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10 Books that I really want to read RIGHT NOW

The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken

Welcome to the world of the Secret Barrister. These are the stories of life inside the courtroom. They are sometimes funny, often moving and ultimately life-changing.

I want to read this because it looks interesting and funny. Who DOESN’T like stories of the human justice system? I bet there are some doozies.

 

Hinch Yourself Happy: All The Best Cleaning Tips To Shine Your Sink And Soothe Your Soul

Discover how to transform your home and your life with Mrs Hinch

I want to read this because I am a huge fan of the tips. I like clean stuff so yeah, want to Hinch myself happy!

 

Fatherland

It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler’s 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin’s most prestigious suburb. 

As March discovers the identity of the body, he uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich. And, with the Gestapo just one step behind, March, together with an American journalist, is caught up in a race to discover and reveal the truth – a truth that has already killed, a truth that could topple governments, a truth that will change history.

I want to read this because I am a HUGE fan of historical alternate realities and this one is set to be quite a fascinating and intriguing read. Alt history thriller, yes please!

 

The Last Tudor

Jane Grey was Queen of England for nine days. Using her position as cousin to the deceased king, her father and his conspirators put her on the throne ahead of the king’s half-sister Mary, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her crown and locked Jane in the Tower. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner’s block. There Jane turned her father’s greedy, failed grab for power into her own brave and tragic martyrdom.

‘Learn you to die’ is the advice that Jane gives in a letter to her younger sister Katherine, who has no intention of dying. She intends to enjoy her beauty and her youth and find love. But her lineage makes her a threat to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and, when Mary dies, to her sister Queen Elizabeth, who will never allow Katherine to marry and produce a potential royal heir before she does. So when Katherine’s secret marriage is revealed by her pregnancy, she too must go to the Tower.

‘Farewell, my sister,’ writes Katherine to the youngest Grey sister, Mary. A beautiful dwarf, disregarded by the court, Mary finds it easy to keep secrets, especially her own, while avoiding Elizabeth’s suspicious glare. After watching her sisters defy the queen, Mary is aware of her own perilous position as a possible heir to the throne. But she is determined to command her own destiny and be the last Tudor to risk her life in matching wits with her ruthless and unforgiving cousin Elizabeth.

I am a big fan of Phillipa Gregory – and this is one of her books that I am yet to read, so of course, it is on my ‘to-read’ list.

 

Crone

A twisted tale of murder, magic and salvation.

Heather Keynes’ teenage son died in a tragic car accident.

Or so she thinks.

However, deep in the countryside, an ancient evil has awoken … intent on hunting local residents.

No-one is safe.

When Heather takes a closer look at a series of coincidental deaths, she is drawn reluctantly into the company of an odd group of elderly Guardians. Who are they, and what is their connection to the Great Oak?

Why do they believe only Heather can put an end to centuries of horror?

Most important of all, who is the mysterious old woman in the forest and what is it that feeds her anger?

When Heather determines the true cause of her son’s death, she is hell-bent on vengeance.

Determined to halt the march of the Crone once and for all, hatred becomes Heather’s ultimate weapon and furies collide to devastating effect.

This book is full of imagery with a very good plot. I like creepy horror. I really want to read this one! Heard good things.

 

The Stand

Dark dreams that warn of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil.

His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms.

When a man crashes his car into a petrol station, he brings with him the foul corpses of his wife and daughter. He dies and it doesn’t take long for the plague which killed him to spread across America and the world.

I find Stephen Kings writing to be evocative and wonderfully imaginative. It gets me every time! This book looks downright brilliant. As a few fellow writers know, I love a bit of apocalypse.

 

Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles 13)

From his meticulously restored ancestral chateau high up in the mountains of France, Prince Lestat grapples to instil a new ideology of peace and harmony among the blood-drinking community. Accustomed to welcoming the Undead from far and wide, one night he awakes to news of a ruthless attack by a group of maverick blood-drinkers. 

After fleeing to investigate the terror, Lestat learns of several new enemies who despise his rule over the blood-drinking realm, and who are intent on disrupting the harmony he tries so hard to maintain. But is Lestat strong enough to take on such evil alone or will sacrifices have to be made? Will his cry for peace be heard in a world riddled with violence?

I have read every Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles book, except this one. As a fan of Marius (Blood and Gold) and a lover of Lestat’s history. I cannot wait to fill my senses with this one.

 

Ramses the Damned Returns: The Passion of Cleopatra

Ramses the Great, former pharaoh of Egypt, is reawakened by the elixir of life in Edwardian England. Now immortal with his bride-to-be, he is swept up in a fierce and deadly battle of wills and psyches against the once-great Queen Cleopatra. Ramses has reawakened Cleopatra with the same perilous elixir whose unworldly force brings the dead back to life. But as these ancient rulers defy one another in their quest to understand the powers of the strange elixir, they are haunted by a mysterious presence even older and more powerful than they, a figure drawn forth from the mists of history who possesses spectacular magical potions and tonics eight millennia old. This is a figure who ruled over an ancient kingdom stretching from the once-fertile earth of the Sahara to the far corners of the world, a queen with a supreme knowledge of the deepest origins of the elixir of life. She may be the only one who can make known to Ramses and Cleopatra the key to their immortality–and the secrets of the miraculous, unknowable, endless expanse of the universe.

Another Anne Rice. Need I say more?

 

DIARY OF A SEX ADDICT

I am a sex addict. I am also a relationship junkie and unashamed love addict. I love sex. I love everything about it. I love the look of it, the feel of it, the smell of it. I love the thrill, the excitement, the danger. But most of all, I love feeling that raw desire of being wanted so badly in a moment that nothing else matters.  And sex is how I get that.

Sex controls me and my life. I let it, but I fear that one day it will destroy me. The addiction gnaws away at my soul. It is never satisfied, always hungry for more.

Sex is my obsession and my guiding force; it’s my light, my go-to, my Jesus. It is the motivation and drive behind everything I do, every decision I make, every action I take; it’s all for the love of sex.

I love taboo subjects and true stories.

 

The Sex Diaries Of Mrs. Bright: The Complete Collection

So begins The Sex Diaries Of Mrs. Bright. The year is 1905. Newlyweds Brigette and her husband H are honeymooning aboard a cruise liner headed for New York. It’s Brigette’s first marriage, his second. But they’re not alone. Accompanying them is Brigette’s older female companion, M, a friend Brigette has known intimately since she was seventeen and the woman who introduced her to the world of physical joy. Through Mrs. Bright’s witty and lasciviously detailed diary entries, we witness her search and discovery of a myriad ways to give and receive absolute pleasure—to her husband, her lover, and herself. A document on friendship, marriage, and the complications of securing happiness, The Sex Diaries Of Mrs. Bright reveals that sex in the Edwardian era was as pure, dirty, and fun as can be imagined.

Great reviews and intriguing.

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