Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Publishers #t5w

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly post that is hosted by Sam from Thoughts On Tomes and there is also a Goodreads group where you can find more information. This weeks topic is: 
Favorite Publishers: 

I haven’t been participating in T5W much lately, the topics weren’t really that interesting to me and I’ve been so busy with other blog stuff, but when I saw this weeks topic I was excited! I have so many favorite publishers, but here are my top 5. 

Bookouture

I’ve fangirled over Bookouture plenty of times before, I even featured them in a Saturday Shoutout recently. They’re a U.K. based digital publishing house and they have released some of my favorite books this year. They publish many different genres so I can always find my next read no matter what type of mood I’m in. Some of their fabulous authors include; Caroline Mitchell, Angela Marsons, Robert Bryndza, Tom Bale, and Kathryn Croft. Check out their full list here. If you haven’t heard of them check out their website or on NetGalley, there are always tons of books to choose from!

Lake Union 

LU is a division of Amazon Publishing and has quickly become one of my most trusted publishers. They focus primarily on Women’s Fiction, Contemporary and Historical Fiction, and popular fiction. Kerry Lonsdale, Catherine McKenzie, Maddie Dawson, Marybeth Whelan and many more authors are published by LU. Check them out on NetGalley as well.

Orenda Books 

Orenda is another U.K. based publisher and one that I’ve just recently discovered.  I am so happy that I did, they produce quality work with a focus on crime fiction and many works are translated from little known authors. I was blown away by The Bird Tribunal and really liked The Exiled. I’m on the blog tour for The Mine later this week as well. Karen Sullivan is the founder and I have to give her some recognition as she is a true gem. She IS Orenda Books and she works tirelessly for her unique, boutique publishing house. She is also absolutely lovely and I’m so pleased to have “met” her. Check them out here

Minotaur Books 

Minotaur is an imprint of St. Martin’s Press publishing with an emphasis on mystery, suspense and thriller books. I recently read and loved Inherit the Bones by Emily Littlejohn, and they also publish Becky Masterman and many more. Check them out on NetGalley under the St. Martin’s Press header.
Berkley Publishing: 

Berkley is an imprint of Penguin Random House and they publish some amazing books! Their authors include; Claire Mackintosh, Mary Torjussen, Fiona Barton, Nora Roberts, Jane Green and many more. They focus on Women’s Fiction, Romance, Mystery, and Sci Fi/Fantasy. They’re also on NetGalley, check them out.

Who are your favorite publishers? 

Top 5 Wednesday 

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly post that is hosted by Sam from Thoughts On Tomes and there is also a Goodreads group where you can find more information. This weeks topic is: 

Inaccurate Book Covers

Those books that have nothing to do with the story, or the cover model doesn’t look anything like the actual main character, or it’s a really cheesy cover for a great read! 

I’m putting my own spin on this one and I’ve been Googling the worst book covers of all time for the past hour or so and I found some god awful, but hilarious ones. I must share the top five most horrifying with you my friends. Please don’t think I’ve read any of these because I would never! I also mean no offense to the authors, you may have written a lovely book, but these cover/title combos are just bad.


Any book with penis in the title is guaranteed to make me giggle. Yes, I’m super mature. This is supposedly humorous but the only thing I’m laughing at is that God awful cover. Granted, it was published in 1997 but still…


Umm…well…yeah….this one was clearly published in the 80’s. That’s really all I’ve got. At least it didn’t say gnarly instead of awesome? (Do you see the author of title at the bottom? 😂)


You guys, this is dinosaur erotica. I can’t stop laughing. Because if I don’t laugh I’ll cry thinking about dinosaur erotica!!!


Me too Joel, me too.


Now I’ll never sleep again. You’re welcome.

Do you have any hilariously bad book covers to share? This was highly amusing to me, I would love to see more! I had to stop looking them up, there were so many bad ones. 😳🙈😱

Top 5 Wednesday 

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly post that is hosted by Sam from Thoughts On Tomes and there is also a Goodreads group where you can find more information. This weeks topic is characters you wouldn’t want to trade places with.

