2019, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Book characters I’d love to be besties with….

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.

Now this is a prompt that I’m going to have fun with.

I know I only recently finished this but I truly loved these beauties. I would love to be besties with Nessie and Sam oh and Ruby. I think Ruby could tell me a thing or two and she would definitely be a confidence booster.

I often wish Brew was a real place, I’d get my morning coffee and share my trials and tribulations and I might just be on the receiving end of some good luck. Last week a customer gave me a mint choc chip cornetto and it really made me think of this beauty.

In thinking of book besties it really made me think. This book made me long for more? Anna took chances, to make her own happiness. I need to do more of that. This book still gives me all the feels.

Now I’m an auntie to twins (they’re one now) I would love to have a chat with these girlies on multiples and their bond etc etc. These girls were ballsy and made me feel like I need to get out of my comfort zone more.

I simply adored Tiffy and Leon although I would wanna fight for Leon. Everyone needs a Leon.

I fell in love with Ed and I’m so glad there’s two books with him. Book boyfriend 🙂

I’m so glad I still have lots more Jessie and Meg to devour both ladies inspired me in different ways. Watch this space….so much I want to read.

Angela and Jenny are amazing, I’m still behind in this series and I’m loving experiencing everything they’re going through.

Castle Court gets a mention in Holly’s latest and it gave me all the feels once again. Who wouldn’t want to be besties with Sadie and Cat. I would love to be a bit more confident like Cat.

There is loads and loads of besties amongst the gorgeous books I devour. I definitely need to be reading more. Hoping I get answers regarding my ear today and then I hope I feel better. Hoping to get Ruth Wares gorgeous book finished today. I’m also hoping to start my buddy read of Miranda Dickinson’s The Day We Meet Again…

What are your plans and who would you be besties with? Ace prompt I probably could have added loads more.

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2019, july, Monthly Wrap Up, Uncategorized

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.

2019, july, Top Ten Tuesday, Uncategorized

Top Ten books that lived up to the hype

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.

So today’s prompt is a freebie so I spent some time deliberating over what I would do a list of and I’ve gone for the Top Ten Books that I believe lived up to the hype.

Starting with this beauty, I was intrigued by this cover and heard so many good things so had to find out for myself. I listened to this on audible and it was such a joy – I truly believe Tiffy and Leon’s story could continue.

I’m in the middle of listening to this one and it’s nothing short of amazing I’m well and truly hooked.

This book gave me all the feels and it will make you think about real life and social media in a totally different way.

Another audible listen that kept me on my toes.

Paige Toon always puts a smile on my face although there’s usually a tear or two also.

For some reason I don’t think my review of this is up but this book was heartbreaking yet thought provoking.

Darren O’Sullivan builds suspense in such a great way I couldn’t get enough of this.

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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.

2019, july, Top Ten Tuesday, Uncategorized

Top Ten Tuesday

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.

Now I haven’t done one of these in forever and my good pal Catriona over at http://fabulousbookfiend.com regularly does these and often makes me think I should get involved so here I am. Looking at the schedule both this weeks and next weeks questions sound like my kind of fun.

Both Tiffy and Leon were characters I loved and were rooting for from the off. One of my fave reads this year.

This book has the craziest namesake of mine. I was sucked in and couldn’t put it down even if Hayley was slightly disturbed.

Ed is my most favourite book boyfriend to date. And I loved having him back in I’ll take New York.

Miranda really does have a way with words and her characters just resonate with me so much. I don’t think I even reviewed this properly as I was left so awestruck. Seren and Jack were just le sigh. This is currently 99p on kindle Somewhere Beyond the Sea

I need my very own Brew the coffee shop where kindness is guaranteed I love love loved this book and the characters have stayed with me.

This book saved me when I was feeling so low because of my ankle. The main character Chris is a proper lost soul and his story is heartbreaking, painful and thrilling.

This book will always stay with me as it’s one of the first I was sent by the lovely people at Simon & Schuster I was also gifted a gorgeous jigsaw, it was also the first Paige Toon I read. I finished this in the early hours with a lot of tears.

I don’t know what brought me to Rebecca but I’m pretty sure I purchased it from Cancer Research back when I was a volunteer and from turning the first few pages I was well and truly mesmerised. Everything about the story and the characters just got me.

I have to thank 6th form for introducing me to Ian McEwan and for reigniting my reading for pleasure. I was constantly left guessing and wanting more meaning I had read ahead of my classmates.

How could I forget these beauties another one where many characters resonate but Grace has stayed with me for the long haul.

