I Achieved My Goodreads Reading Challenge Goal

I set a goal at the beginning of the year to read 50 books. I just managed to complete my goal by finishing this challenge this month, in December. At the moment I have surpassed my challenge by reading 51 books now!

Its been a very eventful year with changing jobs, moving into our first home and the initial aggravation that comes with moving out so my kind towards the beginning-mid of the year has been focussed elsewhere. However, I’m still really impressed by the amount I have read this year especially because it has been super busy! This year I definitely read more of the books from my backlog from authors and publishers, which is great because my back log is really high and I’m trying my hardest to whittle it down. I love a good challenge and I can’t wait to see how many I can read in 2020 (still not used to saying 2020, it sounds so futuristic!).

Here are the list of the 50 books I read in 2019 for my Goodreads Reading Challenge:

  1. Please Stay: A Brain Bleed, A Life In The Balance, A Love Story by Greg Payan
  2. Eternity’s Echoes by Evan Hirson
  1. The Crimson Heirlooms by Hunter Dennis
  2. Red Sky: Rising by Ben Archer
  3. Befriended: Be Careful Who You Trust… by Ruth O’Neill
  4. The Golden Key by Darlien C. Breeze
  5. Confessions of a Comedian by Kip Addotta
  6. Chronicles of the Anti-Christ by J.M. Harrison
  1. The Cursed Girl by Maria Vermisoglou
  2. Murder at the Scrambling Dragon by Amber Gulley
  3. Black Bullet by L.D. Rose
  4. Releasing the Demons by L.D. Rose
  5. Arrange Me by Katy Regnery
  6. Better by N.E. French
  7. Dark Chains by LaTasha Tacha B. Braxton
  8. The Dark Side of Chemistry by Ryleigh Sloan
  9. Expecting Ty’s Baby by Empi Baryeh
  10. Murder in the Heart of It All by Michael Prelee
  11. Vermilion Lies by L.D. Rose
  12. The Onyx Crown by Alan Hurst
  13. Deseré: A Love Story of the American South by Maria McKenzie
  14. The Book of Songs by Louice Svedin
  15. You by Caroline Kepnes
  16. Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
  17. Beyond the Red Carpet by Debbra Lynn
  18. Heart of Stone by Debbra Lynn
  19. The Forgotten One by Debbra Lynn
  20. A Fool’s Circle by Suzanne Seddon
  21. Season of Retribution by Shanna Nichols
  22. The Colour of the Sun by David Almond
  23. Maroonhair: A Cyber-City Story by Sebastian Winter
  24. Lucid World by Denise Lammi
  25. Unearthed After Sunset by Lauryn April
  26. Blessing of Luna by Blaise Ramsay
  27. His to Defend by Rhenna Morgan
  28. It’s a Bright World to Feel Lost In by Mawson Bear
  29. Factor Man by Matt Ginsberg
  30. Blood Runs Cold by Angela Kay
  31. Murder in Montague Falls: Noir-Inspired Novellas by Russ Colchamiro, Sawney Hatton and Patrick Thomas
  32. The Murder of Manny Grimes by Angela Kay
  33. I Can Kill by Angela Kay
  34. Parasite Life by Victoria Dalpe
  35. The Poacher by Neilay Khasnabish
  36. Tell Me Why by Ruth O’Neill
  37. The Sea Was a Fair Master by Calvin Demmer
  38. Patch Lane by S.F. Barkley
  39. The Wall (Volume One) – Guardian’s Redemption by Some Guy
  40. Gun Kiss by Khaled Talib
  41. The Day the Sun Changed Colors by Scott Talbot Evans
  42. Rescuing the Prince by Meghann McVey

Last year I set myself the challenge to complete 45 books. You can see the list of books I read last year from my old post here. I have completed my Goodreads Reading Challenges three years in a row now!

How well has your Reading Challenge been this year? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

Lucky Star by Holly Curtis Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): Teenager Ben Somerset has three great loves in his life: Sherlock Holmes, designer clothes and a certain song by Madonna. And then Susie appears. Set in England in 1984 Lucky Star tells of Ben’s introduction to the world of shoplifting, music, politics, love and heartbreak.

