Book Club

Novel Kicks Book Club: The Lost Bookshop by Evie Woods

Hello March. 

Well, we’ve said goodbye to Valentine’s Day, Pancake Day and the Leap Day and welcome the month of the first signs of spring (I say hopefully as I look out the window at the rain,) St Patricks Day and a very early Good Friday.

This month, I wanted to pick a book that has been catching my eye a lot but one I’ve not actually read. There was something about it that pulled me in just by reading the blurb. Plus, the tag line is amazing and the cover is beautiful.

That book is The Lost Bookshop by Evie Woods. The title sounds very whimsical and the idea of finding a Lost Bookshop just seems so wonderful.

 

How to take part – 

Anyone can take part in our book club whether you’ve already read the novel or will, like me, be picking it up for the first time. I post a question in the comments below to start the discussion and the best part is that you can take part from the comfort of home. I am really looking forward to discussing this book with you.

 

About The Lost Bookshop – 

‘The thing about books,’ she said ‘is that they help you to imagine a life bigger and better than you could ever dream of.’

On a quiet street in Dublin, a lost bookshop is waiting to be found…

For too long, Opaline, Martha and Henry have been the side characters in their own lives.

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Novel Kicks Book Club: The Last Days of You and Me by Debbie Howells

Welcome February.

At last, we can say goodbye to January, widely agreed to be the longest month of the year and say hello to the shortest, despite this year being a leap year.

The book I’ve picked for this month is, in my opinion, a wonderful tale of love and taking a leap of faith – The Last Days of You and Me by Debbie Howells.

Anyone can take part in our book club, whether you’ve already read the book or plan to read through the month. The best part, you can do it from the warmth and comfort of home. I’ve posted a question in the comments below to start discussion.

I am really looking forward to discussing this book with you.

 

About The Last Days of You and Me

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Novel Kicks Book Club: Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! 

December is my favourite month. I get to put up the Christmas tree, decorate the house and put on my Christmas playlist on repeat.

It also means Christmas themed novels.

For this month, I thought I would go with something a little different and that is Hogfather by Terry Pratchett.

I have seen the TV adaptation of this but never read the novel. I am told from a reliable source, my husband who adores this series, that despite this being book 20 in the Discworld series, enough information is given in order to keep up. Whether that’s true… well, let’s find out.

As usual, I have put a question in the comments to kick off discussion. Anyone can join our book club, whether you’ve read the novel already or, like me, you’ll be reading it for the first time. You can take part from the comfort of your sofa so grab the book, a hot chocolate or any drink you fancy and enjoy.

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About Hogfather – 

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Novel Kicks Book Club: Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Hello November.

A new month means a new Book Club novel. 

With the bad weather, it does feel like Autumn has properly arrived. 

I don’t usually need an excuse to curl up with a book but right now, a book, tea and a blanket feels like bliss. 

This month, I have chosen a book by one of my favourite authors, Lisa Jewell. This month’s read is Then She Was Gone. The cover just feels very autumnal to me. 

As usual, our book club is open to all, whether you’ve already read it or plan to pick it up for the first time and the best thing – you can take part from the comfort of that comfortable chair. This is one of the novels that’s been on my TBR list for a long time and so I can’t wait to get started. This book sounds compelling. 

I’ve posted a question in the comments below to kick start the discussion. See you there. 

 

About Then She Was Gone – 

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Novel Kicks Book Club: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

Hello October.

I will always have a soft spot for October. OK, i’m a little bias as it’s my birthday month but I adore the changing colours of the leaves, the build up to Halloween (I blame a Canadian in my life for my new love of this holiday. I am very much a Christmas girl normally. Haha,) and the excuse for a comfortable blanket, a hot chocolate and a book.

As you would have already seen from the title, this month’s book pick is Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.

The quote above is from this novel and I’m ashamed to say, it’s a novel I have never read. This month, I want to change that and I hope you’ll also join me.

As usual, anyone can join, whether you’ve already read the novel or will be reading along with me. I have placed a question in the comments below to kick off the discussion. I really hope to see you there.

