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Time Travel Thursday

It’s Time Travel Thursday! This is where I take a look back at what I was reading this time last year (or the year before or the year before that…) and compare it to what I am reading now.

This day in 2021 I was reading:

Bridget Jones’s Diary (and other writing) by Helen Fielding (click for my review)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Bridget Jones’s Diary turns 25 this year. Winner of the 1997 British Book of the Year, and named by the Guardian as one of the ten books which best defines the 20th Century, the book has gone on to become a multi-million copy selling international phenomenon, spawning three blockbuster movies, a whole new literary genre, a lexicon of ‘smug marrieds’, ‘singletons’, ‘emotional f***wittage’ and ‘mummy pants’, and the familiar cry of ‘I am Bridget Jones’.

This special bumper anniversary compendium also features an introduction and commentary from Helen Fielding, and over 100 pages of rare material taken from 25 years of her writing, including:

* Extracts from Helen’s early journalism
* A selection of the original Independent newspaper columns.
* Bridget Jones interviews Colin Firth
* Later columns on #MeToo, Brexit, and Bridget’s lockdown life
* A selection of hilarious restaurant reviews featuring the real life inspirations for Jude, Shazzer, Auntie Una, Mum and Daniel Cleaver”

Fast Forward To Today:

You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

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?

This is my current library book. I am making slow progress, but only because of my Blog Tour Books having to be read first. I am still enjoying it and look forward to picking it up each evening.

The 13th Assassin by Frank Malley

Book Description Taken From The Author’s Website https://www.fantasticfiction.com/m/frank-malley/13th-assassin.htm

“Emily Stearn is young, headstrong, logical – and believes that someone has murdered her Uncle Sebastian.

Whilst going through his belongings, after his sudden death, Emily discovers an encrypted journal. With the help of Al Andrews, a maths graduate she befriends after meeting in the local cafe, she deciphers the material.

It reveals that Sebastian, a Cambridge history professor, was a spy. Code name WHISPER.

His one mission came in 1981 when British Intelligence believed that he was the only agent capable of getting close to Colonel Igor Kalenkov. A disciple of the 13th Directorate – the Soviet killing and kidnapping department – Kalenkov was closely-guarded, and was planning an attack on the British Royal Family at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana to sow division in the West.

Sebastian did not wish to assassinate Kalenkov himself, but he arranged to lure the Russian into a trap for a sniper to take him out at Moscow’s international history convention.

But not all goes according to plan.

As the journal surrenders its chilling secrets 40 years on, Emily believes that the Russians must have assassinated her uncle.
But does a grainy CCTV image point to a murderer closer to home?

Emily is determined to uncover the truth, no matter what the cost.”

I have just started this author’s request book and am excited to see what happens.

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

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Set in a Tokyo flat over the course of one night, Aki and Hiro spend one last night together before going their separate ways. Each believes the other to be a murderer and is determined to extract a confession before the night is over. Who has been killed and why? Which one is the killer? In an intense battle of wills over the course of a night, the true nature of the pair’s relationship and the chain of events leading up to this night are gradually revealed in this gripping psychological thriller that keeps the reader in suspense to the very end.

The thriller–buried in a literary whodunit–explores the mysteries of romantic love, memory and attaining self-knowledge. Like the best Japanese crime writing, it is an unflinching foray into the darker recesses of the soul, quietly suspenseful and elegantly constructed.”

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 29 June so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

As you can see it is quite a difference. I enjoyed reading Bridget Jones a while ago and when I saw this with extra bits I decided to re-read it and see what the new bits were like. I do still have a rom com on the go this time, but I am also reading a couple of Thrillers.

What were you reading this time last year or the year before (or the year before!)? Add your links in the comments below!

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

Book Description From Goodreads:

“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.”

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 27 June so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Goodreads, Amazon, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

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

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, this week it is Books On My Wishlist. As I try my very hardest not to buy new books, I have decided instead to do Books To Pull You Out Of A Reading Slump (a previous Top Ten Tuesday topic). Maybe these can be added to your wishlist!

The last time I did a books to get you out of a reading slump post was 16 September 2021. Click here for that post.

Here is my “updated” list – or as I like to see it an “in addition to” list.

