Million Love Songs

I’ve finally finished another book! 😀 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 😦

Anyway, after finishing Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses  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 🙂

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 🙂

 

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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 blog but today I thought I’d share it on my blog 🙂

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 🙂

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I’ll see you again soon 🙂

 

 

 

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 🙂

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?

My 2018 Books (January – March)

The main reason I started this blog was to share book reviews but I don’t think I’ve written a single post about books yet this year. That’s mainly because I don’t think many of the books I’ve read so far have been review worthy, but it feels wrong to not write about what books I’ve been reading! 🙂 So today I thought I’d share with you the books that I’ve read so far this year.

Game Ranger in your Backpack

Ok, so this was more of a skim read through than a proper thorough read, but before I went to South Africa I decided to have a little read up on some of the animals I could expect to see on safari. Mum had this book from previous trips to South Africa and I decided to give it a read. We actually took it to South Africa with us as it was more useful in context rather than reading it as a standalone book, but it was a great book which was easy to read and gives a good deal of information about the most common animals found on safari in South Africa 🙂

The Fault in Our Stars

I bought this last year when it was on the Kindle daily deal for 99p as I knew I wanted to read it one day. I read this while on South Africa and I quite enjoyed it. I mean the film was obviously very true to the book which was really good to see, but I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading this as I didn’t particularly enjoy the film that much!

Happy Mum, Happy Baby

Firstly I will say I’m not pregnant and am not planning to get pregnant in a hurry! I love Giovanna Fletcher, I think she is such a lovely, wonderful person. When this was again in the Kindle daily deals for 99p I decided to buy it. It was an interesting read, and actually I think it was more about Gi and her family rather than like pregnancy and a parenting guide. But it was an interesting read even for someone not pregnant/with kids!

Blue Planet 2

My brother bought me the book to go alongside the Blue Planet 2 series for Christmas and it took me a while to get through, mainly as I was away for a lot of January and it isn’t exactly a portable book! Anyway, it was a good read with lots of great photos but it wasn’t really any different to the TV show, in that you don’t really learn anything new that you haven’t seen in TV. Maybe I’d have been better off reading it a while after watching it on TV, but still it was a good book to read.

All That See Can See

Again, this was another Kindle book that was a daily deal for 99p and I finally got round to reading it. This is the first of Carrie Hope Fletcher’s novels that I’ve read (I’ve read All I Know Now), and I wasn’t too sure what to expect really having seen quite a lot of mixed reviews. Anyway, it was quite an enjoyable read, more so than I was expecting! It was a bit of a strange story but not awful or anything!

Walking the Himalayas

I watched this series in TV back in 2016 and found it fascinating and since then I’ve enjoyed all of Levison Wood’s adventures. I also read Walking the Nile last year. Anyway, this was an enjoyable and really interesting book which I’d really recommend to anyone who loves a good travel book.

Eddie the Eagle: My Story

Whenever I’m feeling a bit rubbish about things in life I watch “Eddie the Eagle”. It is an incredibly uplifting story. I remember the first time I heard of Eddie the Eagle when I was quite young when we were visiting an old Olympic ski jump in Austria or France or somewhere. I’d been looking at the wall and I’d asked mum if there had ever been any British ski jumpers as there weren’t any on the wall. Anyway, since then I’ve been quite captivated by the story. I think with the Winter Olympics on I was in to it all a bit more, anyway, I found that Eddie the Eagle had released an autobiography and I decided to buy it on Kindle to have a read. It was quite a short but enjoyable read where I learnt more about the real story (not the story in the film).

The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital and The Carnivorous Carnival

I grew up with A Series of Unfortunate Events and I don’t think I’ve ever re-read the series. With the new Netflix episodes due out at the end of this month I decided I wanted to catch up with the books again after I’d read books 1-4 for the release of the first episodes on Netflix. So I started reading books 7-9 again (I read books 5 & 6 last year). It is funny how hard and different books seem when you’re 10. These books took me little time at all to re-read and although I quite enjoyed them I realised actually how little storyline there is to each individual book. But that said, I’m glad I’ve re-read them and I’m looking forward to the new Netflix episodes coming out in a couple of weeks 🙂

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A to Z Reading Survey

Today’s post is a bit random, but I saw this A-Z Reading Survey last night and thought I’d give it a go 🙂 So here goes…

AUTHOR YOU’VE READ THE MOST BOOKS FROM:

According to Goodreads it is Robert Muchamore, which isn’t surprising if you look at my bookcase!

BEST SEQUEL EVER:

Always with Love – Giovanna Fletcher

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CURRENTLY READING:

The Vile Village – Lemony Snicket (I’m trying to be up to date with the books before the next episodes come out on Netflix).

DRINK OF CHOICE WHILE READING:

Hot Chocolate 🙂

E-READER OR PHYSICAL BOOK?

