This week in books

This Week In Books (October 24th 2018)


This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words

∧ Then ∧ The Anxiety Cure by Klaus Bernhardt

anxiety cure

Live a life free of anxiety in as little as just a few weeks.

If you have ever experienced anxiety and panic attacks then it can feel like there is no escape from an endless cycle of thoughts that can leave you exhausted and on edge.

Combining the latest research in neuroscience with psychotherapy, Dr Klaus Bernhardt has developed a fast and highly effective approach to anxiety. Leaving CBT and medication at the door, you’ll learn a new approach to manage your mental health that relies on neuroscience and positive psychology.

The Anxiety Cure will show you how to rewire your thoughts and responses for fast results using a series of clear examples and practical exercises which include the central component of Dr Bernhardt’s method which is a kind of journaling that will encourage you to focus on the positive elements of your everyday life and explore these through all of your five senses.

If you suffer from anxiety and panic attacks The Anxiety Cure will help you regain confidence and control.

New project, new reads… Interesting. More on it very soon!

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A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult / Before I Find You by Ali Knight

a spark of light

The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.

After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester disguised as a patient, who now stands in the cross hairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.

Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.

Jodi Picoult—one of the most fearless writers of our time—tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation . . . and, hopefully, understanding.

Wow. I’m reading this with Pigeon Hole so I get a stave every day, which means I’m not too far into the book yet, but WOW. I am glad this is my first Picoult!

before i find you

Maggie is a husband watcher. A snooper, a marriage doctor, a destroyer of dreams, a killer of happy-ever-afters. She runs her own private detective agency specialising in catching out in those who cheat. And she is bloody good at it.

Helene is a husband catcher. A beautiful wife, a doting step-mother, a perfect home maker and a dazzling presence at parties. She has landed herself with one of the most eligible bachelors in town – handsome property developer Gabe Moreau.

Alice is just a teenager. A perfect daughter to Gabe, a kind stepchild to Helene, a tragic girl to a dead mother. She lives a sheltered but happy life, until she finds that handwritten note ‘You owe me. I’m not going away.’

All three women suspect Gabe Moreau of keeping secrets and telling lies. But not one of them suspects that these lies could end in cold-blooded murder . . .

Cover love and a good start!

∨ Next ∨ La Tristesse du Samouraï (The Sadness of the Samouraï) by Victor Del Arbol (French version)


A betrayal and a murder in pro-Nazi Spain spark a struggle for power that grips a family for generations in this sweeping historical thriller

Fierce, edgy, brisk, and enthralling, this brilliant novel by Víctor del Árbol pushes the boundaries of the traditional historical novel and in doing so creates a work of incredible power that resonates long after the last page has been turned.

When Isabel, a Spanish aristocrat living in the pro-Nazi Spain of 1941, becomes involved in a plot to kill her Fascist husband, she finds herself betrayed by her mysterious lover. The effects of her betrayal play out in a violent struggle for power in both family and government over three generations, intertwining her story with that of a young lawyer named María forty years later. During the attempted Fascist coup of 1981, María is accused of plotting the prison escape of a man she successfully prosecuted for murder. As María’s and Isabel’s narratives unfold they encircle each other, creating a page-turning literary thriller firmly rooted in history.

I was lucky to meet the author recently (more on this later this week in a post about the festival Lire en Poche) and I fell in love with what he said so I bought three of his novels in French! It’s time for Chocolate’n’Waffles to go native and get some reviews written in French! (Don’t worry, I’ll have an English version too!)

What’s on your reading list this week?

32 thoughts on “This Week In Books (October 24th 2018)”

  1. Morning! My current read is Secrets Between Us by Valerie Keogh – rather addictive psych-thriller. Next up will be Ali’s Hawkins’ None So Blind, a historical crime novel! Have a good week sweetie x


  2. Oh you’re reading along with Before I Find You too?! So am I :-). I think we have a new kick-ass detective in Maggie and Alice is certainly not your average youngster, she intrigues me and I think she might find out some stuff she isn’t supposed to 😉


  3. I’m reading A Spark of Light on PigeonHole too and am completely hooked. I haven’t read today’s stave yet so am about to make a coffee and curl up in my chair to read it. I love Jodi Picoult though and can recommend pretty much all of her other novels 🙂


    1. I will go into details in my review but I did not really find The Anxiety Cure helpful. It got me very mad at times, too… There were a couple of similarities with the program I followed to get rid of my panic attacks but on a superficial level only and I didn’t like the way anxiety was treated.
      I’m sorry your attack’s are back. If you need to talk about it, you can DM any time. Maybe I could share some of the tips I learned to help you. Xx


      1. Thanks. That’s not really surprising. I’ve yet to find any book that really gives useful practical advice. I’m sure they’ll pass (they usually do). I had a triggering experience at a work team building event a few weeks ago so it’s just gonna take some time to get back on an even keel. I have a few tricks of my own but am always curious about other tips and tricks.


  4. Ohhh I’m dying to read A Spark Of Light! I will most definitely do so next month… Most Picoult books I’ve tried are excellent. Have a wonderful week! ❤


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