Million Love Songs

I’ve finally finished another book! ๐Ÿ˜€ I don’t feel like my reading is going very well so far this year, I think now having my job means I have less time for reading ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Anyway, after finishing Paper Hearts and Summer Kissesย ย I was having a bit of a Carole Matthews hangover and wanted to read another of her books. Plus I hadn’t really treated myself to anything for a while so I decided to buy a few new books on Amazon. I bought “A Million Love Songs”, “Stately Pursuits” and “The Summer Seaside Kitchen”.

A Million Love Songs is Carole Matthew’s latest book and it really did not disappoint. It was exactly what I wanted to read and I read my way through it pretty quickly ๐Ÿ™‚

Ruby has recently divorced from her husband and is looking for a new perspective on single life. She is fully ready to embrace single life and doesn’t want a new relationship. She decides to pick up a new hobby to fill her time with, scuba diving. Then she meets Joe.

Joe is recently split up from his cheating with and single handedly looks after 2 teenage kids. Ruby and Joe get on incredibly well but Joe has a constant juggling act meaning he can’t give Ruby what he wants. Then comes along Mason, Ruby’s attentive boss. He can give her everything she wants… except a settle down type relationship.

I absolutely loved this book. It was very forward and backward between Joe and Mason though with Ruby seeming a bit easy to take advantage of, but that said it was an enjoyable read and I totally understand Ruby’s reasoning for going forward and backward as much as she did.

It wasn’t an overly predictable read though like some chick lit books can be and I really enjoyed it. I loved the characters, especially Joe and it was quite a relatable book.

All in all I loved this book and would really recommend it to anyone looking for a light summer read ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses

I’ve finally finished another book, and I have already shared it on An Historian About Town’s blogย but today I thought I’d share it on my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

My latest read is “Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses” by Carole Matthews. I love Carole Matthews’ books and actually bought this book around a year ago, but weirdly I hadn’t picked it up off my bookcase until the other week. This is another summery chick lit read which I loved.

In “Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses” we join Christie and her son Finn as together they face what life throws at them. Christie, a single mum is doing her best to make ends meet and keep her head above water, while also pursuing her hobby of card/craft making. However, when Finn suddenly falls ill Christie struggles to juggle work and family, and before long finds herself jobless… until an opportunity too good to miss comes along.

I don’t want to ruin the plot of this book too much because it is a great book and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone before they’ve even started. I loved all the characters. Finn is adorable, while Christie is an ambitious, but loving mother who will do anything she can just to keep the two of them afloat. One of the other main characters Max, is also a great character… but again, I don’t want to say too much about him in case I ruin it for anyone!

I would really recommend this book to anyone who loves chicklit but also anyone who wants an easy summer read ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I’ll see you again soon ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

The Martian

It’s been ages since I wrote a book review, so here goes with my first review of this year on my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

I remember when The Martian Film came out a few years ago. I was in my final year of uni and all of my housemates were talking about it. I mean the film hadn’t quite come out but they were all talking about it and all reading the book. I was quite interested in the sound of it but didn’t read the book. Anyway, one Christmas I decided that I’d buy my brother the book as I was pretty sure he’d enjoy it. Turns out he enjoyed it and devoured the book in 2 days.

I decided it was time for me to read it and I borrowed the book from my brother. I’d already seen the film so I kind of knew what happened and everything but the film definitely misses things out that are in the book!

So if you didn’t know “The Martian” follows Mark Watney in his struggles to survive on Mars after he gets left behind by his crew mates. In this diary style book we follow Mark as he works out his situation, attempts to make contact with Earth and keep himself alive for well over a year until NASA eventually find a way to pick him up. “The Martian” will get every one of your emotions going from laughing, to shock to happiness. It really makes you feel a lot. It is an excellently written book, really easy to follow and makes you feel like you’re there.

I thought Mark as a character was brilliant, I mean 90% of the book is just him so if you don’t like him them there’s probably not much point you reading on. I struggled a bit to get going in the book but once I was in I loved it and couldn’t put it down!

All in all I absolutely loved this book and I know one day I’ll go back and read it again. It is a bit out of my comfort zone in terms of genres I read but I loved it and no doubt I’ll look for other books recommended if you liked it.

Have you read “The Martian”? If so what did you think of it?

The Little Book of Colouring: Into the Deep

It may seem a bit random me writing this post, but before I buy any adult colouring book I like to be able to get an idea of what the images inside are like. I don’t know if that’s just me?

