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  1. Thank you - I'm not really reading too much as I've got a bit of change going on in my life at the minute - got to move house again
  2. 16)Samantha Smythes Modern Family Journal - Lucy Cavandish Synopsis - Very few women think they have the 'perfect' 21st-century family, and Samantha Smythe is no exception. Most of the time, she takes that in her stride -- unfazed by the amount of time Edward, 8, spends drawing pictures on his willy, Bonnie, 2, avoiding a potty and baby Jamie refusing to eat anything but butternut squash. Samantha and her husband, John, are holding it together and embracing the chaos. But sometimes she does wonder: is it possible, when your first son's father is entirely absent, and you are now the mother of two more boys by your second husband, to have a real family? The one you always dreamed you'd have? And then the absent ex-husband makes a dramatic reappearance and somehow ends up borrowing the spare room. This, of course, is enough to throw the family dynamic entirely off-course. With sanity and capacity for rational thought in short supply, can Samantha protect everything she holds dear, without disappearing out of sight herself...? My Thoughts - I've had this on my shelf for years as it was a magazine freebie and I thought I might as well give it a go. In this it tells the story of samantha Smythe who has 3 kids and a husband and also writes for the newspaper. Her eldest son has a different Dad to the younger two and this book deals with the first dad coming back on the scene. In all honestly I got halfway through the book and gave up. It really wasnt good at all and I ust couldnt get into it. I thought it might be along the lines of the unmumsy mum books but this just came across really false and not very enjoyable. Rating -1/5
  3. I've not seen the shows but the first book was good so hoping this is as good I hope you enjoy them when you do get to read them Just brought another - 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  4. Well I'm not doing too good on the whole reduce the TBR thing and not buy so many books - I've been buying books again! A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess - Amanda Owen Last Seen - Lucy Clarke Clockwork Prince - Cassandra Clare Moxie - Jennifer Mathieu Letters to the Lost - Brigid Kemmerer History is All you Left Me - Adam Silvera After the Fire - Will Hill The Start of Me and You - Emery Lord Girlhood - Cat Clarke The One Memory of Flora Banks - Emily Barr Orbiting Jupiter - Gary D Schmidt I've brought may more books this year than I've read
  5. 15) Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare Synopsis - Magic is dangerous – but love is more dangerous still... When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural fold stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all. My Thoughts - I loved the Mortal Instruments series so much it has become one of my favourite series so far that I've read so I thought it was about time that I started on this series. I have to say I enjoyed it loads almost as much as the Mortal Instruments series. It was so good to get back into the Shadowhunter world and I cant wait to see how all these characters all inter-link into the Mortal Instruments - I might even have to re-read them again! Rating - 5/5
  6. 14)The Unmumsy Mums Diary - Sarah Turner Synopsis - She's back! The Unmumsy Mum has put pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard!) once more to bring you the next instalment of her life as mum to two young boys, documenting motherhood exactly as she finds it. Her words have made mums, dads and grandparents everywhere laugh and cry in equal measure. In The Unmumsy Mum Diary Sarah shares with us a year in her life as a mum, wife, blogger and bestselling author. With her trademark candour and wit, she documents the good days and the bad days, the giggles and the tantrums. She'll also share poignant, life-changing moments from her year, such as her older son heading off through the school gates for the first time. The Unmumsy Mum Diary is as honest as it is hilarious and a peek into Sarah's innermost thoughts will leave you in no doubt that, on those days when you feel you are not quite cut out for the job, you are most definitely not alone. My Thoughts - I've been a massive fan of Sarah Turners on her blog and Facebook/Instagram before she released her first book and since I became a parent. I was brought the book for my birthday as i enjoyed her first book so much. This is basically her year in the life book being a mum to two boys and also dealing with the fact she is now a best selling author. I did read a fair bit of critism as in some circles shes not classed as a 'normal' mum now she has had a book out and has to work from home however in my opinion I've never read a book more true to my life! I'm a stay at home mum while trying to run an engineering business and a farm and i really identified with the whole juggling act she has to do. A brilliant book that I will definitaly read again. Rating - 5/5
  7. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - it was ok but not as good as the first in my opinion!
  8. I'm reading The Unmumsy Mums Diary - I love Sarah Turner and her blog it makes me feel like I'm a normal mum!
  9. Petes Dragon - little one likes this film!
  10. 13)Girl Unknown - Karen Perry Synopsis - 'I think you might be my father . . .' When first-year student Zoë Barry walks into Professor David Connolly's office and tentatively says these words, he is left reeling. But it is the lives of his family - particularly his wife Caroline - which are turned upside down by the arrival of this stranger. A daughter, a sister, a friend . . . an enemy? Though no one knows quite who Zoë is, she is soon entangled in their lives. Yet her stories don't ring true and Caroline is determined to learn if the girl is the unlucky innocent she claims to be or someone with a far darker agenda. A deadly cuckoo in the nest . . .Because by letting Zoë in, David and Caroline aren't just leaving themselves vulnerable. They're risking the most precious thing in the world - the lives of their children . . . My Thoughts - I brought this book in the supermarket on the 2 for £7 offer as it did sound very good. I have to say I was a little disapointed as to me it wasnt that enthralling. This book is about Zoe, a young woman who thins that David is her father. She manages to get entwined with all of the family and its there reactions to her that make up the story. I have to say the plot didnt really suck me in too much and the twists and turns for me were a little bit easy to guess. I did start to read this on holiday and to be honest it would have made a goo beach read if nothing else! Rating - 2/5
  11. Thank you I'm hoping my mojo returns now as I finished another book yesterday!
  12. I've had a busy day today; Cleaned the house as we were away on holiday last week Done 4x loads of washing, dried and put away Cut the lawns Caught up on book reviews And I'm now about to cook tea on the BBQ! I'm getting prepared for what will be a mental week on the farm!
  13. 12) Breaking Dawn - Stephanie Mayer Synopsis - To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or to pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fates of two tribes hangs. Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating and unfathomable, consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella's life - first discovered in Twilight, then scattered and torn in New Moon and Eclipse - seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed... forever? My Thoughts - This was a really good end to the series. Although I had already seen the films I was keen the read the books and I have to say I really enjoyed them. I know there is a lot of negativilty around the books but I just took them as teen fiction and fantasy and I really enjoyed them. Its been a while since I watched the films but as far as I can rembmer they are fairly close connected. I wish there was more books written about Bellas life after the main event happens but these were very good. Rating - 5/5
  14. 11 - Eclipse - Stephanie Mayer Synopsis - As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob - knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which? My thoughts - this is actually my favourite film out of them all and I have to say the book didnt disapoint either. This was a very enjoyable book and I really enjoyed the families acceptance of Bella in this book. I also liked how the stories of the other vampires like Jasper were explained in this book. A very good read. Rating - 5/5