Guess who’s back, back again? Daniella’s back, tell a friend. In 2019, I promise to be a better book blogger. I have finally sorted out a place for me to write, which includes an actual desk and chair, so no more hunching over a laptop on the sofa. For my first post of 2019, I am diving right in with Top Ten Tuesday, and discussing my top ten books of 2018.
It’s time for another Recently Read post! After being struck down with a bad cold, all I could do was read. I scrolled through my Netgalley shelves and made it my mission to read the books that have been on my shelves for longer than I would care to admit. I dream of the day I achieve an 80% feedback ratio.
Well, hello there! Welcome to my stop on the If We’re Not Married by Thirty Blog Tour hosted by Bonnier Zaffre. I’m very excited to tell you all what I thought of If We’re Not Married by Thirty by Anna Bell.
If We’re Not Married by Thirty by Anna Bell
Publication Date: 1st December 2018
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre
Genre: Romantic Fiction
Format: Review copy from Bonnier Zaffre
Synopsis: Lydia’s not exactly #LivingHerBestLife. She never imagined she’d be here at thirty – newly single, a job that’s going nowhere and her friends all winning at life when she’s still barely taking part. So she jumps at the chance of a free holiday and jets off to sunny Spain. Then, out of the blue, she bumps into her childhood friend, the handsome and charming Danny Whittaker. She’s always had a crush on him and they soon enter into a passionate holiday romance. But this relationship could be more than just a fling. Years ago they made a pact that if they were still single when they turned thirty they would get married. But noone really follows through on these pacts . . . right? Could Lydia’s back-up man really be her happy ever after?
This week’s #SixForSunday prompt was one I had no problem answering: the books I’m hoping to receive for Christmas. I don’t usually receive books as presents, as my loved ones know I have no willpower when it comes to resisting a new release. Here are the six books I would love to find under the tree this year (if I haven’t bought them first…)
With Christmas approaching, my day job has had an increase in workload, and I have little time or energy to read books when I get home. What’s a book blogger to do? *wails* One book that I have managed to finish recently is Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings.
Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings
Publication Date: 29th June 2017
Publisher: John Murray Press
Format: Review copy from Netgalley
Synopsis: She is the perfect assassin. A Russian orphan, saved from the death penalty for the brutal revenge she took on her gangster father’s killers. Ruthlessly trained. Given a new life. New names, new faces – whichever fits. Her paymasters call themselves The Twelve. But she knows nothing of them. Konstantin is the man who saved her, and the one she answers to. She is Villanelle. Without conscience. Without guilt. Without weakness. Eve Polastri is the woman who hunts her. MI5, until one error of judgment costs her everything. Then stopping a ruthless assassin becomes more than her job. It becomes personal.
One day, I will be able to review books within days of reading them. Today is not that day, but it is the day I share my thoughts with you on You Only Live Once by Jess Vallance.
You Only Live Once by Jess Vallance
Publication Date: 23rd August 2018
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Format: Paperback, 377 pages
Synopsis: I have a deadly tropical disease! It will probably kill me before the summer is over! Or… maybe not. After an embarrassingly dramatic self-diagnosis, Gracie realises she is not, in fact, about to die. She also realises there’s more to life than sitting in her bedroom and studying. Life is happening NOW and Gracie decides to stop worrying and start LIVING. BORING Gracie is GONE. EXCITING, carefree Gracie is HERE! LAUGH out loud with Gracie as she does her best to LIVE LIFE to the full…