Anyway, before I went on holiday to South Africa I decided I wanted to take some colouring with me but all of my colouring books are quite big and I didn’t want anything too bulky to carry around with me. After some searching around I came across several colouring books that were smaller and more “travel friendly” than the ones I have. The only problem was the two that I liked didn’t have many images online about what they were like inside. So I took a bit of a risk and bought two books from the “Peace in your Pocket” range.

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These books are probably both the same sort of size as a standard paperback book (just not as thick), and actually have really good quality pages. I just thought I’d share some of the pictures from inside the “Into the Deep” book for other people who, like me, like to see what the pictures are like before buying.

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I really like these books, they’re nice to use and pack away nicely in a rucksack/handbag for travel. They also have a good combination of more detailed pictures and less detailed ones.

I’ll leave it there for today, I don’t want to make this a long post ๐Ÿ™‚ย Do you have a favourite adult colouring book? Do you have any to use for travel?

Some Kind of Wonderful

I’ve finally got round to writing this review! ๐Ÿ˜€ I read this back in November/December, but with Blogmas I didn’t get round to writing/posting it before. “Some Kind of Wonderful” is Giovanna Fletcher’s latest novel and this time, released in hardback. My friend bought me a signed copy of “Some Kind of Wonderful” for my birthday and I was so excited to read it.

When the love of your life says you’re not The One, who are you?

Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since the first week of university. Now, after celebrating a decade together,ย everyoneย thinks they’re about to get engaged. Instead, a romantic escape to Dubai leaves Lizzy with no ring, no fiancรฉ and no future.

Lizzy is heartbroken – but through the tears, she sees an opportunity. This is her moment to discover what she’s been missing while playing Ian’s ideal ‘better half’. But how much has Ian changed her, and who should she be without him?

Determined to discover who she is at heart, Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before – and, in the meantime, have a little fun . . .”

This book was a great read, and I enjoyed every single page. Most romance/chick-lit books tend to be boy marries girl and they all live happily ever after. But not in this book. This is kind of an alternative where Lizzy finds a new happily ever after away from her old happily ever after.

I think this would be a great book for people going through breakups and would help them see the light, while not being too depressing. The story is enjoyable with some great characters.

I’m keeping this post short today, because I don’t wait to ruin the story for anyone else who is going to read this ๐Ÿ™‚ But I really do recommend this book ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Highland Fling

So not that long ago I was recommended Highland Fling by An Historian About Town. I’d never read any books by Katie Fforde before so I was quite excited to give it a go!

In Highland Fling we join Jenny as she heads up from home in Surrey up to Scotland to work on a project for her boss. Working with a family in the area Jenny must fight to save the local clothing mill battling both her feelings and family in the process.

I absolutely loved this book and was so glad that I was recommended it to read! It was such an easy read and definitely a feel good, kind of Christmassy chick lit book. I loved all the characters and I especially loved the love/hate relationship between Jenny and Ross…. and Lady Dalmain!

All in all this was a fantastic book and I really really enjoyed reading it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you have any other Katie Fforde books that you can recommend me? ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m sorry it is such a short post today! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But you should all definitely go and check out this book!

The Sleepwalker (CHERUB 9)

So following on from my latest read of Mad Dogs I decided to read “The Sleepwalker” straight away. With books like this that are part of a big series I like reading them while the other story is fresh in my mind ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus, as I’ve said before they’re really quick, easy reads so reading these helps with my new challenge of reading 52 books this year ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€

An airliner explodes over the Atlantic leaving 345 people dead. Crash investigators suspect terrorism, but they’re getting nowhere.

A distressed twelve-year-old calls a police hotline and blames his father for the explosion. It could be a breakthrough, but there’s no hard evidence and the boy has a history of violence and emotional problems.

Only CHERUB agents can unearth the truth. They’re trained professionals with one essential advantage: adults never suspect that children are spying on them.

For official purposes, these children do not exist

I’ll start of by saying, “The Sleepwalker” definitely isn’t one of the most exciting books in this series, but it was still an enjoyable read with plenty of action!

This book mostly centres around James’ sister Lauren and her role in befriending someone who MI5 believe to know something about the plane crash. We don’t really see very much of James or the other main characters in the book- well we do, but they aren’t part of the mission!

I think this book is a good book to see the upcoming CHERUB agents and see new faces appear, so it is good if you’re getting fed up of James and the other main characters! Plus it brings back beloved Ex-Chairman Mac, who has sadly lost 4 members of his family in the plane crash, and sees him take a key role in heading up a mission.

The Sleepwalker was a really enjoyable read and definitely a must read if you’ve read/are reading the CHERUB series!