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.

2019, audible, Uncategorized

Monday, my final work week and what am I reading…

After an impressive run of blogging I ended up busy with life. Well with friends reminiscing our youth by seeing Westlife and a last ever Saturday at Cancer Research.

Today is the beginning of the end of my Cancer Research journey it sure has been an emotional rollercoaster but I’ve learnt so much about myself in the last three and a half years. It was the right choice for me but now I’m headed on a different path. In some aspects I wish I’d done more but I’m taking only the positives with me.

Yesterday before getting on my train for a day at Hyde Park. I took a few books that I’ve either read or have been sat on a shelf dormant for a while to put on the shelf at Eltham station.

On Audio I’m still listening to…

I have about 4 hours left so hopefully I can finish this treat today.

I should also finish reading this outstanding novel. Lucy Vine incorporates humour and reality in such an impressive way. Yesterday I only managed some reading on my train into London I was shattered on my way home.

I adore this woman so my September credit will be used on this. PS I Love You has left an imprint on me and I’ve been so excited for this, sadly I didn’t make the blog time but come Thursday I will be listening to this.

2019, Top Ten Tuesday, Uncategorized

Top Ten Tuesday – Auto buy authors

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Last week was the first time in a long time where I had taken part in a Top Ten Tuesday but this was one I simply couldn’t resist.

Top ten auto buy authors – now this is going to be a hard one and they are in no order at all. Can I do more than 10?

There are probably lots of authors I could and should add but this post would go on and on forever. I would love to hear if there are any you think I should add to that ever expanding pile of mine.

2018, Six for Sunday, Uncategorized

Six for Sunday – Dream Panels/Events

I love me a Six for Sunday but wow how can I only pick six beauties for this one. So having attended two book events of two very empowering and inspirational women both of them have to feature so here it goes.

Cecelia Ahern

Jodi Picoult

Now this lady has to feature as every single one of her books gives me all the feels and there’s only one I haven’t read and I think that needs to change. Over to the queen of sparkly Miranda Dickinson

Omg that’s three down and there are soooo many I could add. I want to take this time to say I wish I could have all my ultimate favourites but there are so god damn many of you.

Ruth Ware

Daphne Du Maurier

Paige Toon

So that wraps up my Six for Sunday and what another treat it has been. Sorry for the delay had a mixed day a bit of coursework and some family time.

2018, Author Love, event, Uncategorized

Facebook Live – Cecelia Ahern Roar event pre publication

I had hoped to have this post up yesterday but my working day just took over and I didn’t want this rushed. Today is also publication day for Roar so happy publication day Cecelia I hope there are more bubbles.

So Blogtober may have bombed but on the positive side I have had more content on my site period. In doing this it has also made me more positive and organised to come up with more content and actually get it up as soon as it’s hit my train of thought rather than it sitting in drafts until the end of time.

My last post was a fabulous event write up about the awesome Jodi Picoult and now I’m here to share another truly inspirational write up about Cecelia Ahern.

Now firstly, I have been a fan of Cecelia’s from the very beginning- I must admit the last few books I have but I haven’t read them (I know that’s awful- it’s what happens when there are so many fantastic books and authors around).

When Roar was announced I was intrigued I’ve read short stories from Cecelia before and I’ve enjoyed them, the messages from Roar just scream EMPOWERING. I was having a so so day when the notification popped up on Facebook to say I had won the competition to a live interview screening with Cecelia. I was over the moon. I’d managed to pick up a sampler from Waterstones and in doing so before the event I had read 5 of the 7 in the sampler and each story left me with a different feeling. That is what I truly love about her writing and in finally meeting the lady herself again – the last time I had the pleasure was at the Selfridges signing for The Gift. We have both changed a lot since then.

So the Facebook live event took place in the library of the Soho Hotel which was amazing on its own. It was a very intimate setting where we were given bubbles and nibbles shortly after arriving. It was homely and just a truly lovely atmosphere, to be amongst some of Cecelia’s biggest fans with people travelling from as far away as Cardiff. I believe I was the Londoner who had the shortest journey.

We weren’t allowed to take pics during the interview which was fine as for me it meant I was just focused on taking in what was said. I love how passionate Cecelia is after all her success and as I’ve said I’ve really enjoyed the stories that I’ve already read from the collection, and I can’t wait to continue devouring them. I’m really looking forward to the namesake of the book. This collection has been five years in the making and what a treat it’s been so far.

