Tuesday, 31 December 2013

December Books & a yearly round-up

Having read no books in November!! I managed to read 3 in December.

Blog Inc. by Joy Deengdeelert Cho - I found this book really quite interesting although a bit Americanised in bits. I found the chapters on SEO and growing your blog the most interesting.  A useful read.

the first phone call from heaven by Mitch Albom - I'm a huge fan of Mitch Albom's books especially Tuesdays with Morrie.  The story follows some residents from a small town start who to receive phone calls from the afterlife. I quite enjoyed it but it didn't leave me thinking like his other stories have done.

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain - simply could not put this book down! Jo from Beauty and the Books sent it to me to read - thanks Jo! 

Newlywed Jane Forrester straight out of University starts work as a Social Worker (much to her husband's dismay). She is sent to the rural Tobacco fields of Grace County. She discovers the families there live in extreme poverty. One of the families she works with is the Hart family.  She discovers a secret which involves Ivy Hart who is fifteen and she decides to help her risking her career and marriage.

I had set myself a challenge to read at least four books a month in 2013. Here's how I got on:

January - 3 (link)
February - 2 (link)
March - 1 (link)
April - 1 (link)
May - 4 (link)
June - 3 (link)
July - 3 (link)
August - 2 (link)
September - 3 (link)
October - 5 (link)
November - 0
December - 3 - see above.

My favourite books this year:

Forgive Me by Lesley Pearse 
The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood 
Keeper of the Light by Diane Chamberlain
One Step too Far by Tina Seskis
The Shadow Year by Hannah Richell 
Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington
The Villa by Rosanna Ley
The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
A Serpentine Affair by Tina Seskis 
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

You can buy all these at Amazon.

Have you been doing a book challenge this year?


  1. I have had Blog inc for ages, really need to get around to finishing it!

    1. the chapters near the back I found the most interesting ;)

  2. I did 30 books with Goodreads. I want to do 50 next year.

    1. Well done! I definitely want to reach my goal x

  3. | joined Goodreads late this year, but haven't signed up to any challenges.


    1. :) I've picked up some great books for January reading x

  4. I am a huge Diane Chamberlain fan and have read most of her books. I managed to complete my 50 book reading challenge this year, so am feeling quite chuffed x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

  5. I've had Blog Inc a whole year and I still haven't read it! :(




    1. Well worth a read although you'll find there is a lot you know already! x

  6. Blog inc sounds quite interesting. I was hoping to do 52 in 52 but didn't manage it :( I've still gotta put my reads for November and December on the blog; I am so far behind! I've just started reading Flight Behaviour and I am loving it so far! x

    1. it was interesting in bits. I really want to read more than I do x