What I have read

Some good, some bad but all read

I have set myself a goal of reading 50 books a year, as I do each year, and so these are the books I have read so far this year. I visited the library to take these out as I normally just stick to crime novels. After reading these I would still say that the crime books are my favourites but it is always worth reading a few others.

Revenge Wears Prada - Lauren Weisberger


I loved The Devil Wears Prada so when I saw there was a sequel I just had to read it.

The book follows the life of Andy Sachs (who worked for the "Devil" Miranda Priestly) ten years on from walking out on her job at Runway magazine.

Since quitting her job Andy has made friend with her former workmate and enemy, Emily, and have started their own magazine - The Plunge -  featuring expensive, you can only dream about, weddings. This includes her own, which until the morning of the wedding was one of the most perfect days she had dreamt of but she reads a letter that makes her wonder if her hubby-to be, Max, is really as into her as she was him. Oh and then she falls pregnant.

Then Miranda crops back into her life, with an offer to buy The Plunge from Andy and Emily. Of course Andy want nothing to do with the offer but Emily and Max are not so sure.

I enjoyed this book but the ending was pretty predictable which is a shame.

The Weird Sisters - Eleanor Brown


I can't write much about this book because I just thought it was absolute rubbish. I am someone who once started reading a book I have to keep reading to the end but this was a book that I very nearly gave up on. I did not let it beat me but it was a struggle.

The books revolves round a family with three sisters who have returned home for one reason or another. The family are a family of Shakespeare lovers so the author has taken full use of this to bump up the page and word count, by putting in quotes from Shakespeare because apparently that's how the family communicate - by reciting passages from one play or another. To me if felt like the story (if you can call it that) was written round quotes rather than having a quote that fitted well into the story.

The narrator jumps from one sister to another which just confuses matters.

Ach I have written enough about this book. It was rubbish, please avoid,

The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling

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I didn't have much hope for this book as I had read some scathing reviews about it when it had just been published. I think this may have been because people were hoping for another Harry Potter book and were disappointed to get one about Barry Fairbrother. You have to forget about Harry Potter to enjoy this but enjoy it I did.

Fairbrother was a Parish councillor who died from a heart attack leaving a "casual vacancy" within the Parish council. This starts a whole stream of events as Fairbrother had dedicated his whole life to saving a run down area of the parish - The Fields - but many of his fellow councillors want nothing to do with it.

We then follow the lives of members of the council and members of the public who want to be elected onto the council. We also follow the antics of the teenagers of those who are involved on the council. Who will be elected? What trouble will occur whilst people wait for the election?

There is no real, who dunnits, or anything like that but getting into the lives of the families involves is interesting and J.K. Rowling paints such a good picture about everyone.

Strip Jack - Ian Rankin


I love a good crime book and have only just started reading Ian Rankin books but so far I have been enjoying them.

A local MP Gregor Jack is caught in a raid of a brothel but Inspector Rebus smells a rat - the press had been tipped off about the raid but were only interested in picturing the MP, despite only the police knowing it was happening.

As Rebus attempts to solve this mystery Jack's wife goes missing and is eventually found dead by the river. SO who killed her?

There are so many personalities featured in this novel, many of them who could easily be the killer. Was it Jack? Was it some friends? Was it an accident?

I loved how the story unravelled and kept me guessing until the end.
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Training Mummy

Training Mummy is a 30 something mum to two beautiful children - a girl born February 2014 and a boy born in October 2015.


  1. I didn't realise there was a sequel to the Devil Wears Prada and am keen to read The Casual Vacancy so both are going on my to read list! :)

  2. I only realised it when i saw it in my local library so of course I had to read it. Had been meaning to read The Casual Vacancy for a while too and since it was there to be borrowed I did. I think it is a love or hate book though. Thanks for linking up, hopefully see more posts over the next few #weekendbookclub

  3. Ohhh I am definately going to read Revenge wears Prada, I loved the first book x

  4. I think the first book was better but this one is a great catch up

  5. The Casual Vacancy was a book I went in to not knowing what to expect... What I did do, and what I agree you need to do, is forget about Harry Potter. Saying that, The Casual Vacancy does have the J.K stamp in the sense that no one can build a world/community like she does! At least no other author I've read. I'm glad I put aside all my preconceived notions, thanks to other reviews, and just delved in because I enjoyed The Casual Vacancy a lot.

    I knew there was a sequel to The Devil Wears Prada - love that book - but I haven't actively sought it out. I think a reread of the first would be order before reading the sequel though as many a year has passed. Haha!