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.
This post is part of Six for Sunday run by Steph from A Little But A Lot.
I love a standalone novel, but there is something about a series. You get to really know the characters as you stay with them for such a long time. There are a couple of series I’ve read that really stayed with me for a long time. I promise, this won’t just be me giving Harry Potter a huge pat on the back. (Sometimes, he doesn’t really deserve one anyway.)
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.
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.
Challenge criteria: A memoir, biography, or book of creative non fiction
The incredibly moving, darkly humorous account of one woman’s fight against breast cancer. Now a BBC Drama starring Sheridan Smith.
‘Carrie Bradshaw fell in Dior, I fell in Debenhams. It was May 2008, and it was spectacular. Uncomfortable heels + slippy floor + head turned by a cocktail dress = thwack. Arms stretched overhead, teeth cracking on floor tiles, chest and knees breaking the fall. It was theatrical, exaggerated, a perfect 6.0. And it was Significant Moment #1 in discovering that I had grade-three breast cancer.’
Challenge criteria: A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title.
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.