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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
My Review
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
My Review
My original review – this was a second time read.
My Review
My Review
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
My Review
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
My Review
My Review
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
My Review
My Review – An ace buddy read. Isabelle always has me lusting for travel.
I loved the Katey Lovell Meet Cutes.
My Review
My Review
My Review
My Review
My Review
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.

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The TBR Book Tag

I keep seeing this tag pop up. I haven’t been tagged but I wanted to get involved so here I am.

How do you keep track of your TBR?

I use Goodreads and since lockdown I’ve written more notes in a pad as to what I’m reading and dates especially if I’m part of a blog tour and where I’m trying to have my review up for publication day or as close to it as I can. I’ve loved being more organised and getting to read more books as I truly love escaping into another world.

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

I have a variation. Since lockdown I’ve gone back to having a few more audiobooks – most Arcs are now On Netgalley although I have been sent a few plus was given a bunch at an event before lockdown. I’ve purchased a lot of ebooks with the Kindle sales and I’ve been using Libby I must admit I’ve used my library a lot more since lockdown with mostly audiobooks but I have also got an ebook which is diverse and I’m loving it.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

My TBR choices change at the moment I’m reading/listening to a few library books before I dive into the book that I’m on a blog tour for on 29th June. From 1st July I have another buddy read with Catriona we decided to wait until then as our last I managed to read first but we had both taken a lot longer than we anticipated. After reading Hello Again I was eager to read some short stories and that is what I did including the last instalment in the Meet Me at Pebble Beach series.

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?

There are sooo many but I’m going to say Daphne Du Maurier Jamaica Inn. The worst thing is when I discovered and loved Daphne I bought a whole bunch and I actually have this one sat on my shelf mocking me.

A book that you recently added to your TBR?

Following reading Daisy Jones & The Six the rest of Taylor Jenkins Reid back catalogue has quite quickly been added to my ever expanding TBR.

A book that is on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

I am swayed by a gorgeous cover but I don’t think I could say I’ve added one to my TBR based solely on the cover. (Sorry if that’s a cop out)

A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading?

This isn’t necessarily that I wouldn’t ever read them. Sometimes over the years I added books based on my reading during that time and later on those type of books never appealed to me again. If that makes sense.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

This is so easy to answer One By One By Ruth Ware she can literally do no wrong in my book and her last one I flew through and Our Story by the fantastic Miranda Dickinson yet again another go to author of mine.

A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you?

There’s a few Me Before You which I’m hoping to listen to via the library. The hate U Give which seeing as I’m literally almost done with On The Come Up seems apt and Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine. I have a copy from my time at the charity shop another book mocking me from my shelf.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

Literally all of the above oh and actually finishing the I Heart series.

A book on your TBR that you’re just dying to read?

My Darkest Vanessa I purchased a gorgeous edition from Waterstones which seems like months back and I still haven’t started it. I will get a few hardbacks read before work resumes oh and the newest Jodi Picoult another of my go to faves.

I’m not going to go through tagging but I challenge anyone who wants to take part in this fab tag.

Life has been pretty crazy recently and thankfully books, blogging and now running is taking my mind away, and challenging me both mentally and physically and I honestly think that’s been amazing for my sanity.

I’m one chapter left of On The Come Up and I definitely think it’s important for us to broaden our minds with different authors. Not only in race but in genre and in expanding our mindsets. So please feel free to send me over some more recommendations?

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Bout of Books 28 sign up and hopes for the week ahead

Today is Monday 11th May and my mindset is in a completely different place to that of yesterday. I’ve already managed to plank and a much better second count which was the boost I needed today. Enough about that on to the books.

Every time this readathon comes round I say I will participate and I have tried a few times but this time around I really don’t have many excuses as let’s face it I’m not working right now. Although today I’ve started an audiobook that I’ve wanted to read for a while but it wasn’t originally on my TBR thoughts for this week. I have a few things I want to get done in my room today and so I can do both reading and sorting I decided I needed an audiobook in my mix.

Thanks to my good friend Catriona aka Fabulous Book Fiend I’ve finally worked out how to use Libby so I can download audiobooks from my library. I couldn’t be happier so today I downloaded and I’m currently on chapter 2 of.

I may have also put a few things on hold and downloaded a Nicholas Sparks audiobook. It’s been a while since I’ve been immersed in a Nick Sparks novel. Sorry I’m rambling again.

