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 means I have to forgo taking any proper books with me, favouring digital ones instead. I took a long time to come round the idea of a Kindle when they were first released, sneering at people who used them! But…

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 with me, recognising the word Cat and shouting it when she sees it!   Later, Gator! By Erik Brooks Another short and sweet tale of a Gator that moves house. He gets lonely though and misses his friends so decides to…

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!) along with a lovely little bundle of literary goodies!  I needed a kick up the backside to get reading again so it was lovely to be offered a book that’s turned out to be a proper page turner! I read…

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 Debit and even send a free e-card if you’re buying as a gift for someone else! I’ve never really thought about magazine subscriptions as a gift before, but really they’re the gift that keeps on giving, for 12 months at…

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 put down. I liked how the other characters in the book seemed so real, as much effort put into each of them as the protagonist. It was also difficult to decipher what was going to happen next, always a sign…

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 hyped a bit! Overhyped: John Greens books in general. I sort of enjoyed The Fault in our Stars, but everything else I read of his was just so formulaic and repetitive. Maybe I should stop reading young adult books, eh?…

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 it! Win win! Here’s my round up of the last few book club books, and i’ll hopefully have another post soonish on other things i’ve been reading recently too! A Single Breath – Lucy Clarke 4/5 Set in both England…