The TBR Book Tag

So this week the WordPress email that got my attention most was the TBR book Tag

I saw it on @ BookishMe page and loved her selection (although only 8 on her TBR!!) After going back a few tags I found out that this originated on @ A perfection called reading

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I mainly keep track on Goodreads by using different shelves, I have a want to read list, a want to read own physical, want to read own kindle, want to read don’t own, ARCs… you get the idea! I have also just received my Little Inklings ‘A Novel Companion’ which I am so excited about using!

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

Mainly print as I have a serious addiction to buying books, especially from charity shops, I love a bargain! The main TBR’s that I have for ebooks are ARC’s from net galley.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

I always put the books that I am on blog tours for first as I want to be able to read them in good time so that I’m not rushing to finish meaning that I can give it a fair review. Next its book club and buddy reads then if I have time after all that I just pick based on what I am in the mood for. If I am really struggling I will have a look what has the highest rating on Goodreads or has been on my list longest…

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest.

…well that lead me to hear nicely. The book that goodreads says has been on my shelf the longest is ‘Like Water for Chocolate’ but I am definatley going to read it this year as it ticks off the ‘book from a year you were born’ category from one of my book challenges!

A book that you recently added to your TBR.

Long Bright River – this was suggested as a February buddy read and then I saw a couple of great reviews so added it to my list.

‘Two sisters travel the same streets, though their lives couldn’t be more different.
Then one of them goes missing.’

Sounds great doesn’t it?!

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover.

The Familiars and the Foundlings. I could say more but really the phot speaks for its self….

A book on your TBR that you NEVER plan on actually reading.

Wild: A Journey from lost to found. This was a book club pick in 2018 that I never got round to reading as I gave birth to my little boy. It didn’t get great reviews from the group but as the physical book is still sat on myself I don’t feel like I can take it off my TBR

I mean it talks about her toe nails falling off, who actually wants to read that?? (It doesn’t help that I have a weird phobia of feet!)

An unpublished book on your TBR that you are excited about.

The Switch by Beth O’Leary. I absolutely loved the flat share so cant wait to see what the next book has in store!

I have the eARC on netgalley but this is one I really want to enjoy and savour as a paperback! (I was really hoping that Quercus would sent me a copy to review but no luck…yet)

A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you.

Becoming by Michelle Obama. I bought this when it came out and had every intention of reading it but then I read the first 20 pages and decided to read something fun instead…

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.

If you want to make God Laugh by Bianca Marais. I have read hum if you don’t know the words which was fantastic so I will definitely be reading this!

The author manages to take painful subjects, make them accessible and even throws in bits of humour along the way!

A book on your TBR that you are just dying to read.

Dear Edward, I won this in a competition at the start of the month but due to so many blog tours and buddy reads I haven’t had chance to read it!

‘One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. And then, tragically, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.’

I mean who doesn’t want to read this right?!

The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf.

There are 263 books on my TBR shelf at the moment 🙈

Please feel free to have a go at this if you enjoyed it and don’t forget to link back to this post. I would love to see your answers!

I nominate:

My Chestnut Reading Tree

Books Are 42

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My Dark Vanessa – Kate Elizabeth Russell

January 23rd 2020

Vanessa Wye was fifteen-years-old when she first had sex with her English teacher.

She is now thirty-two and in the storm of allegations against powerful men in 2017, the teacher, Jacob Strane, has just been accused of sexual abuse by another former student.Vanessa is horrified by this news, because she is quite certain that the relationship she had with Strane wasn’t abuse. It was love. She’s sure of that.

Forced to rethink her past, to revisit everything that happened, Vanessa has to redefine the great love story of her life – her great sexual awakening – as rape. Now she must deal with the possibility that she might be a victim, and just one of many.

Review

The story moves back and forth between Vanessa’s past and present. A past where she enters a relationship with a teach 30+ years her senior and a present where people are trying to get her to talk about that relationship. In no way is this an easy read, in fact half the time I found my self squirming in my seat at some of the prose, but it was also fascinating and un-put-down-able.

