Friday, 12 February 2016

Reading Challenge 2016

So this year I've set myself (with a little help from Goodreads) to read 75 books in 2016.  As you all know I am an avid reader and to aid my progress I have set up a separate page to share my reads from 2016.
January's reads look a little like this;
* The Book Lovers - Victoria Connelly - Callie Logan is a children's author who after the breakdown of her marriage, relocates to a tiny village in the heart of Suffolk in the gloriously names Owl Cottage. Happy to seclude herself away and her books, fate throws not one suitor but 2 in the guise of Leo; a man at home in the elements and countryside and Sam the local owner of Nightingale books.
Victoria's description of the Suffolk countryside is gorgeous and bought back lots of lovely memories of my time in this part of the country and spending time with family that live there. Also having been to Victoria's home in this part of the world Owl Cottage is really bought to life for me. I really enjoyed this book and with the introduction of many characters I look forward to the next book in the series. Delightful.
* Meet and Delete - Pauline Lawless - 3 friends; Megan, Viv & Claire find themselves all single  and sharing a house together in their 30's. They turn to On-line dating to find their "Mr Right", what they do find are some Mr Nice, plenty of Mr Never-again and lots of adventure in between.  This book has sat in my "To read "folder for a while and when I started it I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it; along with the fun and friendship it also deals with some family angst along with lots of laughter. Fans of Cathy Kelly will love this.
*  Meet Me in Manhattan - Claudia Carroll - Holly Johnson is a budding journalist and thinks that she may have found her perfect guy On-line  - the only issue is that he lives in America and she lives in Dublin...after 3 failed attempts to meet up in her city; she decides to cross the Atlantic and surprise him in New York... however not everything is as it seems and Holly gets the shock of her life when she finally tracks down her mystery man. Suddenly Holly's life is tipped upside down and her future, job and life all become a little bit of a nightmare. - This was a fun read, with fabulous moments in New York. (gave me a warm Manhattan hug) and gives a great insight into the Catfish elements of online dating. Claudia Carroll really does write a very clever rom com adventure.
* What would Lizzy Bennet Do - Katie Oliver - Katie Oliver has done it again and put her own twist and style on a classic. Lizzie Bennet has been in love with Hugh Darcy for years, however when he returns to the family estate after many year, he is accompanied by a fiancé - Holly James. Holly is completely unprepared for Hugh's life as lord of the manor. With a film crew shooting Pride & Prejudice in the grounds of Hugh's stately pile and the dastardly Mr Wickham (Holly's ex) setting his sites on one of the Bennet sisters a summer on the English Riviera looks far from tranquil. - a fun read, perfect for all fans of Austen. Look forward to reading Emma Bennet's adventure next.
* Stirred with Love - Marcie Steele A sweet story of finding a family & friendship in the most unlikeliest of places.. Lily owns the run down cafe and whilst grieving for her husband she advertises for some help to put some life back into her cafe. Kate & Chloe apply and a beautiful story of friendship across generations unravels as they embark on their new adventures opening the cafe as a coffee shop. This story spans 3 generations and as well as being very sweet and lovely, it can at times be heartbreaking. .. looking forward to Marcie's next book.
* Its Now or Never - Jill Steeples When smooth-talking Alex Fellows tells Jen Faraday he can predict her future – and leaves a note with the bartender for her to collect in one year’s time – she thinks it’s just a line. After all, how can a man she’s known for only one night see what her future holds? - Fun read and characters that you warm to quickly. Loved the relationship with Jen and her Gramps. Resonated lots with me as I too had a Gramps. An easy read that absolutely brightened my January gloomy commute... especially as Alex Fellows is quite delicious.
My final read for the month is the autobiography of the gorgeous Dan Carter - All Blacks flyhalf and rugby legend. - Halfway through and I am gripped; fascinating read of a boy who became the David Beckham equivalent of the Rugby world. With the 6 nations kicking off on February and my fabulous autumn of World cup rugby this was the perfect non-fiction book to kick-off 2016 with
Along with the challenge to read 75 books; 12 of those are to be factual as opposed to fiction and I am hoping to tie them in with my current affairs of that month!... watch this space

