25 August 2017


Last year's summer holiday reading list involved a lot of chat about spending 'hours and hours' lying on a lounger with a good book. 'No distractions', I wrote. To summarise, pre-baby Hannah was incredibly annoying. Skip forward to this summer and five mins without a distraction is more accurate now that I'm a twin mama. I do like to spend that time wisely though... either by lying face down in a vat of wine or reading books. (Okay fine, mostly I do both at the same time.)

These are my top reads so far this summer...  

Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple
We follow 15-year-old Bee as she searches for her missing mum Bernadette, which takes her on one heck of an adventure as well as a journey of discovery. Her hunt is painful at times, often funny and sometimes downright dark... making for a really interesting mix and a BRILLIANT read. I really enjoyed how the tale was told through emails and letters as well as dialogue, it was like piecing together a huge jigsaw puzzle. 
Also, the book's being made into a film with Cate Blanchett and Kristen Wiig. I'm so interested to see how they deal with the plot on screen, so it'll be right at the top of my cinema list when it comes out in 2018. 

The Stylist, Rosie Nixon
This book is so up my street that we're basically neighbours. It's a super fun tale of Amber Green, who gets plucked from obscurity to go and work for stylist to the stars Mona. She's whisked off to awards season in LA and we get a glimpse of what life is really like behind the scenes, away from those perfect paparazzi moments. I've worked as a celebrity journalist and was laughing along at some of the scenes which reminded me so much of my time werking that red carpet. A modern, stylish read.

Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay, Jill Mansell

Jill's such a pro in her field and I was really keen to have a read of one of her books because I hadn't picked one up for a while. Beachcomber Bay is a genuinely sweet tale about Clemency, who hearts the only boy she most definitely can't have. What I liked about this book is the plot, it's so rich and there are loads of littler stories weaving in and out. It also made me want to hop on the first flight back down to Cornwall. No wonder Jill is queen of the feel-good love story. 

More for fellow bookworms...

Summer '16 reading list 
Lindsey Kelk's We Were On A Break blog tour
The Year of Saying Yes (by me 😂)


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