For me it felt like the novel was possibly a Lolita from the girl’s point of view, maybe to the males she comes across as bold, confident and sexy but inside her is a minefield and her actions towards men have been bread from her early interactions. Had she not been involved with an older professor would she have behaved the way she did with other men? would her life have been the same or is there something dark inside her? This book makes you really question what’s going on and whether, at 15, she can really say that she did want it.

‘“I never would have done it if you weren’t so willing,” he’d said. It sounds like delusion. What girl would want what he did to me? But it’s the truth, whether anyone believes it or not.’

There is no doubting that she is a very astute and mature 15-year-old, but does that mean she fully understood what she was getting involved in? Does that make her less of a victim?

…I wasn’t pretty, I’d have to wait a long time before anyone noticed me because boys had to mature before they cared about anything else. In the meantime, apparently my only option was to wait. Like girls sitting in the bleachers at basketball games watching boys play, or girls sitting on the couch watching boys play video games. Endless waiting. It’s funny to think how wrong Mom was about all that. Because there’s another option for those brave enough to take it—bypass boys altogether, go straight to men. Men will never make you wait, men who are starved and grateful for scraps of attention, who fall in love so hard they throw themselves at your feet.

I also feel that this novel comes at a pivotal time, when there are allegations flying, and asks some serious questions, is there any point in coming forward now? what will it achieve? is it beneficial to the individual to relive it all in such a public way? Not only does it ask these questions, it reminds us that every person is different and while some may need to expose it in order to get over it for others it may well just break them.

I can see this being absolutely huge, it will divide or unite people and will absolutely be all anyone is talking about. Thank you to Net Galley & 4th Estate for the ARC.

About the Author:

Kate Elizabeth Russell was born and raised in eastern Maine. She holds an MFA from Indiana University and a PhD from the University of Kansas. My Dark Vanessa is her first novel.

You can also find out more about Kate and how her own experiences with older men as a teenager inspired this book at the link below

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WWW Wednesday

Wednesday 15th January 2020

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open for anyone to join in and is a great way to share what you’ve been reading! All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished Reading:

All about us – Publish date 15th October 2020

This is an enchanting and modern re-telling of a Christmas Carol which I thoroughly enjoyed. It is the perfect seasonal romance. The book isn’t about Christmas so could easily be read at any time of year but, the majority of the events happen around Christmas, so it gives you that warm happy feeling to read it at that time of year.

I was annoyed by the main character to begin with, he was whinny and selfish but upon finishing the book you know that’s how he needed to be written for this plot to work. I also enjoyed this was written from the male perspective as it is keeping with the classic and so many romances are from the woman’s viewpoint.

It is beautiful story that shows us that our memories are completely subjective to the emotions we are feeling at the time and reminds us that we need to apricate what we have instead of taking it for granted.

I will be buying this for my friends to read next December.

Thank you to HQ and Netgalley for my advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Undercover Bromance – Lyssa Kay Adams – Publish date 10th March 2020

The perfect rom-com novel!

I found that this book had everything I wanted from this type of book. It was like an ultimate ice cream sundae, layers of laugh out loud moments, frustration and sadness, sprinkled with with bits that make me smirk, all topped with some saucy steaminess! All together is was the perfect blend.

This is the second in this series (could definitely be read as a stand alone but it would just make you want get the first one anyway as it’s so good) so I went in with high hopes and it did not disappoint and I will definitely be any future books by this author.

Three HoursRosamund Lupton – Published on the 9th January 2020

This review has taken me days to write as I have had to take time to get over it (and my embarrassment at having ended up in floods of tears at the hairdressers because of it) and I still haven’t managed to do it justice so check back to see this one or in the mean time grab a copy and read it, you wont regret it!

