August Book Round Up

So at the start of the month I put up a list of books that I planned on reading. This is the post that lets you know how I got along over the course of the month with my reading. For Once in My Life, Marianne Kavanagh, Books, Reading, Review, Fiction, Relationships, Blog A Book Etc


I finished this off early in the month and have to say I really did enjoy it.
Check out my Review

Our Tragic Universe, Scarlett Thomas, Books, Reading, Fiction, Canongate, Blog A Book Etc

I have started this book and only reached up to page 30 before I had to put it down. There are two reasons. One – this book is nothing like The End of Mr Y and I LOVED that book. This is the moment that I stop comparing and just get the hell on with it. The other reason is that I have been sent a book by the lovelies at Sphere publishing to read and review by the 28th (Hmm?!).

Bridget Jones, Helen Fielding, Books, Reviews, Reading, Fiction, Chick Lit, Blog A Book Etc

So – about this book! I started to read it and couldn’t get past the couple of pages as apparently Bridget Jones is a mother?! I may be the only person that doesn’t know this as I also may be the only person that hasn’t read the other books. I have however seen both movies and do not recall her being pregnant. Maybe I will have to re-watch! For that sole reason I just had to stop reading as I don’t really see the point in reading about something that I do not know about!

mill river redemption

This is one that I did not intend on reading until I was asked to by the 28th for review purposes. Sadly I was unable to meet the deadline due to sickness etc. However on reading it now I can tell you the review will be positive as the story is just lovely.

What have you read this August?




This wonderful meme is the brainchild of Sheila from Book Journey. Sadly due to work commitments I do not partake as much as I would like. However my toe is dipped in the water enough to be classified as lukewarm!

This week there has not been much reading going on over a Blog A Book however I am aiming to catch up with myself – after the steak dinner and glass of red my friend will imminently provide.

So the nitty-gritty . . .

Currently Reading

Our Tragic Universe, Scarlett Thomas, Books, Reading, Fiction, Canongate, Blog A Book Etc

This book is surprisingly difficult to get into and my feelings towards it at the moment are far from positive. However thinking back to The End of Mr Y – I will stick with it for another 50 pages and see how I go.

Finished Reading

For Once in My Life, Marianne Kavanagh, Books, Reading, Review, Fiction, Relationships, Blog A Book Etc

All I need to say here is Marianne Kavanagh is a great writer and just all out lovely person. Her book was enjoyable as you can read HERE and she is just so sweet which you can see HERE.

Next To Read

Bridget Jones, Helen Fielding, Books, Reviews, Reading, Fiction, Chick Lit, Blog A Book Etc

As listed in my books to read in August this is the next book on my list that is one out of my pile of many that have been sitting there for some time. HOWEVER . . . There are a few books that I received the other day that I really do want to get stuck into. Take a look.

Books, Blogger, Book Blogger, Reading, Paulo Coelho, Adultery, Hutchinson Books, Penguin Random House, Penguin Books, Penguin, The Mill River Redemption, Darcie Chan, Little Brown Books UK, Sphere Books, Sphere Publishing, Sphere, Little Brown, What I Had Before I Had You, Sarah Cornwell, Harper Perennial, Harper

Nice little pile there right! Am I not a lucky girl! Well I think so anyway! Relevant thank you’s have been sent out over t’internet via the wonderful Instagram – click on the link you know you want to see what I get up to!

How is your Monday going so far?

REVIEW: For Once in My Life by Marianne Kavanagh

For Once in My Life, Marianne Kavanagh, Books, Reading, Review, Fiction, Relationships, Blog A Book Etc

Back of the Book

Tess and George are soul mates. They’ve just never met each other.

They both live in London. They went to the same university. But throughout their twenties, despite their shared friends’ best efforts, they never come face to face. And now they’re stuck with partners who don’t understand them and jobs that make them unhappy, always settling for second best.

