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?
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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!

List Love – Ten Authors

You may have seen by now that I like lists. Perhaps not as much as Bee from Vivatramp does, but I still like lists a lot.  I’ve recently been thinking about including a weekly list feature on my blog (not including my separate ο»ΏBucket List feature, and today I decided I’d start it!
The first in this series is about my top ten favourite authors. These are the writers that keep me coming back for more… (I’m also including a suggestions section, telling you the books I think are their best)
Agatha Christie. I’ve mentioned this love before – her books, tv shows, films – everything about her I will watch or read. I adore her books because even though many were written as long as eighty to ninety years ago, she still has such a wide readership, young and old. Her mysteries keep me on the edge of my seat, and some of her books I’ve re-read four or five times.
Suggestions: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Murder On The Orient Express, Cat Among The Pigeons
Cecelia Ahern. I love Cecelia because her books are chick-lit, but with a difference. She includes all the elements of chick lit in her novels, but adds something a little different and sometimes quite peculiar to her stories.
Suggestions: If You Could See Me Now, Where Rainbows End
Lee Child. This author is on my list purely because of my boyfriend. I’d never heard of Child before meeting Steve and I doubt I would have discovered his work for myself – however, I am glad to have been introduced to his work as he is definitely one of the finest writers I have ever had the pleasure to read.
Suggestions: Echo Burning, Killing Floor
Martina Cole. I never used to be a fan of Martina Cole when I was younger, but as I’ve matured, I’ve grown to appreciate her work. My Aunt is a massive Cole fan and always passes on her copies to me, which has led to my love affair with this woman. Her hard-hitting and often violent novels may not appeal to all but Cole is definitely one of the best novelists of the past twenty years.
Suggestions: Hard Girls, Close, Goodnight Lady
Roald Dahl. Here’s where my inner child appears. Dahl’s stories are often dark and completely loopy, but there is a certain charm about his books which enthral his readers, myself included. The stories keep you both entertained and in awe and I remember making my Mum buy me every Dahl book she could find when I was younger – definitely obsessed.
Suggestions: The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, Matilda, The BFG
Lindsey Kelk. One of the best authors to emerge over the past few years, Lindsey keeps me entertained with her wonderful stories and sense of humour.  Her books may not be hard-hitting Tolstoy, but her own brand of chick-lit is entertaining and fresh.
Suggestions: The I Heart series
Dan Brown. Simply put, one of the finest authors of the decade. Each time I start a book of his, I cannot put it down until I have read it all – each one keeps me gripped and wanting to know what happens next now. Although the films aren’t necessarily completely true to the novels, they’re also a great sideline – read his novels, watch the movies – you won’t regret it.
Suggestions: The Da Vinci Code, Digital Fortress
Sophie Kinsella. Possibly my favourite discovery of the past ten years, Sophie’s books are unoffensive and happy – something that most authors fail to achieve. Chick-lit at its best.
Suggestions: Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess
Jacqueline Wilson. Another childhood favourite. Although the stories often seemed very strange compared to real life, strangely Jacqueline’s books also portrayed real life very well. I used to love The Illustrated Mum and Double Act for the real-life issues they portrayed that other children’s authors wouldn’t dare to or dream of writing about. Plus, the illustrations by Nick Sharratt were always fantastic!
Suggestions: The Illustrated Mum, Double Act, Girls In Love series
Kate Morton. A fairly recent discovery of mine, Morton brings you novels that really draw you in. Each time I read a story by her, I feel like I’m there with her characters, experiencing what they themselves are going through and feeling what they feel. It is very rare to find an author nowadays that can provoke such an emotive response from me, and I love her for this fact.
Suggestions: The House At Riverton, The Distant Hours
EDIT: Just realised I’d left J.K Rowling off the list – how could I?
So make this a list of my top 11 authors instead, aha!
Who are your favourite authors? I always like new reading material and being introduced to new work – so leave your suggestions below!