Review: One in a Million by Lindsey Kelk

Challenge criteria: A retelling of a classic

Blurb:

Everyone wants that special someone….

Annie Higgins has given up on love: she’s too busy trying to get her tiny business off the ground. Infuriated by the advertising agency across the hall making fun of her job, Annie accepts their crazy challenge – to make a random stranger Instagram-famous in just thirty days.

And even when they choose Dr Samuel Page PhD, historian and hater of social media, as her target, Annie’s determined to win the bet – whether Sam likes it or not.

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Review: Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Challenge criteria: A book you meant to read in 2018 (I bought this book in March 2018 and, low and behold, it sat on my shelf for over a year.)

Blurb:

After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years… and panic sets in.

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Review: A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

Challenge criteria: A book about a hobby

(Trigger warnings: this book contains instances of domestic abuse, thoughts of self-harm, starvation, child abandonment)

Blurb:

An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.

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Review: The Serial Dater’s Shopping List by Morgen Bailey

This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.

Blurb:

31 dates in 31 days – what could possibly go wrong?

Isobel MacFarlane is a recently-turned-40 journalist who usually writes a technology column for a newspaper based in Northampton, England, but her somewhat-intimidating boss, William, has set her the task of meeting 31 men, via a local internet dating site, all within a month.

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