Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Winner of My Tracy Bloom Giveaway

Just a quick post to announce the winner of my No One Ever Had sex onA Tuesday   giveaway!

As there were only 2 entires I flipped a coin to decide the winner...

And the winner is Kayleigh!

Get in touch with your address details & a copy of the book will be sent out to you!

Review: Love in Sight by Holly Gilliat

Jason knows what he wants out of life, even if he can't see it.

Like most people, Jason's looking for that elusive happily-ever-after. But although he's good-looking, athletic, funny and charming--he's starting to realize that his white cane isn't exactly a chick magnet. When he meets Heather, he can't believe such a sweet, smart, beautiful woman is falling for him. Best of all, she doesn't seem bothered by his occasional run-in with a low-hanging tree branch or inability to color coordinate. They soon become inseparable. But as they begin to negotiate their life together, they encounter obstacles even his white cane can't navigate. 

While Jason's dreams seem to be slipping from his grasp, he's forced to face his insecurities and accept who he is...and maybe see things more clearly than ever before.

Love in Sight is a novel about coming to terms with what you can live with and what you can't live without.

Review: I found this to be a really compelling read, a real page turner. Such an original idea for a storyline, I've never read a love story between a sighted person and a visually impaired person, that's for sure and it was a real experience. The love story wasn't really any different because of on persons vision, there is the usual build up and roller coaster of emotions but the issues they come across and the problems they face are definitely different form the usual coupe. The storyline starts of fairly pacey, introducing us to the characters and their blossoming relationship but parts of the book do slow down a little bit, giving the impression that you're going through each and every issue with the characters. It is a bit like sitting in traffic sometimes you're going along fine, nice and quickly and other times you are suddenly crawling along, stuck in a fight with these two main characters. This was really clever writing because it involves you so much in the plot and the novel as a whole. 

I loved Heathers character. She was realistic, was driven in her teaching career and loathed to give up her independence to be in a relationship. Jason, however, I wasn't so keen on, in fact I did spend the novel hating him (I'm really sorry!) He was a cute, sensitive guy but had a massively short temper and was really bad at being flexible to accommodate others. I think I disliked him so much because I know guys like this and really don't like them so it hit a bit too close to home, but he caused his friends and family so much hurt with the short temper I just couldn't warm to him and embrace him like I might have done. There are some wonderful supporting characters in this story too, amongst Jason's family and Heathr's friends. 

The blindness was dealt with really well and I think it takes a lot of courage to write a character with some sort of disability, but I think it was written really well, acknowledged and yet not what the whole story was about. There are some real highs and lows in this book, I laughed and I cried, I loved and I hated and I was amazed by things I didn't know about visual impairment. Overall I really enjoyed reading this book and it's definitely one that stayed with me long after I finished! 

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Love Finds A Way Boxed Set Reveal

You might remember a little while ago I reviewed a book by Holly Gilliat. I loved this debut novel and have just finished reading her latest novel, Love in Sight. She contacted me and told me about a fabulous box set that her publishers have brought out featuring her novel along with 3 others. This looks like a fantastic box set and you can find out details of the books and the set below. 

I will be hosting each of the authors on this blog over the coming weeks and they can tell you a little bit more about their books and what you can expect from them in the future! 

Love Finds A Way Boxed Set

Four unconventional love stories, from popular and bestselling romance authors, each with sequels from
Turquoise Morning Press.

BRING ME BACK by Karen Booth

Fast-paced, sexy and altogether irresistible. A flat-out fabulous read!–New York Times Bestselling author Celia Rivenbark

Ms. Booth has hit a home run with this riveting story that’s full of life, trials and tribulations, joy, but most of all, love.—5 stars and a recommended read, BlackRaven’s Reviews

“If you are a fan of drama, humor and heart with a wonderful blend of bittersweet and delicious sensuality, then you need to read Bring Me Back. I’ve added it to my absolute favorites, the ones I curl up with when I’m down and need to remember to love and laugh and believe in magic.”–5 Stars, The Book Tart

Included on the Top Ten Romances of All Time list by Patience Bloom from Harlequin. An All-Romance bestseller.

CONTENTMENT by Margaret Ethridge

The story is honest, well told, and so sweet. I loved it.” –5 stars, Amazon bestselling author Jennifer Johnson

You'll want that Hollywood ending that never happens in real life. What you will get a story that is so true to real life that it'll make your stomach twist and your heart hammer. 5 stars, Another Look Book Reviews

“This is story-telling at its best.” --5 stars, Amazon customer review

Have you not read Margaret Ethridge? Hop to it! Although she is a new author, her work is consistently intriguing, even while writing different romantic genres.” –Booking It

Margaret Ethridge is an Amazon bestselling author and RWA PAN certified.  