This weeks topic is: 

September 28: Gateway Books to Your Favorite Genre 

–What books do you think are good to introduce people to your favorite genre? If you have more than one favorite genre, feel free to split it up to cover both. 

Though I read several different genres I’m going to stick with Mystery/Thriller since it’s my go to. Some may be psychological thrillers or domestic suspense, but they all fall under the umbrella of Mystery/Thriller. I’m also going to add the blurb for each of my picks so you can get a little taste of what it’s about. I’m focusing more on books released within the past few years because it’s already really hard for me to choose just fine books!

Gateway books to my favorite genre: 


Goodreads blurb: 

#1 internationally bestselling author Karin Slaughter returns with a sophisticated and chilling psychological thriller of dangerous secrets, cold vengeance, and unexpected absolution, in which two estranged sisters must come together to find truth about two harrowing tragedies, twenty years apart, that devastate their lives.


Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.


More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.


The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.


Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful thriller from one of the finest suspense writers working today. 

This was my first Karin Slaughter book and I became an instant fan. I immediately went and read all of her previous work, and though I love her series, I think this one is a fantastic way to experience Slaughter’s work for the first time. I love her gritty and violent writing style and she always packs a punch with her twists.


Goodreads blurb: 

The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.


Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream: a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life.


Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corinne, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all. Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corinne’s deception, and realizes that if he doesn’t make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he’s stumbled into will not only ruin lives—it will end them. 

I am a huge Harlan Coben fan and have liked, if not loved every single one of his books. The twists and turns in this one are nonstop all the way up to the end.


Goodreads blurb: 

In a split second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.


Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating . . . 

Apart from the blurb I don’t want to reveal too much, but this one had one of my favorite twists ever. Totally gasp worthy.


Goodreads blurb: 

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? 

I don’t think my list would be complete without this one. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve at least heard of this, if not read it for yourself. Often imitated, never duplicated, Gone Girl is hyped for a reason.


Goodreads blurb: 


From the author of the New York Times bestselling Spellman Files series, Lisa Lutz’s latest blistering thriller is about a woman who creates and sheds new identities as she crisscrosses the country to escape her past: you’ll want to buckle up for the ride!


In case you were wondering, I didn’t do it. I didn’t have anything to do with Frank’s death. I don’t have an alibi, so you’ll have to take my word for it…


Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time.


She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive’s eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy―and dangerous―alliance is born.


It’s almost impossible to live off the grid today, but Amelia-now-Debra and Blue have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret…can she outrun her past?


With heart-stopping escapes and devious deceptions, The Passenger is an amazing psychological thriller about defining yourself while you pursue your path to survival. One thing is certain: the ride will leave you breathless. 

I devoured this book and still count it as one of my top reads of the past few years. It has everything I look for in a psychological thriller and I can’t say enough good things about it.
Have you read any of these? Do you agree or disagree with my picks? What books would you recommend in your preferred genre?

Top 5 Wednesday 

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly post that is hosted by Sam from Thoughts On Tomes and there is also a Goodreads group where you can find more information. This weeks topic is characters you wouldn’t want to trade places with.

Characters I wouldn’t want to trade places with:


I feel like this is a fairly obvious choice, but I couldn’t help but put it on my list. Seriously, who would really want to trade places with Katniss? I would’ve been dead within the first minute of the Games beginning so there would not have even been a full book, much less an entire series.


Theodore Finch from All the Bright Places is my next choice. He is just such a tormented character, I wouldn’t want to live with all his pain. I still need to write my review for this one, I listened to it and it was really great.


Paige from My Girl is my next pick. If you’ve read this then you’ll immediately know why I picked her. If not, I’m afraid I don’t want to spoil things, just trust me when I say no one wants to be her.


