Good morning! So technically this is last week’s prompt, but last Tuesday was my birthday and so I didn’t get around to pulling it together in time so you get to enjoy it this week instead! I’ve tried to pull together this list of books from my Goodreads collection and so it contains a mixture of books I’ve read and some I’m looking forward to!
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Books With Numbers In The Title
The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You
Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages… maybe ever.
We’re starting off with a book I’ve read. I think I picked this up back in the days when Waterstones were still doing their 3 for 2 offer and I needed a third book. I wasn’t really expecting to like it, when it comes to adult novels I’m usually found in the crime camp rather than the contemporary however I absolutely loved this!
Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M. McManus
Ellery’s never been to Echo Ridge, but she’s heard all about it. It’s where her aunt went missing at age sixteen, never to return. Where a Homecoming Queen’s murder five years ago made national news. And where Ellery now has to live with a grandmother she barely knows, after her failed-actress mother lands in rehab. No one knows what happened to either girl, and Ellery’s family is still haunted by their loss.
Malcolm grew up in the shadow of the Homecoming Queen’s death. His older brother was the prime suspect and left Echo Ridge in disgrace. His mother’s remarriage vaulted her and Malcolm into Echo Ridge’s upper crust, but their new status grows shaky when mysterious threats around town hint that a killer plans to strike again. No one has forgotten Malcolm’s brother-and nobody trusts him when he suddenly returns to town.
Ellery and Malcolm both know it’s hard to let go when you don’t have closure. Then another girl disappears, and Ellery and Malcolm were the last people to see her alive. As they race to unravel what happened, they realize every secret has layers in Echo Ridge. The truth might be closer to home than either of them want to believe.
And somebody would kill to keep it hidden.
After reading One Of Us Is Lying I really wanted to absolutely adore this but I just didn’t…. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed it enough but for me it wasn’t really in the same league. I’m still looking forward to One Of Us Is Next though, it’s already pre-ordered!
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
When kingdom come, there will be one.
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown.
We’ve arrived at the first of the books that I’ve still to read and we’ve only made it to number three on the list! I absolutely love the concept behind this one and it is sitting on my shelf waiting for me to pick it up. Unfortunately there are a couple of hundred other books that I love the sound of also sitting on my shelf waiting to be picked up….
The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker
For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.
As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.
With only a handful of clues, the elusive killer’s identity remains a mystery. Time is running out and the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written fast-paced thriller.
Four, fourth… This still counts right? I read this one back in 2017 but for some reason never got around to reviewing it on SWB. The remaining two books in the trilogy are both out now so I think I re-read and on to the rest may be in order…
Five On A Treasure Island by Enid Blyton
The very first Famous Five adventure, featuring Julian, Dick, Anne, not forgetting tomboy George and her beloved dog, Timmy! There’s a shipwreck off Kirrin Island! But where is the treasure? The Famous Five are on the trail – looking for clues – but they’re not alone! Someone else has got the same idea. Time is running out for the Famous Five, who will follow the clues and get to the treasure first?
I remember my parents bought me a set which contained the first five books in the The Famous Five series and I absolutely devoured them! I think it’s one of the first series I remember specifically using my pocket money to go out and buy and I made sure I read all 21 of them! I’m sure if I were to re-read the series these days I’d pick up on some problematic parts but as a seven year old I loved them!
Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne
‘But now I am Six, I’m as clever as clever. So I think I’ll be six now for ever and ever!’
Curl up with Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin in A. A. Milne’s classic book of poetry for children, Now We Are Six.
This work includes poems for children which feature Pooh helping Christopher Robin with his schoolwork (if helping is the word). It is an evocation of childhood, through the eyes of the six-year-old Robin.
Featuring E. H. Shepard’s original illustrations, Now We Are Six is a heart-warming and funny introduction to children’s poetry, offering the same sense of humour, imagination and whimsy that we’ve come to expect from his favourite books about Winnie-the-Pooh, that Bear of Very Little Brain.
Winnie-The-Pooh forms some of my very earliest reading memories, my grandma had a set containing Winnie-The-Pooh, The House At Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young and of course Now We Are Six. I used to love raiding the spare room where all the children’s books lived on a Sarah height shelf and very often it was one of these I curled up with
Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
Paloma High School is ordinary by anyone’s standards. It’s got the same cliques, the same prejudices, the same suspect cafeteria food. And like every high school, every student has something to hide—from Kat, the thespian who conceals her trust issues onstage, to Valentine, the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal.
When that scandal bubbles over, and rumors of a teacher-student affair surface, everyone starts hunting for someone to blame. For the seven unlikely allies at the heart of it all, the collision of their seven ordinary-seeming lives results in extraordinary change.
I read Noteworthy a while back and immediately decided I wanted to read more of Riley’s work, not actually gotten around to it yet… both this and Final Draft sound intriguing!
The 8th Confession by James Patterson
Behind the doors of San Francisco’s grandest mansions, beautiful people party the nights away in a heady mix of money, drugs, drink and sex. But the rich and famous aren’t the only ones with the keys to these most exclusive of addresses, someone else is intent on crashing the party.
I’ve read a few of these books in the Women’s Murder Club series although I’m not 100% sure what number I got up to as I was reading them before I started using Goodreads regularly. I love the sound of the (very brief) blurb for this one, although with the 20th book in the series due out in 2020 it may be that this is one of those series that’s a little overwhelming to dive back into being so far behind….
Nine by Zach Hines
In an alternate world startlingly close to our own, humans have nine lives—and they can’t wait to burn straight through them.
As you shed lives, you shed your awkward phases: one death is equal to one physical and mental upgrade. Julian’s friends are obsessed with the idea of burning lives, but Julian is determined to stay on his first for as long as he can. His mother, the ultimate cautionary tale, burned through her first eight in just a few years, and Julian has no intention of succumbing to the debilitating rebirth sickness that she inflicted on herself.
But the regime has death incentives aimed at controlling overpopulation, and Julian realizes that he’s going to have to burn at some point—especially when he becomes a target for Nicholas, the manipulative leader of the Burners, the school’s suicide club. And when Julian eventually succumbs, he uncovers suspicious gaps in the rebirth system that may explain exactly why his mother went so far down the rabbit hole years ago. Along with a group of student dissenters, Julian sets out to find answers and is soon on the verge of exposing the greatest conspiracy ever unleashed on the world.
He has just eight more lives to uncover the brutal truth.
This is another AMAZING sounding book that I ordered from the US and still haven’t gotten around to reading. It’s a fascinating concept but sounds as though it could be quite triggering for some… I’d love to know your thoughts if you’ve read it!
Ten Birthdays by Kerry Wilkinson
“There are going to be so many things I wish I could’ve told you in person, Poppy. I won’t get the chance to do that, so perhaps this is my only way…”
It’s Poppy Kinsey’s birthday.
She should be blowing out candles and opening presents – but hers falls on the type of heart-wrenching, agonising anniversary she would far rather forget.
The worst day of them all. The day her mother died.
But this year is special because the person she misses most in the world has left her a set of letters, one for each of her next ten birthdays.
As Poppy opens them year by year, she discovers that no matter how tough life gets, her mum will always be by her side, guiding her along the way.
This was both heartwarming and heartbreaking. It was another break from my usual choice of book but I enjoyed it.
So they were my ten books with numbers in the titles! You may see this week’s actual prompt pop up some time in the future once I’ve had a chance to think about it a little more!