It’s so hard to choose and I’ve tried to pick a variation I could have babbled on for hours and hours like I could have added another Miranda in Anna Browne – her story gave me hope and determination to be a better version of myself.

2019, audible, Author Love, july, Review, Uncategorized

Audible 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 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?

Review: Are you ready for me to gush all over Paige Toon once again. And, a lot sooner than I thought I would too.

It’s been forever since I’ve read a YA novel and in listening to this I’ve realised just how much I love them. All that teenage angst and hope it’s liberating and it’s the perfect tonic – when I downloaded this I was on a day off and I had lots to do but I wanted to read. So I thought this is the perfect time for an audiobook- I’ve been meaning to read this series since when I first met Paige at YALC.

I have books two and three in physical form although book one seemed to elude me so it seemed like the perfect choice. Another fabulous narration from Heather Long too I cannot recommend her enough – each of Paige’s that I’ve listened to have had her and it’s been an easy listening experience.

Jessie is acting out but at 15 it’s what most of us did. I can’t imagine losing your mum that young. Mine can drive me mental sometimes but I couldn’t bare to be without her. Seeing Jessie go through a number of emotions in her stages of grief is real and heartbreaking. Her heart to hearts with Johnny are pure and heartbreaking at times.

Finding out Johnny Jefferson is your dad is mega, but Jessie couldn’t comprehend what she would face as the news broke. Those scenes were intense but I believe it would have been exactly like that.

When Jessie gets to LA she’s star struck and at times she’s lonely – she goes through so much in such a short space in time. I loved seeing the change in her and with Johnny her step brothers and with Meg. I’d met Johnny and Meg briefly in another Paige Toon novel so parts of the beginning of this story was apparent from the crossover. In some ways Jessie slots into LA life like a natural in others not so much. Her intuition over some of the girls in LA is spot on but she didn’t expect them to be quite so bitchy.

As I said in my last Paige review she really does have a way with words in how she writes about first love and those intense emotions and feelings. Friendships, boys and family heartbreak feature predominantly in Jessie’s story. Families whether they are biological or not are definitely one to cherish. I have to mention Stuart – Jessie’s stepdad my thoughts on him changed from the beginning, you can see he genuinely cares for Jessie like she’s his own and that’s touching and in being separated Jessie realised how much she cares for him too.

Jessie maybe fifteen but thanks to her grief she’s much older and wiser than her years. Her time in LA is cut short, from circumstances out of her control. So much has happened and o can’t wait to see what the rest of this series has in store.

I loved the end of this novel “life will never be the same again and I’m excited to see what it has in store for me next.”

A perfect ending, I was sat on a plane still with a good chunk of my journey left feeling content. Another fantastic Paige Toon novel and the start of a series that I’m so excited to read. Really must incorporate books two and three into my reading and soon.

2019, july, Reading and blogging intentions, TBR, Uncategorized

July TBR

I haven’t done a TBR in forever as I’m usually pretty rubbish with them but this month I’m feeling optimistic now I have a sort of momentum back here at Hayley Reviews. So I’m going to give it a go – hopefully either way there are more books read or listened to in July and that can only be a good thing.

Having finished part one and two I aim to also read three and four of The Cornish Cream Tea Bus series.

I’m hoping to have some proper time for this beauty today so watch this space. Ever since loving the sampler I’ve been eager for this.

Ever since hearing Claire read from this at the Spring Blogger event – I’ve been intrigued by this debut.

Today I have started listening to this beauty alongside sorting stuff in my room. It just seemed apt to listen to this as I have books two and three, and I could tackle some tasks and get some reading in of one of my favourites.

I got this signed at the Waterstones event and I cannot wait to read a Lucy Vine novel I know I will be ready to read Hot Mess straight after.

I’m a huge fan of Zoe May’s so have pre-ordered this so it should ping through to my Kindle this week.

As I’m in Dublin this weekend I’m not sure how much reading I’ll get done and on what format. Although I can safely say my signed hardback won’t be making the journey so I do aim to get some reading of Those People in later today.

What are you wanting to read in July and have I missed anything?

I’m also hoping to add a few more shorts in to break up my reading. So if there’s any I should know about hit me with them.

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Waterstones Event 10th June Paige Toon, Lindsey Kelk and Lucy Vine.

When Paige Toon started adding events for her promotion of If I Go Anywhere I had hoped to have got to her Bluewater signing until it became apparent I just wouldn’t get that Saturday off work.

