My Favourite Romances & Valentines Giveaway!

Generally speaking, I can class my two favourite types of romances into two categories: the old classics, and the heart breakers. I absolutely love old-fashioned romances, and Jane Austen has been my firm favourite since I first discovered Pride & Prejudice at a young age. I’ve religiously read her 6 novels countless times, and so blossomed a love of regency romances. I’m also a sucker for punishment when it comes to love stories, and will judge how amazing a book is by how many tears I shed. The more the better, for my twisted love of heartache.

pride and preludice pbPride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen

A timeless classic, and one that I will never grow tired of reading over, and over, and over again. I love everything about this book, and about Austen’s writing. It will always be my go-to in times of comfort and need, and the film adaptations have provided equal solace in many desperate times. (Matthew Macfadyen or Colin Firth, I’m not picky!)




the time travelers wifeThe Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffeneggar

This falls into the second category of rip-my-hear-out-and-crush-it-between-your-pages kind of book. The first time I read it, I actually had to stop and put it down for about 15 minutes until my sobbing subsided, my eyes stopped stinging and I could finally breathe and see again. It is just beautiful, in the most agonising way.




me before you

Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes

Another one that shattered my heart into thousands of tiny pieces, and also one of the most stunning books I’ve ever read. I can’t even think about it without feeling my chest tighten. If you haven’t read this book, you simply must. It’s a game-changer.




if you could see me now

If You Could See Me Now, by Cecelia Ahern

It’s difficult to pick out my favourite Cecelia book, as I absolutely love them, and at least five would probaby be on this list in all honesty. PS I Love You, deserves a mention as the first of hers I read, which has started a long term love, but I just adored If You Could See Me Now. Infused with magic and the wonder of believing, this book just takes you on such a beautiful journey.



the fault in our starsThe Fault In Our Stars, by John Green

You probably don’t need telling which category this one falls into! John Green is an evil genius, who’s life mission appears to be breaking hearts across the globe. The film was wonderful, but it just can’t really touch on the beauty and pain found between the pages of the book. Warning: you will be reduced to a snivelling, disgusting mess. Curse you, John Green.




love me for me

Love Me For Me, by Jenny Hale

I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned it, but I kinda love this book!! I think you’ve probably heard me say it enough times, so I won’t go on to much, but Love Me For Me is one of the loveliest, pure and simple romance stories I’ve ever read.





As a Valentines gift from me to you, I’m giving TWO lovely people the chance to win their choice of my favourite romances, listed above. Happy Valentines Day!

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Book Releases: 9th October 2014

There’s tonnes of amazing book releases today! Here’s some of the ones I’m most looking forward to:

The Year I Met YouThe Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern

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I am a HUGE Cecelia Ahern fan, so I’m so excited to get my hands on this one!



I will marry george clooneyI Will Marry George Clooney (By Christmas…) by Tracy Bloom

My Review
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A fun and frothy Christmas read, with an outrageous but amusing plot.


our zoo

Our Zoo by June Mottershead

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It had me at penguins. That cover is amazing. It also just looks like a fabulous book, and being the animal lover I am, I can’t wait to read it.


it started with paris

It Started With Paris by Cathy Kelly

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Between the stunning cover, a Parisian setting and my past enjoyment of Cathy Kelly, I’m really looking forward to reading this one.



The Seafront Tea Rooms

The Seafront Tea Rooms by Vanessa Greene

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I’ve seen lots of talk about this one and it sounds great. Add a cute as hell vintage cover and I’m all over it!



The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce

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This sounds SO interesting and mysterious, I can’t wait to read it! I’m so intrigued by it.


shane filanMy Side of Life: The Autobiography by Shane Filan

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Okay, not normally the kind of book I post about but I love him and I don’t care. Just look at him. *Swoon*

Holiday Reads – 21 out of 12!

If you saw my previous Holiday Reads post, you’ll know I took a lot of time deciding which books I would read on my two week escape to the sunshine, and after much deliberation, I narrowed it down to 12 carefully selected choices. I was a little worried this was too many for a 14 day holiday where we planned to do quite a lot, but I obviously didn’t need to be. I ended up reading 21 books.

I was SO HAPPY with my choices and read so many amazing, beautiful, wonderful stories. I managed to get through both many review copies and lots that I’d bought for myself but hadn’t had/made time between review copies previously. I’d luckily made sure my kindle was stocked up before leaving, just in case! (Except after reading one particular book I did have to scavenger around for the hotel wifi to buy the other two to read immediately, I’m looking at you Rebecca Raisin!!)

Here’s what I read (in the order I read them): Continue reading

Holiday Reads!

Only 3 days to go till Mr and I set off to Egypt, and I can’t believe how quickly it’s come around! We started planning a holiday around April, and it felt so far away, but the last month or so has just flown by and now the time is actually here!

Packing is always a bitch, and for the book lover, even more so. It does pose some certain Bookworm Problems. While 2 glorious weeks off in the sun will provide me with lots of lovely reading time by the pool, there’s a couple of things I have to keep in mind. Continue reading