Poor Anna from No Turning Back. She has to make a quick decision in order to save the life of her infant daughter and kills a teenage boy to protect her.I can’t imagine being in that situation! She deals with intense media scrutiny, guilt and some other awful things I can’t reveal. 


Jessie from Last to Die is my final choice. At the beginning of the book there is a shooting at the school where she teaches. As if that isn’t enough of a reason to not want to switch with her, she soon begins to be hunted by a sadistic killer named Caleb. No thank you!

What characters would you guys not want to trade places with? Do you agree with any of my choices? 

Top 5 Wednesday 

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly post that is hosted by Sam from Thoughts On Tomes and there is also a Goodreads group where you can find more information. This weeks topic is books you would like to see as TV shows. 

Books I Want To See As TV Shows:


I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book and I think it would make a compelling TV series. There is definitely enough drama and intrigue to support a series and I was fascinated by the preparations for The Storm.


The Wedding Belles series by Lauren Layne would make such a cute TV show! You have tons of cute characters, like Brooke and Seth from To Have and To Hold then there’s Heather and Josh from For Better Or Worse. Plus, there are plenty of other fun characters that would make a great cast!


The Dollhouse would be so fantastic, very Mad Men! I can just imagine the clothes and the setting of 1950’s NYC 😍

The Sister would be a totally gripping TV show, I kept looking over my should while reading the book, I can’t imagine what a show would make me do.

For my last one, I’m going with Here’s To Us, but really I’ve often thought that any Hilderbrand novel would make a great TV show. The wealthy and fabulous who are always hiding things and wrapped up in drama? Totally my kind of show! I may watch a lot of trashy reality TV. Real Housewives being one of my favorites.

So what books would you guys like to see as TV shows?

Top 5 Wednesday 

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly post that is hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and there is also a Goodreads group where you can find more information.
This weeks topic is Authors you are waiting on another book from. The focus is on books that haven’t been announced yet, or there is no release date set yet.

First up is Chelsea Cain. I love her Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series so much and I know I’ve fangirled about it before. I can’t wait to hear when the latest installment will be released! She also started a new series, One Kick and there is some weird, secretive publishing snafu so the second title wasn’t released as planned. Total bummer because it ended on a cliffhanger and the character of Kick is so badass!

Next is Jack Jordan. I loved My Girl and liked Anything For Her so I can’t wait to see what he’s got cooking for book three! I know it’s in the works but I’m dying to read a blurb. I just know whatever it’s about, it’ll be amazing. (Side note, I got the image from Jack Jordan’s Facebook page and I still get giddy when I see he used my quote!!!!! 🎉)


I devoured The Passenger early this year and though I know Lutz has a series that I haven’t read yet, I’m really hoping that she is working on another standalone.


I’m sure many of you can relate, but after I finished Gone Girl the first thing I did was run to Amazon to order everything Flynn had ever wrote. I enjoyed her other work, but I’m eagerly awaiting something new from her. I haven’t heard anything, maybe I’m missing it? Let me know if you have heard differently. 


I loved Me Before You and After You and though I’m quite sure Moyes is working on something new, I can’t find anything about it! 

What books/authors are you waiting on? 

Top 5 Wednesday 

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly post that is hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and there is also a Goodreads group where you can find more information.

This week is Books You Feel Differently About. Maybe you thought about it and decided to change your rating, or you reread it and liked it more or less the second time around.


This book was hyped up for me and though I didn’t know exactly what to expect, I was left a bit disappointed. It was a really quick read that I kind of liked while reading it, but when it ended I remember thinking, that’s all? After thinking about it some more, I can appreciate the book for what it is. It explores the delicate relationships that can be found between a mother and a daughter. Most women can relate to fragility and complication that mother/daughter relationships are often fraught with.


Who hasn’t heard of this one? Yet another book that was hyped as the next Gone Girl.  After I finished this one I rated it 4 stars, but looking back I think this is more of a 3 star read for me. Ani is just bitchy and there were really no epic secrets revealed for me. Even the main twist didn’t leave me as shocked and stunned as the description promised.


