This post is later than I had planned because near the end of June I started to read Outlander and wow it’s a LONG book! But I decided to finish it and include in the June pile as I was really enjoying it. Now I’ll be reading less than usual in July – maybe I’ll pick the shortest books on the TBR pile though.
So this month I read two proofs that were sent to me by publishers – Truth or Dare which was an enjoyable teen book about a girl and boy who start a truth or dare YouTube channel to raise funds for his sick brother. How To Stop Time was a clever and moving story of a man who has a condition that means he ages super slowly and how he has to hide his secret from the world. I really enjoyed this one and it’s going to be a film staring Benndict Cumberbatch which I think will be brill.
My next read was a bargain supermarket buy and was a moving women’s fiction story based on a real life singer who had cystic fibrosis called A Song For Tomorrow.
But my choice for book of the month for June is Outlander. I’ve had this on my shelf for ages after buying it for £1 from a clearance box. I saw adverts for the TV series and thought it was about time I read it.
It’s a real romp of a book. Claire finds herself swept from 1940’s Scotland back in time to the 1700’s and has to try to survive in a time where superstition and violence run riot. It’s a massive book and it immediately transports you back in time and really evokes what life was like in the Highlands back then. Key to the story though is the romance Claire has with a young Scot called Jamie despite being married in her own time.
This book was a total guilty pleasure. Full of sex and violence, it’s no wonder it’s been such a best seller and I was completely drawn into Claire’s journey and swooned over Jamie with her. I will have to read the sequels and try the TV show too.
What did you enjoy reading in June? Any recommends for me? Are you an Outlander fan?
This month I neglected my pile of non-fiction books and read five novels instead. Two were books that I’ve been meaning to read for years – The Secret Life of Bees and When God Was A Rabbit, which I read along with thriller I Found You, the YA story The One Memory of Flora Banks and the black comedy serial killer book Sweetpea so a diverse mix for sure!
I love reading a mix of genres but I do have a big soft spot for coming-of-age stories so I knew that I’d enjoy The Secret Life Of Bees but my favourite read this month was this one:
When God Was A Rabbit is a quirky, moving and almost fairy-tale like coming-of-age novel about a brother and sister growing up in 70’s England. The first part is their childhood then we jump into their twenties and follow their story as adults. The book is both funny and sad and the voice of Elly pulled me in from the first page. I just loved this quirky family and their ups and downs and could have read about them until they were eighty. I will definitely pick up the author’s other books now. Definitely one for my top books list.
What did you love reading this month?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is my all-time favourite book. I have lost count how many times I’ve re-read it and watched the BBC adaptation! I love it so much I just can’t help but buy new editions of it when I spot them.
I just saw this new edition from Macmillan, and nabbed it. I love the gold edges to the paper and its miniature size:
It joins my large and rather fancy White’s edition:
And then my Penguin paperback for when I actually want to read it and not just admire on the shelf:
I picked up this one this year from Waterstones and it’s a lovely black leather hardback:
This caught my eye and had to be added to the collection! There are some lovely pictures to colour alongside quotes from the book:
I love how there are so many ways to package one book! I think I’ll always be drawn to new editions of this book and it will need a whole shelf to itself soon.
Do you buy new editions of your favourite book? Is there another edition of Pride and Prejuduce I should have?
When you are nervous to switch on the news because the whole world seems to be descending into chaos, fiction becomes an escape route, you get to enter into different worlds from your own and lose yourself in someone else’s story which naturally has a happy ending.
We could all probably do with a bit of an escape this week so here are my favourite feel-good reads to help. These are books I’ve re-read when I needed a pick-me-up:
Anna and The French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins
I Capture The Castle – Dodie Smith
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
On The Island – Tracey Garvis Graves
Losing It – Cora Carmack
The Help – Kathryn Stockett
Slammed – Colleen Hoover
Easy – Tammara Webber
And, of course, Harry Potter!
And if you’re in the UK and you need another fiction escape my debut novel is just 99p on Amazon Kindle now!
What are your favourite feel-good reads? Tell us in the comments below!
This Saturday is Valentine’s Day, which means it’s a perfect time to pull out a romance and snuggle under the covers and fall in love with a new book boyfriend. I thought I’d share some of my favourite romance novels with you depending on what mood you’re in when Valentine’s Day rolls around ….
If you want a high school romance ….
If you want to try a New Adult romance, my favourites are …
If you want a romance that will also make you laugh …
If you want to cry ….
If you want to escape …
If you’d enjoy a coming-of-age love story …
If you want fantasy mixed in with your romance …
If you want a dystopian take on love …
If you want a classic romance …
What other romances would you recommend?
Dancing in the Fire released 26th February – pre-order the e-novella now on Amazon, iNooks, Nook & Kobo
There is always colour to be found
Autumn is drawing to a close now, the fallen leaves are losing their colour but I don’t mind because that means December and Christmas is fast approaching. The Coca-Cola holidays are coming advert has been shown on TV which traditionally means the holiday season is upon us. I love this time of year and am already preparing.
I have a Christmas jumper and slippers all ready to go!
The shops are starting to decorate and I bumped into this big guy in a local garden centre and naturally I had to get a picture with him 🙂
I have also started my annual mince pie addiction 😦 I have also made my annual Christmas CD purchase . This years is Leann Rimes’ One Christmas, which this appears on:
I realised that the one area that I never really festive up is my reading so I decided to purchase a Christmas themed novel this year – Christmas Party by Carole Matthews and am looking forward to diving into it!
And now to start the present buying …
How do you start the countdown to Christmas?
Probably the best / worst thing about the internet is its capacity to enable your obsessions. My current obsession that is being enabled by the internet is looking at hedgehog pictures. Yes – my name is Vicky and I’m addicted to finding cute hedgehogs online.
Because I love you guys I can’t leave you out of this obsession and I shall share my favourite hedgehog pictures with you today (all found via Google images, I own nothing especially a hedgehog, which is really sad 😦 )
Now that I’ve shared my obsession, I want to hear yours! What can’t you stop looking at online? (Um, keep it clean folks 🙂 )