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I’ve read lots of great books this month! As usual, here’s the video of me chatting about each book; I’m discussing The Muse by Jessie Burton, Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer, The Lace Weaver by Lauren Chater, The Power by Naomi Alderman and The Riviera Set by Mary S Lovell.   If you’ve read any of these books, I’d love to know what you thought, especially about The Power as I wasn’t quite as in love with this as I thought I would be. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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I have been reading some amazing books over the last two months so I thought it was my duty to share with you what I’ve been reading. I hope you’re ready to add some books to your tbr pile! This month it’s a mix of historical fiction, contemporary fiction and memoir. If you’ve read any of the books I’m discussing, please let me know in the comments below what you thought of them. Over to the video!     Books reviewed: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell, The Betrayal by Kate…

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It’s that time of year! When we look back over what we did and what we didn’t do and we make the odd list or two. Here’s one of my lists: the best books of 2017. (My list covers books I read in 2017, not necessarily books that were published in 2017). The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett I reviewed this one in Book Chat, which I know I haven’t done for over 6 months. (PS – would love to know who, if anyone, misses Book Chat). It’s a book that makes you think about the lives you didn’t…

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It’s time to talk about books! Book Chat, my reading round up, is back with some must-reads and some other books I wasn’t so keen on. As usual, you can get my reading recommendations on the video below, or scroll further down for a quick summary. I’m reviewing Lauren Sams’ Crazy, Busy, Guilty, Joy Callaway’s The Fifth Avenue Artist’s Society, Liane Moriarty’s The Hypnotist’s Love Story and a title that isn’t out yet, Sophie Green’s The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club, which is my pick of the month.   Crazy, Busy, Guilty by Lauren Sams This book made me realise just…

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I’ve decided to reinstate Book Chat as a regular feature about every six weeks. I had dropped it because I was going to do quick Facebook Live videos each time I finished a book so I could review the book fresh, but I never remembered to do it! I’ve read lots of books over the last three months and I’ve picked the best five of them here, for this month’s Book Chat. It’s a bit of an Australian women writers bonanza, with one international author thrown in too. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you’re glad I’ve brought Book…

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I’ve read some amazing books this year and here’s my list of the best books of 2016: the books that made me laugh and cry, the books I couldn’t forget even after I’d finished them, the books I would definitely read again. I’ve put this list together based on books I’ve read in 2016, not necessarily books that were released in 2016. And here, not in any particular order, they are! A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara I know I said this list isn’t in order but I’ve put this one first because it’s one of the most powerful books…

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I know I said I wasn’t going to keep doing Book Chat and that I was going to do quick video book reviews on Facebook Live instead. Well, it was a great idea, except that I did a couple and then got so busy that I completely forget! So, to catch up, I decided to do one more Book Chat video and then hopefully I’ll get back onto Facebook Live a bit more.     I’ve read quite a few books over the last couple of months so there are lots of reading choices in this video. I’m talking about…

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My favourite books are historical novels with heroines who are fighting for something that matters, something that has made a difference to the opportunities women have today. Heroines who inspire us to follow our own dreams, to keep going when the hurdles seem too great to surmount, to be truly courageous. With that in mind, here are 9 historical fiction heroines, some real, some imagined, whose stories and actions can continue to inspire us today. This brings my 3 part  series on writing compelling heroines to an end. You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Alma Whittaker…

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I needed a change of pace this month, after reading A Little Life and Me Before You last month, two books which made me cry. In fact, the word “cry” is an understatement when it comes to A Little Life; sob would be more accurate. So I read Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible, which is a contemporary retelling of Pride and Prejudice, I read two historical novels, The Wife’s Tale by Christine Wells and Castle of Dreams by Elise McCune, and I read a classic, Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca. Because I was away in Paris for a week, I also squeezed in…

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Welcome to this month’s Book Chat! So many good books to share with you. I read Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You, Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, Paullina Simons’ The Bronze Horseman and The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith. If you’re looking for books that make you cry, then I can definitely recommend 2 of this month’s selection. Onto the video, to see what I thought of each book. I’ve also written a brief summary of each below.     Me Before You by JoJo Moyes It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that…

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