What I Read This Summer

I plan on doing a comprehensive list of all the books I have read in 2017 at the end of the year. However I thought I’d write a post on the books I read over Summer.

  1. The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen
The Light of the Fireflies

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This book is intense and a real page turner. It’s about “the boy” who lives underground with his family. He’s never seen the outdoor world but is fascinated by it. He’s told they’re down there because his family have been disfigured by a fire. The book is very well written and as the tale unfolds it takes twists and turns you wouldn’t expect. It’s horrible and fascinating and intense and at the very end exciting. My heart was hammering reading the last few pages. Would I recommend it to others? Definitely!

2. The Lemon Tree Café by Cathy Bramley

The Lemon Tree Cafe book cover

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I actually read the serialised version of this book starting in the Spring but read the last installment during the Summer. I really like Cathy Bramley books. They’re easy to read and always have a happy ending and this book is no different. Rosie is a bit of a high flyer when she’s asked to help run her Italian Grandmother’s café. At first she thinks it’ll just be for a couple of weeks but over time she realises she can’t leave. The book sees Rosie travel to Italy to help her Grandmother come to terms with her past as well as eventually managing the café full time. Oh and of course, she finds love!

3. Spectacles: A Memoir by Sue Perkins

Spectacles by Sue Perkins

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I picked this book up from my local library having recently registered. I am a big fan of The Great British Bake Off so when I saw this it took my interest. I didn’t really know much about Sue (and her sidekick Mel) apart from that they host Bake Off and used to host Late Lunch. I’m actually glad I picked this up. As Sue documents her childhood there are some real laugh out loud moments. There’s also some sad moments as she gets older that shows there’s more to her than just the comedy we see on TV. If you’re a fan, you’ll definitely enjoy this. I still enjoyed it despite not really being a fan.

4. You And Me, Always by Jill Mansell

You And Me, Always by Jill Mansell

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This is another book I picked up when I went to the library. I’m a fan of Jill Mansell so when I saw this I had to pick it up. The story is about Lily who’s mother has passed away some time ago. Lily is well loved in the village that she lives as everyone feels like they’ve had a hand in raising her. The story took a couple of turns I wasn’t expecting which kept it interesting. Lily goes on to meet her real dad who she doesn’t know and also has a fling with a movie star. The story did remind me of the movie Notting Hill on more than one occasion but it was a fun and light read. Perfect for the end of Summer.

Now I can’t wait for Autumn. Cosy nights reading my book under a blanket as the temperatures drop outside. Bliss 🙂

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  1. I think I’ve read the last book… I remember it being good but (clearly) not that memorable! But I feel like books like that are nice and relaxing. Not too much to think about! Have you read Room? That’s like the first book in a way. Very emotional and intense. Better than the film.

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