MEANT TO BE by Karen Stivali

Best Books of 2012 - Literati Literature Lovers (Meant To Be and its sequel Holding On) Books That Rocked My World 2012 - Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews (Meant To Be and its sequel Holding On

Meant To Be is simply an amazing story that is heartwarming and genuine, it is one that will make you believe in soul mates. 5 stars, Jersey Girl Book Reviews

If you're looking for engaging, soulful characters, enough drama to take you through a myriad of emotions that entail everything from laughter to anger to crying, and enough passion to make you sizzle in all the right places, then Meant To Be is the book to read. 5 stars and a Recommended Read, BlackRaven's Book Reviews

Karen Stivali is an RWA PAN certified author and winner of RWA Passionate Plume 2012 and RWA Bean Pot Readers Choice Award 2013.

′TIL ST. PATRICK’S DAY by Holly Gilliatt

“With the author's ease of putting words on paper, the story flows through your mind, connecting on a deep emotional level. You will find yourself hoping, gasping, shedding a tear or two and smiling with happiness as the story unfolds.” -- Literati Book Reviews

“Gilliatt creates characters who you connect with… The reader is placed in the middle of these three women’s lives; you experience their ups, their downs and their own journey of self-discovery.”

“The main theme of this novel was friendship, but it’s followed very closely by love—and not just romantic love. …It’s fantastic.”--5 stars, Pink Fluffy Hearts

Amazon 4.5 average rating. Goodreads 4.31 average rating.

Release Date: April 29, 2014
Category: Fiction > Women’s Fiction (Romantic Elements)
Length: Four full length novels, boxed set
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
ISBN: 978-1-62237-291-1

Ebook Price: $0.99 (Special Introductory/Promotional Price)


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books if You Like Rom Coms 29/4/14

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists over there at The Broke and the Bookish. I'd love to share my lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

A good one for newer readers this week. If you love watching romantic comedies then there are some amazing books out there, also romantic comedies which you will love. If you desire escapism and something easy to settle down to then my top ten list this week is for you! 

1. Anything by Jane Costello! Her books are funny, fast-paced and have brilliant romance in them! 

2. Anything by Jenny Colgan, the same goes for this fabulous author! 

3. The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March. This is a well-rounded novel that even features an actress regularly in romantic comedies! 

4. Anything by Sophie Kinsella-amazing romantic comedies and the queen of chick-lit! 

5. Anything by Paige Toon-brilliant escapism guaranteed! 

6. How to Get a (Love) Life by Rosie Blake. A fantastically funny read showing the world of dating in its true light! 

7. Anything by Alexandra Potter. Her novels are funny, romantic and always have just that little bit of magic in there too! 

8. Anything by Lindsey Kelk. These novels are funny and romantic and have a really strong heroine so definitely one if you love a strong female leading your movie! 

9. Anything by Milly Jonson. If you like your romantic comedies home-grown, this author does a wonderful Yorkshire setting! 

10. Anything by Scarlet Bailey. Although her novels are normally set at Christmas time, she is coming out with a wonderful summer read this year and it will definitely inject the usual fun and frolics that you find in her Christmas novels I am sure! 

So there you have it. So,e fab authors/books for you to pick up if you're a fan of romantic comedies. Let me know if you have suggestions for other genres of books/films I should be checking out in the comments below...

Monday, 28 April 2014

Series Review: The Edge Chronicles Quint Saga by Paul Stewart and ChrisRiddell

We have a real treat today, a middle-grade series reviewed by an actual eleven year old. I was sent these books by random house last year and gave them to one of my more able readers at school. He loved them, devouring them in just over a week. I asked him to write a review of them and here is what we have...

‘Oh, Sky above!’ Linius wailed. ‘If I had known then what I know now…’

Quint, son of a sky pirate captain, and new apprentice to Linius Pallitax, the Most High Academe, has been set some highly important tasks. Just how important, Quint is about to find out as he and Linius’s only daughter, Maris, are plunged into a terrifying adventure that takes them deep within the rock upon which Sanctaphrax is built. Here, they unwittingly invoke an ancient curse — the curse of the gloamglozer…

A dramatic and exuberant fantasy filled with colourful characters and illustrated with exquisite detail.


