Book Review: Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

Summer House with Swimming PoolSummer House with Swimming Pool By Herman Koch

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller
Pages: 387 pages
Published: April 28th 2015
Publisher: Hogarth
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Plot: When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he’s not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high profile doctor to the stars, Marc can’t hide from the truth forever.

It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their two beautiful teenage daughters agreed to spend a week at the Meiers’ extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Joined by Ralph and his striking wife Judith, her mother, and film director Stanley Forbes and his much younger girlfriend, the large group settles in for days of sunshine, wine tasting, and trips to the beach. But when a violent incident disrupts the idyll, darker motivations are revealed, and suddenly no one can be trusted. As the ultimate holiday soon turns into a nightmare, the circumstances surrounding Ralph’s later death begin to reveal the disturbing reality behind that summer’s tragedy.

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Giveaway Alert

Hey Everyone!! I just wanted to let everyone know in honor of me hitting 100 followers on here and 300 followers on twitter I am doing a giveaway on Twitter. Basically all you need to do is Follow my Twitter and Retweet my pinned Tweet. I am letting you guys pick whatever book you want. Plus following me on here gives you an extra entry! I just want to give back to all of you guys for being so supportive and generous.

Giveaway

Giveaway Rules:

  1. Must be following my Twitter
  2. Must retweet my pinned Tweet
  3. There’s an extra entry for those who follow me on Twitter and on my blog

My Twitter is @BookishinBed.

Giveaway Prize:

You guys will be able to pick out any book on Amazon or Book Depository. I want this to be opened to all my followers. This means it can be a pre-order as well. Whatever book you want. This will end on August 18th.


Thank you guys for all your support. I am so happy for all the people I have met on here and all the people I will meet in the future. I wish you all a good luck!

Arc Review: Girl in Snow

Hello everyone,

My name is Rimpy and I run a blog called Rimpy’s Reads (check it out if you don’t already!). I blog about everything from books I’m reading to shows I’m watching, as well as running a Read-a-Thon called Wonder Week Read-a-Thon! – This read-a-thon takes place every month or every other month so if you’d like to join in please do!

Anyways, Regina from Bookish in Bed and I decided to do a blog swap in which we would read the same novel and review it on each others blogs, so that’s what I’m doing for you today!

Today I am bringing to you a review for Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka.

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Book Review: This Is Our Story

This is Our StoryThis Is Our Story By Ashley Elston

Goodreads Synopsis: Five went in. Four came out.

No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.

Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the district attorney’s office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.

Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she investigates with Stone, the aging prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot, she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own. Continue reading “Book Review: This Is Our Story”

Book Review: The Trees Crept In

The Trees Crept InThe Trees Crept In By Dawn Kurtagich

Goodreads Synopsis: Stay away from the woods…

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the manor is cursed. The endless creaking of the house at night and the eerie stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too—questions that Silla can’t ignore: Why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Who is the beautiful boy who’s appeared from the woods? And who is the tall man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night… a man no one else can see? Continue reading “Book Review: The Trees Crept In”

100 Followers

So last week I hit an important milestone on my blog…I have over 100 followers. I can’t get over this. I really appreciate all the love and support you guys have given to me. It means so much to me. I wasn’t expecting this to happen right now but I honestly am so excited.

This journey started off rocky because I would blog once in a while. Sometimes I wouldn’t blog for months. This year I decided to change that and made sure I was going to post more. I’m happy to say I post a lot more than I did last year and I am happy you guys continued to follow me when I didn’t. I’ve grown to love blogging. I find it so much fun and a great way to expression my opinions. It’s such a great feeling to know other people care what I have to say. I also really enjoy other people’s posts. I love seeing what other people have thought of books I’ve read and wished to read. I’ve also found out about so many great books.

I want to continue working to make my blog a better place. I also want to continue meeting more people. The book community has really forced me out of my shell. I went to Book Con (read about my experience here) last month and it was so great being around other book lovers. Please don’t ever hesitate to talk to me. I can be shy at times but I’m always eager to talk. I am so excited to see what the rest of the year brings.

Once again thank you all so much for everything. I love you guys so much!

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Thrillerfest Teen Panel

Hey guys! I’m sorry I have been a bit inactive this past week. Work has been keeping me super busy and worn out but I actually ended up doing something fun and book related yesterday so I decided I needed to share. I went to Thrillerfest Teen Panel at Books of Wonder. Honestly such a fun experience. Let me tell you more about it before I talk about my experience.

Event Information:

Books of Wonder is proud host the ThrillerFest Teen Panel. Meet ELLE COSIMANO The Suffering Tree, New York Times bestselling author or All the Missing Girls, MEGAN MIRANDA for The Safest Lies, ASHLEY ELSTON for This is Our Story and KARA THOMAS for Little Monsters.

Get ready for an evening of psychological drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Starting at 6pm join us in welcoming these FOUR talented authors of great new thrillers. The authors will read from their latest novels, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of all of their novels. Ages 12 and up. Thursday, July 13th. 6-8pm.


So I have to say going into this I only read two of these authors. I read The Darkest Corners By Kara Thomas and I read All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda. So I didn’t know too much about the other authors. I was interested in reading This is Our Story By Ashley Elston. I also was hoping they would be selling Little Monsters by Kara Thomas but no such luck. Thankfully I ended up reserving a signed copy for when it comes out.

So anyway I ended up getting to the event almost close to 7. I get out of work at 6pm so it sucks cause I get to miss the talking part of the panel. Thankfully when I got there the authors were taking questions so I got to listen to some of that for a little bit. I wish I could have heard the talking part but still q&as are also very fun. I did get to hear about all the upcoming projects they have coming up and I have to say I am super excited for each of them.

