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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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Audible Review: How To Be A Woman By Caitlin Moran

Blurb: It’s a good time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven’t been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain… 
Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should we use Botox? Do men secretly hate us? And why does everyone ask you when you’re going to have a baby? 
Part memoir, part rant, Caitlin answers the questions that every modern woman is asking.

Review: Here is another Fabbookfiend aka Catriona recommendation. I had been toying with the idea of reading this for a while. After reading my buddy read of Chase the Rainbow I had said I wanted to read more Non-Fiction and not just self-help books. 

As I have mentioned before I work for Cancer Research and we receive hundreds of books it came in and I thought it was a sign – until I realised that Caitlin herself was reading said book on Audible. So I was swayed by the audio and to be honest I’m so glad as I really enjoyed her trademark wit. As I got to the end I realised I would miss her voice and her humour. On the cover of this book it has a quote from Grazia saying ‘The book every woman should read’ and I must admit based on certain chapters I can wholeheartedly agree with that. 

Caitlin explores a number of topics that effect women including sexism, equality, shaving certain areas of our bodies – part of that made me laugh out loud, bearing in mind I listen to my audios mostly when traveling to work ha. Having children or not having children and abortion to name a few. I love that she’s tackled a number of hard hitting subjects with wit and clarity. I’m 33 and I sure as hell don’t have life sorted but sometimes we have to work with what we have.

Thank you Caitlin for saying everything most of us ladies needed to hear.

Have you read this book by Caitlin Moran. What did you think? If you have, have you read anymore from her if so what should I read next. 

My seventh and final book cover post will be up later today.