Recent Reads – December edition

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Recent Reads - December edition
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I rounded out 2017 nicely; with some new favourites among the one(s) that didn’t capture my attention as much as I thought they would.

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Best Books of 2017

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Best Books of 2017

Now that we’re in 2018, it’s safe to talk about my best books of 2017. I made the mistake of sharing my favourite reads of 2016 before Christmas and then read All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan, so lesson learned; do not write end of year favourites when there is still time in the year.

In keeping with my previous yearly round-ups, most of the books I read were written by women. What started as a conscious effort has become second nature. I rated more books five stars on Goodreads (you can find me here) this year, than the previous two combined. I’ve been more selective with my choices, especially when it comes to advance reader copies, which explains it. I read less crime fiction than I have in a long time, which is something I’ll be writing about soon.

Some of these books made me laugh. Some made me cry. Some managed to do both. They all made me think. They all made me want to seek out people who had read them, so we could discuss the stories at length.

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5 questions with Olive Collins

The Tide Between Us by Olive Collins. Advance Reader Copy from the publisher, Poolbeg, included. No affiliate links used. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Well crafted and well researched, The Tide Between Us* doesn’t shy away from the harshness of indentured servitude while, also, highlighting the preferential treatment they received compared to chattel slavery. It is an absorbing story about family connections, in all their complicated glory.

Thank you to Olive Collins for taking the time to allow me pick her brain about all things writing and research.

5 questions with Olive Collins

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Recent Reads – September Kindle edition

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Recent Reads - September Kindle edition
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I wish I could say I’m making a decent dent in the amount of books I have on Kindle waiting to be read, but for every one I finish another three attract my attention. And so my never-ending to-read list grows longer. Continue reading Recent Reads – September Kindle edition

Recent Reads – September edition

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Recent Reads - September edition
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Trips to Cork and Dublin this month meant lots of reading time, thanks to long bus journeys. It was an excellent reading month because two of my favourite books of the year are among this bunch.  Continue reading Recent Reads – September edition

Recent Reads – Netgalley edition part two

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Recent-Reads
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Continuing the adventures of actually remembering to write about books, here are more advance reader copies (ARCs) I should have reviewed months ago when they were actually new releases.

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Recent Reads – the catch up edition part two

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Continuing the adventures of actually remembering to write about books, here are more quick-fire reviews of some of the books I’ve read this year.

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