Currently Reading:

After the Flood – This is a distopian novel set in a future where the world has flooded and everyone is trying to survive. It is giving me walking dead on water/pirate vibes! I am really enjoying it and finding it hard not to read ahead (its a buddy read so only supposed to read to a certain part before the discussion date!

Hum If You Don’t Know the Words – This is set in Africa during the apartheid and its just stunning. The writing is powerful but accessible meaning you pick it up and fall into it straight away. There is also some light and humorous relief within the pages of such a sad and troubled narrative.

The Nightingale – This has been on my shelf for nearly two years and this year I vowed to read it, I am only 100 pages in so I’m undecided as to how I feel about it yet…

Up Next:

Critical Incidents – I am reading this as part of a read along for The Tandem Collective, they have sent use case files and white boards so that we can become dectives for the week and I cant wait to get started!

Dear Edward – I won this in a competition before Christmas and it only recently arrived and i just cant wait to dive in as I have heard so many great reviews.

Recipe for a Perfect Wife – I got this from Legend Press in exchange for my review and it sounds so good, I am already planning my post on it!

New year, New Reads!

Thursday 9th Janary 2020

Hello my lovelies, so this is my first weekly post to you guys now I am on WordPress! I am really excited to join this amazing community and hope to gain a great following in such a supportive community.

𝔾𝕖𝕥𝕥𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕆𝕣𝕘𝕒𝕟𝕚𝕤𝕖𝕕⁣


This week I’m getting organised for buddy reads, pen pals and journaling!!⁣ I’m super excited to be sending postcards to some lovely #bookstagrammers to bring back letters! ⁣

I also want to make a book journal (since I couldn’t get my hands on a @littleinklingsdesign journal 😢-they sold out in 1 minute!!!) as I absolutely love note pads and writing things down.⁣

What things do you do to keep organised? ⁣

So, I think I may have been slightly ambitious this month as I have signed up to 6 buddy reads. I normally wouldn’t sign up for more than two, but I wanted to make a real dint in my TBR and they were all books that I already had on my shelves! I like to put tabs with the discussing dates on the pages where we have to read to for that chat to help me visualise how much I have left to read how long I have left to read it.

On to what you are all really here for, the book reviews. I only have three this week as the other books I read are part of blog tours so have their own dedicated posts, please check them out if you have time as there are some great reads!

The Grace Year – Kim Leggitt ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I picked this book up on January the 1st and flew through it. The story is of a group of girls who, at a certain age, have to survive a year to get rid of their ‘magic’.⁣

It made me laugh in that sad understanding way,

“As far as I can tell, we all have hearts. We all have brains. There are only a few differences I can see, and most men seem to think with that part anyway.”

I felt like it was a combination of ‘The Lord of the Flies’ and ‘The Hunger Games’ but was a completely new story and it really hit home on some points,⁣

“We hurt each other because it’s the only way we’re permitted to show our anger. ⁣
When our choices are taken from us, the fire builds within. ⁣
Sometimes I feel like we might burn down the world to cindery bits, with our love, our rage, and everything in between.” ⁣

This is a great young adult read which kept me turning the page and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was made into a series!

She Lies in Wait – Gytha Lodge ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I really enjoyed this police procedural that investigated the cold case of 14 year old Aurora Jackson who went camping in the summer of 1983 and never came home.

This book reminded me of All the Missing Girls but, for me, was so much better, the story was cohesive and kept you guessing, revealing snippets of information about different characters along side chapters set in the past to show what had happened.

This is not a fast paced thriller, it is so much better! It is methodical, clearly thought out and detailed, it slowly walks you through the unravelling of clues and characters. I loved the writing an it still had me on the edge of my seat wanting to know who had done it.

I cant wait to see what the characters are up against in the next book in the series.

Lost Girl – Holly Kammier ⭐⭐

So I started this book full of excitement as it had all the elements I usually love (strong female lead, murder, mystery etc) but I have been left disappointed.

