100 Book Challenge? – It Definitely Was!

Well I set my self a lofty total of 100 books in 2012, which turned out to be a little too high. I made it to 67, but I’m still quite happy with that. I started off the year with the best intentions and I managed to keep up until about June. And then Cameron moved back from Huddersfield and I was round at his house or going out more often, and the books kind of stopped flowing (I only read one book in July). I managed to pick it up again a...

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Now Reading: Evan Mandery – Q: A Love Story

Okay, it’s an addiction. I MUST stop buying books, although I blame this one on Cameron for not stopping me. On the plus side, I’m 60% towards getting a £10 Waterstones gift card, unfortunately that means I’ve spent a little too much this year… The reviews on this one say that it’s great for fans of The Time Travellers Wife, which is one of my favourite books. Unfortunately, the review from the New York Times...

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Review: Paulo Coelho – Veronika Decides to Die

This is a pretty delayed review because I’ve been quite busy this week (including seeing the Blues Brothers at the cinema for the first time on Thursday and seeing the Olympic Torch in Huddersfield this afternoon), so I’m still slipping further and further behind on my reading challenge. Lacking a bit of motivation at the moment I think… But onto the review: I don’t really know how to write it without completely spoiling...

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Now Reading: Paulo Coelho – Veronika Decides to Die

This book doesn’t sound like the most fun book I’ll ever read, but it was recommended at Waterstones and was only £2.99 so I thought I’d give it a go. I found it when I was browsing the Religion section at Waterstones (which is a dismal collection of books), and the description of the book does make it sound like it will be pretty interesting. I know that my Dad and my cousin have both read Paulo Coelho before and quite liked...

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Now Reading: C.S. Lewis – Mere Christianity

Until recently, I wasn’t aware that C.S. Lewis had written anything but children’s books, having only ever read the Chronicles of Narnia books when I was younger. But while I’ve been browsing blogs on WordPress I’ve seen this book mentioned quite a lot, so I decided to buy it while I was a Waterstones with Vicky today, along with Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom and Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho. The book is a...

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Now Reading: S.J. Watson – Before I Go To Sleep

This book seems quite intriguing – I was stood in front of my bookshelf pulling random books off the shelf to decide which one to read next and this one jumped right out at me. From the back of the book: Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love – all forgotten overnight. Sounds fairly average so far right? Then the last two...

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Now Reading: Jane Green – The Beach House

After spending over a week trying to read The Hobbit and finding it really hard to get involved in, I fancied a quicker, easier read. With the recent spell of hot weather (which is great if you’re not stuck in an office), I wanted something summery to read, and this Jane Green book jumped out at me. Jane Green is one of my favourite authors, and one that is really easy to find in the charity shops in Pudsey, hence why this one looks a bit...

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Now Reading: Dr Benjamin Daniels – Confessions of a GP

This book was one that was included in a 3 for £5 deal at Tesco, and it looked like it could be a bit of a laugh, easy reading for a weekend. It looks like a collection of stories rather than a novel so it will be easier for dipping in and out of, good for a busy weekend when it’s hard to concentrate for too long, especially after a long weekend when I’m rather tired! I never anticipated how hard it would be to read 100 books in a...

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Now Reading: Nicholas Sparks – The Lucky One

It’s no secret that I love Nicholas Sparks, I don’t think I’ve ever read one of his books that I didn’t like. Although I said that about Charlaine Harris and I’ve been disappointed with the last books I’ve read. This is one of the few Nicholas Sparks books that I’ve not read yet, and when I saw a trailer for it at the cinema I knew I needed to read the book before I go see the film. The only bad thing...

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Now Reading: Charlaine Harris – Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden #1)

It’s no secret that I love Charlaine Harris, but for some reason I’ve had this book on my shelf for a long time and never read it. I think it’s probably something to do with the fact that it’s an omnibus, so it’s actually four books in one and it weighs a ton! It’s a good job I’m using a big handbag at the moment! I wouldn’t be able to decide which Charlaine Harris series is my favourite so far...

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Now Reading: Alexandra Potter – Who’s That Girl?

I read another of Alexandra Potter’s books before Christmas and I remember not being able to put it down. I just wanted to keep reading until it had finished. I think that a good book should pull you in completely and make you feel almost as if you’re watching a film or living out the story yourself, and Alexandra Potter (from what I’ve read) seems to be able to do this. I’m looking forward to seeing if this book delivers...

