REVIEW: The Book People

I was recently given the
opportunity to review some books by the lovely people over at The Book People. The name may sound familiar to you for a variety of reasons.
You may have come across them on the internet or perhaps stumbled across one of
their leaflets in a magazine. I , however, have a fond memory of them from my
times at primary school. Every now and again, we would be given a little book
catalogue that we could take home and pick out some books from and that our
parents could buy for often majorly discounted prices. My dad even bought my
first Harry Potter novel from them! I remember the name vividly and have always
kept a keen interest in what the company has done ever since. That company is
of course, The Book People.
For the purpose of review, I was
gifted three books:
a set of two baby books for Jack and a crime thriller for myself. The baby
books were ‘Numbers’ and ‘Colours’ by Orla Kiely. Yes, Orla Kiely, the
designer. She has released a range of new things, including these gorgeous
 Now, Jack is still only tiny,
however I asked the lovely Lindsay at The Book People if they had any books
suitable for very young babies and she came up trumps with these. Although he
cannot talk yet and I’m not too sure how much Jack understands, when reading
these books to him, he takes a keen interest in the pictures and his interest
rarely wavers. As well as being great learning tools for young children, these
books also wouldn’t look out of place on your bookcase – the design is simple
but pretty.

 Jack wasn’t the only person to
have some new books to try. I was kindly given the latest book by Dennis Lehane
to review. Lehane is perhaps most famous for writing ‘Shutter Island’, which is
a favourite film of mine, so I was keen to see what ‘Moonlight Mile’ had in
store for me.
I am an avid crime fiction
reader, whether it’s based in the 1800’s/early 1900’s a la Arthur Conan Doyle,
1930’s/1940’s Agatha Christie or modern day Lee Child. When offered the
chance to review a new thriller, how could I pass up the opportunity?
 ‘Moonlight Mile’ follows the
story of investigator Patrick Kenzie, who finds himself investigating the case
of a girl he is all too familiar with, Amanda McCready. Having gone missing
twelve years previously, Patrick returned her to her less than savoury family,
only to find out years down the line that she has done the disappearing act

The book follows his quest to
find her (and often himself along the way). As expected in crime fiction, there
is violence galore and a twist that I most certainly did not see coming. The
book is a little hard to get into, but once you’re past the first few pages,
this novel becomes hard to put down. You find yourself willing Patrick to find
Amanda and simultaneously wondering what will happen when he does. What secrets
is her neglectful mother hiding? Why has she gone missing now after all these
years? Your questions find themselves answered, and then some, at the climax of
the book – but you’ll definitely keep yourself second guessing until the very

Whilst given the opportunity to
review these books, I thought it would be a great idea to check out the website
for future purchases. I often use other websites to buy my books, but with some
great discounts, free delivery over £25 and a loyalty scheme in the guise of a
‘Points Passport’, I’m sure to be using this website from now on. The website
is simple to navigate around, as is the checkout process, and I can honestly
say I will be purchasing from them in the near future.
I am super impressed with the
quality of books The Book People have to offer. I also find their customer
service second to none and I believe they are definitely worth checking out if
you are a bookworm like me.

You can find The Book People
website here. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.
 Happy reading!

125 Books In A Year: 3&4

I’m starting to think I’ve set myself too hard a challenge here. Luckily, I’ve got plenty of books on my Kindle too to keep me going!
3. Dani’s Story
A sad, sad tale about a little girl neglected by her mother. I won this in a giveaway over on Cheryl’s blog and it wouldn’t normally be the kind of book I’d be interested in – but it’s an interesting read.
4. Moonlight Mile
This novel was kindly gifted for me to review by the lovely people at The Book People. I’m not going to say too much about it, as I shall be reviewing it very soon but it does get you thinking.
As I mentioned above, I’m currently buying a variety of books for the Kindle. My current read is Beneath The Rainbow by Lisa Shambrook (a bloggers mum nonetheless, find Bekah’s blog here). I’ve also downloaded a couple of other books including The Ghosts of Varner Creek as suggested by Alycia from The Curious Pug. If you haven’t checked her blog out, by the way, be sure to do so – it’s one of my favourites!
What books have you been reading recently?

Second book completed!

Yay, I managed to complete another book! Written by the same man behind the smash-hit book, Yes Man, comes his tales of more awkward situations for men. Laugh out loud funny in places, I couldn’t put this down!
Challenge Update so far: 2/125
On the reading list:
Dani’s Story by Diane & Bernie Lierow with Kay West
The Life and Times of Hercule Poirot by Anne Hart
The Life and Times of Jane Marple by Anne Hart
Murder In The Making by John Curran
Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks by John Curran
The Affair by Lee Child
Do you have any suggestions for titles to read?
Comment below 🙂

125 Books In A Year: An Update

So how am I doing so far?
I have read a grand total so far of….
one book.
Not so great, is it? I’m three quarters of the way through my second, but I just can’t seem to motivate myself to finish it just yet, what with everything that’s going on.
Book Number 1
How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran
Hilarious, crass and all the things in between – this book had me in stitches talking about issues that affect the modern woman such as dating, periods, sex and everything else. I had seen this recommended on plenty of blogs, and I follow the woman herself on Twitter so bought this in Waterstones a little while back to see what all the fuss was about. Definitely one of the funniest books I’ve read over the past year.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? If not, are you interested in reading it?
Also, have you any suggestions for some good books that I should read as part of my challenge? I’m currently trawling through Play and Amazon’s books sections, and sending my mother out on charity shop searches for some great new books – and I’m open to suggestions!

125 Books In A Year – A Challenge

For someone like me who is an avid reader, 125 books in a year shouldn’t really be a challenge at all.
However, recently I’ve found myself not really reading at all – and this saddens me.
Add to this that within a couple of weeks, I’m going to have my hands full with a little baby and you can begin to see why this is going to be a bit of a challenge for me.
I have seen similar challenges on a few blogs, and a lot of people who’ve given up along the way. Yet I’ve also seen people who smash their target of  {insert number here} books easily. So how will I fare?
I’ve given myself some rules regarding this challenge:
-The books must be exactly that – books. No short stories, books of poetry(much as I love them), but novels.
-I can read non-fiction, such as autobiographies, biographies etcetera.
-I can reread books, however I can only reread them once during the duration of this challenge.
-If I do reread, I have to try to make sure that the majority of the books I choose aren’t rereads. I need to be open to new books and new authors.
-I will post a fortnightly/monthly update (undecided yet), letting you all know how I am doing.
So that’s that!
I’m starting with How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran..
Here goes!