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Monthly Wrap-Up | April 2018

Hey there bookworms!

Today is the last day of April (where is this year gone already?) and therefore it is time for a look back to see what books I have read through the month of April.

Books Read & Reviewed:

 

Since You’ve Been Gone (Audiobook) by Morgan Matson: I gave this one a 5/5 rating, as I adored it. You can read my review here.
Suddenly One Summer (ARC) by Fleur McDonald: I also gave this one 5 stars. I received it from the publisher for review, which you can read here.
The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins: I was a bit disappointed with this one and gave it 3 stars. You can read my review here.
Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan: This book is the first in a series and I absolutely LOVED it, I gave it 5 stars. Click here to read my review.
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult: Another amazing book by Jodi. Again I gave this one a perfect five stars. I am still in shock from the ending (in a good way though!). To read my review, click here.

Books Started, But Unfinished:

 

I am really enjoying both of these books so far, keep an eye out for my reviews which will be coming in the next week 🙂

All-in-all I had a pretty decent reading month through April, managing to finish five books, all but one being given five star ratings which hardly ever happens. I have brought my reading challenge numbers up slightly, have a look below to see the progress.

What books did you read in April? Have you read any of the same as I did? I would love to hear all about it, just leave me a comment in the box below!

Come back tomorrow to see my TBR for May! Until then, happy reading 

♥ k i m – b o o k s a r e l o v e ♥

Reading Challenge Update:

 

Library Love Challenge: Still sitting on 2/12
Goodreads Reading Challenge: Currently at 13/40
Audiobook Challenge: Sitting at 4/10
Beat The Backlist Challenge: I am now on 3/12

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Audiobook Review | Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

About The Book:

since you'veTitle: Since You’ve Been Gone
Author: Morgan Matson
Genre: Contemporary; YA; Romance
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible
Narrator: Suzy Jackson
Length: 12 hours & 49 minutes
Synopsis: It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.
On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?
Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.
Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?
Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
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My Review:

This book I had in my Audible library, it had been sitting there for quite some time and I thought that it was about time I listened to it.
It didn’t take long for me to get hooked into the story, and from then I listened to it daily just to find out what was going to happen.
I have only read one book from Morgan Matson previously and I really enjoyed it so I was looking forward getting into it.
Emily goes to her best friend’s house at the beginning of the summer holidays to find that she was gone without a trace, with no explanation. All Emily had was a to-do list of things that seemed impossible and a whole summer without her friend.
Slowly, Emily made new friends as she tried to make her way through the list.

I couldn’t get enough of the plot. The relationships that evolved in that summer between Emily, Frank, Collins and Dawn was something that I had always wanted as a teenager, a small really tight group of people who loved spending time with each other.

I really liked the idea of the list. Having Emily go through and do a whole number of things that she wouldn’t normally do, it made her a stronger person and helped her reach out to new people and form new friendships.

I really connected with Emily, I felt her sadness when her friend left, and her determination to finish the list. I felt proud of her when she conquered fears and heartbroken when she did.
The ending of the book was so perfect. It closed everything up in a nice little bundle, however, I would love to know what happens in Emily and Frank’s future..I am just going to imagine that they get their happily ever after 🙂

If you enjoy contemporary romance books, I highly recommend that you pick this one up, I am sure that you are going to love it as much as I did!

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Thank you for stopping by to read my review of Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I hope you enjoyed it, and it got you wanting to read it for yourself if you haven’t already!
Until next time, happy reading!

Kim x

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Wrap-Up | January 2018

Hi there book lovers!
This is my wrap-up for January! Cannot believe we are at the end of it already!

Books Read & Reviewed:

Books DNF’ed:

The Dressmaker

Challenge Update:

Goodreads’ Challenge: 4 books
Audiobook Challenge: 1 book
Beat the Backlist: 1 book
Library Love: 0 books

How did you all go in the month of January?? Four books was not too bad…but I am hoping that February brings more for me 🙂
Stay tuned for my next post, my February TBR!
Until then, happy reading

Kim x

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Book Review | Fractured by Dawn Barker

 

fracturedTitle: Fractured
Author: Dawn Barker
Genre: Contemporary; Fiction; Mystery; Mental Health
Publishing: 2013 by Hachette Australia
Format: Paperback
Source: Owned
Pages: 330
Goodreads’ Rating: 3.85 / 5 stars
Synopsis: A compelling, emotional debut from a brilliant Australian author that brings to life a new mother’s worst fears.

Tony is worried. His wife, Anna, isn’t coping with their newborn. Anna had wanted a child so badly and, when Jack was born, they were both so happy. They’d come home from the hospital a family. Was it really only six weeks ago?

But Anna hasn’t been herself since. One moment she’s crying, the next she seems almost too positive. It must be normal with a baby, Tony thought; she’s just adjusting. He had been busy at work. It would sort itself out. But now Anna and Jack are missing. And Tony realises that something is really wrong…

What happens to this family will break your heart and leave you breathless.

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ / ♥♥♥♥♥

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My Review..

Fractured by Dawn Barker was an incredible book. It was heartbreaking to read, but it gave good insight to a mental health issue within society.
Tony and Anna have the perfect life, and they have just welcomed their newborn son into the world. However, Tony can’t seem to ignore that his wife, Anna, is not acting like herself..surely she is just tired from the needs of having a new baby. Happens to everyone, right?
Anna is suffering from post-natal psychosis, and what happens to her family will break your heart, I know it broke mine.

