Monday Catchup 26th September – 2nd October

This week I’ve read two books to meet my target, but had to leave ‘Me Before You’ to sneak in between reads in October. Considering I had a bad week, I’m happy enough with that.

Read Last Week

 
When Ellen starts dating Tom, she neglects to mention that she’s a huge fan of the band he used to be in, because that just wouldn’t be cool, would it?
 
Ellen also keeps quiet about how she once spent an evening with Tom’s ex-best friend Jasper, her long-term celebrity crush. Tom doesn’t need to know about that, it’s all in the past.
 
Enjoyed this book, it was a fun light hearted read!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The thirty-first of October usually marks the start of the party season in the Benson Edwards household but, having recently lost his beloved cat Fishy, little Jack, aged eight, isn’t ready to celebrate.
 
When the rest of the Bensons and their neighbours decide to throw a Halloween fancy-dress bash in an attempt to cheer Jack up, however, not everything goes to plan as Mark and Ronnie play a ghostly prank which inadvertently sparks a local scandal.
 
By the time Bonfire Night rolls around, will their neighbourhood relations be up in in smoke? And will Jack have rediscovered his sparkle?
 
I completely forgot about this until recommended to me on Twitter (Thanks Laura!) when asking for a light hearted novella. Definitely made me miss the Benson’s even more!

Reading This Week

I know, it’s only a few days into October and I’m already differing from the reading plan, but I couldn’t resist reading these, and they’re pretty short.
 
 
Hear the tale of Beauty and the Beast from an unknown perspective: the Beast’s.
 
How did a handsome prince, once jovial and beloved by his people, become a bitter and reclusive monster?
 
Find out in this story of vanity and arrogance, of love and hatred, of beastliness and, of course, beauty.
 
Words fail me on how excited I am for this book. DISNEY!!!!!! They also have a Wicked Queen from Snow White book, and coming soon, one based on URSULA!!!!!!!!!
 
 
 
 
What if the sleeping beauty never woke up? It should be simple – a dragon defeated, a slumbering maiden, a prince poised to wake her. But when said prince falls asleep as soon as his lips meet the princess’s, it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over.
 
With a desperate fairy’s last curse infiltrating her mind, Princess Aurora will have to navigate a dangerous magical landscape deep in the depths of her dreams. Soon she stumbles upon Phillip, a charming prince eager to join her quest. But with Maleficent’s agents following her every move, Aurora struggles to discover who her true allies are, and more importantly, who she truly is. Time is running out. Will the sleeping beauty be able to wake herself up?
 
Again I cannot wait to read this, and the rest in the series, based on Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast.

Books Bought this week

Bought This Week
Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell
Falling Leaves and Fireworks by Chrissie Manby
Evelyn, After by Victoria Helen Stone
The Problem With Crazy by Lauren K. McKellar
 

Sunday Catchup 19th – 25th September

This week I’ve read one book, so quite disappointing but everyone has good weeks and bad weeks (and this is better than some of my terrible weeks), however my mystery book club book is Me Before You, so should be able to fly through that this week.

Read Last Week

 
Viv arrives at Wildflower Cottage, a tumbledown animal sanctuary, for the summer. Her job is to help with the admin, but the truth is she is here for something much closer to her heart…
 
Geraldine runs the Wildflower Cottage sanctuary. She escaped from her past to find happiness here, but now her place of refuge is about to come under threat. Can she keep her history at bay and her future safe?
 
Despite taking an age to read this, I really enjoyed it. Definitely tempts me to binge-read all of Milly’s past novels in one marathon.

Reading This Week

 
When Ellen starts dating Tom, she neglects to mention that she’s a huge fan of the band he used to be in, because that just wouldn’t be cool, would it?
 
Ellen also keeps quiet about how she once spent an evening with Tom’s ex-best friend Jasper, her long-term celebrity crush. Tom doesn’t need to know about that, it’s all in the past.
 
Sadly I didn’t get round to this book last week, started it, but am less than a chapter in. Enjoying it so far though!
 
 
 
 
 
mebeforeyou
 
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
 
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane. 
 
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
 
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
 

This months book club choice was my favourite book ‘Me Before You’. There was a choice of four books (that this month, I selected) and this was the one voted for by the other members. I’m a sucker for punishment, what can I say?!

Books Bought and Received this week

Received From The Publisher
Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop by Jane Linfoot (HarperImpulse)
Released 30th September (ebook) | 20th October (paperback)
All She Ever Wished For by Claudia Carroll (Avon) Released 6th October
The Christmas Promise by Sue Moorcroft (Avon) Released 6th October
 
Bought This Week
Saving Sophie by Sam Carrington
The Honey Trap by Mary Jayne Baker
 

Sunday Catchup 12th – 18th September

This week I’ve read three books, so I am very happy with that! So that’s only three books left for this months challenge and just under two weeks left, I should find out the final book for my bookclub tuesday, so stay tuned!

Read Last Week

 
Isobel Graves moved to LA determined to be the Next Big Thing. Instead, she is dressed as a giant prawn handing out fliers promoting a fish market. Rather than attending glamorous parties and dating exciting men, her evenings consist of watching box sets with her sort-of boyfriend, whose idea of romance is a late-night drunken text.
 
Where did it all go wrong?
 
When Isobel catches sight of Andrew Parker, her childhood sweetheart, in the background of a TV news story she feels it’s a sign. If she’d stuck with Andrew everything would have turned out better. Now she just needs to find him…
 
Join Isobel as she travels from LA to Devon and to a remote Malaysian island in search of true love.
 
Loved this funny light-hearted read and want to go on holiday noooooow!
 
