the book rec lottery launch

the book rec lottery launch

Hello everybody! And welcome to a new, exciting feature that myself and the lovely Michaela @ A Novel Idea created!

Do you like recommending your favourite books? Would you like more recommendations tailored to your mood or content you fancy?

Then you’re in the right place!

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the happiness project – arc review

the happiness project – arc review

The Happiness Project
by Pippa James
Bookouture
Pub date: February 12th 2019
3/5 Stars

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Three mumsy friends each make a New Year’s Resolution; hyper-organised Alison wants to escape her comfort zone, single mother Frankie want to get a job and hold it down and Kate, pregnant for the third time, wants to approach the new baby’s birth with ‘zen’ instead of being her usual worrying self. Naturally it all goes entirely to plan – not. Navigating new romances and old friendships, hirings and firings, PTA mums and wayward family members all while raising a collective brood of crazy four years olds doesn’t make their Happiness Project as straight forward as they’d hoped.

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bonus post! my first five star read of 2019

bonus post! my first five star read of 2019

Well, hello! It’s not a Tuesday or Friday, but I couldn’t let today’s monumental event go by without acknowledging it in a bookish blog post…

I read my first five star book of 2019!!

Now, I know we’re still in January so maybe it’s not a huge deal but as I was looking over my Goodreads challenge so far, I realised that although I’ve read eight books, nothing has blown me away.

Until now.

I’m so excited, I don’t want to wait to fit a proper review into my blogging schedule!! So here is a mini-review of my first five star read of the year (drumroll please):

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because i read…

because i read…

I’ve seen a few posts recently about how if you read and enjoyed ‘x’, you’ll also like ‘y’ book and I find them so useful to get recommendations. Here I’m doing something similar, picking a book that I liked and looking for something I haven’t read but seems to be in the same ballpark.

Obviously, I haven’t read the second book so I’m going off blurbs, reviews and a few friends’ recommendations to try find books that contain matching elements.

Basically, I’m making a new TBR pile based on novels I already love!

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the weight of a piano – arc review

the weight of a piano – arc review

The Weight Of A Piano by
Chris Cander
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Pub date: 22nd January 2019
4/5 Star
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Two women over nearly 50 years are united by their attachment to an extraordinary piano and a secret that causes a domino effect of tragedy. Katya is growing up in the Soviet Union during the 1960s when a neighbour gifts her with a Bluthner piano; Clara has just ended another hopeless relationship in 2012 and is moving the same piano from her ex-boyfriend’s house to a new flat. The story of how the instrument went from one woman’s hands to the next unfolds when Clara allows the piano to be used by an enigmatic photographer for a special project, in a history as mournful and heart-wrenching as the music it played in its previous life.

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bonus post! beat the backlist 2019

bonus post! beat the backlist 2019

This is embarrassing to be honest. I’m such a book hoarder, but this year I’ve put myself on a year long book buying ban (after 15 days, it’s going well!) so it seems like a good time to Beat The Backlist.

This is a year long challenge hosted by NovelKnight where you have to try get through your tbr between the 1st January and 31st December, and read books published in 2018 or earlier.

I’ll also be taking part in the Hogwarts mini challenge for Hufflepuff!

These are my physical tbr bookshelves (with a couple of read ones that have sneaked in)… I may do a kindle one too but I should probably pace myself for now! Because… well… There’s a few.

And by a few I mean:

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the book interview tag

the book interview tag

Hello everybody! And hello new followers – somehow there’s 99 of you?? What?? This seems like a good time to introduce myself a little better and get to know you all!

I put it out into the Twitterverse that I’m not good at writing ‘About Me’ and my gorgeous friend Michaela @ A Novel Idea, one of my favourite people in the world, came up with a list of prompts for me to answer! I joked she was interviewing me, so I’m turning it into a tag: The Book Interview. 

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