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Mid-Year roundup

Seeing as we are halfway through 2020 I’ve seen so many people taking part in mid year tags and talking of what they have read so far, and how they are fairing against Good Reads challenges.

Thank So it got me thinking about my reading journey in the craziest year of my life. So my target for the year is 100 books which for a book blogger should be easy but life often gets in the way. I’ve generally always got at least one book on the go – sometimes if I’m reading more than one it takes me longer sometimes it makes no difference.

During lockdown to date I’ve read 47 books and I’m currently at 62 out of my 100. So lockdown well and truly has helped my reading mojo. I’ve downloaded and took advantage of the Libby app supporting my library from afar, and I’ve got back into audiobooks. Following my issues with my left ear I had cancelled subscriptions and had mostly stopped listening to audiobooks I’m loving having them back.

Since lockdown….

My Review – this series le sigh.
My Review – I truly loved embracing the world of Paige Toon this was such a gorgeous read.
My Review – Wow Louise Candlish never lets me down.
My Review – This was such a tonic on a sunny day.
My Review
This was my second read of this and I somehow have never written my thoughts on this absolute beauty – I will say I had different thoughts on the second read.
My Review – Such a truly important read for any and every woman.
My Review – Following The Flatshare I was itching for this and I loved it.
My Review – the next instalment of this beauty will be on my Kindle later this week.
I still haven’t reviewed this. David is a family favourite and this was a gorgeous audiobook.
My Review
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Somehow I always gush and then am lost for words. Haven’t written this review.
My Review
My Review Heidi never lets me down. Loved this trip to the beach.
My Review
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My original review – this was a second time read.
My Review
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My Review – this book will stay with me for a long time.
My Review – my first Patricia novel but definitely not my last.
My Review
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My Review – I read this in a day on publication day.
My Review – a fantastic debut.
I loved this but haven’t reviewed as yet.
My Review – an audiobook I borrowed from the library.
My Review – a blog tour I loved
Audio Review I had heard such good stuff about this and I loved it.
My Review
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My Review I loved listening to this but do I buy the hardback or the paperback
My Review – love love loves this. The hype is real.
My Review
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My Review – An ace buddy read. Isabelle always has me lusting for travel.
I loved the Katey Lovell Meet Cutes.
My Review
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My Review – Such a special read and I’m so glad this was my introduction to Santa.
My Review will come soon.

So 47 lockdown reads and 15 prior to that….I’m feeling pretty darn good about that. Woah it’s a long and a late one…can you imagine if I had the other 15.

2020, audible, Libby, Review, Uncategorized

Audio Review: Eve Of Man By Giovanna & Tom Fletcher

Blurb: Against all odds, she survived. The first girl born in fifty years.

They called her Eve.

Eve lives alone in the Tower under the strict gaze of the Mothers. She is prized and protected, because she is the last girl on earth.

Eve has always understood that the survival of the human race is in her hands. Now she’s sixteen, and three males have been selected. Eve knows it’s time to face her fate.

Until she meets Bram.

Eve sees a chance for something she never thought could be hers.

But how do you choose between love and the future of humanity?

Review: I must begin by saying I’ve been intrigued by this novel for a while now…but as ever so many books and never enough time. During lockdown which I’m sorry I keep mentioning – I’ve downloaded Libby and I swear I’ve used the library more now than when it was open. I’m loving downloading audiobooks to listen to at my disposal and whilst I’m doing any number of tasks from lazing in bed to sunning myself in the garden. This is the second of Giovanna’s I have listened to this month and wow.

Where do I begin…well it’s been a while since I’ve read anything Dystopian/YA/Fantasy and it was a welcome distraction. I think I maybe ready to get back onto this bandwagon. I had got to a point where I was sick of fantasy and vampires but now I feel like this novel has given me the taste back. So feel free to send me some recommendations the newest Hunger Games will be happening soon I will also be re-reading Books one and two and finally finishing the series.

On individual merit both Tom & Giovanna are a force to be reckoned with but together they are a power house. I love a dual narrative but when you have a couple writing this level of imagery and description it’s insane. The wording was so vivid I feel like I’ve watched this and I know the characters, even though I only listened to this novel.

Eve of Man I would call Hunger Games esque. It’s from another time where Eve is the saviour being the first girl to be born in the last 50 years. There are so many human and inhumane actions throughout this novel and as a reader we are taken on a rocky rollercoaster where both Eve & Bram have lots to learn as to what’s real and what’s fantasy. I really enjoyed this one although I must say I would also liken it to a TV show where you have to pay attention drop the ball and you’ll need to rewind or reread otherwise you’ll be sitting there completely clueless.

