Thursday, 1 February 2018

January Reads

Has anyone else thought that January seemed to have dragged? It's not been a partially productive month and I'm glad to see the back of it to be honest.

One of my goals for this year is to read more and share my reads on here with you. It makes sense to do this as reading has always been a part of my life,  I love nothing more than snuggling up with a book when I find some free time.

After Blake was born I found that I was slacking in the reading department. I had still been able to find time to read but was much more of a slower reader and it would sometimes take me a month to just read one book. Last year was the first year since having Blake that I was able to read more. I wish I had started sharing my reads least year with you as I found some really enjoyable reads. 

So anyway onto the books:




I picked up this festive read whilst I was browsing the books in Morrison's before Christmas. I only got around to reading it in January as I had other Christmas reads to get through. I've never read anything by Karen Swan before but I do love a good romance even though you know that its going to have a predictable ending. Set in the remote island of Islay Alex Hyde finds herself out of her comfort zone after a crisis call regarding the troublesome – and troubled – head of an esteemed whisky company in Scotland. Lochlan Farquhar, CEO of Kentallen Distilleries. Alex who is an executive coach needs to get into Lochlan's head before he brings the company to its knees. 

This book was a Christmas gift from my in laws. Described as a feel good Christmas romance that's fun and festive. I feel that the book is suitable to be read at any time of year as its not Christmas or snow themed like I was expecting from it. Although its a very predictable storyline its definitely a sweet easy read that warms the heart. Tilly has a fabulous friends, a dream job as a make up artist with a prestigious opera company and a fiance Felix. Tilly who is a technophobe makes a blunder and ends up having to work with IT director Marcus Walker who doesn't have a creative bone in his body which is a match made in hell. However when Tilly finds out her fiance isn't who he seems its Marcus who is there for her with hot chocolate and a shoulder to cry on.

If you are new to blogging or are thinking of setting up a blog than this book is ideal for you. If like me you have been blogging for a while now than you may find some useful information depending on how advanced you are. For me the section of SEO  (Seach Engine Optimisation ) is very helpful as it's one area I've not really focused on and wish I had. It's such a great book for dipping in and out and covers all the topics you can think of when it comes to to the world of blogging such as working with brands, planning, blogging basics and more.

Having read 2 of Isabelle's books before I was really looking forward to seeing what this one was going to be like and I'm not disappointed. A year and a day is a moving and romantic novel weaving the love stories of three women who are on holiday in the snowy backdrop of Prague. I've loved this book so much and its even made me add Prague to my list of places I'd love to visit one day. 
All three women have different back stories and end up meeting at a hotel in Prague and form a bond none of them anticipated. Each of the three characters in the book have there own problems to face which you find more about throughout the book. There were moments within the book that made me start to tear up so tissues may be needed.

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25 comments

  1. These sound really interesting, I haven't heard of any of these before, I will have to check them out. And I definitely need to get my hands on the blogging one!

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  2. I quite the sound of A Year and A Day. I've been to Prague and can imagine how the city would bring this theme to life. #bloggerclubuk

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  3. These look like good books. Covent Garden in the snow sounds interesting

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  4. Recently managed to get back to reading at a decent pace so love to have recommendations and don't we all want to blog our way to riches one day?! #BloggerClubUK

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  5. The blogging your way to riches sounds like an interesting read. I have not read anything by Karen Swann but that book looks good. Have you read anything by Jojo Moyes or Jane Fallon?

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  6. oh yes, January most definitely dragged.
    Covent Garden in the Snow looks like my kind of book. Apart from the fact I love the real Covent Garden. I will dig this up and have a look:)

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  7. I honestly read so many wonderful books in January! I've never actually heard of the ones you've talked about above, but I think I may have to check them out at some point when my TBR pile goes down a bit haha!

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  8. I'm struggling for new books at the moments so I'll look these up on my kindle, thanks!

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  9. One of my goals this year is to read more too. Feed the brain with imagination and reduce social media intake.

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  10. Blogging to riches has been on my reading list for ages now! Will check out the others!

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  11. All of those look like books I would really enjoy. I definitely need to make more time to read!

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  12. January has most definitely dragged! I haven't read Emma's blogging book yet and would be keen to in case I can pick up any little gems to help take my blogging game to the next level. You can always learn from others!

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  13. That year and a day book sounds brilliant. I can't remember the last time I read a book! Eek!

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  14. I love a good Christmas romance. I find romances tend to be nice and easy to read because, as you say, they are usually quite predictable and sometimes your brain needs that. The blooming book sounds great, I’ll have to keep an eye out for it.

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  15. January has flown by for me. Love the look of the ‘Blogging to riches’ book!

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  16. One of my goals this year is to read more too - I have managed 3 books this month (although one was a baby book not a fiction one!). I loved A year and a day!

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  17. Always good to have recommendations for new reads, thanks so much! I am trying to make time for me a lot more this year, and reading is included in that! :D

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  18. Oooh, I've just started reading again. There's a link up over on my blog if you wanted to add your post. :)

    Your book choices look great! :D

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  19. the blogging book is on my wishlist. I can';t wait to read it. I need to look at my SEO so it is good

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  20. So many interesting books. Even though I am not using blogging to get rich, Blogging to riches sounds like a good read x

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  21. I actually managed to read a book in January so cannot wait to find another to read

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  22. I enjoyed reading through this list. Blogging your way to riches has been on my must-read list for ages, so I think I'll start there!

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  23. I'm due a trip to the library! I feel like I should really start reading more books to do with blogging because we can never stop learning and growing!



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  24. January certainly did drag! The Blogging To Riches book sounds like an interesting read.

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  25. Im interested to hear about your opinion on blogging your way to riches. I have been thinking about getting it for a while. Good to know you can dip in and out as I dont have much time to read x

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