The One That Got Away – Melissa Pimmentel

I finally got around to picking this book and up and I’m glad that I did. If you’re after a light and fluffy romance, then this is the book for you. I love, LOVE romance novels at this time of the year, there is nothing nicer than curling up on the sofa, with a hot chocolate and good old romance novel to pass away the cold and wintery nights!

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I flew through it once I got into it (about two chapters in before I was fully hooked). I liked the characters and I loved the flashback aspect of the book, as it really added to the depth of the novel and helped to build up not only Ruby and Ethan’s past relationship but also Ruby’s character as a whole.

The only problem that I had with this book is that it ended too abruptly after the much awaited and built up climax. It just ended. You didn’t get a hint of a happily ever after or a disaster after words. It literally ended after being built up from page one, and it felt like as soon as the author had reached her end point, that was it for the book, she just left the readers hanging, not giving even the slightest hint of what happened afterwards.

Overall though, it was a pleasant, fun and easy read!

*this book was given to me for free by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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One Christmas In Paris – Mandy Baggot

After joining Netgalley a few years ago, I discovered Mandy Baggot and I’ve been hooked ever since. Every time one of her books is on for review, I MUST, MUST, MUST get it. As a result of that, I’ve had this book for review for about a year and it’s about that I actually got around to reading it as her new Christmas read is out shortly.

I read quite a variety of books and particularly around Christmas time, I love picking up a good romance novel and Mandy Baggot delivers every time. I would highly recommend her novels if you’re wanting a light, fluffy, easy read that you will not be able to put down from the moment you start reading. One Christmas In Paris follows Ava post-breakup as she goes to Paris with her best friend Debs on a mission to forget about her cheating ex and the fact that she left her job. What Ava isn’t expecting is to bump into dreamy Julien on their first night in Paris, and the sparks start flying. But what is Julien hiding and can he be trusted to mend her broken heart?

One Christmas in Paris will have you dreaming of travelling to Paris, whether you’ve been there before or not. Mandy Baggot paints such a vivid and romantic picture of Paris during winter, you’ll be drooling over all the food Ava is eating and you’ll be dreaming about Monsieur Fitoussi whenever you’re not reading the book.  Baggot’s writing will have you routing for Ava, hating Ava’s pushy mother and wanting to curl up on the sofa with a hot chocolate and a pain au chocolate next to your Christmas tree.

Honestly, if you’re a fan of Lindsay Kelk or Giovanna Fletcher, I would highly recommend that you try Mandy Baggot. There are plenty of books to catch up if you’ve never read any of her books before and her newest Christmas read is out now too!

*I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

November TBR

It’s been a while since I’ve done a book blog post! I’ll have a review or two coming in the next week or so too so do not dispair. What’s on my reading plans for the upcoming month? We’ll keep reading to find out.

1. The One That Got Away -Melissa Pimentel

I’m 300% sure that this book has been on my TBR list at least three times before but this time I’m actually going to read it. I got it for review from Netgalley before it first came out and I’ve just never gotten round to reading it. But I need to up my Netgalley feedback percentage so I’m making my way through all my Netgalley requests!

2. One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill – Mandy Baggot

I discovered Mandy Baggot through Netgalley and now whenever she releases a book, I have to request it! With the nights getting colder and darker, a cozy Christmas romance is exactly what I need before bedtime! With my electric blanket and a hot choc of course! 

3. The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch

I’m about a quarter of the way through the audio book of this and I’m not overly enjoying it at the moment. But it’s keeping my company on my commutes to and from work so I’ll persevere with it (although it’s like 20 hours long!) 

What is on your TBR this month? Are you turning to cozy Christmas reads now that it’s getting colder too? 

October TBR

Another month, another TBR list! What’s on the agenda this month you ask? 

1.Salt to the Sea -Ruta Sepetys 

The last book I read by Ruta Sepetys was amazing and I definitely have high hopes with Salt to the Sea! I love a WW2 historical fiction novel so I can’t wait to get stuck into this book! 

2. The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch

I’ve had this book as an audiobook for a while but I’ve never gotten round to listening to it. It’s 28 hours long which is daunting but I want to get cracking on it this month on my commutes to and from work! 

