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Book Review: Lily and the Octopus

A quirky and deeply affecting charmer of a novel, Lily and the Octopus is funny, wise, and utterly original in its exploration of what it means to love any mortal creature. This brave little dachshund will capture your heart, as will her prickly, tenderhearted, and irresistible owner. Don’t miss their adventures together. To tell you anything of the plot would spoil the experience. Just read it. I haven’t read The Art of Racing in the Rain, but I’m hearing and reading that the two books have a similar concept. It definitely needs to be on my to-read list.

Book Review: The Couple Next Door

Gripping. This book kept twisting and turning in ways I could not have expected. I could not put it down and flew through the dark and suspenseful chapters. Losing a child must be one of the most unsettling experiences ever. To then not be able to trust your husband and family makes it even more devastating. As this family try to locate their 6-month old daughter more and more secrets and deviances come out of the woodwork. As a debut novel, I am now excited to see what Lapena publishes next!

Book Review: Black Rabbit Hall

This is a book that had been sitting on my Kindle for 15 months before I finally got around to reading it. Yes, I ordered this book in mid 2015. It would have been one I read about on Amazon and splurged on, then kind of forgot about. I can’t believe a gem like this was hidden away on my Kindle, because oh my God, what a gripping book! I devoured it in 10 days. I love all things about old, historical, English estates and the families that fill them. This book had twists and turns I didn’t expect. It covered family secrets and sorrow and the coming of age for four siblings. Jumping between the now and then, interlinking the two storylines together so cleverly you can’t help but warm to the characters. It’s an easy read, with great description of each character you feel you can see them. I gave it 5 stars.

Book Review: The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo

Hilarious. Sometimes serious, but a good mix the with funny moments. Some chapters must have been hard for Schumer to write, sharing very personal life moments. But the overall book is heartfelt with great humour running through it. There was the odd bit that I felt were overdone – but for the book as a whole – I’d recommend it for a summer read, if you’re looking for something light and easy to read.

Book Review: Where’d You Go, Bernadette

This was hands down a five star book for me. The whole thing intrigued me – how it was written, the fantastically quirky, reclusive character of Bernadette, the gnats, the simple one-liners that made me smile and the whole plan of a trip to Antarctica. Where’d You Go, Bernadette is like no other book I have ever read. I flew through it and couldn’t put it down. A must read if you are looking for something fresh and funny. Now I must go through the rest of Maria Semple’s novels!

Celebs who blog

In recent weeks I have become hugely fascinated by celebrities who have lifestyle or personal blogs. I love to read about their daily lives from their own perspective. I’m definitely from the generation of reality telly and knowing everything and anything about the famous people around us – hello, Daily Mail! But I personally think, where a celebrity has the chance to write in their own words what they think or are passionate about is a much better read than journalists just trying to jazz up an article. I’ve always been able to retain useless celeb gossip and tid bits. It’s a talent I have. Bloody useless in the grand scheme of things, unless I plan to become a Celeb Goss Pub Quiz Champion or write a book about Celebrity Facts. It’s just information that I absorb and retain. Completely sad. Some of my top favourites: Katherine Heigl Blake Lively – Now taken down. I was sad when this blog died. Gwyneth Paltrow Whitney Port Lauren Conrad Reese Witherspoon Alicia Silverstone Do you follow any famous …