Time To Think About Books As Gifts? Ideas From Me.

I haven’t blogged any books for a while. As it is coming up to Christmas I thought I would post a review on 3 books that could be handy as gifts. I read for Hachette NZ and love downloading a book and not really knowing what I am getting. I have read some excellent books this year that I probably wouldn’t have chosen off a shelf but have enjoyed.


Wish You Were Here?  By Sheridan Jobbins




Could be for your Sister In Law, your friend who needs a kick in the butt to go on that big adventure or even your heart broken friend?

I really didn’t know what to expect from this book but I loved it. Reading it you can tell that she is in show business as she has a way with words and enjoys a bit of drama. The adventures are crazy, the stories as she travels are amusing and then in the emotional stuff adds to the package. All up, a great read and would make an excellent gift. The kind of book that could be read in a couple of days over the festive season.


The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Club

By Sophie Green



Could be for someone heading off on summer holidays, a book worm who like the odd easy read to devour over the festive season, I think it could appeal to many.

I read this because I saw something that said it was like a modern Thornbirds. I loved Thornbirds and the hype around it. I can’t remember enough about the Thornbirds to compare the two but I enjoyed both!

This is a tale of what it is like to be isolated in the Northern Territories in the late 1970’s and how friendships form. There is a cross section of age groups and it is one of those books where you feel like you got to know the characters. A great easy read with a bit of drama thrown in.


The Little Breton Bistro

by Nina George



Another relaxing read and dive into some one else’s life story. I would say more suitable for the forty plus in your life.

I enjoyed the life adventure the main character found herself on and the various twist and turns in her story. There were a couple of parts that caused me to stay up way later than I should have done to see what happened and a few audible gasps escaped me. This was a well-told story and I enjoyed reading it. I have been to many of the places mentioned in France but as a child, reading this makes me want to return as an adult.







Calling Major Tom- Read It!


I was lucky enough to review this book, thanks to Hachette NZ, Hachette Aus and via NetGalley. It is due to be released at the end of January.

Calling Major Tom by David M. Barnett

This book made me laugh, cry, giggle and gasp.
It isn’t in my nature to write spoilers but I will say if a book about family separation, life on Mars, lighting farts, mad old ninja women and unusual friendships appeals, this book is for you .
I loved it, I would preach to people that they had to read it. I may go and stand by it in a bookshop and recommend it to strangers.

Holding By Graham Norton, Marvellous.


I love books. I was one of those kids who spent hours looking at my parents book about anything, birds and food were two favourites. A couple of weeks ago I had a lovely evening listening to the wonderful people from Hachette New Zealand talk about the latest book releases.At the end of the evening I got to take a bag with books in it home. One of these books was Holding by Graham Norton.

I have to be honest, I didn’t expect to like this book. I thought I would read it, put it on the shelf and not think much more about it. I was wrong.

I am not a fast reader but I finished this in one week. I spent that week thinking about the people who live in the village the book is based in, Duneen. My thoughts drifted to what was going to happen.

I am not going to go into the tale that unfolds, it wouldn’t sound that interesting. A few paragraphs doesn’t do it justice. It is interesting, the characters are marvellous and the story that unfolds does so gently but with twists and turns.

This book is a perfect Christmas buy, holiday read or something to read when you have a good bit of me time. I will be passing it onto Mr to read.





Book – The One In A Million Boy.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher , Hatchette.

I haven’t read any other books by Monica Wood , this fact surprises me. I will certainly investigate and check out her other books.

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The One In A Million Boy is a story which weaves, it weaves through the life of one fascinating sounding older lady, Ona Vitkus.  Ona’s life isn’t dramatic, unrealistic but rather ordinary and changes when she comes into contact with one young boy. This unusual young boy changes the fabric of her existence, something she never saw coming at the grand old age of 104.

I enjoyed the whole novel and looked forward to my reading time at the end of the day. I loved the way the characters grew in my mind as I read further into the tale. The characters will stay with me for a long time.

I would certainly recommend this book and I look forward to knowing when a friend has read it so I can talk about it in some depth.

I Have To Tell You About A Wonderful Book – A Year of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman

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Sometimes a book just grabs me and moves into its own space in my head. The characters become real and I think about them as if I know them. I get 3/4 of the way through this kind of book and then start reading really, really slowly so I don’t ever finish. Of course I do eventually finish. At the same time,I want to know the ending but I also don’t want to leave the characters behind. Does that happen to you? I think I have a particular genre that takes me to this place.

I really enjoy books that I would call grown up fairy tales, they aren’t quite Science Fiction or Fantasy. I mean books like The  Ocean At The End of The Lane or The Graveyard Book, both by Neil Gaiman. I suppose I enjoy the language, the flourish and the pure story. A Year of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman ticked all of my boxes and I simply loved it.

This book is pure story. The language takes a little getting used to and then a few pages in, you suddenly get it. It is flowery, descriptive and she must have a very good memory or thesaurus. If you like a story and a book that is a break from life, I hope you read this tale and enjoy it as much as I did.

The story brings people together who simply fit and they have their own piece of the story. The main character, Marvellous is an oddity who I grew to love. The setting is in the past and about a simple way of living and acceptance of others. The story builds the characters past and present. It is so well written and a joy to read.

I loved it and thought it so well written that I have offered my copy to the Head of English at a local university . He was rather taken with the offer and he will be reading it soon.

Thank you Hachette for sending me this copy.