The Book Taster…
The owner got in touch with me, requested my GoodReads account and then trawled through it to make sure I wouldn’t get something I already owned or read.
The package arrived and it was simply stunning, (and smelt amazing btw) I 100% recommend this as a Christmas gift (or birthday/thank you/love you gift!) to any one with book lovers in the family!! All the items are made in the UK, the books are selected with care and attention to each individual and they come gorgeously packaged.
In my book taster box was some of the most delicious chocolate I have ever tasted and whats even better is that it was made right here in the UK. Click here for the link to their online shop with a selection of Christmas flavour and taster boxes!
Three Wise Women…
One of the photo prompts I did for Instagram recently was for three women in the industry that I love and these were my choices. I would recommend anything by these women…
1. @betholearyauthor – I loved her debut novel ‘The Flat Share’ which won WHSmith’s book of the year and the bookstagram awards best debut and she is just SO lovely, even when I tag her in a gajilion posts! I cant wait to read the newest book called ‘The Switch’ that comes out next year! Please please please go buy this, its awesome and is half price in WHSmiths and on amazon!!
2. @helenfields_author – Her ‘Perfect’ series has the perfect (see what I did there) amount of suspense/ gore balanced with romantic interest. I also love the glimpses into a female working in such high-profile position and progressing up the ladder. Check out my post on the ‘perfect’ series for reviews on all the books.
3. Angela Marsons – Her Kim Stone Novels are just amazing, and I can’t wait to read the new prequel!
25 Days till Christmas – Poppy (Buddy Read) ⭐⭐⭐
I read this in three sittings as we had three scheduled chats for this book but I think it would have been a perfect book to keep by the bed and read a chapter of each night through out December as the chapters count down to Christmas.
I was expecting so much more for this book but i felt it was a little all over the place with too many subplots going off and not enough attention to any of them.
Winter Street – Elin Hilderbrand ⭐⭐⭐
This is the story of a family at Christmas. It is written from multiple points of views and tells you each of the characters back stories whilst moving through a few days of Christmas in real time.
I enjoyed the book but it did just feel like a Christmas episode of a soap drama. There wasn’t anything stand-outish, hilariously funny or super romantic about it so I am not sure why this book is so highly raved about, maybe I am missing something or maybe I have just over done it with Christmas reads this year and so have come down a little harsh on this one. Either way I don’t think I will be reading the rest of the series.
The Last Mrs Parrish – Liv Constantine ⭐⭐⭐
This is one of the first Reese Witherspoon book club picks that I haven’t rated highly.
The hype all over #bookstagram had me all excited and when I saw this copy sitting on the library shelf I felt like it was meant to be.
I sat and read this while I was in the hair dressers (yes I was in there for over four hours!!) I predicted the twist very early on and then for me the book seemed to drag. I think had it not been so predictable then I would have enjoyed it as the writing is good, Constantine easily manipulates the reader into disliking the main character, setting them up to wish for her to get what she deserves.
Does predicting the twist ruin a thriller for you?