My POPSUGAR Reading Challenge Results

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Hi guy’s

Well it’s nearly the end of the year and that mean’s a new challenge is on the horizon. (I can’t believe how quick this year has gone! Let’s see how I did this year shall we?!….

1.A book becoming a movie in 2019. – uncompleted 

2.A book that makes you nostalgic. 

Letters From Lighthouse Cottage by Ali McNamara

3.A book written by a musician (fiction or non-fiction)- uncompleted

4.A book you think should be turned into a movie.

Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher

5.A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads. -uncompleted

6.A book with a plant in the title or the cover.

Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain

7.A re-read of a favourite book.

Deep Heat by Chris Manby

8.A book about a hobby. -uncompleted

9.A book you meant to read in 2018.

Coming Home to Island House by Erica James

10.A book with ‘Pop’, ‘Sugar’, or ‘challenge’ in the title. -uncompleted

11.A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover.

I Love You Billy Langley by Monika Jephcott Thomas

12.A book inspired by mythology legend or folklore. 

Love’s Labours by Simon Truckle

13.A book published posthumously. – uncompleted

14.A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie. -uncompleted

15.A retelling of a classic. -uncompleted

16.A book with a question in the title.

Will You Remember Me? by Amanda Prowse

17.A book set on a college or University campus.

All About the Hype by Paige Toon

18.A book about someone with a super power. -uncompleted

19.A book told from multiple character POV’s.

Guilt by Amanda Robson

20.A book set in space. -uncompleted

21.A book by two female authors.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Borrows

22.A book with a title that contains ‘salty’, ‘bitter’, or ‘spicy’. -uncompleted

23.A book set in Scandinavia. -uncompleted

24.A book that takes place in a single day. -uncompleted

25.A debut novel.

#Toots by Linh Le James

26.A book that’s published in 2019.

Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop by Rebecca Raisin

27.A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature. -uncompleted

28.A book recommended by a Celebrity you admire.

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman

29.A book with ‘love’ in the title.

How To Get A Love Life by Rosie Blake

30.A book featueing an amateur detective. -uncompleted

31.A book about a Family.

Betrayal by Martina Cole

32.A book written by an author from Asia, Africa, or South America.

The Great Ex-scape by Jo Watson

33.A book with a Zodiac sign or astrologhy term in the titile. -uncompleted

34.A bool that includes a wedding.

The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan

35.A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter.

Last orders at the Star and Six pence by Holly Hepburn

36.A ghost story.

The Girl at the window by Rowan Coleman

37.A book with a two- word title.

Standing Water by Terri Armstrong

38.A novel based on a true story.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Cristie

39.A book revolving around a puzzle or game. -uncompleted

40.Your Favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR reading challenge. (2018) A book set in a Country that fasinates you.

My Map Of You by Isabelle Broom

 

Sadly I didn’t get them all so couldn’t get on to the advanced section of the challenge. Maybe next year hey!

So in total I’ve managed to compete 23 out of 40; which considering last year I got a measly 19. So I managed a few more this year. Hopfuly 2020 will be the year I finally complete a POPSUGAR reading challenge! (I live in hope!!!!!)

 

Did you guys take part in the POPSUGAR reading challenge this year? And did you manage to complete it?

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Book Review On: Jennifer Brown Moving On by Angie Langley

jennifer brown moving on by angie langley

About the author (as seen in the book)

Angie langleyAuthor Angie Langley was born in Somerset and has lived in the South West of England all her life. Nowadays home is a 17th century thatched cottage on the banks of the River Avon in Wiltshire, a tiny piece of heaven and a true writer’s paradise. ‘Jennifer Brown Moving On is the second in a series of three books continuing the adventures of our heroine as she muddles her way through life’s up’s and down’s.

 

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Publication date: 4th June 2019

Publisher: Riverside Publishing Solutions

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-913012-10-6

Ebook 978-1-913012-11-3

Pages: 264 pages

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Format Reading: Paperback

Copy Provided By: Angie Langley

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

She’s Back!

Five feet one and full of fizz, Jennifer Brown has learned to roll with the punches and adapt to whatever life throws at her.

It’s thrown plenty in the past and she’s had to use her steely core to reinvent herself, first as cook and housekeeper to a saucy sexagenarian, then as manager of a tumbled down country estate with sensitive secrets.

