One in a Million

I’m back with another book review ๐Ÿ˜€ I feel like my reading has picked up again the last few weeks. Maybe that’s because of the weather. Colder, snuggle up weather is definitely more book weather!

One of my latest reads is “One in a Million” by Lindsey Kelk. This is Lindsey Kelk’s newest release and I couldn’t wait to read it as I love all her books.

Everyone wants that special someoneโ€ฆ.

Annie Higgins has one goal this year: to get her tiny business off the ground. But โ€“ infuriated by the advertising agency across the hall making fun of her job โ€“ Annie is goaded into accepting their crazy challenge: to make a random stranger Instagram-famous in just thirty days.

And even when they choose Dr Samuel Page PhD, historian and hater of social media, as her target, Annieโ€™s determined to win the bet โ€“ whether Sam likes it or not.

But getting to know Sam means getting to know more about herself. And before the thirty days are out, Annie has to make a decision about whatโ€™s really importantโ€ฆ

I really enjoyed reading “One in a Million”. It was quite a different read compared to some of Lindsey Kelk’s other books. In fact, as much as I love all the series like the “I Heart” Series, sometimes it is great to have new standalone books.

“One in a Million” was very focused on the use of Social Media and how quickly things can go viral/how quickly someone can become famous online. OK, I know this isn’t a “normal” situation, but I suppose it highlights how much we rely on social media these days!

I really enjoyed the characters and Dr Samuel Page grew on me throughout the book. As well as that Annie was brilliant and I loved how she faced up to all the stick, criticism and downers that everyone was putting on her.

Without ruining the plot this was a great, easy but funny read which I’d recommend to anyone who loves this kind of genre ๐Ÿ™‚ I apologise it’s such a brief review! I just don’t want to ruin it!

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Rivers of London

This book took me far too long to read but I absolutely loved it and can’t wait to read some of the others in the series!

I’d heard about the novel “Rivers of London” a few years ago now, and everyone was recommending it and saying how great it was. But no matter how many times I read the blurb I couldn’t quite convince myself to pick it up.

Anyway, last year while I was in WH Smith, I found it in the clearance section for ยฃ2 and thought “what the hell” and it then sat on my shelf for almost a year. Then my good blogging friend decided to pick this book for her book club and it was the excuse I needed to pick it up!

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit – we do paperwork so real coppers don’t have to – and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.

Now I’m a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden … and there’s something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.

The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it’s falling to me to bring order out of chaos – or die trying.

Loads of people have described this book as kind of Harry Potter like, and I suppose in some ways it is… But I thought Harry Potter was better! Anyway, from the first chapter of this book I was gripped! It was such a change from the usual romance/chicklit stuff that I usually read but I loved it. It did require quite a lot of concentration at times and I was slightly disappointed at how flipping long some of the chapters were but at the end of the day I loved it. So much so that once the end was in sight I couldn’t put it down and finished the last 3 chapters in one sitting.

I definitely think I’d like to read the other books in this series at some point in the future ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you ever read “Rivers of London”? What did you think of it?

Recent Book Haul & To Be Read List

As I said in my previous post my reading has suffered recently because of being so busy, but that’s not stopped me buying new books! Today I wanted to share with you some of my recent book buys and what’s on my to be read list ๐Ÿ™‚

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So all of these books are obviously on my to be read list but they do include 3 new recipe books and a couple of books I’ve had for a while.

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The Crown book – This was actually given to me and dad (as a joint present) for Christmas last year… but I’ve not yet to round to reading it. In fact I’ve still not finished watching S2 of the Crown yet either!

We Bought a Zoo – I bought this second hand off Amazon and it has been on my to be read list for such a long time. There is also a film loosely based on the book which is amazing.

30 Days – So I’ve recently decided to start again with my Christian faith and re-discover it all. So I bought this book to help me do that.

Rooted in God’s Grace – This book is actually written by a friend of mine. She sent it to me to help in what I just said above.

National Trust Book of Scones – When I was in the Isle of Wight I found this book in the shop at the Needles. It had some wonderful sounding recipes in so I couldn’t resist it!

The Jungle Book – I’ve never read “The Jungle Book”! While I was in the Isle of Wight I was passing a little library who had a book sale. I had a little browse and picked this up for 50p.

Little Fires Everywhere – I’ve joined another book club with some of my friends and this is our first book to read.

The Unicorn Cookbook – I bought this for Brownies really to get some ideas for cooking I could do with them.

The Penguin Lessons – This book has actually been recommended to me 3 times now by 3 separate people, so I decided to pick it up the other day ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Summer Seaside Kitchen – I’ve not read any Jenny Colgan books yet but she’s been recommended to me.

Nelson Mandela A Long Walk to Freedom – Since I came home from South Africa I was quite keen to read this, but I’ve not yet got round to it! It’s a massive book and no doubt will be fascinating but I think I may have to read this in bits! ๐Ÿ™‚

Stately Pursuits -This was again recommended by a friend ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve only read one Katie Fforde book before so I’ll be interested to see how I find this one ๐Ÿ™‚

Bake It Better Pies and Tarts – I picked this up the other day in TK Maxx. So I was browsing and found they had loads of copies of this book. All of them were priced at ยฃ4.99 except the one I picked up which was priced at ยฃ2.50. Can’t go too wrong for that price!

One in a Million – I LOVE Lindsey Kelk and this is her latest release. You know I’m actually really upset with myself that it’s been out as long as it has but I’ve not read it yet! But I think it’ll be my next read.

Little Beach Street Bakery – When I was browsing on Amazon the other day this book was only ยฃ2, so I thought why not?!

Have you read any of these books? If so what did you think?ย 

Have you bought any books recently? ๐Ÿ™‚

 

On a Beautiful Day

It feels like ages ago that I last finished a book. Work and life has been really busy the last few weeks and reading has sadly taken a bit of a back seat! Anyway, I’m finally back with another book review for you all!

My latest read is “On a Beautiful Day” by Lucy Diamond, and it is in fact Lucy Diamond’s latest book. Quite honestly, unfortunately I haven’t enjoyed the last few Lucy Diamond books compared to some of her early ones. I mean it was still a good read, but doesn’t live up to the standards of books like “Summer at Shell Cottage” or “The Beach Cafe”.

So in “On a Beautiful Day” we join a group of four friends after witnessing a road accident has a major impact on their lives. Laura is desperate for kids but is struggling to have them, and then her husband walks off. Jo is trying to start again with a new relationship but her new fella’s daughter isn’t making it easy. Eve is desperately hoping the lump in her breast will disappear, while India is closely drawn to one of the victims of the accident, but will she confide in her family?

I did quite enjoy “On a Beautiful Day”, there were some good storylines in there, but as with the last Lucy Diamond book “The House of New Beginnings” there were too many main characters for my liking. It was continually jumping around between the four ladies and I often found myself forgetting who was who and whose storyline was whose. It was a good story, just a bit confusing at times! The characters were all good and very relatable, but at the same time there were too many storylines going on for my liking.

Would I recommend this book? If you don’t mind reading about lots of characters and different stories in each chapter, then go for it! ๐Ÿ™‚ If you struggle with multiple storylines I’d try a different book instead!

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™‚

 

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?