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With yet another weekend gone by too soon another week has begun. More books and things to do as always with to do lists forever growing. Shops have started to stock for Christmas and the shopping madness has begun. With another packed work week and the clocks gone back I have squeezed in quite a bit of reading and hope this week will bring me the same opportunity. You may notice that the majority of the books that I am reading have an extremely festive theme, I am not really one for scary books so Halloweeny books are out of the equation and straight for the happy festive reads it is! But fear not fair readers I have yet to break out Elf or other Christmassy films (Give it a week!).

Currently Reading

Love Actually, Notting Hill, London, Love, Romance, Chick Lit, Fiction, Reading, Books, Ali Harris, Little Brown Book Group, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, From Notting Hill to New York . . . Actually

The second book in the Notting Hill series from Ali McNamara and I am loving it.

If you have read this you may notice that there are a lot of film references – I have made a list (that is forever growing!) and making my way slowly through it! Awesome reason to watch films!

Finished

From Notting Hill with Love Actually, Love Actually, Notting Hill, London, Love, Romance, Chick Lit, Fiction, Reading, Books, Ali Harris, Little Brown Book Group, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Although there was a slow start this book was a good read.
Review going live on 2nd Nov so check back here.

The Christmas Surprise, Jenny Colgan, Fiction, Books, Reading, Chick Lit, Festive, Christmas, Winter, Little Brown Books UK, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

This book was as always with Jenny Colgan books truly fantastic.
Review will be posted ASAP.

Reviewed

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Check out my REVIEW HERE

So as you can see it has been a busy week over here and more plans for an even busier one this week. On the work side of things I managed to finished the monthly newsletter and have already started planning for the next one. Like I said I have a list of films that I am working my way through so I will let you know how that goes. There will be some other interesting bits happening over here so stay tuned.

Tomorrow there will be a post with some pics from a lovely Autumn Drive.

Keep those peepers peeled!

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Lots of Festive Love :D

REVIEW: The Christmas Party by Carole Matthews

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The Back of the Book

‘Louise Young is a devoted single mother whose only priority is providing for her daughter, Mia. Louise has a good job in a huge international corporation and she’s grateful for it. The only problem is her boss who can’t keep his hands to himself, but Louise can handle him. What she really doesn’t have time for is romance – until she meets the company’s rising star, Josh Wallace.

Louise usually says no to evenings out but she’s decided to let her hair down tonight. It’s the office Christmas party, she has a pretty dress to wear and she’s looking forward to some champagne and fun. She’s completely unaware that others around her are too busy playing dangerous games to enjoy the party – until she’s pulled into those games herself . . .

Romance is in the air and secrets are about to be uncovered. It’s going to be a night to remember at The Christmas Party.’

My Thoughts

When the postman rang the door bell and handed me a package I did not expect this. It is months before December after all. However what a better way to warm up to the Christmas period. Carole Matthews has a way with words that just enchants readers into a coma like sense of not wanting to put the book down. This book was one of many that did not disappoint.

Living at home is hard as I know from moving back but I cannot imagine having to do it with a child in tow. Louise is trying to make something of her life after being left with the raw end of a bad relationship and she has finally got her foot out of her parents front door and hopefully on the way to her own space for herself and her beautiful daughter Mia.

Throughout the book I felt for Louise as she had to deal with the countless advances from her disgustingly lecherous boss but towards the end you may find yourself like me howling with laughter as she gives him a horrid taste of his own medicine.

Christmas is a time of year for loved ones to share, children to enjoy and adults to clearly make slight fools of themselves at the work’s christmas do. Well this year Carole Matthews made no exception. From mansion fires to slashed tyres this office christmas party is one that will be remembered by all for years to come.

Carole Matthews most definitely does not scrimp on the romance side of things for the girly swoon factor as there are parts that will truly melt the frostiest of hearts. When Louise finally gets her chance at falling in love it is the point where you may not want to put the book down.

Full of girly fun, christmas frolics and cheer this book is definitely one that you will enjoy snuggled up with a cuppa of a chilly day.

Rating

3* Rating, Rating Scale, 3 Stars, Mediocre Mediocre Beans, 3 Star Rating, 3*, Mediocre The Christmas Party by Carole Matthews was sent to me by Sphere an Imprint of Little Brown Book Group UK as an ARC. My review contains only my opinion and nothing written has been influenced due to the book being a gift.

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My, my what a busy weekend! With the read-a-thon over (sadly :() a new week is upon us and life most certainly does go on. Did you take part in the read-a-thon? If you did, how did you get on? Now onto the books!

Reading

The Christmas Surprise, Jenny Colgan, Fiction, Books, Reading, Chick Lit, Festive, Christmas, Winter, Little Brown Books UK, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Almost half way through and I absolutely LOVE this book.
Quite a tear jerker for Jenny Colgan but I will leave it at that as I do not want to spoil it for you!

Finished

From Notting Hill with Love Actually, Love Actually, Notting Hill, London, Love, Romance, Chick Lit, Fiction, Reading, Books, Ali Harris, Little Brown Book Group, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Thanks to the Read-a-thon I have managed to finish this book and am patiently waiting to start the next one. The review will be up soon.

Writing About

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As well as the Notting Hill book I will be writing a review about this ASAP.

STILL WAITING

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I am slightly disappointed that I am still waiting for this book – so BIG boo hoo from me!

What are you reading this week?

Read-A-Thon – DONE . . . Well!

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Well it is finally over. The Read-A-Thon is done and dusted although I have to say I am slightly disappointed with myself. As I had things to do throughout the day I was unable to read as much as I would have liked. As usual I will be playing catch up and will read for a lot of tonight and tomorrow. Actually managing to finish a book is a great feeling so onto the next – I have actually started it but I am going into power mode right now as I have finally settled for the evening at home.

As I will be busy tomorrow there will be moments that I will be able to steal some time but it will be sporadic bursts. I am hoping to finish the second book tomorrow!

What Am I Reading Now?

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Q & A For the End

Which hour was most daunting for you?

I think I was a little on edge throughout as I knew that despite having the day off work I still had a lot of other things to do not completely allowing me to commit my time only to reading. 

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

All depends on what will be coming out at the time and the individuals reading tastes. I don’t know yet what I will consider reading and whether it will be a new release or older book.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

I love being part of the read-a-thon and I think it goes very smoothly so a bit stumped here. 

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

From a co-host point of view the team work is AMAZING.
From a readers point of view the posts and cheers were engaging and the social media was incredibly supportive.

How many books did you read?

Finished the end of one (half a book) and started another.

What were the names of the books you read?

From Notting Hill with Love . . . Actually by Ali McNamara

The Christmas Surprise by Jenny Colgan (Started)

Which book did you enjoy most?

They are both great books with their own merits.

Which did you enjoy least?

Neither as I picked both books based on the type of books I enjoy reading.

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

I wasn’t a cheerleader but loved being a co-host. Advice for the cheerleaders would be keep up the pep talks as even when I was flagging and felt a bit flaky it really helped.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

Most definitely and same again. I LOVE being a co-host and love the activities involved.