Then the events alongside Lindsey Kelk popped up. I’m not going to lie there were so many fantastic author combos if I had time and money I would have got to more. I’ve been desperate to meet Mhari McFarlane since I devoured You Had Me At Hello all those years gone by. I’m a huge fan of Isabelle Broom – although she’s given me major travel envy I’ve still not visited Mojacar yet.

Anyway I could ramble for hours then London was announced with Lindsey Kelk and Lucy Vine. I still haven’t read a Lucy novel but I’ve had Hot Mess on my Kindle for a while and at the event I purchased her latest which sounds fabulous and should be my next read after what I’m in the middle of.

I’d booked the day off so I could chill I was hoping to have finished Paige’s book but I also had revision to do so revision and trying to balance having some me time and getting things done had to happen.

The weather was god awful but I wasn’t letting that dampen my spirits most of my bookish lovelies had been to the event a week previous but I wasn’t going to miss out and I’m glad as I did meet some lovely readers. On my way in I grabbed a Salted Caramel Latte and a piece of Tiffin from Costa two of my naughty treats when given half a chance and when I arrived I was handed a glass of Prosecco which was also appreciated.

I’m still a million miles behind on the I Heart series but I had to buy a physical copy of the last one which Lindsey kindly signed for me. I have a few on paperback but they always can’t be found when you’re actually going to a signing, I know the first one was loaned to someone and gone forever and I’ve been listening to them which is always fun so I think I will listen up to the latest and then my signed copy will come out.

Right the event – I loved attending the one last July in the church it was such a fun night and left me with a happy heart and I knew this one would be just as much fun. This time round I didn’t ask a question but so many people had good ones. I love just watching how the authors interact and their genuine passion for their books and their friends. I must admit like most book events of my faves it left me wanting a holiday and time to just sit and read.

Paige’s latest I’ve finished and I finally posted my review yesterday. It’s always lovely when one of your favourite authors remembers you 🥰

I think where I am in the I Heart series may have to be my next audible treat and Lucy’s latest is in my up and coming pile. I anticipate finish that and delving into Hot Mess which has been sat patiently on my kindle for what seems like forever.

I love instax and this just made me realise I should use mine more. OMG I may have to take mine to my next event. Which I don’t have at the moment damn missed a trick could have taken it on Wednesday. I love that I’m being as I still have so much good to come. I adore that these events don’t make you feel bad for being behind it just makes you eager to indulge and I love that feeling.

Thank you ladies for a fabulous night of fun and escapism at best. You guys look fabulous my hair not so much damn rain. Thank you to Jess Barratt for the gorgeous photos and ladies it was a pleasure I cannot wait to do it again.

2019, audible, Author Love, Review, Uncategorized

Audible Review: If You Could Go Anywhere By Paige Toon

Blurb: Angie has always wanted to travel. But at twenty-seven, she has barely stepped outside the small mining town where she was born. Instead, she discovers the world through stories told to her by passing travellers, dreaming that one day she’ll see it all for herself.

When her grandmother passes away, leaving Angie with no remaining family, she is ready to start her own adventures. Then she finds a letter revealing the address of the father she never knew, and realises instantly where her journey must begin: Italy.
 
As Angie sets out to find the truth – about her family, her past and who she really is – will mysterious and reckless Italian Alessandro help guide the way?

Review: Now I’ve said it before and I’m not even sorry I will keep repeating how much of a fangirl of Paige Toon I really am. If you’re not new to the blog you would have heard this before and I’m kind of sorry ha. I got into Paige late and in a way I love that as I still have many of her worlds to enjoy. I’m going on holiday in August with my family to the caravan holiday park we have been visiting since I was a kid and seeing as we will be there for two weeks this year I think a few Paige unread books will be coming. I may even ask you guys to choose nearer the time.

Anyway over to If You Could Go Anywhere firstly how it took me so long to devour this. The fabulous team at Simon & Schuster had given me a copy what seems like forever ago but due to my exams it just got shelved so I ended up listening to this beauty on Audible. I’ve listened to a few of Paige’s and the narration from Heather Long was fantastic- she also read Thirteen Weddings which was also a treat.

What can I say wow wow wow wow! (If you can say that like how Kylie sings it then you have my drift). Paige writes in a way that you are transported into that character I felt every single ounce of Angie’s emotion and on her first experience of Italy I felt like I was there. Another place I haven’t visited but my has Paige made me want to.

