The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances Book Review

I have given The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book Description (via Goodreads): The addictive Number One bestselling thriller, perfect for fans of Into The Water. A girl. A boy. His mother. And the lie she’ll wish she’d never told. The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances is a gripping and chilling debut psychological thriller, based on the fall-out following an unforgivable lie. It looks at the potentially charged relationship between Girlfriend, boyfriend and his mother, which most women can identify with, and locates it in an extreme but believable setting. Laura has it all. A successful career, a long marriage to a rich husband, and a twenty-three year-old son, Daniel, who is kind, handsome, and talented. Then Daniel meets Cherry. Cherry is young, beautiful and smart but she hasn’t had the same opportunities as Daniel. And she wants Laura’s life. Cherry come to the family wide-eyed and wants to be welcomed with open arms, but Laura suspects she’s not all that she seems. When tragedy strikes, an unforgivable lie is told. It is an act of desperation, but the fall-out will change their lives forever. Continue reading

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Happy 2nd Anniversary to My Blog!!

I can’t believe two years has flown by since I started my blog. Unfortunately, as you may have seen in a previous post last year, I haven’t dedicated as much time to my blog as I would have liked to. However, I am trying to change this and so far over the past few months I think I’ve done pretty well. I want to keep it up because I really enjoy being a part of the bookish community on WordPress and hope that you enjoy what I post.

Thank you to everyone who has supported and followed me and for those who have commented and liked my posts, it really means a lot and I always get an overwhelmed feeling whenever I see a notification go off on my phone.

I hope you’re all having a great day,

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

Books I’ll Probably Never Read Tag

Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a great week so far, I’ve been tagged by the lovely Amber, over at Step Into A Book World – if you haven’t heard or checked out Amber and her awesome blog before, click the link above!

Without further ado, let’s begin:

A REALLY HYPED BOOK YOU’RE NOT INTERESTED IN READING

I had to really think about my answer to this question as there isn’t a book in particular so I thought I’ll have to go with anything by the author E. Lockhart.

I read We Were Liars either last year or the year before and really didn’t enjoy it (unpopular opinion), however I will give Genuine Fraud a read but I’m not racing to buy it anytime soon.

A SERIES YOU WON’T START/WON’T BE FINISHING

I have never gotten round to reading the Divergent series and am in no rush to do so. I don’t know if I’ll ever start it, maybe one day.

A CLASSIC THAT YOU’RE JUST NOT INTERESTED IN?

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I’ve never been into reading classic stories before but I’d like to start reading some soon (especially as the book covers I’ve seen for the classics in Waterstones are absolutely beautiful and would look wonderful on my bookshelves!)

ANY GENRES YOU NEVER READ?

I have never read a classic book, but I hope to soon! I might challenge myself throughout the year to pick up a couple of classic books and see if I enjoy them.

A BOOK ON YOUR SHELVES YOU’LL PROBABLY NEVER ACTUALLY READ?

Eventually I will get round to reading all of my books on my shelf (hopefully!), however the book I feel that matches this question the most is probably The Burning World by Isaac Marion, it’s the second book in the Warm Bodies series.

Thank you once again for tagging me, Amber! I love doing book tags and awards!

Now it’s my turn to tag my fellow book lovers:

I hope you all enjoyed reading my answers. If you’ve already done this tag please don’t feel like you have to do it again, for those of you who choose to do this tag; I look forward to reading your answers!

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

Almost Adulting All You Need To Know To Get It Together (Sort Of) by Arden Rose Book Review

I have given this book five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book Description (via Goodreads): For fans of Grace Helbig and Alexa Chung comes a fresh, hilarious guide to growing up your way from social influencer and lifestyle vlogger Arden Rose. In Almost Adulting – perfect for budding adults, failing adults, and eaters of microwave mug brownies – Arden tell you how to survive your future adulthood. Topics include: -Making internet friends who are cool and not murderers -Flirting with someone in a way to make them think you are cool and not a murderer -Being in an actual relationship where you talk about your feelings in a healthy manner??? To the other person??????? -Eating enough protein -Assembling a somewhat acceptable adult wardrobe when you have zero dollars -Going on adventures without starting to smell -How sex is supposed to feel, but, like, actually though By the end of the book – a mash-up of essays, lists, and artwork – you’ll have learned not only how to dress yourself, how to travel alone, how to talk to strangers online. And how to date strangers (in PERSON!), but also how to pass as a real, functioning, appropriately socialised adult.

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Turtles All The Way Down by John Green Book Review

A couple of days ago, I completed Turtles All The Way Down by John Green 🐢

Book Description (via Goodreads): #1 bestselling author John Green returns with his first new novel since The Fault in Our Stars! Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

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December Wrap Up (Christmas Bookathon Wrap Up)

Good morning guys!

I finished my sixth challenge last night for the Christmas Bookathon that I participated in. I chose to read Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights by Carole Matthews for the challenge to read a book that you can make the word CHRISTMAS out of the title (can use the author’s name if you can’t out of the title).

You can find my book review for that novel here.

So, to wrap up my December reading month/Christmas Bookathon month, I thought I’d recap over the guidelines and see how many challenges I officially covered.

