Disappointing Reads #3

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    One of the worst feelings as a book lover is when you have such high hopes for a book, and it ends up being disappointing.  This series documents the books that have disappointed me; it can either act as a warning or even pique your interest in a new read.

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    10th February 2019

    Happy Girl Lucky by Holly Smale

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    In January, I managed to review all the books on my monthly TBR – yay me!  Can I pull it off again in February?  I hope so!  To kick things off, here are my thoughts on Happy Girl Lucky by Holly Smale.

    Happy Girl Lucky by Holly SmaleHappy Girl Lucky by Holly Smale

    Publication Date: 7th February 2019
    Publisher:
    HarperCollins Children’s
    Genre:  YA
    Format: 
    Review copy from Netgalley provided for free in exchange for an honest review
    Synopsis:
    Sisters Hope, Faith and Mercy have everything: fame, success, money and beauty. But what Hope wants most of all is love, and it doesn’t matter how far she has to go to find it.  Except real-life isn’t like the movies. Even if you’re a Valentine . . .

     

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    9th February 2019

    January Wrap Up and February TBR

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    It’s time for my monthly Wrap Up and TBR post!

    The aim of this reading game is to help me read more books and hopefully get on top of the ever-growing To Be Read pile.  The more books I read, the more books I can buy.  The more books I can buy, the more books I can read  It’s a win-win, right?

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    1st February 2019

    #TopTenTuesday – The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

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    It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday!  We’re almost one month into 2019, and the books are already piling up.  Why did I choose 2019 as the year I went back to college?  I need my free time more than ever!  *wails dramatically*  This week’s prompt is all about the most recent additions to our to-read lists, and considering I add new books to my Want To Read shelf daily, I had no trouble picking my top ten.

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    29th January 2019

    Dear Rosie Hughes by Melanie Hudson

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    My third review in a month?  I don’t know what’s happening to me in 2019, but I like it.  Here are my thoughts on Dear Rosie Hughes by Melanie Hudson. 

    Dear Rosie Hughes by Melanie Hudson

    Dear Rosie Hughes by Melanie Hudson

    Publication Date: 1st February 2019
    Publisher:
    HarperImpulse
    Genre: Women’s Fiction
    Format: 
    Review copy from Netgalley provided for free in exchange for an honest review
    Synopsis:
    The best friendships are worth fighting for… It’s been fifteen years since Aggie’s friendship with Rosie Hughes ended abruptly. But now she’s heard from the village rumour mill that Rosie is off to war, she knows her best friend needs her more than ever – despite what’s happened between them in the past. As Rosie faces a desert full of danger and Aggie falls further from the path to love she’ so wants, the two friends write each other letters. The comfort in their shared words is an anchor to the life they knew before…and the only constant in a world as increasingly unpredictable as the wind.

     

     

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    28th January 2019

    The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield

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    As per my reading resolutions for 2019, I am determined to read more non-fiction this year.  A non-fiction book that I was incredibly fortunate to read ahead of official publication was The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield.

    The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield

    Publication Date: 24th January 2019
    Publisher: 
    Michael Joseph
    Genre: Historical Non-Fiction
    Format:
    Review copy from Netgalley
    Synopsis:
    Where there is family, there is hope…
    Vienna, 1939. Nazi police seize Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer and his son, Fritz, and send the pair to Buchenwald in Germany. There began an unimaginable ordeal that saw the pair beaten, starved and forced to build the very concentration camp they were held in. When Gustav was set to be transferred to Auschwitz, a certain death sentence, his son refused to leave his side. Throughout the horrors they witnessed and the suffering they endured, there was one constant that kept them alive: the love between father and son. Based on Gustav’s secret diary and meticulous archive research, this book tells their incredible story for the first time – a story of courage and survival unparalleled in the history of the Holocaust.

     

     

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    21st January 2019

    My Reading Resolutions for 2019

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    Just like last year, I am trailing behind everyone else with my reading resolutions.  I am of the view that if its January, I still have time to sort them out.  Why worry about them in December?   I enjoyed sitting down and blogging about my reading resolutions in 2018, and it was certainly interesting to look back at how I did.  With another year of Don’t Bend the Spine (hopefully) on the horizon, I am once more setting myself some bookish challenges to spice up my life.

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    15th January 2019

    Disappointing Reads #2

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    One of the worst feelings as a book lover is when you have such high hopes for a book, and it ends up being disappointing.  This series documents the books that have disappointed me; it can either act as a warning or even pique your interest in a new read.

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    13th January 2019