My Most Anticipated Books of 2019

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Hello 💜 This is where I share the books that I’m most excited to read this year. This was supposed to be a short post but I ended up listing almost every book that I want to read this first half of 2019. I will probably do another post like this around July/August. Hope you enjoy and get some ideas!

The Forgiving Kind by Donna Everhart – JANUARY

She’s a wonderful writer and the reviews for her new book are great so I’m sure I will enjoy this one as much as the others. I will probably read this one in a few weeks, as it comes out soon.

Forgiveness Road by Mandy Mikulencak – FEBRUARY

I really enjoyed Mandy’s last book The Last Suppers and I want to read her new novel set in 1970’s Mississippi. I’m sure it will touch fascinating themes, as her last book did.

The Border by Don Winslow – FEBRUARY

I’m a massive Don Winslow fan so of course I had to add the long awaited conclusion to his series about the war on drugs featuring Art Keller. It will surely be a thrilling ride.

Dead Memories (Kim Stone #10) by Angela Marsons – FEBRUARY

I’m always excited for a new Kim Stone book, but have you read the blurb of this one? It promises to be the best one yet. It probably won’t resurrect the dead, but I’m sure it’ll be amazing.

The Ringmaster (Sam Shepard #2) by Vanda Symon – FEBRUARY

I really enjoyed the first one in the series and it promises lots of changes given how it ended. Overkill was an entertaining and atmospheric read. The cover is just so beautiful.

Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond – FEBRUARY

This is a weird one for me, I know. But Stranger Things is my favorite show and I will read anything about Hawkins until the new season is released in July. I miss it so much! This one is YA, so we’ll see.

Until The Day I Die by Emily Carpenter – MARCH

Emily Carpenter’s books are always a priority for me. I’ve enjoyed all of them and while this one definitely sounds different, I will read anything she writes!

A Beautiful Corpse (Harper McClain #2) by Christi Daugherty – MARCH

I loved The Echo Killing so I will obviously read the new Harper McClain book. And I’m visiting Savannah this May, so it’ll be the perfect book to get in the mood for it!

The Last Act by Brad Parks – MARCH

I haven’t read a novel by this author yet, but as soon as I read the blurb, I knew I needed this book in my life. It looks just like a movie and I love how crazy it sounds.

Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech – APRIL

You all know how much I love Louise Beech’s books. They’re unique and different from everything else. And now she’s written a thriller! I.CAN’T.WAIT.

The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian – APRIL

After reading Evelyn Hugo, I wanted to read more books about Hollywood, and this one immediately caught my attention. I want to learn more about how movies were made!

City of Flickering Light by Juliette Fay – APRIL

Another one about Hollywood that I’m excited to read. Hope to love it as much as I love its beautiful cover!

Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen – APRIL

I don’t know much about this one but I loved Good Girls Revolt and I love The Bold Type, so I’m hoping it’s similar to those. I want to read something lighter and fun!

Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – APRIL

The previous book by this author, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, is an all-time favorite of mine and this has wonderful reviews, so I can’t wait. I’ll probably read it around pub date. I love music, I love the 70s and I love female protagonists, so I’m really excited.

Some Choose Darkness by Charlie Donlea – MAY

He’s one of my favorite writers nowadays and the new book looks so good that it’s probably my most anticipated book this year. I hope it’s as good as his last two thrillers! Read the blurb and tell me if you want to read it too!

Next Girl To Die by Dea Poirier – MAY

This is actually a debut, but it looks just like the kind of book I love, so I’m eagerly awaiting its release. I hope it’s as good as its blurb makes it sound. And it’s the start of a new series, which is always a great thing.

Untitled – Fawkes & Baxter #3 by Daniel Cole – MAY

After reading Hangman, I can’t wait for Daniel Cole’s new entry in the Fawkes and Baxter series. This is the perfect series for those who want a thrilling adventure that leaves you breathless!

Stone Cold Heart (Cat Kinsella #2) by Caz Frear – JUNE

Sweet Little Lies was a great book and although I totally thought it was a standalone, I’m going to read the next one in the series featuring Cat Kinsella. It was an intriguing mystery!

If You Want to Make God Laugh by Bianca Marais – JULY

Hum If You Don’t Know The Words is another favorite of mine and I want to know if Bianca’s next book is another winner. Her books are set in South Africa during the apartheid and the titles are super unique.

Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin – JULY

It’s about a crime podcast and the case looks fascinating, so I’m really excited about this one. I read What Remains Of Me a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it.

The Stories You Tell (Roxanne Weary #3) by Kristen Lepionka – JULY

I’m a big fan of the Roxanne Weary series, she’s a PI and she’s badass. I can’t wait to read the new release and see what the author brings us next. So far, the blurb is super intriguing!

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager – JULY

After reading his last two books and absolutely loving his 2018 novel, I seriously can’t wait to read the new thriller by Riley Sager. It’s about a babysitter… I love how everything he writes is so 80s!

The Wolf Wants In by Laura McHugh – AUGUST

Arrowood was amazing and I recently bought Laura McHugh’s debut: The Weight of Blood. This one looks equally creepy and tense and I see that it’s being compared to Sharp Objects, so… Count me in!

What are your most anticipated releases of 2019? 💜

My 2019 Reading Resolutions & Goals

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Hello and welcome to 2019! 💜 After facing my first serious blogging crisis during the last half of 2018, I finally realized that I did want to keep blogging! It was just a matter of having more time to read (winter is perfect for that) and not writing a review for every book that I read, only those that I wanted to share with you. So that’s why I’m going to try to do.

