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Showcasing this latest little selection of books, added to my virtual reading shelf, which has now become a TBR mountain in its own right!

This group are already scheduled for review, so not to panic too much!

Mmm! I wonder exactly how many books a Kindle will store before it implodes? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Cover image of the book 'The House Of A Hundred Whispers' by author Graham MastertonDartmoor, with its mists, bleak winter weather and overwhelming sense of isolation, is the perfect place to build a prison. It’s not a place many would choose to live โ€“ yet the Governor of Dartmoor Prison did just that.

When Herbert Russell retired, he bought All Hallow’s Hall โ€“ a rambling Tudor mansion on the edge of the moor, and lived there all his life. Now he’s dead, and his estranged family are set to inherit his estate.

But when the dead man’s family come to stay, the atmosphere of the moors seems to drift into every room. Floorboards creak, secret passageways echo, and wind whistles in the house’s famous priest hole.

And then, on the morning the family decide to leave All Hallow’s Hall once and for all, their young son Timmy goes missing…

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Cover image of the book 'The Bird That Sang In Color' by author Grace MattioliPart family drama and part self-actualization story, this is about Donna Greco, who in her teens, subscribes to a conventional view of success in lifeโ€”and pushes her freewheeling, artistic brother, Vincent to do the same. However, he remains single, childless and subsists in cramped apartments.

She harbors guilt for her supposed failure until she discovers a sketch-book he’d made of his life, which prompts her own journey to live free and authentically.

While this textured story combines serious issues such as alcoholism, death, and family conflict, it’s balanced with wit and humor and is filled with endearing, unforgettable characters. This story spans several decades beginning in 1970 and ending in the present.

Readers will be immersed in this tale which poses and intriguing question to them: “What pictures will you have of yourself by the end of your life?”

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cover image of the novel 'Betty' by author Tiffany McDaniel“A girl comes of age against the knife.”

So begins the story of Betty Carpenter. Born in a bathtub in 1954 to a Cherokee father and white mother, Betty is the sixth of eight siblings. The world they inhabit is one of poverty and violence–both from outside the family, and also, devastatingly, from within. The lush landscape, rich with birdsong, wild fruit, and blazing stars, becomes a kind of refuge for Betty, but when her family’s darkest secrets are brought to light, she has no choice but to reckon with the brutal history hiding in the hills, as well as the heart-wrenching cruelties and incredible characters she encounters in her rural town of Breathed, Ohio.

But despite the hardship she faces, Betty is resilient. Her curiosity about the natural world, her fierce love for her sisters, and her father’s brilliant stories are kindling for the fire of her own imagination, and in the face of all she bears witness to, Betty discovers an escape: she begins to write. She recounts the horrors of her family’s past and present with pen and paper and buries them deep in the dirt, moments that have stung her so deeply, she could not tell them, until now.

Inspired by the life of her own mother, Tiffany McDaniel sets out to free the past by telling this heart-breaking yet magical story. A remarkable novel that establishes her as one of the freshest and most important voices in American fiction.

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Mailbox Mondayย is a gathering place for readers to share links to the books that came into their house during the last week.

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well, after all you never know where that next โ€œmust readโ€ book will come from!

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Laura,

      Three totally diverse genres and premises, so I have just about something for every mood, as I should have time to read them all comfortably before their due review dates, which is a minor miracle in itself!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a safe and peaceful week ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I try not to think about how many books are on my kindle – I’m sure enough to last me the rest of my life! I hope you enjoy your new books, Yvonne, and have a good week.

    • Hi Mary,

      My Kindle offers double the trouble and temptation, as my MIL and I seem to share an account and I get a copy of whatever she orders and vice versa!

      I have at least two lifetimes worth of books stashed away, and who knows – some of them may even have become ‘classics’ by the time I get around to reading them!