I didn’t like the main character, I felt she came across as spoilt and childish. The book focuses more on her that the murder element and I was bored 90% of the time (I can’t not finish a book).

I think some may enjoy this, maybe young adult or even people in their early twenties but not for a working mother in her 30’s ( I just wanted to yell at her to grow up! )

Taking Down the TBR!

Bye Bye 2019, Hello 2020 Book Challenges!

27th December 2019

I think I have a serious addiction to buying books. I have about 190 physical books on my shelves that I have not read and yet whenever I am out or a deal comes up on my phone I want to buy more!⁣⁣
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To help try and reduce this giant back log of books I am going to take part in a couple of challenges in 2020 that some amazing bookstagrammers have come up with!

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The first is @rosie_tinted_books 12 book challenge #jesandrosiesbooketlist I am super excited for this one as there are some great prompts and they are also doing a read along with the book they are reading each month.

The prompts are:

1. A book that has been on your shelf a year or longer – The Nightingale

2. A book from the year you were born (1989 for me) – Like Water for Chocolate

3. An awarding winning book – The Life of Pi

4. A back list book from an author you have read before – One True Loves (or any Taylor Jenkins Reid)

5. A book written by a WOC – A Woman is no Man

6. A newly released book – The Switch by @betholearyauthor because she is AWESOME

7. A book gifted to you by a friend or loved one –

8. A book out of your norm –

9. A book about female friendships – Expectation

10. A translated book – Most likely to be one of my tbr Fredrik Backman books

11. A book to match the season – Probably a Christmas book

12. A book you bought for the cover – The Familiars

I have left some spaces blank so as the hosts are organising a read along each month and I know i’m going to want to take part in that!!
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The second is to clear my TBR and is called #TBR2020Project hosted by @mamasreadingcorner and is perfect as it can be any 20 books so I don’t even need to try and slot them into prompts. I have combined some of the books from the other challenges to complete this list as trying to do all the challenges with different books would be too much pressure and I want to enjoy taking part.
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As you an probably see I have a few booker prize winners on there and that is thanks to @jaellareviews who is hosting #20bookersin2020 which I doubt I will get the full 20 but I’m going to try to read all the ones that are already on my TBR!⁣⁣

You can find a full list of Booker prize winners here.
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I am also going to try and take part in @evavstheworld and @iirasbooks #20readsin2020

It has some great prompts and is a really realistic and achievable challenge and they even said you can double up, so if your book fits two or three prompts you are on to a winner!

Here are the prompts:

1. The authors one and only published book

2. A book recommend by a celebrity – You know its going to be one from Reese Witherspoon’s book club, in fact I am reading ‘The Light We Lost’ as a buddy read in January so that is this one covered!

3. A book of a genre you don’t usually read –

4. A book written in the past decade

5. A book with a cover you like – The Familiars

6. A book that has been on your TBR for over a year – The Nightingale

7. A coming of age story –

8. A book written by an Author from your home country –

9. A book chosen for you by a friend or loved one

10. A book published in 2020 – The Switch

11. A book you got recently –

12. A book that deals with mental health –

13. A book set in country you want to travel to –

14. A beloved book from your childhood –

15. A book originally written in a foreign language – Any of my Fredrik Backman back-list

16. A book from your TBR picked blindfolded – The Blinds (this was soooooo satisfying!)

17. A book about friendship – Expectation

18. An award winning book – Life of Pi

19. A book you got because of Bookstagram –

20. A non-fiction book –

A few of these prompts are also on #jesandrosiesbooketlist so I can check of both challenges at once!

And finally I will try and I get some crossed off the #popsugarreadingchallenge as I almost completed it in 2019!⁣ I will do a seperate post for that as its a big list!⁣
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Will you be taking part in any challenges in 2020? ⁣⁣Do you have any recomendations for the prompts n the challenges i’m taking part in? Please let me know in the comments.

