2014 Reading: #44 Rachel Hore’s A Week in Paris

Book 44 was a Netgalley review book – A Week in Paris by Rachel Hore. I love Hore, she is one of my favourite authors, so I was very excited to be reviewing this book!

I really enjoyed this book. I found the beginning of the book a little slow but once I got past the first few chapters I was hooked. I did not want to put this book down! We follow life in wartime Paris – the horrors everyone had to face and the bravery shown by many. This is such a good book!

Addition: Netgalley review e-book
Genre: Historical fiction
Published: 2014
Rating: 4 out of 5

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2014 Reading: #43 Katy Hollway’s The Days of Eliora

The Days of Eliora

Katy Hollway’s The Days of Eliora was book 43 in 2014. This is the second novel by Hollway, and the second in the Remnant Chronicles series.

Like with her first novel, I wasn’t sure what to expect – when this book is set or who the main characters will be. However, that should not put you off this book. Set in the times of Moses as he follows God’s orders to see his people freed, we follow Eliora, a girl stuck between the Hebrew and Egyptian worlds. It is hard to say what I thought coherently! I did enjoy this book, I wanted to keep reading and I found myself thinking about it. However, I didn’t like some of the storylines! I will write a proper review of this book, but I would rate it 4 out of 5 because I wanted to keep reading, and I would recommend it.

Addition: Paperback
Genre: Young Adult
Published: 2014
Rating: 4 out of 5

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2014 Reading: #42 Bill Bryson’s Notes From a Small Island

Bill Bryson’s Notes From a Small Island was book number 42 in 2014. This book has been on our bookcase for a while so I put it down as part of my Mount TBR challenge. I have now read 9 books in that challenge!

I didn’t know what to expect with this book. I was worried I would find it boring as I do prefer fiction novels, however, I was pleasantly surprised. I found myself enjoying this book – even chuckling in places! It took a while to read, I found that more than one chapter at a time made the book drag a bit but overall this was a good read. I laughed in some places and found the discovery of areas of Britain I knew nothing about fascinating. I would definitely recommend this book.

Addition: Paperback
Genre: Non-fiction
Published: 1995
Rating: 3 out of 5

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2014 Reading: #41 Robert Galbraith’s The Silkworm

Book number 41 (I’m still excited that I have passed my goal!) was Robert Galbraith’s The Silkworm. This is book number 2 in the Cormoran Strike series. I had reserved this book from the library, as soon as I had finished The Cuckoo’s Calling but I couldn’t wait to read this book so ended up borrowing my Mum’s Kindle to read it!

This story is a lot darker than the first in the series, and I’m sure there were parts I didn’t quite understand but overall – great book! I couldn’t put it down. I was gripped. I didn’t guess the ending and I just really enjoyed this book. I hope we get more books in this series.

Addition: E-book and audiobook
Genre: Mystery, crime, detective
Published: 2014
Rating: 4 out of 5

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2014 Reading: #40 Debbie Macomber’s 74 Seaside Avenue

I HAVE FINISHED MY READING CHALLENGE!!!! But more on that another time!

Number 40 was Debbie Macomber’s 74 Seaside Avenue, a Cedar Cove novel. I haven’t read a Cedar Cove novel in a long time. I read a load of them together and got a bit fed up with them, however, I have been enjoying the series on TV and thought I would have another go. I am pleased to say I did enjoy this read. It was nice to spend time with old friends! I found some storylines a bit predictable, others a but unbelievable, but I still enjoyed the book. It didn’t take long to read it and I am considering reserving the next one at the library.

Addition: Paperback, library book
Genre: Chick-lit
Published: 2005
Rating: 3 out of 5

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15 September 2014: Currently Reading

Are you like me…do you have more than one book on the go? For me, the breakdown is simple: What I am reading and What I have started but not picked up in a while:

What I Am Reading

Radical Growth
Havilah Cunnington

The pathway to the radical growth you’re wanting is not complex. It’s not some unattainable, envy-provoking vision or dream meant to torment you with its impossibility. However – let’s be honest, no one has a vibrant life by accident. No one has a flourishing garden unintentionally. Simply put, vibrant living looks like a life grown on purpose. With clear understanding of God’s heart toward you, a commitment to 100 % obedient, and and unrelenting determination to follow truth, radical growth is possible. It’s a life that’s within your reach! This practical guidebook will give you daily access to being your own journey of living a radical and vibrant life!

