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She reads, she watches and sometimes she goes outside

I read as often as I can. I watch a lot of movies and I love to walk and cycle. Most of my reading is fluff for relaxation.

Currently reading

The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?
Rick Warren
15th Affair
Maxine Paetro, James Patterson
Love on the Range: A Looking Glass Lake Prequel (Looking Glass Lake Series Book 0)
Rebecca Nightsong
Robot Coconut Trees: Break Through Writer's Block, Unleash Your Creative Voice, and Become the Writer You Already Are
Kelsey Horton
The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel
Neil Gaiman, Neil Gaiman
One Summer In France
Bev Spicer
Two Are Better: Midlife Newlyweds Bicycle Coast to Coast
Tim Bishop;Debbie Bishop
The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp
Eva Rice

The 12 Step Program (Book #1)

The 12 Step Program (Book #1) - Kay Springsteen, Kim Bowman A quick and simple read. Light easy and nothing surprising. Well actually that is not true. It stops on a cliffhanger which wasn't to my liking. This story definitely has more in it.

I liked the characters - simple and clear and easy to relate to. I thought the style was breezy and easy and the relationship to the 12 step program was well handled.

Payback and a Bottle of Merlot: Like Sisters Series Book One

Payback and a Bottle of Merlot: Like Sisters Series Book One - Bria Marche An easy and fun read. Nothing complicated or serious. I liked the main characters, I liked the story moving along quickly and the light descriptions seemed to work. It was not a deep book in any way but that was fine. I would recommend this as an in between read or something to read when life is a bit busy.

Public Property

Public Property - Mandy Baggot This is the sequel to a story I enjoyed quite some time ago. I did enjoy reconnecting with a few of the characters but felt it was not a great sequel for me. The story was good and there were a few twists I definitely didn't see coming but I didn't connect with the setting and the characters as well as I did with the first book. It was nice to revisit but I think I would struggle to read any more about them - even if the story felt like it ended quite abruptly for me.

Dating You / Hating You

Dating You / Hating You - Christina Lauren This was a light read. The characters were easy to understand, the writing style was mostly clear. I found this a good easy read between more demanding stories. I did find that I was kind of waiting for it to end and no big surprises kind of disappointed me but on the other hand it did not demand much which was what I felt like.

I would not read anything else by the same author for a while but I would read again perhaps on holiday or at a stressful time.

Light and a good example of that.

Never The Bride (Dilbury Village #1)

Never The Bride (Dilbury Village #1) - Charlotte Fallowfield, Book Cover By Design, Karen J Great easy read. Whizzed through this as it was light and well written. Style was easy to follow and gave enough detail not to feel like a short story. The descriptions and characters jumped ahead a little bit fast at times but you filled in the gaps as the story developed. I think it probably could have been a bit slower in parts but on the other hand it was not boring!

Last Night, When I Prayed

Last Night, When I Prayed - Sunshine Rodgers, Hector Acosta I received this book through BookLikes and I found it an interesting read for children. I received an ebook so for my reader there were a couple of layout issues that were not massive but weren't great.

The illustrations were really vivid, the language was good. I would share this book with some children and maybe adults I know but I am aware it was some pretty heavy content. It would be of interest to people dealing with a hard point in their lives.

The book deals with the unseen realms around us and I think sometimes that can be upsetting. This book handled the subject well though.

The Summer of Naked Swim Parties

The Summer of Naked Swim Parties - Jessica Anya Blau I enjoyed the style that this was written in - very evocative of the period. I found the characters interesting but for me it didn't go "far enough". I felt there could have been more surprises/developments and it ended rather abruptly for me. It was however a nice conclusion and the story did tie together with the style throughout

Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Café

Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Café - Milly Johnson A good example of this writer. I like her style of following several characters through the story and then it all coming together in the end. It makes for a lovely light holiday read. This is definitely not a reality check kind of book, more of a happily ever after if you like that sort of thing

Here Come the Boys

Here Come the Boys - Milly Johnson I enjoyed this but for me it was a bit short and finished quite abruptly. I liked the characters and the details and it was an easy read.

It's Raining Men

It's Raining Men - Milly Johnson This book had some great characters and I did enjoy it. It struggled a bit with pace and was a bit slow for me in parts which is why it took me so long to read. Light and uplifting in the end but a bit of a slog in the middle

Emergency Exit

Emergency Exit - Gerald Hansen This book took a while to get going for me. I enjoyed the main character and especially the cross cultural elements. I found a few characters completely unbelievable but I think that might be the point.

It was a good explore of what happens when you operate with a completely different "compass"

I would recommend this book as a fairly light read - its not all flowers and chocolates though. The style is very easy to read and you just need to keep the time period you are in correct in your head or you will wonder why a particular person is doing or saying something. That said it wasn't too hard to pick up and keep reading. If you like a bit of a twist but a strong end this is for you.

Truly Madly Guilty

Truly Madly Guilty - Liane Moriarty I was surprised that this felt like a "harder read" than some of the other Liane Moriarty books I have read. I am not sure I identified with enough of the characters or their situations but it was still skillfully woven around very ordinary lives. I tried it back during christmas and gave up on the hardback for another more topical read and didn't get back to it until the beginning of this month. I tend to read most days in my lunch breaks so maybe this would be suited to a holiday read (longer sessions of reading). I found it wasn't much of a "can't put it down book" and I don't think I ever stayed up later than I should have trying to get to the next bit.

The style was similar to the Big Little Lies and Three Wishes though which for me were much more gripping reads. I like her style and the way in which the details are written in very vividly. Basically I can't get enough of these books and the only reason I didn't give it five is that my expectations are probably quite high given the twists/reveals in earlier books so I might have been looking for more of a surprise journey. However I cannot fault the writing or the story or the pace. Maybe I just needed not to be sitting reading in the rain in the suburbs as it felt a little too ordinary at parts :)

Would recommend for fans but not necessarily as your first taste of the author.

Second Life

Second Life - S.J.  Watson I found this book heavy going in places. I am not sure I was ready to dislike the main character quite as much as I did. It is difficult to write a less than sympathetic core collection of characters and this is a good example of it being done quite well.

I liked some of the details/descriptions and style this was written but overall for me it was a bit grim. I think if you like these sorts of "tied up tightly together" stories it is well written.

I found the pace was slow for the last 1/3 of the book but that may have been again related to not identifying well with the core characters and therefore not feeling empathetic to their situation. I appreciate this is my interpretation and I cannot fault the writing - it is just not for me in this case.

The Last Day

The Last Day - Emily Organ Well written, good characters but a little more detailed descriptions would have helped in some parts (would have made it a longer book though)

I enjoyed the set up and the threads that continued right through the story. In a lot of ways not much happened but somehow it was still a good read.

Just the Way You Are

Just the Way You Are - Lynsey James a bit boring to be honest. i expected a bit more as I have liked other books by the author but I will try again with another read

One Plus One

One Plus One - Jojo Moyes i realised about a quarter of the way through that I had already read this some time ago. It was an easy and uneventful read (well except for all the little dramas I couldn't remember). Probably not my favourite by this author but I would try others as in general I do enjoy Jojo Moyes