Or if you want more details on any of these challenges then just leave a comment or come find me on Instagram.

Hope you have all had a wonderful holiday and wishing you all the best for 2020!
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Gifts Ideas…

The Book Taster…

A few weeks ago I won @evavstheworld giveaway and I was able to select an independent bookish business to receive a gift from so I chose @the_book_taster and I am beyond happy that I did!

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.

Creighton’s Chocolate…

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!!


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@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?⁣

It’s beginning to look a lot like bookmass…

14th December 2019

Everywhere is so christmassy and I love it! And I am surrounded by Christmas reads which I have already dug into but I possibly have too many to get through in just a few weeks! Have you got any favourite seasonal reads? let me know in the comments.

This week I am reading City of girls to try and have at least one category in the #bookstagramawards as ‘read all’. I think this is going to be a really hard one for me me as the majority all got top scores (each have a link to the blog post they were reviewed in):

* Normal People – Sally Rooney – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* Daisy Jones & the Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* Queenie – Candice Carty-Williams – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

* The Flat Share – Beth O’Leary – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* Ask Again, Yes – Mary Beth Keane – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

* City of Girls – Elizabeth Gilbert –

About City of Girls – Elizabeth Gilbert:

In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live
with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves-and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest.
Now ninety-five years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life – and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. At some point in a woman’s life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time, she muses. After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is. Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.

I am very ecited to read this but I have heard that it has some majorly cringy sex scenes so will have to watch out for that!

With the Fire on High – Elizabeth Acevedo ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Emoni is still in school and a very naturally talented chef so when a chef programme starts at her school she signs up. But Emoni is not like the other girls in her class, she has a young daughter and responsibilities. She knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible but what if…

This was a great read that opened my eyes to multiple issues such as cooking being in someone blood and heritage and what’s behind big ornate buildings and statues isn’t always as glorious as it seems.

It was a young adult read which meant I read it one sitting and was left with a happy feeling once I had finished.

The Toy Makers – Robert Dinsdale ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This books starts in 1906, with a young, pregnant girl running away to work in a toyshop after seeing an advert:⁣

“𝘈𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘵? 𝘈𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘧𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘥? 𝘈𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥 𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵? ⁣
𝘚𝘰 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘦.”⁣

It then follows the girl through her life at the toy shop with the history and future of the owners.⁣

The descriptions are magical and captivating, you can really picture everything that’s being described. ⁣

This story was just enchanted and if you loved The Night Circus then you will definitely love this.

One Day in December – Josie Silver (Buddy Read) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is the story of Laurie who sees the love of her life on a bus journey home one December

evening and the following ten years. I don’t think I need to say more as this has been all over this year…

I found myself completely drawn in right from the start, not because I fell in love with it but because I had such strong opinions about what the characters should be doing and where I thought it was going. I really enjoyed progressing with the characters over the ten years and that ending was just movie worthy!

I read this for a buddy read with an amazing group of ladies, we chatted about everything we loved and everything that made out blood boil, it was so much fun, and we all spurred each other on to finish it before the due date!

What an Intense Week…

So this has been an intense week, I have read My Dark Vanessa and I have been FULL of a cold and under a lot of stress at work. I am so glad I have a great family and books to escape into when I get home otherwise I think I would be in serious trouble!

Have you seen my instagram competition? No? Well go check it out, I will be here waiting when you get back!

This week was out IRL book club (go check it out here) and we were discussing ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ which as you know, I had already read and LOVED and i’m so glad to report that they all loved it to, it didn’t score lower than an eight!

Our January choices were:

1. After I Do – Taylor Jenkins Reid
2. A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towels (for fans of a man called Ove)

3.The Cactus – Sarah Heywood – (for fans of Eleanor Oliphant)

And it was a straight split between 2 and 3 so the vote went out by text, to the ladies who couldn’t make it, for a fastest finger first and so the winner was The Cactus by Sarah Heywood. I am currently 40% though the audio book and am really enjoying it, I can definitely see why its been recommended for lovers of Eleanor Oliphant.

