Bookbusters A-Z Challenge 2018


After a spectacularly bad attempt at this last year, completing only 8 of the books on my list (although in my defence, this was more as a result of getting drawn into other books, rather than a neglect of reading!), I’ve compiled another list to try and get through in 2018. (I actually put this together earlier in the year but didn’t publish it, hence the late post and I have tweaked a few from the original list! ;))

The premise of the challenge is simple: a book has been chosen where the surname of each author starts with a different letter of the alphabet from A-Z.

I’d love to hear your thoughts/ reviews of any books on the list, as well as any compelling suggestions for any books to fill the gaps! Those listed in italics are ones I’ve read so far.

A- The Baghdad Clock- Shahad Al Rawi

B- Stella’s Christmas Wish- Kate Blackadder

C- Everything is Lies- Helen Callaghan

D- Confessions of a first-time mum- Poppy Dolan

E- Mad- Chloe Esposito

F- The Note- Zoe Folbigg

G- Watch Me- Jody Gehrman

H- Jar of Hearts- Jennifer Hillier

I- You, Me, Everything- Catherine Isaac

J- The Sapphire Widow- Dinah Jefferies

K- Water Under the Bridge- Britney King

L- If He Wakes- Zoe Leah

M- Prosecco & Promises- A L Michael

N- Only Child- Rhiannon Navin

O- The Good Mother- Karen Osman

P- Antonia of Venice- Ellyn Peirson

Q- Love May Fail- Matthew Quick

R- Venice Black- Gregory C Randall

S- Love Will Tear Us Apart- Holly Seddon

T- The Chalk Man- C J Tudor


V- Around the World in Eighty Wines- Mike Veseth

W- Dreaming of Florence- T A Williams


Y- The Stolen Bicycle- Wu Ming-Yi

Z- The Follower- Koethi Zan




Jar of Hearts- Jennifer Hillier


“In every story, there’s a hero and a villain. Sometimes one person can be both.”

A thrilling tale of twists and turns that keeps the reader hooked throughout!

Georgina, Angela and Kaiser were always inseparable at high school, until Calvin James appeared and changed their lives forever.

When Angela disappears without trace after a party when the trio are just 16 years old, Georgina (or Geo as she is known to her friends) has to make a choice; go to the police and tell them exactly what happened that night or keep quiet and live with the consequences for the rest of her life.

In Jar of Hearts, author Jennifer Hillier has created a gripping psychological thriller that explores and tests the human psyche to its limits. What lengths are we prepared to go to in the name of love? When does love become fear? And, most significantly, can we ever really prepare ourselves for the ripple effect our choices have on those around us?

A must-read!