Eleven By Mark Watson

Eleven-Mark Watson

I just finished this book last night and honestly for me it was one of those, change your life recommend to everyone that even looks in your direction. I have not been so excited by a book for a really long time!

So we follow Xavier Ireland and his life in London as a late night radio host. I really don’t want to say too much because you HAVE to read this book but the story really begins when Xavier is walking home from the store and he sees a kid being beaten up by a bunch of bullies. Xavier tells the kids to stop but when they turn round and size him up he walks away. From here on in even though we still follow Xavier’s story we are introduced to a series of characters whose lives are affected by Xavier’s decision to walk away. Until eventually it makes a full circle and comes to effect Xavier himself. 

Amazingly well written, every time you meet a character even if they have nothing to do with the story you are given tit bits of where their life goes, I love this! Everything has been thought out and just awesome! If you only read one book this year it has to be this one.



The Shadow Year By Hannah Richell

The Shadow Year by Hannah Richell (Paperback, 2013)

Holiday book number 5! What an amazing way to end my list of holiday books.

This book is simply beautiful it follows Lila in the current day and Kat 30 years previous. Kat and her friends finish school and decide to take a day out in the countryside. They arrive at a remote lake and an old abandoned cottage and instantly thoughts turn to escaping real life for a year and living it rough with only mother nature to care for them. We follow their ups and downs and the struggles they face mixed up with general teenage hormones until everything starts to fall apart and they alone will have to hold the secrets of the year at the cottage forever.

30 years later Lila finds herself the owning the cottage Kat and her friends lived in so many years ago. Who would give her this cottage and why does it feel so familiar? Struggling to keep her marriage together and dealing with the recent death of her father Lila begins to renovate the cottage and uncover its secrets.

So this book pulled me under and I was guessing the end from the very first page. Just gorgeous. I loved it!

Dead Mans Time By Peter James

Dead Man's Time By Peter James - NEW

Holiday book number 4! So as I’ve said before crime books are my thing but honestly this one didn’t really do a lot for me. 

I couldn’t come to like the main character at all so even though I half enjoyed the story line and the twists and turns the characters ruined it for me.

I finished it but I don’t think I’ll be trying anymore of his books. Sorry!! 


A Vicky Hill Exclusive! By Hannah Dennison

A Vicky Hill Exclusive! (Vicky Hill 1), Dennison, Hannah 1780330596

Holiday book number 3! So still sticking with the girly books here. This book follows Vicky Hill an aspiring journalist currently living in the town of Gipping and working for the local gazette. Vicky’s dream of being a superstar journalist isn’t going quite as planned as she finds herself in charge of the funeral section of the paper and constantly covering funerals is about as exciting as it sounds. However when she heads to the funeral of the late Sir Hugh Trewallyn a local hedge jumping enthusiast she gets more than she could have dreamed for when the arrival of the mysterious American send her on her way to find the breakthrough story of the year!

This book was OK, I didn’t enjoy it  as much as the other books I devoured on holiday but it was interesting and at some points the story is so far fetched you cant help but smile and read more! 

A Summer Fling By Milly Johnson

A SUMMER FLING Milly Johnson Classic Modern Romance 2010 1st Pocket pb Brand New

Holiday book number two! After reading ‘Its Raining Men’ I couldn’t wait to get into another Milly Johnson book!

I feel I should also mention here (as I forgot in my previous post) another reason I am loving these books is Milly Johnson is actually from my home town of Barnsley and this is where her characters are from and her story’s are based so for me there is a real personal connection with these books. 

Anyway….back to the book it follows 5 women working together and discovering friendship and love whilst discovering themselves.

A beautiful book highlighting for me the importance of friendship and the fact that maybe even if your from Barnsley there’s a white knight out there somewhere! 😉

Its Raining Men By Milly Johnson

It's Raining Men By Milly Johnson - NEW

So this last week I have been lucky enough to have an awesome holiday with my wonderful other half and my beautiful step son, and what summer holiday would be complete without a classic girly holiday book!

This was the first (of 5!!!!) books I read and I got exactly what I wanted, 3 friends Lara, Clare and May are sick of life in the bustle of London decide finally that they need a holiday to get away from their demanding careers and love lives!  They arrive for their 10 day 5* spa break to discover a mistake has been made in the booking and instead they are in the weird and wonderful seaside town of Ren Dullem.

The locals here are less than pleased at the arrival of strangers to the town and the owner of the cabin couldn’t care less if their holiday was booked wrong a refund is not on the cards! After fighting the mistake for a couple of days the girls start to warm to life in Ren Dullem and go on to enjoy a life changing holiday with all the holiday book staples, drama, mystery, men and of course a few bottles of wine!

Read this book on the beach in the sunshine, I did and I loved it!