In Jennifer Brown Moving On, this Bridget Jones with knobs on is taking charge of her life again, showing the world she can move in the most exalted, high- power circles and lose not an ounce of her gutsy, down-to-earth charm.

Her hilarious cross-dressing confidant Will is on hand once again, with pearls of caustic wisdom, and her old boss Jonathan Dashwood-silk breezes in and out of her life, still dripping charisma but still needing our heroine to dig him out of the odd hole.

As she crosses continents and breaks bread with the world’s movers and shakers, Jennifer Brown finds her mind still troubled by thoughts of the quiet man with the warm eyes and the velvet vowels. Then the daydream is torpedoed when she’s invited to his wedding.

But you know Jennifer. She never gives up.

My Review

I would very much like to thank Angie Langley for her patients and kindness in waiting for me to post my review on her book. And also for asking me again to read and review her next book and very kindly sending me a singed paperback. Thank-you lovely Angie!!!

front cover for jennifer brown moving on

Another great cover it’s bright blue sky with fluffy white clouds in the background and the London scean of buses, black cabs on a busy street and Jennifer Brown at the front about to go about her day! Love it!

Jennifer Brown Moving On is the second instalment of a three book series. I read  Jennifer Brown’s Journey  , which I really enjoyed very much! So much so I’ve read it more than once. You can imagen my excitement to read Angie’s next book.

We catch up with Jennifer Brown again as she is about to embark on a new career in London city and traveling all over the world; selling expensive wine to the rich and famous. Needless to say things don’t always go to plan for poor Jennifer in love, life and work. But her shear guts and determination she carry’s on regardless and has her trusted cross-dressing mate Will is always on hand to listen and offer advice!!!! Her dishy old boss floats in and out of her life and the man she actually  has feelings for is now out of reach. Will Jennifer ever settle down in love? Is Mr Right closer than she thinks? Can she get the flow of selling expensive wine? Dose she enjoy her now role and mixing with the rich and famous?

I have to say first off how hilarious and fun the second book is to read!! I had a blast as I kind of knew from reading the first book! Jennifer’s character is not just funny but she has depth and kindness that I can’t help but love as she goes about the next stage of her life. I love her general attitude to life and her steely determination! Angie’s writing is wonderful in every possible way… she has packed every ingredient that makes up a truly eventful book that keep’s you turning the pages just to see what happens next! One of my favourite parts in this book was when Jennifer’s friends Maranda talks her into go speed dating, I simply couldn’t stop giggling! I have very much enjoyed all the new characters and reconnecting with old one’s!

All in all I had a tremendous reading experience reading Jennifer brown Moving On! In my eye’s Angie Langley has done it again! Writing a book that I know I will enjoy reading again and again! I’m very much looking forward to reading the final book of Jennifer Brown’s story, although I will be sad it’s the last! I can’t recommend this fabulous read enough… it’s just fantastic!

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Book Review On: Love’s Labours by Simon Truckle

Love's Labours by simon truckle

 

About the author (as seen on Amazon)

simon truckle

I live and am based in the UK, in a lovely seaside town called Whitstable where I divide my time between eating oysters and writing. Currently the oysters are winning.

I write to make people laugh so if you enjoy a chuckle or two then I think you’ll like my books.

 

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Publication Date: 12th March 2019

Publisher: Simon Truckle

ISBN: Paperback 978-1527238879

Also available in eBook

Pages: 223 pages (eBook)

Genre: Humorous Fiction

Format Reading: eBook

Copy Provided by: Simon Truckle

Blurb (as seen on Amazon) 

Your uncle has left you everything in his will. But he’s also given you a one-way ticket to Greece and told you to complete the Labours of Hercules. Tricky. Scott Poole – 24, broke and sadly single – is the last person you’d call a Hercules. But when his rich uncle packs him off to a Greek beach with a list of Labours to complete, Scott finds himself in the unlikely position of emulating a demi-god. A demi-god with a can of lager in one hand and a dented windsurf board in the other.As Scott and his best mate Oliver struggle to complete the modern-day Labours of Hercules the Gods don’t make things easy. They find themselves accidental owners of a beach bar, come up against German naturists, chippy Greek schoolkids and a grumpy donkey. What could possibly go wrong?

