52 Books in 52 Weeks

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I have started the year off with a very good intention of reading 52 books in 52 weeks. Alongside the reading, I had secretly planned to review each book. 8.5 books in, I have decided that I am reading at a much faster pace than I am writing, so although on paper I am not changing my goal, the reality of reviewing has hit me, and I have decided not to review each book. If you would like to ask for my opinion of a book, then I would more than happily give you a short review. I might even chose one a month to review, as I get a bit more into it. But for those who are interested (and you know, so that I actually stick to this goal) here are the books I have read so far in my challenge:

  1. Shopaholic to the Stars – Sophie Kinsella
  2. Rosie Hopkins Sweet Shop of Dreams – Jenny Colgan
  3. Christmas at Rosie Hopkins Sweet Shop – Jenny Colgan
  4. When I Fall in Love – Miranda Dickinson
  5. The Christmas Surprise – Jenny Colgan
  6. Paper Towns – John Green
  7. Girl Online – Zoe Sugg
  8. Looking for Alaska – John Green
  9. The Curvy Girls Club – Michele Gorman
  10. A Gift to Remember – Melissa Hill
  11. Do You Remember the First Time – Jenny Colgan
  12. Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery – Jenny Colgan
  13. Shopaholic on Honeymoon – Sophie Kinsella
  14. It Started with a Kiss – Miranda Dickinson
  15. The Year of Taking Chances – Lucy Diamond
  16. The Wish List – Jane Costello
  17. Always the Bridesmaid – Lindsey Kelk
  18. That Girl From Nowhere – Dorothy Koomson
  19. Girl in the Mirror – Cecelia Ahern
  20. Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella
  21. The Sweetest Taboo – Carole Matthews
  22. The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris – Jenny Colgan
  23. West End Girls – Jenny Colgan
  24. The Love Shack – Jane Costello
  25. Resistance is Futile – Jenny T Colgan
  26. Confessions of a Fashionista – Angela Clarke
  27. Go Set A Watchman – Harper Lee
  28. The Little Flower Shop By the Sea – Ali McNamara
  29. Summer at Shell Cottage – Lucy Diamond
  30. A Place to Call Home – Carole Marthews
  31. Let’s Meet on Platform 8 – Carole Matthews
  32. With or Without You – Carole Matthews
  33. All you need is Love – Carole Matthews
  34. Love, Lies and Lemon Cake – Sue Watson
  35. Amanda’s Wedding – Jenny Colgan
  36. Christmas at Heartbreak Cafe – Holly Greene
  37. A Proper Family Adventure – Chrissie Manby
  38. The Christmas List – Chrissie Manby
  39. Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell
  40. Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses – Jenny Hale
  41. A Parcel for Anna Browne – Miranda Dickinson
  42. A Diamond from Tiffany’s – Melissa Hill
  43. A Wedding at Christmas – Chrissie Manby
  44. Shopaholic to the Rescue – Sophie Kinsella
  45. A Girl’s Best Friend – Lindsey Kelk
  46. Bella’s Christmas Bake-Off – Sue Watson
  47. An Abundance of Katherines – John Green

Feel free to suggest some reads (nothing too scary!) and I will add it to the list! 🙂

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Book Review #1: The Charm Bracelet – Melissa Hill

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So, as promised from My Book Challenge, here is book review number one!

This is my very first book review (well, since I was in year 6 at primary school and I had to review the Babysitters club for my homework!) so I promise I will do my very best to not include any spoilers or give too much of the story away. If I do, please feel free to shout at me below!

This is the first book I have read by Melissa Hill and I have to say, I was not disappointed. The mystery of the charm bracelet really got me hooked from the start and I was keen to read on to find out more about its history. I love stories that link all of the characters together and this one did just that (I won’t say how as I’ll be breaking my promise!) but I would say if you liked Love Actually, then you would love this book too.

I got so absorbed in the story that I read it in 5 hours straight. In fact, the story has such an effect on me I decided that I was going to buy my very own charm bracelet and fill it with charms that would tell my life story. So, literally, that minute (I was on a plane and the duty free trolley came past!) I bought myself a new Pandora and my husband bought me my first 2 charms. (A crown because the way I carry on you would think I was royalty – his words not mine! And a present – as it was his gift to me) This type of behaviour is not unusual for me, I get so carried away with books that the fantasies I have been reading I have to turn into my reality – Steve was really screwed when I read the ‘I heart…’ series by Lindsey Kelk – I wanted to travel everywhere Angela had been (and I am very much working my way through the list as we speak!)

Anyway, back to The Charm Bracelet… The story follows Holly, a single parent, living in New York with her son. She was sent a charm bracelet years ago and regularly received charms from a mystery someone, each one commemorating something important in her life. When she discovers another bracelet similar to hers, she makes it her mission to find its owner and return it to them, knowing how precious she considers her own. I won’t spoil the ending, but even though I thought I might have figured it out, I have to admit, even I didn’t manage to work out the whole story – something that is quite rare for me as I over analyse everything. Melissa Hill writes a fabulous story of one woman’s quest – both for the owner of the charm bracelet and her own; add to that the backdrop of Christmas, which coupled with the romance that already exists when writing about New York City – the book in my opinion is a winner.

If you’re a fan of author’s such as Lindsey Kelk, Jenny Colgan and Sophie Kinsella (which I totally am, by the way!) then I would definitely recommend reading The Charm Bracelet. In fact, I’m going to start another Melissa Hill novel very soon.

My Book Challenge: The List

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After setting myself a challenge to read at least 30 books over the next six month (in order to smash my New Year’s Resolution out of the ball park!) I thought it was about time to start listing them (for proof) and also so I can review them for anyone who loves books and remotely cares about my opinion of them. So, here is a list of the books I have read to date and one by one, I will start adding my reviews under this section.

June:

1. The Charm Bracelet – Melissa Hill
2. The Little Beach Street Bakery – Jenny Colgan
3. Just In Case – Chrissie Manby (June’s ‘Amazon Recommends’)
4. A Proper Family Holiday – Chrissy Manby
5. Wedding Night – Sophie Kinsella
6. How to get a (Love) Life – Roise Blake
7. Breakfast at Darcy’s – Ali McNamara

July:

8. 50 Ways to Find a Lover – Lucy Anne Holmes (Julys ‘Amazon Recommends’)
9. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
10. About A Girl – Lindsey Kelk

August:

11. What a Girl Wants – Lindsey Kelk
12. Six Geese A-Laying – Sophie Kinsella (Augusts ‘Amazon Recommends’)

September:

13. Poppy Does Paris – Nicola Doherty
14. The Beach Cafe – Lucy Diamond

October:

15. How to Fall in Love – Cecelia Ahern (Octobers ‘Amazon Recommends’)
16. Where the Rainbow Ends – Cecelia Ahern

November:

17. From Notting Hill…with Four Weddings Actually – Ali McNamara
18. Fairytale of New York – Miranda Dickinson
19. Jenny Lopez Saves Christmas – Lindsey Kelk

December

20. A Proper Family Christmas – Chrissie Manby
21. Christmas at the Beach Cafe – Lucy Diamond
22. Christmas Gifts at the Beach Cafe – Lucy Diamond
23. Secret Santa – Scarlett Bailey

I’ll keep updating as I go. 🙂

I am a massive chic lit fan, but I’m also open to suggestions, (as long as its not horror, blood, gore, murder etc) but y’know other than that, feel free to leave any recommendations in a comment! 🙂