Review: this action-packed, amazing series will make you never want to close the book once you've opened it. It has cliff hangers, suspense and everything you would need in an action/adventure book. 

Quint starts off as a normal knight academy student but when the floating city Sanctaphanx needs help because a giant icy monster is making it winter, only you sky pirate Quint can save the day. Arsons killed nearly all the sky pirates and ran away, but they came back and the last two sky pirates are going to take revenge! 

Quint is a heroic main character that always looks for happiness an justice. He is one of my favourite characters because he wants to be like his dad, a great sky pirate and wants to follow in his foot-steps. 

The setting is a giant castle that is called Knight Academy, where quite learns and trains to become a great knight. The castle has separate passages and it's huge so I think it's the perfect setting! 

I would recommend this book to action/adventure readers but not to romance lovers! I like this book, it has become one of my favourites! 

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Letterbox Love # 8

Welcome to Letterbox Love, this is a UK meme, hosted by the lovely Lynsey at Narratively Speaking and inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox. This post is a means by which to highlight the books we get in the post and beyond, and especially to bring attention to those books which may be sat on our shelves for a little while yet that we love all the same.

I've even lucky to receive a veritable feast of books from publishers this week, very very exciting & I actually haven't bought any (because I haven't had time!)

The first book I received for review this week was Ghostwritten by Isabel Wolfe. This was actually sent to me by the author so thank you very much for that!

I also received another night, another Day by Sarah Rayner. Another one sent by the author-thank you so much. You might remember I had another book from this author in last weeks haul so I can now marathon these!

From avon this week I received the final book in a trilogy-The Diamond Ring by Primula Bond. Cannot wait to get started on this and find out how it all finishes!

I also got Undertaking Love by Kat French. This looks right up my street so I'm really looking forward to reading it!

Finally this week I received a gorgeous parcel filled with coffee beans, an invitation to a book launch and The Last Bus to Coffeeville which looks really really fun!

Thank you to all the authors & publishers who sent me books this week!

Don't forget to enter my Tracy Bloom giveaway! (You have until Tuesday to enter)

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Review: Buzzing Easter Bunnies by Nick Spalding

The sequel to BLUE CHRISTMAS BALLS from Nick Spalding, the bestselling author of the smash hit romantic comedy Love... From Both Sides and its sequels Love... And Sleepless Nights & Love... Under Different Skies

Every story needs a decent climax... 

There are plenty of things Christina Barclay would like to do before she hits thirty at Easter. Having an orgasm with somebody else in the room is most definitely one of them.

Up to now, her love life has been sorely lacking in the toe-curling department - but luckily for Christina, she's just started dating Matthew Adrian Bunion, a man whose bedroom inexperience is more than made up for by his never-ending enthusiasm. Mr Bunion will not rest until his new girlfriend is satisfied - no matter what the cost in rechargeable batteries, physical injury or public embarrassment.

From the best-selling author of BLUE CHRISTMAS BALLS and LOVE... FROM BOTH SIDES, this is the story of one woman and one man on an epic quest to come together, and celebrate an Easter birthday in style.

This is a 24,000 word novella - about 115 pages in paperback.

Review: I was sent this book by the author for an honest review and saved it to read on Easter Sunday, when I would be able to sit down and read it all. I am really glad that I'd I'd this as this was the perfect light entertainment for Easter Sunday afternoon! I laughed so hard at this novella and yet it was a such a good storyline, I got really involved in it and in the characters. 

As a woman about to turn thirty myself, I really identified with main character Christina and found her quest for an orgasm really funny! She is a likeable character and morally realistic. I think she was straight talking, which I always admire in a character and her ideas for why she hasn't achieved the big O yet are also really insightful. Matthew is also a straight talking character and he reminded me of Leonard from Big Bang Theory, a loveable geek. I really like the fact that he owned up to his inexperience straight away, although it never really was explained how he ended up in A & E with something inserted into his rectum...

This novella is a wonderful break from reality and could definitely be read at any time of year, not just Easter Sunday! It was funny, it was insightful, it was real. I enjoyed it from start to finish and literally devoured it all in one go. If you've got an hour or so to kill this is definitely the way you should spend it, although be warned, there are plenty of comedy sex moments throughout! 

Friday, 25 April 2014

Cover Reveal: The Atlas of Us by Tracy Buchanan

I'm very lucky to have another fabulous cover reveal today. I'm very excited about this debut novel as it sounds really different and really captivating and just look at this gorgeous cover...

