Books I’M Looking Forward to in First Half of 2017

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In the first half of year these are the books I am aware of that I want to read.  I am sure as I visit around I will be adding to the list.


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The Swallow’s Nest. 
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New to Me Authors in 2016 I’ll Want to Read More From

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As we come to the end of 2016 it is great to look back at the new to me authors that I will definitely want to read more of.  I read a lot of new to me author, however these are the ones I’ll seek out their books in the future.  Most of them have been writing for awhile but 2016 was the year I first read them.
📖    Christine Nolfi
📖    Amanda Bouchet
📖    Karen Rose
📖    Shelley Noble
📖    Lisa Jewell
📖    Jenny Colgan
📖    Patti Callahan Henry
📖    Susan Meissner
📖    Judith Marillier
📖    Karen White
📖    Kristina McMorris
And here are the books where I was introduced to these authors in 2016
Contemporary Fiction
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 Romantic Suspense

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 Historical Fiction

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A good reminder of authors I want to read more of, most of them have a number of books to their name.  I think Amanda Bouchet is the only one new on the scene this year. I have already read a couple more of Karen Whites and one more of Jenny Colgans.

Top Ten Movies I Enjoyed.

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Let’s see! Do I have 10 movies I am in love with. I am not much of a movie goer and definitely not a movie buff. However I have a few I remember, all these are ones I’d watch again.  I like either a good drama or a good laugh, or a movie based on a book I’ve read.
So in no sense of order here are some of my favourite movies. And it surprised me when I started to think about movies that I had more than ten!

I saw this one this year, a 2016 one. It is a New Zealand movie and I loved it. Yes, it appealed to my sense of humour, and was a total feel good movie. I’ll want to see it again. Set in New Zealand.

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I really enjoyed the audiobook of this movie and as soon as the movie came out in 2015 I was out to see it. Totally loved it and would watch it again.  Set mostly on Mars. 

Notting Hill

I went to see this movie in 1999 when it came out and it has remained a favourite ever since. I have the music track and have also watched the movie  a number of times.  I know it is a romance, but I loved the humour as well. That Welshman Spike (played by Rhys Ifans) always made me laugh.  Also Emma Chambers who played Honey. Of course it didn’t hurt to have Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant.
Ordinary People
I can’t remember whether I saw the movie first or read the book first. But I liked both very much. A 1980’s movie with Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore.  Directed by Robert Redford.

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On Golden Pond

This was another 1980’s movie with Katherine Hepburn, Henry Fonda and Jane Fonda. I remember it for the story and the scenery.
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Love Actually

I never saw this at the movies but I have it on DVD and enjoy it every so often. Fun British Christmas movie with Hugh Grant, Liam Nieson, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson….

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A movie I saw at the theatre – 2006. I went because l love Beatrice Potter’s work. I found the drawings, scenery and story very enjoyable.
Starred Renee Zeilweger.
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I enjoy comedy and anything that makes me laugh is a goer. Bit of a pattern going on here! Starred Renee Zeilweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant.
Haven’t seen the latest in this series but must catch up on it.
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I didn’t see this one at the theatre but loved it when I saw it on TV. Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. Lot of fun and romance.
Good Will Hunting
I watched this one on TV too and was totally engaged. Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams. Story appealed to me and actors were great!

Ten Books I Recently Added to my TBR.

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Yes like every reader I know I am always adding books to my TBR pile that I want to read. I own eight of them and two are on my wish list for future purchase.  I’ve only included ones here that I will indeed read at some point. I have others that have been added around the same time. This is a sample!!
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This is a book I have been wanting to read for awhile, the beginning of a series. It is Steampunk/Mystery/Romance. So now it is firmly on my TBR shelf as a paperback.


This is on my actual paperback TBR shelf, I have just recently bought it. I love Cathy Lamb books, unfortunately I have nearly read all her backlist now. Women’s Fiction.

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Christine Nolfi asked me to read and review a coming book of hers, I decided I would see what this one was like first.  It’s the first in her Liberty series and when I added it to Goodreads I saw 5 stars from Laurel-Rain, so with no further reason I bought it in Kindle version. It seems to be women’s fiction and the story line appeals to me. It will be the first time reading this author for me.

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One sister has everything. The other hates it for it.  I was drawn in by the 5 stars given by a reader I follow on Goodreads and I always note what she 5 stars. I think I might enjoy this one. Never read or heard of Dianne Dixon before. Only on my TBR wishlist as yet, I haven’t bought it – yet!

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I like Emilie Richards’ writing and this one and the one that follows are a couple of her earlier books, so from her backlist. Set in New Orleans. I found both of them at the book fair so it was great to find the two I hadn’t read.

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I bought this one recently on my Kindle. #7 and the last one in her Survivor series which I have enjoyed very much. So looking forward to this one.

This is a a series I have been reading by an Australian author and when I found this was becoming available it was added to my reading list.  Contemporary Romance.

I won this recently so it is on my TBR paperback shelf and hopefully I’ll get to it sooner rather than later.

This one was another 5 star noted read from a reader I respect. I won’t read it straight away, I want to go back and read the first book written by this author, she is one on my radar I want to read because seen some good reviews for her and I think they will be my kind of reading. It is on my recent TBR wish list to remind me to go back and read the first one.
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Another one from Jane Green’s backlist that I haven’t read and found at the book fair I went to so it’s on my paperback TBR.
Women’s Fiction.