2019 Reading Resolutions

  • No blogging pressure, just post whenever I feel like doing it. If I don’t want to post during a week, it’s totally fine.
  • I don’t have to write a review of every book that I read. Sometimes, I don’t have much to say and that’s ok.
  • Catch up with crime series that I want to keep reading. I’m so behind!
  • At the same time, give up on series that I’m only reading as “homework”. It’s not a “crime” to give up an unfinished series and move on.
  • Read more books from the TBR and not so many new releases (ha!)
  • Only request 1 ARC/Netgalley every month.
  • New releases: only authors that I love and debuts that look SUPER good.
  • Reach Netgalley 100%, which shouldn’t be difficult since I only have 3 pending reads.
  • Reduce my Goodreads TBR to 50 (ha!).
  • Join more readalongs and buddy reads.
  • Read more international crime (nordic, etc).
  • Not really blog-related, but WRITE MORE. Finish one story. Finally do this.

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So… what are your reading goals this year? Do you share any with me? 💜

My Favorite Books of 2018

EDIT 12/30/2018 I need to add Last Time I Lied to the list. I just finished it and it was incredible.

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First of all, I want to apologize for my lack of activity these past few weeks… I’m still deciding what I want to do with the blog. And I don’t know if you were even expecting this post given how inactive I’ve been, but this is actually one of my favorite posts of the year and I obviously couldn’t miss it. Basically, when I finish a book that I’ve absolutely loved, I always think: “this is definitely a favorite…” and then it comes the time when I have to choose the ones that have made the list… So here it comes… *drumroll*

My Favorite Books of 2018

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Last Time I Lied (review coming soon)
Barbed Wired Heart
The Dream Daughter
Hangman
Resin
The Fifth to Die
The Psychology of Time Travel
Don’t Believe It
The Craftsman

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Honorable Mentions:

The Lion Tamer Who Lost
Murder Mile
Pieces of Her
The Immortalists
The Clockmaker’s Daughter
The Promise
The Secret (Review coming soon)

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Favorite Books that Weren’t Released in 2018 but I Wanted to Feature Anyway

The Heart’s Invisible Furies
The Cartel

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What about you? Which are your favorite books of 2018?

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows #ThrowbackThursday

Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re finally getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. 

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Release: 2008
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Historical Fiction

Ever since I saw the trailer, I decided I wanted to read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society before watching the actual movie. The title was funny and weird, and I’ve always loved stories about book clubs and people gathering together, so I thought this could be a nice change from all the murders and psychopaths. And it was! I loved this cute little story and I can’t wait to watch Lily James as Juliet, Matthew Goode as Sidney and, of course, Michiel Huisman as Dawsey.

When I started the book, I totally thought Dawsey was a woman (I’m sorry, I’m not used to this kind of weird names!) Then I went back and read the first two letters again, just in case I had missed any flirting! I’m talking about letters because this is an epistolary novel, so everything is told in letters. It was fun and refreshing, I don’t think I had read a book like this since Where Rainbows End.

Ultimately, this was the definition of a feel-good story. I loved Juliet’s voice, she was strong-willed and fun, she’s the kind of character I love to read about. My favorites, however, were Sidney and Isola, who were amazing supporting characters. The story dragged a bit in the middle, but overall, I found it to be really cute and charming.

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Agatha Christie Week: Crooked House & Ordeal By Innocence

Good morning and happy weekend to everyone! Today I wanted to talk about Agatha Christie… Some years ago, when I didn’t have this blog and a million books in my TBR, whenever I didn’t know what to read, I always chose a book by Agatha Christie because I knew I would be instantly hooked. I read many of them when I was about 12-13, but there are still too many I haven’t yet read.

This week, I happened to watch both a film and a miniseries based on two of Agatha Christie’s books. I loved them so much that I felt like I could spend the rest of my life watching Agatha Christie adaptations… 💜

The Crooked House

I know this movie came out a while ago, but in Spain, it was released only last week. I was excited because I hadn’t read the book (even though I own it) and the trailer looked awesome. After watching the film, I have to say I wasn’t disappointed! Not only I loved the main character (okay, I might love Max Irons), but his relationship with Sophia was interesting as well. You could feel the tension between them.

The mystery was so gripping: everyone had their reasons, but who killed Leonides? The new wife? The sister-in-law? The sons? The big house was the perfect setting for a mystery like this and I honestly had no idea of who the killer was… The ending was perfection, I never saw that coming!

Ordeal By Innocence

The day after watching The Crooked House, my boyfriend and I decided to watch the new Agatha Christie adaptation: Ordeal By Innocence. I didn’t even know about the existence of this book but I can tell you now that this is already one of my favorite stories by her!

This series was beautifully filmed, and it was so so so creepy that I was in love within the first 5 minutes. Moreover, I want to highlight two performances: the first one is Matthew Goode’s (who happens to be one of my favorite actors ever since I fell in love with him in Match Point and Chasing Liberty). He was incredible here, and so despicable! The second one is Anthony Boyle’s, and I’m telling you, this Irish actor is amazingly talented and if he doesn’t become a big movie star in the next few years, I will be angry! His Jack Argyll was unforgettable.

This time, we were pretty sure about the killer’s identity but that didn’t bother us one bit. The last scene gave me all the chills and I would watch this series again in the future, so yes, that is how much I loved it.

Have you watched any of these adaptations? Have you read the books? What did you think?