Some kind of wonderful – by Giovanna Fletcher

7 01 2018

My friend bought me this for Christmas, so it was a good book to start the year with.

Lizzy has been dating Ian for 10 years she was 18 and is desperately waiting for a proposal, so when that comes crashing down, she has to rediscover how to function on her own and see how much she’s changed in that time.

There’s no point trying to claim this is sophisticated literature, but it’s a comfortable, easy read (evidenced by the fact I read nearly 400 words in 6 days!), and it’s fairly warm and fuzzy. Definitely enjoyed it 🙂





Always with Love – by Giovanna Fletcher

8 02 2017

This is the sequel to Billy and Me which I read about two and a half years ago, and don’t remember that well other than small town girl dates big teen movie star and all very sugar coated.

This book definitely started very sweet again. Billy was perfect, such a huge star but still loved her, never put a toe out of line, nearly enough to want to vomit, but it did pick up. Like with the first book there’s a bit of turbulence in the middle as a hurdle comes up in the blissful relationship. I think the two biggest frustrations for me with the book were a) that he calls her “baby” (just a personal pet peeve of mine) and b) that when they have “the big argument” to resolve everything, it’s just too easy – he understands her point of view, she understands his, he doesn’t care that someone kissed her, just a little bit too fantasy I think.

Ultimately the book was a nice warm cuddle, but I probably wouldn’t read it a second time. It’s not that I didn’t like it, it just… didn’t grip me as much as some I guess.

always-with-love





Dream a little Christmas Dream – by Giovanna Fletcher

2 01 2016

Giovanna Fletcher seems to be another author whose books I’ve gotten into the habit of reading, so when she brought out a little Christmas Novella like last year, based on the novel she had published this summer, I thought, why not?!

I was so keen to finish my last book that yes, I have read this one in January, but it’s only 85 pages and I managed it in about 3 sittings.

It’s warm, fuzzy, and predictable – I had the ending pegged from only a few pages in, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t still give me goosebumps at the end, very feel good, pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a mini Christmas chick-lit read. Delightful.

dream a little christmas dream





Dream a little Dream – by Giovanna Fletcher

23 08 2015

It’s just over a year since I read Giovanna Fletcher‘s first novel, and now here’s her third! As expected, it’s pretty much cosy, comfy chick-lit, with a bit of drama along the way. Which really, is all you want in a summer read! (I actually started a book called Paradoxology before this one, but as I was going on holiday, thought it might be worth switching to something lighter! I’ve now returned to the first book…!)

A girl starts to repeatedly dream about a guy she barely knew several years ago, and in her dream, slightly fall in love. So of course he then turns up out of the blue in real life, causing some very confused feelings!

To be honest, there’s not a lot to say about this book, I read it in two weeks which for me is pretty quick – partly because it’s an easy read, and partly because I wanted to know what happened! Predictable as it was, you may have guessed what was going to happen, but you always want to know how!

Definitely a good holiday read!

The author has also just announced that, like she did with Billy and Me, she’ll be releasing a Christmas Novella, based around the same characters. Sadly this time it sounds like it might be ebook only, whereas last time Waterstones sold Christmas with Billy and Me in paperback! To be honest, this means I may well not read it!

dream a little dream





You’re the one that I want – by Giovanna Fletcher

25 04 2015

This is Giovanna Fletcher’s second book after Billy and Me which I read last year. That one I described as enjoyable but a little sickly in places; this one was another easy read, but any sickliness was more bearable this time!

The book opens on Maddy walking down the aisle to marry Robert, but with doubts as their mutual best friend was the best man, Ben, and she still had confusion as to her feelings towards him. Flash back seventeen years and we come across the first time Maddy meets them both, and follow them on their lives up to that point. We have two narrators in this book, just Maddy and Ben, with occasional paragraphs thrown in from the grooms speech at the wedding.

