I hope everyone had a refreshing weekend! I read all week-end and tried really hard to stay off of social media. I managed to get five reviews in the draft folder which is sitting at 22 right now which is also the amount of books I have on NetGalley at the moment.

So here’s what I’m reading this week. And now time for a mini-rant.

Things that irritate me:

When the Book Blurb tells the entire story. I don’t need or want to read it if you’ve already told me everything that happens.  Leave a little mystery please!

Reviews a mile long. Look I’m just here to tell you whether I liked it or not. I’ll tell you why too. But I am not going to de-construct someone’s work. A Critique and a Review are different animals.

Most of us receive ARC copies of a book or Uncorrected Proofs so I expect a mistake or two. It doesn’t bother me or make it to the review because I know the Publisher will have corrected it by the time the book is released. It’s the over all tale I’m interested in.

And no, this isn’t about you. Whoever you are, I read an article over the weekend and I totally agreed with it. When your blurb tells too much you rob the reader of discovering the little gems in the story. So, yeah, stop that.

xx Patricia   What’s everyone reading this week? Anything good and juicy I should know about?


  1. I agree with your take on reviews. I’m just partway into “The House at the End of Hope Street” by Meena van Praag. It’s the third of her books I have read. I loved “The Book Shop on the Corner” by Jenny Colgan.

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  2. Totally agree with you about lengthy reviews and blurbs that reveal too much. I’ve just finished Confessions of a Sociopath (memoir) by M.E Thomas – was very insightful but a little too rambling for me, which tells me it lacked structure. Just off to do a short review on Goodreads.

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  3. I completely agree with you when it comes to book blurbs! It’s so frustrating when a blurb reveals too much, is packed with spoilers and ruins the reading experience… One of the reasons I’m trying to avoid reading them just before I pick up a new book.

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  4. Just finished “The Winter Over” – Kindle edition by Matthew Iden. A Mystery, Thriller that takes place at the North Pole at an isolated research station. Slow at first and a lot of characters, less as they start getting eliminated, bu an exciting twist ending. Wear something warm when you read it…lots of description about snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. 4 of 5 stars.

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  5. Just finished an ARC I received, “Louisiana Catch” by Sweta Vikram, a popular author in India (and a woman). This is her first novel for the US public – and it’s set in NOLA of course with a couple of Americans as major characters, though the MC narrator is an Indian woman. Fascinating book, Sweta Vikram is also a poet and really knows how to set the stage. It is about violence against women, there’s an Internet stalker in it adding to the suspense, it’s really the Indian take on #MeToo. Anyone else has read it?

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