What’s on your bookshelf – November

Another month and another shelf full of books, for some anyway. I have plenty on my “virtual” bookshelf, but this month only managed to read three books. Plenty of samples, maybe for the future. Which brings us to Debbie’s question of what makes a book a good read? For me it would have to be dialogue, because I can picture a clear image, even if the dialogue is in the person’s head. There are so many books around these days and a lot seem to be following the same procedure, especially the psychological thrillers. I also enjoy books with a historical background about minor figures, but who still have a story to tell. Anyway I digress, here goes with my three. You’re probably seeing a pattern here with two more from Lisa Jewell.

This is the story of Leah and Toby, who for years have lived opposite each other but have never actually met. Until one fateful day when a lodger from Toby’s house passes away on the street while Leah is walking by. It is about all the lodgers that have passed through Toby’s house and how Toby and Leah reach out to one another.
I really enjoyed the plot of this story, I suppose you know what happens in the end, but I loved getting to know all the different characters in this book. A great feel good story. 4/5

Strangely similar book, about two people finding each other. The story of Vince and Joy through the years, crossing paths but never connecting. I felt this book was overly long, I still enjoyed it because I love the way she writes. It did get better further into the book. She’s my go to author when I can’t find anything to read. 3/5

The story of Avery Chambers who is a therapist and has lost her professional license. Still, it doesn’t stop her from counselling those in crisis, though they have to adhere to her unorthodox methods.

When Marissa and Matthew Bishop, a seemingly perfect couple, glide through Avery’s door and Marissa reveals her infidelity, all three are set on a collision course. Because the biggest secrets in the room are still hidden, and it’s no longer simply a marriage that’s in danger.

I loved this book, although I didn’t particularly like any of the characters! It was so intriguing and I didn’t guess right until near the end the twist. I’ve read their previous books and they’ve all been brilliant. 5/5

For a change I am reading an actual book! It’s for our book club and was given to me by one of the ladies whose step-daughter wrote it. No Country for Girls by Emma Styles which I’ll be reviewing for next month. Also at the same time I’ve got John Grisham’s new one The Boys from Biloxi.

This challenge is hosted by Debbie @ Deb’s World, Sue @ Women living well after 50, Donna @ Retirement Reflections and Jo @ And Anyways

My problem with reading books is that I get distracted… by other books.


  1. Every single one of these has been added to my TBR list. I’m a relatively new convert to Lisa Jewell, but want to read more. Thanks for linking up.

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  2. These books all sound interesting, Alison. I started unpacking the books that go on my bookcases. I Have a lot of reading material I’ve never touched. I pulled out one that I read years ago, Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy, and started it tonight – 21 ways to stop procrastinating. I get distracted too! LOL Your books sound much more interesting than mine, so the temptation is to abandon reading some of mine. The dilemma! Aren’t we lucky to have too many books to read? 🙂

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    • We are indeed Marsha
      It’s funny I never keep actual books once I’ve read them, they take up so much space and I have never reread a book. I hope you enjoy some of my recommendations 🙂

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      • I don’t usually, but I finished the first chaper in Eat That Frog, and got so inspired that I made a super to-do list. The promise is to get more productive and do the important things in half the time. We shall see, won’t we? LOL

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