Reading This Week: 10 June 2019

I finished a few books last week and got back on top of my blogging. I wasn’t as active on Twitter and Instagram as I would have liked so that’s something to work on.

I’ve been really busy at work, and that’s going to carry on for the next two weeks, but this is the kind of busy I like being. I have a trip to Aberdeen this week, which will be a long day, but also means I’ll get to spend at least four hours reading on the train (and it will count as work time). When travelling for work we have an agreement hat we will ignore each other until we get there as we like spending the train journey reading (and it’s too early in the morning to speak to anyone).

I’m not sure yet what I’m going to read this week. Because I’m so busy with work I don’t want to plan too much, rather I’ll see what I’m in the mood for.

I have an upcoming book tour next week which I’m really excited about (my first one) but I’m still waiting for the book to turn up so hopefully I’ll be reading that this week.

I finished my reading corner last week so I’d have a nice, cosy space to read. Unfortunately Dominick has decided it’s the best nap spot in the entire house so I don’t actually get to use it.

Dominick enjoying his new nap corner

What are you reading this week? How are your reading goals going?

Review: The Honeymoon ★★

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‘I’m your husband, Chloe. We’re a partnership now and we do what’s best for us as a couple. Staying here is going to be the best option.’ He picked up his drink and took a sip. ‘It’s not open for discussion. We’re not going home.’ 

Chloe had the dream wedding. Dan is her perfect man. They haven’t known each other for long, but as she walked down the aisle and saw him standing by the altar, tears glistening in his eyes, she knew this was forever. 

Later, as they relax on a beautiful island, settling in to their new married life together, they congratulate themselves on their lovely wedding day, and Dan jokes that he’d like them to stay there forever. 

But as the honeymoon goes on, he becomes increasingly adamant. They shouldn’t leave. In fact, he won’t let her… 

Chloe and Dan marry after knowing each other for only two months, and the book starts with them going on their honeymoon. Dan has cancelled Chloe’s dream honeymoon, and they’re flying to a different country. Chloe’s mad, but Dan’s just trying to be romantic, isn’t he?

I really wanted to like this book, but I couldn’t connect with the characters. I couldn’t understand why Chloe didn’t leave Dan early on, or why she kept trying to justify his behaviour.

There are secrets revealed throughout the book, both Chloe’s and her husband’s, to build up the tension as we try to understand what they’re both hiding. I also enjoyed the clues scattered throughout as to the twists in the book, but sadly I couldn’t get over my frustration with Chloe to fully engage with this.

I’ll admit that I’m not a very romantic person (and I don’t tend to enjoy romance in books and films) so if you’re a more romantic person you might find it easier to understand Chloe and enjoy this more than I did.

I will try other books by this author, but this one wasn’t my cup of tea.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for my copy of The Honeymoon. All opinions are my own.

Review: A Face In The Crowd ★★★.5

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Lucy gets the same bus every day.

She hopes to get a seat to herself, tries to avoid eye contact, and, if she’s really lucky, reads a chapter of her book. 

But it’s a Friday – and the bus is always crammed at the end of the week. Personal space doesn’t exist. She keeps her elbows close and clings to a pole at every juddering stop. 

When she gets off, something feels different. 

An envelope stuffed with thousands of pounds is in her bag. 

Is it the answer to her prayers, or the beginning of a nightmare? 

Because, in the end, everything has a price.

A Face in the Crowd starts with Lucy finding an envelope containing over £3000 in her bag after her usual bus trip home. This raises the interesting question of what you would do in this situation. Lucy knows she should hand it into the police but when unexpected living expenses come up, Lucy uses the money to cover the shortfall, and she’s soon spent over £1000. In this situation we’d all like to think we would do the right thing and hand the money in, but in a situation where you are struggling to make ends meet, would you be able to? It also made me think about at what point would you hand money in rather than keep it for yourself? If you find a pound coin on the floor you don’t think twice about pocketing in, but what if it was £20, £50? At what point as a society do we consider it stealing, rather than just good luck?

After Lucy has spent some of the money she begins to feel like she’s being followed. Is she just being paranoid, or is there someone watching her every move?

This was a bit of a slow build. For a while we see Lucy going about her life as normal, starting to spend the money as necessary before we get a sense that there’s something wrong (other than her finding thousands of pounds in her bag). It did build up the suspense well as there are plenty of suspects, and it’s not clear whether there really is a stalker, or if it’s just Lucy’s imagination. Finding large amounts of money generally means that there’s someone who wants it back, so is Lucy just feeling guilty?

This was an interesting read, but I would have liked to see the ending expanded on a bit more. It felt a bit rushed, and there were parts I thought could have been explained more. Overall I did enjoy the book, and I’ll look out for more from this author.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for my copy of the book. All opinions are my own.

Reading This Week: 3 June 2019

It’s the first full week in June which, in theory, means we’re almost in summer. However I live in Scotland and it’s rained every day for the last week so I’m not convinced.

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This week I have a few books that I bought recently after seeing great reviews by other blogs. There have been lots of fantastic reviews for Dead Inside over the last week so I had to buy a copy to see what all the fuss is about. I saw a lot of reviews for 55 when it was first released, and it sounds really interesting, so when I saw it on sale in the kindle store I had to but it. Degrees of Guilt has also had a lot of great reviews so I immediatley bought a copy.

I haven’t read as much as I would have liked for the last couple of weeks, but I’m really excited for all of these so hopefully they’ll get me out of my reading slump.

What are you reading this week? Have you ready any of these books?

May 2019 Round-Up

May is over and we’re almost in summer. This year is going so fast.

I didn’t have a great reading month in May. I only read eight books,

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I got some bad family news in May, which wasn’t completely unexpected but still pretty devestating. As a result my mental health has been up and down for the last couple of weeks.

I’m aware that I stop reading as much when my mental health starts slipping so I’m starting fresh in June. I have some books I’m really excited for, and a few ideas for blog posts.

How was your reading month? What are your plans for June?