Sunday, 4 May 2014


So spring is here and I love it. Apart from the rainy days which are thankfully getting warmer. But we have longer days filled with more sunshine than in winter, which means more reading time. I can't wait to sit in the park or outside in the garden with a glass of refreshing lemonade and read my heart out. Maybe some tasty chocolates and macaroons can make it even better!

I have decided to put together APRIL & MAY BOOK BONANZA as there was quite a big list in play and not enough time for Amazon to get the books delivered. 

But having said that I have prepared for you list filled with romance, adventure, teenage dramas, fantasy and seeing the unexpected. 


ADORKABLE by Sarra Manning

Welcome to the dockside. It's going to be a bumpy ride...

Jeane Smith's a blogger, a dreamer, a dare-to-dreamer, a jumble sale queen, CEO of her own lifestyle brand and has half a million followers on twitter. 
Michael Lee's star of school, stage and playing field. A golden boy in a Jack Wills hoodie. 
They have nothing in common but a pair of cheating exes. So why can't they stop snogging?

TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf

The serene and maternal Mrs Ramsay, the tragic yet absurd Mr Ramsay, together with their children and assorted guests, are holidaying on the Isle of Skye. From the seemingly trivial postponement of a visit to a nearby lighthouse Virginia Woolf constructs a remarkable and moving examination of the complex tensions and allegiances of family life. One of the great literary achievements of the twentieth century, TO THE LIGHTHOUSE is Virginia Woolf's most popular novel. 

STONER by John Williams

William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture. Later, he becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman. His life is quiet, and after his death his colleagues remember him rarely. 
Yet with truthfulness, compassion and intense power, this novel uncovers a story of universal value. STONER tells of the conflicts, defeats and victories of the human race that pass unrecorded by history, and reclaims the significance of an individual life. A reading experience like no other, itself a paean to the power of literature, it is a novel to be savoured. 

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins

Here is everything I know about France: Amelie and Moulin Rouge. The Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.. And, I'm moving to Paris for a year. To boarding school. Alone.

Anna had everything figured out - she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere.. Until her dad decided to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own. 

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne St. Clair, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he's taken - and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss she's been waiting for?


In a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels THE SELECTION is the chance of a lifetime: to compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon's heart. But for America Singer it means turning her back on her secret love, and leaving home for a prize she doesn't want. 
Then America meets Maxon and all her plans start to crumble. Can the life she's always dreamed of compare to a future she never imagined.


Letters from the only man she's ever truly loved. 
A keepsake of the father she never really knew. 
A blue glass vase that catches the light on a grey day. 

Gina Bellamy is starting again, after a few years she'd rather forget. But the belongings she's treasured for so long don't seem to fit who she is now. 
So Gina makes a resolution. She'll keep just a hundred special items - the rest can go. 
But that means coming to terms with her past and learning to embrace the future, whatever it might bring...

IT FEELS LIKE A KISS by Sarra Manning

Ellie Cohen is living her dream. A great job at an exclusive Mayfair art gallery, loyal mates, loving family, and really, really good hair. Well, there's the famous rock-star father who refuses to acknowledge her and a succession of  'challenging' boyfriends, but nobody's perfect. 
But when a vengeful ex sells Ellie out to the press, she suddenly finds herself fighting to keep her job, her reputation and her sanity. Then David Gold - handsome, charming but ruthlessly ambitious - is sent in to manage the media crisis... and Ellie. 
David thinks she's a gold-digger and Ellie thinks he's a shark in a Saville Row suit, so it's just as well that falling in love is the last thing on their minds...


The twist of a knife, the birth of a legend...

Celaena Sardothien owes her reputation to Arobynn Hamel. He gave her a home at the Assassins' Guild and taught her the skills needed to survive. 
Arobynn's enemies stretch far and wide - from Adarlan's rooftops and its filthy dens, to remote islands and hostile deserts. Celaena is duty-bound to hunt them down. But behind her assignments lies a dark truth that will seal her fate - and cut her heart in two forever...


"I'll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name's Simon. I think you're going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he'll be dead. And he was never the same after that."

HALO by Alexandra Adornetto

Is love a great enough power against evil?

Three angels are sent down to bring good to the world: Gabriel the warrior, Ivy the healer, and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio. But she is the most human, and when she is romantically drawn to a mortal boy, the angels fear she will not be strong enough to save anyone - especially herself...

THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner

When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas can remember is his first name. But he's not alone. He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade, an encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible maze. 
Like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they came to be there, or what's happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything to find out. 


Hope Delafield hasn't always had an easy life. 

She has red hair and a temper to match, as her mother is constantly reminding her. She can't wear heels, is terrified of heights and being a primary school teacher isn't exactly the job she dreamed of doing, especially when her class are stuck on the two times table. 
At least Hope has Jack, and Jack is the God of boyfriends. He's sweet, kind, funny, has a killer smile, a cool job on a fashion magazine and he's pretty (but in a manly way). Hope knew that Jack was The One ever since their first kiss after the Youth Club Disco and thirteen years later, they're still totally in love. Totally. And then Hope catches Jack kissing her best friend Susie...

Does true love forgive and forget?
Or does it get mad... and get even?

HOLLOW CITY by Ranson Riggs

September 3, 1940. 
Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters. 
And only one person can help them - but she's trapped in the body of a bird. 

The extraordinary journey that began in MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom.


  1. A great haul. Out of all the books featured I have only read The Shock of the Fall, which I loved (and reviewed on my blog early on in the year) but have seen some mixed opinions on that one of late.

    I have read the first Miss Peregrine's book, and although I don't typically continue series (for some reason) I do intend to buy the second in this series when it is released in paperback. I have the paperback edition of the first and I like things matchy matchy.

    I hope you enjoy your books!
    Bits & Bobs

  2. A nice load of books. There were two that particularly interested me though. Maze Runner came to light to me when I saw the trailer on Youtube. I feel it will be an extremely exciting and thrilling story to read, and can't wait to purchase the paperback book soon.

    The second book is Assassin's Blade. I love these kind of stories, and knowing that a bit of deception lies within, really calls to me. I expect it to be an action packed read, but I'll have to wait and see.


    Nathan's Fiction Sphere