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After a while away from Monday posting here I am again! It’s not that I haven’t been reading but working weekends and not having anything scheduled leaves holes in the blog! 😦 Better organisation is much-needed.


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Keep checking back for the review – I will link it up to this post and onto Goodreads 😀

Currently Reading

I feel like I have reached a bit of a stalemate between myself and my pile of books.

At the moment the books that I am considering for reading are

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This book was a recommendation by a member of staff in my favourite Foyles store due to my search for a book like The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas. I wonder will it live up to the wonderful recommendation.

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With a yearning to delve into the classics I picked up a copy of this at my local second-hand bookshop – the place is a cavern for EVERYTHING new and old and I generally come out with a handful of books I do not need but so desperately want.
My copy of this has a different cover but I couldn’t find a picture so will take one later.

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This was sent to me last year from what I can remember and I now have three from what I can only call a series.
I am yet to read any of Ali McNamara’s books but if they are anything like my usual type of chick lit read I am sure I will enjoy it.
This one in particular I have actually started so I just need to get into it and speed through the series so I can catch up to the new release of From Notting Hill with Four Weddings Actually as that is patiently waiting in line and is released very soon.

If you were me, which would you pick?

Or would you be ambitious and go for all three as they are all completely different types of read.

This could be a very interesting week!




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

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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

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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

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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.

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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: The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Little Beach St Bakery

What it’s all about:

Polly Waterford is recovering from a toxic relationship. Unable to afford their flat, she has to move miles away from everyone, to a sleepy little seaside resort in Cornwall, where she lives alone above an abandoned shop.

And so Polly takes out her frustrations on her favourite hobby: making bread. But what was previously a weekend diversion suddenly becomes far more important as she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, and each loaf becomes better and better. With nuts and seeds, olives and chorizo, with local honey (courtesy of local bee keeper, Huckle), and with reserves of determination and creativity Polly never knew she had, she bakes and bakes and bakes . . . And people start to hear about it.

Sometimes, bread really is life . . . And Polly is about to reclaim hers.

My Thoughts:

Half reading and listening on the go this book was just the most delightful thing and such a nice mind relaxer. The first book that I actually wanted to read in a while and waited patiently for. On Wednesday when I woke up to get ready for my night shift there was a package and on opening I squealed a little as IT WAS HERE! Needless to say on the way to work I started to devour Colgan’s latest book and did not want to put it down.

After the first couple of chapters I have to say I was not enamoured as usually by this point of reading there is a fair idea about what is happening in the book. Currently I was lost but unwilling to give up. Powering through and swapping here and there from Audible back to Paperback the pace was increased and my love for the story and characters grew. Colgan’s descriptive writing is just fabulous as it really helps the reader get into the book and feel as though you are part of it.

Laughing and at some points on the edge of tears this book was most certainly more of an emotional read than others written. The main character Polly was the girl next door with a broken heart and home that just wanted to start again. At some point in our lives I think all of us can identify with at least 50% of that description and it really hit home. Upping sticks and starting again in a new town where ‘nobody knows your name (!)’ is what I can only imagine as one of the most difficult things you could contemplate let alone get on and do.

The ramshackle town of Mount Polbearne (In Cornwall) is described as off the beaten track (quite literally) and if the tide is up then you have no hope of getting in or out. The perfect remote location to gather your thoughts and start afresh right? Tearing away from her friends, family and the life that she thought was her forever more Polly treks to ‘the isle’ with a sad, sorry box of belongings and gives it a damn good go.

With her happy-go-lucky charm and a smile painted on with her puffin by her side Polly kneaded on and made something that was ‘just for her’. Struggling with the current owner, land lady and town spokesperson (or so it seemed!) Polly woke at the crack of dawn and went to sleep in the dead of night trying to prove the point that she really was good at what she did – Baking Bread (and other doughy treats!). Proud of her accomplishments she could finally open up her heart and begin to live again. When tragedy struck the little village that she now calls home everyone pulled together for remembrance, song, dance and just a general good time.

Wedding and baby booms aside this book really is something special and a great read to remind you that it is the little things that count. Also if you want something there is nothing but yourself standing in the way of fighting to get it. With plenty of puffin jokes this book is by far highly recommended. I could tell you that it has a sad or happy ending but I won’t as I really think you should read it for yourself. But I will leave you with this song that may make you weep into your pillow but may not until you have read the book!

I wish I was a fisherman
Tumbling on the seas
Far away from dry land
And its bitter memories
Casting out my sweet line
With abandonment and love
No ceiling bearing down on me
‘Cept the starry sky above
With light in my head
You in my arms



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I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to the lovelies at Little Browns Books UK – Sphere who sent me this book for review. It was just wonderful 😀

Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop by Jenny Colgan

Christmas @ Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop

The back of the book says: 

Rosie Hopkins is looking forward to Christmas in the little Derbyshire village of Lipton, buried under a thick blanket of snow. Her sweetshop is festooned with striped candy canes, large tempting piles of Turkish Delight, crinkling selection boxes and happy, sticky children. She’s going to be spending it with her boyfriend, Stephen, and her family, flying in from Australia. She can’t wait.

But when a tragedy strikes at the heart of their little community, all of Rosie’s plans for the future seem to be blown apart. Can she build a life in Lipton? And is what’s best for the sweetshop also what’s best for Rosie?

Treat yourself and your sweet-toothed friends to Jenny Colgan’s heart-warming new novel. The irresistibly delicious recipes are guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit and will warm up your Christmas celebrations.

My Thoughts:

Jenny Colgan has done it again. An easy to read, delightful festive book that tickles the taste buds with tantalising christmas recipes at the end and a story to warm even the stoniest of hearts. We are plunged into Rosie Hopkins’ life in Lipton once again and get to see her struggle through the trials and tribulations of keeping everyone she loves happy and forgetting herself entirely.

A bit of a weepy when things go wrong but that is exactly what was needed as a connection to the character was really ensued. My only problem is that I started to get irritated with Rosie as many situations could have been made a lot simpler but she bulldozed her way into complications.

It was nice to be re-acquainted with Lilian and Hetty and see how each character develops into something different from first impressions. There are a couple of surprises along the way that had me holding my hand over my mouth and gasping as well as wiping away the tears with my sleeve.

As I think it is a seasonal must read I wont be saying much about the plot. I will however say the ending left me a bit up in the air and I want to know more. I wonder if there will be another book . . .

From: Sphere (Imprint of Little Brown)

Pages: 389

Rating: rating4*worthy fix27 days until christmas