I‘ve decided Finance and Investment Banking are not things I’ll be doing long term. I have said to friends before that I’d love to own a café and experience a more relaxed way of life. However, in reality a café would not be relaxing at all – it would be 5am wake-ups and annoying customers. So instead, my growing interest in books and reading has lead me to think I’d like to own a bookshop. I would love the satisfaction of finding someone a book they adored once they told me of their interests or what style of book really tickles their fancy (travel, food, erotic fiction, historical – or maybe they’re just my favourites).Read More
For 2018 I kicked off my reading challenge with a goal of 35 books. I’m on track at the moment with over 400 listed in my ‘to-reads’. But! Not all books are created equal, here are my 5 star rated reads for the year so far:Read More
I‘ve powered through another bunch of books in the past months (in fact I’ve read another three since I started this post!) and thought I’d add some further notes on each book in case you’re looking for your next read. Get stuck in!
This year I have realised how much I fucking love reading. If I had a profile on Tinder it would say; Hobbies: reading & wine. Preferably together. In fact my reading list contains 342 books, I don’t have time for you. Swipe left. Phil thinks my reading is anti-social, I’ve offered many times to read aloud so he can enjoy too, but he’s having none of it. Instead he watches football, reads the newspaper or cleans the flat. One does not need to sit and stare at their significant other for hours on end. He knows I love him, even when I want space and don’t want to be in the same room as him.Read More
I have got well into the swing of my 2017 reading list. I am knocking them back like a 17 year old with countless jaeger bombs on Spring Break. Let me break these down for you, see what takes your fancy – so you can be prepared for your upcoming summer holiday and not be disappointed when the only book you packed is a complete bore.Read More
The premise and synopsis of this book intrigued me. However, reading it was somewhat different. I’ve not read a book about Irish Travellers so found parts of this book very interesting, but the actual writing, if you can call it that, was painful.
I adored this book. All the characters sung to me.
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!
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.