Phew, I am so glad that last week is over. Well I am and I am also kinda bummed out too. Let me explain. Last week was littered with medical woes. My pyoderma gangrenosum returned with a vengeance which made my dermatologist go crazy with worry and then she rang my gastroenterologist who then put me in for an emergency appointment. Basically, it got all kinds of messy. However, that part of the week is over and I am glad.

The reason that I am sad about this week being over is because I have just had a lovely weekend away with my lovely boyfriend and that is over too. Boo hiss. Long distance can really suck. However, I had the most amazing time with him this weekend in our nation’s great capital so I can’t be too sad.

So as for reading, I managed to get through a few books this week. Here are the books that I got through:

From Notting Hill with Love…Actually by Ali McNamara

The Wives of Beverly Row: Lust Has a New Address by Abby Weeks

From Notting Hill to New York…Actually by Ally McNamara (review later this week)

I’m currently reading Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer which is a book I have wanted to read for ages and I am loving it so far.

On this week’s to be read pile I have a fair few books which I probably won’t get through but I am going to give it a damn good try. I have a week off this week so hopefully I will have some time to get through more books than usual.

Billy Joel by Fred Schruers (384 pages)

Beau, Lee, The Bomb & Me by Mary McKinley (252 pages)

High Notes: A Rock Memoir by Richard Loren (270 pages)

Actually on second thoughts that isn’t that many. However, I did fail in reviewing a festive book last week so I need to do at least two this week and I have my next short story to read for #ShortStorySaturday and I want to read the third book in the Love Actually series so I guess I am back to having a busy week.

I would like to take a moment to mention a challenge that I have recently taken up. My lovely friend Clare from A Book and Tea has got me involved in the £5 challenge. Basically I have £5 a week to spend on books. No more, no less. I originally took up the challenge because it sounded like fun and I really like Clare but I also did it because I have a serious book buying addiction and I thought that this could be a way of curbing the habit and you know what, it seriously has. I have been a lot more conscious of my purchases. With only £5 to spend and a theme for the week it means I can’t just click the Buy Now with one Click button willy-nilly. So a big massive thank you to Clare and also to implore all of you that may be reading this to get involved; it is such a fun challenge to be a part of plus it is saving you that extra moolah before Christmas.

I hope you all have a great week of reading.

Much bookish love,

L x x

Title: Arms Wide Open: a Novella

Author: Juli Caldwelll

Pages: 137

Synopsis

Lauren’s roommate, Harlow, is fed up. Since Lauren finished grad school she has spent the days becoming more and more slovenly; her dishes are piled up in the sink; she hasn’t changed her clothes in days. Harlow is more than miffed…she is also a little worried.

So when Harlow challenges Lauren to go to a speed dating night Lauren is guilt-tripped into accepting. Harlow is hopeful that among the local freaks and weirdo’s Lauren might just find the one.

Review

As far as short stories go this one was pretty good. I will admit it was a little bit of a slow burner. I think that Caldwell left the big reveal a tad too late and the few hints that she gave to the reader in the earlier chapters might not have been enough to hold their attention.

I do feel like this is another one of those short stories that may have worked better as a full length novel. The back story was good enough to hold my interest and it would have been fascinating to see the relationship dynamics between Lauren, Grant and Oliver.

Overall, this was an enjoyable short story but could have been made better if there was more of it to read.

Arms Wide Open: A Novella by Juli Caldwell is available now.

 

Title: Arms Wide Open: a Novella

Author: Juli Caldwelll

Pages: 137

Synopsis

Lauren’s roommate, Harlow, is fed up. Since Lauren finished grad school she has spent the days becoming more and more slovenly; her dishes are piled up in the sink; she hasn’t changed her clothes in days. Harlow is more than miffed…she is also a little worried.

So when Harlow challenges Lauren to go to a speed dating night Lauren is guilt-tripped into accepting. Harlow is hopeful that among the local freaks and weirdo’s Lauren might just find the one.

Review

As far as short stories go this one was pretty good. I will admit it was a little bit of a slow burner. I think that Caldwell left the big reveal a tad too late and the few hints that she gave to the reader in the earlier chapters might not have been enough to hold their attention.

I do feel like this is another one of those short stories that may have worked better as a full length novel. The back story was good enough to hold my interest and it would have been fascinating to see the relationship dynamics between Lauren, Grant and Oliver.

Overall, this was an enjoyable short story but could have been made better if there was more of it to read.

Arms Wide Open: A Novella by Juli Caldwell is available now.

 

Synopsis

When Ariel and her daughter Becky move into their new house on the illustrious Beverly Row they are instantly introduced to the sparkling and glittery world of the rich and fabulous. What they quickly learn is that money isn’t the be all and end all to gaining happiness. As they find their footing within their new community, Ariel realises that there is a lot hidden behind her new neighbours closed doors.

Review

This is going to sound like a negative but I assure you I am using this adjective as a positive; The Wives of Beverly Row was trashy. It was so indulgent, almost like Desperate Housewives but in book form. It is the epitome of a guilty pleasure.

Abby Weeks so seamlessly interweaves the lives of the residents of Beverly Row with the clever undertone of money cannot buy happiness that you can’t help but want to read on. Each resident appears to have a luscious, dirty secret waiting to be uncovered. I feel like the first book in the Beverly Row series has only scratched the surface – I for one cannot wait to read on and immerse myself in the delicious money soaked drama.

The Wives of Beverly Row 1 – Lust Has A New Address by Abby Weeks is available now

Beverly Row

Synopsis

When Ariel and her daughter Becky move into their new house on the illustrious Beverly Row they are instantly introduced to the sparkling and glittery world of the rich and fabulous. What they quickly learn is that money isn’t the be all and end all to gaining happiness. As they find their footing within their new community, Ariel realises that there is a lot hidden behind her new neighbours closed doors.

Review

This is going to sound like a negative but I assure you I am using this adjective as a positive; The Wives of Beverly Row was trashy. It was so indulgent, almost like Desperate Housewives but in book form. It is the epitome of a guilty pleasure.

Abby Weeks so seamlessly interweaves the lives of the residents of Beverly Row with the clever undertone of money cannot buy happiness that you can’t help but want to read on. Each resident appears to have a luscious, dirty secret waiting to be uncovered. I feel like the first book in the Beverly Row series has only scratched the surface – I for one cannot wait to read on and immerse myself in the delicious money soaked drama.

The Wives of Beverly Row 1 – Lust Has A New Address by Abby Weeks is available now

Beverly Row