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Random Things Tours – Book Review – Lucie Yi Is Not A Romantic by Lauren Ho

“That Saturday, Lucie Yi headed to the pastel world of So Bebe, fully intending to purchase just a pair of lightweight summer booties and maybe a matching bobble hat for each of her best friend Weina Ling’s newly minted triplets.”

Genre: Rom Com

Number of Pages: 416

Date of Publication: 23 June 2022

Publisher: HarperCollins

Rated: 5/5

My Review Summary: An excellent read, full of ups and downs – an emotional rollercoaster!


An ambitious career woman signs up for a co-parenting website only to find a match she never expected, in this unflinchingly funny and honest novel from the author of Last Tang Standing.

Management consultant Lucie Yi is done waiting for Mr. Right. After a harrowing breakup foiled her plans for children—and drove her to a meltdown in a Tribeca baby store—she’s ready to take matters into her own hands. She signs up for an elective co-parenting website to find a suitable partner with whom to procreate—as platonic as family planning can be.

Collin Read checks all of Lucie’s boxes; he shares a similar cultural background, he’s honest, and most important, he’s ready to become a father. When they match, it doesn’t take long for Lucie to take a leap of faith for her future. So what if her conservative family might not approve? When Lucie becomes pregnant, the pair return to Singapore and, sure enough, her parents refuse to look on the bright side. Even more complicated, Lucie’s ex-fiancé reappears, sparking unresolved feelings and compounding work pressures and the baffling ways her body is changing. Suddenly her straightforward arrangement is falling apart before her very eyes, and Lucie will have to decide how to juggle the demands of the people she loves while pursuing the life she really wants.


As you know I have been getting more into the romance genre and when I saw this book come up I had to go for it! I am so glad that I did. I was hooked from beginning to end!

The writing was light and humorous, with a dash of serious and emotional. It was well balanced and made for a compelling read. It was a very emotional journey and it wasn’t until the end that the final decision was made. I was content with how the story ended. Some of these types of stories can drag out, but I didn’t feel that at all with this book. It had just the right amount of will they/won’t they that made me feel invested and therefore I wanted to keep reading to see it through to the end. 

The chapters were a good mix of lengths and as a result gave just the right pace for this story. Nothing lingered, yet there was still the will they/ won’t they, but done in a way that kept the story moving forward. 

I loved the characters and the relationships that they had. The love and support of the main character’s friends balanced nicely with the negative relationship she had with her family and her co parent balanced her ex fiancé well. I also enjoyed the texts between the characters. It was a nice way to break the story up a bit as well as giving it a real life feel. 

Lastly the settings. They were secondary to what was going on with the characters. Whilst they were based in Singapore, they could have been anywhere really. It didn’t matter to me where they were as their storylines were far too interesting! 

Overall I loved this book and couldn’t give it any less than 5 stars. It was an emotional journey, but the characters got there in the end and I wasn’t disappointed. 

⭐Rated 5/5⭐


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My Book Of The Week – Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins

Welcome to my Book Of The Week post! Each week I will highlight one of the books that I am currently reading and use that book to participate in blog memes such as First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, Thursday Quotables and Friday 56.

This week I have chosen Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins (click for link to Goodreads) published 3rd February 2022.

Book Description From Goodreads:

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wife Upstairs comes a deliciously wicked gothic suspense, set on an isolated Pacific island with a dark history, for fans of Lucy Foley and Ruth Ware.

When Lux McAllister and her boyfriend, Nico, are hired to sail two women to a remote island in the South Pacific, it seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. Stuck in a dead-end job in Hawaii, and longing to travel the world after a family tragedy, Lux is eager to climb on board The Susannah and set out on an adventure. She’s also quick to bond with their passengers, college best friends Brittany and Amma. The two women say they want to travel off the beaten path. But like Lux, they may have other reasons to be seeking an escape.

Shimmering on the horizon after days at sea, Meroe Island is every bit the paradise the foursome expects, despite a mysterious history of shipwrecks, cannibalism, and even rumors of murder. But what they don’t expect is to discover another boat already anchored off Meroe’s sandy beaches. The owners of the Azure Sky, Jake and Eliza, are a true golden couple: gorgeous, laidback, and if their sleek catamaran and well-stocked bar are any indication, rich. Now a party of six, the new friends settle in to experience life on an exotic island, and the serenity of being completely off the grid. Lux hasn’t felt like she truly belonged anywhere in years, yet here on Meroe, with these fellow free spirits, she finally has a sense of peace.

But with the arrival of a skeevy stranger sailing alone in pursuit of a darker kind of good time, the balance of the group is disrupted. Soon, cracks begin to emerge: it seems that Brittany and Amma haven’t been completely honest with Lux about their pasts––and perhaps not even with each other. And though Jake and Eliza seem like the perfect pair, the rocky history of their relationship begins to resurface, and their reasons for sailing to Meroe might not be as innocent as they first appeared.