3. After You -Jojo Moyes 

I’ve been meaning to read After You since it came out and it’s just been sitting on my shelf gathering dust! Time to bust it out as the weather is getting to cosy weather and I love romance novels when it’s autumn and winter! 

What books are you picking up this month?  

A History of Britain in 21 Women – Jenni Murray

Where do I even begin with reviewing this book? It’s one of the most interesting books I’ve read in a long time and I’ve learned so much from reading it (well listening to the audiobook). I am actually ashamed to say that I knew very little about some of the women in the book, but I do know now!

A History of Britain in 21 Women is Jenni Murray telling the stories about the women that she sees as having the most impact on Britain and British society to what it is today. It ranges from Boudicca to Nicola Sturgeon, covers the Suffragettes and the Suffragists and tells of many influential women in science and their contributions that went both recognised and unrecognised.

What I liked so much about this book is that it’s feminist in it’s agenda, it’s about celebrating the success of the women who helped to shape Britain, it’s not pushily (is this even a word?) feminist. Murray celebrates all the wonderful things that women have contributed to today’s world, and even though she talks about the Suffragettes and the Suffragists, she doesn’t force the feminist agenda down your throat as you read.

I would happily like to encourage anyone and everyone to pick up this book. I would particularly like to encourage the generation currently in their twenties to read this book, as I certainly learned a lot which is unfortunately not taught in schools. Or at least it wasn’t taught to me. I shared the facts that I learned throughout this book with my sixty year old mother as I went through the book and she was amazed that I had never heard/been taught about Elizabeth Garret Anderson (the first female physician and a Suffragist) and Ada Lovelace (the first computer programmer).

June 2017 TBR

It’s been a while since I’ve done a TBR post so I thought I would share with you what I want to read this month. I’ve been marathoning the Harry Potter books of late, but with only two left to read, I think I’ll be back to reading and reviewing again in the next couple of weeks!

  1. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – I’m loving rereading the Harry Potter series, there are so many details that I’ve forgotten over the years! I’m already halfway through this book, so it won’t take long to finish!
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – I can’t not read this next! I’m almost done the series and then I’ll have to start rereading them more often
  3. A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J Maas: I’ve been waiting so long to pick this up, but I wanted to finish off Harry Potter before I dove head first into this little beauty. For those of you who don’t know, this is the third instalment in Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series. She’s a brilliant fantasy writer and I highly recommend the series to anyone who wants to delve into YA fantasy!
  4. The Lost Continent – Bill Bryson: I’ve been listening to the audiobook of this for a while, so I should probably finish it this month. I normally listen to audiobooks on my commutes, but I’ve not been in the mood lately. I’ll get back on it though, don’t worry.

What are you guys reading this month? Sorry about the hiatus, but life caught up with me and blogging went out of the window completely!

 

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

I was in a bit of a reading slump that had been ongoing for a little while and I wanted something that I knew would get me back on the reading bandwagon, so I picked up Harry Potter. I’ve not read any of the Harry Potter books in years, since before I joined Goodreads back in 2012 so I thought it was about time that I revisited my old favourite!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone may classed as a children’s novel, but it is still as enjoyable as an adult. I’m not going to go into details about the book because I find it very hard to believe that due to the popularity of the books and the film series that there is a single human being reading this blog post that doesn’t know the basic premise of the books.

What I will say is that when reading the first instalment of Harry Potter again, I noticed a few little bits and bobs that hint at things to come in future books and I also noticed bits of the story that I hadn’t noticed the first few times of reading. I was a child when the Harry Potter books came out and my Dad used to read me the books at bedtime,  so all of the books hold a very special place in my heart. The amount of influence that J.K Rowling’s books had on me is immense, and it’s all most fully down to the Harry Potter series that I am a fully fledged fantasy lover.

If for some bizarre reason you’ve never read Harry Potter, then I urge you to go and pick up this book. If you’ve not read Harry Potter for a long time, then I urge you to go and pick up this book. If you’ve read Harry Potter recently but you love it, then I urge you to go and pick up this book. You can’t go wrong with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (even if it’s not the best book in the series!).

Perfect – Cecelia Ahern

Everyone knows how I much I love Cecelia Ahern and her writing. So every time I get the opportunity to read her books, of course I jump at the chance to pick them up. I loved Flawed, and as soon as I realised the Ahern was writing a sequel, I got exceptionally excited about it.

