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What did I read in July?

It’s been a while since I’ve done a round up of my reading. As I’ve usually done a bit so so or haven’t done any.

Having finally passed both my theory exams I wanted to try and push my reading again. I love it so I wanted to embrace it more. In doing so it’s really lifted my mood snatching a few pages or a short chapter during my lunch break and listening to audio on my travels to and from work. It’s really been a breathe of fresh air and a mood lifter.

Those who don’t read will never fully understand the joy of being swept away by a good book. So without further ado let’s look at how I done in July.

The second Zoe May book I have loved and this one has made me so reminiscent of my childhood and those boys that invaded my thoughts. Two in particular still do from time to time, which is where Will and Natalie come in. You can read my thoughts Here although I’m not sure if I’ve done this gorgeous treat justice. I still have two of Zoe’s to devour and I’m hoping to read at least one in August.

I read this in four parts and I loved reading it this way. Dipping in and out. If my head hadn’t been full of As Luck Would Have It part three would have been instantly read.

My thoughts on part two and three can be read Here

https://hayleyreviews10.wordpress.com/2019/07/13/book-review-the-cornish-cream-tea-bus-part-three-scones-away-by-cressida-mclaughlin/I wanted to blitz my jobs but I also wanted to be reading – look no further it was time for an audiobook although it wasn’t a one sitting listen it did accompany me through tasks and trains and a plane. I cannot and will not stop gushing over Paige Toon and her truly awesome writing. I loved delving into her YA series I have the physical copies of two and three and I’m hoping to bump them up my TBR list. I think at least book two will accompany me on holiday unless I can try and read it before then. Watch this space….

The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson

This gorgeous debut really got under my skin – I loved everything about this novel and it really made me think of how we look at life via social media and how filtered it is.

Living My Best Life

I purchased this as an audible daily deal and had been wanting to listen in forever. George Orwell is a talented author and I’ve been itching to read his classics in forever I think audio is definitely the way to go and Jeremy Northam’s narration was exactly on point, for what I expected. I wasn’t disappointed and I will be reviewing this fully.

This one came through to me after reading the Cornish Cream Tea Bus and I had devoured a few chapters whilst waiting in a queue I was unaware that this was only part one. I look forward to heading back to the Glampers.

The Happy Glampers

So I didn’t do too badly. Those People was also on my list and I finished that just into August and I didn’t read the Lucy Vine novel but I shall be buddy reading that one soon.

There will be a second post from me later today after my Twitter poll had this and Stacking the Shelves so check back later to see my Shelves.

Happy Saturday, I’m already at work and I’ve also already done some reading.

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What am I reading and what have I read…

Happy Saturday all, I hope wherever you are reading this you are happy and healthy and that you have sunshine. Sunshine always makes us feel good. Although I have noticed in this sticky London heat there are a lot of miserable people floating around.

Anyway, enough of that. On my Twitter account I asked if I should do a July wrap up. Since I first started actually posting these back in May I have had a really good response so thank you to everyone who has commented liked and shared via here or Twitter. It’s all very much appreciated and it’s made me realise sometimes I feel like I haven’t read much but in actual fact I have done pretty well.

This time I have decided to kind of cheat I’m going to talk about what I read plus I want to mention a few titles that I hope to read in August.

My blog post hasn’t happened yet as I had that crazy week that was on the tail end of it but I participated in a readathon. I didn’t manage the 48 out of 24 but I did come in about half way and considering life had been crazy and I had worked all weekend I’m pretty chuffed with my efforts. I had hoped to have added a few novellas to that list but during the readathon I finished reading….

Never Greener was an audio read that I had been dipping in and out of on my way to and from work and at quiet moments. I haven’t reviewed that yet but it’s in the making. I’m a huge fan of Ruth Jones and what I will say is if you like her pick it up it’s funny, it’s heartbreaking and it’s real.

Somewhere Beyond the Sea – now I feel bad that it had taken me so long to finish this as I had agreed to many other things and life got in the way but Miranda said some lovely words to me about not rushing and taking my time with the characters and I’m truly glad that I did. I must admit once I closed the book I instantly missed Seren Jack and the gang. I have to mention Kieran as I feel in love with him back before Christmas when I read Christmas in St Ives. A Miranda Dickinson novel is always so much more than a book. You’re taken on a journey that has you thinking about your life, your choices and what you want. It’s always a treat and an eye opener and I truly loved this seaside based novel.

Forgive Me Not is Samantha Tonge’s Canelo effort and wow this is a novel and a half. It focuses on a number of real subjects in such a good way I was on the cover reveal and the blog tour for this one.

Forgive Me Not blog tour review

Forgive Me Not Cover reveal

Samantha was also good enough to do a guest post for me you can read that Here

I also read….

Here comes the best man by Angela Britnell

As states many times before I’m a huge fan of Katey Lovell and her meet cute series is almost over for me Boy with the Board

The Boy at the Bakery

I was on a fabulous blog tour for The Distance by Zoe Folbigg you can read my thoughts Here

Onto August I’m only going to highlight a few things I’m reading.