The Rosie Result (Don Tillman #3) – Graeme Simsion

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This is the third instalment of the Rosie series and Don, now with a wife and child, is back to his problem solving ways.

While I loved being back in the middle of Don Tillman’s antics I didn’t love this book. That doesn’t mean that i didn’t like it, I did like it, I really enjoyed the familiarity of the characters, the fun interactions/ mishaps and the new family dynamic but I didn’t love it. It was nice to see what the characters where up to now and is a perfect Sunday chill read but you wont be left with the warm feeling that you got after finishing book 1!

One great thing about this book is the real questioning of the way society feels the need to label everything and if this actually has a positive or negative impact on an individual.

Our House – Louise Candlish

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When Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her house, she’s sure there’s been a mistake. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern co-parenting arrangement: bird’s nest custody, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons at the prized family home to maintain stability for their children. But the system built to protect their family ends up putting them in terrible jeopardy. In a domino effect of crimes and misdemeanors, the nest comes tumbling down.

Read from a friends recommendation, I probably would not bother recommending to anyone else but I have seen some people raving about how good it is, each to their own!

The idea was good and I did enjoy the twist at the end, it actually made me laugh (might be an indicator that i’m a little bit dark & twisty.)

Sadie – Courtney Summers

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The story of a girl who goes in search of her sisters killer and the pod-caster who follows her trail when she goes missing.

Written in a clever way with the use of the podcasts alternating with Sadie’s perspective (although the layout didn’t lend its self well to a kindle and so would recommend that you get the physical copy of the book.) There is even an accompanying (free) podcast to go with the book so you can listen along! Check it out here.


I really enjoyed this book, it flowed well and was easy to read. I was a little frustrated by the end as I do love things to be wrapped up but I know there are some people who will love that!

Week 2 (need to think of some better names soon!)

20th September 2019

So this week has been a good reading week as I managed to get my hands on a copy of The Silent Patient for £2 from a charity shop and I got Seven Husbands for 99p on Kindle. Yes I had loads of other books already that I should have been reading but I just couldn’t resist!

The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides

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A twisted tale of a psychotherapist takes a job at a failing clinic to help a woman who has been silent since the night she was accused of killing her husband six years prior.

This a really quick and easy read that you wanted to keep on reading. I did see the end coming just before it was revealed but I think that’s because I have watched too many episodes of criminal minds

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is the story of a woman who has played the world to get what she wants and now she is at the end of her life she wants to share her story, for reasons that are reviled as the book goes on.

Ready to declare that beauty, the movies and the seven husbands were not her accomplishments Evelyn takes us on an adventure of love, loss and hocking revelations…

“They are just husbands.Iam Evelyn Hugo. And anyway, I think once people know the truth, they will be much more interested in my wife.”

I find Taylor’s writing style completely capturing, I get so drawn in and am 100% invested in finding out what happens. I love the imagery and the way the story lines made you think about how difficult those times must have been and how the world has changed so much in such a short period of time.

I read another of Taylor’s novels earlier in the year…

Daisy Jones & The Six

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Set in the mid sixties – late seventies, Daisy Jones & The Six transports readers to the most iconic age of rock n’ roll. It is about a fictional rock band – their rise through the ranks of the LA music scene – eventually becoming one of the most legendary bands in the world.

I just absolutely loved this book, left me wishing the band was real so I could listen to the songs after I had finished! I was expecting a much bigger twist at the end but it written so well that I wasn’t disappointed when there wasn’t.

I heard it is being made into a Netflix series and I so hope that’s true

Check out the article on Hello Sunshine about how Fleetwood Mac inspired TJR

I have now put several more of Taylor’s books on my too read pile…

My First Week

13th September 2019

So this is my first week as a book blogger and its both terrifying and fascinating! I’m learning so many things but most of all I am having fun and reading some great books so lets take a look at some of these weeks note-worthy reads!