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Friday, 12 February 2016

Reading Challenge 2016

So this year I've set myself (with a little help from Goodreads) to read 75 books in 2016.  As you all know I am an avid reader and to aid my progress I have set up a separate page to share my reads from 2016.
January's reads look a little like this;
* The Book Lovers - Victoria Connelly - Callie Logan is a children's author who after the breakdown of her marriage, relocates to a tiny village in the heart of Suffolk in the gloriously names Owl Cottage. Happy to seclude herself away and her books, fate throws not one suitor but 2 in the guise of Leo; a man at home in the elements and countryside and Sam the local owner of Nightingale books.
Victoria's description of the Suffolk countryside is gorgeous and bought back lots of lovely memories of my time in this part of the country and spending time with family that live there. Also having been to Victoria's home in this part of the world Owl Cottage is really bought to life for me. I really enjoyed this book and with the introduction of many characters I look forward to the next book in the series. Delightful.
* Meet and Delete - Pauline Lawless - 3 friends; Megan, Viv & Claire find themselves all single  and sharing a house together in their 30's. They turn to On-line dating to find their "Mr Right", what they do find are some Mr Nice, plenty of Mr Never-again and lots of adventure in between.  This book has sat in my "To read "folder for a while and when I started it I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it; along with the fun and friendship it also deals with some family angst along with lots of laughter. Fans of Cathy Kelly will love this.
*  Meet Me in Manhattan - Claudia Carroll - Holly Johnson is a budding journalist and thinks that she may have found her perfect guy On-line  - the only issue is that he lives in America and she lives in Dublin...after 3 failed attempts to meet up in her city; she decides to cross the Atlantic and surprise him in New York... however not everything is as it seems and Holly gets the shock of her life when she finally tracks down her mystery man. Suddenly Holly's life is tipped upside down and her future, job and life all become a little bit of a nightmare. - This was a fun read, with fabulous moments in New York. (gave me a warm Manhattan hug) and gives a great insight into the Catfish elements of online dating. Claudia Carroll really does write a very clever rom com adventure.
* What would Lizzy Bennet Do - Katie Oliver - Katie Oliver has done it again and put her own twist and style on a classic. Lizzie Bennet has been in love with Hugh Darcy for years, however when he returns to the family estate after many year, he is accompanied by a fiancé - Holly James. Holly is completely unprepared for Hugh's life as lord of the manor. With a film crew shooting Pride & Prejudice in the grounds of Hugh's stately pile and the dastardly Mr Wickham (Holly's ex) setting his sites on one of the Bennet sisters a summer on the English Riviera looks far from tranquil. - a fun read, perfect for all fans of Austen. Look forward to reading Emma Bennet's adventure next.
* Stirred with Love - Marcie Steele A sweet story of finding a family & friendship in the most unlikeliest of places.. Lily owns the run down cafe and whilst grieving for her husband she advertises for some help to put some life back into her cafe. Kate & Chloe apply and a beautiful story of friendship across generations unravels as they embark on their new adventures opening the cafe as a coffee shop. This story spans 3 generations and as well as being very sweet and lovely, it can at times be heartbreaking. .. looking forward to Marcie's next book.
* Its Now or Never - Jill Steeples When smooth-talking Alex Fellows tells Jen Faraday he can predict her future – and leaves a note with the bartender for her to collect in one year’s time – she thinks it’s just a line. After all, how can a man she’s known for only one night see what her future holds? - Fun read and characters that you warm to quickly. Loved the relationship with Jen and her Gramps. Resonated lots with me as I too had a Gramps. An easy read that absolutely brightened my January gloomy commute... especially as Alex Fellows is quite delicious.
My final read for the month is the autobiography of the gorgeous Dan Carter - All Blacks flyhalf and rugby legend. - Halfway through and I am gripped; fascinating read of a boy who became the David Beckham equivalent of the Rugby world. With the 6 nations kicking off on February and my fabulous autumn of World cup rugby this was the perfect non-fiction book to kick-off 2016 with
Along with the challenge to read 75 books; 12 of those are to be factual as opposed to fiction and I am hoping to tie them in with my current affairs of that month!... watch this space

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