I’m currently listening to this. I’m thinking Giovanna Fletchers Some Kind Of Wonderful will be my next audiobook.

I’m hoping to get onto this bad boy. I love Kathryn and I’m so grateful for her kind words yesterday.

I have meant to be a book club captain for Poppy Loves Book club and I have failed consistently this month I’m determined to hold a meeting and to read the book suggested and today I joined the library again and picked this up.

I also found this…

There are many others I hope to get round to but seeing as this is not essentially a TBR post.

There will Be August releases that I hope to get to, let me know if there’s anything I should be reading.

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June wrap up…

So let’s see what June had to say. I had set myself a target of daily posting – which I really enjoyed and had been doing well until hayfever and head colds set in.

So let’s look back at what I was reading in June…

I finally read a BA Paris novel well I say read I listened to The Breakdown and loved every single minute of it. Yet I still cannot say too much about this book without spoiling the plot and the ins and outs of the novel but wow what a start. Audio Review The Breakdown BA Paris

I feel like at the beginning of June I was in a really good place feeling good and motivated for my blog and my reading. So I was trying to get some novellas in and Katey Lovell is always a good choice. The Boy at the BBQ by Katey Lovell

June saw the final instalment of Victoria Walters Random Acts Of Kindness I do definitely want more kind in my life and I haven’t forgotten this so watch this space. Random Acts Of Kindness final part by Victoria Walters

I finally devoured a Heidi Swain novel I truly loved this audiobook. Sunshine & Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square

There were also some blog tour reads here is a novella that shouldn’t have taken so long to read but my now much more hectic lifestyle meant it wasn’t devoured as easily but it was a gorgeous read. One Summer Weekend

This next review is a bit of a fraud as I listened to this book back in January I believe but I hadn’t finished the review. In June I had also said I wanted to clear some of the posts that had sat in my drafts and this was one of those. The Break By Marian Keyes

So I didn’t finish that many books but life has been kind of busy. In regards to the daily posting I missed 7 days at the end of June but overall it was a productive blogging month. I brought back Wandering Wednesday and Top Ten Tuesday and a number of bookish memes. I also found a newbie in Six for Sunday

I brought back the book cover challenge but I failed as I was hoping to do one a week and I managed the one throughout June. Book cover challenge

There were also a whole host of bookish chat, guest posts and blog tours, cover reveals during June.

Do let me know if there was anything you loved on my blog during June and let’s see how July fairs…the World Cup is taking a lot of my time alongside my fitness classes and the general day to day.

Now my head is feeling more in the game I aim to finish the sparkly goodness that is Miranda Dickinson’s Somewhere Beyond The Sea…I have the fabulous Ruth Wares latest – oh I haven’t updated you on Thursday I was lucky enough to meet Ruth and get a signed copy of The Death Of Mrs Westaway – which I hoped to have started already I know this is going to be one of those books I cannot put down.

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May Wrap Up

So I thought it was time I started actually doing these. Thanks to the lovely Catriona I have started to be economical with blog tours. I love them and won’t have a bad word about them but when reading becomes a chore that’s when you have to stop and take stock.

In reading more for me I have managed to read some true beauties during May from a number of my favourite authors and some new ones along the way.

First up.

Paige Toon has a way of getting right inside my soul here’s my review of her latest novel Five Years From Now

May also saw the long awaited second novel from Darren O’Sullivan his debut Our Little Secret was one of my favourites from last year and my oh my Close Your Eyes was a whole different ball game. I’m definitely a fan and Darren can’t write quick enough for me.

In case you missed it my Close Your Eyes Review

Our Little Secret

May saw the final part of Holly Hepburn’s latest series that I truly loved. One day I will make it into one of these novels.

My final thoughts

There were a few blog tours for me in May and here they are….

Tubing – RedDoor Books truly do amaze me with every book they publish and this is a crazy one. I am hoping to do a Q&A with the author soon so if any of you have any questions do leave them below.

Rachel Burton This one I haven’t managed to read yet as I double booked myself but it sure does look like a beauty. I will get round to it.

The Weekend Spa Break I loved The Event so when I was asked to be on the blog tour for this novella I jumped at the chance. I’m so chuffed that part two isn’t the end either.

One Summer in Rome I loved the New Beginnings Coffee Club and when another Samantha Tonge novel came up I jumped to it. I will also be involved in something else for Sam very soon.

My Sweet Friend This is the second novella I have read by Helene and another I loved.

The Wedding Date The first Zara novel but no means the last I will read.

I finally read a Helen Rolfe novella and I can’t wait to read more. Valentines Day

So that’s my May wrap up. Considering I don’t always feel like I read a lot these days I think I done pretty well. I know there’s a number of shorts in there too. As I say right now I’m walking into work for a few hours listening to Heidi Swain’s Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square. I still have Rosie on the go and tomorrow I will be reading the last part of Victoria Walters Random Acts Of Kindness- watch this space as I have a fantastic guest post from the lady in question that will be up tomorrow for the final publication day.