Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Give Different Titles To

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. It is now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Books I’d Give Different Titles To.

1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
2. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
3. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
4. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
5. In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead by James Lee Burke
6. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
7. The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
8. The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal
9. Before She Knew Him by Peter Swason
10. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie BarrowsHotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie FordPride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austin and Seth Graham-Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austin and Seth Grahame-SmithLike Water for Chocolate  by Laura Esquivel,In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead by James Lee BurkeA Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave EggersThe 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart TurtonThe Doll Factory by Elizabeth MacnealBefore She Knew Him by Peter SwansonThe Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen


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Book Review: Passport to Death by Yigal Zur

Passport to Death by Yigal Zur


BOOK INFO

Title: Passport to Death
Author: Yigal Zur
Publisher: Oceanview
Publish Date: November 5, 2019
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series: Dotan Naor Thriller #2
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.54


BOOK BLURB

Dotan Naor, an Israeli private investigator, ousted from Shin Bet—Israel’s internal security service—goes to Thailand to find Sigal Bardon, a beautiful young girl from a wealthy Israeli family. Sigal has disappeared in Bangkok—completely. Dotan has connections in Thailand and he’s familiar with Bangkok’s dark side—the narrow alleys with bars and hookers, trenches of stagnant water, hotel rooms with illicit activity. This is where he intends to start his search. But when the passport of the missing Israeli girl ends up in his hands during his first taxi ride in the city, he’s suspicious that someone is playing him. But who? And why?

As Dotan searches for Sigal, police corruption blocks his every path. Every lead he pursues draws him closer and closer to a black hole in his “own” past—one intertwined with his pursuit of Sigal—one that leads him to Reuven—and the haunting failure that led to the dismissal of both of them from Shin Bet. The wound between Dotan and Reuven is raw and deep, but Dotan realizes it must be healed in order to save Sigal.



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MY REVIEW

The second book in the Dotan Naor series by Yigal Zur. Dotan Naor is a former Israeli agent turned private investigator. In this book, Dotan travels to Thailand to locate a missing young woman.

A captivating mystery involving the dark side of Bangkok. Dotan’s investigation into the missing woman takes some turns and becomes more complex than he expected. Dotan is an interesting character, and more things from his past are revealed in this novel.

An enjoyable read with intriguing characters and a vivid setting. Dark, gritty, and fast-paced.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.



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Weekly Wrap-Up (Oct 12 – Oct 18)

Weekly Wrap-Up


My local library had their book sale this week. Of course, I went by to see what treasures I could find. After I left there, I stopped in a local thrift shop and found a few more books to add to my shelves. I ended up with a nice stack of books, some are books I haven’t read and others are ones I’ve read but didn’t own.

Stack of books


BOOKS READ

Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard (print)
Xenocide by Orson Scott Card (audio)
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (audio)
The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie (audio)

Broken Throne by Victoria AveyardXenocide by Orson Scott CardThe Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha ChristieThe ABC Murders by Agatha Christie


CURRENTLY READING

A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson (print)
The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord (print)
Paw Enforcement by Diane Kelly (ebook)
Maybe Now by Colleen Hoover (ebook)
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (audio)
Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card (audio)

A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. EdvardssonThe Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen LordPaw Enforcement by Diane Kelly
Maybe Now by Colleen HooverKindred by Octavia E. ButlerChildren of the Mind by Orson Scott Card


ADDED TO MY TBR

Enforcing the Paw by Diane Kelly (eARC via Netgalley)
Paw of the Jungle by Diane Kelly (eARC via Netgalley)
Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth (eARC via Netgalley)
The Blossom Twins by Carol Wyer (eARC via Netgalley)
Revolver Road by Christi Daugherty (eARC via Edelweiss)
A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones (eARC via Edelweiss)
The Return by Rachel Harrison (eARC via publisher)
Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel (eARC via publisher)

Enforcing the Paw by Diane KellyPaws of the Jungle by Diane KellyUnfollow Me by Charlotte DuckworthThe Blossom Twins by Carol WyerRevolver Road by Christi DaughertyA Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda JonesThe Return by Rachel HarrisonDarling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel


BLOG POSTS

MONDAY – no new posts
TUESDAY – Top Ten Tuesday: Extraordinary Book Titles
WEDNESDAY – no new posts
THURSDAY – Book Review: The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal
FRIDAY – Weekly Wrap-Up (Oct 12 – Oct 18)


Thanks for stopping by Nightcap Books. Happy Reading!


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Book Review: The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal

The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal


BOOK INFO

Title: The Lager Queen of Minnesota
Author: J. Ryan Stradal
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Publish Date: July 23, 2019
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.0 / Community 4.13


BOOK BLURB

A novel of family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate and the secrets of making a world-class beer, from the bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Two sisters, one farm. A family is split when their father leaves their shared inheritance entirely to Helen, his younger daughter. Despite baking award-winning pies at the local nursing home, her older sister, Edith, struggles to make what most people would call a living. So she can’t help wondering what her life would have been like with even a portion of the farm money her sister kept for herself.