Sadly for me my library don’t have the second instalment but the concluding part isn’t released until next April so do I hold off a little longer…but that ending had me gasping to know more.

There’s only so much I can share without ruining the essence of the story. Eve is the saviour and that in itself puts her in danger. She’s also breathtakingly beautiful. There are aspects of her life that I wasn’t comfortable with but when you read fantasy it’s often nowhere near the realm of life and I accepted that. The obsession with Eve by the men of the world is understandable as women aren’t around and also unnerving as she’s subject to potential violence, rape and arranged couplings.

The brimming relationship of Eve & Bram wasn’t always at the forefront of the story but it was obviously always there, the most intimate moments had me gasping and eager for more especially that ending….to be honest in two of the trilogy available I knew I would be left having questions and wanting more and I was right on that front.

There is so much to this novel but the essence of family, love, loss, loneliness and entrapment are just a number of the themes that Eve of Man features.

I’ve seen so many mixed reviews for this and that never ever stops me. I enjoyed listening to the audio but as I say at times you can’t take your attention away from the story. A book I could have missed if I relied alone on others opinions I’m so glad I read this novel and I look forward to the remaining two books of the series. I have a feeling Eve & Bram will get under my skin in book two. If you’ve been contemplating then do read it.

2020, audible, Review, Uncategorized

Audio Review: Nights In Rodanthe By Nicholas Sparks

Blurb: Two fragile people. One desperate second chance.

Reeling and desolate, Adrienne Willis needs space to rethink her life after her husband leaves her for a younger woman. Fleeing everything, she jumps at the chance to look after her friend’s guesthouse in the coastal town of Rodanthe, North Carolina. But there is a storm heading for Adrienne, in more ways than she can imagine.

Stranded and isolated as the weather closes in, Adrienne has only one guest: Paul Flanner, a man running from his own shattered past. Taking refuge, Paul and Adrienne have only each other to turn to. Against all the odds, their one weekend sets in motion feelings that will resonate through the rest of their lives.

Review: It’s been such a long time since I’ve read a Nicholas Sparks novel. Nights in Rodanthe is one of the earlier novels that has somehow passed me by. I haven’t watched the film starring Richard Gere as yet but I will do now I’m familiar with the story. I’ve listened to this one via Libby supporting my library from the comfort of my garden. I really did enjoy the story I always do with a Nicholas Sparks novel but I must say the narration was much to be desired, I mean I persisted but I must say I listened to the opening twice. Although it must have grown on me like a song that you’re unsure of. As I finished listening in a number of days.

Since lockdown I’ve turned to audio again – having had trouble with my left ear I had cancelled my audible subscription as with only one headphone in I was struggling reading out and about. At home listening in my room whilst getting dressed, doing chores or before bed has been a welcome way to read more.

A gorgeous tale of lost souls who find a connection in that of a weekend in a guesthouse. Nicholas Sparks is quite simply the king of writing about lost souls with grace and integrity. His descriptions are always like a film reel so you can see it in your mind as you’re reading or listening, in saying that I can’t wait to watch this and see if the film lives up to that truly gorgeous description. There’s just something about a guesthouse in the United States. Like any Nicholas Sparks novel theres a strong story of sadness and tragedy which brings these two lost souls together.

I loved seeing Adrienne and Paul get to know each other their love story is brief yet all encompassing. I really enjoyed how the story was told through letters and memories as Adrienne recounted her love story to that of her daughter Amanda over a glass or two of wine. Before the story concluded I had worked out a few technicalities to the plot but it didn’t take away any of the enjoyment of it at all.

I’ve always been so in awe of the way Nicholas Sparks writes about love and this love story is so beautiful. I honestly cannot wait to see how this one looks on the screen.

2020, audible, Libby, Review, Uncategorized

Audio Review: Some Kind of Wonderful By Giovanna Fletcher

Blurb: Happiness can be found where you least expect it . . .
When the love of your life says you’re not The One, what next?

After celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks Lizzy and Ian are about to get engaged.

Instead, a romantic escape to Dubai leaves Lizzy with no ring, no fiancé and no future.

Lizzy is heartbroken – but through the tears, she sees an opportunity. This is her moment to discover what she’s been missing while playing Ian’s ‘better half’.

But how much has Ian changed her, and who is she without him?

Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before – and, in the meantime, have a little fun . 