When it becomes clear that the group is even more cut off from civilization than they initially thought, it starts to feel like the island itself is closing in on them. And when one person goes missing, and another turns up dead, Lux begins to wonder if any of them are going to make it off the island alive.” 

I saw this book on Instagram a while a go and put it on my to read list. I then saw that my local library had a copy so I decided to borrow it!

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Goodreads Monday (add your links in the comments section for all to see!) – 4:50 From Paddington by Agatha Christie

Welcome to the new home of Goodreads Monday! I have taken over the role of host from Lauren’s Page Turners who no longer blogs about books.

Goodreads Monday allows you to post about what books are on your “to read” lists, the progress you have made on your current books and reading challenge, and any other Goodreads news!

✨Don’t forget to add your link in the comments section so that we can all see each other’s posts!✨

The book that I have chosen this week is 4:50 From Paddington by Agatha Christie (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“For an instant the two trains ran together, side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth witnessed a murder. Helplessly, she stared out of her carriage window as a man remorselessly tightened his grip around a woman’s throat. The body crumpled. Then the other train drew away.

But who, apart from Miss Marple, would take her story seriously? After all, there were no suspects, no other witnesses… and no corpse.”

I wanted to start an Agatha Christie collection and this is one of the books that I bought. I just need to find the time to read it!

Have you read it? What did you think?

Currently Reading Progress:

The 13th Assassin by Frank Malley 66% read

Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins 5% read

Retreat To The Spanish Sun by Jo Thomas 21% read

Progress On My Reading Challenge:

I have read 58/97 books!

What book is on your Goodreads list? How is your reading progress and challenge going?

Don’t forget to add your link in the comments so that we can all see each others posts!

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Sunday Night Reading

I had a fairly decent amount of reading time tonight, but I don’t think that I used it very wisely! I don’t seem to have got as much read as I would have liked. I managed to get a couple of chapters of The 13th Assassin by Frank Malley read and a couple of chapters of my Blog Tour book Retreat To The Spanish Sun by Jo Thomas read.

I am really enjoying reading The 13th Assassin and have read bits of it throughout today so overall good progress has been made.

Retreat To The Spanish Sun is a good book so far. The description is excellent and things seem to be building up. We shall see where they go!

I normally would have then read a third book, in this case my library book Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins this evening, but as I am still not feeling 100% I have decided to sleep instead!

I hope that you have all had a lovely weekend and here’s to next week!

Tomorrow I am on the Blog Tour for Lucie Yi Is Not A Romantic by Lauren Ho (an excellent book that I thoroughly enjoyed), plus it is Goodreads Monday and my Book of the Week post.

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Six For Sunday – Stories which fill you with hope

It’s Six For Sunday! Hosted by A Little But A Lot this week’s theme is stories which fill you with hope. A couple of them are Christmas books, but those are the sorts of books that give you hope:

Book Review – The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Welcome To Your Life by Bethany Rutter

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – A Moment on the Lips by J Taylor

Book Review – Rise and Thrive by Lisa Blackshaw

Book Review – Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

Book Review – Comfort and Joy by Cathy Bramley

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Sunday Salon

Welcome to my Sunday Salon post! Hosted by Readerbuzz this post is a chance to have a weekly bookish and non-bookish catch up with other bloggers.

Books that I have been reading this week:

You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones (click for my book review)

Just For Today by Nell Hudson (click for my book review)

Fish Swimming In Dappled Sunlight (click for link to Goodreads)

The 13th Assassin by Frank Malley

My Book Of The Week That Took Part In This Week’s Memes Was:

You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones (click for my book review)

Memes I Took Part In This Week:

Goodreads Monday – Hosted by me Budget Tales Book Blog

Top Ten Tuesday – Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – Hosted by Socrates Book Reviews

WWW Wednesday – Hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words

Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – Hosted by Goodreads T5W group

Book Blogger Hop – Hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

The Friday 56 – Hosted by Freda’s Voice

All over Instagram – Hosted by me Budget Tales Blog

Stacking the Shelves – Hosted by Reading Reality

Sunday Post – Hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer

What else has been happening this week:

We started off the week going to the Children’s Centre with my mum. We then went to the library on Tuesday and then didn’t do anything exciting until Friday when we went to The Romney Rythe and Dymchurch Railway. The weekend has been quiet as I haven’t been well again. Luckily it isn’t Covid so that’s something!

Hope you have all had a great week. Here’s to next week!

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Sunday Post

Welcome to my Sunday post hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer! A busy week again, but all good fun! I have however, ended the week feeling unwell so this will only be a very brief round up.

Here are this week’s posts:

Sunday Salon (last week)


Father’s Day Book Recommendations

Six For Sunday

Goodreads Monday (add your links in the comments section for all to see!) – A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

My Book Of The Week – You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones

Book Review – The Book Of Cold Cases by Simone St James – #thriller #mystery #popularbook

Monday Night Reading

Top Ten Tuesday – Books To Pull You Out Of A Reading Slump

Happy 1 Year Blogging To Me!

