Thursday, 10 August 2017

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine - Review

I received a copy of this book as a giveaway from Goodreads, and I'm really pleased that I did. 

It tells the story of Eleanor who is an eccentric but loveable character, she leads a very simple, routine led life that is very lonely and requires a lot of vodka! This changes for the better but in getting to that better place she needs to face the past. I must admit that I very quickly figured out what the background story was.... BUT there was a little twist in the very last chapter that I hadn't seen coming until I was reading it!

It is well written and I quickly found myself engrossed in the story and Eleanor's world and couldn't wait to pick the book up again to read more. I loved the other characters featured in the book especially Raymond who is a true gent and his mother who sounds adorable. It's one of those books where I wish there would be a sequel as I'd love to find out what happens next.... fingers crossed!

Monday, 7 August 2017

Review - Finding Gobi

I work at Tesco (it's not a secret) and had seen the 'Finding Gobi' book on the shelves in store, I considered buying it but a lovely colleague had already got it and said I could read her copy.... I'm so glad that she did....... WOW!

So I after reading the book I must admit that I was slightly concerned.... The book was based upon a true story which had been widespread across the media last year and I genuinely have no recollection of hearing about it... its very unique so I'm sure I'd remember if I had, I'm disappointed that I hadn't heard about it at the time as its most definitely a story that I would have followed.

Finding Gobi is based on a true story of a little dog finding an ultra marathon runner during a race and then the marathon runner finding the dog.

I couldn't put this book down, I had no idea of the background to this book but from partway through the first chapter I knew it was a story that I couldn't wait to find out the ending to and I had to read it over two nights as sadly I had to go to work in between reading and it was all that I thought about for days after, I loved the way it was written and loved that there was so much love between the author and the gorgeous Gobi. It also showed the difference between the cultures and the laws about transporting animals between different countries. 

I don't want to giveaway any more spoilers but must say it's well worth reading even if you did see coverage of the story in the media as it is a brilliantly written book and I'm convinced that it will also make a great film at some point in the near future too.

An evening with Mark Billingham, Luca Veste and Christopher Brookmyre

Earlier in the year I attended an evening with Mark Billingham, Luca Veste and Christopher Brookmyre at Waterstones in Liverpool One.

I'd never been to a book event before so didn't really know what to expect, arriving late after getting lost and driving through the bus station (I'm not a fan of driving in Liverpool), the authors had made a start on their talks. 

I soon settled in and thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment from the three fabulous authors, who are really down to earth, and genuinely funny - it was far from the 'serious' evening I was expecting. We had some great laughs and got an insight into how the authors write their brilliant books. 

The authors kindly did a book signing afterwards so I am now a proud owner of three more signed books - I was a very happy Hayley!!

Sunday, 6 August 2017



I seriously didn't realise that I had neglected my blog for so long!! 2012 was my last post??? I feel so bad :(

I've done lots of reading over the past few years, read some brilliant books and discovered some great new authors. I have been busy in real life but would really like to get back blogging again about my love of reading. 

I may not have as much time for as many posts as I previously used to do but will definitely make time to keep this updated with some of my favourite reads and anything else book related that I discover on the way!