Book Spa

22nd November 2019

This week I finally got to go to mt book spa appointment at Mr B’s Book Emporium in Bath (for those of you who don’t know what it is check it out here then come right back and find out what I thought!)

I had an absolutely amazing time at our book spa appointment, Mr.B’s Emporium was just a book haven and and any book lover that walks in will never want to leave!

The appointment started with a discussion on books I had read and enjoyed and then what I didn’t like. I was then brought coffee and cake while the shop assistant went off to pair me with a selection of books. I promptly had a nosy round and found a book I liked the sound of, so snuggled up into one of the arm chairs and began to read whilst enjoying my refreshments! The shop assistant then came back with a tower of books and proceeded to talk through each one with me!! It was incredible and definitely worth the money.
The only trouble was shortening the stack down!! But I am very happy with what I left with!
p.s they also have an American supplier so for my UK book buddies who are desperate for US books/certain book covers give them a call!!

The Flat Share – Beth O’Leary

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This is the story of Tiffy, who needs to move out of her ex’s house and Leon, who needs extra cash. As Leon works nights during week then and stays at his girlfriends at the weekends he thinks he has the perfect solution to his money troubles, a flat share, of his one bedroom flat. Tiffy doesn’t have many options with her limited budget so an agreement is made of which hours the flat belongs to each person and they each have a dedicated side of the bed, simple. or not.

I found this a really fresh idea and was super excited when I nabbed a copy from my local library. It did not disappoint. I absolutely loved this book, it made me laugh so much that my husband told me to go and read somewhere else as I was annoying him. Tiffys character was entertaining and delightful and you cant help but warm to Leon! I could read a whole book of just the post it note exchanges between them!

I also really appreciated that topics such as mental health and emotional abuse/blackmail were dealt with and were not just glossed over, making this deeper than an average rom-com.

I can 100% see why it is WHSmith book of the year. Just days after reading this I was one of the lucky ones who got granted their net galley wish of getting the authors second book, The Switch, that’s out next April, as an ARC from the publisher, I cant wait to read it!

The Fall and Rise of Sadie McQueen – Juliet Ashton

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This a tale of how friends become family and a lesson on avoiding isolating yourself. It used the life of a woman living/running a business in London to cover a variety of serious topics such as mental health, addiction, bereavement etc whilest still having some light hearted and amusing moments.

Overall I found the story enjoyable and well written but slightly to staged in places – so many slight misunderstandings that cause a ripple!

Would recommend to a friend for a summer read.

Thanks to net galley for the free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Love Secret Santa – S.A Domingo

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This was a story of a study intensive young girl who opens herself up to new opportunities when she receives and advent calendar with hidden prompts to do each day.

I really enjoyed the slow build of the young romance and the lovely ideas that the author had about what schools organised over the festive period.

This was a lovely YA Christmas read that I could 100% see as one of those feel good Christmas Netflix films you look forward to watching, well written and definitely put me in the Christmas spirit.

Would recommended to anyone wanting an easy read to escape into over Christmas and I will be buying a copy to give to my bookish friends at Christmas!

Thanks to net galley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Before the Coffee Gets Cold – Toshikazu Kawaguchi

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This is four short stories (rather than one continuous story, you do see character cross over but they are ultimately separate stories) about people desire to go back to the past. At a little café you get the chance to do so by sitting in a particular chair drinking coffee (while its hot!)

It is a lovely idea and the stories are quick and easy to read but I felt that there was a lot of unnecessary page filler and I’m wondering if this is down to translation.

Thanks to net galley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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