My Page-Turning Favourites For 2018

At the beginning of the year I set myself a goal to read 14 books. I figured that would work out at roughly one per month. Adding on an extra one or two for the holiday beach reads give or take. Actually, the number of Books I’ve Read In 2018 has actually surpassed that goal, which I’m really pleased about.

I didn’t get around to reviewing all the books unfortunately. Reviewing more books is definitely going to be a goal for next year! If I haven’t reviewed the books, I’ve popped a link to Goodreads, so you can check them out.

Winter

Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Frazzled by Ruby Wax 

The Girl Before by JP Delaney

Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Spring

The Legacy Of Old Gran Parks by Isobel Blackthorn*

Granite Grit by Lee Cooper*

Life Satisfaction: A Scientist’s Guide by Leo Lafferty-Whyte*

It’s Always The Husband by Michele Campbell

The World is Never Enough by Sarah Donohue*

Summer

The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

The Other Woman by Sadie Jones

He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

The Right Hand Man by Lee Cooper*

Cheer Up Love by Susan Calman

Skeletons by  Jane Fallon

Autumn

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland 

A Gift from Woolworths by Elaine Everest*

Twerk by Isobel Blackthorn*

The New Girl by Ingrid Alexandra

 

My top five favourite books of 2018

There have been quite a few amazing books I’ve read this year. There are some that I would definitely recommend that if you haven’t read, you might want to pick up.

  1. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
  2. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  3. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
  4.  The Right Hand Man by Lee Cooper
  5. Twerk by Isobel Blackthorn

 

Do you have any good book recommendations? I would love to hear!

Lots of love,
Helen xoxo

* I was kindly sent the book to review. However, all opinions are my own

Book Review: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

I can’t say anything more than, this book is just BRILLIANT! I could not put it down, so thank goodness it’s half term.

I’ve looked at this book a few times by the till in our local Sainsburys and I’d heard a few people rave about it and I thought well why not. I expected it to be more chick lit, but it’s it’s not! It’s a fast paced and gets your heart racing with the twists and turns. You think you know the answers, but do you…

Anne and Marco had a dilemma when the baby sitter cancels. Do they still go to the neighbours for dinner? The neighbour doesn’t want your six month old baby in their house as she’s a fussy baby, she’ll cry. Anne and Marco decide to go to their neighbours and check on baby Cora every half an hour. Everything is fine until they realise the front door is open and she’s gone.

I haven’t read such a great book in such a short sitting for a while.

It has to be a 9/10.

Have you read anything similar to fill the now void in my life?

Lots of love,  Helen xoxo

Blog Tour: Christmas at Woolworths by Elaine Everest

I don’t know about where you are, but it is starting to feel slightly chilly outside here. That means only one thing; Christmas is around the corner! With that said, I was sent the most perfect book to review to get me into the Christmas mood.

The book set in 1942 and follows the lives of the Woolworths girls; Sarah, Maisie, Freda and shop manager, Betty. The shop provides both sanctuary and friendship for the girls, as they live in the uncertainty of wartime. Sarah’s husband Ian, will soon be called up to the Air Force. Maisie, meanwhile, attempts to balance her desire for a family against doing her bit for the war effort. Freda’s brother is fighting in the Navy. Betty, the rock for the girls, lost her fiancé Charlie during the Great War in 1917 and gave up on love every since.

We see the twists and emotional turns faced by each of the women. Do loved ones survive? Can love find a way? With so much change, can their friendship survive the war?

It is a lovely heart-felt read and for that reason, I have to give this book a 8.5 out of 10. It would make the perfect little stocking filer! The book also gave a chance for a slice of nostalgia, having grown up in a time where Woolies was one of our great high street institutions.

The book is due for release on 2nd November 2017.

The blog tour which will consist of reviews, author content and giveaways runs from 23rd October – .5th November. I have attached the details of the full tour.

Lots of love, 

Helen xoxo

Book Review: Blog Wonderful by Dana Fox

Looking to start a blog, or just interested in blogging? Here comes another great book ram packed full of tips and tricks from the very talented Dana Fox. 

I love Dana’s books. One of my favourites is the 365 Blog Topic Ideas. So, I was really excited when I spotted this book. 
The book covers everything to help you get starting with a blog. One of the top pieces of advice she gives is about knowing where you want to go with your blog. I think this for me was the bit I never really though properly about. I just wanted to write about everything I love and sometimes it ended up as a bit of a mishmash 😉
The book also goes through the essentials like choosing between Blogger and Word Press to eventually making money with your blog if that is what you desire. 
I think the best piece of advice I took from the book is: one thing you must never forget is to enjoy what you do. That for me is key. 
Thanks for reading, 
Lots of love, 
Helen xoxo 

Book Review: Jane Fallon Strictly Between Us

From the author of some of my favourite chick lit, including Getting Rid of Matthew and Foursome, comes this great book…

Jane Fellon reminds me of my Manchester commuter days. I never even used to notice 50 minute journey, I was that absorbed. The characters she creates are so plausible that you literally feel like your best friend is talking to you over a cuppa or a glass of wine.
I was hooked from the first line of this book. You can’t help but feel some torn emotion toward Tamsin as she sets out with the best intentions… I really don’t want to give any more away, but trust me you will love this! I read it in days – you won’t want to put it down.
I now have that devastated I’ve finished the book feeling. You know that it has been an amazing book when you feel like that 🙂

What have you been reading lately?


Lots of love, 
Helen xoxo