February 2016 Wrap Up


… and I’m home!  But what with the running here and there to catch up with people and get everything sorted, I was left with little time for reading.  That’s definitely a recurring theme this year, but I’m cool with that – though it would be nice if things started to calm down a bit! Continue reading


Top 5 Best Books Recommended By My Mum

T5WThis week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is Best Books Recommended To You.  Scrolling through my Goodreads read shelf, though, I saw most of the books I’ve read in the past couple of years have been recommendations.  That’s why I’ve decided to narrow if down to books recommended to me by my mother.

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A Touch Of Stardust, Kate Alcott

atostardustJulie Crawford left Fort Wayne, Indiana with dreams of being a Hollywood screenwriter. Unfortunately, her new life is off to a rocky start. Fired by the notoriously demanding director of Gone With the Wind, she’s lucky to be rescued by Carole Lombard, whose scandalous affair with the still-married Clark Gable is just heating up.

As Carole’s assistant, Julie suddenly has a front-row seat to two of the world’s greatest love affairs. And while Rhett and Scarlett—and Lombard and Gable—make movie history, Julie is caught up in a whirlwind of outsized personalities and overheated behind-the-scenes drama … not to mention a budding romance of her own.

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All My Friends Are Superheores, Andrew Kaufman

allmyfriendsAll Tom’s friends really are superheroes. Tom even married a superhero, the Perfectionist. But at their wedding the Perfectionist is hypnotized by her ex, Hypno, to believe that Tom is invisible. Nothing he does can make her see him.

Six months later the Perfectionist is sure that Tom has abandoned her, so she’s moving to Vancouver. She’s going to use her superpower to leave all the heartbreak behind. With no idea that Tom is beside her she boards the plane: Tom has until they touch down to convince her he’s there, or he loses her forever…

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Only Ever Yours, Louise O’Neill

onyleveryoursIn a world in which baby girls are no longer born naturally, women are bred in schools, trained in the arts of pleasing men until they are ready for the outside world. At graduation, the most highly rated girls become “companions”, permitted to live with their husbands and breed sons until they are no longer useful.

For the girls left behind, the future – as a concubine or a teacher – is grim.

Best friends Freida and Isabel are sure they’ll be chosen as companions – they are among the most highly rated girls in their year.

But as the intensity of final year takes hold, Isabel does the unthinkable and starts to put on weight. ..
And then, into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride.

Freida must fight for her future – even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known. . .

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