January Reading Pt 1

So today’s post is actually the first of my reading posts for this month.

Now I’ve not gone mad and read a tone of books between last months post. But I will be changing up these posts for this year. My reading list posts are some of my favourite posts to write each month. Purely because I love sharing what I’ve been reading with you all. While brainstorming some new blog ideas for 2019 I decided it was time for a little update on some monthly posts.

So now instead of posting these at the beginning of the month they’ll now be at the end. Which means for January they’re will be two. And I have a great To Read Pile at the moment. So this next post is going to be full of good books I hope. I’ll also be rating the books which is something i’ve never done before but I think it will be a good addition!

Meanwhile I hope you enjoy this weeks post. I read a few good books the last few weeks.


If you’re a blogger read Influencer, it will be your holy grail. All the questions you’ve ever wanted to know. From building your presence on social media, how much to charge for campaigns, how to find an agent this book has it all. I’m sometimes a little skeptical about books like these. I think they can be very much if you don’t do it this way and don’t do xyz you won’t succeed. Influencer wasn’t like that at all. It gives you advice on ways to better your blog, your brand, your channel.

Written by Brittany Hennessy a Senior Director of Influencer Strategy and Talent Partnerships at Hearst Magazines. She has all the knowledge of the biggest do’s and don’ts in the industry. Like I said I’m usually on the fence with these books but I did really like this one and found the advice really helpful. Obviously a lot of it wasn’t relevant to me just yet ( never say never ) but it was good to find out this information. It’s a great book to dip in and out of and have to reference back to in future.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

When Emily is dumps her boyfriend the week before Christmas. After promising her family he was coming home for Christmas with her she then panics. Either admit she is single again or lie to her family and say he can’t make it. Then Emily comes up with a plan to pay her noisy next door neighbour to pretend to be her boyfriend for the Christmas holidays.

I loved this book. I’ve read a few of the authors other books and like them The Most Wonderful Time of The Year didn’t disappoint. It my type of book and it’s the perfect Christmas rom-com novel. Although it’s pretty obvious from the start how the story will end. This book is so funny and makes you want to keep reading.  I even stayed up late one night to finish it because I couldn’t put it down.

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Becky Bloomwood is a Shopaholic who writes financial advice for a finance magazine. Yet she isn’t in control of her own finances. With bills mounting up and her overdraft set to burst, Becky still can’t resist a shopping spree.

Confessions of A Shopaholic is one of my favourite books / book series. I’ve read this book countless times and it still never fails to make me laugh. I think we can all relate to Becky’s shopping antics and Becky herself. It’s one of those books that’s easy to read and that you won’t want to put down.

Shopaholic Abroad

Book 2 of Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series – Shopaholic Abroad sees Becky Bloomwood head to New York City with her boyfriend Luke Brandon. Becky is in her element shopping a Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys only when an exposé comes out about her in the paper Becky realises she doesn’t have everything together after all.

Again i’ve read this book a few times before and it’s still just as good the more times you read it. This time I actually read it in a weekend, I had christmas movies on all day and I just sat down with the book and I couldn’t put it down. As much as I’ve read it before I can never remember what happens throughout the book so it’s like reading the book for the first time again.

One day In December

Laurie is heading home from work when the bus stops and she catches the eye of a stranger waiting at the bus stop. She is sure he feels the same connection she does. Over the next year she searches from him with the hope of running into him. Only when her best friend introduces Laurie to her new boyfriend she sees him again. She’s finally found the boy from the bus And she is completely in love with a guy she can’t have

Okay I related to this character a little too well it’s like someone had written about me. Laurie  is a little socially awkward, stayed in the background while her friends took the attention. Didn’t have much luck with relationships she also studied media and journalism as did I. As well as relating to this book I also loved reading it. One Day in December had me hooked from the start, it also made me cry more times than I’d like to admit. Definitely recommend this one.

Living the Dream

Emma a writer/ blogger and Chlem a scriptwriter are both at the stage where nothing is going right with their jobs. Having just returned from NYC Chlem is now living with her mum & back working as a waitress. While Emma is a blogger by night and a advertising assistant by day. Both are looking for the dream job and finding its not as easy to come by.

Since I read Living the Dream on my kindle I downloaded a sample before buying it. The first few pages were pretty good but then it got quite boring. I just couldn’t get into the story and I found the two main characters a little unlikeable. Not one of my favourites.

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