How quick did September go? There is now less than three months until Christmas people!

I did think I would struggle with finding the time to read this month, what with going back to work and my granddaddy coming to visit. However, I did manage to get through more than I thought would. Go team me!

The ones that I read this month are:

Boy21 by Matthew Quick

Chelsea Bird by Virginia Ironside

The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs by Marcus Greil

These Days Are Ours by Michelle Haimoff

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

The Wedding Speech by Isabelle Broom

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel

Playing With Matches by Suri Rosen

My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Losing and Leaving Friends by Jessica Smock, Stephanie Sprenger, and Galit Breen

Poppy Does Paris by Nicola Doherty

Twitter Girl by Nic Tatano

Who is Tom Ditto? by Danny Wallace

Michael Jackson’s Dangerous by Susan Fast

Lily Does LA by Nichola Doherty

Whilst I got through quite a few of my September NetGalley review books there thirteen books that have now been added to my back log….frick!

I did manage to introduce a new feature this month. September saw the debut of Short Story Saturday. This has allowed me to clear a few short stories from my Kindle, free up some much needed space on it and also to have a quick read of something when I don’t have much time. Triple Win!

Now, if we thought last month’s review list was epic then wait until you see all the books due for review in October. It is overwhelming. Alas, I clicked on NetGalley therefore I must pay the price. Books cost, and right here is where I start paying in sweat…from my fingers…with all the review typing – you know, to paraphrase a line from 80s movie musical Fame!

An American Duchess by Sharon Page (382 pages)

Mademoiselle by Rhonda K Garelick (608 pages)

The Wonder of All Things by Jason Mott (304 pages)

A Pretty Mess: An Astonville Novel by Carla Caruso (260 pages)

How to Climb the Eiffel Tower by Elizabeth Hein (328 pages)

A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond (293 pages)

1,411 QI Facts by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harin (400 pages)

Ayoade on Ayoade by Richard Ayoade (400 pages)

Alice + Freda Forever by Alexis Coe (208 pages)

Fat Chance by Nick Spalding (289 pages)

Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander (352 pages)

Seven Letters from Paris by Samantha Verant (288 pages)

Rocks by Joe Perry (432 pages)

Reunion by Hannah Pittard (288 pages)

Althea and Oliver by Christina Moracho (384 pages)

A Week in Paris by Rachel Hore (464 pages)

A Christmas to Remember by Jenny Hale (249 pages)

Say it with Sequins by Georgia Hill (256 pages)

This is Your Afterlife by Vanessa Barneveld (194 pages)

From Notting Hill with Four Weddings Actually by Ali McNamara (448 pages)

The Temp Complete Series by Emily Benet (289 pages)

The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlan (352 pages)

Billy Joel by Fred Schruers (384 pages)

Beau, Lee, The Bomb & Me by Mary McKinley (352 pages)

So that is quite a lot of books to read…double frick! Well, let us give it a go and see what happens.

Thanks for reading,

L x x

This has been a very exciting book week. Oh yes, I am a very happy bunny for this is the week of my birth and good book things happened during this week.

As part of my birthday presents (which are still coming even though my birthday was Saturday) I received:

Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossen

How to be Parisian: Wherever You Are by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas

But even more exciting is that I was one of the lucky ten people to receive a signed hardback first edition copy of Us by David Nicholls from the wonderful people at BookBridgr. Seriously, I squealed at the postman and then nearly wept with happiness.

Now I did manage to get through a few books this week but not all of them were for review. Some were just books I wanted to read:

Revelation Space by Alistair Reynolds (I have a new found respect for science fiction writers byt it still is not my favourite of genres)

Michael Jackson’s Dangerous by Susan Fast

Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead

Who is Tom Ditto by Danny Wallace

Lily Does LA by Nichola Doherty

I am currently midway through The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani. I’ve enjoyed all the books that I have read this week.

This week on my to-read list has to include Us by David Nicholls but the other books that are due for review are:

An American Duchess by Sharon Page (NetGalley Review) (382 pages)

Mademoiselle by Rhonda K Garelick (NetGalley Review) (608 pages)

The Wonder of All Things by Jason Mott (NetGalley Review) (304 pages)

A Pretty Mess: An Astonville Novel by Carla Caruso (NetGalley Review) (260 pages)

How to Climb the Eiffel Tower by Elizabeth Hein (NetGalley Review) (328 pages)

A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond (NetGalley Review) (293 pages)

1,411 QI Facts by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harin (NetGalley Review) (400 pages)

Ayoade on Ayoade by Richard Ayoade (NetGalley Review) (400 pages)

Let’s face it, I am probably not going to get through all of these but I will, as always, give it a go.

This week will see a new festive feature make its debut on Since there are only thirteen weeks until Christmas (thus making it twelve weeks until Christmas) I plan to review a seasonal book each week. Keep your eyes peeled this week for the list of books that will be read in this feature.

Anywho, I hope you all have an excellent book week.

L x x

Ps – I only managed to get my NetGalley review percentage up to 25.9% – that is only an increase of 0.7% – efforts must be doubled!