So here is what you need to know about Bout of Books…The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are daily challenges, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional. For Bout of Books 28 information and updates, visit the Bout of Books blog.

I will be blogging daily as well as adding much needed reviews here on Hayley Reviews. There’s some amazing books I hope to get to and I will be posting reviews as much as possible this week too.

Yesterday I started this beauty and I’ve read a little of that this morning before turning to audio.

I absolutely loved Susan Gee’s debut and this is intriguing and unnerving me at the moment.

Myself and Catriona are buddy reading this this week I’m to start that later today.
This beauty is out this week I can’t believe I’ve had it ages and not read it. We are almost at the end of our Paige Toon read a long.
I’m not sure when this week I will start this but it will happen.

I’m hoping I can squeeze some more in but if this is all I manage I will also feel pretty happy.

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Paige Toon Read-along Readathon

There are some books coming out this year that I am very excited about but probably one of my most anticipated 2020 releases is Paige Toon’s new novel The Minute I saw You. This one publishes on 14th May in the UK and I just can’t wait.

I was going through some of my top books of the decade at the end of last year and I noticed that I had a couple of Paige Toon novels sitting unread on my shelf so I thought what better way to get to them than host a readalong of all her back list titles in the run up to publication day of The Minute I Saw You? I spoke to my friend Catriona to see if she’d be on board and so we hashed out the details and here we are!

We’re going to be reading a book a week starting on February 1st and if there is a short story or sequel that goes with that book we’ll be reading that in the same week too. Catriona will be vlogging the whole process and we will both be hosting some discussions over on social media too. 

I’ve listed all the books and reading date below. If a short story/sequel has its own ebook version I’ve listed that, otherwise it can be found in the bind up of all the short stories/sequels One Perfect Christmas-so you have options of how you would like to read. 

We would also love to read the Jessie Jefferson novels as well but we know that young adult isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, just like adult fiction isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so we’ll be doing those afterwards, at the end so you can choose to join in or not. 

I’m very excited about this readalong because some of these novels will be a first time read for me and others will be a much welcome re-read. I have some of these on audio, some on ebook and others in paperback form. Others I will be borrowing from my library so you have time to see if your library has them, or time to download or buy from your preferred outlet. I’ll leave links to each book if you still need to track them down. 

Here are the books and dates-any questions, just leave a comment on this post or get in touch with Catriona or I over on social media…


Lucy in The Sky


Johnny Be Good


Baby Be Mine

Johnny’s Girl & extra scene


Chasing Daisy

Daisy Says Goodbye


Pictures of Lily

When Lily Met Alice


One Perfect Summer

One Perfect Christmas


The Longest Holiday

Laura’s Longest Day


Thirteen Weddings

A Christmas Wedding


The Sun in Her Eyes


The One We Fell in Love With

Rose’s Big Night Out


The Last Piece of My Heart

Bridget’s Beach Proposal


5 Years From Now


If You Could Go Anywhere


The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson


I knew You Were Trouble


All About The Hype


The Minute I Saw You

Any questions or comments, just leave them below or get in touch with Catriona or I over on social media. And remember this is just a fun readalong and a way to get hyped up for The Minute I Saw You. You don’t have to read all the books, feel free to jump in and out as you wish-happy reading!

I’m so so excited about this do get in touch if you are joining us even to just dip in and out.

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Book Cover Challenge is back….

On more than one occasion I have said how much I enjoyed doing this challenge. Back in June I said that I would aim to do at least one a week which turned into just the one last month. It’s a brand new month so let’s see how many I can do this time around.

Last Thursday on my day off I was lucky enough to pop by Goldsboro books and meet the lovely Ruth Ware. Not only is she one of my favourite authors but she also shares a love for Daphne Du Maurier- a lady who I’m lucky to say still has lots of books for me to get lost in. After our chat there were definitely a few novels that need moving up that ever expanding and slightly out of hand TBR pile. Ruth’s latest The Death Of Mrs Westaway which I still haven’t started how I don’t know has been likened to Daphne’s Rebecca so in hearing this I’m even more on edge to devour this beauty.

This was the cover of the copy I read – I devoured this for a book group that I didn’t even get to due to life getting in the way.

I was completely hooked and I wanted to share the love. I needed to share this story so this is the one book of Ruth’s that I don’t own as I wanted someone else to read it. I may have to invest in it for my collection. I’m not sure where the below cover is from but this gives off a real sense of eerie which in a dark, dark wood conveys.

