Five for Friday – Christmas reads 2015

Hey there,

Happy Friday!

I’ve been homing in on my Christmas reads, so in this year’s final Five for Friday, here they are:

The Art of Christmas – Jane Lovering

Christmas at Cranberry Cottage – Talli Roland

Cora’s Christmas kiss – Alison May

How to stuff up Christmas – Rosie Blake

One hundred Christmas proposals – Holly Martin

What are you reading this December? I’d love to know so please get in touch to tell me either here or on twitter!

Have a great weekend.

Elle. 🙂 xx

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Five for Friday – Recent reads

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Happy Friday!

It’s been some time since I shared my favourite books, so here, as a Five for Friday, are my top 5 recent reads:

Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

Set in the worlds of the parents of Pirriwee public school, there is a death following the parents’ quiz night. Little Lies covers the six month period up to the death, until we discover who died and how it affects the lives of those involved.

The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman wants to find a wife and sets about using scientific methods to do so. Whilst intent on his purpose he becomes embroiled with Rosie, a young women the opposite of Don in every way, who is trying to find her biological father. Don is confounded by Rosie and starts behaving in ways very alien to him as he gets more involved in her life. It’s a lovely, warm, funny book and I’ve recently discovered a sequel, The Rosie Effect has just been published, so yay!

11/22/63 – Stephen King

I don’t like reading horror, so when I realised this was a Stephen King book that I would actually be able to read, I was chuffed. 11/22/63 is about a man going back in time with the goal of preventing Kennedy’s assassination. Jake Epping leaves 2011 to live a life that will lead him to the crucial day in November ’63. It’s a lengthy book and I’ve read a lot of criticism of it because of that, but I didn’t find it too long.

What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty

Alice hits her head at the gym and wakes up worried she has damaged the baby she has been carrying for three months. The trouble is, she’s nearly 40 and the baby is now a teenager with two younger siblings and she can’t remember the intervening period. Liane Moriarty is fast becoming one of my favourite authors as she always provides an unusual and interesting story.

Apple Tree Yard – Louise Doughty

Yvonne Carmichael is a respectable, middle-aged scientist who embarks on an affair that turns out to be the catalyst for a series of events that land her in the dock at the Old Bailey. At first I thought this book was moralising along the if a woman does bad things, worse things will happen to her lines, but is was cleverer than that. It’s one of my top five reads because it was so well written and was a genuine can’t-go-to bed-till-I’ve-finished- it page turner, which doesn’t happen often, but I didn’t find it a comfortable read.

I’d love to know about your favourite recent reads, so if you want to tell me, please get in touch either here or on twitter.

Much love,

Elle 🙂 xx

Five for Friday – Anticipated Books

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Happy Friday! Hope you are well today.

This post from Novelicious got me thinking. Which soon to be released books am I looking forward to reading? There are many, but in the spirit of my Five for Friday posts, here are my top um…five.

Us – David Nicholls

One Day is the only book by David Nicholls that I’ve read so far. Us is about difficulties in marriage mid-life as a husband finds out his wife plans to leave him. If One Day is anything to go by, I’m sure tears will be shed and the characters will stay with me long after I’ve finished reading.

The Night Falling – Katherine Webb

Katherine Webb is one of my favourite authors. I have enjoyed all her other novels so far, particularly The Misbegotten and A Half Forgotten Song, so I’m looking forward to what The Night Falling has in store. It’s set in 1920s Italy, a story of disparate lives coming together one hot summer.  It’s sure to hold plenty of mystery and have a vivid historical setting – perfect reading for an autumn weekend.

The Last Anniversary – Liane Moriarty

I get the impression that this has been released elsewhere already, but that UK publication is not until October? The first book of Liane Moriarty’s that I read was very popular The Husband’s Secret, but that was probably my least favourite so far. Little Lies and What Alice Forgot are on my list of top reads during 2014 and I know from now on I’ll be waiting not-so-patiently for each new release.

The Christmas Surprise – Jenny Colgan

The Christmas Surprise revisits Rosie Hopkins of Sweetshop of Dreams fame. It’s released in October, but I’m going to try to wait till December to read it. Good Luck me.

I’ll Take New York – Miranda Dickson

As well as introducing Bea and Jake,  I’ll Take New York revisits characters from Miranda’s first book Fairytale of New York. I look forward to Miranda’s books every year, so roll on December.

I’m looking forward to Christmas already. 🙂

I’d love to hear your recommendations for upcoming releases – let me know which you’re looking forward to most either here or on twitter!

Much love,

Elle 🙂 xx

Five for Friday – Books

Hey there,

Hope you are well today.

A couple of weeks ago I posted about feeling guilty because there are so many books I haven’t read and for one reason or another I feel I “should”.  I’m still in two minds about whether or not “should” will dictate any of my future reading – click here if you would like to see the original post.

I’ve talked a few times on the blog about my favourite books, although mainly about the books that have affected my life or influenced my wish to write.  Mostly, therefore, I’ve referred to books that I read when I was a child. I thought I’d bring things a little more up to date and share five books that are important to me from my (supposedly) grown up years. I’m not saying you “should” read them, only that I reckon you won’t be disappointed if you do. 🙂


Addition, Toni Jordan

Grace lives with a form of OCD. She counts everything in her life from the bristles on her toothbrush to the poppy seeds on her cake. She can’t live a “normal” life, but what is “normal” anyway and how can Seamus O’Reilly fit into her very structured world?

Fall Girl, Toni Jordan

Della Gilmore comes from a family of con artists. As Dr Ella Cranfield she sets her sights on millionaire Daniel Metcalf and elaborately plots to “encourage” him to donate to a bogus research project. Trouble is, Della hasn’t met anyone like Daniel before…

The Woman Destroyed, Simone de Beauvoir

Three separate stories, “The Age of Discretion,” “Monologue” and “The Woman destroyed” covering issues such as loss, loneliness and the fear of aging.

And the Band played on, Randy Shilts

Politics, People and the AIDS epidemic is the strapline. The book explores why AIDS spread in the US, highlighting the misplaced priorities and prejudices that enabled an epidemic.

The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Victoria grew up in the care system but has now reached adulthood and must fend for herself. She takes refuge in the language of flowers, the meanings flowers were ascribed in Victorian times.

Are any of your favourites on this list? Which books would you most recommend? I’d love to know, so please get in touch either here or on twitter.

Have a great weekend 🙂

Elle xx