March Monthly Challenge

Now I’ve been able to read a fair bit more recently, I think it’s time to re-start my monthly challenge to read at least 8 books. So here is my 8 books I plan to read in March! 
 
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The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett (released April 6th 2017)
 
When Gav and Lou move into the house next door, Sara spends days plucking up courage to say hello. The neighbours are glamorous, chaotic and just a little eccentric. They make the rest of Sara’s street seem dull by comparison.
 
When the hand of friendship is extended, Sara is delighted and flattered. Incredibly, Gav and Lou seem to see something in Sara and Neil that they admire too. In no time at all, the two couples are soulmates, sharing suppers, bottles of red wine and childcare, laughing and trading stories and secrets late into the night in one another’s houses.
 
And the more time Sara spends with Gav and Lou, the more she longs to make changes in her own life. But those changes will come at a price. Soon Gav and Lou will be asking things they’ve no right to ask of their neighbours, with shattering consequences for all of them…
 
This book simply sounds fascinating, the synopsis instantly caught my attention.
 
This Love by Dani Atkins (Released March 23rd 2017)
 
Sophie Winter lives in a self-imposed cocoon – she’s a single, thirty-one year old translator who works from home in her one bedroom flat. This isn’t really the life she dreamed of, but then Sophie stopped believing in happy endings a very long time ago, when she was fifteen years old and tragedy struck her family. Her grief has left her scared of commitment and completely risk averse, so she plays it safe and keeps everyone at arm’s length. Sophie understands she has a problem, but recognising it and knowing how to fix it are two entirely different things.
 
One night a serious fire breaks out in the flat below hers. Sophie is trapped in the burning building until a random passer-by, Ben, luckily happens to spot and rescue her. Suddenly her cocoon is shattered – what will be the consequences of this second life-changing event?
 
Loved ‘Our Song’ so much, it was inevitable I would pick this up sooner rather than later!
 
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One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis
 
YOU TRUSTED YOUR BEST FRIEND . . . YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE.
 
Vicky Seagrave is blessed: three beautiful children, a successful, doting husband, great friends and a job she loves. She should be perfectly happy.
 
When she makes a split-second decision that risks everything she holds dear, there’s only person she trusts enough to turn to.
 
But Vicky is about to learn that one mistake is all it takes; that if you’re careless with those you love, you don’t deserve to keep them… 
 
This book is going to feed my need for thriller’s I’ve been feeling recently.
 
On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won’t open.
 
Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it’s too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow , some way, she may also find her way back to her long lost love…
 
I’ve wanted to read this one for a while, sounds magical.
 
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Orange Blossom Days by Patricia Scanlan (released March 9th 2017)
 
In a beautiful southern Spanish town, where the sea sparkles and orange blossoms scent the air, the gates of a brand new apartment complex, La Joya deAndalucía, glide open to welcome the new owners.
 
Anna and Austen MacDonald, an Irish couple, are preparing to enjoy their retirement to the full. But the demands of family cause problems they have never foreseen and shake their marriage to the core.
 
Sally-Ann Connolly Cooper, a feisty Texan mother of two young teenagers, is reeling from her husband’s infidelity. La Joya becomes a place of solace for Sally-Ann, in more ways than one.
 
Eduardo Sanchez, a haughty Madrileño, has set out with single-minded determination to become El Presidente of the complex’s management committee. But pride comes before a fall.
 
Jutta Sauer Perez, a sophisticated German who aspires to own her very own apartment in La Joya, works hard to reach her goal. Then the unthinkable happens.
 
As their lives entwine and friendships and enmities develop, it becomes apparent that La Joya is not quite the haven they all expect it to be…
 
Hopefully this gets me in a summery mood unlike the weather out there right now. It sounds wonderful, and with multiple viewpoints, just my sort of book.
 
One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus (Released June 1st 2017)
 
On Thursday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
 
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
 
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
 
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
 
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
 
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
 
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investi­gators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Thursday, he died. But on Friday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they just the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? 
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
 
I know this is not out for ages, but It sounds soooooo good!
 
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The Escape by C. L. Taylor (Released March 23rd 2017)
 
When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn’t.
 
The stranger knows Jo’s name, she knows her husband Max and she’s got a glove belonging to Jo’s two year old daughter Elise.
 
What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo’s own husband turn against her.
 
No one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there’s only one way to keep her child safe – RUN.
 
I’ve Loved C. L. Taylor’s other books, and by the first chapter I snuck a look at last night, this one’s going to be just as good 
 
The Memory Book by Lara Avery
 
They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I’ll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I’m writing to remember.
 
Sammie was always a girl with a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town as soon as humanly possible. Nothing will stand in her way–not even a rare genetic disorder the doctors say will slowly start to steal her memories and then her health. What she needs is a new plan.
 
So the Memory Book is born: Sammie’s notes to her future self, a document of moments great and small. It’s where she’ll record every perfect detail of her first date with longtime crush, Stuart–a brilliant young writer who is home for the summer. And where she’ll admit how much she’s missed her childhood best friend, Cooper, and even take some of the blame for the fight that ended their friendship.
 
Through a mix of heartfelt journal entries, mementos, and guest posts from friends and family, readers will fall in love with Sammie, a brave and remarkable girl who learns to live and love life fully, even though it’s not the life she planned.
 