Title: Lily Does LA

Author: Nicola Doherty

Pages: 76 pages


The life of an actor is never easy; it is even more difficult when you are an out of work actor whose biggest acting achievement is a two second walk on part on a sofa advert. Unfortunately, this is the situation that Lily finds herself in. When the opportunity comes up for Lily to travel to LA to be part of her cousin’s wedding she jumps on it. When she finds out her cousin’s future husband is a Hollywood agent it looks like Lily’s luck is about to change.


I loved the first part of the Girls on Tour series – Poppy Does Paris. I did find Lily Does LA a little bit harder to get into.

Initially, I found Lily a little bit petulant. She was selfish and attracted the wrong kind of drama. I have to admit, she was really hard to like. Unlike Poppy – who seemed to make genuine mistakes, Lily caused her own drama and then didn’t really take responsibility for her actions.

However, once Lily had her life epiphany and had a complete character arc reveal she became quite likable, to the point that I am looking forward to reading more about her in the rest of the series.

So whilst I would say that Poppy Does Paris is more enjoyable do not give up Lily Does LA. Lily does become more likable and her story was actually very enjoyable.

Available Now:

Poppy Does Paris

Lily Does LA

Coming Soon

Maggie Does Meribel (released 4th December 2014)

Rachel Does Rome (released 5th February 2015)

Girls on Tour (released 2nd April 2015)

Follow Nicola Doherty on Twitter @nicoladoherty

Lily Does LA

A little over a week ago I was asked for identification in my local shop. I had gone in to pick up a bottle of wine for my mum as a little thank you for just being awesome. When at the till I had to whip out my provisional license (no, I still cannot drive) and offer the photographic evidence of my age. As the title of this blog piece states, I indeed am above legal drinking age.

I cannot tell you how immeasurably happy I feel when I get ID’d.

It is not that I feel old and it is not that I look old or indeed my age. I like to believe that I am young of spirit. Pretty hippy-dippy but hey, I’m going with that.

So, why blog about turning 31? It isn’t a milestone birthday nor is it something most people want to celebrate…especially when they realise that the next big birthday is 40. However, I felt that I have been through a lot this year and it is time to celebrate.

The thought came to me when my mother came home from work quite teary eyed. She told me that she was thinking about the fact that my birthday was approaching and how she couldn’t have coped if I hadn’t made it to 31. Earlier in the year I became quite ill and whilst I am fine now it is all linked back to my chronic condition – Ulcerative Colitis. I told her to not be daft and that I am fine but you know how mothers’ do worry.

So instead of dwelling on the bad I am focusing on the good. The good things that have happened in this my 31st year in the great adventure we call life.

  • I can successfully travel to my boyfriend Matt’s house without questioning the route now. We do the long distance thing and the first however-many-times I travelled I would constantly be worried I was on the wrong train or platform. I know the route without thinking or worrying now and they makes me happy.
  • There is going to be a quick boyfriend theme – I’ll get them out the way so that people don’t vomit rainbows of happiness everywhere. This year Matt met the two most important people in my life – my mum and sister. He effortlessly charmed them and whilst their approval isn’t the most important thing to me I am happier knowing that they care about him because they like him not because they care about me enough to like him.
  • Ok and now for a huge sappy proclamation of love. I’m just thankful that I have such a brilliant man in my life. He makes me happy, not just for the big things that he does (which due to his generous nature he does to often) but for the little things like the cake and the picking the old toothpaste off my toothbrush. He really is amazing.
  • I’m thankful to the nurses and doctors and support staff in Aintree hospital who continue to look after me so well.
  • Finally, I am thankful to the book blogging community. I started writing reviews on a personal blog as a way to stave off the boredom whilst I was off recuperating. Through it I have become friends with some really lovely people. So for that I thank you all.

So yes, at 31 I can honestly say that I am happy. Long may it continue.

Happy birthday to me (and Avril Lavigne and Meatloaf) for tomorrow.

L  x


Having never read any of the 33/3rd series before I was both curious and apprehensive over what I was about to get myself into. My trepidation came from the poor experience I had reading the last book about music which to be quite honest was just self indulgent and at times boring (you can read the review for that here) but also because ever since I was a little girl I have loved the music of Michael Jackson.

I know that in this media saturated society in which we live it is hard to discuss anything to do with celebrities without looking at things from a gossipy angle. And with a life filled with controversy such as the one Michael Jackson led, I was convinced that I was about to read something which was more about the man than the music.

I was both wrong and also a little bit right. Let me explain.

Fast’s book focuses on the Dangerous album which was released in 1991. Admittedly, it is not my favourite album by Jackson and when listening to it I will often skip ahead to my favourite tracks. However, I have never before taken the album to be a social artefact. It is an album of its time looking at such large themes – isolation, loneliness, race, gender – themes you would find in the works of great literature, not what you would expect from an album released in the 90s.

Yet it is all there. There are songs that are an expression of anger over events that have taken place and songs that almost scream at you for making snap and often wrong judgements. It is more than just an album.

I can honestly say that after reading Michael Jackson’s Dangerous by Susan Fast I will never listen to the album in the same way ever again. This is a truly fascinating book for fans of Michael Jackson and social historians.

Michael Jackson’s Dangerous by Susan Fast is available now.