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty and also The Woods by Harlan Coben. Have you read either of these ones? Happy reading and stay warm out there! ❄❄ BTW I got twitter! Follow me through my book journey at @Thenannygrannie 📚😙

Top Books – 2016

Ahhhh 🙂 It’s finally time! Way back I thought I should do a yearly recap of all the best books I read this year to share with all you lovely people. This year I set a goal for myself to read 30 BOOKS!!! I am proud to announce I read 32!!! What was your 2016 reading goal and how did you do?! Not that it particularly matters how many books we read, more importantly that we had a relaxing time doing it, right?

OK lets do this. I’m going to do this simply and share ALL the books that received a 4 or better rating by ME. The order doesn’t matter – it’s just the order that I read them in 🙂

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The Golden Son – Somaya Shilpi Gowda

Pretty Girls – Karin Slaugter

Into the Darkest Corner – Elizabeth Haynes

The Stranger – Harlan Coben

The Hypnotists Love Story – Liane Moriarty

The Illegal – Lawrence Hill

The Kind Worth Killing – Peter Swanson

Safe as Houses – Eric Walters

Forgotten Secrets – Robin Perini

My Girl – Jack Jordan

After the Lie – Kerry Fisher

The Vanishing Year – Kate Moretti

Baby Doll – Hollie Overton

ROOM – Emma Donoghue

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

Primates of Park Avenue – Wednesday Martin

It’s hard to believe I read THIS many wonderful books! Keep in mind these books were not necessarily written in 2016, I just happened to read them this year. NOW what will I read in 2017?! One book I know I want to read is Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty. I have my copy waiting for me at my public library…I’m about to go pick it up!✌

2016 was a GOOD year for me personally – I went back to school and continued to progress my relationship with my partner. I’ve learned a lot about myself and I even started my first vegetable garden which I’m sure some of you have read about in my prior posts.

Now I want to hear from YOU 🙂 What books did you LOVE or DISLIKE in 2016? Have you read any of my TOP books? I can’t wait to hear about it!!! What should I read in 2017?! I must THANK YOU ALL for being dedicated readers and friends to my blog, I really do love reading your posts and responding to comments😍. It’s the best fun. OH and if you aren’t my friend on Goodreads, BE MY PAL! I also need to thank Netgalley for providing me with so many lovely books this year. TO EVERYONE: HAPPY 2017 – LET’S READ LOTS, GROW VEGGIES AND EAT TONNES OF YUMMY FOOD ❤📚🌱🍅🍷

I See You, Clare Mackintosh – Book Review

Wowzers! I’ve had quite a strange Christmas; surgery and spending 6 days in the hospital! All good now – just thankful for my loved ones. ANYWAY with all that time in a bed I got to read a book I’ve been dying to get my eyes on! 😀

I See You

Rating: 3.7/5 (SORRY I just couldn’t give it a 3.5 or 4…HAHA!)

I See You by Clare Mackintosh is one of those books I got hooked to, it was creepy enough to keep me reading yet had a slice predictably…but don’t let that stop you from giving it a chance!

If you haven’t read  I SeeI found Mackintosh did a wonderful job until  You, it’s about a women named Zoe Walker who finds her photo in the classifieds section of the newspaper and understandably  wants to know why her face is next to a phone numer and website called FindTheOne.com. A website where unsuspecting women’s commute details are posted for men to buy, and then do whatever they want with. Zoe discovers some women are victims of violent crimes, even murder. Zoe becomes paranoid, worried she is the next target. I say no more!

There are many WOAH moments in I See You. I’m not a paranoid person but even I thought whether I could be followed easily or stalked. Until chapter 33 I was hooked and thought Mackintosh’s book deserved a 4/5. In chapter 33 the book became predictable and I started rolling my eyes(Sorry!). Throughout the book I did wonder if Zoe’s character needed more depth – or perhaps I thought the woman was a bit…dim! I DID like this book, I just wanted to LOVE it so I was a tad disappointed with the last few chapters. 😕

I want to know what YOU think! Have you read I See You? Have you read I Let You Go, Mackintosh’s previous book? I don’t have my next book chosen, so let’s hear some suggestions! 📚 I’m in the need of another good mystery or thriller I think! What are YOU reading? I’m eager to hear from all you lovely people. 😙*Stay tuned for my LAST 2016 post…it’s going.to be a good one! All about this year’s BEST books and a few things I’ve learned 😁

A snowy December 

Can anyone guess what mountain this is?