Random Things Tours – Book Review – Do No Harm by Jack JordanTHRILLER

Book Review – The Man Who Died Twice by Richard OsmanMYSTERY

Book Review – Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano MYSTERY

Book Review – The Maid by Nita ProseMYSTERY

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Shadow Flicker by Gregory BastianelliCRIME/MYSTERY/THRILLER

Random Things Tours – Book Review – It Only Takes A Minute by Sasha LaneROMANTIC COMEDY

Random Things Tours – Book Review – The Attic Child by Lola JayeHISTORICAL FICTION

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – The Better Brother by Simon GravattDARK COMEDY

Book Review – The Midnight Library by Matt HaigMAGICAL REALISM

Book Review – The Silent Companions by Laura PurcellGOTHIC FICTION

I have tried to do a range of genres to cater for a wide range of tastes.

What books would be on your list?

Happy TTT!

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Tuesday Night Reading

After an enjoyable day of Top Ten Tuesday I was then granted a good few hours of reading time thanks to my son falling asleep fairly early!

I managed to finish my Blog Tour Book Do No Harm by Jack Jordan and draft my review for it which I was pleased about. I am on the Tour for it on 17 June so keep your eyes peeled for my review. It was an excellent book and one that I highly recommend for Thriller fans.

I then split the evening between my two library books; The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St James and You Had Me At Halloumi by Ginger Jones, and my next Blog Tour book Just For Today by Nell Hudson.

The Book of Cold Cases is captivating yet scary. I need to read a nice rom com in the form of You Had Me At Halloumi to get over it! It is safe to say that I am enjoying them both.

My Blog Tour book Just For Today I wasn’t sure what to expect. I started it yesterday, but was so tired that I had to give up. When I got back to it today I was hooked. The writing is excellent.

I hope that you have had a good Tuesday. Tomorrow is WWW Wednesday and Top 5 Wednesday.

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Random Things Tours – Book Review – It Only Takes A Minute by Sasha Lane

“I stare at the back of the closed front door for what could be five seconds, five minutes or five hours; I have no idea.”

Genre: Romantic Comedy 

Number of Pages: 159

Date of Publication: 27 May 2022

Publisher: Published by the Author

Rated: 5/5

My Review Summary: An enjoyable novella that kept me hooked until the end!


What if you could live in a different country for four weeks?

What if you could live a different life for four weeks?

That’s what this was supposed to be. Four weeks of sun, sea, and cocktails.

I wasn’t supposed to fall in love.

Do I go back to my old life, or risk starting a brand new one?

Does that really happen in real life, or just in the movies?

Life can change in an instant though. After all, it only takes a minute…


I saw this come up and had to go for it. I rarely read novellas and as I like to read the odd rom com it was the perfect combination! I was quite excited to get started on it and I was right to be. 

The writing was light, enjoyable and had me hooked from the beginning. I particularly liked the details of the little things, for example how the main character was packing her suitcase and what she was eating. It really brought the story to life without feeling like it was extra padding. It was cleverly done in that a lot of information was given, yet it didn’t drag. The style also made you feel involved in the story with the way that it was written i.e the characters thoughts were presented to you in such a way that it made you think about what she said.

The story also had an excellent pace to it.  The small details helped to slow it down and gave you a more rounded picture of what was happening specifically to the character at the time. Nothing felt rushed and there was good closure at the end. Sometimes I find that shorter stories aren’t able to fit in everything that is needed and end in an unsatisfactory manner, however this one was perfectly balanced. 

The chapters were mainly short with a couple of longer ones thrown in to make you want to keep on reading. I sometimes thought that there would be a new chapter then it carried on, which I didn’t mind (sometimes it can be annoying when you were just getting in to something and it moves away and on to something else!). 

The main character was likable and I enjoyed being on her journey of discovery. The story had a chatty style that focussed mainly on her thoughts (and her arguing with herself!) with the small details and conversations as secondary. I enjoyed this writing style as I didn’t have to think too much and I could just enjoy it for what it was. 

Lastly the settings. I loved being in Portugal and I enjoyed the way that the places and the food that the main character was eating was described. It was done in a neat manner that added to the story, rather than diverted your attention.

Overall I really enjoyed this story and wouldn’t mind reading more rom com novellas. I highly recommend it if you just want a light read.