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About Anne of Green Gables – 

Anne Shirley is an eleven-year-old orphan who has hung on determinedly to an optimistic spirit and a wildly creative imagination through her early deprivations.

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Novel Kicks Book Club: The Woman Who Lied by Claire Douglas

Hello September.

We have said goodbye to August (not quite sure how. It went so fast,) and we say hello to September.

When I was a child, I used to love this month because it meant I had an excuse to buy new stationary. This has no relation to the new book club pick, I just wanted to share. Haha.

This month, I have picked The Woman Who Lied by Claire Douglas.

I can’t wait to read this novel. It sounds so intriguing and I’ve heard great things about this author and her books.

I hope you join me by taking part in discussion below.

Anyone can take part in our book club, at any point in the month. Plus, you can do so from the comfort of your armchair, sofa. You get the picture.

I’ve posted a question below to kick off the discussion.

I hope to see you in the comments.

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About The Woman Who Lied. 

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Novel Kicks Book Club: Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Firefly LaneI’m very excited to be posting a new Book Club title.

It’s summer and fingers crossed, we get some lovely days to sit and relax with a book in the garden but even if we don’t, I am hoping you’ll join me in reading this month’s choice.

The book I have chosen this month is one I have been looking forward to reading since I saw the Netflix show.

It’s Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah.

Usually, I try to read the book before seeing any kind of TV/film adaptation but having heard so many good things about the TV series, I couldn’t resist. What about you? Do you prefer to read the book before adaptation?

Our book club is open to anyone, whether you’ve already read the novel or will be reading along with me and taking part can be from the comfort of the sofa, armchair – wherever you read.

I’ll put a question in the comments below to kickstart the discussion. Looking forward to seeing you there.

 

About Firefly Lane – 

It is 1974 and the summer of love is finally drawing to a close. The flower children are starting to realise that you cannot survive on peace and love alone.

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Novel Kicks Book Club: The Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom

Hello February.

I am super excited to get started on the book this month. It’s one that has been on my TBR pile for a long time. I am a huge fan of this author since reading Tuesdays with Morrie.

This month’s book is The Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom.

As usual, this book club is open to anyone who wants to take part whether you’re new to the book or have read it before. It’s all from the comfort of your arm chair, sofa, bed. I would also say garden but maybe not at the moment.

I have posted a question in the comments to get the discussion going. I look forward to discussing this book with you.

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About The Stranger in the Lifeboat – 

Adrift in a raft after a terrible shipwreck, ten strangers try to survive while they wait for rescue.

After three days, short on water, food and hope, they spot a man floating in the waves.

They pull him on board – and the survivor claims he can save them.

But should they put their trust in him?

Will any of them see home again?

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Novel Kicks Book Club: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Hello 2023. 

Is it just me or did December come and go very quickly?

I know it’s January but it’s also a new year and a further 12 months of discovering new books or maybe visiting one you’ve not read in a while.

This month’s book club title is by an author who I absolutely adore. The novel is The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

This book has been on my TBR list for so long and I am looking forward to reading it and hopefully discussing it with you in the comments. Anyone can take part, whether you’ve read it or plan to read this month and the best part… it’s all online.

I’ve posted a question below to get the discussion going.

 

Here’s a little about the book: 

This is what he remembers, as he sits by the ocean at the end of the lane:

A dead man on the back seat of the car, and warm milk at the farmhouse.
An ancient little girl, and an old woman who saw the moon being made.
A beautiful housekeeper with a monstrous smile.

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Novel Kicks Book Club: Freckles by Cecelia Ahern

Hello November.

I love this time of year. It’s a perfect excuse to grab that blanket, a comfortable reading spot and that book you’ve been wanting to read for ages.

One of those books for me is by an author I love and admire – Cecelia Ahern. The book I’ve chosen is Freckles.

As usual, our book club is open to all, whether you’ve read it and want to discuss it or haven’t and want to read along with me this month. It’s up to you. The great thing is that you can take part from the comfort of your sofa, armchair, whatever.

I’ve posted a question below in the comments to get the discussion started. See you there.

