One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern
Sep14

One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern

One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern was my fourth and final ‘summer read’. I have far less time to read over the summer holidays and often find myself only reading one book over the holidays. This makes it harder to get into a book and to follow a complicated plot line. So this year, I decided I was going to choose lighter reads over summer. When I read a review of One Hundred Names, I thought it sounded like the perfect...

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The Break by Marian Keyes
Sep07

The Break by Marian Keyes

The Break is the third of my summer holiday ‘easy reads’. It might not actually have been the best choice in some ways, as it was Marian’s previous novel, The Woman Who Stole My Life, which took me almost the entire duration of the summer holidays to read, meaning I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have done. But I love Marian Keyes and had heard good things about The Break, so I decided to give it a go,...

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Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson
Aug31

Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson

Ever since we read The Dinosaur’s Packed Lunch when she was very young, my daughter and I have loved Jacqueline Wilson books. From Hetty Feather to The Butterfly Club and Clover Moon to Katy, Jacqueline Wilson has written some really brilliant stories. Sadly I fear my daughter might be starting to get a bit old for them, but she never seems to tire of them and there are still a few books she hasn’t read. She’d heard...

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The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard
Aug24

The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard

During the summer holidays, I struggle to find enough time to read and a book often lasts me most of the six weeks. It makes it hard to follow complicated plot lines. So this summer I decided to deliberately read ‘easier’ books than I read the rest of the year. Which is how I came to be reading The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard by Robert Bryndza. Regular readers will know I LOVE Robert Bryndza’s Detective...

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Aug17

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Over the last couple of years, I’ve noticed that I find it really hard to read over the summer holidays. During term time, I read while I’m eating my lunch and also when I’m waiting in the car for my son to come out of school. But in the school holidays, I’m restricted to just bedtime. So I’ve concluded there’s no point in trying to read a book with a complicated plot line. This year, I deliberately...

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Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
Aug10

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

I read an excerpt of Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker in a newspaper some time ago. I found it very interesting, but also rather scary. Because Matthew Walker has studied sleep for over 20 years and has plenty of scientific evidence to prove that EVERYONE needs eight hours sleep a night. Regular readers will know I struggle with sleep. I’ve been a bit better lately – I haven’t seen 3 and I rarely even see 4, but I do...

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