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Last week was another pretty great reading week and I managed to finish reading two books and listening to one. I’ve been more in the mood to read rather than write reviews so I’m playing around with a shorter review style, possible changing them up with different formats as well. I’ve got so many books on my fall TBR that in order to get to them all and be able to share my thoughts, I think review writing changes need to be made.



According to a Source  was one of the best audiobooks I’ve listened to. The story was just plain fun and the narrator was fantastic! If you’re at all interested in the behind the scenes workings of celebrity gossip this is the book for you.

 The Heart’s Invisible Furies was my complete obsession Thurs through Sat. night. At almost 600 pages, I finished it in 2 1/2 days and am now left with a very large book hangover. I laughed and I cried and I almost have no words for the amazement of this book….hopefully I can find some soon and get a review up! What I can say is this book may have edged out The Force for my top read of 2017 so far!

Gone to Dust was a much anticipated read for me after I read the preview excerpt on Netgalley. In the end, I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would but in fairness to the story, I read this yesterday while in the midst of my full on book hangover from The Heart’s Invisible Furries. No book was probably going to live up to that one the day after! I hope to have a full review up soon.




I started this late last night so I haven’t gotten too far but I’m loving the setting (Venice) and the action and intrigue. I’ve never read a book by either Catherine Coulter or J. T. Ellison so I’m looking forward to seeing what makes them both so popular. I’ll be having a giveaway for this one when I put up my review (hopefully around the end of this month) so don’t forget to check back for that!




The Salt Line is an out of my comfort zone pick but I loved the idea of a literary dystopian survivalist story with a murderous plot! Sounds intriguing.

The Saboteur  caught my eye because it’s a historical thriller which I don’t read a lot of and it’s based on a true story. I think I read somewhere that it’s a Jason Bourne type character set in the WWII time frame. I haven’t read anything by Andrew Gross so I’m curious to see how this goes.

Have you read any of these or have any interest in doing so?

Have a wonderful reading week! 


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    1. I really did Kristin and I think you’re in for such a fantastic read! I’ve never read Boyne before but I’ve heard of the book you mentioned. If it’s as good as Heart’s I’ll be reading it for sure. I’ll keep my eye out for your review


  1. I just finished The Salt Line this morning and I highly recommend it. It was fantastic! I couldn’t put it down. I hope it is made into a movie 🙂

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      1. I was reading several other ARCs, which I promptly put down as soon as I read the first 10 or so pages of The Salt Line. It was SO good. I am hoping the author writes a sequel to it (though the book stands fine on its own).

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      2. Some call that being picky but I always feel like the writing either hits me or not…there have been exceptions though…I put down The Help thinking I didn’t like it, picked it up again months later and it’s one of my all time favs!!

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      3. Yes, sometimes if I wade through a book I come to like it, but I do feel an author really needs to sell a book in the first few pages to get a good readership if they aren’t popular.

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  2. I haven’t read any of the books you mention. Trying to resist any more additions to the teetering TBR piLe 🙂 Currently reading ‘My Name is Leon’ by Kit de Wall. Enjoying it very much.

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  3. I’ve shied away from The Hearts Invisible Furies mainly because of the length, but it sounds like that may be a huge mistake. I look forward to reading your full review. The Salt Line sounds like to could be really good, too. Glad According to a Source worked for you! Have a great week.

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    1. Susie, I really think you’d enjoy it! Despite the length the writing flows and it doesn’t feel almost 600 pages. He’s written some of the best dialogue I’ve ever read! I hope you’ll give it a try. Hope your week is a good one!


      1. I did think that when I saw the books, I thought, hmm…maybe Renee’s fed up of the same ole, same ole, psychological thrillers 😂
        That’s why I read along with a few book clubs via Instagram as it helps me branch out, one picks a different LGBT book each month (hence me reading A Little Life) and the other bookclub is reading the world, next month we’re reading a book by an Indonesian author – that’s a first for me

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      2. You know, as much as I love mysteries, if I look back over some of my all time favs list, it’s filled with character driven sagas!! So i’m always on the lookout for those which THIF most definitely was. I wondered how you decided to give A Little Life a try, I love that you’re in those different kinds of book clubs. You never know when you’ll come across a book you love that you would’ve never picked up otherwise! I have to tell you, The Heart’s Invisible Furies was, to me, A Little Life if it had humor, laughter, happiness and peace…maybe you’ll give it a try😉Although I still ended up crying in my bathroom like a baby just like with A Little Life!!

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    1. That was my second favorite audiobook after YOU by Caroline Kepnes which still tops my list of favs! For me, the narrator makes all the difference. You’ll have to let me know some of your favorites, I’m on the search for my next one:)

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    1. Awesome! I’m so excited you got the Boyne, I had never read his work before and I was blown away by everything about it…I’m also ordering it in hardcover to go on my bookshelf. A definite re-read someday!! I’d love to chat with you about it once you’ve read it


  4. OK, that’s it, I’m going to read Heart’s Invisible Furies. I was holding off until some others vetted it b/c it’s so long, but sounds like it’s worth the time!

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