My Review

Before I go into my review I would just like to say a massive thank you to Simon Truckle for not just asking me to read and review Love’s Labours but for also sending me a review eBook and for his patients in waiting for my review.

book cover for loves labours by simon truckle

I really like this front cover its simple yet it has a fun feel to it from the blue sky to where the sea meets sky to the yellow sandy beach with a shack surfing boards and a random donkey!

This cover would defiantly have stood out to me if I was to go into a book shop!

It’s 1991 and Scott is newly single from the love of his life Abi. At the age of 24 Scott has no prospects or any dreams of the future and has become a bit of a disappointment to his parents. However he also suffers from anxiety which has stopped him from traveling and seeing the world. He did however strike up a great friendship with his uncle Ted who seems to get him. They have the same kind of comical humour and in character.

So when his uncle Ted passes away he is devastated. Scott’s father pulls him aside at the funeral and tells him he is to inherit all of his uncles assets only there’s a few stipulations. Ted wants Scott to travel to Volos in Grease and while he is there is to complete 7 of the 12 Labours of Hercules and to provide evidence of the Labours he completes. Then his uncle wants him in this time earn enough money to buy a sailing boat and sail back to the UK. Scott has two years in which to complete the task in order for him to get his inheritance. Ted has provided him with and airline ticket £200 in cash and a hand written  note from him. Ted always had a fascination with Greek mythology and never got to see the country for himself so he wants Scott to do it so he doesn’t end up like him.

Scott doesn’t want to do it alone so asks his best friend Oliver to accompany him on his quest. Can Scott with the help from Oliver and a few friends they make complete his challenge? Will Scott finally grow up and realise what he want in his life? Will they ever earn enough money to buy a boat to get home in the two year time limit? How will they earn the money? Is there romance in the air for one of the boys? Can Scott get over Abi? Or does he realise that he wants her back?

Love’s Labours by Simon Truckle is a perfect summer read and had me in stiches! It has a really great and unique storyline that keeps you thoroughly entertained till the very last page. I loved learning a bit of Greek Mythology along the way that was really quite interesting. I found Scott to be really endearing and I like his comical character a lot! What a great book! Well worth a read guy’s!!!!!

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Book Review On North of the Rock by Ian Jones

 

North of the rock by ian jones

 

About the author (as seen on the back cover)

Ian is just a normal guy, who has to work but loves to write. He has completed several books and is keen to do more as long as people enjoy them. He lives in London with his family and has a passion for motorbikes and music…

Publication Date: 18th June 2019

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-912850-10-5

eBook 978-1-912850-11-2

Pages: 308 pages

Genre: Thriller

Format Reading: Paperback

Copy Provided By: Faye from Athoright

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

John Smith is a man who solves problems, just don’t try to stop him. As a favour to an old friend in the FBI John returns to West Texas. But there is now a whole new town and way of life that has sprung up since he was last there ten years previously. He soon finds out he is in the middle of some very rich men; who will stop at nothing to get what they want.

My Review

Firstly I would just like to thank a few people of asking me to read, review and kindly providing me with a copy of  North of the Rock by Ian Jones but also for their patience in waiting for my review. Faye from Authoright and Clink Street Publishing thank you!

North of the Rock is the second book in a series, which can also be read as a standalone. I read the first book  Lost In Vegas and really enjoyed all the action and gripping storyline.

Front cover for North of the rock by ian jones

I really like the look of this front cover from the oranges and yellows to the sunset sky and the dusty dry desert and rocky mountains. All the different shaids of brown of the mountins I thinks adds a kind of 3D affect making them really stand out on the cover. The title is white and is grainy and Ian’s name is in a smaller font at the bottom.

John Smith is an Ex-army, and is a man to get any job done. He has been asked by and old friend in the FBI to return to West Texas; where nothing is the same as it was back when he was there over 10 years ago. John is a man that works alone because he finds it easier that’s way.

His friend wants him to investigate and gather as much information on case John was on 10 years ago, but he must do it as quietly as possible. It means John will have to go visit a man he put in prison for murdering two men and women; who is also saying he has been wrongly accused. This will mean the FBI’s work will be under much scrutiny.