⭐Rated 5/5⭐


 I live in South Yorkshire and work full time in the finance industry but write in my spare time allowing my imagination to have a whole lot of freedom as I write Chick lit/Romantic Comedy novels with a bit of added depth. They’re everyday women, dealing with trying to balance family, friends, careers and relationships, that hopefully readers can associate with. There’s plenty of humour added in there too.

I grew up in a small village and my writing came from always daydreaming about living somewhere exciting and doing something different. When I was about thirteen my friend and I used to write stories on her computer (which was really old and basic back then!). We wrote about boys and being grown up. It was probably just overactive teenage imagination but I was hooked on story telling from then on!

I didn’t dare believe that people from where I came from could ever achieve anything as exciting as writing a book. I’m glad that I proved myself wrong.

Although the main character is completely fictional, she does bare some of the characteristics that I do, but that’s also part of my writing style – I can laugh at myself, and this helps me to add humour to the story.

I have previously written a four book Rom Com series, and ‘It Only Takes A Minute’ is my first stand alone Novella.

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Library Book Review – Spring At Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin – #romcom #chicklit


Welcome to beautiful Hope Island where the sea sparkles, the daffodils are blooming and a blossoming romance is just around the corner… 

Bella has always had a sunny outlook and caring nature, despite recently falling on hard times. When she finds a handsome homeless man on her doorstep, her kind heart tells her she must help him. So, she invites Isaac into her cottage and into her life in ways she could never have imagined… 

But Isaac is not what he seems. He’s keeping a huge secret from Bella, yet he never expected to fall for this open, generous and charming woman. 

Bella can’t ignore the chemistry between her and Isaac, but she’s had her trust badly broken in her past. Will she run when she learns the truth about Isaac, or will he be the one man who can help Bella believe in love again? 


I wanted a book with a Spring feel to it and when I saw this on my Library App I knew I had to get it! It was longer than I expected, but I enjoyed reading it nonetheless.

The writing was light and full of feeling. Messages of love, hope and trust shone through and made it a lovely read. It was quite an emotional rollercoaster, but I was pleased with the ending! It felt like it took quite a long time to get to the end of the book, even though it was full of things happening, which is why I have rated it a 4 instead of 5. I felt that the story could have been wrapped up sooner. 

I enjoyed seeing the story from both of the main characters’ points of view as it gave you the full picture and a more reliable story. I liked seeing what the characters thought and then seeing how they acted.

The chapters were long and were sometimes split into the different points of view. I enjoyed getting a good chunk of the story from both sides before moving on. I really felt like I was on the journey with both characters and liked the mix of reading the characters thoughts as well as their conversation. 

The characters themselves were likable and I loved the relationship between Bella and her family and the growing relationship between Issac and Bella. As I said before it was quite an emotional rollercoaster of a journey that I feel could have been wrapped up sooner. There was quite a lot of will they/won’t they. 

Lastly the settings. I loved the beautiful setting of the bay and the contrast when the characters were in London. The description and detailing in the book was excellent and produced a beautiful backdrop for the characters’ love story. There were patches of description inbetween the conversations of the characters which nicely enhanced the story. 

Overall an enjoyable book, perfect for Spring!

⭐Rated 4/5⭐

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Book Review – Four Aunties And A Wedding by Jesse Sutanto – #bookreview #romcom


Meddy Chan has been to countless weddings, but she never imagined how her own would turn out. Now the day has arrived, and she can’t wait to marry her college sweetheart, Nathan. Instead of having Ma and the aunts cater to her wedding, Meddy wants them to enjoy the day as guests. As a compromise, they find the perfect wedding vendors: a Chinese-Indonesian family-run company just like theirs. Meddy is hesitant at first, but she hits it off right away with the wedding photographer, Staphanie, who reminds Meddy of herself, down to the unfortunately misspelled name.

Meddy realizes that is where their similarities end, however, when she overhears Staphanie talking about taking out a target. Horrified, Meddy can’t believe Staphanie and her family aren’t just like her own, they are The Family–actual mafia, and they’re using Meddy’s wedding as a chance to conduct shady business. Her aunties and mother won’t let Meddy’s wedding ceremony become a murder scene–over their dead bodies–and will do whatever it takes to save her special day, even if it means taking on the mafia.