This book was brilliantly written. It is a debut book from an Australian author (double ticks from me!) and it talks about something that a lot of societies try and ignore, the ‘issue’ of mental illness.
This book is not for the faint-hearted, but I encourage you all to get your hands on a copy of Fractured.

The characters of Anna and Tony were written in such a way that I could completely empathised with them. I went through exactly what they went through as I was reading their story. I experienced Anna’s pain and fear as she tried to care for her newborn, whilst feeling her mind slip away from her. I felt Tony’s anger and confusion at what Anna had done to their family.
The extra characters of other family members were well written also, their feelings and thoughts were there enough that I got a full picture of the events and how everyone was affected, but was not overwhelmed – the story focused mainly on Anna and Tony – which was how it should have been.

This book is written in the present and past tenses, as we follow along with what happened on ‘that day’ as well as the current time. As I was reading, I felt that there was more to the story of Anna’s actions, but I just needed to keep reading to find out what that was. I found that I was right, there was something else about ‘that day’ and it was not what I expected it to be. This just made my heart break that little bit more. 

I think this book ended quickly at the end of the events, but it was also well done. Any longer, and I think it would have raised more questions about the characters’ and their future. It got to the point, and ended, which I was definitely in agreement with.

Overall, this book was emotional and heartbreaking, but such a great read. If you haven’t picked it up already, I encourage you to do so, and as soon as possible!

Meet the Author..

dawn barkerDr. Dawn Barker is a psychiatrist and author. She grew up in Scotland, then in 2001 she moved to Australia, completed her psychiatric training and began writing.
Her first novel, Fractured, was selected for the 2010 Hachette/Queensland Writers Centre manuscript development programme, was one of Australia’s bestselling debut fiction titles for 2013, and was shortlisted for the 2014 WA Premier’s Book Awards.
Her second novel is Let Her Go.

Dawn lives in Perth with her husband and three young children.

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Thank you for stopping by to read my review of Fractured by Dawn Barker! I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you all in my next post!
Until next time, happy reading

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Library Love Challenge | 2018 Sign Up

Hey there bookworms!
Today’s post is a sign up for the Library Love Challenge which is hosted by Angel’s Guilty Pleasures & Brooke Blogs
This challenge encourages us to borrow books (in any format) from the library instead of buying them all, saving us money 🙂 

Challenge Details:

Runs: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018. You can join any time.

  • Put a sign up post on your blog or (dedicate a Goodreads shelf or LibraryThing) and link it below. Make sure it’s public.
  • The goal is to read at least twelve (12) books from the library, but you can read more. While twelve is the minimum, there is no maximum limit. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you.
  • Any format will work for this challenge (prints, ebooks, or audios); as long as you checked it out from the library, it counts.
  • Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, fantasy, mystery, thriller, horror, etc.).
  • Crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed, including re-reads. The goal is to support your local library and save money.
  • Write a review to enter the giveaway – 2 sentences or an essay, whatever works for you, but there is a minimum of 2 sentences. Not sure what to write? How about something like, “The plot was a delight, but the characters didn’t capture me.” “I enjoyed the story and really liked the characters.”
  • As an added bonus: We are offering up a GIVEAWAY with this Challenge. Winner will be picked at the end of the year!! The entries are the direct links to your book reviews and you will have until Jan. 3rd, 2019 to enter your reviews in the linky and then the Rafflecopter

Levels:

  • Dewey Decimal: Read 12 books
  • Thrifty Reader: Read 24 books
  • Overdrive Junkie: Read 36 books
  • Library Addict: Read 48 books
  • Library Card on Fire: Read 60+ books

 

I LOVE the library, and I attempted this challenge this year, however, I failed miserably. Next year I am going to give it another shot and hopefully reach at least the Dewey Decimal level of 12 library books.
Are you taking part in this challenge too?? I would love to hear all about in in the comments box!

Until next time, happy reading!

Kim x

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Audiobook Challenge 2017 Recap & 2018 Sign Up

Hey there everyone!
This year I was taking part in the Audiobook Challenge hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer and Hot Listens. I cannot remember what I said I was going to aim for, but I only managed to listen to a total of 4 or 5 audiobooks this year (despite having an audible account) which is pretty bad. In 2018 I am going to do b
etter!

For those of you who aren’t sure of this challenge here are the details 🙂

Challenge Details:

  • Runs January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018. You can join at any time.
  • The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2018 than you did in 2017.
  • Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
  • ANY genres count.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc.
  • If you’re a blogger grab the button and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweeting about the challenge.
  • Updates plus a giveaway will be posted twice during the year. The first update will be June 30, 2018, and the last update will take place on December 15, 2018.

Achievement Levels:

  • Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15
  • Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  • Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  • My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+
  • Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+

 

In 2018 I am going to aim for the second level for this challenge – Weekend Warrior (5-10 audiobooks) as I don’t want to set my goal too high in case I crash and burn as I did this year! I think 5-10 is a pretty safe goal!
Who else is taking part in this challenge?? What is your goal?? I would love to hear about it in the comments box below!

Until next time, happy reading!

Kim x

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