So surprisingly this was a pretty small event. Not a lot of people ended up showing up which is such a shame but I also liked that because it ended up being a smaller event and more intimate. When my friend and I were waiting to get our book signed by the authors whose books we bought we got a chance to talk to the other authors who didn’t have anyone talking them. We ended up going over to Elle Cosimano about her book cover. She was telling us about how the illustrator did such an amazing job with the cover and I agree.  It is such a beautiful design. She mentioned how each little detail has to deal with the story. She kept telling us about all these different things and I was super into it that I decided to go and purchase the book. Mind you I ended up buying The Darkest Corners and This is Our Story. I decided that since I would probably buy it in the future I might as well just buy it now and have it signed. So I did that.

I also ended up talking with Ashley Elston whose book I was really excited to pick up. The more I would hear her talk about the book the more I was sold and extremely happy that I decided to pick up the book. It had everything I loved. It’s a thriller. It’s also told from different perspectives. One of those perspectives is told from the shooter who you won’t find out is until the end. She also said the shooting happens right at the beginning so it sounds like I will be hooked from the start. I honestly can’t wait to jump into this.

Lastly I went over to Kara Thomas. I was so excited to go tell her how much I loved her book The Darkest Corners and that right after I read it I found out she had a new book coming out soon I was ecstatic. My friend told her how I got her to buy her book so she was super happy about that. I honestly can’t wait for Little Monsters to come out in less than two weeks. I read a little bit of it and I really enjoyed it. I honestly can’t wait to get my hands on the full book.

Overall I thought this was such a fun experience.  All the authors were so sweet and welcoming. Since it was such a small group of people you could take your time and talk to them without being rushed. You could tell they were super appreciative of everyone who came out and supported them. I am so glad I went. It ended up being a fun time and a fun experience. It did end up hurting my wallet a little but I’m so happy with my purchases. I can’t wait to dive into these books. I’m seriously ready to drop my current reads for these.


I hope you guys ended up enjoying my experience about The Thillerfest Teen Panel. It was such a fun time and hopefully found some new favorite authors. Have you guys read anything from these authors? I would love to hear your thoughts on any of these books.

Top 5 Wednesday: Children’s Books

Hey guys! It’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday. This week’s theme is Children’s books –This can include Middle Grade (but try to recommend more than just Harry Potter and Percy Jackson!) Feel free to talk about your childhood faves or more recent reads. I am so excited for this one because there are a lot of books I’m starting to think of. It’s going to be tough to narrow but I’m very excited for this one!


Trial by JournalTrial by Journal By Kate Klise, M. Sarah Klise (Illustrator)

Reason: This is hands down one of my favorite books I had to read for school. It was such a fun read. It is filled with lots of drawings that made it very fun and enoyable. I also had to read this for school and to my surprise it was actually a book I wanted to read. I remember that teacher had some good reading material so she knew how to grab your attention. I sadly don’t remember what this is about but it is a book I really want to read again. If your into children’s literature, I highly suggest checking this one out.


 

Amelia's Notebook

 

Amelia’s Notebook by Marissa Moss

Reason: This is another series I remember reading when I was younger. I really liked books with drawings. I feel it’s such a lovely aspect added to books to draw you in. This is another one I don’t really remember the exact story but I remember enjoying it and I kinda can picture the drawings in my head. This is something I could see myself checking out if I found it at a bookstore or the library by me. I feel I might need to recheck these books out soon.


Encyclopedia BrownEncyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective By Donald J. Sobol

Reason: Okay so you guys know I love mystery books. Well these books were some of the first mystery books I read. I remember reading these when I was younger and loved them. Each story is a different case and then if you can’t figure it out the answer is in the back. I loved that about these books. You’re basically a detective on the case as well. How fun is that. You could take as much time as you wanted to try to figure out the case. I miss these books and would love if there was an adult version of these. If anyone knows any please let me know!


The Adventures of the Bailey School KidsThe Adventures of The Bailey School Kids By Debbie Datley and Marcia Thonton Jones

Reason: Man do I miss these books. These were fun books to read as a kid. The children in the book always have some weird teacher that they suspect may be someone that’s made up. In this case they believe the cafeteria lady is Cupid. These books were adorable and really enjoyable to read as a kid. I loved all the different people they would encounter. I don’t know remember if they were the people they believed them to be but I wouldn’t mind checking these out at some point just to see. They’ll probably be a quick read and I would love to get a refresh of these books.


Horrible Harry in Room 2BHorrible Harry in Room 2B By Suzy KlineHorrible Harry in Room 2B By Suzy Kline

Reason: So these are books I barley remember reading but I know I enjoyed because I read a couple of these books. I completely forgot about these books until I started making this list. Once again I wouldn’t mind checking these books out just to see what they were about. It’s crazy how as soon as I saw the cover I kinda had a little flashback of reading the book I just from that.


 

 

These were all books I remember enjoying as a kid. Have you guys read any of these books? What were some of your favorite kids books that weren’t super popular? All of these books are ones I would love to check out at some point. It would be nice to refresh and see what it was about these books that I loved so much.

Book Review: A List Of Cages

A List Of CagesA List Of Cages By Robin Roe

Goodreads Synopsis: When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian–the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives. Continue reading “Book Review: A List Of Cages”

Arc Review: Best Day Ever

Best Day Ever

Best Day Ever By Kaira Rouda

Goodreads Synopsis: I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…

Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion. In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life.

Release Date: September 17th 2017 Continue reading “Arc Review: Best Day Ever”