How far would you go for the one you love the most?

This powerful book from debut author Tracy Buchanan is a compelling and engaging story about mothers and daughters, lovers and secrets, and relationships that change everything. It’s about being true to yourself, following your heart, facing up to your mistakes and moving on.

The Atlas of Us takes you on a moving and involving journey, from Cornwall to Thailand, to Australia, Finland, Serbia and San Francisco in the company of characters you care for deeply (though you don’t always like them) and through the most special and tragic moments of lives lived to the full. It’s about family, loss, resilience, reconciliation and hope... 

When Louise Fenton flies to Thailand to find her mother, Nora, after the Boxing Day tsunami, she fears the worst when the only trace she can find is her mother’s distinctive bag. In the bag is a beautifully crafted atlas owned by travel journalist Claire Shreve, with her notes and mementos slipped in-between the pages. The journal tells the story of Claire’s struggle to find her place in the world following a life-altering revelation, and a tumultuous love affair.

Louise treks across Thailand's scarred landscape, exploring Claire’s atlas to try to make sense of the connection between this woman and the mother she is so desperate to find.

As devastated people are beginning to put their lives back together, Louise uncovers the secrets that nearly destroyed Claire and the man she loved – the same secrets her mother has been guarding all these years …

Look out for The Atlas of Us later on this year... 

Review: The French For Always by Fiona Valpy

Five Weddings. The perfect venue. One little hitch...

Leaving the grey skies of home behind to transform a crumbling French Château into a boutique wedding venue is a huge leap of faith for Sara. She and fiancé Gavin sink their life savings into the beautiful Château Bellevue – set under blue skies and surrounded by vineyards in the heart of Bordeaux.

After months of hard work, the dream starts to become a reality – until Gavin walks out halfway through their first season. Overnight, Sara is left very much alone with the prospect of losing everything.

With her own heart breaking, Sara has five weddings before the end of the season to

turn the business around and rescue her dreams. With the help of the locals and a little courage can she save Château Bellevue before the summer is over?

Review: having loved The French for Love by this author last year, I was keen to get my hands on a copy of this new novel and it proved to be just as much of a lovely read as the first! This was set in the gorgeous French countryside which, itself, was another character in the novel, I honestly felt like I was there drinking in the sunshine, the atmosphere and the wine! The description in this book was just beautiful full on wonderful metaphorical language and adjectives that tasted wonderful in the mouth! 

The character of Sara was likeable, if a little weak. I found myself really warming to her but at some point am asking her to pull herself together and ask for some help. The supporting characters really complimented her well and there are two leading men, one of whom we loved to hate and the other of whom we loved, of course. Sara really does do well at preserving her wedding business and is so calm and collected in front of her brides, where her personal life is concerned though, she really is a bit of a flounderer! 

The storyline left a little to be desired in my opinion. I felt a bit like nothing really happened. There was the danger of the business going under and the chateau being sold to someone else, but the weddings at the chateau seemed to be the main issue that was dealt with and I felt that this had been done before, and a little better, in other novels. There was one dramatic turn which had me seriously worried and brought a tear to my eye, but apart from this, nothing more dramatic. The lack of drama didn't really bother me because the writing was so beautiful and it was such a simple story, it proved to be a quick read, however if you are looking for something with lots of twists and turns, you won't find it here. 

Overall this novel would be a lovely summer read, you will feel the heat emanating off the page and so will definitely put you in the mood for barbecues and a glass of wine or too alfresco. This is a stand along novel, so if you haven't read anything from this author before, it would be a great introduction to her lovely writing! 

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Review: Carry You by Beth Thomas

For anyone who has loved, lost or found it hard to let go, CARRY YOU will make you laugh, cry and celebrate your best friends. Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes and Jo Jo Moyes.

Daisy has lost her mum to breast cancer. She’s at rock bottom and doesn’t think she’ll ever get back up again. Her best friend Abi has other ideas – she tells it like it is and she’s determined to make Daisy remember the person she used to be.

What Daisy doesn’t know is that, thanks to Abi, her life is about to take an unexpected turn, when she signs them up to do a charity walk. Added to which, someone is about to burst into Daisy’s world in a riot of colour reminding her that life can be full of surprises.

Review: this book was quite different to anything I've ever read. There was something about the voice and the storyline that was entirely unique which is such a gem to find considering the amount of books that I read in this genre! The storyline was really really lovely because it all surrounded raising money for breast cancer and breast cancer awareness and raising awareness and dealing with mental health, something which again, is not dealt with that often in other books. Although the book deals with these thought subjects, it still manages to be light hearted and a lovely read and yet the subjects are dealt with in a sensitive way and covered comprehensively! 

