Book Haul – 12 to 18 June 2020

This week I reviewed:

Ugh! This reading week sucked! It felt more like a fortnight. Do you ever start reading one of your most anticipated reads and discover it wasn’t the highlight of the year you’d hoped for? That was me this week.

I had been looking forward to Veronica Roth’s Chosen Ones for months and ended up dragging my feet. It took me ten days to read so now I’m behind on all of my other June reading commitments. I don’t always fare so well with bestsellers, which makes me wonder what’s wrong with me, but this book’s reviews pretty much cover the spectrum so it’s not just me this time.

I’m someone who expects every read to be a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ one and tend to become various shades of bewildered when this isn’t the case. I’m looking forward to my next couple of reads, so here’s hoping …

Word of the Week: pelagic, which means “of, relating to, or living or occurring in the open sea”. I came across one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen washed up on the beach this week. Google told me these little creatures growing from this once upon a tree are called pelagic goose barnacles. I also found ‘pelagic’ in this week’s read so it had to become the word of the week.

Bookish Highlight of the Week: My NetGalley request for Edith Eger’s upcoming release was approved. I haven’t read The Choice yet but plan to read it before The Gift.

Until next time, happy reading!

Kindle Black Hole of Good Intentions

It is mankind’s most abominable crime: murder. No one is better acquainted with the subject and its wrenching challenges than John Douglas, the FBI’s pioneer of criminal profiling, and the model for Agent Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs

In this provocative and deeply personal book, the most prominent criminal investigator of our time offers a rare look into the workings not only of the justice system – but of his own heart and mind. Writing with award-winning partner Mark Olshaker, Douglas opens up about his most notorious and baffling cases – and shows what it’s like to confront evil in its most monstrous form. 

Two hearts. Twice as vulnerable.

Manhattan, 1850. Born out of wedlock to a wealthy socialite and a nameless immigrant, Cora Lee can mingle with the rich just as easily as she can slip unnoticed into the slums and graveyards of the city. As the only female resurrectionist in New York, she’s carved out a niche procuring bodies afflicted with the strangest of anomalies. Anatomists will pay exorbitant sums for such specimens – dissecting and displaying them for the eager public.

Cora’s specialty is not only profitable, it’s a means to keep a finger on the pulse of those searching for her. She’s the girl born with two hearts – a legend among grave robbers and anatomists – sought after as an endangered prize.

Now, as a series of murders unfolds closer and closer to Cora, she can no longer trust those she holds dear, including the young medical student she’s fallen for. Because someone has no intention of waiting for Cora to die a natural death.

At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate; this far from civilisation the boys can do anything they want. Anything. They attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin and evil.

And as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far from reality as the hope of being rescued. Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies is perhaps our most memorable novel about “the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart.”


Determined to be the world’s greatest detective, Zaiba is always on the lookout for a crime to solve!

Zaiba can’t wait for the school summer fair where she’s going to run a detective trail to help train other potential agents! But when the head teacher is poisoned during the highly competitive cake competition, Zaiba’s own skills are put to the test. With a whole host of suspects and a busy crime scene, Zaiba needs to stay focused if she’s going to get to the bottom of the cake catastrophe …

This practical and inspirational guide to healing from the bestselling author of The Choice shows us how to release your self-limiting beliefs and embrace your potential.

The prison is in your mind. The key is in your pocket.

In the end, it’s not what happens to us that matters most – it’s what we choose to do with it. We all face suffering – sadness, loss, despair, fear, anxiety, failure. But we also have a choice; to give in and give up in the face of trauma or difficulties, or to live every moment as a gift.

Celebrated therapist and Holocaust survivor, Dr Edith Eger, provides a hands-on guide that gently encourages us to change the imprisoning thoughts and destructive behaviours that may be holding us back. Accompanied by stories from Eger’s own life and the lives of her patients her empowering lessons help you to see your darkest moments as your greatest teachers and find freedom through the strength that lies within.

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