Thursday, 1 September 2016

WHAT I READ | August (Part 2)

To recap on what I read in the first half of the month, you can check out this post.

Joe O'Brien is a Boston cop whose stamina and methodical mind have seen him through decades policing the city streets. When he starts making uncharacteristic errors, he attributes them to stress until, finally, he agrees to see a doctor and is handed a terrifying diagnosis: Huntington's disease.

Not only is Joe's life changing beyond recognition, but each of his four grown children has a fifty-fifty chance of inheriting the disease. Observing her potential future play out in his escalating symptoms, his yoga teacher daughter Katie wrestles with how to make the most of the here and now, and connect with her dad, who is, inside, always an O'Brien.

I have shared a full review of Inside the O'Briens - you can find it here.

This was meant to be the perfect trip.

The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship.

A chance for travel journalist Lo Blacklock to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse, and to work out what she wants from her relationship.

Except things don’t go as planned.

Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin. But the records show that no-one ever checked into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat.

Exhausted, emotional and increasingly desperate, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a terrible mistake. Or she is trapped on a boat with a murderer – and she is the sole witness...

The Woman in Cabin 10 is a mixture of a whodunit + thriller, taking place, for the most part, on a luxury boutique cruise ship. The story starts out fast paced, and continues to be for the entire book. I expected to read The Woman in Cabin 10 a lot quicker than I did, although I did finish it in a total of three days. The characters are varied and mysterious - I found main character Lo to be a bit of an unreliable narrator, and at times that did frustrate me a little. Although I rated The Woman in Cabin 10 as a three star read, it is a book I'd recommend to others.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up. She graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant and has a total soft spot for Lily; and the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his no dating rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan, her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all too human characters, “It Ends with Us” is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

I'll start of by saying that Colleen Hoover's writing is very much outside of my reading comfort zone, but having heard a lot of positive feedback surrounding her work for quite some time I decided to pick up her newest novel, It Ends With Us. Wow - just wow! It Ends With Us is an intensely emotional novel and tackles a sensitive subject in the best possible way. If you've ever thought about picking up one of Colleen Hoover's novels but hesitated, then I urge you to go do so. I see more of the author's work in future reading.

Throughout the making of the eight Harry Potter movies, designers and craftspeople were tasked with creating fabulous chocolate-fantasy feasts, flying brooms, enchanted maps, and much more, in addition to numerous magical items necessary in a wizard’s everyday life—for example, newspapers with moving photos, vicious textbooks, and Howlers. Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault chronicles the work of the graphics department in creating vibrant and imaginative labels for potions bottles, brooms, and candy; the creation of Quidditch Quaffles, Bludgers, and Golden Snitches, lovingly crafted by the prop making team; and the stunning inventiveness used by the entire crew to create a rich, bewitched filmic universe.

Accompanying the captivating text are never-before-seen art and design concepts, unit photography, and other filmmaking secrets from the Warner Bros. archive. This striking full-color compendium includes two exclusive bonus inserts—Gilderoy Lockhart’s classroom questionnaire and a Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes catalog—as well as many more surprises.

If you like behind the scene glimpses of your favourite films, and you love Harry Potter, then this is the book for you. The Artifact Vault takes a look at a vast number of the props found in the various Harry Potter films, and details a little about how they came to be. I think for many this kind of thing could ruin the magic of the films, however I find it to be quite the opposite.

What did you read in August?


  1. I'm so happy you enjoyed your first Colleen Hoover book!!!

  2. I liked The Woman in Cabin 10, thought it was very atmospheric. and I agree about Lo- wasn't entirely sure about her at times. :) I thought the ending was pretty good, and liked it when she was on the run towards the end.

    1. The Woman in Cain 10 was quite an atmospheric read, you're right. An enjoyable book :-)

  3. I have The Woman in Cabin 10 on hold at the library. I loved her first book so I am excited for it. I loved the Colleen Hoover book too.

    1. This was actually my first book by Ruth Ware, but I'd definitely be interested in checking out her debut novel - I hope you enjoy The Woman in Cabin 10!

  4. I have the Woman in Cabin 10 coming up on my audio list and I'm really looking forward to it. I'm almost afraid my expectations are a bit too high because I really loved In a Dark Dark Wood. The Harry Potter books looks amazing! I definitely need to check that out!

    1. Ooo... I wonder how the Woman in Cabin 10 would read as an audio - I hope you enjoy! It's hard when you had an amazing debut experience with an author because you want the following reads to be the same, if not better!

      Definitely check out the HP behind the scenes books, there are actually a few others along the same lines - I think they're a 'series' of sorts.


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