Yes people, it is that time of the week when once again I go through the books that I have read, the ones I want to read and often times throw in a random thought for the week. So here it goes.

This week I managed to get through a few books. I read:

Playing With Matches by Suri Rosen

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

Poppy Does Paris by Nicola Doherty (Technically I read this last week but my review was posted 20.09.14)

Twitter Girl by Nic Tatano

Lily Does LA by Nicola Doherty (Review to be posted 27.09.14)

And I am currently reading:

Who is Tom Ditto? by Danny Wallace

So it has been a pretty good book week.

Besides reading I also took in my first ever book event (I know, I’ve been reviewing books for a while now and loving reading a hell of a lot longer than that, how I have I only just managed to attend an event?). I took fifteen school children to see Charlie Higson. He was promoting the sixth book in his zombie series. It was quite an interesting experience.

Also, I have been rather fortunate this week in the fact that I won some book prizes. I received Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis from the lovely Rachel O’Laughlin (you should all check out her blog) and I won The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks from the equally lovely Bronagh McAteer who used my blog comment in another of her posts.

All in all, it has been a not too shabby week for Lisa.

Now, time for a confession; I have been naughty. Well not too naughty really but I have broken a promise that I made to myself. I work in a school which is stacked with a beautiful library. I had promised myself I wouldn’t borrow any books from it this year. After being back at work for only three weeks I have broken said promise. I have loaned the following books:

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

Love at Second Sight by Cathy Hopkins

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Tease by Amanda Maciel

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

On the plus side I have managed to pull my NetGalley percentage up to 25.2%. A whole 3.4% higher than it was last week. Kudos to me. However, it does lead me to my next question (any help from Boook Bloggers would be appreciated here), if you review a book but you don’t want to post it for a few days do you still pass the information on to NetGalley straight away and inform them of when your review will be posted or do you not inform them until the post is live? It is something that has always been a mystery to me.

Anywho, here are the books that I intend to read this week:

Michael Jackson’s Dangerous by Susan Fast (NetGalley Review) (168 pages)

The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani (NetGalley Review) (435 pages)

The Poet’s Wife by Rebecca Stonehill (NetGalley Review) (302 pages)

And once again I plan to read

The Dead Wife’s Handbook by Hannah Beckerman

Keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks for my new feature “12 Weeks of Christmas” in which I will be reviewing a Christmas based book every Thursday to get me in the festive mood.

As always here are a few fabulous people’s blogs for you to check out. Besides the aforementioned Bronagh and Rachel, make sure you visit Matt Phil Carver, Clare over at A Book and Tea and award winning Blogger Sophie at Reviewed The Book.

Happy reading people.

L x

Synopsis

When Cassidy Shea is fired by the news network that she works for her work life is sent into a spin. Sure, she wrote a slightly inappropriate Tweet but was it really worth firing her for. Where are her rights? Her freedom of speech?

Fortunately Cassidy’s luck is about to change. She is hired as a political commentator for Will Becker’s campaign. Hailed to be the next president, Becker employs Cassidy aka Twitter Girl to take down the competition with a snarky Tweet or two.

What Cassidy doesn’t bank on is the amount of beautiful and eligible men working on the campaign; including Senator Becker. She quickly finds herself embroiled in an office romance that could take her all the way to the most famous office of them all – the Oval Office.

One thing TG learnt as a roving reporter is that if things seem too good to be true then they probably are….

Review

I loved this book. I’m just going to get that out there now. It was the perfect read I needed to start my weekend. It was fun, frisky but still had heart. It wasn’t just a fluffy light rom-com; it had a message to it.

I loved the diverse range of characters. Alongside the main players – Cassidy, her brother Sam, best friend Ripley and friend Tyler – the tertiary characters didn’t seem throwaway. They all had a purpose. They were well rounded and more importantly – well written.

Having never read anything by Tatano before I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised when I got a good, interesting romp with a mystery. I will definitely be reading more by this writer…and you all should too.

Twitter Girl by Nic Tatano is available now.

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You can follow Nic Tatano @NicTatano and her alter ego Twitter Girl @TwitrGrlCassidy

Title: Poppy Does Paris

Author: Nicola Doherty

Pages: 65 pages

Synopsis

Poppy is going through a dry spell. It has been almost a year since she last…you know…had a romantic rendezvous with the opposite sex. And she is feeling that it is time to take matters into her own hands. On an upcoming working trip to Paris, Poppy decides she will seduce her co-worker Charlie for some no strings fun. However, life doesn’t always work out as planned as Poppy’s love life takes an unexpected twist in the world’s most romantic city.