It’s December! Where I am in the world isn’t a wintery place- usually it rains all winter long. However, this December is different! As I sit in bed and write this post, it’s snowing outside ❄ my plan for today is to stay home ALL day, reading and eventually making chilli. I haven’t done much reading these days what with school(textbooks have taken over) but I’m currently reading Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin. And this book is BEAUTIFUL. 😚 read about it below!📚

“After marrying a man from the Upper East Side and moving to the neighborhood, Wednesday Martin struggled to fit in. Drawing on her background in anthropology and primatology, she tried looking at her new world through that lens, and suddenly things fell into place. She understood the other mothers’ snobbiness at school drop-off when she compared them to olive baboons. Her obsessional quest for a Hermes Birkin handbag made sense when she realized other females wielded them to establish dominance in their troop. And so she analyzed tribal migration patterns, display rituals, physical adornment, mutilation, mating practices, extra-pair copulation, and more. Her conclusions are smart, thought-provoking and hilariously unexpected” -Goodreads

So? What do you think? Is this a book you’d read? Let me know what YOU are reading, eating or doing. Add me on Goodreads too! Happy holidays my blog friends 🎄 

Me Before You Series – Jojo Moyes

Boy, people love this series. After seeing hundreds of posts and reviews on it, I knew I had to give it a try. Known for making people weep, Me Before You(#1) kept me hooked until the end. This book is the perfect example of why we should never judge a book by its cover!

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Me Before You #1
Rating: 5/5

If you haven’t read it, or heard of it I’ll give you a quick summary without any spoilers. Lou, gets a job as a caretaker for Will Traynor, a quadraplegic man. Will is understandly stubborn to leave the house and is miserable after his accident. Over the course of Moyes story, Lou’s charisma and realness has an affect on Will. She organizes trips and outings for Will and is determined to make him happier. There’s much more to this book but I don’t want to spoil anything!

This book was intensely fantastic. It’s heart warming and heart crushing all at the same time. Oddly I didn’t cry like many readers say they do, but I certainly was close. This story is extremely thought provoking, dealing with assisted suicide among other topics.

Me Before You reminds me of the movie Intouchables(2012) which has a similar story line(a must see!!!)

After You (#2)
Rating: 3.5/5

Coming into this book I already had bias since I didn’t think Moyes needed a second book. Me Before You#1 was so powerful and emotional I thought it would he difficult to proceed with the story.

And for me, it was. I didn’t love this book unfortunately.

Lou is back, and has joined a support group. She’s also sustained a fairly serious injury due to falling off her roof. Her life seems to be somewhat in shambles. If you tell you the rest I’ll ruin it. Basically Lou’s life changes and everything falls into place(which is nice) but unrealistic. Not a bad book – just tough after you’ve read Me Before You.

Now I’m in a reading rut. I have started a few books but just can’t get into any of them. Boo! What are you reading? Have you read these two books? What are your thoughts? 📚📖😄

Book Review Monday

As promised, today I’ll be reviewing two riveting books I read in June. Baby Doll by Hollie Overton and My Husband’s Son by Deborah O’Connor. Happy Independence Day to my neighbors to the south! 🌍📚🍷

Baby Doll by Hollie Overton
Rating: 5/5

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Lily, abducted as a teenager, now has a child named Sky. Together they are being held captive…until one day their captor leaves the bolt to the room unlocked.

At the beginning of the book I hadn’t a clue what to expect since the kidnapped was back with her family within the first few chapters. Usually this wouldn’t happen until the end, so I had no idea what filled the book ahead of me.

Throughout this book I kept thinking how good it was, but how bad it could be if the author went in a certain direction. The author does a good job at capturing the struggles and joys in the characters lives. I enjoyed that this book wasn’t strictly about Lily’s years in captivity, like all (?) books dealing with situations like this. Instead it’s about life after she’s freed and building a new life for herself and her daughter, Sky. Yes, there are parts that were unrealistic and I was quite skeptical that things would play out like that in real life but hey, it’s fiction right?

Overall I loved this book and finished it in 2 days.

My Husbands Son by Deborah O’Connor

Rating: 4/5

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Heidi and Jason…a couple who are brought together by the loss of their children. They met at a conference for parents dealing with this loss. Heidi’s daughter was murdered, Jason’s son was abducted and is still missing. One day Heidi sees a boy that looks just like Jason’s missing son. Interesting plot, right?

My Husbands Son was a good book. Due to the fascinating plot and fast paced nature, the author kept me hooked all the way through. I’ve given it 3 stars stars because I don’t actually LIKE any of the characters in this book; Heidi is strange, Jason is an ass face, Tommy is very creepy, Vicky had no brains…just no depth. I would still recommend reading this one though, because the story line is quite captivating. Until the ending, where I just wanted to hit my head against a wall.

