Sunday, 20 May 2018

Book Haul featuring Jane Green and Lucy Diamond

I caught the book bug recently and went a little crazy hauling some new reads! Generally I'll get through a good book within 1 1/2 weeks, taking it on the train with me and reading it in bed. I have a few favourite authors, which I'll tell you more about, and stick to classic chic lit novels with a few light crime stories too. 

Charity shops are my go-to for finding new and classic books - plus it's supporting a great cause too! A lot of the books I've finished and no longer want to keep go to the charity shop too and gets passed onto the next person.

I picked up Rivers Of London by Ben Aaronovitch because I love London as a city and was curious by the blurb. The novel starts with an officer called Peter Grant, in the Met Police who deals with magic and the supernatural within London. He has a lot going on from figuring out what's causing people to killers to London gangs causing mayhem. I love the magic element of it and it's completely different from the usual books I read, so I'm exciting to get started!

After the amazing BBC programme last year (I think?!) as soon as I spotted Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty, I had to pick it up. It's a thriller and centers around Dr Yvonne Carmichael, her lover and how an affair can end up in court and a murder. I'm hoping the book and TV series are similar because I really enjoyed the programme and can't wait to read the original book.

What also happens a lot is book swapping between my mum and her friends, because we all have similar reading tastes! I haven't read any of Carole Matthews books before but I can tell from the cover and titles that it's a classic and comforting chic lit book. And I know you're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover.

Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses by Carole Matthews is a heartwarming book about a single mother, called Christine, who's struggling to juggle work, her family and her love for craft. And suddenly she has a big decision to make that could change everything... I love reading stories that are realistic and about hard working women, it's so inspiring and great to read.

I'll admit that I started reading Million Love Songs by Carole Matthews yesterday and am absolutely cracking up at the Take That and Gary Barlow references! Ruby Brown is a recent divorcee with a plan to turn her life around, including starting a new job, new place and conquering her biggest fears. Throughout this she meets two men who are the complete opposite of each other, but one could end up her true love. So far it's a fab and easy read that I can quite happily curl up on the sofa with for a few hours.

Another place I shop my books from is Amazon. They always have a great selection of the old and new books from all of my favourite authors. I'm always topping up my cart with books to reach the free delivery option!

Starting with Falling by Jane Green, I absolutely adore her books and writing because it's just like she's talking to me as a best friend. It's a classic love story about a girl called Emma who leaves the UK for a better life in New York (aka my favourite place in the world!) for a high flying career, great apartment and string of boyfriends. Onto a new place and Emma starts falling for a man and soon has to make a big decision that could risk her losing it all...

Lucy Diamond is another favourite author of mine and her books always revolve around a few women who end up being your fab supportive gang! Sweet Temptation is about Maddie who's going through a tough time at work, with her kids and especially her weight. After joining a local weight-loss group, she finds allies in two women each experiencing their own battles.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found a few new authors and books to try! What have you been reading recently?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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