Flawed follows Celestine North as she lives in a society where going against what is deemed ‘acceptable’ results in being branded Flawed. After standing up for an elderly Flawed man on the bus, Celestine faces being branded Flawed herself and along the way she begins to see just how flawed the society she lives in actually is.

As this is the sequel in the duology, I’m not going to go into details because I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone. What I will say is that this book could not have come at a more appropriate time. With the current political climate in both Britain (with us leaving the EU) and in America (with Donald Trump as President) and all the hate it’s stirring up, this book helps to remind it’s readers about the power that the public and each individual has in the greater good of society.

As always, Cecelia Ahern’s writing is powerful and moving. Her writing is inspiring, and will instil a motivation to be a better version of yourself as you read the novel. Her writing will make you question your own views of the world around you and any prejudices that you may or may not hold. And I will say that she writes a damn good lead male, because I fell a little bit in love with Carrick throughout both of the books.

The Flawed series is one of the best Young Adult that I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a long time, and although the plot is quite political, the books are very easy to read and almost impossible to put down. I would highly recommend both books.

Five out of Five stars.

Wild – Cheryl Strayed

I love walking and hiking, so this book has been on my radar for a while and I finally decided to purchase the audiobook from audible. I’ve read so many mixed reviews about the book, so I was unsure about what to expect when I started listening to the book on my commutes to work.

First thing first, can I just say how lovely the narrator of this audiobook’s voice is? She has one of the most soothing, relaxing and easy-to-listen to voices that I’ve ever heard and that alone made listening to the book good. I often find that the narrators voice can distract from the storyline (some of the voices are downright annoying), but her voice suited this book to a tee.

Now on to the actual book. I understand why some people rate this book so poorly, it’s definitely not a classic, but that’s not what the book is about. The book tells the story of Cheryl as she hikes her way along the Pacific Crest Trail and the moments that led her to the trek. Yeah, she slept around and cheated on her husband (which I don’t condone) and yes she did heroin (again, not condoning) but without talking about them, her book wouldn’t the real story. Again, she moans about the task at hand and also about what led her to doing to trail, but realistically who wouldn’t reflect and moan as they hiked through hundreds of miles of American countryside, especially when doing it on there own?

What I liked about this book was that it inspired me. It made me want to spend time outdoors and to go on a walking and camping holiday, which I think is one of the main points of this book. We live in a society where we’ve become so wrapped up in everyday life and often we turn to Drs and medicines to seek help, when the outdoors and some time away from normality can do all the wonders in the world.

I don’t think that the point of this book was to be ground breaking, or to be something that is taught in schools. The point of this book was for Cheryl to share her story of the Pacific Crest Trail and to pass on the knowledge that she learned as she went. And this it does very well. It’s her story to tell, and tell it she did.

Four out of Five stars.

March TBR Pile

Hello!

I didn’t do quite as well with my reading in February as I would have liked (I only read ONE book, what!?), so I’m hoping to get back on track again this month. I’m not giving myself too big of a goal, but I really want to get back into listening to audiobooks on my commute, so hopefully that will help to up my reading game!

1. Wild – Cheryl Strayed: Does this count as cheating because I started this is February, but I’m hoping to finish this audiobook this month. I’m loving it so far, the narrator’s voice is so relaxing (which probably doesn’t make it the commuter audiobook). I like how the narrative combines the walking and adventure with the stories about the past so seamlessly.

2. Charlotte’s Web – E.B White: Okay, so this definitely counts as cheating. I started reading this at the very start of February, but I left it at my parent’s house when I stayed over for the weekend and I’ve only just got it back this weekend. I’m loving it so far, it’s terrible that I’ve never read such a popular and classic child’s book before. I need to finish it this month!

3. Happy Mum, Happy Baby – Giovanna Fletcher: Is it weird that I purchased this book, despite not having a child, nor having any intention of having children at any point in the near future? Having said that, I’m very excited to listen to Giovanna narrate her way through her trials and tribulations of parenting!

4. If You’re Lucky – Yvonne Prinz: Okay, so this is terrible of me but I received this book months and months ago for review and I’ve still not managed to get round to picking this book up. So, I think it’s time to perhaps finally get round to reading. I don’t even remember what the book is about, but I’m planning on leaving it like that because I like a surprise read every now and again!

What books are you planning on reading this month?