Finally they meet at a friend’s thirtieth birthday party. Can they disentangle themselves from their former lives and grab hold of their one chance to be together? Or is it too late?

My Thoughts

This is one book that I would like to talk about each character however as there are quite a few it would probably be one of the longest posts I have ever written. So in the spirit of getting to the point there will be two sides with many overlapping points as that is just how the story goes. The two characters that I will be discussing at what may seem length will be the main focus of Tess and George.

Firstly let me say when I got this book a couple of weeks ago I honestly did not think it would be as good as it was. Also that the writer would be such a gem. Check out her site she is just fabulous.


A vintage loving twenty something who seems to be consistently on the edge of a mid-life crisis way before her time. As timid as a church mouse, many people if given the chance would walk all over her. This may seem incredibly unfair to say but she is a bit of a doormat. Although with her soft personality she is a hopeless romantic who believes in soul mates and what seems to be eternal love. With this I can identify. It seems that whenever this is admitted there is always someone waiting to ‘just let you know’ that it is a crock of ish!


A piano playing jazz loving band manager who although living in the shadows or pretty much everything around him inside wants to push his way to the top of the tree and play for the stars. His belief is that his band really have what it takes if they put the work in. Now this is not something to be sneered at, if people had this general work ethic things might actually get done around a workplace rather than complacency taking over. George is an entity unto himself – especially when he starts playing and loses himself in the music.

Both Tess & George have a group of friends who cross paths many times that I almost couldn’t keep up with the who’s who. But once in the story it was hard to get lost. Each character was loveable in their own way and you just couldn’t help but feel attached and slightly protective.

My, my, what a tangled web we weave! 

As their joint set of friends have endless attempts at getting Tess & George to meet the years pass by with mounting speed. As the years pass life moves on however for Tess & George the pace seems glacial. They manage to lose themselves in other peoples lives and dreams and leave themselves until last. Property is exchanged, a wedding is had and eventually a child crops up. Despite all of these goings on Tess and George still manage to miss out on the wonderment of each other.

It gets to the point where I was sitting on the edge of my chair urging them to somehow bump into each other. Of course it didn’t happen until it was too late – or so I thought. I will not be giving anything away as to what happens between the two. Whether it is a happy or unhappy ending is completely up to you – but I would advice you to read it.

The book is heavily based around the story of soul mates and relationships which really is something that is close to home with me. One more reason to fall in love with the book. Everyone seems to be connected in one way or another and as you go through the book the links will start to fall into place and even some of which are quite unexpected. A story full of the trials and tribulations of real love.

When I reached the end of the book although it is all left to your imagination I appreciated this as it was up to me to concoct whatever story I thought would be appropriate at that point. This is the part of the book that really tests whether you are an optimist or pessimist.


rating4* worthy fix


IMWAYR, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, Books, Reading, Book Blog, Blog A Book Etc

Many Monday’s have passed with lots of goings on including reading, writing and just general life. However I have missed out on the weekly meme to update you lovely people on my not so exciting life. So here goes!

Currently Reading

For Once in My Life, Marianne Kavanagh, Reading, Books, Fiction, Chick Lit, Blog A Book Etc


This is one book that I have picked up and put down quite a lot. However that is only due to lack of time, the writing style is fun and fancy free which means you can dip in and out without losing track of the story line. The copy that I have looks like a large print book however it is just quite a big page size – which I love.

On Friday I posted a list of books that I hope to finish in August and For Once in My Life is one of the three. Looks like I better get a move on.

Next to Read

Our Tragic Universe, Scarlett Thomas, Books, Blogging, Reading, The End of Mr Y


Already a fan of Scarlett Thomas from reading The End of Mr Y many years ago this book has been on my list for quite some time and I will finally get around to it after my current read.

Finished Reading

The Unfinished Symphony of You & Me, Lucy Robinson, Books, Reading, Fiction, Chick Lit, Blogging

This book was a great read. My review has been posted HERE.