Review: How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Challenge criteria: A book about time travel.

Blurb:

“The first rule is that you don’t fall in love, ‘ he said… ‘There are other rules too, but that is the main one. No falling in love. No staying in love. No daydreaming of love. If you stick to this you will just about be okay.'”

A love story across the ages – and for the ages – about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live
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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: Happier Thinking by Lana Grace Riva

Challenge criteria: A book you can read in a day

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book for review by the author. This has in no way influenced my opinion of the book, nor the outcome of this review.

Blurb:

Changing how you think is possible. I wasn’t always so sure that was true until I experienced it myself, but I know now we don’t have to just accept unhappiness. Not always anyway. This book is my collection of tips and suggestions that have helped me achieve happier thinking. It’s sort of a gym for my mind. I’d love to tell you it was easier than the real gym but well… it’s not really. It takes time, effort, and practice but it’s absolutely well worth the rewards.

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Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Socitey by Mary Ann Schaffer

Challenge criteria: A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title.

Blurb:

A moving tale of post-war friendship, love and books, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society is a captivating and completely irresistible novel of enormous depth and heart.

It’s 1946, and as Juliet Ashton sits at her desk in her Chelsea flat, she is stumped. A writer of witty newspaper columns during the war, she can’t think of what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from one Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – by chance he’s acquired a book Juliet once owned – and, emboldened by their mutual love of books, they begin a correspondence.
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2018 Reading Challenge: A Second Update

I’m not even going to say if this was quarterly or not, because to be honest I don’t know. I personally don’t feel like I did as much reading in the time between April and now, but if I’m about to be shocked I’m prepared for it.

Let’s recap where we stood in April. I’d read 31 books up to the end of April. The PopSugar and Modern Mrs Darcy challenges were coasting along well. There was, naturally, room for improvement. Time to check in.

Don’t forget to check on how I did in the first four months of the year.

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