 
Behind every successful man is a busy assistant and Tina’s boss is very successful. But Tina is tired of being overworked and underpaid. She’s bored of her damp flat and her mounting debts. Then a blip in the expenses system sends Tina a cheque.
 
She’s a good person. But she’s desperate. This isn’t stealing. It’s an administrative error. Right?
 
What would you do if you thought you’d get away with it?
 
This book was a great read, and review should be up in the next week.
 
 
wewereonabreakWe Were On A Break by Lindsey Kelk
Released on October 6th
 
Is it a break? Or is it a blip?
 
‘You’ve just had a holiday,’ I pointed out, trying not to yawn. ‘Wasn’t that enough of a break?’
 
‘I don’t mean that kind of break.’
 
There’s nothing worse than the last day of holiday. Oh wait, there is. When what should have been a proposal turns into a break, Liv and Adam find themselves on opposite sides of the life they had mapped out.
 
Friends and family all think they’re crazy; Liv throws herself into work – animals are so much simpler than humans – and Adam tries to get himself out of the hole he’s dug.
 
But as the short break becomes a chasm, can they find a way back to each other? Most importantly, do they want to?
 
The first chapter of this was such a fantastic opening, loved it as per usual with Lindsey’s books

Reading This Week

 
Viv arrives at Wildflower Cottage, a tumbledown animal sanctuary, for the summer. Her job is to help with the admin, but the truth is she is here for something much closer to her heart…
 
Geraldine runs the Wildflower Cottage sanctuary. She escaped from her past to find happiness here, but now her place of refuge is about to come under threat. Can she keep her history at bay and her future safe?
 
Love Milly’s books, so looking forward to it!
 
 
 
 
 
When Ellen starts dating Tom, she neglects to mention that she’s a huge fan of the band he used to be in, because that just wouldn’t be cool, would it?
 
Ellen also keeps quiet about how she once spent an evening with Tom’s ex-best friend Jasper, her long-term celebrity crush. Tom doesn’t need to know about that, it’s all in the past.
 
This book sounds a great read, especially if the other book I’ve read by Sarah is anything to go by.
 
 
 
 

Books Received this week

Received From The Publisher
The Easy Way Out by Steve Amsterdam (Quercus) Released 3rd November
The Book of Mirrors by E. O. Chirovici (Cornerstone) Released 26th January 2017
One Christmas in Paris by Mandy Baggot (Bookouture) Released 7th October 
 
 

Monday Catchup 5th – 11th September

The first full week of September is complete after the Pokemon Read-a-thon, and while I wish I had finished more of the third book or finished writing all my reviews, I was away for about a week, so had less time than normal so it wasn’t too bad in reflection.
 

Read Last Week

darkwaterDark Water by Sara Bailey
Released 3rd October
 
When Helena returns to her childhood home in Orkney, she is forced to face memories that she has spent half a lifetime running from. Her best friend, the charismatic Anastasia, disappeared after a swimming incident. But what really happened that night by the wrecks?
 
I really enjoyed this book and will be reviewing it as part of the blog tour on 1st October!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
‘I have a voice but it isn’t mine. It used to say things so I’d fit in – to please my parents, to please my teachers. It used to tell the universe I was something I wasn’t. It lied.’
 
Fifteen-year-old Tess doesn’t mean to become mute. At first, she’s just too shocked to speak. And who wouldn’t be? Discovering your whole life has been a lie because your dad isn’t your real father is a pretty big deal. Tess sets out to find the truth of her identity, and uncovers a secret that could ruin multiple lives. But can she ask for help when she’s forgotten how to use her voice?
 
This was the first book of Annabel Pitcher’s I’ve read after hearing good things about her first two, and it was an interesting read, review should be up soon.

Reading This Week

 
Isobel Graves moved to LA determined to be the Next Big Thing. Instead, she is dressed as a giant prawn handing out fliers promoting a fish market. Rather than attending glamorous parties and dating exciting men, her evenings consist of watching box sets with her sort-of boyfriend, whose idea of romance is a late-night drunken text.
 
Where did it all go wrong?
 
When Isobel catches sight of Andrew Parker, her childhood sweetheart, in the background of a TV news story she feels it’s a sign. If she’d stuck with Andrew everything would have turned out better. Now she just needs to find him…
 
Join Isobel as she travels from LA to Devon and to a remote Malaysian island in search of true love.
 
I’ve started reading this (28 pages in) and so far it’s really funny, and the prologue ended unexpectedly.
 
 
Behind every successful man is a busy assistant and Tina’s boss is very successful. But Tina is tired of being overworked and underpaid. She’s bored of her damp flat and her mounting debts. Then a blip in the expenses system sends Tina a cheque.
 
She’s a good person. But she’s desperate. This isn’t stealing. It’s an administrative error. Right?
 
What would you do if you thought you’d get away with it?
 
This book sounds really fun.
 
 

Books Bought and Received this week

Received From The Publisher
A Christmas Kiss by Vicky Pattison (Sphere) Released 20th October
The Singalong Society for Singletons by Katey Lovell (HarperImpulse) Released 7th October
Mistletoe on 34th Street by Lisa Dickenson (Sphere) Released 3rd October 
Silence is Goldfish by Annabel Pitcher (Orion Children’s Books)
Miracle On 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan (HQ) Released 20th October
A Song For Tomorrow by Alice Peterson (Simon and Schuster)Released 9th February 2017
 
Bought
Flowers In The Attic by Virginia Andrews
Sunshine Over Wildflower Cottage by Milly Johnson (Already had paperback but the Kindle Daily Deal was too hard to resist as sometimes I like to flit between kindle and paperback versions)
London Belongs to Us by Sarra Manning
Going Home by Harriet Evans
Blood Ties by Sophie Mackenzie
The Manning Grooms by Debbie Macomber