We meet Angie as her grandmother has passed away and she’s quite frankly lost. For so long she has taken care of her grandmother- that she doesn’t really know what to do for her. One things for sure she’s always wanted to travel and until this point she hasn’t left her own town of Cobber Pedy – Australia. A place that sounds simply gorgeous and her community are so adorable they really care for Angie and her well being. Her only travel has been through others postcards. Just reading about her postcards gave me travel envy. Angie’s friends and neighbours really do care for her best interests and what they do to push her on her journey is quite simply breathtaking.

Angie knows nothing of her father – until a letter comes to light. Her travels start with Italy and finding out some answers. Families are a funny one and they all have their secrets but Angie really didn’t bargain for what she finds.

Before finishing this fantastic novel I attended the Waterstones event for Paige, Lindsey Kelk and Lucy Vine. I had hoped to have finished in time but revision got in the way there was so much talk of the way Paige writes a proper love of your life love story and how much we were all aching for Angie and Alessendro to get together.

In a Paige Toon novel you are always guaranteed a sweep you off your feet romance usually from a brooding male….but what she created so amazingly with this one was how many sub-subjects there were. We have grief, love, travel, mental health just to name a few and they are all done with grace and understanding.

Another treat that had me in tears….I thought this one was different but it tugged on my heart strings like Paige always does. Although I must say in finishing If You Go Anywhere it left me with a happy heart and a book hangover.

Paige thank you as ever for writing a thought provoking book that took me away from the trials and tribulations of everyday stresses. Now seeing as there’s nothing more until next year I must get back to the back catalogue. There will be another post before my impending trip away.

Finally If You Could Go Anywhere where would you go? I still have a few major places I would love to see and I’m going with Nashville and New Orleans. I’m itching for them sooo badly.

2019, Bookish Adventures, event

Simon & Schuster Spring Blogger evening.

On Wednesday 6th February I was lucky enough to be invited to Simon & Schuster’s Spring Blogger Event.

These guys are my favourite publishers not only do they host a gorgeous array of authors and thought provoking books they also have the best get togethers. I’m always heartbroken if I can’t attend but thankfully I made the day completely free to attend.

Not only is it fabulous to meet authors it’s also a great evening to catch up with likeminded bloggers of whom I’m very good friends with a number of them. And it’s always lovely to finally put faces to Twitter handles and to meet newbies and get recommended more books. There are never too many books. (She says, although I think I was good compared to a few others cough Laura cough Emma).

The cakes always need their very own introduction made by restoration cakes they always taste fabulous. Thanks to SJ I devoured two of these beauties yup I did just admit that. I had if you were here and the love child.

There were an array of authors some did readings and others were attendees like me yet we did get the chance to chat to them all.

Iona Grey giving is a fabulous reading from The Glittering Hour – it was lovely to meet her especially as she follows my Twitter. I look forward to reading this.

Next up was Alice Peterson – I have one of her books at home and ashamedly I haven’t read it but I’m going to devour my sampler after listening to her read.

Claire Frost’s gorgeous debut sounds fabulous I think this will be the next sampler I read.

Claire is so genuine and is just as excited as us bloggers I look forward to seeing her journey progress.

Rachel Hore gave a fabulous reading she has such a good reading voice.

Now how I’ve never properly spoke to Milly I don’t know. She has the best reading voice, she’s funny and real. I’ve read a few of her shorts but I must delve in I know I have some of her books on my ever expanding shelf but I’m hoping to attend another event after her latest is released so I’m hoping to have read that in time.

Ever since I inhaled the Swimming Pool Louise has been one of my favourite authors although I still have a number of her books waiting on my shelf. That must change. I devoured the sampler of Those People and I know this is a book I will be shouting about I want it NOW. The characters are real, likeable and unlikeable and I know it’s going to be one of those take a day off and sit in a coffee shop reads and I want to do that.

It’s always a pleasure to see these ladies. I had a lovely chat with Anstey Harris also but there is no photographic evidence. As I said to many on that evening I either take lots of photos or none.

So to the goody bag – my pictures could be better. I’m sooo excited by both these proofs I also met Catherine again but no pic again too many people not enough time. I’ve been good and haven’t started Paige’s yet as I’m currently engrossed in The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood which is another Simon & Schuster beauty.

The gorgeous samplers that the lovely ladies signed for me.

The rest of the goodies and the extras I swiped off the shelf we were told to raid…I do blame some of my bookish pals for a few of those. I’ve not read any Gayle Forman and now I have three to devour.

I’m sorry that the blog has been a bit hit and miss of late. Although I’m chuffed that my updates all seem to be Simon & Schuster based. Any of you I met at this event know I’m currently swooning over 90s boyband Boyzone back on the road again today but I would love to hear from you all.