Definitely like a warm hug in a book, easy reading, and you do feel like you get to know these people as you grow up with them. Chick lit, most definitely!

you're the one that I want





Christmas with Billy & Me – by Giovanna Fletcher

26 12 2014

I’m currently partway through another book, but I got this “Novella” for Christmas (a follow-up to Giovanna’s first novel, Billy & Me), and at only about 50 pages, I read it on the day – it was the perfect length to read while the family watched Doctor Who.

It was a lovely little heart-warming read. We meet the characters a few months on from the end of the original book, and just go through December in the little town. There is a mysterious note that comes to the bakery asking for assistance with a Christmas Eve proposal, but who is it from?

Cute and uplifting – just delightful!

Christmas With Billy & Me





Billy and Me – by Giovanna Fletcher

7 07 2014

I should admit the main reason I bought this book was because it was written by the wife of Tom from McFly, but I’d also had a friend read and like it, and it’s chick lit, so thought it was definitely worth a try.

The book focuses around a girl who lives in a small village, working in a tea shop, and falls for a young man who happens to be a massive teen movie star (which she doesn’t realise) who is filming locally, and what happens when she’s thrown massively into the limelight.

I enjoyed the read, it was an easy holiday book, though it got a little sickly sweet in places and though it has it’s ups and downs, it’s all a bit too easy!

billy and me





Eve of Man – by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher

23 06 2018

No girls have been born for 50 years, then by sheer fluke, Eve is born. She’s now 16 and the future of the human race depends on her. She lives in the top of a tower under a huge amount of protection from the rest of the world. The rest of the world is half flooded and there are people who want Eve to be free.
She’s oblivious to anything happening outside, but for company has a holographic friend called Holly, that the EPO have created so that she has someone “her age” to confide in. Holly is piloted by 3 different guys who are on a different floor and wear fancy suits to control her. One of the pilots is called Bram, and he’s our other main character.

The book is told from the viewpoints of both Eve and Bram, Eve is written by Giovanna, and Bram is written by Tom. It’s such an interesting concept, and really grabs your attention. This is the first book in a trilogy, of which they’ve just started writing the second one, but I just can’t WAIT for it!

Absolutely loved this, highly recommend it!





The Christmasaurus – by Tom Fletcher

2 01 2017

Take someone who loves Dinosaurs and Christmas, what else would you expect their debut children’s novel to be about other than a Christmasaurus?!

The author might be familiar to you as a quarter of the band McFly, or for his youtube videos, some of which went a little bit viral, and the husband of author Giovanna – of whose books I’ve read most!

In fact, he initially announced the book through his YouTube channel:

Yes this is a children’s book, yes I’m 28, but my friend got me this for Christmas and it’s entirely magical! I’d hoped to read “A Christmas Carol” this year but by the time I’d finished my last book it was a little late – but I knew I’d have time to fit this in before the return to work!

This is a story about William Trundle, a dinosaur-obsessed wheelchair user, his Dad, who loves Christmas, Brenda, a mean girl at school, and of course, Santa and the Christmasaurus. I have no idea what age “childrens fiction” is aimed at, but at 350 (beautifully illustrated) pages I’m guessing maybe junior school? There’s plenty of humour, a tonne of magic, and a good dose of drama too.

Next Christmas they’re actually doing a stage show/musical of the book, (apparently the Christmasaurus song was written before the book was) so I spent a lot of my reading time wondering how on earth they’re going to do all this on a stage! (That’s me, too logistical for my own good…), but I imagine it’ll be amazing. They’ve also announced that they’ll be making a film of it, so if you like the book, there’s plenty more to come.

christmasaurus





30 before 30 – the results

8 06 2018

Just after my 29th birthday I wrote a list of 30 things to do before I’m 30. I’m pretty pleased with how I’ve done, I knew it’d never get all done, but it’s really pushed me to do some new things this year! You’ll notice the list below is changed a bit from the original list – I reviewed it a month or two ago to try and make some of them a little more achievable, but it hasn’t helped much.
And yes I’m counting a book I finished this morning because I’m not fully 30 until 4.45pm!

I think it might be interesting to see how many more I can complete before I finish being 30…
Anyway, results below!