I could say lots about the stories I’ve already read but I will leave that for when I review the full collection. What I will say is if you’re looking for a book to empower you then look no further the underlying messages in Roar are outstanding for any and every woman.

Thank you again to Harper Collins for the fabulous competition and to Cecelia herself for being outstanding once again. Let’s not leave it so long next time. I may have also mentioned Westlife. On that note I will stop typing. Go buy Roar…Roar link

2018, A thought? A question, Blogtober, Uncategorized

Thoughtful Monday – hear me Roar!

Today I’m feeling thoughtful and there is a reason behind my madness. In being a bookworm I have acquired a number of go to favourites over the years – which seem to have expanded somewhat rapidly.

Cecelia Ahern is a personal favourite of mine ever since devouring the extremely moving PS I Love You. Although saying that of late there are shamefully a number of her books that I haven’t read yet. I know it’s awful. Considering I used to always be on tender-hooks for her one book a year. In gaining more book recommendations has meant some of my reading has slipped and as I’ve mentioned on more than one occasion I am in the process of changing this.

On Saturday I met friends in Walton on Thames where I spent the Waterstones gift card that I had acquired. In doing so I was given a freebie of a sampler of Roar by Cecelia. I’ve read two of the short stories so far and I must say it’s like nothing I have read of hers. In saying that it’s not bad it’s different – some of the stories are somewhat strange but they are interesting and I love the premise of the stories. Each story is a different type of woman and they challenge ideas and realities of everyday women.

I love that Cecelia has championed empowering women even if some of her following will be a little dubious of the stories the reasoning and message behind them is impressive and as hoped to be empowering. I will be purchasing the full collection when it is released 1st November and you can pre-order it Here so far I have read The woman who slowly disappeared and the woman who was kept on the shelf both stories were nothing like I imagined but the subliminal messages were enlightening.

2018, Six for Sunday, Uncategorized

Six for Sunday – Authors you’ll always pick up

Firstly, Happy Sunday I’m sorry I didn’t get a Six for Sunday last week but today I’m back. This weeks question is authors you’ll always pick up.

Now this is a great question but how do I choose just six gorgeous authors. Of late I haven’t felt very good about my blog and my blogging life and a number of awesome authors have made me realise why I choose books.

Books will always be a massive part of my life and Catriona was asking on her Instagram just the other day what book got you into reading. My answer was Enid Blyton I loved the Famous Five and the Secret Seven – I even remember there being a TV show that was also fab. I love that there are now adult parody’s based on these characters. I haven’t read all of them yet but I have had so much fun having the gang back in a modern sort of era.

So without further ado…

Paige Toon – Everyone thinks as a reader and blogger I have read all of her novels – wrong. I got into her work seriously late thanks to the lovely team at Simon & Schuster and now I would pretty much ditch anything for Paige’s work.

Cecelia Ahern – I’m a huge fan of her work and I’m saddened that I’ve got a number of her books outstanding to read. What I will say is she has never let me down and I hope to get organised soon.

Miranda Dickinson – Another author I discovered late. I have been lucky enough to be part of Miranda’s cheer squad for a few of her novels. I got When I Fall in Love the Christmas it was released and it’s the only one of her books I haven’t read as yet. Miranda always takes me on a gorgeous rollercoaster and I will forever be recommending her books.

Ian McEwan – I haven’t read a lot of his work but I have some on that ever growing TBR pile. When at school studying English Literature we read Enduring Love this was the book that got me back reading for pleasure I was mesmerised and sped read ahead of my classmates as I needed to know what happened.

Rosie Blake – I still remember discovering How to get a Love Life. I don’t know if it was Netgalley or just a publisher sending a pdf. I remember it being one of my first electronic reads and I couldn’t get enough of it. When How to stuff up Christmas came out I was invited to a blogger evening and I believe that was in the crossover from blogging with a friend to blogging on my own. I had a fabulous evening and she was nothing but lovely to me. I have read all of her novels under Rosie Blake and none have disappointed.

Ruth Ware – In a Dark Dark Wood will always hold special memories for me. I read it after first coming across the Poppy Loves Book Club – although I never made it to the meeting thanks to work but I was instantly a fan of this ladies work. I have since read and loved The Woman in Cabin 10 and I have her other two. Her latest is likened to Daphne Du Maurier and I met Ruth on publication day but headaches and crazy times means I haven’t read it yet.

I would love to know your choices there are so many I could add…