Michele Gorman – Match Me If You Can

“You listen to me, you daft cow. You are not boring. If you were we wouldn’t be friends. You’re funny and clever and, yes ,okay, you’re a bit of a dingbat sometimes but that doesn’t make you boring. The fact that we never know what’ll come out of your mouth actually makes you interesting. Now, that’s the end of that.” 

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Avon
  • Published On: January 14 2016
  • Pages: 416

Synopsis: Three friends upcycle their exes through London’s most popular boyfriend recycling website, but haven’t bargained on the consequences of the exchanges they make.

Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk.

Meet best friends Catherine, Rachel and Sarah. Yet to find Mr Right, they’ve been settling for Mr Right Now. But when Catherine, London’s finest matchmaker, gets the girls to join her dating site where they can recycle their ex-boyfriends, they soon realise that anything could happen.

Rachel’s office romance James was a big fat mistake and she’s more than happy to upcycle him… Or is she? Homebody Sarah hasn’t had a date in years but when her transformation finds men falling at her newly-pedicured feet, will her popularity be worth the sacrifices she’s making? And Catherine falls asleep more often on her desk than on a man, so when she builds the perfect partner who ticks all her boxes, surely it’s a recipe for love . . . not disaster?

There’s someone for everyone, right? These best friends are about to find out for themselves . .

Review: Match Me If You Can was an alright read for me. It wasn’t all that great but I did enjoy Catherine & Sarah’s stories quite a bit. The idea of “recycling” your exs was a new one which I really found interesting. I really liked that the book included a few recipes at the end of the book, was a really cute & nice touch. Also, who the hell asks their fiance’s ex to help plan their wedding 😂😂😂😂. 

Rating: 💎💎💎


T. A. Cotterell – What Alice Knew

“How would these people like to be pushed and shoved and turned into public property just because their husband had combined bad luck and bad attachment to an unprecedented degree?”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: TW Adult
  • Published On: May 4 2017
  • Pages: 384

Synopsis: Alice has a perfect life – a great job, happy kids, a wonderful husband. Until he goes missing one night; she receives a suspicious phone call; things don’t quite add up.

Alice needs to know what’s going on. But when she uncovers the truth she faces a brutal choice. And how can she be sure it is the truth?

Sometimes it’s better not to know.

Review: What Alice Knew by T. A. Cotterell was a good read surrounding the importance of family relationships. Especially the importance of doing the right thing. I wasn’t all that impressed with what happened because I just expected a bigger, more dramatic reveal. I guess Alice didn’t want to be like her mother in terms of keeping from them what she thinks is important to know. What happened in the ending made me have only one reaction: why? 

Rating: 💎💎💎

Jilly Gagnon – #Famous


Synopsis: In this modern-day love story, Girl likes Boy, Girl takes photo of Boy and posts it online, Boy becomes accidentally insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent joke spirals into a whirlwind adventure that could change both their lives—and their hearts—forever. But are fame and love worth the price?

Told in alternating points of view, #famous captures the out-of-control thrill ride of falling for someone in front of everyone.

Review: I think this is the first book I read which has the topic of social media popularity because of a picture/video gone viral. This has become so common in our daily lives because we spend so many hours of our day online, “Twitter do ya thing!” has definitely become a thing now, it has been beneficial & at times disadvantageous as well. #Famous shows what happens to the life of the two people that go viral over a picture, one gets so damn popular & the other gets slut-shammed & death threats. It’s a simple read but a good one, one that I would definitely recommend. 

Rating: 💎💎💎💎


Mark Manson – The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck

“Because when we give too many fucks, when we choose to give a fuck about everything, then we feel as though we are perpetually entitled to feel comfortable and happy at all times, that’s when life fucks us.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: HarperOne
  • Published On: September 13 2016
  • Pages: 224

Synopsis: In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F**k positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.” In his wildly popular Internet blog, Mason doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited—”not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault.” Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.

There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives. 

Review: Honestly needed to read this book 😂. It was a good read basically telling us to fix our priorities & not give a f*ck about everything 😂. It’s a nonfiction read that I’ve seen so much & it was really recommended to me. I’m recommending it to you. If you’re one who doesn’t like curse words, I think the title is a good warning for you because it has a lot of f*cks while telling us not to give any 😂. 

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

Ruth Ware – The Woman in Cabin 10

“we all have demons inside us, voices that whisper we’re no good, that if we don’t make this promotion or ace that exam we’ll reveal to the world exactly what kind of worthless sacks of skin and sinew we really are.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Harvill Secker
  • Published On: August 3 2016
  • Pages: 344

Synopsis: This was meant to be the perfect trip.

The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship.

A chance for travel journalist Lo Blackwood to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse, and to work out what she wants from her relationship.

Except things don’t go as planned.

Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin. But the records show that no-one ever checked into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat.

Exhausted, emotional and increasingly desperate, Lo has to face the fact that her sleep problems might be driving her mad or she is trapped on a boat with a murderer – and she is the sole witness…

Review: This is the first book I’ve read by Ruth Ware & it was a good, suspenseful read. I was into the book from the beginning & it’s synopsis really caught my eye. The reveals were definitely ones I raised my eyebrow at 😂. 

Rating: 💎💎💎.5

Gillian Flynn – Dark Places

“I was not a lovable child, and I’d grown into a deeply unlovable adult. Draw a picture of my soul, and it’d be a scribble with fangs.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Broadway Books
  • Published On: May 4 2010
  • Pages: 542

Synopsis: Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas. She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

Review: Dark Places is a dark book surrounding drugs, really traumatic deaths & satanic worships. The synopsis is what really caught my eye when I added the book to my TBR list & later picked it up. The chapters switch between the POVs of Patty Day, Libby Day & Ben Day & between two points in time: January 1985 & present day. It was a good read but I did guess the ending towards the end but it didn’t really spoil anything. 

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

James Morris – Feel Me Fall

“There’s only putting one foot in front of the other, and praying you don’t fall sick, or slip and break a bone because there’s no room for error. No safety net. Nothing but ourselves.”

Book Details:

  • Published On: May 2017

Synopsis: Secrets and survival in the Amazon.

Emily Duran is the sole survivor of a plane crash that left her and her teenage friends stranded and alone in the jungles of the Amazon. Lost and losing hope, they struggle against the elements, and each other. With their familiar pecking order no longer in place, a new order emerges, filled with power struggles, betrayals, secrets and lies. Emily must explain why she’s the last left alive.

But can she carry the burden of the past?

Discover the gripping new adventure novel that explores who we are when no one is watching, and how far we’ll go in order to survive. 

Review: Thankyou James for sending this book to me for a honest review. The chapters in the book switch between three point in times: before, during & after the plane crash. The book definitely shows that there are things that you don’t learn in school, instead you learn from your environment. It was a great book filled with drama, conflict between characters & survival. The twists definitely made it better! It was a dramatic & gripping thriller that I do recommend reading. 

Rating: 💎💎💎💎