Wednesday, August 05, 2015

July book report, and my holiday reads

Usually I take everything with me on holiday - laptop, Kindle, iPad and iphone.

This time I thought there was no point in taking the iPad and my Kindle, and now I know that was a mistake. I don't enjoy the experience of reading on my iPad so I took ages with book 1.

I much prefer reading on my old-school Kindle precisely because there is nothing else to do with the Kindle but read. So it is exactly like an old-fashioned paper book.

I only took one "paper book" with me to the beach, Me Project, and that was really so that I'd have something to read on the actual beach where there is... sand!

That turned out to be an excellent idea and I flew through the book.

So, onto the reviews:

4 books got 4* and 2 books got 3*.

From the right:

1. The blue bistro - Elin Hilderbrand
This is the 2nd one by this author and while I love all the talk of the beach and Nantucket (on my wish list!), I never fall madly in love with the characters.

Still, nice enough story and I always enjoy peeks at the behind-the-scenes of restaurants.

2. The Cry - Helen Fitzgerald
I'm almost 100% sure Helene (with the 2 sets of twins) recommended this to me yearrrrs ago. Anyway, I bought it and I was just never in the mood for thriller-type books.

But it was on my ipad and I needed something to read fast after my slow reading of book 1 above.

Well, I FLEW through this book. I was completely hooked from the get-go and read it in about 4 hours tops. Loved it.

Favourite quote - "happiness cannot be built on the pain of others"

3. The Me Project - Kathi Lipp
I bought 2 of these types of books years ago - this one and The Marriage Project. I'm a sucker for a ___ days to ________ situation. I have even written two exactly like this :)

This one has a little project for 21 days to walk you back to finding your purpose God's given you despite being in the throes of child-rearing and such.

It was lovely, easy reading and such good action steps. Once this study is back in order (I'm having my desk painted BRIGHT yellow), I want to start working through it again, maybe with my Bible buddies.

Loved it!!!

4. The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty

Gee whiz - is there anything this woman writes that's not good? This book is amazing - I super duper loved it! Just get it!

And if you haven't read it yet, does Cecilia remind you of anyone?

5. After the wedding - Roisin Meaney

I've read 6 of her books now and loved each and every one of them. They're all set in Ireland (which has my heart!) and are simply delightful and charming.

This one can be read on its own but if you're going to read all her books as you should, then make sure you read One Summer before this one as the cast of characters is the same.

6. Make it happen - Lara Casey

Otherwise known as The book I read when my flight home was cancelled

I adore Lara's blog and Instagram, but I didn't LOVE this book. It was good enough but there are other books in this genre I'd recommend over this one.

Also, I knew the story from listening to the Jess Lively podcast.

My books for July - a really good reading month even though it was off to a slow start.

What did you read in July? Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
PS Is anyone local interested in joining a Book Club with me?

PPS those are affiliate links. At no extra cost to you, if you shop through those links, I'll get about 20c (for real - why do I bother?!)/ R2 :)


  1. Oh I want t read The Husbands secret (and all her other books). I have really had a bad reading month.

    1. get it from your library! you need a few page turners to get you over that :)

  2. The only one I read is The Husbands secret. It was the first and only book by her that I have read and it was good.

    1. Lynette, at least read What Alice Forgot - this is the one that made her famous :) in the blog world.

  3. A very happy birthday to you. Wishing you many many more happy blessed years ahead. I haven't read as much as I usually do in July. I spent more time scrapbooking. So many hobbies, so little time. There was a book sale at Eastgate over the weekend and I bought 2 Liane Moriarty books for R 65 each. Just started What Alice forgot. Very good so far. I am interested. Was looking forward to you starting the craft/project group. Are you still doing project life? I used to enjoy those posts.

    1. I see you following my recommendations on Goodreads - thank you - it pleases me to know that it's of use to at least one person!

      I am doing Project Life but to be honest, I've just gone up to April with actual photos and journalling, for the rest I have the photos ready to print but haven't done anything else yet. I should get on that!

      Let's do a group - I will email you!

  4. All I've been reading lately is comics, specifically X-Men story arcs. But I did find an intriguing option at the library, a book by the author of Fanie Fouries se Labola - loved the movie, so I'm hoping this book will be fun.

    1. Cassey, I haven't read a comic since............. high school! :o


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