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!!

@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!