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Now Reading: Elizabeth Noble – Things I want my Daughters to Know

This book was another impulse buy at WH Smith, bought mainly because I had a 20% off voucher, and I’d found another book that was 2 for £5. I thought at first that the book was really long, but when I got home and opened it up, the writing is about twice the size of a normal book, so it shouldn’t take me too long to read. I think I’ve read another book by Elizabeth Noble and I remember enjoying it, so I hope I like this one...

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Now Reading: Erin Morgenstern – The Night Circus

This book is one of the nicest looking books I’ve seen. Hannah got it for Christmas this year and when I saw it advertised in The Book People, I kind of had to buy it. The book looks amazing, with black edges and gorgeous looking chapter pages. I can’t wait to start reading it – Hannah gave it 5 out of 5 on Goodreads, so I’m sure it will be as good as it looks!

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Now Reading: Vanessa Diffenbaugh – The Language of Flowers

This was an impulse buy at Waterstones last time I went to Meadowhall with Vicky. She hates being in book shops with me because I tend to spend quite a long time looking through books deciding which one to buy. I’d already picked one and they were buy one get one free, but she was fed up of waiting for me so I just picked the one off the table that had the nicest cover, and it ended up being this one. It actually looks pretty interesting...

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Now Reading: Chad Harbach – The Art of Fielding

I’ve had this book on my Amazon wish list for ages, but it said it wasn’t due to be released until the end of April. But I was shopping in Waterstones and I saw it on one of their table displays and I had to buy it. I didn’t really expect it to be out in the UK as it’s a baseball related book, but I’m glad I found it. I started reading it last night and it’s fab so far. I’m a sucker for a nice looking...

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Now Reading: Suzanne Collins – Mockingjay

On to book 3 of this series, and unfortunately it’s the last one. I love reading a series of books (especially one as good as this), but the worst part of it is always coming to the end. With a series, you always get more involved with the characters and the story, so it’s hard to let go. But with the last two books being so good, I’m looking forward to getting stuck in with this one. It’s only a couple of days until the...

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Now Reading: Suzanne Collins – Catching Fire (The Hunger Games Pt 2)

After the speed in which I read the first book in this series, I can’t wait to get started on this. I might have to slow down a bit though or it’ll all be over too quickly! After the end of the last book, I really have no idea what will happen in this one. My friend Abi mentioned something about Gale, so maybe he will have more involvement in this book? With it being Mother’s Day tomorrow (eek – should probably go and buy...

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Now Reading: Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games

I don’t really know what this book is about, but I’ve seen a LOT of blog posts about it when I’ve been browsing WordPress book-related blogs. There’s a film coming out soon, so I want to read the books before the film comes out so that I can decide whether I want to see the film or not (I always have to read the book before watching the film). My friend Abi also recommended this book and she’s usually got very good...

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Now Reading: Mitch Albom – The Five People You Meet in Heaven

This is the second of the books that my cousin Hannah lent me. After the disappointment of my last book, I’m hoping that I’ll enjoy this one more, and can use it to get back on track on my reading challenge. It sounds like a very touching book; an 83 year old man dies, and when he gets to heaven he realises that it’s not like the Garden of Eden, but a place where your life is explained to you by five people who were in it. I...

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Now Reading: Jonathan Coe – The Accidental Woman

I’m not really sure what this book is about, it was part of a set of 3 books for £4 that I bought from the Book People in a recent order. When I read the descriptions online, it looked like a good book, but I’ve just seen that the average rating on Goodreads is less than 3 out of 5. Hopefully I’ll enjoy it more than that! The little review on the front is from Nick Hornby (one of my favourite authors), and says ‘Probably...

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Now Reading: Dirk Hayhurst – Out of My League

I’ve been waiting for this book since I pre-ordered it in October, so I’m very glad that it finally arrived, especially when I started seeing a lot of tweets about people in America reading the book when I still had 2 weeks left until it would be dispatched. It will be the second book I have read by Dirk Hayhurst, although you may also know him as @thegarfoose on Twitter. His first (The Bullpen Gospels) was fantastic, I remember...

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