2020, audiobook, Blog Tour, Buddy Read, debut novel, ebook, Uncategorized

July TBR

Sorry for the MIA yesterday it was a weird one and I had had an on/off headache but today I’m feeling a bit brighter so I’ve been thinking more and more about this post.

I rarely post a TBR (to be read) as more often than not it jinx’s me rather than spurs me on.

I started this audiobook a short while ago but I haven’t always had the time I’m 75% in so hoping to finish that ASAP.

Following my final June read I started this one and thought I would have been a little further along.

This is my first buddy read of the month and I’m enjoying it but the headaches hasn’t helped. This is also my first Santa read.

Blog tours

Netgalley and general wants to read…

Well I think that’s all my commitments there are also a few more library audio-reads that I hope to get to. I’ve also downloaded a fair few 99p reads that I hope to get too haha. Last month I managed a few shorts and I would like to do so again this month.

I hope I haven’t forgotten anything that I’ve promised to do. I’m loving reading more and keeping the blog more consistent. As ever I am always open to what else you would love to see from me.

2020, Top Ten Tuesday, Uncategorized

Top Ten Tuesday celebrates 10 years…

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 this meme has been going for 10 years how mad is that. I must admit when I first came across it I didn’t realise there was specific prompts so I may have done a few over the years that I dreamed up myself.

I can’t say I’m a frequent Top Ten Tuesday poster but I do like posting from time to time. I’ve been a bit more organised with my blog since lockdown and I must admit I’m loving it as well as all the extra reading, it really has been a breath of fresh air. I’ve built up new little routines which I hope to keep once life resumes to normal. I can definitely say I will be taking part in next weeks prompt as I’ve already got a bit of an idea so I may get it prepped this week.

So in line with this celebration I am going to be talking about Authors Id love to meet.

Mhari McFarlane
Miranda Dickinson
Katey Lovell
Zoe May
Poorna Bell
Bryony Gordon
Sophie Kinsella
Carole Matthews
Beth O’Leary
Cressida McLaughlin

I thought this would be an easy meme but I swear being put on the spot I couldn’t think. There are probably loads of fabulous authors who I’m yet to meet.

Next Tuesday I shall be sharing my most anticipated reads for the later part of the year.

2020, Author Love, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Zoe May never fails to deliver….

Ever since I first discovered Zoe May I’ve been hooked and today she announced not her next novel that’s already known and available next month. Today she has shared her cover for her novel that comes out next February. Just ahead of my 37th birthday now that makes me feel old but I know that this will be welcome escapism.

It’s available for pre-order and you can do so Here and this is how Zoe describes it…I have a new book coming out next year!! 🤗💕 Swiped Out is about what happens when a serial online dater quits swiping and seeks love in the real world 😁👨‍❤️‍👨

I still remember devouring When Polly Met Olly when I was at the seaside with my family you can read my thoughts Here

I ended up winning a signed paperback of this one I truly loved it and I was so excited that it was also available in physical form and you can read my thoughts on this one Here.

This one is what brought me to Zoe and I’m so thankful to this book as she’s a go to author for me, so here are my thoughts on her debut Perfect Match Debut thoughts. I have How (Not) to date a Prince but I still haven’t got my teeth into that one and her next novel Flying solo is out next month and I cannot wait.

It’s been a month now since my last working day and to say I miss my daily routine and work is an understatement. In these strange and scary times my blessings are being with most of my family and being able to face time the rest and having time to do those things we keep putting off and shoving my head into a good book.

2019, Author Love, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: When Polly Met Olly By Zoe May

Blurb: Polly and Olly were never supposed to meet…

Polly might spend her days searching for eligible matches for her elite list of clients at her New York dating agency, but her own love life is starting to go up in smoke.

Even worse, she can’t stop thinking about the very person she’s meant to be setting her latest client up with… surely it can’t get any worse!

But then Polly bumps into oh-so-handsome Olly, who heads up a rival agency, and realizes that perhaps all really is fair in love and dating war…

Review: I’ve been championing this lady since devouring Perfect Match – it was a Netgalley read that provided me a new author and friend. I’ve spoken to Zoe so much over Twitter and Instagram and as much as I have championed her she’s also been very complimentary of me and my blogging efforts.

When Zoe went to New York to research for this novel we had chatted loads and loads I felt like I wanted this book long before it had been written. In a way it’s bad form on me for only having just finished it. I’ve been away with my family and I knew it would be the perfect time to get some reading done although I haven’t read as much as I would like I’m so glad to have read ‘When Polly Met Olly’. It’s a perfect feel good read and the ultimate tonic when you need a pick me up or if you’re in a reading slump.

Zoe writes about dating so effortlessly, I’ve been a huge fan of Celebs Go Dating for yonks and if you have ever watched the series I’m sure Olly will remind you of a certain Eden Blackman. I could picture him from the off and for me it added to my enjoyment of the story. I didn’t always like Olly but deep down there was always another side to him and I’m glad that that came into fruition before the story ended.

I loved Polly and everything about her story, seeing her progress in New York. I said to Zoe how real Polly was with her struggles to become a photographer, I’ve known that pain. Having studied New Media Journalism and spent so much of my spare time trying to make something of myself. In reading this book it’s shown me that we do have to go back to why we started and why we loved it. I may not be getting paid to write but I have a blog that I enjoy sharing my passion for books and the written word. I’ve also shared a few of my other passions and lifestyle changes, in starting my new job at the end of September I’m hoping to add some new additions to the blog and I cannot wait.

Zoe May writes a truly engaging novel that keeps you on your toes. I loved the different aspects with the emails and Tinder/Match messages alongside texts and dialogue. I also loved the stark contrast to people in New York with money and those trying to make their way. I also have to mention Gabe I truly loved the friendship between Gabe and Polly, everyone needs that friend who will tell you how it is rather than what you want to hear.

