This was a very easy read; the Post family head on holiday to Mallorca, escaping their dismal lives, full of lies in Manhattan. Of course, all the cans of worms open and chaos ensues. None of the characters grabbed me, nor were they colourful enough for me. A little predictable, but an easy, enjoyable read nonetheless. Perfect for a holiday or aeroplane novel!
As an adult there are not many surprises left when it comes to gifts. So this year in a bid to get my other half something personal and romantic (proper mushy), I am surprising him with a homemade advent calendar. One of my good friends was browsing in Tiger when she spotted the DIY advent calendar and asked me if I wanted her to pick one up. I quickly jumped at the idea as whilst my other half is a full grown man, he has in recent weeks shown interest in the advent calendars at the supermarket that are aimed at younger generations.
I have decided to fill the 24 shutters with a note per day to say the many reasons why I love him (the mushy bit) and pair it with a small gift, chocolate treat or sexy coupon.
I love the way you say “sponge”.
The best bit is that we fly to Prague early in the morning on December 1st so I will wake him up with his calendar surprise making it all the more exciting before we hit the Christmas markets in the centre of the Czech capital. I love that he has no idea it’s coming and he won’t be expecting anything like it. I just have to keep telling him he’s too old for an advent calendar until the 1st.
Only a week and a bit to go of keeping this charade up, because at Christmas, you’re never too old to be spoiled and surprised.
A quirky and deeply affecting charmer of a novel, Lily and the Octopus is funny, wise, and utterly original in its exploration of what it means to love any mortal creature. This brave little dachshund will capture your heart, as will her prickly, tenderhearted, and irresistible owner. Don’t miss their adventures together.
To tell you anything of the plot would spoil the experience. Just read it.
I haven’t read The Art of Racing in the Rain, but I’m hearing and reading that the two books have a similar concept. It definitely needs to be on my to-read list.
Gripping. This book kept twisting and turning in ways I could not have expected. I could not put it down and flew through the dark and suspenseful chapters.
Losing a child must be one of the most unsettling experiences ever. To then not be able to trust your husband and family makes it even more devastating. As this family try to locate their 6-month old daughter more and more secrets and deviances come out of the woodwork.
As a debut novel, I am now excited to see what Lapena publishes next!
This is a book that had been sitting on my Kindle for 15 months before I finally got around to reading it. Yes, I ordered this book in mid 2015. It would have been one I read about on Amazon and splurged on, then kind of forgot about. I can’t believe a gem like this was hidden away on my Kindle, because oh my God, what a gripping book! I devoured it in 10 days.
I love all things about old, historical, English estates and the families that fill them. This book had twists and turns I didn’t expect. It covered family secrets and sorrow and the coming of age for four siblings.
Jumping between the now and then, interlinking the two storylines together so cleverly you can’t help but warm to the characters. It’s an easy read, with great description of each character you feel you can see them.
I gave it 5 stars.
Hilarious. Sometimes serious, but a good mix the with funny moments. Some chapters must have been hard for Schumer to write, sharing very personal life moments. But the overall book is heartfelt with great humour running through it. There was the odd bit that I felt were overdone – but for the book as a whole – I’d recommend it for a summer read, if you’re looking for something light and easy to read.