One Of Us Is Lying – Book Review Week 11

One Of Us Is Lying

Thanks to NetGalley for the free download. This is my honest review for One Of Us Is Lying.

Well, it kept me reading because I couldn’t wait to find out what was going on! It was an enjoyable read and I’ll be looking out for more books by Karen McManus.

Young adult fiction isn’t my usual genre; I did go through a stage of reading YA but it’s been a while. The blurb reminded me of the show, Pretty Little Liars, which is about high school students. The show was great and I figured I’d like this book because I liked that show.

One Of Us Is Lying

The ending wasn’t easily worked out before I got there for which I’m glad; I don’t like it when that happens!

It did confuse me a bit with each chapter coming from a different character. However, it doesn’t take much to confuse me! Family stuff is going on all around me when I’m reading so it’s easy for me to get distracted.

I would have probably read this in one sitting if I’d had the time 🙂

Expected publication: May 30th 2017 by Delacorte Press

One Of Us Is Lying


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Kaycee & Ella’s 1st Book Club – Jacky Ha-Ha

Jacky Ha-Ha by James Patterson

Jacky Ha-Ha by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Jacky Ha-Ha

Kaycee (11) and Ella (9) have always been avid readers. Mumsnet bloggers picked us to host a book club based on the James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein novel, Jacky Ha-Ha and the girls were really excited when they found out.

Kaycee loves organising events and she threw herself into making the book club a success! We received 6 copies of the book, discussion questions, ideas for games, a word search, posters, a photo booth kit, paper to design your own book cover and some bags of sweets.

The girls each invited 2 friends and gave them a copy of the book. The book club date was set for the 18th March so they all started reading.

Book Club

Kaycee and Ella set out crisps, popcorn, biscuits and sweets as well as cherryade and dandelion and burdock to drink. They stuck the book posters around the room and got pencils and coloured pens ready for the activities.

Jacky Ha-Ha book club

Discussion

They started the discussion by answering the questions we received.

Example questions:

Why is Jacky so impressed by Ms. O’Mara?
Who are some of your female role models?
Why are they important to you?

Why is Jacky afraid of being in the play and giving a speech?
How does Jacky overcome her fear?

Here’s a little video at the start of the discussions.

They all designed a book cover then did the word search once the discussion was over. While they were doing the word search, Kaycee and Ella judged the book covers and found a prize for the winner and little prizes for everyone else!

Jacky Ha-Ha

Fun with the photo booth was next, just before everyone had to go home.

Jacky Ha-Ha book club

Jacky Ha-Ha book club

All the girls said they really enjoyed the book and that it was brilliant 🙂

Jacky Ha-Ha book club

Kaycee enjoyed organising it and it was a great success. So much so, she’s been inspired to do another one next month!

The girls had 3 World Book Day tokens (a friend of Kaycee’s didn’t want hers) and Ant gave them £3 so they could get 6 copies of the Jacqueline Wilson book, Butterfly Beach. They’re all excited to come back next month 🙂

Jacqueline Wilson Butterfly Beach book

Thanks to Mumsnet and Penguin/Puffin books for choosing us and helping to keep the love of reading alive in my girls. I’m very proud of them both for organising and running a book club at their ages!

“I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Panel. It’s a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity. We received a hamper of books and goodies to host the book club.”

These Books ‘BLUE’ Us Away – Book Display

These Books BLUE Us Away

We collected lots of books with blue covers for our book display. The customers at St Barnabas loved it 🙂

These books BLUE us away

These books BLUE us away

These books BLUE us away

These books BLUE us away

Next week I’ll be writing about Kaycee’s and Ella’s first book club instead of showing you one of my book displays. They’ve been sent 6 copies of James Patterson’s new children’s book, Jacky Ha-Ha and some other items to make the book club meeting fun.

Kaycee’s finished the book and Ella’s over half way. They’re both really looking forward to having their friends round to discuss the book. I’ve ordered some nibbles and drinks for them to enjoy 🙂

The Weight Of Silence – Book Review

The Weight Of Silence

The Weight Of Silence – I must be getting used to books being written from a different character’s perspective. The book was great which surprised me. I have struggled with this writing style in the past. A few times I had to go back to the start of the chapter and check but it didn’t detract from the enjoyment.
It kept me guessing all the way through and the ending didn’t disappoint me.

Ben was my favourite character. He was such a good brother and the relationship between himself and Calli was really lovely.
I was sorry that Petra moved away because I loved their relationship as well. I suppose it was natural the family would want to make a fresh start, though.

My, ‘to be read’ list has just got even bigger because I found out Heather Gudenkauf has written other books!

The Weight Of Silence

The Weight Of Silence


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Read It With A Box Of Tissues – Book Display

Box of Tissues

Read it with a box of tissues is a book display that showcases true life stories. I used to be a fan of those kind of books but since having children, I can’t read them anymore. Most of them are about the author having an awful childhood and they make me too sad.
I just don’t understand, after having three gorgeous babies and watching them grow into wonderful children, how anyone could ever mistreat their child.

I do understand why people read these books, though. They help bring awareness to the public so these things aren’t kept secret.
I suspect telling their story also helps the author move forward with their life.

Read it with a box of tissues - Book DIsplay

Read it with a box of tissues - Book DIsplay

Read it with a box of tissues - Book DIsplay

Read it with a box of tissues - Book DIsplay

After Anna – Book Review Week 9

After Anna – Book Review

I was putting After Anna on the shelf at the charity shop when something made me read the blurb on the back. I put it back on my trolley and bought it at the end of my shift.

It was a bit slow at first and took me a few days to get through the first half. The second half, however, took me a few hours on a quiet Sunday afternoon to finish.
It played to my emotions and I found myself getting really angry on Julia’s behalf!