Both. More recently I’ve read quite a few Kindle books because there have been a few for 99p in Amazon’s Kindle Daily deals that I’ve fancied 🙂 I still prefer physical books but I’m starting to realise the benefits of Kindle a bit more.

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FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU PROBABLY WOULD HAVE ACTUALLY DATED IN HIGH SCHOOL:

No idea!

GLAD YOU GAVE THIS BOOK A CHANCE:

Twilight. I didn’t understand the hype for ages then my friend lent me her copy and I loved it. I mean I don’t go back and re-read it all the time or anything but I’m glad I read it.

HIDDEN GEM BOOK:

I’m not sure if you’d call it a hidden gem but “I’ll Take New York” by Miranda Dickinson.

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IMPORTANT MOMENT IN YOUR READING LIFE:

Two moments stick out. Firstly when I discovered Chicklit books when I was 18 and it made me fall in love with reading over again. But then also in my final year of university I just picked up reading again. I started to read a chapter of a book as a revision break and since then I’ve basically been a bookworm again.

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JUST FINISHED:

Eddie the Eagle: My Story.

KINDS OF BOOKS YOU WON’T READ:

Horror books… Are they a thing? I’m a bit of a scardy-cat and those sort of things give me the creeps.

LONGEST BOOK YOU’VE READ:

According to Goodreads it is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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MAJOR BOOK HANGOVER BECAUSE OF:

I wouldn’t say I’ve ever really had a book hangover, but maybe Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

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NUMBER OF BOOKCASES YOU OWN:

3 Billy Bookcases from Ikea – two of the wide ones and one narrow. If you put all my books together it would probably fill two of the cases.

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ONE BOOK YOU HAVE READ MULTIPLE TIMES:

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone

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PREFERRED PLACE TO READ:

In bed, or curled up on the sofa 🙂

QUOTE THAT INSPIRES YOU/GIVES YOU ALL THE FEELS FROM A BOOK YOU’VE READ:

We might be heading off in different directions but there are strong ties that bind us. We are true friends, and true friendships endure for a lifetime.” From the Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding by Carole Matthews.

I love that quote. I have some great friends, some of whom I don’t talk to enough (although you know when you’re always the one making the effort and others don’t reciprocate it?). But I have 2/3 great friends who that applies to. I know I can contact them whenever even though I don’t talk to them every day, I know (and they know) that we’re all there for each other and we can message them for whatever.

READING REGRET:

What a book I regret reading? Probably All the Bright places… it was shocking!

SERIES YOU STARTED AND NEED TO FINISH(ALL BOOKS ARE OUT IN SERIES):

Mary Poppins. I think that’s the only series that I’ve started reading and haven’t yet finished. Or I suppose you could say “A Series of Unfortunate Events”, I’ve read them all over 10 years ago but I’m in the process of re-reading them now 🙂

THREE OF YOUR ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOKS:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Recruit – Robert Muchamore, and I Heart New York – Lindsey Kelk.

UNAPOLOGETIC FANGIRL FOR:

Maybe the Fifty Shades series. I mean I’m not a major fan girl of it but I’m not afraid to admit that I like the books and the story. It annoys me when people just see it as the first book and haven’t given the second and third books a chance (sorry if that’s you by the way, not moaning at you).

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VERY EXCITED FOR THIS RELEASE MORE THAN ALL THE OTHERS:

Apart from the usual yearly releases from my favourites – Lindsey Kelk, Lucy Diamond and Carole Matthews I’m quite looking forward to Fifty Shades Freed from Christian’s perspective (assuming EL James releases it).

WORST BOOKISH HABIT:

Buying too many books. Also maybe buying books then not reading them. Although my new years resolution was not to buy any more books until I’ve read all that are on my bookcase. I’ve mostly succeeded at that so far. I’ve only been buying the 99p kindle books that are on the deal of the day if they are books that I really want to read.

X MARKS THE SPOT: START AT THE TOP LEFT OF YOUR SHELF AND PICK THE 27TH BOOK:

Wow, the 27th book is still the top shelf of my bookcase! Some Kind of Wonderful – Giovanna Fletcher

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YOUR LATEST BOOK PURCHASE:

DK Oceans. We used to have it in the library at school and I loved reading it. It was like £2 on Amazon and I couldn’t resist! Now I just wait for it to arrive :O

ZZZ-SNATCHER BOOK (LAST BOOK THAT KEPT YOU UP WAY LATE):

Eddie the Eagle: My Story

So I hope you enjoyed that post. Have you read any of these books? What would be in your A-Z reading survey? Let me know below 🙂

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 🙂 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! 😀 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, everyone thinks they’re about to get engaged. Instead, a romantic escape to Dubai leaves Lizzy with no ring, no fiancé 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 🙂 But I really do recommend this book 🙂

Have you read this book? What did you think?