Leigh Bardugo – Crooked Kingdom

Unfortunately, like the first book in this Duology, this book was a book of two halves for me. I started reading it in September, and have only just finished reading it now in December. The first half felt soooooo slow for me and I just wasn’t feeling any compulsion to keep reading, but I wanted to finish this year without a big list of half-finished books so I forced myself to pick this back up, and somewhere just after half way I...

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Matt Haig – A Boy Called Christmas

An audio-book narrated by Stephen Fry? Glorious! Matt Haig takes on this story of a young boy called Nikolas who finds himself on a wild adventure with his mouse friend Mika for a companion, and ends up blossoming into someone quite familiar. We start the book as Nikolas’ father leaves him to go on a quest to find the Elves. He leaves Nikolas with his mean and spiteful aunt who makes Nikolas sleep outside, and serves him a quite...

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Giovanna Fletcher – Walking on Sunshine

Disclaimer: I was given this book before publication in exchange for a review from NetGalley. I also don’t need to add a disclaimer for this, but it’s probably worth mentioning that Giovanna is one of my favourite authors so I was pretty convinced that I was going to love this book before I read it. I had no idea what to expect except for the title, but the book was heart warming in a way I didn’t expect. At the start of the book...

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Milly Johnson – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day

When this book came out in hardback last year, I waited eagerly but patiently for the paperback release (to complete my collection of Milly’s paperbacks). And what a perfect time of year to read it. Not only is it the perfect Christmas book, but I also happened to read most of it over the weekend where we ended up in a temporary winter wonderland with 3 days of snow (and as the plot of this book played out in real life at the Tan Hill...

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Kiley Reid – Such a Fun Age

I’ve had this book on my radar for a long time, and decided to pick it up with my latest Audible credit. Let’s just say that some of my dog walks went on for longer than usual because I didn’t want to stop listening! Fast paced in terms of plot, but also full of characterisation, I was gripped from the very first chapter when Emira is at the grocery store and racially profiled by the security guard. As a white woman...

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Sarah Turner – Stepping Up

Disclaimer – I received this book in exchange for a review from NetGalley. I had no idea what to expect from this book other than I have read some of Sarah Turner’s other books as The Unmumsy Mum. The cover looked intriguing but I went in completely blind as to the plot. So by page 7 my heart was in my mouth waiting for confirmation of the awful news that Beth is waiting for too. All I can say is that the author did such a...

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James Bailey – The Flip Side

Although I absolutely love this genre, this was a little unusual for me in that the main character was a man not a woman. I worried that this might make it less relatable, but Josh is such a likeable character that you can’t help but root for him the whole way through. And boy does he need someone to root for him. We begin the book with Josh and his girlfriend on the London Eye on New Year’s Eve. What a perfectly romantic setting for a...

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Leigh Bardugo – Six of Crows

This was a book of two halves for me really. After reading the Shadow and Bone trilogy, I found the start of this book really slow to get going. I started reading it in June and got about 100 pages in before I just wasn’t feeling it and I put it down in favour of other books. But then when I picked it back up last week, either the book just picked up or my brain was more in the mood for it but I was suddenly gripped and couldn’t stop...

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Diana Gabaldon – Dragonfly in Amber

I have slightly mixed feelings about this book. I was so invested in Claire and Jamie after the end of book one, but starting this book with Claire back in the ‘present day’ made me wonder what we could possibly be about to read. We start the book introduced to Roger, who ends up helping Claire and her daughter Brianna in their endeavours to do some ‘family research’, trying to figure out what happened to Jamie after Claire was no...

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Carrie Hope Fletcher – On the Other Side

I basically love everything that Carrie Hope Fletcher does, and I was very happy to get this book on Audible, so not only was it written by Carrie, it was narrated by her too. We start the book meeting Evie Snow. She has just passed away at age 82, but she finds that not only can she not get into heaven, she’s her 27 year old self again. Her soul is too heavy to get into heaven and she needs to deal with three of the secrets that have...