 

About Freckles: 

What if the people who have the power to change your life are the ones who have been there all along…

Like stars in the night sky, freckles are scattered across Allegra Bird’s arms, a legacy from her beloved father.

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Novel Kicks Book Club: Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

September is here. Autumn is in the air and the book I’ve picked for this month is one that has just been released as a motion picture with a song by Taylor Swift. 

I am talking about Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. 

I have been wanting to read this book for ages. It sounds very intriguing and I can’t wait to start. I also would like to read the book before I see the movie. Anyone else have the need to do this?

Our book club is online so you can take part from the comfort of your armchair. It’s open to all, whether you’re in the middle of reading it, not started yet or have read it and want to talk about it.

I’ve posted a question below in the comments to get the discussion going. I’m looking forward to chatting about this book with you.

 

About the book: 

For years, rumours of the ‘Marsh Girl’ have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl.

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Novel Kicks Book Club: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Penguin, April 2022.

Hello fellow book lovers.

I am very excited for this month’s book, Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

This is an author that has been on my TBR list for a long time (I have heard so many good things about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.)

I chose this one for July as the cover of this novel screams summer. I can just imagine sun, cold drink and this book.

Our book club is completely open to everyone and anyone. You can join in at any point in the month whether you’re reading along with me or have already read it.

I have posted a question below in the comments to kick off the discussion and I look forward to seeing you there and talking about this book.

 

Here’s the blurb: 

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Novel Kicks Book Club: The House in the Cerulean Sea by Travis Klune

April is here. That is quite hard to believe, right? 

The book I have chosen this month is one that I’ve been wanting to read for a long time. I have heard so many great things about it. Plus, look at this cover.

I have picked The House in the Cerulean Sea by Travis Klune.

I am hoping you’ll join me reading and talking about this book. Anyone can take part in our book club whether you’re yet to read it or have already read it. I have put a question in the comments below to get the discussion rolling.

About the book: 

He expected nothing. But they gave him everything . . .

Linus Baker leads a quiet life. At forty, he has a tiny house with a devious cat and his beloved records for company. And at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, he’s spent many dull years monitoring their orphanages.

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Novel Kicks Book Club: The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell

Hello February. 

I am very excited about the book club pick this month. It’s The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell. 

I don’t know about you but, even by the blurb, this book sounds brilliant and I can’t wait to get started.

Anyone can take part in our book club, at any point in the month, whether you’ve already read the novel or will be reading along with me. As usual, I’ve posted a question below in the comments to start the discussion. See you there.

 

About The Night She Disappeared…

‘Mum, there’s some people here from college, they asked me back to theirs. Just for an hour or so. Is that OK?’

Midsummer 2017: teenage mum Tallulah heads out on a date, leaving her baby son at home with her mother, Kim.

At 11 p.m. she sends her mum a text message. At 4.30 a.m. Kim awakens to discover that Tallulah has not come home.

Friends tell her that Tallulah was last seen heading to a pool party at a house in the woods nearby called Dark Place.

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Novel Kick’s Book Club: The Gift by Cecelia Ahern

Gabe is the homeless man who sits outside Lou’s office. When Lou invites Gabe into the building and into his life, Lou’s world is changed beyond all measure.

A Christmas story that speaks to all of us about the value of time and what is truly important in life.

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Novel Kicks Book Club: 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons

Hello November. 

I know it’s a little late but I have an excuse! I have been busy with National Novel Writing Month. However, as it’s now November, it’s time for a new book to read for our club.

This month, I have chosen a novel I’ve wanted to read for a while and that’s 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons. 

This book sounds so intriguing and I can’t wait to get reading. The cover is so pretty so that’s a plus already.

As usual, I have posted a question below to kick off the discussion.

Anyone can join our book club at any time even if it’s halfway through the month. So, if you’re reading along with me or have already read it, I look forward to discussing it in the comments section below.

 

About 100 Days of Sunlight: 

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Novel Kicks Book Club: The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

Hello October. 

October is not only my birthday month, it is also the build up to Halloween and, in my opinion, the real beginning of Autumn.