With the proceeds from the farm, Helen builds one of the most successful light breweries in the country, and makes their company motto ubiquitous: “Drink lots. It’s Blotz.” Where Edith has a heart as big as Minnesota, Helen’s is as rigid as a steel keg. Yet one day, Helen will find she needs some help herself, and she could find a potential savior close to home. . . if it’s not too late.

Meanwhile, Edith’s granddaughter, Diana, grows up knowing that the real world requires a tougher constitution than her grandmother possesses. She earns a shot at learning the IPA business from the ground up–will that change their fortunes forever, and perhaps reunite her splintered family?

Here we meet a cast of lovable, funny, quintessentially American characters eager to make their mark in a world that’s often stacked against them. In this deeply affecting family saga, resolution can take generations, but when it finally comes, we’re surprised, moved, and delighted.



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MY REVIEW

Two sisters, Edith and Helen, lose touch after their father’s death. Edith struggles to make ends meet, but has a good heart. Helen uses her daring, yet sensible, personality to build a successful brewery.

Told using flashbacks and multiple points of view. Edith and Helen have very different personalities. After their father’s death, Helen uses the money from the sale of the family farm to open a brewery. Edith receives nothing, and has a lifetime of working low-paying jobs. Helen works hard to succeed in the male-dominated industry of beer making. Edith has a talent for making delicious pies, and works mostly in the food industry. Edith is also raising her teenage granddaughter, Diana. Diana works to help her grandmother pay bills, and ends up working in a brewery… and loving it.

I wasn’t all that interested in Helen and Edith’s stories. I loved Diana’s story though. There is a fair amount of beer lingo used in this novel, but you don’t have to be a beer drinker to enjoy the book. Personally, I do enjoy drinking and brewing beer, so I found the beer/brewery parts the most entertaining. Ultimately though, this book is about family and relationships.

Family drama with strong female characters. Told with a touch of humor, this is a delightful read. Light and smooth with a (heart)warming finish.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Extraordinary Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. It is now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Extraordinary Book Titles.

1. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
2. Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy
3. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
4. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
5. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
6. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
7. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
8. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
9. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
10. Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John BerendtDo Not Become Alarmed by Maile MeloyLock Every Door by Riley Sager
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NgThe Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren WeisbergerSometimes I Lie by Alice FeeneySomething This Way Comes by Ray BradburyBefore We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak


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Weekly Wrap-Up (Oct 5 – Oct 11)

Weekly Wrap-Up



BOOKS READ

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett (ebook)
The Chain by Adrian McKinty (print)
Lying Next to Me by Gregg Olsen (audio)
The Last Thing She Ever Did by Gregg Olsen (audio)
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams (audio)
Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams (audio)
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams (audio)

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover BartlettThe Chain by Adrian McKintyLying Next to Me by Gregg OlsenThe Last Thing She Ever Did by Gregg OlsenThe Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas AdamsLife, The Universe and Everything by Douglas AdamsSo Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams


CURRENTLY READING

Passport to Death by Yigal Zur (eARC)
The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal (print)
Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams (audio)
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (audio)

Passport to Death by Yigal ZurThe Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan StradalMostly Harmless by Douglas AdamsThings Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe


ADDED TO MY TBR

Problem Child by Victoria Helen Stone – eARC via Netgalley
Meet Me on Love Lane by Nina Bocci – eARC via Netgalley
Under Lying by Janelle Harris – ebook via Amazon’s First Reads

Problem Child by Victoria Helen StoneMeet Me on Love Lane by Nina BocciUnder Lying by Janelle Harris


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MONDAY – Book Review: The Bodies in the Library by Marty Wingate
TUESDAY – Top Ten Tuesday: Character Traits I Love
WEDNESDAY – Book Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
THURSDAY – Book Review: The Chain by Adrian McKinty
FRIDAY – Weekly Wrap-Up (Oct 5 – Oct 11)


Thanks for stopping by Nightcap Books. Happy Reading!


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Book Review: The Chain by Adrian McKinty

The Chain by Adrian McKinty


BOOK INFO

Title: The Chain
Author: Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Publish Date: July 9, 2019
Genre: Mystery – Thriller
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 3.88


BOOK BLURB

YOUR PHONE RINGS.
A STRANGER HAS KIDNAPPED YOUR CHILD.
TO FREE THEM YOU MUST ABDUCT SOMEONE ELSE’S CHILD.
YOUR CHILD WILL BE RELEASED WHEN YOUR VICTIM’S PARENTS KIDNAP ANOTHER CHILD.
IF ANY OF THESE THINGS DON’T HAPPEN:
YOUR CHILD WILL BE KILLED.
YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE CHAIN



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MY REVIEW

Rachel is on her way to a doctor’s appointment when she receives a phone call. On the phone is someone who has kidnapped her daughter Kylie. To get Kylie back, Rachel must obey the rules of The Chain.

