The time spent in lockdown is time we will never get back and we have to make the most of it. I’m making the most of it by looking after myself, keeping myself busy at work and reading books. My previous post was about the books I’d read and the books on my TBR List.
I’m slowly making my way through them, I did a bit of reading during previous weekends, so you can read reviews about those and I’ll soon post more reviews about what I’m reading now and what I read during November.
Here’s my current TBR list with new additions:
Adele Parks- The State We’re In– What are the odds that the stranger sitting next to you on a plane is destined to change your life? Especially when they appear to be your opposite in every way… You never know who you are going to meet and how they will change your life.
Marian Keyes- The Break– Amy’s husband is taking a break – from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. Six months in South-East Asia. But when does a break become a break-up? What will happen to Amy and her Husband?
Lucy Diamond- The Beach Café– Evie’s beloved aunt Jo dies suddenly in a car crash, leaving Evie an unusual legacy – her precious beach café in Cornwall. Who wouldn’t love a beach café in Cornwall, I missed out on my holiday to Cornwall this year but will this book set the scene for me to pretend I’m there for a while?
Lucy Diamond- One Night In Italy– With love affairs blossoming in the most unlikely places, and hard decisions to face, it’s going to be a year that Anna, Catherine and Sophie will never forget. I did get to go to Italy in January, will this book bring out parts of Italy for me to remember?
Milly Johnson- White Wedding– Belis in the midst of planning her perfect wedding when disaster strikes and everything she thought she knew is turned on its head. We all have our life visions, do they ever turn out how we thought? What will happen to Bel?
Milly Johnson- A Winter Flame– Eve has never liked Christmas. So when her adored elderly aunt dies, the last thing she is expecting is to be left a theme park in her will. A theme park with a Christmas theme … I love a good Christmas book, now I’m on the countdown to Christmas (I’ve added a countdown to my site). Will this book help me feel festive?
Milly Johnson- An Autumn Crush– Juliet Miller invests in a flat and advertises for a flatmate, along comes Floz, raw from her own relationship split, and the two woman hit it off. When Juliet’s twin brother Guy meets Floz, he is overcome with a massive crush. Guy’s best friend Steve has always had a secret crush on Juliet. Just when Guy has finally plucked up the courage to tell Floz how he feels, he finds she has rekindled an old romance. We are nearly in Autumn, I love that Milly is from South Yorkshire near me. What will happen to Juliet and Steve?
Rebecca Searle- In Five Years (kindle)– Dannie falls asleep only to wake up in a different apartment with a different ring on her finger, and in the company of a very different man. The TV is on in the background, and she can just make out the date. It’s the same night – December 15th – but 2025, five years in the future. Four and a half years later, Dannie turns down a street and there, standing on the corner, is the man from her dream from five years ago. Who has a five year plan? Will this book be as interesting as it sounds, will all be revealed?
Shari Low- My One Month Marriage– One month after Zoe said “I do”, the man she loved is gone, given his marching orders after Zoe discovered a devastating secret. As teenagers facing a crushing loss, Zoe made a pact with her three sisters to stick together no matter what. Now she’s discovered that one of them may have been the reason her husband betrayed her. She’s lost her happy-ever-after, but has she lost a sister too? What is the devastating secret? What was their loss as teenagers? This one sounds exciting.
Lia Louis- Somewhere Close To Happy– A letter arrives one day from Lizzie’s first love, Roman. A letter dated the day he disappeared, 12 years before. As Lizzie uncovers the secrets of the letter, she discovers what really happened the year her life fell apart – and all avenues lead back to Roman. We all never know just what could happen and the things we don’t know about. Do we always get to find out and is our version of our life the only version of it?
New Books Added
Gemma Malley- The Declaration– The first part of the trilogy- When you can live forever by taking a tablet and nobody needs to die. What would happen if we lived forever? Would our life choices change? Who would we become? Set in the year 2140 in England, this chilling dystopian tale explores issues of overpopulation, global warming and the ethics of immortality. A drug called Longevity has made life without death a reality for the masses—but driven humanity to the brink of a catastrophe.