John’s presents is not going unnoticed and he is soon made aware his presents is not wanted. What will John uncover? Will he uncover the truth before more people get caught in the cross fire? Is everything as it seems? Was the wrong man convicted? Has John stumbled on a big can of worms?

North of the Rock by Ian jones has great description as the first book did and is enough to be able to visualise the setting and surroundings as you read. It has great action keeping you entertained, I really became rapped up in all the twists and turns as they unfolded before my very eyes. I think I would have liked to seen a bit more dialogue but that’s just my preference, I still enjoyed it nun the less.

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Book Review On: Lost In Vegas by Ian Jones

lost in vegas by ian jones

About the author (as seen on the back cover)

Ian Jones is a normal guy, who has to work but loves to write. He has completed several books and is keen to do more as long as people enjoy them. He lives in London with his family and has a passion for motorbikes and music…

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Publication Date: 4th June 2019

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-912850-08-2

eBook 978-1-912850-09-9

Pages: 166 pages

Genre: Thriller

Format Reading: Paperback

Copy Provided by: Faye from Authoright

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

John Smith is a man who solves problems, just don’t try to stop him. He is in Las Vegas trying to track down a missing woman, which should be a simple job. But he soon discovers he is not welcome, and there are those who want to make sure he leaves the city fast, in one way or another.

My Review

Firstly I would like to thank Faye from Athoright and Clink Street Publishing for not just being patent  with me and waiting so long for my review by for kindly sending me a paperback review copy.

Lost in Vegas by Ian Jones is book one in a series.

We meet John Smith, an English guy, very single and is an ex-Special Forces. Now though he work only alone taking on private job’s. John gets a call from business man Richard Cromwell who has a job for him knowing he is the man for the job. Richard runs two business; which links him with people in Vegas, only things have got a bit out of hand and now he’s daughter may have got caught up in. Richards dealing seem to have gone sour in Vegas after his associate handed the rains over to his brutal son Pablo. His precious daughter Abby had gone missing in Vegas so Richard sent out his trusted friend Thomas to take care of things, smooth things over with his business associates and bring back his daughter , only things haven’t gone to well and now he has also gone. Richard needs John’s full discretion as his business dealing are not quite legit.

John decides to take the job on and bring back Richards daughter home to her family. On his arrival to Vegas he takes in every detail of his surroundings and starts digging for information on Pablo; only to find out that he is a nasty and ruthless man who spends his cash like its going out of fashion and owes a lot to boot! John knows there is a link between Pablo and Abby… But what? Where is she and who is she with? Is she safe? Is she with Thomas? or has Pablo got her somewhere? Is Abby even still alive?

Lost in Vegas by Ian Jones  is a thrilling story with plenty of action and has a fantastic story line. I really got the sense of John’s methodical nature when dealing with his job; which I fond kept me captivated through the whole book. But I also got the sense that even though he is ruthless in getting his job completed he still doesn’t want any one to get hurt.

This book has fantastic description which enhanced the action bits and  it was almost like I was watching a movie while I read. It is certainly a gripping read that I highly recommend. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

 

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Blog Tour- Book Review On: Come Back For Me by Heidi Perks

 

About the author (as seen in the inside in the book jacket)

Heidi PerksHeidi Perks worked as a marketing director before leaving to become a full-time mother and writer. Her first novel, Now You See Her, was a Sunday Times bestseller and a Richard and Judy Book Club pick. Heidi is a voracious reader of crime fiction and thrillers and endlessly interested in what makes people tick. She lives in Bournemouth with her family, where she is writing her next thriller.

 

 

 

 

Website: http://www.heidiperksauthor.co.uk

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HeidiPerks

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/HeidiPerksBooks

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/heidiperks

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14765336.Heidi_Perks

Publication date: 11th July 2019 (Hardback)

Publishers: Century

ISBN: Hardback 978-1780898834

Paperback 978-177460775

Also available in Ebook and Audiobook.

Pages: 416 pages (Hardback)

Genre: Thriller/ Mysteries

Format reading: Hardback

Copy provided by: Rachel from Penguin Random House

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

A shocking discovery. An island wrapped in secrets.

A tiny community is rocked by the discovery of a long-buried body.