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Rescuing the Prince by Meghann McVey Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): During the afternoon fantasy parade, a dragon swooped down and carried off my boyfriend, I am not making this up. So begins Leah’s adventures that lead her to another world. At home in California, Leah’s boyfriend Gerry is her rock and motivation. Now, trapped in another world without him, she must find her own courage. During her quest, Leah impersonates a missing princess, learns magic, and meets new friends and allies, including the shy, handsome Tolliver. But in the end, does she have what it takes to defeat Gerry’s fearsome captor, the Dragon Rider?

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The Day the Sun Changed Colors by Scott Talbot Evans Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): Welcome to the future, to the year 4377, a perfect utopia where everyone is rich and lives in peace. Litterbot409 is a cleaning robot working for a family of seven. His garbage can body is able to transform into any tool to handle any mess, but there are none in a world with spill-proof containers. This society doesn’t have sexism, guns, money, names, or unanswered questions, and life is pretty boring, until Litterbot discovers a strange glow in the sky, which changes colors throughout the day, amazing the world. Troll, the world’s leading hydrologist/interior decorator, discovers the cause: the Sun is getting hotter, and water is evaporating into space and going to run out in 103 days! The world prepares for mass evacuation. Tension builds when acts of aggression start to break out, something that hasn’t happened in a long time. The family (two mothers, three fathers, and two kids) constructs a ship, as the sky colors intensify, tinting everything, and affecting everyone’s minds. They must overcome agitation during periods of red, sedation in times of green, and irritability when it’s blue, to finish in time. But ever-increasing radiation interferes with their equipment, and eventually causes them to mutate, which helps them work faster, but crashes world-computer, forcing them to search for paper books. As if that weren’t enough, the moon grows bigger and bigger, and orbits faster and faster, until cataclysmic gravity, winds, and PMS strand them in a solar powered ship with no light.

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Patch Lane by S. F. Barkley Blog Tour and Book Review

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Ooh this cover just gives me chills! Welcome to the blog tour for Patch Lane, a brand new thriller by S.F. Barkley! Read on for an exclusive excerpt, and a chance to win a Kindle copy of the book!

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Patch Lane

Publication Date: October 22, 2019

Genre: Thriller

Sarah Hastings is a rookie cop who works the night shift in Amber Forest, a small rural town nestled in the Western Pennsylvania mountains. After repeatedly responding to an abandoned and allegedly haunted farmhouse for 911 hang up calls, she discovers a dead body in a secret room. The forensic investigators determine that the body has only been dead for three to four days, but the case takes an unexpected turn when Sarah runs the victim’s fingerprints and finds that her Jane Doe actually died 20 years ago.

The murder investigation is complicated with a sloppy autopsy and delayed forensic reports. When the US Marshals and FBI join the case, Sarah realizes that she is caught in a web of jurisdictional politics that seem to care less about the victim and are more concerned with a larger confidential case. Sarah soon realizes that she may be closer to the victim than she thought and finds herself drawn deeper into the case, threatening not just her career, but her life.

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Excerpt

The house was in total disrepair. The exterior had white wooden siding with loosely attached, rotting black shutters. The moonlight highlighted the chipping paint, making the shutters appear two-toned. The old brick chimney was pulling away from the side of the house, and small trees were growing on the lower roof. There were no signs of life inside—no lights, no sound, not even a car parked on the property. It was the only house on the lane, so I deduced this was once a running farm. This must have been the original farmhouse. I slowly made my way around the house, trudging through the overgrown grass, to check the perimeter. With no evidence of life or habitation, I was beginning to question if Dispatch had gotten the address wrong. I got on the radio. “1034 to Dispatch.”

“Dispatch, go ahead.”

“I’m at 52 Patch Lane. Can you confirm this is the address?”

“Stand by.” After about a minute, Dispatch got back on the air. “1034, yes, that’s the correct address. Do you need backup?”

“Negative. It appears no one is home, but I’ll update.”

At this point, I knocked on the front door and announced myself. “Officer Hastings, Amber Forest Police Department!” No answer. All of the windows were closed, so I tried the front door. Locked. I didn’t have any extenuating circumstances that would allow a warrantless entry, so all I could do was leave. There wasn’t even enough for me to write a police report.

“1034 to Dispatch,” I radioed again.

“Dispatch, go ahead.”

“It looks like this house is abandoned. I think the 911 hang up might have been some crossed telephone wires. Clear me from the call with no report.”

“10-4.”