The other major storyline here is one of friendships and the two friends in question are easy characters I get to know and to relate to, the reason for this being that the each have flaws. Daisy is dealing with depression and has to suddenly move in with best friend Abbey. She comes across as a fairly selfish character and also someone who is unaware when they are hurting other people around her. However, watching her grow and get her life back on track in this novel was really really special. I really liked her by the end of the novel, even if I didn't agree with some of the choices she had made. Abbey made some choices that I wasn't so sure about either but as a best friend, she is truly awesome. She supports Daisy without question and gives her space and her time freely, something which is such an endearing quality! I loved he ending that both of these characters got, even though they might not be what you would expect from the beginning of the book! 

Ther IS a love story in this novel but it is such a slow burn and such sweet beginning that's you will literally find yourself squealing out loud when it finally surfaces. Of course other relationships are dealt with as you would expect from this genre but the little love story that runs underneath everything else is just delicious. The pace of this book is definitely slower than you might expect and that for me was really the only thing that stopped it from being a five star read. It didn't stop me from reading it in 2 days however which considering its substantial size, is pretty impressive. This is definitely something to read this summer and something which will definitely take a good look at your best friends with a renewed sense of appreciation!  

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Guest Post From No-One Ever Has Sex on A Tuesday Author Tracy Bloom!(plus giveaway eep!)

I'm very lucky to have the fabulous Tracy Bloom back on the blog this week. You might remember I reviewed this fabulous novel last year and also brought you an interview with Tracy here on the blog. Well to celebrate the release of he paperback of this fab debut, I have Tracy back on the blog, telling us about the characters in the novel. If you scroll to the bottom and leave me a comment as well, you can win a copy of this super duper novel for yourselves. You have until Monday night to enter, I'll announce winners on Tuesday! 

Without further ado I'll hand you over to Tracy Bloom! 

Meet the characters of NO-ONE EVER HAS SEX ON A TUESDAY by Tracy Bloom

KATY – 36yrs old with an irrational hatred of Mickey Mouse, Katy thinks she has life under control. So fareverything has gone pretty much to plan leading to agreat career at a Leeds advertising agency along with a stylish riverside flat. Her love-life however is much lesssussed. Left broken hearted by her childhood sweetheart at eighteen she struggles to commit, getting rid of anyboyfriend the minute she starts to get attached. But then she meets Ben…

BEN – is a school PE teacher and eight years younger than KatyIt’s the perfect relationshipHe’s too young to take life seriously so always up for a laugh and not old enough to want to settle down which suits commitment phobic KatyIn fact she wonders why she didn’t choose to date a younger guy before. Then she attends a school re-union and bumps into her teenage boyfriendMatthew...

MATTHEW – since school Matthew has become success in a suit. He is very proud of his career in finance as well as his sleek company car and expense account. Howevermeeting Katy at the school re-union reminds him of hisyounger carefree days that were totally unlike the micromanaged life he now leads. Somehow he ends up in bed with Katy. Next morning they agree to never see each other again and he returns home to his wife Alison

ALISON – having worked in HR, Alison is used to organizing everyone’s life as well as her own. Her exceptional planning skills however are no use when her body fails her as she struggles to get pregnant. Fertility treatment banishes all the joy and spontaneity out of hermarriage to Matthew as she obsesses over having the children she always dreamed of.

Also staring….

DANIEL – Katy’s gay best friend who is also Creative Director at the Advertising Agency where she works. He’s the only one who knows about Katy’s indiscretion and so is under pressure to offer advice and support, something that doesn’t come to him naturally especially when it involves pregnancy!

BRAINDEAD – one of Ben’s mates whose unique take on life is by parts hilarious and very worrying. His ability to reduce big problems down to his level however can sometimes prove very constructive

IAN – divorced with teenage kids, Ian is doing his best to comfort the forty something single females of Leeds in is own inimitable style. A colleague of Matthew, he thinks it’s hilarious that Matthew has got himself into such a pickle when he hears that a blooming Katy has turned up at an antenatal class attended by Matthew and his finally pregnant wife.

Review! Amelia Grey's Fireside Dream by Abby Clements

Amelia has a dream: toasting chestnuts by the fire with her husband Jack in their own cosy cottage. Their real life is another world - a cramped one-bedroom flat in Hackney. But when life takes a surprising turn, removal vans are soon heading to the Kent countryside.