The other resounding message from this novel is looks can be deceiving. In this day and age with social media taking over we’re all obsessed with how we come across and insta and reality are two separate things and sometimes we all need to take a step back. I pride myself on taking people as I find them and Polly’s gut instincts helped her in the end.

A truly enjoyable read that could have been devoured in a solitary sitting if I had had that luxury. A fantastic final read before I head back to reality, back to work for me tomorrow and I still have an audiobook to finish…

2019, Stacking the Shelves, Uncategorized

Stacking the Shelves

As promised once again here’s a second blog post from lil ole me.

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme co hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality. Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can add any books that you add to your shelves, whether you’ve bought them been sent them or borrowed them from the library. And then be sure to post your links over on Tynga’s Reviews.

Since discovering Stacking the Shelves I’ve tried to add this as often as I can into my posts. It’s also made me realise what I’ve been longing to read.

So these are the Shelves I’m hoping to get through in August. I’m away for two weeks at the end of August so I’m hoping to get a lot of reading done and I cannot wait.

Audio

Buddy read with the fabulous Catriona

I’m hoping to have an impressive reading month so here’s a few that I hope to read. There maybe a few others too depending on my mood and if I manage it. There may also be some short reads.

Is there a book that you think deserves to be on my shelf? This is kind of optimistic as some months I get distracted by other things I’m hoping my time off gives me more reading time.

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, Stacking the Shelves, Uncategorized

Stacking the Shelves

So as promised I said there would be a second post from me today and here it is.

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme co hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality. Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can add any books that you add to your shelves, whether you’ve bought them been sent them or borrowed them from the library. And then be sure to post your links over on Tynga’s Reviews.

Last Saturday we looked at my Netgalley shelf which has risen a few since then now we are to look at my Kindle shelf. I will only be picking a handful otherwise this post could go on for eternity.

Have you read any of these? As ever this is just a snapshot of my Kindle library…

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.

2019, Author Love, ebook, july, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: As Luck Would Have It By Zoe May

Blurb: One holiday can change your life forever…Natalie Jackson might keep up appearances on Instagram, but in reality her fiancé has just jilted her after the birth of their baby and she’s moved back in with her mum. Life isn’t exactly going to plan!

So when she enters the village raffle for the holiday of a lifetime, she thinks she has no chance of winning. But her name is pulled out – and, as luck would have it, so is a ticket bought by her childhood nemesis: Will Brimble.

Surely a romantic holiday for two is the worst idea ever right?

Review: Ever since reading and totally falling in love with Zoe’s debut Perfect Match she’s been one of my auto-buy authors. Saying that I’ve also been a bit of a failure as she now has four books and I’ve only read two yet I own all of them.

I’ve been chatting to Zoe on and off via Twitter since first discovering her, we’ve chatted about so much that she feels like a good friend. When reading any of her books you’re given likeable strong females and Natalie is just that. Her story is nowhere near mine but in some ways her story gave me real hope. Becoming a single mum has changed her outlook on life, but there’s so much more to her than that.

Zoe has an effortless way of writing a truly uplifting story full of hope, love and most of all friendship. Delving back into the past and reigniting old thoughts and feelings. They say our school days are the best of our lives yet none of us believe that at the time fast forward to sixteen years later. This is where Will and Natalie are reunited.

Everything about this pair had me hooked and wanting more. I love that Cancer Research got a little mention and the talk of charity shops made me laugh considering my day job.

Both Natalie and Will are a far cry from where they imagined their lives would have taken them but in winning the raffle they won much more than they bargained for.

A laugh out loud read that will have you hooked and begging for more. There is always an element to dating and this was a whole new ball game with lots of humour. I loved Will and Natalie’s chat in regards to Tinder being like a shit computer game and feeling hollow and that to me is exactly my thoughts.

When it ended I was left a little bereft but Will and Natalie’s story will stay with me for the long haul. It’s made me look back on my childhood memories and those boys that changed my world – haven’t seen any of them in forever but Natalie and Will’s story has shown that anything is possible.

I’ve never really had the inclination or want to visit Marrakech but Zoe painted it as a hectic yet, visually colourful place.

Another corker from Zoe May now do I read How Not to Date A Prince or When Polly Met Olly next?

2019, Author Love, Publication Day, Uncategorized

As Luck Would Have It By Zoe May

Today is publication day for Zoe May’s latest offering – As Luck Would Have It. Ever since loving her debut novel – Perfect Match. You can read my review here

I’m pretty sure it was a Netgalley find and in doing so I read it really quickly and was eager to see what was next for Zoe. I must admit my ever expanding TBR pile still has a few of hers but I decided that I would make this one a priority this July. Tomorrow I will be flying to Dublin for the weekend and won’t have much in terms of luggage space so I’m hoping to get some reading in on my phone via my Kindle app.

Blurb: One holiday can change your life forever…Natalie Jackson might keep up appearances on Instagram, but in reality her fiancé has just jilted her after the birth of their baby and she’s moved back in with her mum. Life isn’t exactly going to plan!

So when she enters the village raffle for the holiday of a lifetime, she thinks she has no chance of winning. But her name is pulled out – and, as luck would have it, so is a ticket bought by her childhood nemesis: Will Brimble.

Surely a romantic holiday for two is the worst idea ever right?

Seeing as I’m off to Dublin tomorrow I didn’t stay up to see this ping through- good job really as I’m sure I couldn’t have resisted starting it. This morning I needed to get ready and pack a bag as after work I’m off to my friends ahead of Dublin early tomorrow. As I’m walking I’m listening to an audiobook but later on I will be starting this beauty. Have a fantastic day Zoe. You deserve it.