(mostly reading)

(The more I started to read, the more I wanted to waffle on about the books that I have been reading. Of course. So I usually write a blog post at the end of each month now instead of these little snippets. You can see what I have mostly been reading in 2016 by clicking here but below if you keep scrolling you will find the books that I read in 2015. I hope that makes sense? Anyway, hoorah for books! All of the books!)

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December 2015

(I love The Versions of Us it explores the idea that one decision can change the whole course of your life. Utterly fascinating. Girl, Interrupted was recommended to me by my daughter and I couldn’t put it down! I’m not sure how I haven’t read it by now? And last but by no means least we have A Christmas Carol which has become a bit of a tradition for me and one that I enjoy very much) 

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November 2015 

(I can’t decide if I liked The Lemon Grove or not, the characters were all hateful and it had such an abrupt end that I was left feeling a little unsure. The Story of Us was a bit wishy washy to be honest but Life, Death and Vanilla Slices was superb. I love Jenny Eclair! The best thing about I Love Dick was the title. Seriously. What a load of codswallop. The writer is so far up her own bottom that I am surprised that she can see to type. And last but by no means least we have one of my very favourite books of the year – The Girl on the Train. It lived up to every bit of hype I loved it!) 

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(To be fair, this month I have mostly just been reading The Paying Guests – it took me weeks and weeks and weeks! Great book though and the kind of writing that demands to be read slowly if that makes sense? Would definitely recommend as one of my favourite books so far this year. The Memory Keepers Daughter has been on my shelf for years and I’m trying to make an effort to catch up on old books as they always get bumped further down the pile by new books. But I have to say that I didn’t enjoy this book at all. I’m glad I finished it but it really upset me. I found it so difficult to read on so many levels. And last but by no means least we had The Book of You which was utterly terrifying but utterly fantastic! Another must read!)

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(The Day We Disappeared was one of those brilliant books where you just don’t see the twist coming I loved it. Big Little Lies was yet another amazing book from Liane Moriarty she can do no wrong in my eyes I do wish she would keep them coming. Then last but by no means least, the much awaited Go Set A Watchman which made for difficult but utterly brilliant reading. A corker of a month.)

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August 2015

(I bought the Alice books for my nine year old but couldn’t resist reading them for myself. You’re never too old to read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland! They were my absolute favourite when I was a little girl and I hope she loves them half as much as I did. Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery was a follow up from Jenny Colgan but to be honest I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first of these books it just felt like the storyline was running a little thin the second time around. Sorry! I really wanted to like Indiscretion but the characters were just hateful. I plodded on until the end and to be honest, that was the best bit! Ha!) 

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(I’m not going to lie, I tried to fit in as many books as possible before the children finished school for the summer knowing that I just won’t have the chance for the next six weeks or so! The Vacationers as you might have guessed is a lovely easy holiday read. Emma by Alexander McCall Smith was an absolute delight and has shamed me into wanting to read the original Austen as I don’t think I ever have. The Followers was superb but really very dark and left me feeling quite upset because I became so attached to the characters. An absolute must read though Rebecca Wait is a truly brilliant writer. I love Lisa Jewell and I seem to have missed some of her more recent books so I’m playing catch up. I really enjoyed The Third Wife. Now that brings me to Frog Music by Emma Donoghue and I hate to say it but this book really wasn’t for me. I have never read anything by her before so I’m not sure if it was her writing style or just the story itself but at times it felt like words for the sake and words and really hard going. That will teach me for buying a book just for the pretty cover! Ha!) 

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(All amazing but very different books this month including my friend Cari Rosen’s new book Northern And Proud It. I first met Cari on Twitter and I seem to remember us first bonding over our northerness so this was a particular treat to read! I thought I had read all of Freya North’s books but a couple seem to have passed me by so I’m playing catch up here with The Way Back Home which was superb. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh is up there as one of my favourite books so far this year it really is a gripping thriller. I knew her when she was just a blogger you know and now she is quite rightly topping all of the best sellers lists. Amazing writer.) 

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May 2015 

(Oh what a month! Life After Life by Kate Atkinson is one of my all time favourite books so I was very excited when the companion book A God In Ruins was released this month. And it didn’t disappoint. I found Mrs Hemingway absolutely fascinating. Ladies of the House was another fascinating read but I can’t help but feel that it had a bit of an abrupt ending but maybe that was because I didn’t want it to end. The Rosie Effect was a great follow up to The Rosie Project and really just as good which is rare in a sequel. I haven’t read To Kill A Mockingbird since I was at school but I thought it was time for a re-read with the release of Go Set A Watchman next month. I had forgotten just what an amazing book it is.)

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April 2015 

(I was sent a signed proof copy of Coming Up Roses by Rachael Lucas more on that in a later post but it will be available to buy from May 2015. Knowing that I was being sent this new book from Rachael, I also re-read Sealed With A Kiss and Sealed With A Christmas Kiss on Kindle which aren’t shown here. Along with Bryony Gordon and Jill Mansell, it was a bit of a girly month! I loved Three Amazing Things About You I think it is my most favourite book of Jill’s yet and I’ve read them all!)

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March 2015 

(This month has been such a good month for books. I honestly couldn’t pick a favourite out of this lot if I tried I loved each and every single one of them!)

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 (This month was a bit of a mixed bag but a good mixed bag. Dead Man Talking is from the new Quick Reads range and was just that. A very quick read. Great idea if you are looking to get back into reading for fun. It’s Not Me It’s You is Mhairi McFarlane’s latest book and I absolutely loved it. I’ve loved everything she has written so far. The Guest Cat was a quirky little Japanese book and I think it’s one that I’ll be back to read again. The Last Anniversary wasn’t my favourite from Liane Moriarty but I did enjoy it. She is such a good storyteller. My Family and Other Disasters has been on my bookshelf for a while now and it’s a collection of Lucy Mangan’s columns so great for reading in small bursts.) 

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January 2015

(This month was all about the comfort reads. Five of my very favourite books. I can’t resist picture books for grown ups and This Is For You by Rob Ryan and The Man With The Dancing Eyes by Sophie Dahl are two perfect examples of that. I don’t think Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte or The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald need any explanation. And as for One Day, I think you might have already heard how much I love that book right here.)

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