Books

My 2012 in books

I read some great books in 2012 – here is a very quick summary of some of my favourites (in no particular order):

Chasing Daisy by Paige Toon

I only discovered Paige Toon a few months ago, after a recommendation from a friend (thanks, Becky!) and she’s now one of my favourite authors. Chasing Daisy is brilliant, it’s fast-paced and made me laugh and cry, gave me that warm fuzzy feeling and I couldn’t read it quick enough. Also read Lucy in the Sky which was fantastic as well. I’m going to read a lot more by Paige in 2013, that’s for sure.

The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes is, in my opinion, the funniest of all ‘chick-lit’ authors. I love her style and pace and in particular loved this book. I’m now reading another by her – Rachel’s Holiday – which I’m enjoying even more.

Playing on Cotton Clouds by Michela O’Brien

This book was a joy to read (in fact, I read it in less than 48 hours while recovering from surgery). It moves back and forth between the central characters over the course of a long period of time so you really get a sense of depth and history. It’s one of those books that you’re sad to finish, and you miss the characters you got to know so well.

How to Look Like You by Rose McClelland

Both this, and Rose’s first book, are a delight. The story alternates between the two central characters, which means it moves along at a fast pace and you really get a feel for the conflicts and emotions running through them. It’s realistic, romantic and a fun, lovely read.

The Making of Us by Lisa Jewell

I’ve read all of Lisa’s books up until this one, and enjoyed them all, but this was my favourite. It’s a romantic, sad, moving and uplifting tale about three people who each learn something and kind of ‘find themselves’ during the book. Inspirational.

Slammed by Colleen Hoover

I love an intense love story and this is just that. I read this quickly, devouring every moment. It’s full of intense moments and wonderful poetry. It made me laugh, cry and again, get that warm fuzzy feeling.

You can read more of my book recommendations here, and you can read more about my own novel (released 18 January) here.

Happy New Year, one and all.

Blog ya later.

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