This is a devotional series too, and you can join in by watching the videos here. This is the promo video for it:

74 Seaside Avenue
Debbie Macomber
Library book

Dear Reader, I’m living a life I couldn’t even have “dreamed” of a few years ago. I’m married to Bobby Polgar now (you know, the famous chess champion who just happens to be the man I love ). And we’ve got this beautiful house with a view of Puget Sound.

But lately something’s been worrying Bobby. When I asked, he said he was “protecting his queen”–and I got the oddest feeling he wasn’t talking about chess but about “me.” He wouldn’t say anything else.

Do you remember Get Nailed, the beauty salon in Cedar Cove? I still work there. I’ll tell you about my friend Rachel, who’s got two men interested in her (count ‘em, “two”). And I’ll let you in on what I’ve heard about Linnette McAfee, who left town when her love life fell apart. (“That” kind of trouble I know all about.) Come in soon for a manicure and a chat, okay?

Teri (Miller) Polgar

Notes From A Small Island
Bill Bryson
Paperback – off my Mount TBR pile

“Suddenly, in the space of a moment, I realized what it was that I loved about Britain-which is to say, all of it.”

After nearly two decades spent on British soil, Bill Bryson-bestsellingauthor of The Mother Tongue and Made in America-decided to returnto the United States. (“I had recently read,” Bryson writes, “that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another,so it was clear that my people needed me.”) But before departing, he set out ona grand farewell tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home.

Veering from the ludicrous to the endearing and back again, Notes from a Small Island is a delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation that has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie’s Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey. The result is an uproarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain, from the satiric pen of an unapologetic Anglophile.

A Week in Paris
Rachel Hore
Netgalley review e-book

1961: Born on the day that WW2 broke out, 21-year-old Fay Knox cannot remember her early childhood in London, before she moved to a Norfolk village with her mother, Kitty. Though she has seen a photograph of her father, she does not recall him either. He died, she was told, in an air raid, and their house destroyed along with all their possessions. Why then, on a visit to Paris on tour with her orchestra, does a strange series of events suggest that she spent the war there instead? There is only one clue to follow, an address on the luggage label of an old canvas satchel. But will the truth hurt or heal?

1937: Eugene Knox, a young American doctor, catches sight of 19-year-old Kitty Travers on the day she arrives in Paris, and cannot get her out of his mind. She has come to study the piano at the famed Conservatoire, and lodges at a convent near Notre Dame. Eugene and Kitty will fall in love, marry and have a daughter, but France’s humiliating defeat by Germany is not far behind, and the little family must suffer life under Nazi occupation. Some Parisians keep their heads down and survive, others collaborate with the enemy while others resist. The different actions of Eugene, Kitty and their friends will have devastating consequences that echo down the generations.

What I have started but not picked up in a while

All Quiet on the Western Front
Erich Maria Remarque

Jesus, Meet Him Again…For the First Time
Paul Smith

The Approval Fix
Joyce Meyer
Netgalley review e-book

What are you currently reading?

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Recent Book Purchases…

I LOVE buying books! I have so many to read, yet that doesn’t stop me buying and borrowing more. And this week was no different! Earlier in the week I was enticed onto Amazon…a dangerous place for me…and treated myself too:

The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt
I have read The Secret History by Tartt, which I enjoyed, so am looking forward to reading this. It is a bit long though…!

The One Plus One
Jojo Moyes
I have had a mixed experience with Jojo Moyles. I loved Me Before You and yet didn’t finish The Girl You Left Behind, so it will be interesting to see how I get on with this novel.