This month, I wanted to pick a set of books that have been so important to me. So, our book club is reading… Harry Potter.

I think these books are so perfect for the spooky month with it being about witches and wizards and magic and all.

I am going to be focusing on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, as this is my favourite. You can read that with me or you can pick whatever Harry Potter book is your favourite. I’m so excited to find out which book is the most popular.

As usual, I have put a question in the comments below to kick off the conversation. Anyone can join our book club, whether you’ve read the books or are yet to read them.

I look forward to discussing this book series with you.

 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: 

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

 

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets: 

Harry Potter’s summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors – and then the attacks start. Students are found as though turned to stone… Dobby’s sinister predictions seem to be coming true.

 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: 

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it’s the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run – and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry’s tea leaves… But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss…

 

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire: 

The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter – but that doesn’t stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe’en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through – alive!

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Novel Kicks Book Club: The Minute I Saw You by Paige Toon

Well hello August. It’s nice to see you. 

Summer is here! With that, I wanted to pick a book for this month that feels summery and nothing screams summer like the cover and blurb for The Minute I Saw You by Paige Toon.

Anyone can join our book club whether you’ve read this already or yet to start. I’ve posted a question to get the discussion going. Looking forward to talking about this book with you.

 

About the novel..

Attraction is easy… Falling in love can be hard

When Hannah meets Sonny, she’s irresistibly drawn to him: he’s sexy and confident, but only in town on holiday. That’s fine with Hannah – she doesn’t do long-term relationships. And luckily for her, neither does Sonny. But before they can even so much as kiss, Sonny receives some shocking news and commits to making serious life changes – ones that can’t and won’t include romance.

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Novel Kicks Book Club: The Humans by Matt Haig

Wow, I know I say this a lot but how are we in a new month already? Not only that, we’re halfway through 2021. 

This month, I have picked a book that has been in my TBR pile for a long time. It sounds intriguing. I’ve picked The Humans by Matt Haig.

Our book club is open to all whether you’re in the middle of reading it, haven’t started yet or have already read it, I would love to discuss it with you in the comments below. The best thing about our book club is that you can talk about this book from the comfort of your sofa.

I’ve added a question below to get the discussion going. See you in the comments.

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Novel Kicks Book Club: The Long Long Afternoon by Inga Vesper

How beautiful is this weather? What a lovely way to start June.

For this month’s book, I’ve picked The Long Long Afternoon by Inga Vesper.

I’ve started this novel and I’m already enjoying it. It’s perfect for reading in the garden or on the beach (now that we are allowed out.)

I’m looking forward to reading this and discussing it with you. Our book club is open to all, whether you’ve not started reading yet, are halfway through, or finished. As usual, I have posted a question below to get the discussion started.

See you in the comments below and happy reading!

 

About The Long Long Afternoon:

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Novel Kicks Book Club: The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

Hello May. It’s nice to see you. 

For me, when May arrives, it feels as though Summer is on its way (although you wouldn’t believe that going by the rain today.)

The book I have chosen for this month’s book club is one I have been wanting to read for a while. It’s The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. 

It sounds really interesting and I can’t wait to get reading.

Anyone can take part in our book club and you can do this from the comfort of your sofa. I am really looking forward to discussing this book with you and as usual, I have put a question down in the comments to get the discussion going.

 

About The Giver of Stars… 

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Novel Kicks Book Club: The Two Lives of Louis & Louise by Julie Cohen

Hello February.

I know I say this a lot but I can’t believe we are through January already.

This means that we’re reading a new book.

This month, I have chosen The Two Lives of Louis & Louise by Julie Cohen.

I am a huge fan of this author and I am looking forward to reading this novel.

If you are new to the book club, here’s how it works.

Anyone can join in, whether you’ve already read the book or if you read it through the month of February. I have posted a question below to start off the discussion. I am looking forward to discussing this novel with you.

A little about the book…

Two people.
Two lives.
One chance to see the same world differently.

Louis and Louise are the same person born in two different lives. One was born female, and one male.

