Reading: My Holiday Reading list 2017

I’m in full planning mode for my holiday next month, I’ve written a packing list, more or less worked out an outfit for each day, and topped up my Kindle app with new books! For this holiday I’m going hand luggage only in a bid to save fifty quid! I’ve got the luxury of staying with a friend so I can use her washing machine half way through my stay to save on clothes packing, and ‘borrow’ some of her toiletries too. However using a backpack instead of a suitcase…

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What the Kids read: Books about animals

This months favourite books are all animal related, purely coincidentally though!   This Is NOT a Cat By David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka Set in ‘mouse school’ this book cleverly only uses the five words from the title, the rest of the story is told purely through the fun pictures to show the little mice learning about what is (or is not!) a cat! Short and sweet and perfect for children of all ages as Arlo loves to hear it being read and Athena loves to try and read it…

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Recent Reads May 2015 & my to read list

I set myself a challenge to read 30 books this year, after managing fifty two last year, yes I am aware that challenges should be greater than previously achieved but I have a new baby okay?! So I’ve only read a couple of books in the last month or so, but my ‘to read’ list keeps on growing!       Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty This was sent to me by Penguin (who we all know I love as I have a a penguin logo tattooed on my wrist!)…

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I’m a magazine.co.uk blogger!

I’m very excited to announce that I am now a magazine.co.uk blogger! If you’re not familiar with them then go familiarise yourself! Basically you can start a subscription for yourself or as a gift for someone else and choose from hundreds of titles, great discounts and free delivery on every subscription too. Divided into plenty of categories to help you find magazines that interest you, the choice is practically endless! The site is very easy to navigate, you can pay for subscriptions with credit/debit or paypal (hurrah!) or set up a Direct…

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Recent reads: January 2015

Here’s a run down of what I’ve read in January. If you missed it then I did a round up of favourite (and not so favourite) books that I read in 2014 here Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch. I loved this book, insane amounts. I had read Secret History, but enjoyed this a whole lot more. It follows the life of Theo Decker, through some pretty nasty  life experiences. I can’t even put my finger on why I liked this book so much, but I genuinely found it hard to…

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2014’s books, the good and the bad

In 2014 I set myself a challenge to read 50 books, and kept track of my progress on Goodreads. I’m fairly chuffed with myself because I actually exceeded it by 3, finishing 53 books. Above are some of the books I read throughout the year, and if you want to add me as a friend on there just click the button below! I’ve reviewed a few books throughout the year in monthly-ish roundups (reviews are here) but wanted to highlight my favourites, and a couple that I think were over…

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Recent reads– #BahlsenBookClub

  As part of the Bahlsen Book Club I love having a new book to read every month that requires no choosing on my behalf. It’s normally only ever on holiday when I run out of books and attack the hotels shelf of ‘left behind books’ for the only English ones that this ever happens, normally I dither and faff over my choice and put too much thought into it. Also, not only do I get a great book to read, I get to scoff some delicious biscuits whilst i’m at…

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Recent reads: July & August

  Book reviews of some of the books I read in July & August! Click for other book related posts. Firstly I read three John Green novels in the space of ten days. I regret this course of action now because I have discovered a more than vague similarity in plot line in the three that I read, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherine’s: Geeky boy has nobody but a couple of other geeky boy friends. Geeky boy meets cool unattainable girl who is cooler than you can ever imagine.…

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Book review & giveaway: Vanilla Salt

Vanilla Salt is the debut novel from Ada Parellada, a respected chef. It follows the story of Annette and Alex, their past and their present, and their struggles to keep their restaurant afloat (but for different reasons!) The character of Alex is a typical chef (I should know, I’ve worked with lots as a hotel manager!) he is fiery, rude and arrogant. In stark contrast Annette is a shy Canadian who has decided to relocate to the Catalan region to start afresh. Packed full of mouth-watering descriptions of recipes and…

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Recent Reads: May & June

Book reviews of some of the books I read in May & June! Click for other book related posts. The Forgotten Daughter – Renita D’Silva A book as part of the Bahlsen Book Club. At first glance I thought it might be a ‘real life sob story’ (which tend to be badly written and not much fun to read) but it wasn’t so I was happy! The Forgotten Daughter plays out the story of three women, whose lives become entwined in ways they never realised could happen. It is set mainly in…

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What the baby read: Weather & Zoos

Now Athena is becoming a lot more interested in books I’m seeking out titles that are more interactive for her. Pop up books are still not quite safe to be left with her for solo ‘reading’ sessions but good for our before bed reading times when we’re together. These two books were sent to us by Egmont publishing for us to enjoy together and review.     Weather: a pretty awesome pop up book, it’s actually impressive how everything is stuck in so it leaps right out of the page!…

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What I read in April

As one of the Bahlsen Book Club members I was sent a copy of ‘The School Gates’ by Nicola May to enjoy with a couple of packs of biscuits… If you’ve never heard of Bahlsen biccies before then you are missing out! The Leibniz ones have chocolate on top that are impossible to eat without nibbling round the edges first! Each month I’ll be reviewing a book for them, along with a few other bloggers. You can keep up to date on twitter here: #BahlsenBookClub and there is currently a…

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