Review: This truly gorgeous delight has been on my TBR for a lot longer than it deserved to be. I had no idea what to expect but I knew that Giovanna would entertain and enlighten me. When I realised it was being read by the amazingly funny Emily Atack it had to be an audiobook.

Since being at home I’ve been saying I need to do more in my room and I decided to do so alongside the readathon Bout of Books, so that meant this was going to be an audio read. A few friends had mentioned the app Libby before. I’ve now downloaded it and now I’m a little obsessed with seeing what books my library have on audio.

I don’t know how or why this treat has been sat awaiting my attention for so long but it was just the fun filled read that I needed in my life during these truly crazy times we’re experiencing right now. Giovanna writes such gorgeous rom-com esque novels and I must say this is one of my favourites.

Lizzy is the perfect leading lady she’s feisty and deep down she’s all that she needs. At the beginning my heart was breaking for her seeing her change and realise her heartbreak was just the kick she needed to change her life. What was also heartwarming was the end result in Lizzy’s happiness had absolutely nothing to do with a man.

The sense of progression, new beginnings and self love are in abundance and it was just the story I needed. I also loved the element of family and finding yourself. Sometimes you need to dig a little deeper to find your own kind of wonderful. If you’re searching for something right now look no further this read is a must.

2020, audible, Bout of Books, Buddy Read, Uncategorized, Weekly Update

Weekly Update #1

Happy Saturday all and welcome to my newest feature here at Hayley Reviews. I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a weekly round up for a while and seeing as I’m at home right now I have no excuses whatsoever. So please bare with me and we will see how this feature turns out. I’m also looking for feedback on what you like and what you would like to see on next weeks post.

This week I’ve taken part in Bout of Books and it’s not over yet although the challenge does finish tomorrow. So far I’ve finished 2 ebooks and an audiobook. I’m hoping to finish another audiobook and paperback today 🙂 watch this space.

May has been a pretty successful one in terms of consistent blog posts and I’m hoping to keep some of this consistency once life returns to normal..

Last Sunday I choose to do a different post instead of a Six For Sunday the last few prompts haven’t been good for me so that’s where this inspiration came from you can read what I downloaded onto my Kindle in Kindle spree.

Monday was day one of Bout of Books Here is my sign up post.

I had targeted myself to finish Love Me To Death on day one ahead of it’s release on Thursday and I was chuffed to have succeeded you can read my review Here.

I rarely post more than one post in a day but in line with posting reviews and updating my progress on the bout of books readathon I have done on occasion. Update…. I would like to know whether you like the extra posts or whether that’s too much daily? Please leave me a comment below.

My next update on Bout of Books can be read Here

I wholeheartedly loved buddy reading Anstey Harris second novel Where We Belong and you can read my thoughts Here.

Another Bout of Books update for you to read Here.

I’m such a fangirl for Paige Toon and I read her latest novel The Minute I Saw You in a day (yup in its entirety) you can read my thoughts Here.

Today so far I’ve managed a little of my audio and that is it…as I say my plans are to finish my audio and my paperback of these beauties.

So that’s my first weekly update….and I would love to hear what you think and what you would like to see? I haven’t rambled about my own day to day bar my bookish stuff would you like me to say more personal stuff let me know…

2020, audible, Bout of Books, Uncategorized

Bout of Books update….

So where am I at I hear you asking?

Yesterday was in entirety dedicated to Paige Toon I was reading her latest novel The Minute I Saw You and watching her publication day lives on Facebook and insta with a few household chores and breaks for food and stuff.

So for day four I read in full.

Heading back to day three I completed my audiobook of this…

And I made a head-start on

Listening to up to chapter 9.

I did manage to lose the headache and get some of my paperback buddy read in although not enough..

In being all encompassed by Paige yesterday I’m therefore a tad behind on this beauty so this is my aim for day five. After coffee breakfast and making my final tweaks and adjustments to my Paige Toon review which will be posted shortly.

During bout of books I’ve managed to finish two ebooks and an audio so far. Most of the time this readathon passes me by but this one has been pretty successful and it’s not over yet.

Sorry about my delayed update…..do you like these posts?

2020, audible, Author Love, Bout of Books, Buddy Read, Uncategorized

Bout of Books day two update and hopes for day three.

Well I’m loving dedicating a bit more of my day to reading. I know I had already kind of done that since lockdown but I’ve also been giving myself targets. In saying that what I’ve realised is that I also need to get a bit more sleep, my dedication for trying to surpass my goals is leaving me feeling a bit off. Although I’m quite happy with where I’m at.

