Review: The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan

Challenge criteria: A book that involves a bookshop/library

Blurb:

Given a back-room computer job when the beloved Birmingham library she works in turns into a downsized retail complex, Nina misses her old role terribly – dealing with people, greeting her regulars, making sure everyone gets the right books for their needs. Then a new business nobody else wants catches her eye: owning a tiny little bookshop bus up in the Scottish highlands.

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Review: Five Years From Now by Paige Toon

This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.

Blurb:

What if you met the right person at the wrong time?

Nell and Van meet as children when their parents fall in love, but soon they are forced worlds apart.

Five years later, they find each other. Their bond is rekindled and new feelings take hold, but once again they must separate.

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How to Get Out of a Reading Slump

We’ve all been there. You’re on such a great roll with the books you’ve been reading, and suddenly BANG – you hit that wall. THAT wall, the one stopping you from picking up any book and getting into it. It seems never ending – you’re never going to be able to pick up a book and enjoy it again. Fear not, a reading slump doesn’t have to mean the funeral bells for your reading enjoyment. Here are a few helpful things to get you back into the groove.

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Books That Deal with Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month across the world. Unfortunately, it’s a disease quite a lot of us are personally familiar with – my own family included. For some people, reading about people going through the same struggles and joys as they are, can make their own experiences a little easier to deal with.

There are quite a lot of books, both fiction and non fiction, that feature cancer. Not just breast cancer, but many of the other forms we’ve all come to know and recognise. This list is, of course, not exhaustive. If there’s one you’ve read I missed out on, let me know in the comments. There are a couple of books I’ve read also featuring cancer, but as it’s not disclosed before you start reading I’ve left them out. Spoilers suck, yo.

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Why I Haven’t Finished These Series?

Book series and I have a very weird relationship. I can sometimes read a book completely out of sync and then get confused when something that happened in the second book is continued and developed in book three. Or, I start a series and then just abandon it for no reson. Often, I go back to a series I’ve left to the side after a couple of months reading something else. There are a number of series though that I will likely never return to. There are a few reasons why I might decide to permanently shelve a series I was once loving.

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