John Greene as author is over hyped for me and the more I think about Paper Towns the more unimpressed I am. At first, I thought, oh this book was ok. Now? Nope, wouldn’t recommend it, there are far too many other excellent YA books out there. It was just bizarre and frankly I was bored reading most of this. I did like Ben though, the only good part of this book.


I only rated this book a 3 originally but now I would bump it up to a 4. I read several of Sparks’ books consecutively and this was the latest one. I think by the time I got to See Me I was just over it. I had read 4 or 5 of his books in a row and if you’ve read anything from him, you know that his books are a bit formulamatic and altogether predictable. But I have to give him some more credit, he really knows how to write a fantastic contemporary romance. I was just burnt out on his books when I read this one

What books have you changed your mind about?

Top 5 Wednesday 

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at  Gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts On Tomes. Check out the Goodreads group for more info.
Most Unlikable Characters: 


While I really liked this book, I had very conflicting emotions about Lexie. There were moments where I really sympathized with her, then there were others where I absolutely couldn’t stand her! I was so torn. She definitely isn’t easily likable.


I am a huge Karin Slaughter fan, but Lena Adams from her Grant County series drives me insane! She’s one of those characters that I love to hate. Throughout these books, there were times where I wanted to scream at her and shake her hard. Anytime I started to feel sorry for her I immediately shook it off. She clearly got under my skin.


All four Plumb siblings in The Nest. I had heard tons of hype about this book so I was really excited to read it. It was a major letdown for me unfortunately. This family is so self entitled and self absorbed that I couldn’t find anything relatable about them. I disliked all of them.


I had heard great things about Denise Mina’s Alex Morrow series but I didn’t even bother continuing on after the first book. She’s angry and mean and just an all around mess. I generally like tortured female leads but this one missed the boat for me as I found I couldn’t sympathize with her.


I had high hopes for The Wicked Girls but it didn’t live up to my expectations. It was an ok read, but the character of Kirsty really annoyed me. I don’t wanna get into the why too much, but I feel like she was able to come off with her hands clean and it was undeserved.

What characters do you not like?

Top 5 Wednesday 

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at  Gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts On Tomes. Check out the Goodreads group for more info.

Recent additions to my wish list: 

Picking five to share was really hard for me! Am I the only one who adds like a minimum of five books per day to my wish list?!


I was way late to the game in discovering Karin Slaughter, but when I read Pretty Girls late last year, I immediately rushed to see if Slaughter had any other books. To my delight, she has an entire series, with one of my favorite characters ever Will Trent. I’ve been dying to read The Kept Woman since I learned it was coming soon! If you haven’t read this series, I highly recommend starting at the beginning. Every single book is fantastic and there is a ton of backstory. Keep in mind these books are raw, gritty and often a bit gory.


This is another installment in the Dublin Murder Squad series and I couldn’t be more excited for it to be released. While the characters in this series overlap, you could read any of these books as standalone novels. But don’t do that. It goes against everything I believe in. 😬😂 Find out more.


I have been a HUGE fan of Coben for years . He always bends the readers mind with an amazing twist. Finally, Myron Bolitar and his sidekick Win are back after five long years! Yes, I realize they had brief appearances in the Mickey Bolitar series, but that wasn’t nearly enough. And calling Win a sidekick isn’t really accurate as he’s so much more. This book sounds like it will be just as amazing as the rest!


I just love Colleen Hoover and just look at that cover! Sigh. She creates such fantastically relatable characters and I swear I always read her books in one sitting. It Ends With Us is being touted as her best work to date and I’ve got my fingers crossed that it lives up to the hype.


My first Moriarty book was The Husbands Secret followed quickly by Big Little Lies. Reading her books just feels like a guilty pleasure and there are just enough twists that it never reads like a typical Chick Lit book. The premise sounds just as juicy as her other books and I’m really looking forward to snagging a copy.

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