Haha, good thing I have a “pocket money” account!

Yesterday, I was in WHSmith with my husband, and he treated himself to the new Lee Child hardback book, and because he got a book, I was allowed to spend the same amount on books, from the joint account! I pondered and decided, I could get more Kindle books for the same amount, so I downloaded:

The White Princess
Philippa Gregory
Ooo I do like Gregory’s novels. This is book five in the Cousin’s War series. I have read the first two books in this series, and have books three and four waiting to be read. I can’t wait to get to them!

A Time to Kill
John Grisham
Now this is an oldie! I have read a few Grisham books and recently bought my husband Sycamore Row, but I haven’t read A Time to Kill so can’t read Sycamore Row once he has finished. Looking forward to reading this one a lot.

Looking For Alaska
John Green
I recently read The Fault in Our Stars – I read it in one sitting – and loved it! When I saw this wasn’t very much on Amazon, I was quick to download it!

Blossom Street Brides
Debbie Macomber
This is one of my favourite reading series. It is girly, but a comfort. For ages I have been hoping Macomber would bring out another Blossom Street book, and she has! I am one pleased girl!

I also downloaded a free Cedar Cove short story, When They First Met, by Debbie Macomber.

Plus, from my Mum I borrowed:

The Silkworm
Robert Galbraith
I have only recently finished The Cuckoo’s Calling, which is the first novel from Galbraith and the first in the Cormoran Strike books, yet I really enjoyed it. I am very much looking forward to reading this second novel by Galbraith.

So, quite a haul this week. I am quite pleased with myself! Have you read any of the above? What have you been buying this week?

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2014 Reading: #39 Mark Driscoll’s Death By Love

Number 39 in 2014 was a book off my Mount TBR pile, Death By Love by Mark Driscoll. This book has been sitting on my shelf for a long time. In fact, I had previously started this book so it was good to finish it!

This was a challenging read, for two reasons. The first, is that I struggled with some of the theology. Now, I don’t think that is a bad thing. I like being challenged, and having theological questions, and this book provided that. The second reason is a negative – there were times I didn’t think it was very well written, it just didn’t seem clear in places. However, this was a good read. It was hard going, some of the stories were tough to read, but God is good! That is what I took from this book. Whatever we are facing, Jesus can overcome it all. He died and rose again for me, and that is amazing.

Addition: Hardback
Genre: Christian
Published: 2008
Rating: 3 out of 5

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2014 Reading: #38 Sally Clarkson’s You Are Loved

Book number 38 in 2014 was Sally Clarkson’s You Are Loved. This book was written to accompany the online Christian devotion, You Are Loved, by the Love God Greatly team.

I found this devotional online and this book I could borrow from Amazon, and I enjoyed both of them. They are so helpful, full of truth and easy to engage with. I loved how honest and encouraging this book was; and I loved how it was so Scripture-based. This was such a good read – a must-read, as it is so important to know how much God loves you. Here is a link one of my favourite quotes from the book.

Addition: E-book
Genre: Christian
Published: 2014
Rating: 4 out of 5

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2014 Reading: #37 Robert Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling

Book number 37 is Robert Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling, the first book in the Cormoran Strike series. Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym, the author of this novel also goes by J. K. Rowling! And what a novel it is…!

I have read all the Harry Potter novels, and loved them – I even queued at midnight for the release of the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – so when I discovered that Robert Galbraith was actually Rowling, I was eager to read this book. Recently, I have found my reading tastes have changed a little. In the past, I wouldn’t have read a detective novel, for fear of it scaring me I think, yet over the past year or so I have started to really enjoy them. This book is no different. I started it as an audiobook, but about halfway in, I was so eager to find out what happens in the end, I downloaded the book and read it much quicker than it would have been read to me. I really enjoyed this book, I couldn’t put it down. I recommended it to my Mum (no surprises there!) and she also enjoyed it. This is such a good read – and not at all like Harry Potter!

Addition: E-book and audiobook
Genre: Mystery, crime, detective
Published: 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5

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