The aunties are back, fiercer than ever and ready to handle any catastrophe–even the mafia–in this delightful and hilarious sequel by Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of Dial A for Aunties.


I have been waiting for this book to come out ever since I knew that it was being written. I absolutely loved the first book, Dial A For Aunties, and recommend it to people all the time. There was a tiny amount of doubt in my mind as to whether this second one would be able to live up to its predecessor. I am thrilled to say that it did live up to it and I will now be recommending the both of them! 

The writing was just fantastic. It was light, entertaining and absolutely hilarious. It had me laughing out loud numerous times. It takes a lot for a book to make me even laugh, let alone out loud. I love the way that the Aunts speak and the way that they are generally portrayed. There is such a strong message of family love and support the whole way through which is lovely to read about. 

The book was split into three parts with each part being given an amusing quote. The chapters were generally long, but they didn’t feel like a chore to get through. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it from beginning to end. There was a good flow to the story and you just never knew what was going to happen next. I enjoyed the twist at the end that I never saw coming! 

The Aunts are just brilliant characters and to have another family brought in to mirror the Aunts was excellent. The Aunts in particular though brought so much sparkle and life to the whole story. Their family dynamic is great to read about and lends itself naturally to everything that happens. Nothing felt forced and even though it bordered on the ridiculous at times, you kind of just accepted it as the norm for these characters! 

Lastly the settings. Whilst the book is largely character focussed (as it should be with these brilliant characters) there were some lovely descriptions of the wedding venue which has made me want to investigate Oxford more.  

Overall I absolutely loved this book, definitely worth more than 5 stars! I highly recommend reading both books!

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

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Stacking The Shelves

Welcome to my Stacking The Shelves post, hosted by Reading Reality.

So this week has been a busy stacking the shelves week! I have I have signed up for 2 Blog Tours for June, got 2 books from the library for myself and 3 books from the library for my son:

Blog Tour Books:

War Babies by Rachel Billington

Book Description:

“A woman lies unconscious on the carpet of a smart Westminster apartment, one red high-heeled shoe has fallen off…

A younger woman lies with her eyes closed, half-hidden under a drinks cabinet…
Her fingers clutch an empty bottle…

What happens when a mother withholds her love?
When she has no love to withhold?
When she sees her three daughters as obstacles to her own formidable career?

This is the story of three sisters, Millie, Di and Cleo.

They are the war babies.
Growing up in a world still in turmoil, hungover from war, the sisters struggle to leave behind their mother and build their own lives.

Each sister is lost in her own world where extreme need leads to extreme behaviour.
Then a tragic event forces Cleo, the youngest and wildest, to become the catalyst to smash the pattern.

Who will adapt and survive in this new world?
Who will find peace?

From London to New York and to Vietnam, the focus shifts from one sister to the next, putting human nature, its flaws and its virtues, under the spotlight.

With elements of a psychological thriller, Rachel Billington observes her characters with clinical detachment, but also with wit and understanding.
Yet there is hope at the heart of this story which will leave the reader wondering long after the final twist is revealed.”

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 8 June so keep an eye out for my review!

Do No Harm by Jack Jordan

Book Description:

“My child has been taken. And I’ve been given a choice…
Kill a patient on the operating table. Or never see my son again.

The man lies on the table in front of me.
As a surgeon, it’s my job to save him.
As a mother, I know I must kill him.
You might think that I’m a monster.
But there really is only one choice.
I must get away with murder.
Or I will never see my son again.


My Library Books:

Four Aunties and A Wedding by Jesse Sutanto (click for link to Goodreads)

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (click for link to Goodreads)

My Son’s Library Books:

How The Camel Got His Hump by Rudyard Kipling (click for link to Goodreads)

Barkley by Rebecca Crane (click for link to Goodreads)

Dandy and Dazza by Mike Dumbleton (click for link to Goodreads)

What have you been stacking your shelves with this week?

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Friday Night Reading – #romcom #contemporaryfiction

Yet again it has been a short night for reading. I have only managed to finish reading the epilogue of Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Sutanto, and then drafting a review for it, followed by a couple of chapters of my Blog Tour book, Behind the Olive Trees by Francesca Catlow.

I absolutely loved Four Aunties and a Wedding and hope to finalise the review tomorrow, ready to be posted later on in the day.

