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THR SECOND CUP BY SARAH MARIE GRAYE – BOOK REVIEW

I did get to about a third of the way through but there were many characters with the story lines going from past to present and I found it really hard to keep up with it all. The writing was good and the concept of the story, it was just too much for me.  Please read it for yourself as you may well really enjoy this story.

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THE VANITY FAIR DIARIES BY TINA BROWN – BOOK REVIEW

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This was very interesting learning about what the magazine industry used to be like and for anyone wanting to know about journalism in the 80’s. Not that long ago but so much has changed and will continue to do so I feel. A cut throat business that discarded you as soon as your face did not fit.

So many contributing factors affected each magazine.  You would think that rising sales above expectation would please the editor but if advertising rates have not been set to cover all sales then that is no good at all. The start of the glossy pages that warranted brilliant photos, you had to get the best photographer for your magazine.

There were 2,500 new magazines launched between 1979 and 1989! What a difference to now as many are only digital versions these days. Only the best are still in print!  This book is a world of knowledge and really very interesting.

A MAP OF THE DARK BY KAREN ELLIS – BOOK REVIEW 11th January

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I really do like these police adventures, this one is about missing teenagers.  The detective Elsa Myers has a bad history herself with the story going back remembering that, while the present day mystery is happening at the same time.  Very well written as I didn’t get confused at all and really enjoyed it. FBI agent Elsie Myers will have to find herself and face her past as well as get to the missing child. There is a lot in this story to make you want to carry on for all the answers.

Problems with Elsa’s family including her sick and dying father make this a heartfelt read as well as a police case.  The characters all blend together and stick out for their own values, I am sure this will be the start of a series and will be one to look out for during 2018. Karen Ellis will be a name to remember, she has a unique style of writing that will jel with many people.

BOOKS ALREADY ON MY LIST TO READ IN 2018

I am looking forward to reading Lisa Cutts mystery after meeting her at our Book Festival also Susie Orbach and William Shaw.

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This Dawn French book/diary I have only just received and it is brilliant so I will be adding bits from that into my blog during the year.  I think this is the year of your journal whether it be a diary, bullet journal or charts it is just what you are comfortable with. Write down your thoughts, dreams, ideas and just about anything you want to. Why not take a look at your bucket list or have you got a dreaming of gifts I would like list, there are endless ideas and you can find many of them here on Pinterest just click this link.

Looks like I had better get reading, I have some reviews to post from December but they will be posted on publishing day during January. These look very good and I cannot wait to get stuck into them, happy reading.

A DEATH IN THE NIGHT BY GUY FRASER-SAMPSON – BOOK REVIEW

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Another brilliant old style police murder mystery by Guy Fraser-Sampson, set in Hampstead, London with the police we have come to know and love in Guys stories.  I think this is the best one so far and I really hope he will write some more in this series as it grips you, with the old-fashioned breaking down of clues and suspects.  I did think I knew who committed the murder but then other red herrings were thrown up so I changed my mind.  It is nice seeing the same characters and getting to know a bit more about them they bring the modern into the story. Once you start reading this you can’t help but carry on collecting the clues and even though the police were at the event where it all took place it didn’t help them a bit, which I thought was good. definitely a must for your reading list this year.

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TOP BOOKS OF LAST YEAR 2017

Considering I read 60 books it was easily decided by me which I thought were the best. How did I decide?  By the ones that really stood out, that I can remember, that kept me awake, and that kept me turning those pages and some that were just that bit different.

This is what I decided, the top spot was, OVER MY SHOULDER BY PATRICIA DIXON. I absolutely loved this book and thought it was so very nice the kind words Patricia said about me on the Facebook post.

 

 

This was a surprise one as it really took me a good couple of goes to get into this book but I was so pleased that I did persevere as again it was superb.

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RUTH HOGAN did a brilliant job in writing this story, such an unusual topic but it was very catchy and again had me turning the pages and it made such a nice change to read something that was a bit different.

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AMANDA PROWSE is one of my favourite authors, I love all her books and they are all very different.  She does write from the heart and you can feel all the emotion in her writing especially if she has experienced some of the topics she writes about.

JULIE WASSMER is a local writer to myself, with her books set in her home town of Whitstable. I do love reading stories that are set in places I know as it makes for better enjoyment as I can picture where the events are taking place.

 

 

Then we have the others that I thoroughly enjoyed, I really got into thrillers and suspense last year and am still really enjoying them.  I am not sure a romance is going to do it for me now so have to put a bit of murder in with it.

 

 

So as we begin 2018 I have set my target for the year at 65 you can see all my books that I have read on Goodreads here.  All my reviews you can find on my blog here.

Happy reading x

JANUARY 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FOLLOWERS.

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These things are said so easily but not as easy to do but at least we can start the year off on a positive note and say ‘yes’ I will be like that.

RESOLUTIONS?

I wonder what the point is as it all only last’s a couple of months if your good but still we do it.  I have a few this year that I am going to really try to stick to.  Yes I know I have said that before!

  1.  Start the diet and not give up.
  2.  Finish the two books I am writing.
  3.  Take a photo everyday.
  4.  Fill in my lists of life, see next blog for all your organisation needs.
  5.  My reading challenge is 65 books for 2018.
  6.  To save and not spend on stuff I don’t really need.
  7.  Take my make up off before bed.
  8.  Get the mirror wardrobe doors fitted.

Think I had better stop, the more you think about things then the more you could write down, 8 is enough and everything on my list is easily done.  It is sticking to it and having the motivation to carry it through also to not get ill as that wipes me out.

What are your resolutions?

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