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Review: Through The Barricades & Giveaway!

She was willing to sacrifice everything for her country. He was willing to sacrifice everything for her

“Make a difference in the world” are the last words Maggie Gilligan’s father ever says to her. They form a legacy that she carries in her heart, years later when, at the age of fifteen, she tries to better the lives of Dublin’s largely forgotten poor.

“Don’t go getting distracted, now” is what Daniel Healy’s father says to him after seeing him talking to the same Maggie Gilligan. Daniel is more than distracted. He is intrigued. Never has he met anyone as dismissive, argumentative… as downright infuriating.

4.5* Read!

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End of Year Book Survey 2016!

I complete this survey every year and think it’s a great way to round off your reading and blogging. Thanks to Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner for inventing this Survey, and THANK YOU to all of you who read my blog, comment on my posts, and visit me here in my cosy corner of the Internet! I hope you had an excellent 2016, and wish you all health, happiness and love in 2017!

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Review: The Lemon Grove

Each summer, Jenn and her husband Greg return to Deia, on Mallorca’s dramatic west coast. This year the arrival of Emma, Jenn’s stepdaughter, and her new boyfriend Nathan threatens to upset their equilibrium.

Beautiful and reckless, Nathan stirs something unexpected in Jenn. As she is increasingly seduced by Nathan’s youth and the promise of passion, the line between desire and obsession begins to blur. What follows is a highly-charged liaison that puts lives and relationships in jeopardy. For Jenn, after this summer, nothing can ever be the same.

2* Read!

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Reviewing My 2016 Resolutions (and NEW bookshelves!)

Even though I rarely check in on them to see how I’m getting on, for some reason I still feel it’s necessary every year to sit down and write some bookish and bloggish resolutions. Occasionally, I’ll even do a couple for “real life” as well. Visualise it, write it, achieve it, and all that jazz! Without further ado, let’s review last year’s resolutions to see how epically I managed to fail in 2016!

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Running Away From Reading Challenges!

There’s the super popular PopSugar Reading Challenge, and the equally infamous Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge, then of course there is the Goodreads Challenge, as well as the vast number this community comes up with themselves, and this year I’m putting my foot down.

I’m saying “no” to reading challenges.

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Review: The Versions of Us

What if you had said yes? Some moments can change your life for ever. Have you ever wondered, what if…?

A man is walking down a country lane. A woman, cycling towards him, swerves to avoid a dog. On that moment, their future hinges. There are three possible outcomes, three small decisions that could determine the rest of their life.

2* Read!

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How Much Do You Spend On Books? 2017 Edition

This is a bit of an annual tradition on Confessions of a Book Geek. I prefer physical books to eBooks, and I prefer owning books as opposed to borrowing them from the library. This has resulted in a substantial TBR pile (based on my current rate of reading, it would take around 5 years to get through the books I currently own… eek!), and while I’m not a believer of Book Buying Bans, I think it’s a great idea to be mindful of what I’m spending my money on. So let’s see how much I spent in 2016…

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Crazy and Best Search Terms 2016

Last year, I brought you the Crazy and Best Search Terms of 2015 and I’ve decided there are some posts I like redoing as a bit of an annual review, so today we have the Crazy and Best Search Terms of 2016!

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Review: Seven Steps to Happiness

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.

A funny and moving novel of friendship, heartbreak, and the restorative power of melted cheese.

4.5* Read!

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Review: Dreams From My Father

The son of a black African father and a white American mother, Obama was only two years old when his father walked out on the family. Many years later, Obama receives a phone call from Nairobi: his father is dead. This sudden news inspires an emotional odyssey for Obama, determined to learn the truth of his father’s life and reconcile his divided inheritance.

Written at the age of thirty-three, Dreams From My Father is an unforgettable read. It illuminates not only Obama’s journey, but also our universal desire to understand our history, and what makes us the people we are.

3.5* Read!

Top Ten Tuesday Books I've Recently Added to my TBR

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

I can’t remember what life was like before Book Blogging, when I bought books to read them right away, and when I only owned a handful of unread books. When I didn’t know about loads of the latest releases, and wasn’t getting tons of recommendations from awesome bookish people.

Now that I am involved in this community, I’m consistently adding to my TBR pile. So here are 10 books I’ve recently added to my TBR, which sound pretty awesome.

Stacking the Shelves 2016 Book Haul Monthly Wrap Up

Stacking the Shelves & Wrappin’ It Up October 2016

The Winter Blues have been getting me down. BUT I won £100 worth of books from Wordery to make up for it. Epic-haul time!

Find out what books I’ve hauled, what I’ve read, and what I’ve been watching lately. I’ve also done a round-up of some of my favourite posts from other bloggers, and I’ve put together a BOOKISH GIFT GUIDE with EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT CODES, so don’t forget to check them out!