Guidelines:

1 Read a white book – for this challenge I read My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella which I thoroughly enjoyed and gave this book four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

2 Read a book you have bought someone as a Christmas present in the past – I gave my sister Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson in 2016 as a Christmas present and I was planning on reading this, but unfortunately I ran out of time and couldn’t complete this challenge.

3 Read a book you have started then stopped to read within 2017 – this is difficult considering I have a problem with not finishing a book that I start, so there isn’t actually a book that I have started and not finished. I like to have closure, you see, no matter how badly I’m not enjoying the book.

4 Read a book that you can make the word CHRISTMAS out of the title (can use the author’s name if you can’t out of the title) – for this challenge I read Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights by Carole Matthews which was such a delightful read! I gave this book five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5 Read a book that has stars on the cover – for this challenge I read Geekerella by Ashley Poston. I loved this modern take on a retelling of Cinderella novel and gave this book four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

6 Read a Christmas romance – I didn’t announce this on my previous posts, however Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights was also a Christmas romance story, so technically I have covered two challenges with one book!

7 Read a book you have been putting off to read for the entire year – for this challenge I chose Illuminae by Amie Kauffman & Jay Kristoff. I was very intimidated by the size of this book, however I cannot wait to get my hands on Gemina now after reading this incredibly laid out book! I have given this book five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

8 Read an unread 2017 release – for this challenge I can also use Geekerella by Ashley Poston as I had not read it before and it was released in 2017

9 Read an angel book – for this challenge I chose to read Kissed By An Angel by Elizabeth Chandler. The size of this book threw me back just like Illuminae did, however the font was a lot bigger and I remember (ever so slightly) reading it back in secondary school, so knowing that I had completed it once, I knew I could do it again! I have given this book four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

10 Read a book with a number between 1 to 12 in its title (for example Ready Player One) – for this challenge I chose to read November 9 by Colleen Hoover, which soon became one of my favourite books and authors! I was completely taken by this story and Hoover’s writing style! There were real tears shed whilst reading this book. I was more annoyed at the fact that it’s taken me this long to pick up one of her books! I have given this book five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

11 Read a book that’s been on your TBR since last Christmas – again, Illuminae has been on my TBR since before last Christmas, so technically I can use this for two challenges too!

12 Read an extravagant/sparkly/beautiful/decorative book that is unread – once again, Geekerella by Ashley Poston has a beautiful, sparkly cover which I believe can cover this challenge as well, I mean come on, look at it!: All in all, I completed 10 out of the 12 challenges set for the Christmas Bookathon! (If the doubling up the books on other challenges are accepted that is)! I had a lot of fun participating and challenging myself to read as many books as I could in the Christmas Bookathon and I hope to do another this year!

How did you guys do with your Christmas Bookathon challenges, if you participated? Let me know in the comments below.

Happyreading,

Claire ☺️

Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights by Carole Matthews Book Review (Christmas Bookathon)

This evening, I can happily say I have concluded my Christmas Bookathon by finishing Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights by Carole Matthews. This was my sixth challenge for my Christmas Bookathon which was to read a book that you can make the word CHRISTMAS out of the title (can use the author’s name if you can’t out of the title).

Synopsis (via Goodreads): Indulge in this wonderful, cake-filled novel of romance and friendship. Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights is Sunday Times bestselling Carole Matthews doing what she does best! Fay and Danny are madly in love and it’s all Fay’s ever dreamed of. But she left everything – including the delightful cake shop she used to run – to be with Danny on his cosy canal boat The Dreamcatcher. And as she soon find out, making delicious cakes on the water isn’t always smooth sailing! Then Fay gets a call from her friends, a call that sends her back to her friends and the Cake Shop in the Garden. It will be hard being away from Danny but their relationship is strong enough to survive . . . isn’t it? Fay soon falls happily back in love with her passion for baking – especially now she’s on dry land again! – and starts to wonder if she ever should have left. With Christmas around the corner, Fay is determined that her friends will have a very merry time, but does that mean even more time away from Danny? Can Fay really get everything she ever wanted in Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights.

I have given this book five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I completely adored this book, although I wish I had read it before Christmas because it had such a magical, winter felt warmth to it, such a perfect book for this time of the year! I was a bit nervous starting this book as I realised there is a book called A Cake Shop In The Garden which is the story about how Fay and Danny (the two main characters) met and fell in love, however Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights did a fantastic job as the recap over the important parts that help to create the past story, which I haven’t yet read. So it felt like I hadn’t missed out on any detail!

This book was an absolute delight and I loved learning about and cooing over Fay and Danny’s relationship! These characters were simply made for each other and I loved how you could feel their love for one another and how compromising and happy they were too.

It wasn’t just the relationship between Fay and Danny that made me a soppy mess. No, it was also thanks to the friendships between Fay, Stan, Lina, Rainbow and even Edie. It’s a heart-warming story about friends pulling together, being there for one another and family bonding.

I really enjoyed Matthews style of writing, she had me hooked from the very beginning. Especially her description about all the yummy foods and cakes they were making, I was literally drooling over the pages!

If you’re looking to read something light and fluffy, I’d definitely recommend picking up this delightful novel. I can’t wait to get my hands on more Carole Matthews books in the future!

Happy reading,

Claire☺️