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Novel Kicks Book Club: The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Hello 2021.

A new year means a new book for January.

This month, it’s The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

I have to admit, I picked this book as much for the cover than I did for the story which sounds so intriguing. I can’t wait to start reading and I hope you will join me.

As always, anyone is welcome to read along and once you’re done feel free to put any comments or discussion points in the comments box below. I look forward to talking about this book with you. I have posted a question to get the discussion going.

 

About the book..

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Novel Kicks Book Club: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

September’s book is one I am very excited about. 

This month, I have picked a novel that I have been wanting to read since it was released. The premise intrigues me and I can’t wait to read.

I have chosen The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. 

As usual, I have posted a question below to start of the discussion. Anyone can take part in our book club and it’s from that comfortable sofa of yours. I am looking forward to discussing this book with you in the comments.

 

About The Midnight Library…

When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change.

The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things aren’t always what she imagined they’d be, and soon her choices place the library and herself in extreme danger.

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Novel Kicks Book Club: Never Greener by Ruth Jones

Black Swan, May 2019

Hello July. How are you?

A new month means a new book to discuss.

This month, I have picked a book I have wanted to read for ages – Never Greener by Ruth Jones.

If you like Gavin and Stacey, you will be familiar with Ruth Jones. I am a huge fan of that TV show and so I am intruiged about this book. I hope you will join me in reading and discussing this novel.

Anyone can join in at any time in the month. I have posted a question below to kick off the discussion. Hopefully see you in the comments below.

 

About Never Greener… 

The past has a habit of tracking us down. And tripping us up.

When Kate was twenty-two, she had an intense and passionate affair with a married man, Callum, which ended in heartbreak. Kate thought she’d never get over it.

Seventeen years later, life has moved on – Kate, now a successful actress, is living in London, married to Matt and mother to little Tallulah. Meanwhile Callum and his wife Belinda are happy together, living in Edinburgh and watching their kids grow up. The past, it would seem, is well and truly behind them all.

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Novel Kicks Book Club: The Ballard of Songbird and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Scholastic, 19th May 2020.

Hello June. Anyone else pleased to see the back of May? 

I have been looking forward to picking The Ballard of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins for our book club ever since I heard that there was going to be a new Hunger Games novel.

The fact that it was going to be told from Snow’s point of view intrigued me further. I can’t wait to start reading this one and I hope you join me.

Anyone can join the discussion below at any point in the month and, as usual, I have posted a question to get things going. See you there.

 

About The Ballard of Songbird and Snakes: 

Ambition will fuel him. Competition will drive him. But power has its price.

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games.

The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined — every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favour or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death.

Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute… and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

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Novel Kicks Book Club: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Hello May. It’s nice to see you.

You know what a new month means. Yes, a new book and discussion.

This month, I have chosen The Testaments by Margaret Atwood.

It was only going to be a matter of time before I chose this book. I remember reading The Handmaids Tale when I was sixteen and being totally blown away by it. I also thought they did such a great job with the TV adaptation.

I am very interested to see where Atwood has taken the story. Needless to say, there is a lot of expectation for its sequel.

As usual, I have included a question below to start the discussion. I really look forward to reading this together. Feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments. Have you already read it? What’s the verdict?

 

About The Testaments:

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.

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Novel Kicks Book Club: Longbourn by Jo Baker

Hello April. 

I know we can’t be outside enjoying the longer evenings for very long, if at all but I am pleased to see the beginning of British Summer Time.

A new month also means a new book and this month, I have chosen Longbourn by Jo Baker.

If you’re a fan of Pride & Prejudice, this is told from the point of view of the servants at Longbourn; which of course is the home of the Bennetts.

It sounds so good and I can’t wait to discuss it with you in the comments below. I have included a question to kick off the chat. Remember, anyone can take part.

Here’s a link if you want to check out the book on Amazon UK.

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Novel Kicks Book Club: Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Hello March. 

A new month means a new book to feature and discuss. Anyone can join and at anytime of the month.

The book we’re discussing this month is Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano. 

As usual, I have posted a question below to start the conversation. I look forward to talking about Dear Edward in the comments below.