Up next I’m reading Room, which I’ve been excited to read since it came out. I’m very interested to hear from you about these books. Would you read either of them? Have you? What are you reading? Happy reading!

Backpacking and Books!

OK I have one question for anyone who enjoys hiking or backpacking…why? Why do we carry 40lbs on our backs to the top of a mountain? Then why do we proceed to pitch a tent in 3 feet of snow and eat freeze dried meals that make you constipated for days on end??

Well friends, I thought I’d try to solve the mystery. This past weekend my partner took me on an overnight trip to Elfin Lakes, which is in British Columbia’s mountains (Canada).

Boy was it…snowy. Since it’s almost July I assumed the trails would be snow free and glistening a nice shade of green. Wrong! A 21km trek to this view…OK it was worth it.

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It’s quite difficult, I got a nasty sunburn from the sun reflecting off the snow, my feet bled and I probably consumed half my weight in freeze dried meals but the view was pretty spectacular wouldn’t you say?

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Best part? Reading my book at the top! 📚📚 I’m currently reading Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes by Karin Slaughter. Have you read this one?

How did you like it? What are you reading? Have you ever hiked? 🌲 I’m planning on reviewing a few books in the coming days so stayed tuned for that!

Must Reads!

What a lovely week of reading I’ve had! This week I’ve had the pleasure of reading not just one amazing book, but two! Thanks to the publishers that have sent me copies of the books, I’m able to tell you lovely people all about them!

My Girl by Jack Jordan
Published: July 4th, 2016
Rating: 4.5/5
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WOAH, WOW. Paige, who lost her daughter and husband is going off the rails with alcohol and drugs. The beginning of the book is filled with Paige’s problems, which would normally annoy me but I felt for Paige and could certainly sympathize. This book gets very intense around the halfway point…you’ll know when you read it. From this point on the book pulls you in and you can’t put it down. I have nothing bad to say about this one! If you’re looking for a dark thriller which is fairly short, this is for you.

After the Lie by Kerry Fisher
Published: April 29th, 2016
Rating: 5/5
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Do you like Liane Moriarty’s books? If so, I’m going to bet you’ll love this one! The premise is Lydia, who’s married with children, has this secret she’s never told a soul…until the the man who was part of this secret comes into her life, and things start falling apart.

This book was delightful. I’ve read many reviews saying Lydia’s secret isn’t big enough, which I thought at first. But shortly after we learn what the secret Lydia is hiding from everyone, I realized that we get to experience it through her, which makes it OK. It’s a realistic book, which I loved- I can certainly imagine parts of it happening in my life or friends lives. Lydia’s humour is great, and the characters are very real…teenagers being obsessed with their cell phones, the dog Mabel destroying shoes. I really did loving this book, and I’m looking forward to more of Kerry Fisher’s books!

What do you think? Are these books appealing to you? Have you read any similar books? What are you reading? Don’t forget that I want to be your friend on Goodreads, so we can talk books 📚📖

Professional Reader

Wow! Do you love reading? The smell of a book? Well so do I! There’s nothing better than a good book with a cup of coffee. Today I have been accepted to be professional book reader. This means I will be sent books by publishers in order for me to review them, and share the reviews with you! I will also be reviewing them on my Goodreads account 

I’ve always loved reading and adored books, being raised by a librarian helped with this, and this opportunity thrills me. I hope you are able to participate in my discussions on books and connect with me through Goodreads. Please add me as a friend if we have books in common!

pro_reader_120I am VERY excited and know we are bound to have a great time talking books. My last post “Summer Reading Goals” discussed some of the books I plan to read this summer…check it out and let me know what you’re reading. In the near future I will be posting about the titles I’ve been sent by publishers.

Happy reading, friends!

Summer Reading Goals

If you’re like me, reading is one your passions. Summer time gives us so much daylight which often inspires me to read even more than in the winter months. Books are one of my escapes, and this summer I’ve decided to set a goal for myself. Last year I read 25 books. My goal for 2016 is 27 books. Over the course of the summer I hope to read 8 books…that’s 2 each month.

Reading List

1) The Illegal – Lawrence Hill

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Status: Completed

2) The Kind Worth Killing – Peter Swanson

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3) The Collapse of Parenting – Leonard Sax

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4) Blindsighted – Karin Slaughter

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5) Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty

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6) Room – Emma Donoghue

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7) What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty

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8) The High Mountains of Portugal – Yann Martel

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Have you read any of these books? Which books are you currently reading or hoping to read in the coming months? Any suggestions for me? Happy reading! 📚📚