Read: January 2017 Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Source: Publisher #Pages: 342 Get It Now: Wordery
Goodreads Synopsis: Is there such a thing as a formula for happiness? If it’s Netflix + 2 for 1 Malbec + the perfect toasted-cheese sandwich, Lenny Dublonsky has it covered. Even if she works for a tech company where her colleagues ride scooters round the office, and is in a relationship with a man who doesn’t do relationships.
Lenny’s friend Juliet never planned to be pregnant and married at nineteen, but since then she has been the perfect wife with the perfect family. Until her husband Matt drops the ultimate bombshell… Lenny is determined to save the day. So when she’s asked to test an app that enhances happiness, she puts scepticism aside and persuades Juliet they should give it a go. Could it really be that happiness is only seven steps away?
A funny and moving novel of friendship, heartbreak, and the restorative power of melted cheese.
I am STRUGGLING to believe another year has passed already since I last did a Favourite Books of the Year TTT. However, I can legit confirm that my Favourite Books of 2015 post was ON POINT, because looking back they have all stuck with me in massive ways. That’s great, I hear you say, but I’m ignoring the elephant in the room, right? Where have I been for the past month?! No excuses, life just got really busy in December and I was noticeably absent in the blogosphere. Fear not, fellow Book Geeks! I haven’t disappeared, I just decided to prolong my absence and take a break until the end of the year, and I intend to schedule a TON of posts to get 2017 off to a great start.
But for now, back to my favourite reads of 2016.
1. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman – This was a slow burner, that really took some time to get going, but once it did – I was hooked. I can’t wait for the next instalment to see where this story goes. Think Pride and Prejudice meets Shadowhunters! My Rating: 4/5*
2. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight – I loved the writing style, plot, and the variety of formats used to tell this story (email, text, timeline hopping). Completely immersive and gripping, I finished it at 1AM on a work night! My Rating: 4/5*
3. The Double Life of Mistress Kit Kavanagh by Marina Fiorato – Possibly my absolute favourite book of the year. This was an INCREDIBLE read that I thoroughly enjoyed, and would happily reread many times over. Based on a true story, you won’t believe the strength, fortitude, and feisty-ness displayed in this novel. I loved it so much, I reached out to the author – check out my interview with Marina Fiorato. My Rating: 5/5*
Read: April 2016 Genre: Adult/Historical/War/Romance Source: Publisher #Pages: 448 Get It Now: Wordery
Goodreads Synopsis: Of all the dangers she faced, the greatest was discovery… When Irish beauty Kit Kavanagh’s husband is taken to be a soldier, Kit enlists in the Duke of Marlborough’s regiment, disguised as a man, to follow him across war-torn Italy. Risking her life in battle, she forms a close bond with her wry and handsome commanding officer, Captain Ross.
But even when she dresses once more as a woman to evade capture, the war is not over for Kit. She catches the eye of the scheming Duke of Ormonde, who recruits her to spy upon the French. Torn between Captain Ross and her husband, and under the orders of the English Crown, Kit’s life will be in more danger now than on any battlefield.
Read: July 2016 Genre: Adult/Contemporary/Drama Source: Purchased #Pages: 353 Get It Now: Wordery
Goodreads Synopsis: Irene Stanley thought her world had come to an end when her son Shep was murdered during a robbery at their home. 19 years later, Shep’s killer is placed on death row, awaiting a date for execution. Irene, having reached the brink of suicide, now realizes that she needs to face the secrets that surround her son’s murder.
I feel like I’m finally getting to grips with reading this year – I had a great start to 2015 with reading and blogging, but hit a slump in the Spring, but it’s beginning to feel like I’m back on track again! So, here are the top ten books I’ve read in 2015 (so far):
1. Heir of Fireby Sarah J Maas – While this wasn’t my favourite in the series so far, it was definitely still a fantastic read – it develops the plot, and introduces new characters, setting the scene and the pace for the next book. I can’t get over how much I love this series!
2. Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay – Mixing things up with a non-fiction text, I found this book of essays to be very accessible, well written, humorous and at times very emotional. I really enjoyed this read and want to get my hands on some more accessible feminist texts as a result!
3. Before I Go by Colleen Oakley – I originally picked this one up for review because it was described as being the next PS I Love You. It’s been a long time since I’ve read Cecelia Ahern’s offering, but I adored that book and was in the mood for a weepy. I reviewed this with Brandie for our Babes and Books feature, and I reached out and interviewed the author, Colleen Oakley.
Read: April 2015 Genre: New Adult/Romance/Contemporary Source: Purchased #Pages: 352 Get It Now: Wordery
Goodreads Synopsis: Layken’s father died suddenly, leaving her to gather every ounce of strength to be a pillar for her family, in order to prevent their world from falling apart. Now her life is taking another unexpected turn…Layken’s mother gets a job which leads to an unwanted move across the country. However, a new home means new neighbours… and Layken’s new neighbour is the very attractive Will Cooper.
Will has an intriguing passion for slam poetry, and a matching passion for life. The two feel an irresistible attraction but are rocked to the core when a shocking revelation brings their romance to a screeching halt. Layken and Will must find a way to fight the forces that threaten to tear them apart… or learn to live without each other.
Read: April 2015 Genre: Non-Fiction/Psychology/Self-Help Source: Purchased #Pages: 384 Get It Now: Wordery
Goodreads Synopsis: What is a good psychopath? And how can thinking like one help you to be the best that you can be?
Dr Kevin Dutton has spent a lifetime studying psychopaths. He first met former SAS hero Andy McNab during a research project. What he found surprised him. McNab is a diagnosed psychopath but he is a GOOD psychopath, able to dial up or down qualities such as ruthlessness, fearlessness, conscience and empathy to get the very best out of himself – and others. Drawing on the combination of McNab’s wild and various experiences and Dr Dutton’s expertise, together they have explored the ways in which a good psychopath thinks differently and what that could mean for you. What do you really want from life, and how can you develop and use qualities such as charm, coolness under pressure, self-confidence and courage to get it?
Synopsis: Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble – she’s a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life.
But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope…maybe someday.
The ReRead Challenge
So, this year I’m taking part in the ReRead Challenge. I’m hoping to reread a minimum of 12 books in 2015, and this was January’s pick. I didn’t even make it a year before wanting to read this one again. I’ll admit, I was kind of petrified. I LOVED this book SO MUCH the first time round, what if it just didn’t read the same on the second go??