About Dear Edward: 

A luminous, life-affirming novel about a 12-year-old boy who is the sole survivor of a deadly plane crash

One summer morning, a flight takes off from New York to Los Angeles. There are 192 passengers aboard: among them a young woman taking a pregnancy test in the airplane toilet; a Wall Street millionaire flirting with the air hostess; an injured soldier returning from Afghanistan; and two beleaguered parents moving across the country with their adolescent sons, bickering over who gets the window seat. When the plane suddenly crashes in a field in Colorado, the younger of these boys, 12-year-old Edward Adler, is the sole survivor.

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Novel Kicks Book Club: The Flatshare by Beth O’ Leary

Hello February. 

I am a little late with this month’s book club read. I have to admit, February crept up on me a little.

So, without further ado, here’s more details about February’s pick, The Flatshare by Beth O’ Leary.

 

About The Flatshare: 

Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…


Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

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Novel Kicks Book Club: On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher

Hello 2020. A new decade, a new year and a new Novel Kicks book club read. 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

This month, I have picked On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher. 

As usual, I have posted a question to start discussion. I look forward to seeing you in the comments. Anyone can take part too.

 

About the novel…

Your soul is too heavy to pass through this door,

Leave the weight of the world in the world from before.

Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. I

t’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty seven- year-old self and the door won’t open. Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy.

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Novel Kicks Book Club: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

Hello December. I am excited as this is my favourite time of the year.

The trees and lights are going up and the cold weather has certainly arrived so there is no better reason to curl up with a cup/glass of something and a book (I know I say this every month,) and I am hoping you’ll join me with reading this month’s book club.

I’ve chosen Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn.

This book sounds like a lot of fun and has an interesting premise. As normal, I have posted a question to kick off the discussion. Hopefully see you in the comments.

 

About Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares.

I’ve left some clues for you. If you want them, turn the page. If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.

At the urge of her lucky-in-love brother, sixteen-year-old Lily has left a red notebook full of dares on her favourite bookshop shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept. Curious, snarky Dash isn’t one to back down from a challenge – and the Book of Dares is the perfect distraction he’s been looking for.

As they send each other on a scavenger hunt across Manhattan, they’re falling for each other on paper. But finding out if their real selves share their on-page chemistry could be their biggest dare yet….

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Novel Kicks Book Club: The Beach Wedding by Dorothy Koomson

Cornerstone Digital, 2018

Another month, another book club. 

I can’t quite believe we are already halfway through November. How is that possible?

As I am a little late introducing the new title for this month, I have picked a quick read story by one of my favourite authors; The Beach Wedding by Dorothy Koomson. 

 

Here’s a little about the book: 

Tessa Dannall is excited and happy when her daughter, Nia, arrives at their family’s tropical beach resort to get married.

Tessa is also trying to forget the last time she went to a wedding on this beach and how that day changed her life for ever.

But as the big day draws near, Tessa realises she must face the deadly ghosts from her past – or they may ruin her daughter’s future… Continue reading

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Novel Kicks Book Club: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Happy October.

October is one of my favourite parts of the year.

Not only is it my birthday month, it’s also Halloween so, for the book club, I wanted to pick something gothic and this one has been on my list for a while.

This month’s book is called, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, with illustrations by Chris Riddell.

Although it’s marketed at 9 -10 year olds on Amazon, for me, it has an interesting premise and is totally suited to the countdown to 31st October. The fact that there is a black cat on the cover had nothing to do with my decision. Cough. Haha.

 

Here’s a little about the book.

There is something strange about Coraline’s new home. It’s not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her, nor the signs of danger that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours, read in the tea leaves.

It’s the other house – the one behind the old door in the drawing room. Another mother and father with black-button eyes and papery skin are waiting for Coraline to join them there.

And they want her to stay with them. For ever. She knows that if she ventures through that door, she may never come back.

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Novel Kicks Book Club: The Flatshare by Beth O’ Leary

Hello August. It’s excellent to see you. 

This month, I have chosen The Flatshare by Beth O’ Leary.

Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

I have heard many good things about this book and I am looking forward to reading it and discussing it with you.

As usual, I have posted a question below to start the discussion. Anyone is welcome to join. 

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Novel Kicks Book Club: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Penguin, August 2013

July is here and I hope we will see more of this lovely weather.

Is anyone else completely obsessed with the TV adaptation of Big Little Lies? I am.

As we’ve discussed Big Little Lies in a previous book club, this month, I’ve picked another book by Liane, The Husband’s Secret.

A little about the book….

Mother of three and wife of John-Paul, Cecilia discovers an old envelope in the attic. Written in her husband’s hand, it says: to be opened only in the event of my death.

Curious, she opens it – and time stops.

John-Paul’s letter confesses to a terrible mistake which, if revealed, would wreck their family as well as the lives of others.

Cecilia wants to do the right thing, but right for who?

If she protects her family by staying silent, the truth will worm through her heart. But if she reveals her husband’s secret, she will hurt those she loves most . . .

To view The Husband’s Secret on Amazon UK, click here. 

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Novel Kicks Book Club: The Man I Think I Know by Mike Gayle

Hodder, 2018

Well hello June. It’s nice to see you. 

A new month means a new book club title.

This month, I am reading The Man I Think I Know by Mike Gayle. I love this man’s novels and am pleased to be reading this one. It’s been on my TBR for a while.

Fancy coming and joining me? Anyone can take part in this book club (in your pj’s on your sofa if you like.)

I have posted a question below to kick off the conversation.

 

About the book: 

Ever since The Incident, James DeWitt has stayed on the safe side.

He likes to know what happens next.

Danny Allen is not on the safe side. He is more past the point of no return.

The past is about to catch up with both of them in a way that which will change their lives forever, unexpectedly.

But redemption can come in the most unlikely ways.

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Novel Kicks Book Club: One Last Summer by Victoria Connelly

Lake Union Publishing, February 2019

Hello May. 

Here we are, into May already. This month, I have chosen One Last Summer by Victoria Connelly as the focus for our book club.

Harriet Greenleaf dreams of spending the summer in a beautiful ancient priory on the Somerset coast with her two best friends—but her dream is bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s a chance to reconnect three lives that have drifted apart; on the other, she has a devastating secret to share that will change everything between them forever.

First to arrive is Audrey—the workaholic who’s heading for a heart attack unless she slows down and makes time for herself. Then Lisa, the happy-go-lucky flirt who’s always struggled to commit to anyone—or anything. Ever the optimist, can Harriet remind them of the joy in their lives and the importance of celebrating good friendship before it’s gone?

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Novel Kicks Book Club: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Hello April. 

Better still, hello to British Summer Time.

This month, the book club title is The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.

This is a book I have been meaning to read for a while. As usual, I have posted a question below to start the discussion. If you’ve read this, I’d love to know what you think. If you haven’t, there is plenty of time to read it. Come join me in the comments below.

Anyone can take part in this book club and you can be in your favourite chair with a cup of tea.

 

About The Tattooist of Auschwitz:

I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart.

In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

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Novel Kicks Book Club: The Last by Hanna Jameson

Viking, 2019

Hello March and greetings to a brand new book to discuss. 

I personally am very excited by this month’s pick which, if you’ve not already guessed is The Last by Hanna Jameson.

When I read this one, I couldn’t put it down and I am looking forward to talking about it. I do at any opportunity.  As normal, I have added a question below to kick off the discussion.

Remember, anyone can take part in our book club and it can be from the comfort of your sofa, bed, whatever.

 

About The Last:

Historian Jon Keller is on a trip to Switzerland when the world ends. As the lights go out on civilisation, he wishes he had a way of knowing whether his wife, Nadia, and their two daughters are still alive. More than anything, Jon wishes he hadn’t ignored Nadia’s last message.

Twenty people remain in Jon’s hotel. Far from the nearest city and walled in by towering trees, they wait, they survive.

Then one day, the body of a young girl is found. It’s clear she has been murdered. Which means that someone in the hotel is a killer.

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