  1. Buy my own home. COMPLETED 15th September 2016
  2. Climb a mountain. COMPLETED 26th May 2018
  3. Dye my hair.
  4. Fundraise £300 for a good cause.
  5. Get below 10 stone.
  6. Get my next photobook printed.
  7. Give Blood. COMPLETED 23rd October 2017
  8. Have a go on a cello.
  9. Have a meal at the Hand and Flowers. COMPLETED 21st October 2017
  10. Have a pedicure. COMPLETED 26th August 2017
  11. Learn all the countries of the world and complete the Sporcle quiz.
  12. Learn how to curl my hair.
  13. Re-learn how to do the rubiks cube. COMPLETED 16th July 2017
  14. Re-learn the sign language I learnt 4 years ago and have forgotten.
  15. Try coming off my anti-depressants. – DOSAGE REDUCED
  16. Visit NYC, Disneyland Paris or Iceland. – COMPLETED March 2018
  17. Watch a Shakespeare play at the Globe Theatre. – COMPLETED 8th May 2018
  18. Watch Friends all the way through.
  19. Learn 3 new pieces on the piano.
  20. Sew 3 items. – TWO DONE
  21. Read 30 books.
    1. Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley COMPLETED 28th June 2017
    2. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld COMPLETED 11th July 2017
    3. The Humans by Matt Haig COMPLETED 23rd July 2017
    4. Spectacles by Sue Perkins COMPLETED 31st July 2017
    5. The Know-It-All by A J Jacobs COMPLETED 28th July 2017
    6. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae COMPLETED 30th August 2017
    7. Salty Sam and the Windy Day by Christina Sinclair COMPLETED 30th August 2017
    8. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler COMPLETED 30th August 2017
    9. The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory COMPLETED 6th September 2017
    10. Remember, Remember (the fifth of November) by Judy Parkinson COMPLETED 11th September 2017
    11. The House of New Beginnings by Lucy Diamond COMPLETED 25th September 2017
    12. A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis COMPLETED 5th October 2017
    13. Anne of Windy Willows by L M Montgomery COMPLETED 28th October 2017
    14. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig COMPLETED 2nd December 2017
    15. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens COMPLETED 31st December 2017
    16. Some Kind Of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher COMPLETED 6th January 2018
    17. The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year by Sue Townsend COMPLETED 21st January 2018
    18. Brain Freeze by Tom Fletcher COMPLETED 28th February 2018
    19. How Not To Be Wrong – The Hidden Maths Of Everyday Life by Jordan Ellenberg COMPLETED 30th March 2018
    20. Still Me by Jojo Moyes COMPLETED 5th April 2018
    21. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman COMPLETED 19th April 2018
    22. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett ABANDONED 6th May 2018
    23. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood COMPLETED 22nd May 2018
    24. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer COMPLETED 8th June 2018
    25. Something by Jane Austen
  22. Get meals I’m confident to cook up to 30. (not including things you just put in the oven or microwave….)
    1. Spaghetti Bolognaise
    2. Chilli Con Carne
    3. The Bacon Dinner
    4. Sausage Casserole
    5. Shepherds Pie
    6. Tuna/Vegetable Pasta Bake
    7. Fish Burger
    8. Peach and Chick Pea Curry
    9. Roast Chicken
    10. Toad in the Hole
    11. Lasagne
    12. Risotto
    13. Beef Stroganoff
    14. Chicken Curry
    15. Kedgeree
    16. Fish Pie
  23. Get things I’m confident to bake up to 10.
    1. Victoria Sponge
    2. Chocolate and Banana loaf cake
    3. Cheesecake
    4. Brownie
    5. Blondie
    6. Flapjack
  24. Learn 30 bible verses by heart. 0/30
  25. Write 3 handwritten letters to friends. 1/3
  26. Write 3 letters to MP or organisations about ethical issues. 0/3
  27. Write 3 prayers. 0/3
  28. Get the Eurostar somewhere COMPLETED 9th December 2017
  29. Learn pi to 30 decimal places. 27/30
  30. Go to a Ballet COMPLETED 30th December 2017