I began driving back down the gravel lane when another wave of chills shot through me. I hit my brakes and glanced in my rearview mirror. My brake lights flooded the house in red, and for a split moment I thought I saw someone standing in the window watching me leave. I blinked, and the figure vanished. My intuition had kept me alive this far, but I knew Chief Fox would rip me a new one if I tried to enter that house based on my intuition and faintly seeing shadows. I took a deep breath and convinced my foot to ease off of the brake and back on the gas.

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My book review:

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given Patch Lane by S. F. Barkley four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I am such a huge fan of murder mystery thrillers and this one definitely hit the spot! I found myself hooked from the very beginning. Barkley has created a fantastic fast-paced book filled with twists and turns throughout.

Let’s start with the main character we learn about in this story. Sarah Hastings, a rookie cop, is our main character and the story is told through the perspective of Sarah throughout the book. I thought she was very likeable, brave and a very hard working police officer. We welcome a U.S. Marshal called Matthew Sloan whom for a long time in the story I found to be a little dubious about, however towards the end I found myself drawn to him and would’ve loved to have read more about Hastings and Sloan together romantically but that wasn’t the main sole purpose of this book so I shall have to put those thoughts to rest. (They would make such a great couple though!)

I really liked Barkley’s style of writing; her descriptive writing was detailed which helped set the scene well, I really appreciated the amount of research and effort she had put into this book, in regards to the police procedures and the realistic feel to what I would believe these protocols are carried out like.

I enjoyed the plot of the story and definitely had no idea who was going to turn out to be the main suspect until when events start to unravel in the book. I had my guesses but didn’t think of the person it turn out to be once, so thank you Barkley for leading me astray from the big reveal! This book had a paranormal feel to it as well, which kept me close to the edge of my seat as I didn’t know what way this book was going to go at first.

I hope to read more of S. F. Barkley’s material in the future and would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of crime thriller fiction stories.

Happy reading all! 📚

Blog Tour Schedule

December 2nd

Reads & Reels (Spotlight) http://readsandreels.com

Horror Tree (Guest Post) https://www.horrortree.com

I’m All About Books (Review) https://imallaboutbooks.com/

Kim Knight (Review) http://kimknightauthor.wordpress.com

December 3rd

B is for Book Review (Guest Post) https://bforbookreview.wordpress.com

Just 4 My Books (Spotlight) http://www.just4mybooks.wordpress.com

Scarlett Readz & Runz (Review) https://scarlettreadzandrunz.com/

December 4th

The Magic of Wor(l)ds (Interview) http://themagicofworlds.wordpress.com

Reading Nook (Spotlight) http://readingnook84.wordpress.com

J Bronder Book Reviews (Review) https://jbronderbookreviews.com/

December 5th

Cup of Books Blog (Review) https://cupofbooksblog.wordpress.com/

Read and Rated (Review) https://readandrated.com/

My Comic Relief (Review) https://mycomicrelief.wordpress.com/

December 6th

Didi Oviatt (Spotlight) https://didioviatt.wordpress.com

Jessica Belmont (Review) https://jessicabelmont.wordpress.com/

Dash Fan Book Reviews (Spotlight) https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/

About the Author

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S.F. Barkley is a former police officer who uses her law enforcement knowledge and experience along with her love for all things creepy to create short stories and novels. She had several eerie experiences as a cop, including having discovered secret underground tunnels and responding to 911 hang up calls to an abandoned industrial building. She has published short horror stories in various anthologies and is publishing her debut mystery novel, Patch Lane, in October 2019. She was raised in Western Pennsylvania and currently resides in Maryland with her husband and their rescue pup.

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Gun Kiss by Khaled Talib Book Review

Book description (via Goodreads): A stolen piece of history, an abducted actress and international intrigue… when the Deringer pistol that shot Abraham Lincoln is stolen and ends up in the hands of a Russian military general, covert agent Blake Deco is tasked by the FBI to head to the Balkans to recover the historical weapon. Meanwhile, the United States media is abuzz with news of the mysterious disappearance of Hollywood movie star, Goldie St. Helen. After Blake’s return from overseas, he receives a tip from a Mexican friend that a drug lord, obsessed with the beautiful actress, is holding her captive inTijuana. With the help of a reluctant army friend, Blake mounts a daring rescue. What he doesn’t expect is to have feelings for Goldie– or that a killer is hunting them.

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