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones

Summer Solstice/ Tuesday Night Reading

WWW Wednesday – Currently Reading, Finished Reading, Reading Next

Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – Books Worth The Hype

Wednesday Night Reading

Random Things Tours – Book Review – Just For Today by Nell Hudson

Happy Publication Day! Retreat To The Spanish Sun by Jo Thomas

Happy Publication Day! Lucie Yi Is Not A Romantic by Lauren Ho

Time Travel Thursday

Thursday Quotables – You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones

Thursday Night Reading

Friday 56 – Quote from You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones

Book Blogger Hop – What is your reading preference – fiction or nonfiction?

lets talk bookish – book to film adaptations

Friday Musings – Inspired by Friday Favourites – Books That Should be a Film/TV Show By Now

Stacking The Shelves

Books that I have been seeing all over Instagram this week

One Year Of Bookstagram!

Library Book Review – You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones

Top 10 Tuesday post I participated in with links to other Bloggers Top 10 Tuesday posts:

That Artsy Reader Girl – Top 10 Tuesday

WWW Wednesday post I participated in with links (in the comments section) to other Bloggers WWW Wednesday posts:

Taking On A World Of Words – WWW Wednesday

Friday 56 I participated in with links to other Bloggers Friday 56 posts:

Freda’s Voice – Friday 56

Book Blogger Hop I participated in with links to other Bloggers Book Blogger Hop posts:

Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer – Book Blogger Hop

Stacking The Shelves I participated in with links to other Bloggers Stacking The Shelves posts:

Reading Reality – Stacking The Shelves

I hope that you have had a great week!

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Library Book Review – You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones




When it comes to love, its feta late than never . . .

Freya Butterly has always dreamed of being a Head Chef but despite running every service at the Mediterranean restaurant, she still doesn’t get the recognition she deserves. Craving adventure and a real taste of the Mediterranean, Freya takes matters into her own hands, ditching both her job and unsupportive boyfriend, she packs her bags for sunny Cyprus in pursuit of the prestigious Golden Spoon culinary award.

As one of the seven competitors, Freya is determined to clinch the trophy and rediscover her passion for food, but what she doesn’t expect to discover is Xanthos. As gorgeous as he is charming – he’s quite the dish. Freya is instantly attracted to him, but this trip was about Cypriot cuisine, not cypriot sausage (ahem, romance) and she knows she must not let Xanthos distract her from the competition.

But if she walks away, will Freya spend the rest of her life wondering What If?


I saw this on the shelf at the library and together with the bold cover and title, I was forced in to borrowing it! 

The writing was excellent. It was so descriptive and chatty. You really felt like you were there with the main character, Freya. It was also quite an emotional read and there were lots of different layers to it. As the tag line suggests it’s ‘not just a cheesy holiday romance’. 

There was a good balance of storytelling and conversation. It was all from the main character’s point of view, but I didn’t mind that. The storytelling aspect was excellent in that it allowed you to get a well rounded picture of what was going on, not only by reading the main character’s thoughts but by the description of things such as the food’s taste and smells. I love it when a book describes the smell of something and with this story being based on a cookery competition I was in my element!

The chapters weren’t too long and gave the story a good pace. Some chapters were split to make them longer. I loved the little picture of the plate of food indicating the split in the chapter. I also enjoyed the chapter headings and the food illustrations surrounding them. The chapter headings gave little hints as to what to expect from the chapter, however there were a lot of curve balls that kept my interest. Sometimes a romance can be predicable and samey, but not this one. I loved the storyline and the emotion that went with some of the deeper issues explored. 

The characters were excellent. I loved the main character Freya and how you really rooted for her after everything she had been through. I also loved the other competitors in the competition. They certainly added something to the tale! 

Lastly the settings. They were brilliantly described and really enhanced the storyline. It definitely gave me holiday vibes. 

Overall I loved this book. It covered deep issues, had plenty of drama and had a satisfactory ending. I highly recommend reading it and look forward to reading the next book by this author! 

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

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One Year Of Bookstagram!

I can’t believe that it’s been a whole year since I started my Bookstagram account. It was originally started as a record of my son’s library books, but when Covid hit we were no longer able to go to the library and so it evolved into Bookstagram. I run it alongside this blog so you will often find crossovers.

I have really enjoyed building my account and here’s to many more years!

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Books that I have been seeing all over Instagram this week

Welcome to my All Over Instagram post! I am always interested in seeing what other people are reading, so each week I will highlight the book/s/ author/s that have been catching my attention on Instagram.

There wasn’t a main overall popular book, however there were still a few Emily Henry books around, specifically Book Lovers and Beach Read.

Book Lovers by Emily Henry (click for my review)

Book Description:

One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming….

Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.

Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small-town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.

If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.”

Beach Read by Emily Henry (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description:

A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They’re polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.”

What books/authors have caught your attention this week?

Add your links in the comments!

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