      As my new books offer such diverse reading opportunities, at least I shan’t be comparing them in any way, they all rest on their own merits!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and enjoy your reading this week ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Martha,

      Graham Masterton has been writing books since the 1970s, although I haven’t picked up anything by him for several years now, so I shall be interested in revisiting his work to see how it has evolved.

      Grace Mattioli is an author I have been following with interest, right back since her writing journey began, so I know roughly what message I am going to be taking away from the stories she writes.

      Definitely three totally different styles and outcomes.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and have yourself a peaceful week ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Lorraine,

      To my shame, I still have author Tiffany McDaniel’s debut novel ‘The Summer That Melted Everything’ on my TBR pile, despite the amazing reviews I have read about it.

      After I am finished reading ‘Betty’ for my review commitments, I aim to back track a little and check out ‘The Summer …’ and hopefully share both reviews quite closely together.

      Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading in the week ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Well! That’s two out of three books to be added to my Wanna Read list; both The House Of A Hundred Whispers and Betty really appeal to me, the former particularly so. Loving that they are such very different genres, I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on them all.

    • Hi Felicity,

      I don’t generally read memoirs or biographies, however I have had a few of the increasingly popular ‘fictionalised memoirs’, sent through to me recently and those are stories I can really invest in, which is most strange. I really like the sound of ‘Betty’, this one promises to be really unique!

      I haven’t read any horror for ages either, so that will be a real trip down memory lane, as together with James Herbert and Stephen King, Graham Masterton used to be one of my ‘go to’ authors in the genre.

      I shall be reading the Grace Mattioli book first though, as she is an author I have been following right back since the start of her writing career and I want to get that review on the table ASAP!

      Glad you have found something you might like to invest your time in reading. Not much else to look forward to, as it seems as though us ‘older’ people are going to be spending our winter tucked up at home, so that the youngsters can mix and keep infecting one another ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Enjoy your books Yvonne, Betty sounds especially interesting. Yes, I’m surprised my Nook has not just burst into flames as well. And I have a Kindle app on my Nook so it’s really out of control lol. Happy reading this week.

    • Hi Naida,

      I am trying my hardest to only accept books which I actually schedule in for review there and then and I have to admit that is working out quite well at the moment. All helped of course by the fact that I am at home 24/7, so I never seem to leave my screen, which isn’t quite so good!

      My old original Kindle is actually still standing up to the job quite well, whereas my more recent model seems to have a mind of its own, and I still can’t work out how to delete anything to try and free up a bit more space!

      I too, was really captured by the premise of ‘Betty’, especially as it is based on the life of Tiffany’s mother and I am looking forward to reading it.

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed the farm fresh berry pie ๐Ÿ™‚

  • As different as they appear to be, I like the sound of all three of these. However, I think I’m most intrigued by the first. I look forward to hearing more about them!

    Now I not only have books on my shelf, books in my Kindle, and books on my Amazon wishlist….I also have a wishlist through my library app (which I use on my phone) with dozens more books tagged!!

    • Hi Kelly,

      I haven’t read a good horror story in years, so I shall be looking forward to this one and there will be plenty of opportunity to share extracts, as there is a Blog Tour organised for the beginning of October.

      I hope that I am going to get along with reading this one okay, as I also used to enjoy nothing more than watching a good horror film on television, but these days I just can’t seem to stomach them! There was always a Friday late night horror film that I stayed up to watch, long after my parents and the family were in bed asleep and Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Christopher Lee and Bette Davis, were among my favourite actors!

      I don’t bother all that much with Amazon these days, as they only allow reviews of books you have purchased from them and most of my review shelf are complimentary downloads through NetGalley. Other than that, authors will provide complimentary copy’s direct. My ‘Want To Read’ list over at Goodreads has definitely taken the biggest hit with nearly 1,200 titles on it and I have a backlog of NetGalley reviews as long as my arm.

      Obviously there are also the almost 1,000 physical books I have on my library shelves around the house, none of which I have read!!

      I’m not sure whether we have a healthy obsession or not, what say you? ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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