I’m intrigued to see if there are any particular book cover topics you would like me to show. For example: book that made you smile, cry, that holds memories anything. I definitely want to do this more so please get in touch with some ideas for me.

I’m still in the midst of reading something for a blog tour tomorrow fingers crossed I can make it happen.

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Bringing back….

The book cover challenge….I have decided I will aim to post at least one a week.

It’s funny I hoped to have had a review ready for you today but after a crazy work day and a fantastic outdoorsy Box-fit class I needed to eat and bath and the evening ran away with me so there wasn’t as much reading done yesterday.

As I tried to sleep my mind drifted and I then ended up drafting this post. Looking back at the six day challenge I did back in November made me smile. My choices said a lot about me and I hope these weekly ones will continue to do so. I’m posting this on Wednesday this week but this will need to change as I hope to have a more regular Wandering Wednesday post.

I’m not sure how I first stumbled across Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca. What I do know and wholeheartedly remember is how it truly captivated me from the very start. Instantly making me want to devour all of her back catalogue. At the time I believe I was volunteering with Cancer Research whilst working for O2 in Kensington and through volunteering and eBay I purchased a few of her other titles. Since then I was lucky enough to be sent one of the repackaged copies of Frenchman’s Creek which I also truly adored. She writes in a way that lets you escape and I’m so glad there is still so much for me to discover. Have you read a Daphne novel that I need to inhale almost instantly? Do feel free to let me know.

This is the cover of the copy that I actually read but I swear every time it’s repackaged it looks even more gorgeous. Here are just a few of the other covers…

As I have mentioned on more than one occasion I am now a fully fledged Assistant Manager for Cancer Research UK and my has that been an experience but for a bookworm like me it can also be a blessing and a curse and yesterday I stumbled across one of the repackaged copies of My Cousin Rachel. I toyed with the idea of listening to this before watching the film but when I saw this beauty I knew I had to read the paperback.

I hope you have enjoyed my latest book cover challenge. If there is a particular book feeling or genre you would like me to cover next week? Do leave a comment below.

Until next time….

Book challenge

Book Challenge ends today :( 

Today sees the seventh and final book cover of the book cover challenge. But have no fear I’m pretty certain I will bring this back from time to time as I have had so much fun talking about books that have shaped my reading and my experiences. 

It’s been soooo hard to choose my final book so I started scrolling through my GoodReads list and a few jumped out but I’m going to go with this…

This was the first Daphne Du Maurier novel I devoured and I well and truly fell in love. Since then I have read Frenchman’s Creek which I also adored. I have a few more of hers that I purchased after falling in love – I believe Jamaica Inn will be my next read. 

Have you read any Daphne Du Maurier if so any recommendations for me? 

Thank you Kelly for this challenge I have loved it so much 😉 

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Book Cover Challenge day six – I had to mention this lady. 

So here I am on time with no catching up. As I have mentioned on a number of occasions Sunday’s are generally my guaranteed day off. Which is why from time to time I like to lazily sit. As I type I’m still in my pjs and my hair needs a good wash ha!!!! Listening to the football.

Without further ado….

Today marks day six of the book cover challenge, which I am going to miss after tomorrow. So I may have to continue this from time to time as I have really enjoyed it. 

I cannot do a challenge without featuring this lady. Miranda Dickinson is one of my favourite authors, her books let me escape my own reality, they give me hope, love and they really do put a smile on my face. If I’m having a reading blip she pulls me through. Not only is she a fantastic wordsmith she is a awesome and lovely human being who has given me a well needed boost on more than one occasion about a number of things. 

It Started with a Kiss was the first book of Miranda’s that I read. It opened the door for my love for Miranda’s way with words. Over the years I have been a part of #TeamNell and #TeamSparkly helping Miranda promote her books with the latest being one of them in Christmas In St Ives which has my heart well and truly – it links to her next novel Somewhere Beyond The Sea which comes out in June 2018 and can be pre-ordered Here. These characters are so adorable and you can’t help but fall in love with them. I look forward to spending more time with them next year, I’m pretty sure I shall be buddy reading with Catriona again too. 

I reviewed it over on Dark Readers you can read it Here. This year Christmas in St Ives has been my first festive read I will be finishing it shortly so it may well be a double Miranda post day. Watch this space. I can’t help but mention Fairytale of New York which is one of my ultimate favourites where my book boyfriend Ed came from and Miranda brought him back to me in I’ll Take New York. 