I’ve been meaning to read this for a few months, so now is the time!

Monthly Challenge – January 2017

So a New Year is upon us and I am starting my monthly challenge of 8 books again, so here are the 8 I have chosen for this month.

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A Song For Tomorrow by Alice Peterson
I’ve been wanting to read this one for a few months, but it seems a very emotional book and I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to read it. However I think now is the time to give this book a proper go as it sounds like a must read!

My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon
I love Jane Fallon’s books and this one sounds as wonderful as the cake on the front looks.

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Meet Me At Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell
Set in picturesque cornwall, I’ve not read a Jill Mansell book in ages, so this is there perfect opportunity.

We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
I’ve heard excellent things about Sarah Crossan’s last book ‘One’ so was excited when I saw this book, and can’t wait to read it.

 

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The Memory Book by Lara Avery
This sounds really interesting and poignant. I’ve read the first chapter and it was completely amazing, so I have high hopes for the rest of the book.

A Year And A Day by Isabelle Broom
I’m going to Prague at the end of the month, so was hanging onto this book until January so I could get properly in the spirit.

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How To Mend A Broken Heart by Anna Mansell
The cover for this looks really pretty and the story sounds delicate and beautiful.

Miss Wrong and Mr Right by Robert Bryndza
This book looks like it might be really funny, and that might be just what I need as a few of these books look like I’ll be reaching for the tissues!

Monthly Challenge Catch-Up

Well, after two very good months of reading, this month has been poor in comparison, but I can’t be too annoyed as I’ve had a lot on my mind. Thank you to Suze, Tanya and Laura who have been such a great support through this time, it means a lot. Until further notice I am cancelling my monthly challenge, as things aren’t going to get any easier or better for at least a couple of months. This doesn’t mean I’m stopping blogging throughout then, nor will I stop reading, but I know my concentration will be limited so I don’t think I will reach 8 books a month.
 
I’ve read 3 books and listened to 3 audiobook and am a fair bit into another one. So actually on reflection, I’ve done a lot better than I thought I had, but that is only thanks to the audio books!

Books

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This month I started with ‘The Beast Within’ by Serena Valentino which was a fun read. Then to get into the Christmas spirit, I started on my Christmas books. ‘Mistletoe on 34th Street’ by Lisa Dickenson was funny and everything I’ve come to expect from a novel written by Lisa. ‘Miracle on 5th Avenue’ by Sarah Morgan completely took my breath away with how stunning it is!

Audiobooks

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‘A Summer At Sea’ by Katie Fforde was beautiful and summery, a complete contrast to the Christmas books I was reading. ‘How to Find Love in a Bookshop’ by Veronica Henry was utterly charming as I expected. ‘The Secrets of Happiness’ by Lucy Diamond was as good as all her other books, and had some really cute and funny moments!

Currently Reading & Next Few Reads

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I’m reading ‘Single By Christmas’ by Rosa Temple at the moment, it’s funny and Alex reminds me a lot of Becky from Amy Lynch’s ‘Bride Without a Groom’ (which funnily enough I’m reading the sequel of in the next week or so). Becky and Alex could be BFF’s! ‘The Affair’ by Amanda Brooke sounds fascinating and can’t wait to get stuck into it. ‘Does My Bump Look Big In This?’ by Amy Lynch is bound to be outrageous like the first book, in a good way of course!

Books I Received

The Affair by Amanda Brooke (HarperCollins)
Mistletoe on 34th Street by Lisa Dickenson (Sphere)
Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market by Heidi Swain (Simon and Schuster)
All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon (Hodder & Stoughton)
Falling by Jane Green – Part of My Ninjabookswap parcel – Thanks again Jane!

Books I Bought

All About The Hype by Paige Toon
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
If She Did It by Jessica Treadway
The Stranger In My Home by Adele Parks
The Day I Lost You by Fionnuala Kearney
The Missing Husband by Amanda Brooke
Searching for a Silver Lining by Miranda Dickinson
The Loving Husband by Christobel Kent
New Beginnings by Fern Britton
 

Monthly Reading Challenge – September 2016!

During most of August I have been taking part in the Pokémon Indigo league readathon and I’ve read 8 books in 3 weeks, which is amazing because since the beginning of June till the readathon started on August 14th, I’d only managed 11 of books. So in the last 3 weeks I’ve read a lot more than usual, and I couldn’t be happier.

I think the read-a-thon has made me more focused, and i’ve really knuckled down and not let myself get as distracted as I can be normally. I made a TBR which meant I wasn’t umming and ahhing about what to read and while there have been a few changes to the TBR, it was natural choices, not the days I end up normally choosing.

I found myself wishing that I could spend every month in a read-a-thon. So I thought, why not? I’ve set up some basic rules for myself and aim to read 8 books a month, so a little less than the 8 in 3 weeks, but it gives me some room if something comes up, or if I can read more, then fantastic. One of them will be my book club book, and at least one will come from books I’ve bought.
With the ReadThemAllThon there was a challenge to level up your pokémon which was part of the reason I felt so focused, so I’m still going to use the same points premise (1 point per 10 pages read, 20 points completion bonus and 20 points for review bonus), but instead of levelling up pokemon, if I reach 500 number of points I will reward myself with something yet to be decided.