At the start of 2015 I wrote about my intention to read my books. I had big hopes and plans to read a total of 12 books in the year, which would have been a big increase on the previous year... when I read 2 books!
Well I am pleased to report that I actually read 17 books - although I did have a tiny bit of the last one to finish which I read yesterday. In December I got wildly ambitious and had great plans to make it a total of 21 books which didn't happen. As 17 exceeded my hopes at the start of the year I am still pleased with the results of my efforts to read more.
This means that I have two final reviews for you!
First up is The Little Christmas Kitchen by Jenny Oliver. This book - both of these two actually - was very light and fluffy, quite inconsequential in fact. However, that didn't make it a bad book to read and it was ideal in the run up to Christmas when my brain didn't have much power to think. It is lovely because it actually has actually Christmassy moments in it which not all Christmas books do in my experience. So I enjoyed it for that if nothing else.
I will be sending it to the charity shop because I need to clear out books, but otherwise I wouldn't mind reading it again. Also, there are some lovely sounding recipes at the back of the book!
The story centres around two sisters, Ella and Maddy, who live in Greece and London respectively. Events take a turn - as they inevitably do in this sort of book - and they end up swapping where they live. Both learn a new appreciation for life, make changes and learn lessons. Maddy's story was rather ho hum for me. Ella's story was delightful though, she journeys to London for the first time, learns a lot, meets some great people and changes not only her life, but the lives of others around her too. We could all learn a lot from Ella - such as saying hello to and making friends with our neighbours.
So if you happen across my copy of this book in your local charity shop, pick it up and have a read!
The final book of my year was Once Upon A Christmas by Sarah Morgan. This book also tells the tale of two different women. Bryony and Helen. It is another romance and was also a good read for Christmas. This book has less Christmassy moments in it, but it does have a lot of medical moments - all the main characters are doctors or nurses - so if you are squeamish this is not for you. I did skip over a few bits I have to say! There are also quite a few "intimate" passages, which again might not be for you, and which, I also may have skipped over a bit! This is not a book for a younger person in my opinion.
I found it a little odd that the two main characters never really have any interaction with each other, I would have liked to have seen more of that. It didn't make it a bad read, I just felt that was missing for me.
Again, this one is leaving my shelf for reasons for space, but again, if you see it pick it up and have a read.
Bryony's daughter has one wish, which is for a Dad for Christmas. Bryony sets out to get herself a man and despite her best efforts she is thwarted along the way several times. She only has a short amount of time to go until Christmas and she really wants to give her daughter this very important gift.
Unfortunately there is someone else standing in the way, who doesn't appear to be in love with Bryony, but she cannot get past him and until she does....
Helen has not had a good time of it at all. Her man has not been a nice fellow at all and now she doesn't know what to do. Perhaps some tender and loving care will revive her and bring her life around.
Needless to say, all is well that ends well for both women!
You might be wondering what happened to those four final books that I hoped to read and what they are. Well, they are Christmas in the snow, Sleigh bells snow, Christmas at Rosie Hopkins sweet shop and a Christmas cracker as in the above picture - I already reviewed A gingerbread café Christmas. I have popped these four books back on my shelf and I will read them either later during the year or next Christmas.
Going forward I have selected the next six books from my shelf. This is the selection.
Once again all books that I have been given and with several Agatha Christies included as you can see! The one that I am going to read first is Sophie Writes a Love Story which was sent to my by my blogger friend Linda Kay. This was written by Linda Kay so I am very excited to read it.
As far as reviews goes I have decided to do two things differently this year. I am still going to review the books I read, but will do them in groups of six as I finish each group. Also, rather than put the pictures of the books down my sidebar I am going to simply add another blog page which will list all the books, probably by author and then people can search them for reviews more easily. That bit is still a work in progress of course. My whole sidebar and blog need a tidy, so I will be attending to that in the coming weeks.
That is it for reviews for now, when the next ones are finished I will let you know, although I will probably pop up a review of Linda Kay's book sooner.
I hope that you had a good year of reading in 2015 and that 2016 will also be a good year for you!