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Julia Quinn – The Duke & I (Bridgerton #1)

I’ve been wanting to read this book since we binge-watched the Netflix series over Christmas, so it’s been a long time coming! I bought this book from Waterstones a couple of weeks ago, and then on a trip to Costco I managed to get the next 4 books in the series super cheap, which was a bonus! I’m pleased to say that I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed the Netflix series – it was slightly less...

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Beth O’Leary – The Switch

I’m sure we can all agree that characters agreeing to switch lives is quite a common occurence in romance – not just in books but films too – like one of my favourites, The Holiday. But I can honestly say this was not like all the rest. I’ve definitely never read a book where one of the swappers was 79 years old, and I’ve definitely never read a book with a 79 year old like Eileen! Leena’s life is kinda...

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Laura Jane Williams – The Lucky Escape

So Annie’s life is not going too well. She arrives at her own wedding to be told that her husband-to-be is not there. And he hasn’t even had the bravery to tell her himself, he’s texted the wedding planner and disappeared. Understandably, Annie falls apart a bit. But when she signs up for a local gym to get herself back together, she bumps into an old friend Paddy and he seems to really make her smile...

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Jasmine Guillory – The Proposal

I read this book as an audio-book, and unfortunately I think my experience of it may have been clouded by the fact that I just didn’t get on with the narrator. Her voice really grated on me for some reason and it made listening to the book feel like a real drag. That doesn’t mean that you wouldn’t like the narrator though, she just wasn’t my cup of tea (even listening at 1.5x speed to try and improve things). I’m...

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Leigh Bardugo – Ruin and Rising

Given the explosive end to the second book in the series, I couldn’t wait to get started on this one. But unlike the first two which I devoured in days, this book took me weeks to get through. I just didn’t find the pace as quick as the first two and I wasn’t gripped like I thought I would be. The plot was great, full of twists that I didn’t see coming, full of bright moments despite the despair they were all feeling...

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Leigh Bardugo – Siege and Storm

It will be impossible to write this review without spoilers, so don’t read if you don’t want to risk it! After the ending of the first book in the series, I don’t think I even waited before picking up this one, I was so eager to know what happened to Alina and Mal. What I didn’t expect was for their time together to go bad so quickly – less than 20 pages in and things were going south pretty quickly. I was so...

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Leigh Bardugo – Shadow and Bone

Leigh Bardugo has been on my Waterstones wish list for ages, but has been one of those authors where I’ve always thought ‘maybe next time’…. That is, until I watched the first episode of the new Shadow and Bone series on Netflix and I immediately knew I was going to need to read them first so I could make the world my own before being shown what someone else thought it was like. I’m struggling to write...

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Jojo Moyes – The Giver of Stars

You know a book is good when you just completely forget that you’re reading. And I read this entire book in a single day because I was so enthralled by the story and the world created within. Set in the 1930s, Alice is a young British woman who has just married a gorgeous American man and moved across the world to a small town in Kentucky. She thinks she’s the luckiest girl in the world, but when they get to Kentucky, things...

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The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

Robert Jordan – The Eye of the World

So…I started reading this book in January…2019. I made it around 100 pages in, but it felt like a struggle and I just couldn’t find that compulsion to keep reading. With 700 pages left to go, I simply gave up. But I hate leaving books half finished, so I finally came back to it again two weeks ago (and 2 years after starting). It turns out that the point I gave up the book was just on the cusp of it getting really exciting...

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Rachel Morgan – The Memory Thief

I downloaded this book at the beginning of the year when apple books were giving away a lot of free audio-books, and I didn’t really know what to expect. I hadn’t read any blurbs or anything, just that it was a cinderella re-telling. I was a bit surprised when I realised it was Fae and Vampires, but this was one of my favourite genres about ten years ago, so I was excited to give it a go. Elle is a human girl, bound to her...

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Laura Jane Williams – The Love Square

I’m not going to lie, I only really bought this book because it’s narrated by Carrie Hope Fletcher, who I really love. She has such an emotive voice and a way of bringing stories to life, so I would probably buy any book that she narrates (there’s nothing worse than a great story ruined by a poor narration). It took a while for this book to warm up for me, it felt like I’d been listening quite a while before I felt...

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