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Book Cover challenge catch up. 

I really wanted to post the last few days but the days seem to pass in a blur of work and tiredness, although I did manage to get this started yesterday…..So without further ado.

Day Three

I have such vivid memories of this book. It was one of the books we had to read for English Literature A Level and it was a book that wholeheartedly grabbed my attention. Ian McEwan had me wanting more and second guessing. This was a book I had to read as part of my studies but it was one that I wanted to read. We were given pages to read and I would read on and on further than my classmates. I remember when this was made into a film I was eager to see how it would be done. I enjoyed the film I always think of the book and the film as separate entities but this was one that I was happy with. The one book to film that I hated was One Day. 

Day Four

I know we are only in the very beginning of November but Christmas keeps getting mentioned now that Halloween has been and gone. I remember vividly receiving this book as a gift from Santa when we went to see him in Allders. (Yup that shop doesn’t even exist anymore.) Some kids would think getting a book was a bad gift but I loved mine and I really enjoyed reading this book. I can still remember unwrapping my classic and I’m pretty sure I wrote this book belongs to Hayley Thorpe inside….

I must say I’m going to miss doing this so I may produce an old favourite from time to time….

Day Five

I don’t remember how many years ago I purchased this gorgeous treat full of affirmations. I have improved in some ways and in others I have not so still to this day I open the book and turn to my daily affirmation. It also reminds me of things that my best friend would say and I often message her saying did you write this, as with positive thought she’s definitely on par with Katie.

Today’s offering is…

I love that Katie always makes me think. Today the weather is dull but I have put on my smile and got on with my tasks in hand at work.

How’s your day? What do you think of my choices? I would love to hear from you. 

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Book Cover Challenge

The lovely Kelly over at https://lovebooksgroup.blog/ posted about this challenge yesterday but there really weren’t enough hours in the day for me to be able to participate. So today on good old Hump Day I have a well needed day off which means I have a bit more time to be creative so I will be posting my offerings for day one and day two here.

Day One

magic faraway treemagic

Enid Blyton is one of my favourite authors of all time, and as a child I spent many hours devouring her books and I cannot wait to do so once again. When my nieces are a little older I shall be rediscovering my old favourites. Plus I have realised there are a number of her other series that I had never heard of, so that will also be fun. Thanks to Bruno Vincent I am truly adoring the parody series and I will be reading and reviewing a few more of them soon.

The last one I read and reviewed was Five Forget Mother’s Day you can read it Here

Day Two

So I am going to go from a childhood book to a book I read hmmm a good few years back now and one that will bring me onto another post.


Awww le sigh!!! I am a huge Lauren Kate fan and I have been lucky enough to meet her like twice. I am pretty sure the whole of my Fallen series is signed….this is a love story like no other, where angels and devils really do exist. I am totally #TeamDaniel but I have to admit I did also kind of fall for Cam.

Today has been my day off and for once in a long while it has been a me day – what I mean by that is I have done stuff solely for myself. Firstly I found out that the Fallen film is now on NETFLIX UK yup!!! This film should have been more widely advertised etc as it was awesome….I literally finished watching about an hour ago and waaaay too many feels. Before all of that I made an appointment to get my hair done something I have been meaning to do for ages. It’s remarkable how much something so simple can change how you feel and your whole persona – I feel like a different woman. Anyway I will make another post with some pictures as there is more I would like to talk about. Back to Fallen – Fallen got me into a whole new genre and I have a lot of love for those Angels. Where there was Fallen there was also the glorious Hush Hush series – but that is a whole lot more swooning. So day two brings a read from the older me, I have to now mention Twilight as that was one of the books that got me hooked onto series based reads. I got into it late which suited me as by then all the books were readily available….

I hope you have enjoyed my offerings for this challenge. If you are also doing it please link them to me here I would love to see. If reading my post has prompted you I would also love to hear from you. As I have loved Kelly’s these past two days and I cannot to see what she comes up with next. I think I know what my next one will be.

I also wanted to take this time to say Wandering Wednesday’s have not been forgotten I do want to feature my New Orleans inspired reading but I haven’t managed to fit it in just yet. Hopefully I will get it back for you next week. I also haven’t posted any more Friend Fridays if any of you want to participate do drop me a message and I will email you over the questions.

I look forward to hearing from you…..