As I was behind on Monday yesterday I read Monday and Tuesday’s segments of this reading 138 pages and getting up to chapter 9. This is a fun read but it makes me realise even more that I’ve never liked the fashion industry.

On Monday I had listened to 27% and yesterday I got up to 67% I had wanted to finish but alas that didn’t happen although since then I have finished this one this morning…my thoughts will be coming soon.

So as I say I finished one audiobook today I’ve had a bit of a headache this morning which I think is lack of sleep. Which was why I delved for the audio when in reality I wanted to read my buddy read alongside my breakfast. But the plus is I’ve been reading still….I’m still a bit headachey I’ve been trying to sort a few things in my room and it’s been productive. I’m hoping I can get round to those pages later…I had wanted to get onto this

But it never happened I will be delving in shortly but I also need to have a rest to try and ease this headache as I don’t want to get behind. Especially as the new Paige Toon is out tomorrow I’ve had it a while but due to the readathon I’ve not started it. After hearing her read from it at a Spring blogger event before gatherings were cancelled I was even more in awe…

So today is about reading but not overdoing it. I have a fitness class via Facebook this evening and I’m hoping to watch Miranda Dickinsons live.

2020, audible, Author Love, Buddy Read, Paige Toon Read Along, Uncategorized

Book Review: The Accidental Life Of Jessie Jefferson By Paige Toon

Blurb: Meet Jessie, small-town girl turned wild child . . .
Jessie has never known her real dad, and when her mum dies she thinks any hope of finding him is gone. As she goes goes off the rails, her stepdad announces that her father is Johnny Jefferson – legendary rockstar and former hell-raiser.
Still dealing with her loss, and now the daughter of a superstar, Jessie is sucked into the LA lifestyle – paparazzi, parties and hot guitar-wielding boys included.
But is Johnny up to the job? And, more importantly, is Jessie?

My thoughts the second time around: Having been on a Paige Toon rollercoaster readathon it’s been thrilling to re-read a few. I read this before I knew the full extent of Johnny and Meg’s story. So to start with I was really unsure of Meg but now knowing her backstory I can see why Meg is the way she is. Seeing as she’s been put through a lot over the years. I feel like I appreciated how Meg and Jessie’s relationship transformed much more on my second listen. This one I listened to on audio at both sittings and in finishing both times I’m left with a lot of unanswered questions.

The next two in the Jessie Jefferson YA series I have as paperback but I’m undecided as of whether I will download the audio too. Although in saying that recently when I’ve got back to a paperback rather than a kindle read I’ve embraced it and loved the feel. In saying that audiobooks have kept me occupied whilst getting dressed, doing chores, exercises and winding down at the end of the day, so we shall see I guess.

The Jessie Jefferson series sees a completely different side to Johnny and in the bombshell at the end of the first book I’m looking forward to where the story takes us. As ever Paige Toon has a way of writing teenage angst amongst real life family drama. A welcome distraction to the chaos that is life right now.

This is what I said the first time around you can read my thoughts Here.

We’re nearing the end of our read a long and are almost up to Paige’s latest which I’ve had sat on my kindle for a while in loyalty to my friend Catriona it’s still unopened but I know it’s going to be another 5 star treat that makes me laugh and more than likely makes me cry.

2020, audible, Author Love, Uncategorized

Book Review: Thirteen Weddings By Paige Toon

Blurb: A year ago, Bronte left Sydney for a wedding in England, where she met newly single Alex. After one amazing night together they parted ways.

Now working on the picture desk for a glossy magazine in London, Bronte is about to meet a new colleague – who turns out to be all too familiar. Alex is now engaged, but the memory of the spark they felt when they met hasn’t died. As Alex’s wedding day looms, it is clear that he and Bronte have unfinished business…

Review: Now in re-listening to this I was looking back through my blog where I realised I hadn’t written a review the first time around. What I will say is now I’ve met more of the people in this story I found myself smiling more and understanding more.

In my chat with Catriona she called Bridget a friend and that’s definitely how she feels now…Bridget was my first leading lady in The Last Piece of my Heart and she feels like a totally different person to the woman I met there. Alongside Bronte she’s a truly amazing friend.

I listened to Thirteen Weddings just before A Christmas Wedding was released and I went through so many emotions. I loved Bronte from the get go and just like Bronte I fell hard for both Alex and Lockie. It’s weird because on the reread I was still thinking like that but my thoughts were somewhat different. On both reads I loved both guys but on the second read I felt more for Lockie although I was 100% full on team Alex from the off.