After Anna

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads

The real nightmare starts when her daughter is returned…

A bone-chilling psychological thriller that will suit fans of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Daughter by Jane Shemilt, and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

A girl is missing. Five years old, taken from outside her school. She has vanished, traceless. The police are at a loss; her parents are beyond grief. Their daughter is lost forever, perhaps dead, perhaps enslaved. But the biggest mystery is yet to come: one week after she was abducted, their daughter is returned. She has no memory of where she has been. And this, for her mother, is just the beginning of the nightmare.

I thought I’d worked it out quite early on but I was wrong! I did work it out about 300 pages in and was shocked when I realised who had abducted Anna.

I’d recommend it and I would recommend it for lovers of this genre. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

Goodreads reading challenge book 9 After Anna


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20 Years Of World Book Day

World Book Day

After this year, we’ll only have one World Book Day costume to find/make. Aiden’s at college and Kaycee’s at secondary school so they don’t dress up for WBD anymore.
Ella only has one year left after this year at junior school and this year she’s sorted her own costume out.

She’s going as a unicorn. She’s borrowing Kaycee’s unicorn hoody and wearing it with a pair of shorts and some sparkly tights we bought for her.

Ella dressed as a unicorn for World Book Day

We had a WBD display at the charity shop all week but unfortunately, I didn’t get to see it because I was ill all week. I made the poster and Ant dropped in at the shop so one of the managers could do the display.

World Book Day

The Boy That Never Was – Book Review Week 8

Book Review – The Boy That Never Was

My review this week was supposed to be about the book, Everything You Do Is Wrong but I can’t publish it yet. I recently found out from NetGally that I can’t blog about it until a week before the release date. It was an advanced copy; I can write a review on NetGally but not on my personal blog just yet.

So today I’m reviewing the next book I read on my Goodreads reading challenge which was, The Boy That Never Was by Karen Perry

The Boy That Never Was by Karen Perry Review

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads

You were loved and lost – then you came back . . .

Five years ago, three-year-old Dillon disappeared. For his father Harry – who left him alone for ten crucial minutes – it was an unforgivable lapse. Yet Dillon’s mother Robyn has never blamed her husband: her own secret guilt is burden enough.

Now they’re trying to move on, returning home to Dublin to make a fresh start.

But their lives are turned upside down the day Harry sees an eight-year-old boy in the crowd. A boy Harry is convinced is Dillon. But the boy vanishes before he can do anything about it.

What Harry thought he saw quickly plunges their marriage into a spiral of crazed obsession and broken trust, uncovering deceits and shameful secrets. Everything Robyn and Harry ever believed in one another is cast into doubt.

And at the centre of it all is the boy that never was . . .

It was an enjoyable read and I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. I shouldn’t have liked Harry really, given what he was doing to little Dillon but somehow I did. I felt his devastation when he returned home to find not only Dillon but his home gone.

The story is alternated between Harry and his wife, Robin’s, viewpoints. This seems to be common in a lot of books now. I can’t say I dislike it but I do sometimes forget which character I’m reading and it doesn’t take much to confuse me!

There was a twist that I didn’t see coming which I enjoyed but after the twist, it seemed to go downhill a bit. I wasn’t keen on the ending, I have to admit.

Book Review week 8


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Blind Date With A Book – Book Display

Blind Date With A Book

We had an alternative Valentine’s display at St Barnabas charity shop last week; Blind Date With A Book. I wrapped some chic-lit books up in crepe paper and decorated them with stickers.

Everyone saved beauty sets, nail varnish and lotions throughout the week for the display from the donated items. We ended up with a lovely looking display.

The idea is to pamper yourself then grab some wine and chocolates and settle for a blind date with a book.

Blind Date With A Book

Blind Date With A Book

Blind Date With A Book

Blind Date With A Book

Blind Date With A Book

If we were to do it again, we’d put a price on each book. They didn’t sell very well because I think the customers thought they were more for decoration!

When we took the display down to put the new one up, we put the books on the counter and sold some almost straight away!

The Letter – Goodreads Book Review Week 7

The Letter

 

The Letter isn’t my usual choice of reading material but I couldn’t resist when I read the blurb. Working in a charity shop myself, the idea of finding something like this, written 30 years earlier really intrigued me.

It tells of two relationships, Tina and Rick in the 70s and Chrissie and Billy in the 30s.

1970s

Tina volunteers in a charity shop on a Saturday and finds the letter in the pocket of a suit that has been donated. It was written by Billy in 1939 for Chrissie but for some reason, it was never sent.

Tina opens it and finds herself wanting to unravel the mystery of Chrissie and Billy.

1939

Chrissie and Billy fall in love just before the start of the war. Chrissie gets pregnant and ends up getting sent to Ireland to stay with an aunt.
Her aunt dies and Chrissie has to go and stay at a convent to have her baby.

Her home life isn’t good. Rick’s an alcoholic and Tina puts up with and makes excuses for him when he gets drunk and beats her up.
She does leave for a while but in the end, she goes back to him.

It was hard to read in places due to the domestic abuse and the way Chrissie is treated at the convent but it kept me reading.

The Letter by Kathryn Hughes

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads

Tina Craig longs to escape her violent husband. She works all the hours God sends to save up enough money to leave him, also volunteering in a charity shop to avoid her unhappy home. Whilst going through the pockets of a second-hand suit, she comes across an old letter, the envelope firmly sealed and unfranked. Tina opens the letter and reads it – a decision that will alter the course of her life for ever…

Billy Stirling knows he has been a fool, but hopes he can put things right. On 4th September 1939 he sits down to write the letter he hopes will change his future. It does – in more ways than he can ever imagine…

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