I need to read more of my Blog Tour book, otherwise I will start panicking for time. It’s not due until 6 May, but I would like a bit of time to perfect the review!

It will be a busy day tomorrow with all my end of the month posts, but I do like a monthly wrap up! Hopefully I will be able to get a longer reading evening, but we shall see!

Happy Reading!


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Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Hook, Line and Sinker by Tessa Bailey

“Hannah Bellinger had always been more of a supporting actress than a leading lady.”

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Number of Pages: 400

Date of Publication: 14 April 2022

Publisher: Avon

Rated: 5/5

My Review Summary: A light, entertaining read that I struggled to put down!


King crab fisherman Fox Thornton has a reputation as a sexy, carefree flirt. Everyone knows he’s a guaranteed good time–in bed and out–and that’s exactly how he prefers it. Until he meets Hannah Bellinger. She’s immune to his charm and looks, but she seems to enjoy his… personality? And wants to be friends? Bizarre. But he likes her too much to risk a fling, so platonic pals it is.

Now, Hannah’s in town for work, crashing in Fox’s spare bedroom. She knows he’s a notorious ladies’ man, but they’re definitely just friends. In fact, she’s nursing a hopeless crush on a colleague and Fox is just the person to help with her lackluster love life. Armed with a few tips from Westport’s resident Casanova, Hannah sets out to catch her coworker’s eye… yet the more time she spends with Fox, the more she wants him instead. As the line between friendship and flirtation begins to blur, Hannah can’t deny she loves everything about Fox, but she refuses to be another notch on his bedpost.

Living with his best friend should have been easy. Except now she’s walking around in a towel, sleeping right across the hall, and Fox is fantasizing about waking up next to her for the rest of his life and… and… man overboard! He’s fallen for her, hook, line, and sinker. Helping her flirt with another guy is pure torture, but maybe if Fox can tackle his inner demons and show Hannah he’s all in, she’ll choose him instead?

In the follow-up to It Happened One Summer, Tessa Bailey delivers another deliciously fun rom-com about a former player who accidentally falls for his best friend while trying to help her land a different man…


I had seen the first book (It Happened One Summer) around on Instagram and had that on hold at the library when this one came up as a Blog Tour. I jumped at the chance and hoped that I would be able to read the first one beforehand! As it happened I did manage to read the first one and loved it, so I had high hopes for this one. It didn’t disappoint. In fact I would even go so far as to say that I preferred this second one, but you do need to read It Happened One Summer first, because not only are there are a few references dotted around, it also helps to give a more rounded picture of the main character in this story, Hannah.

The writing was light, entertaining and had me hooked from the beginning. I struggled to put it down and looked forward to reading more of it each evening. Some of the intimacy scenes were quite lengthy in places, but they didn’t do anything to hamper my enjoyment of the book. I enjoyed the style of writing and the fact that it was all character thought and conversation. You didn’t really need a lot of other details because you were so drawn in to what was happening to the characters.

The chapters were fairly lengthy, but it didn’t feel like a chore to get to the end. I was completly taken in and it came as a surprise when I was suddenly at the end of a chapter! Some were clearly split with little pictures of anchors, which I enjoyed (the split indicated a change in character perspective so it was always clear as to what was going on).

I liked the way that each chapter was taken from the point of view of either Hannah or Fox and were generally first one of them then the other. For a split chapter it was the same, first one and then the other. It was easy to follow and built up the story well. It was good to see what the other character was thinking at the same time as the other one. I feel like I got to know the characters really well and really routed for them. 

Lastly on the chapters, I enjoyed the epilogue at the end. It was nice to see what the characters did next and gave me closure. 

With regards to the characters I loved them. I loved all their flaws and the way that Hannah wanted to help Fox. It was great to be able to see their relationship grow and for them to grow as individuals. It was a generally enjoyable (and emotional!) journey to be on with them and it was this that made me prefer this story over the first one.

There were some emotional moments, and it was lovely to see the characters work through them (both individually and together) and to come out the other side stronger. 

Lastly the settings. I loved the seaside village setting and think that it was a great backdrop for the story of Hannah and Fox. I loved the way that Hannah came back from LA and a little more of Westport was described. 

Overall I loved it and would recommend it once you have read It Happened One Summer. 

⭐Rated 5/5⭐


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