The story starts with a hen and stag party colliding and that’s where Bronte and Alex first meet. I loved everything about their interaction and the way their nights changed. All the fancy dress types were amusing for me especially with the talk of Michael J Fox from Back to the Future one of my personal favourites.

Fast forward and both Alex and Brontes lives changed dramatically until they become reunited once again. I can’t go into that too much without revealing a lot of the plot. There are a number of themes that are showcased within this novel and as ever Paige Toon does so beautifully and with grace. Brontes back story really pulled at my heart strings although it felt different the second time around as I already knew the heart of the story.

Bronte accompanying Rachel as a wedding photographers assistant was great. I love how Bronte took one of her passions and ran with it even if weddings weren’t her best place to be although that comes clear a lot later in the novel.

This read along has been heart warming even before the Coronavirus took over our lives. Due to my mental week of headaches I’m a bit behind in my reading but I’m coming back strong having finished a novella this morning.

If you haven’t discovered Paige Toon now is the time to rectify that.

2019, audible, Author Love, Uncategorized

Audible Review: Postscript By Cecelia Ahern

Thank you to those who posted on my Twitter poll. www.Twitter.com/HayleyTOfficial

It was a 50/50 split so I’m hoping to honour both. So this is the first of two posts today….I love love loved this book it was one of my September favourites and it’s taken me a while to put my thoughts into order to do it justice so without further ado I give you my thoughts on Cecelia Ahern’s fantastic sequel.

Blurb: It’s been seven years since Holly Kennedy’s husband died – six since she read his final letter, urging Holly to find the courage to forge a new life.

She’s proud of all the ways in which she has grown and evolved. But when a group inspired by Gerry’s letters, calling themselves the PS, I Love You Club, approaches Holly asking for help, she finds herself drawn back into a world that she worked so hard to leave behind.

Reluctantly, Holly begins a relationship with the club, even as their friendship threatens to destroy the peace she believes she has achieved. As each of these people calls upon Holly to help them leave something meaningful behind for their loved ones, Holly will embark on a remarkable journey – one that will challenge her to ask whether embracing the future means betraying the past, and what it means to love someone forever…

Review: I still remember the day Cecelia announced that she had written the sequel to PS I Love You. From the day of the announcement I knew that I wouldn’t be able to wait and I would need Postscript on release. I was so eager to have Holly & Gerry back into my life. And my oh my it did not disappoint, it was the last audiobook I’ve listened to whilst struggling with ear pain in my left ear.

Holly and Gerry came into my life 15 years ago I was at university and I remember purchasing it just before a term break, it would be my treat, and what a treat it was.

During my uni time I didn’t read a lot for pleasure as I just didn’t have the time or the brain power, to this day I can remember how empowered and full of love I was for Holly and Gerry and going back into that bubble both excited and terrified me. The saddest thing for me is that my auntie Bina loved reading PS I Love You after my uncle passed and since then she’s joined him, so she’s not here to enjoy the total beauty of Postscript, I know she would have had a heart full of love for it but I know she will also be happier by my uncles side.

What can I say to do Postscript justice, I honestly don’t know how I can. It was a beautiful and emotional read that will stay with me. I loved how Cecelia interlinked lots of PS I Love You, especially with the letters. It was lovely and nostalgic to take that trip down memory lane and 15 years on I’m still mesmerised and a blubbering mess. After listening to the prologue there were tears but it was such a beautiful emotion…

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.

It’s so hard to review something so beautiful and to something that’s a continuation. I love how Cecelia deals with grief and how she has portrayed that even after seven years you can be drawn back to that place that had you feeling so lost and alone.

Holly is a character I have loved since the first book and I love seeing how Gerry managed to empower her whilst struggling with his loss and how ultimately he can be her downfall also. It shows that Holly is not only real but she’s human.

Seeing the PS I Love You club blossom and change was heartwarming and heartbreaking. I can see why Holly had conflicting thoughts and I feel like as a reader I joined Holly on that emotional rollercoaster.

There are so many ups and downs within Postscript but it was a truly emotional journey that I wholeheartedly loved being on. I don’t want to ruin any of the story so I shan’t be saying too much more apart from to Cecelia thank you so much for bringing Holly and Gerry back to us. It’s everything I hoped for and so much more. I wish there had been a UK event for this masterpiece.

If you haven’t read PS I Love You I urge you to do so now…you won’t be disappointed.