Review

Poppy Does Paris, the first instalment in the Girls on Tour series was pretty much the ideal short story for me. I combined two of my favourite things; the world of publishing and the beautiful city of Paris.

What I loved about this short story is that the characters seemed fully developed. They didn’t appear as just brief snapshots. The story didn’t feel like scenes placed together, producing a domino effect. I was able to be charmed, amused and feel for the Poppy and romantic lead, Charlie.

Poppy’s mistakes felt like they could have been made by anyone. You genuinely wanted her not to screw up and felt the embarrassment – nay mortification – when she did. She was such a likable protagonist. Nicola Doherty has managed to create a character who I wanted to be – flaws and foibles included.

I’m very excited to read on with the rest of the Girls on Tour series.

Poppy does Paris by Nicola Doherty is available now.

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Coming Soon

Lily Does LA (released 25th September 2014)

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

Synopsis

My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Losing and Leaving Friends is a collection of stories that celebrates the powerful friendships between women and the sheer utter heartache of when those relationships end.

Review

I was drawn to this book based on its subject matter. This may seem a rather obvious thing to say but admittedly I do tend to pick up books based on their cover – sometimes over content.

You see, I too had a powerful friendship that ended and this book, I hoped, would provide me some solace. Thankfully, it did.

The book is made up of several writers experiences and whilst none of them were the same as mine, some of the views expressed by the writers hit a little too close to home.

Losing a best friend is hard. It is like someone has cut off a limb, in some respects it is like the person has died. The chasm of sadness is unbearable.

I won’t go into my tale of lost friendship here – even though after nearly three years I am still bruised by it – it is a story that probably does deserve to be told but open wounds are still raw.

One of the most poignant things that I took from this book was when one of the contributors said “friendship is a verb.” It is. It takes both people to work at it. It is not something that just happens.

If you have ever experienced the emotional turmoil of losing a best friend then give this book a read. It may just give you a sense of comfort to know you are not the only one.

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

For more information please visit www.herstoriesproject.com or follow on Twitter @herstoriestales

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Synopsis

Raina has been sent to live with her family in Toronto. From the fast paced (and arguably self destructive life) that she was leading in New York, Raina suddenly finds herself under the watchful eye of aunt, under the constant scrutiny of her new teachers and, most painfully, under the hateful gaze of her older sister Leah. Leah blames Raina for the destruction of her engagement to ex-fiancé Ben.

Through a series of serendipitous events, Raina finds herself acting as a matchmaker of sorts. She operates under the pseudonym matchmaven and becomes rather successful. Yet her biggest challenge comes when her sister Leah begs to be set up. Can Raina keep her secret identity hidden? Can she continue to be a successful matchmaker? And, rather importantly, can she do all this and pass her high school exams?

Review

This may shock people, and please feel free to frown at me, but I did not like Emma by Jane Austen. I couldn’t connect with the character; I felt that she was a meddlesome flibberty-gibbet. Strangely, I love Clueless (for those of you not in the know Clueless is a 1990s modern adaption of Emma – where have you all been?) and I will admit, I really enjoyed Playing with Matches.

To begin with I was a little overwhelmed by the detail that was given. There was a lot of back story and exposition thrown at you and it was a little hard to take in at first but once I got used to the pace of the book I began to enjoy it.

As a reader, I couldn’t help but start to like Raina. She has flaws, we were continually reminded of them by her family, teachers and peers who made her out to be a horrible person but the things that she did – making romantic matches for people, spending time with the elderly and becoming friends with the bookish nerdy girl – you couldn’t help but fall for this underdog.

The story developed pleasantly and with each thing that went awry you heart swelled with a desire to see Raina succeed. The character was warm-hearted and loveable.

One of my favourite aspects of the book was Jewish element. Not being Jewish myself, I felt like I was on a guided tour of Jewish customs on dating and marriage. It added a whole extra quality to the book that I found educational and entertaining in equal part.

This is a perfect introduction for a younger audience into the styling’s of Jane Austen. And, like me, they might just enjoy this more than Emma.

Playing with Matches by Suri Rosen is available now.

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You can follow Suri Rosen on Twitter @surirosen