New Year – New books to read…

I keep this blog going really to remind me to read more. And if you’re like me, you probably made a new year’s resolution to read more!

I’ve done some digging, and come up with some books that look like great reads to get me started this year (and a few I’ve still not read that I’m desperate to get round to). I’d love to hear yours, but check these out in the mean time!


1) Flesh and Blood

It’s Chief Medical Examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta’s birthday, and while she’s enjoying a leisurely morning, a man is shot dead five minutes from her house. As Scarpetta investigates, uncovering details that only she can analyze, she begins to suspect that the killer is sending her a message…

2) Station Eleven

DAY ONE. The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the earth like a neutron bomb. WEEK TWO. Civilization has crumbled. Moving backwards and forwards in time, from the glittering years just before the collapse to the strange and altered world that exists twenty years after, Station Eleven charts the unexpected twists of fate that connect six people. Station Eleven is a beautiful novel that asks questions about art and fame and about the relationships that sustain us through anything – even the end of the world.

3) Elizabeth is Missing

“One abandoned baby. Two sisters with a secret. One chance to rewrite the past. Over seventy years have passed since sisters Rose and Connie Doughty found an abandoned baby near their home on the island Scribbly Gum. With no one to take care of it, Rose and Connie took the baby in as their own.

“But now, with Connie dead and outsider Sophie Honeywell about to move into her home, Rose begins to wonder if they made the right decision all those years ago. How much longer can they cover up the lie that has sustained their community for generations? And what other secrets are about to be revealed?”

4) The whole Harry Potter series

The films may be more directed towards children, but the books are fantastic. I’ve covered the first few, but I’d love to go back and finish the set.

At some point this year, I’m also determined to explore Russian literature, starting with:

5) Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina

William Faulkner, it’s said, was once asked to name the three best novels ever. He replied: “Anna Karenina, Anna Karenina, Anna Karenina…”

Finally, some non-fiction too…

6) The Life in the Financial Markets: How They Really Work and Why They Matter to You

“An entertaining and comprehensive analysis of the financial markets and the financial services industry. The author gives an expert′s perspective on the debt markets, monetary policies, and quantitative easing, and helps explain the various issues surrounding sovereign debt, the Euro crisis, and austerity versus growth policies.”

Last minute holiday? Here’s 5 books you shouldn’t leave behind!

Dare I say it, but Autumn is fast approaching. If you’re planning to take off to sunnier climates to catch the last few rays of sunshine this year, then here’s our choice of books you shouldn’t leave behind!


This new heart stopping, nail biting book in Lee Child’s number-one bestselling series takes Reacher across the Atlantic to Paris – and then to London. The stakes have never been higher…
“Consistently pulse-raising…Personal wrests back the sheer gusto of earlier novels; it’s the best Reacher adventure in some considerable time.” (Independent)

The Shock of the Fall

An extraordinary portrait of one man’s descent into mental illness. It is a brave and groundbreaking novel from one of the most exciting new voices in fiction!

Be Careful What You Wish For

Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno? Surprise after surprise, this books is a fantastic read!

Me Before You

A compelling novel of life and death decisions and unlikely affections. Heartbreaking, soul-searching and utterly compelling…

The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger

You might think you don’t want to read a whole book about shipping containers. But he makes a good case that the move to containerized shipping had an enormous impact on the global economy and changed the way the world does business. And he turns it into a very readable narrative. I won’t look at a cargo ship in quite the same way again!

Books to read in the summer heat!

It’s near horrifically hot for the UK this month, and with more heat on the way, here are a few books that will transport you from muggy English city to hot summer beach or sunny Roman Piazza in no time!

Secrets of the Lighthouse

From the first page to the last the story comes alive – a great read. One of her best stories so far!

Summer’s Child

On the morning of her eleventh birthday, Daria Cato finds an unexpected gift on the beach – an abandoned baby. As closely guarded secrets and sins begin to unravel, piece by piece the mystery of the summer’s child is about to be exposed…

The Beach Hut Next Door

For one group of passengers, there’s more at stake than the trip of a lifetime… A must read!

Kindle now only £59!

Before you take that holiday, why not pick up a Kindle too? On sale for a limited time only! Then you can take ALL these books and more to the garden, hotel or beach!


The best books to read on your 2014 summer holiday

If you’re anything like me, you probably leave buying books to read on holiday till the last minute – a quick dash into WHSmith at the airport and you’re done! The thing is, it’s often about a quarter of the price to order a day or two in advance from Amazon, plus you’ve an infinitely larger choice to pick from! So here’s our start at picking out the top books to read on holiday in 2014, click on the covers to read more!

The Girl Under the Olive Tree

A gripping, captivating read with wonderfully descriptive characters. You won’t be able to put this down!..

Take me home

A beautifully written story about love, loss and finding yourself…

The Villa

A perfect book for you to take on holiday if you want a well written, relaxing read set in bright Sicilian sunshine.

The Book Thief

“. . . a beautifully balanced piece of storytelling . . . Unsettling, thought-provoking, life affirming, triumphant and tragic, this is a novel of breathtaking scope, masterfully told. It is an important piece of work, but also a wonderful page-turner” (Guardian)

With more to come soon!…


What is an Amazon Kindle and why should I buy one?

The Kindle is a thin, lightweight, electronic reading device used to download books, newspapers or magazines. Made by Amazon, you have access to a library of over 1.5million books, top magazines and newspapers, all at a cheaper price than buying the paperback version.

Rather than glare like a computer screen, the e-ink display simulates paper, which makes it easier in the eyes, and means you can read really easy in direct sunlight.

If you travel, even just for a holiday, the Kindle is a godsend. I’m the kind of person to stock up on several weighty novels to keep me company before I fly anywhere. The whole experience was made infinitely easier once I bought a Kindle, weighing in a little under 170 grams!

With a Kindle, you can have full access to a whole range of literature literally at the click of a button. Being the central hub for books online, I’ve yet to come across a single book title not available.

The Kindle is also much more travel proof than a book. You can wipe it clean, and in my experience, a little splashed water does it no harm.

The link below is for the paper white, one of the newest tablets on the market. Click to take a closer look on the Amazon webstore:

Huge Amazon Kindle Sale!

Stock up on summer reads with hundreds of books priced at just £2.99 or less. The selection will change on August 1, 2011 so be sure to scoop up the deals while they’re available. The sale ends 23:59 on August 31, 2011!

Don’t have an Amazon Kindle? Hit the image below to check them out!

Will it excite you? Will it move you? Will it distract you? Will it change you? Wherever you choose to go find that moment of peace, what will your next story be?