Ten Thousand Doors of January – Alix E.Harrow

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First up is this amazing debut from Alix E. Harrow and what an amazing debut it is!

“How fitting, that the most terrifying time in my life should require me to do what I do best: escape into a book.”

This is a novel about the power of stories and a young girl who grows up a world where doors can take you to other worlds. It is skilfully intertwined with the story of two young lovers who met and torn apart. The Ten Thousand Doors of January revolves around January Scaller. January was seven years old when she first found a Door. Years later, January starts forgetting about her brief encounter with that Door, until one day she stumbles upon a book that she believes her farther has left for her. Reading the book changes everything she thought she knew and she begins to discover the truths and surprises in the world surrounding her. Family, separation, longing and determination were some of the main themes contained in the novel.

“Books can smell of cheap thrills or painstaking scholarship, of literary weight or unsolved mysteries. This one smelled unlike any book I’d ever held… It smelled like adventure itself had been harvested in the wild, distilled to a fine wine, and splashed across each page.”

There weren’t a lot of characters which can sometimes be risky for a writer as those characters need to be so well written, but Harrow pulled it off, I found them all to be fabulously written with each character having their own distinctive personality that felt sincere. I also loved how all the characters had flaws including the lead as it made them even more genuine.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January is one of the most beautifully-written debuts I’ve ever read, and is unlike anything I have read before, I really adored it and would recommend for fantasy or word lovers.

“Words and their meanings have weight the world of matter, shaping and reshaping realities through a most ancient alchemy. Even my own writings—so damnably powerless—may have just enough power to reach the right person and tell the right truth, and change the nature of things.”

Check it out on Goodreads…

Thanks to Net Galley for the copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

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Kya Clark has been left all her life. Kya Clark has been left all her life. Slowly abandoned by those she loved and those she thought were always there for her, first it was her mother, then her siblings, and then her dad.

She grew up mainly alone, learning the ways of the Marsh to feed herself and hide from the authorities, befriending the animals, collecting mussels to sell to her only friend and companion, Jumpin’, and avoiding the town. The locals come to refer to her as the Marsh Girl, so used to being alone that she didn’t know how to interact much with other people. Fast forward many years later and Kya is accused of murdering the town golden boy.

Reading her story as she grew older, how she fell in love twice, had her heart broken by both men, following her humiliation and pain all the whilst trying to solve the mystery of who murdered Chase Andrews was ingenious and emotional.

“She knew the years of isolation had altered her behaviour until she was different from others, but it wasn’t her fault she’d been alone. Most of what she knew, she’d learned from the wild. Nature had nurtured, tutored, and protected her when no one else would.”

All this set in the marshes of coastal North Carolina. There’s something magical and incredibly atmospheric about the way Owens describes the South. She does not try to hide the areas shortcomings, but nor did she just put them down, she simply laid it bare for the world to see. And she did so in such an honest, balanced way that I don’t think anyone can refute her portrayal.

Beautiful prose, unforgettable characters—some flawed, some heroes, some you want to wrap your arms about in protection. I would recommend this, it is not a thriller or fast paced murder mystery but a beautifully woven story of nature, love and survival.

Did you know about Delia has her own real life experiences of murder mystery? Check out this article from Elle to find out more….

The Real-Life Murder Mystery Behind Delia Owens’s Where the Crawdads Sing

Throwing back to a past loved book…

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot

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” Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.”*

This is the true story of how one woman’s pain, suffering and genetic cells have come to help millions upon millions of people and how her family come to learn the truth about what happened to the cells. This book taught me so much about they way people were treated, what hela cells are, where they came from, their importance and the woman behind them! I even put it as one of my choices for book club because I just can’t believe how little is known or celebrated about the woman behind the cells that have change the world as we know it! It is not an easy read and there are some harrowing scenes but the things that can be learnt from reading it are so interesting!