For Stella Harvey the news is doubly shocking. The body was found in the garden of her childhood home- the home her family fled without explanation twenty-five years ago.

Now, questioning her past and desperate to unearth the truth, Stella returns to the isolated island.

But she quickly finds that the community she left isn’t as welcoming as she remembers- and that people will go to any length to protect their secrets.

One thing rings true…

You can’t bury the truth forever.

My Review

Welcome to today’s blog tour stop for Heidi Perks latest thriller Come Back For Me.

I would like to give my thanks to the lovely Rachel and Penguin Random House for asking me to take part in the wonderful blog tour and for kindly sending me a Hardback to read and give my honest thought’s on this novel for today.

Front cover for Come Back For Me by Heidi Perks

Heidi Perks is a new author to me, so I’m super intrigued to read her work.

Come Back For Me front cover is very striking from the open door, the lady walking through the door; wearing a red dress and shoes to the concrete steps she’s about to walk down. Outside the door you can make out it’s bright and see some greenery. The title is in bold white and the author’s name is in red both work great against the dark backing. If I was to see this in a book shop I would have picked it up for sure!

Evergreen island is a tiny island with a small tight nit community.

Stella Harvey used to live on the island years ago growing up until suddenly in the middle of the night and a shocking storm her parents pack them and her brother and sister off the island with no explanation. She was devastated as island life meant everything to her and was a place she was happy.

Back to the present day, Stella is now a family councillor helping families sorting out their issues, something her own family could have done with. Stella is shocked to the core on finding out the news that their has been a horrifying discovery of a long-buried body being found on Evergreen island; specifically at the end of her old garden. This get’s to Stella and makes her question not just the night they suddenly left the island but also her whole childhood on the island and the people that live there!  Stella finds herself compelled to return to Evergreen for answers… But what will she find out? Are their secrets to be found out? Did her parents lie to them all those years ago? If so why? Who is the women buried in her old back garden? What will Stella discover about the people that live their? Who was involved? Does Stella know the woman? Are the community hiding their own secrets?

Wow what a book guy’s! Heidi litrally had me hooked to this story, so much so I read it in three days which is a record for me and a testament to how blooming brilliant this book is!!!!!!! Her writing is truly captivating with interesting and complex characters. Heidi drip’s the story to the reader in a way that keeps the reader engaged and made me especially feel the need to read on to discover more. As I was reading I would make my prediction on what I thought would happen and was wrong at every twist, turns and revelations. This story certainly keeps the reader on their toes like a roller-coaster ride with many twist’s and turns!!!! I was gripped for sure!!

I think you can tell how much of an awesome read I thought Come Back For Me is and urge anyone who likes a good thriller to read this… you won’t be disappointed! I for one am going to put Heidi’s debut novel Now You See Her on my to-buy list right away!!!!!! I can’t wait to read her next one!

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May’s Book Haul!!

 

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Hey fellow bookworms,

So here’s the thing I may have gone a bit mad this month with Charity Shop book buying this month. I couldn’t pass them up as they were book’s I was wanting to read, plus there little book voices were shouting ‘Buy Me!’ ‘Buy Me!’ so how could I just leave them there!!!!!!!!! (sorry that was me trying to be funny!!!!!!) And as I see it, I’m helping a charity at the end of the day and that’s a good thing!

Do you wanna know what book’s I brought?!?!………. Here’s my haul!!!!

May book haul 4First up I got:

*No-one Ever Has Sex On A Tuesday by Tracy Bloom

*Spring on the Little Cornish Isles by Phillipa Ashley

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*Miss You by Kate Eberlen

 

Next up is:                                                          May book haul 2*Jigs & Reels by Joanne Harris

*The Summer of Serendipity by Ali Mc Namara

*The Thousand Lights Hotel by Emylia Hall

 

 

 

May Book Haul 5These next two I got because if you remember from when I went to Morston Book sale that I got the first book in the series.

*The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

*The Girl who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson

 

 

 

May book haul 1And the last one is:

*This Love by Dani Atkins

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see that’s quit a book haul, I got myself there!!! And I hope I get to read them some time soon!!  I think next month I had better go on a book buying ban don’t you?!?!?

 

Are there any books there that you’ve read? If so what did you think of them? Is there any your hoping to read yourself at some point? 

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