A Book Loving 2018


I’m not really one for New Years Resolutions; at the start of each New Year I half-heartedly make a few resolutions. They are the usual ones that most people make i.e. drink less alcohol, eat less unhealthy food, exercise more and try to be an all round nicer person! However, any resolutions I make are broken by the end of the week and I end up berating myself. So for 2018 I’ve decided to undertake just one New Year resolution which should be easier to keep and actually fun!


Read more books

I love reading and just wish I had more time for proper sitting down snuggling up with a good book not just the snatched five minutes here and there I usually manage. For me there’s nothing like a crisp new unopened book, with the promise of immersing yourself into another world . So 2018 is going to be the year of LEISURLEY reading as many books as I can!


I did read a few fabulous books last year and would recommend these


In The Unlikely Event’ by Judy Blume

£7.99 Picador

In the Unlikely Event
‘In The Unlikely Event’


I LOVED reading Judy Blume books as a pre-teen in the 1980’s and was keen to find out whether reading one of her books as an adult for adults would be the same experience. ‘In the Unlikely Event’ is based on a series of true events in 1950’s New Jersey seen through the eyes of fifteen-year-old Miri. I was gripped by the story from the beginning and loved the cast of characters; Judy Blume didn’t let me down!



The Muse’ by Jessie Burton

£8.99 Picador


The Muse
‘The Muse’


I really enjoyed ‘The Miniaturist’ by the same author (looking forward to the television adaptation over Christmas) and I have to say I personally found that ‘The Muse’ was even more captivating! Set between 1960’s London with the story of Odelle, and 1930’s Spain and the story of Olive the two stories slowly intertwine to reveal a masterful conclusion.




‘Dangerous Crossing’ by Rachel Rhys’

£7.99 Black Swan


This is a story of unrequited love and calamitous secrets set on a cruise liner at the end of the 1930’s. Rhys really captures the era in terms of the social divides at the time and the claustrophobia of being stuck on a ship! Also, a brilliant conclusion to the novel which I didn’t see coming!



dangerous crossing
‘Dangerous Crossing’






My next UK cottage holiday is booked for the Lake District, and I’d love it if you would recommend me some good reads to take.


Let Lavender Street find you the perfect cottage to snuggle down with a few good books at https://lavender-street.co.uk


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