A fantastic, yet horrifying, plot. The Chain is a kidnapping for ransom scheme. It starts with parents receiving a phone call that their child has been kidnapped. In addition to paying a ransom, they must also kidnap another child to keep The Chain going. As long as the parents follow the rules, The Chain stays active and everyone stays alive. Of course, once someone is in The Chain, they are forever watching over their shoulder, afraid someone will kill them or their child.

Told in two parts. The novel starts off exciting, and the entire first part is thrilling to read. The second part wasn’t as strong for me, but it stayed entertaining. Most of the novel is told from Rachel’s point of view, but other viewpoints are also included.

A fast-paced and action-packed thriller. Gripping, addictive, and intense.


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Book Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James


BOOK INFO

Title: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
Author: Lauren James
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publish Date: July 3, 2018
Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 3.83


BOOK BLURB

A surprising and gripping sci-fi thriller with a killer twist

The daughter of two astronauts, Romy Silvers is no stranger to life in space. But she never knew how isolating the universe could be until her parents’ tragic deaths left her alone on the Infinity, a spaceship speeding away from Earth.

Romy tries to make the best of her lonely situation, but with only brief messages from her therapist on Earth to keep her company, she can’t help but feel like something is missing. It seems like a dream come true when NASA alerts her that another ship, the Eternity, will be joining the Infinity.

Romy begins exchanging messages with J, the captain of the Eternity, and their friendship breathes new life into her world. But as the Eternity gets closer, Romy learns there’s more to J’s mission than she could have imagined. And suddenly, there are worse things than being alone…

Now nominated as a YALSA Quick Pick!



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MY REVIEW

Romy is sixteen years old and alone in space. Her astronaut parents have died, and she’s left alone on a spaceship traveling to an Earth-like planet. She has been alone for years, but NASA has alerted her they are sending another spaceship to join her. Romy and J, the captain of the other spaceship, start exchanging messages. Their friendship grows and Romy starts to feel less alone. As J nears Romy, she learns his mission is not exactly well-intentioned.

Romy is a teen girl trapped on a spaceship. She’s smart and savvy. Her parents trained her well, and she’s competent with the ship. She has been alone for five years, and has her routine to stay busy. She studies, watches her favorite shows, and looks forward to her daily communication from Molly, a psychiatrist with NASA. She’s lonely though. She’s surrounded by darkness and has no escape. Communication exchanges takes years to reach Earth, so she’s truly alone. When she learns that someone is coming to join her, she feels a range of emotions. This story is all about Romy – her thoughts, emotions, and fears.

An entertaining YA sci-fi novel. This novel sounds fairly depressing, but Romy is stronger than most. For one, she was raised in space, so she’s never known anything outside her spaceship. The excitement really picks up later in the book, when Romy realizes J is not everything she imagined.

I don’t remember where I first heard about this book, but I’m glad I picked it up to read. It was an entertaining and well written book. Mysterious, absorbing, and surprising.


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Book Review: The Bodies in the Library by Marty Wingate

The Bodies in the Library by Marty Wingate


BOOK INFO

Title: The Bodies in the Library
Author: Marty Wingate
Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: October 8, 2019
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: First Edition Library Mystery #1
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.03


BOOK BLURB

Hayley Burke’s fresh start as the curator of The First Edition Society’s library in Bath, England, is about to take a rotten turn in this charming new mystery series from USA Today bestselling author Marty Wingate.

Hayley Burke has landed a dream job. She is the new curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling’s First Edition library. The library is kept at Middlebank House, a lovely Georgian home in Bath, England. Hayley lives on the premises and works with the finicky Glynis Woolgar, Lady Fowling’s former secretary.

Mrs. Woolgar does not like Hayley’s ideas to modernize The First Edition Society and bring in fresh blood. And she is not even aware of the fact that Hayley does not know the first thing about the Golden Age of Mysteries. Hayley is faking it till she makes it, and one of her plans to breathe new life into the Society is actually taking flight–an Agatha Christie fan fiction writers group is paying dues to meet up at Middlebank House.

But when one of the group is found dead in the venerable stacks of the library, Hayley has to catch the killer to save the Society and her new job.



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MY REVIEW

The first book in a new cozy mystery series by Marty Wingate. The First Edition Library Mystery series features Hayley Burke, the new curator at Lady Georgiana Fowling’s First Edition library in Bath, England. The library is a mystery lovers dream, containing many Golden Age mysteries. Hayley is attempting to modernize the library, but she’s hiding the fact that she doesn’t know diddly about the mystery genre.

The cast of characters is quirky and relatable. Hayley is a likable protagonist – smart, witty, and hard-working. After starting as curator, one of her actions was to open the library up to a group of Agatha Christie fan fiction writers. When one of the members of the group is found dead in the library, Hayley turns amateur sleuth to find the murderer. Hayley is concerned about the image of the library, and she wants to make sure the library’s name is not smeared due to the murder.

A charming new cozy mystery with entertaining characters and a lovely location. In addition to the mystery, there are some things going on in Hayley’s personal life – she’s got a daughter in college, an ex-husband, and a boyfriend. Hayley looks to be a fun amateur sleuth to follow along with in this series. A good read for fans of cozies, especially ones that feature books and libraries.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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