Gemma Malley- The Resistance– The second part of the story of Anna and Peter, involved in a struggle not only against the authoritarian government but also against his own family. In a world where nobody dies, Peter and Anna are Opt Outs – they choose not to live for ever . . . but is that enough?
Gemma Malley- The Legacy– The third part of the trilogy- A virus is sweeping the country, violently killing thousands with nothing to stop it. Someone holds the key to revealing the truth, the truth that will change everything.
Lana Grace Riva- The Existence of Amy– (This book has been gifted in return for an honest review, see review in my November reviews at the end of this month). Amy has a normal life. That is, if you were to go by a definition of ‘no obvious indicators of peculiarity’, and you didn’t know her very well. She has good friends, a good job, a nice enough home. This normality, however, is precariously plastered on top of a different life. A life that is Amy’s real life. The only one her brain will let her lead. A fictional story that depicts the reality of mental illness behind a perception of normality.
Katie Burton- Calm By The Christmas Tree– This book has been written by Katie from lifewithktkinnes.com. I was so excited to read this book by Katie, (see review in my November reviews at the end of this month). Christmas is a magical time of the year. In fact, some would go as far as to describe it as the most wonderful time of the year. One of the best parts about December is the build up to Christmas. Let your inner child be indulged, as you join author Katie Burton for her debut collection of short stories and pieces of flash fiction in the lead up to one of the busiest times of the year.
Milly Johnson- My One True North– Laurie and Pete should never have met. But fate has pushed them together for a reason. But, as surely as a compass points north, some people cannot be kept apart. My One True North is a story of friendship and what love means, of secrets uncovered, teashops on corners and the northern lights.
Milly Johnson- I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday– It’s nearly Christmas and it’s snowing, hard. Deep in the Yorkshire Moors nestles a tiny hamlet, with a pub at its heart. As the snow falls, the inn will become an unexpected haven for six people forced to seek shelter there… A story of knowing when to hold on and when to let go, of pushing limits and acceptance, of friendship, love, laughter, mince pies and the magic of Christmas.
Sarah Knight- Calm The F*** Down– (inspired by another bloggers photos, thanks Amie C!) Do you waste time overthinking things you can’t do anything about? Do you freak out when things don’t go to plan? Does anxiety get in the way of you living your best life? Think of Calm the F**k Down as the friend who, instead of reassuring you that ‘everything’s going to be okay,’ actually shows you how to make it so.
Other books I have to read are via Netgalley, see below. (Netgalley is a site where book reviewers and other professional readers can read books before they are published, in e-galley or digital galley form).
Lucy Diamond, The Promise– due out Feb 2021 – When Patrick Sheppard suddenly and tragically dies, he leaves behind a family in pieces. Zoe has lost the love of her life. Ethan, Gabe and Beatrice have lost their larger-than-life dad. There’s a hole where Patrick should be and none of them can see a way forward. For Patrick’s brother Dan, though: his mission is clear. He needs to help the Sheppards to find some sort of happy again, and he makes a promise to himself to try and come close to the man Patrick was. But as he immerses himself in the frantic school run, dishing up tea and sorting the bills, Dan begins to see he might not have known the man Patrick really was, underneath it all. His brother was keeping secrets. Juggling his heartbroken family and the catastrophic truth that could break them all over again, Dan has to face what he’s been keeping from himself all this time: what really happened on the night that Patrick died.
An Imperfect Christmas by Tanya Jean Russell due out 19 Nov 2020 – How do you pick yourself up when everything is falling apart…? Twenty-five-year-old Maggie Green thought she had her life on the perfect track: a long-term relationship, a successful career in finance and a swanky apartment in London. But then everything falls apart. The company she has worked so hard for makes her redundant, and she gets dumped on the same day. Not to mention the worrying call she’s received from her doctor. With her pride in tatters, Maggie returns to her family home for the Christmas period. A home she hasn’t returned to for two years. No one knows the real reason why she hasn’t been back. No one, that is, except the one person who she is most nervous about seeing again. Will Maggie make peace with her past? Can she find love this Christmas?
Have you read any of them, are there any you want to read?