They soon realise the cottage makeover is a far bigger project than they'd anticipated. On top of that, there's Amelia's newly loved-up mum and her tearaway half-sister, Mirabel, to contend with - pushing Amelia and Jack's marriage to breaking point.

Amelia begins to strip back the wallpaper and fittings in the cottage and discovers the story of the cottage's previous owner - and a hidden secret. As Amelia's ideas about love and family change, will her fireside dream finally come true?

Review: aww what a lovely book. I knew this book would be lovely because of the whole concept of it, a comforting fireside, a cosy cottage, a dream come true, but it was even more comforting and warm and lovely than expected. I actually got this book on audiobook from the library and, whilst I had it in paperback too, I would really recommend it in this format because it was a truly lovely listen-well narrated and true justice was given to the writing. I was into the story right from the get go and loved the fact that it was about a teacher. I have to say that the teaching side of it was excellently researched, this author captured what life as a teacher is like, the stresses and the emotional side of it as well as the frustrations that you can feel in terms of your career developing! 

The rest of the storyline was also excellent. I loved the way that it was structured into different rooms and though the doing up a house aspect as well as the relationship aspect of the storyline were just as realistic as the teaching side. The structure meant that this was a fast laced read and there was some new twist and turn with every single chapter-just perfect. The characters in this novel were all extremely likeable and relatable. Obviously, being a teacher (and one who is trying to move house right now at that) I related to Amelia and the emotions that she felt with her job, the cottage and her relationship with her husband. I though Jack was very well-written as well, he was a proper man and someone who felt things and expressed his emotions as a. Modern man does. Amelia's mum really added colour to the story, as did her dad and his daughter (Amelia's half sister).

The setting was, of course, described beautifully and I really felt like I lived in that cottage for the duration of the novel, seeing every lick of paint, every new piece of furniture and every memory that was going to be made there. The village it was set in felt like it could have been any village near to me and really came to life on the page. Overall this was a really great read and something I've recommended to lots of people to read again. I have other novels by this author and they are definitely being bumped up the TBR to be read soon!  A comforting, lovely, realistic story to snuggle up with at any time of year! 

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters Who Inspire Me 22/4/14

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists over there at The Broke and the Bookish. I'd love to share my lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Wow, this is a dell one this week. There are a lot of ways characters in books can inspire you, they can be inspirational be user they've overcome something, they can inspire you to do something, or they can inspire you to change who you are. I've come across all of these kinds of characters and I'm going to try and include a balance of all of them for you. 

1. Nell from Take a Look at Me Now. She made a change in her life and really went for her goals-so inspirational! 

2. Gina from A hundred Pieces of Me. I doubt anyone would be able to read this book without feeling inspired by this survivor who is determined to sort out her life and move on. 

3. Cass from By My Side. She is another character who has something awful happen to her and yet she carries on and gets on with her life, love her, love ticket. 

4. Jo from Little Women. This inspiration goes way way back, i become obsessed with this book in early secondary school and wanted to be just like Jo, a tomboy who wrote great stories! 

5. Claire from the Memory Book. Even though she is losing her memory rapidly, she still wants to be a good wife, a good mother and a good daughter. I found her struggle and her remaining zest for life so inspirational! 

6. Emma from The Wish List by Jane Costello. I'm going to be thirty at the end of this year and this book inspired me to make my own wish list. 

7. Miss Honey from Matilada by Roald Dahl. She inspired me to be a good teacher, one who cared about her children and wanted the best for them. I am still striving to be a Miss Honey! 

8. Matilda from Matilda (can you tell this book had a big influence on me early on?) she loved reading and visiting her library. I wanted to be her and to have read all of the books in the library. I succeeded in listening to all of the audiobooks in my local library (how brilliant is it that children's audiobooks are still freed to borrow?) but I'm still trying to read all the books! 

9. Jo Bettany from The Chalet School Series by Elinor M Brent-Dyer. Another Jo, another tomboy and another one who was very independent and had a massive influence on me when I was younger! 

10. Hazel from The Fault in Our stars by John Green. She was inspirational because she was a teenager battling this massive disease. She had to lug an oxygen tank around and she had that relationship with Augustus Waters *sigh*

So there you have my list, a nice balance, but you'll notice they're all women! I didn't consciously do that, I just find women in fiction very inspirational clearly! Let me know what you put on your list. 

Happy reading!