Book Corner

Our monthly book club from the comfort of your own armchair.

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.

 

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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.

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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: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Scholastic Press, Aug 2014

Hello September. 

When I was growing up, I really love this month. Yes, it meant going back to school which I never really minded, but it also was a chance to get new stationery. Fellow addicts will know what I am talking about.

The excitement over new pens and pencils, the feeling of a new notebook. All that potential. In-fact, I still have that feeling now.

Keeping with the theme of stationery and school, the book I have chosen this month is To The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. 

I’ve posted a question below to start the discussion. Anyone can take part so if you fancy reading along and commenting or have read it, I am looking forward to seeing you in the comments section.

 

About the book: 

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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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Novel Kicks Book Club: I Invited Her In by Adele Parks

HQ, Sept 2018

I am excited to be picking the first Novel Kicks book club for 2019 and it’s a great one (in my humble opinion.) 

I have chosen ‘I Invited Her In’ by Adele Parks. 

I am looking forward to discussing this book and I hope you join me in the comments below. You can take part from the comfort of your own armchair.

As usual, I have posted a question to kick things off.

 

About I Invited Her In: 

‘I invited her in… and she took everything.’

When Mel hears from a long-lost friend in need of help, she doesn’t hesitate to invite her to stay. Mel and Abi were best friends back in the day, sharing the highs and lows of student life, until Mel’s unplanned pregnancy made her drop out of her studies.

Now, seventeen years later, Mel and Abi’s lives couldn’t be more different. Mel is happily married, having raised her son on her own before meeting her husband, Ben. Now they share gorgeous girls and have a chaotic but happy family home, with three children.

Abi, meanwhile, followed her lover to LA for a glamorous life of parties, celebrity and indulgence. Everything was perfect, until she discovered her partner had been cheating on her. Seventeen years wasted, and nothing to show for it. So what Abi needs now is a true friend to lean on, to share her grief over a glass of wine, and to have some time to heal. And what better place than Mel’s house, with her lovely kids, and supportive husband…

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Novel Kicks Book Club: Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

I can’t believe we’re on the last book club for 2018. 

If course, it has to be a Christmas themed book.

As it’s December, I’ve chosen Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

For people who know your Christmas movies, this is the book Christmas With The Kranks is based on.

This is one of my favourite films and I have been meaning to read this for a while.

Anyone can take part in our book club and from the comfort of your sofa.

As normal, I’ve posted a question below to get things going.

 

About Skipping Christmas…

Imagine a year without Christmas.

No crowded shops, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip the holiday altogether.

Theirs will be the only house on the street without a rooftop Frosty the snowman; they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren’t even going to have a tree. They won’t need one, because come December 25 they’re setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences – and isn’t half as easy as they’d imagined.

 

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Novel Kicks Book Club: After You by Jojo Moyes

After you

Penguin, June 2016

Hello November. 

For this month’s book club, I’ve chosen After You by Jojo Moyes.

This is the sequel to the fantastic Me Before You. Anyone can take part in our book club at any point in the month and you can discuss books from the comfort of your armchair so you don’t even have to go out in the horrible weather.

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

About After You: 

Lou Clark has lots of questions.

Like how it is she’s ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places.

Or why the flat she’s owned for a year still doesn’t feel like home.

Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago.

And will she ever get over the love of her life.

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Novel Kicks Book Club: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

a discovery of witchesOctober is here. Autumn is arriving, the clocks go back and of course, Halloween is approaching. 

It’s one of my favourite months (although I am a little biased with it being my birthday in October.) I am sad to be saying goodbye to summer but at the same time, I love the colder nights. It’s a great reason for the warm blankets, tea and books. Not that I’ve needed an excuse.

Our book club is open to everyone. It’s online so no need to step out of the warm socks or comfy sofa. I’ve posted a question below to get the discussion going. I hope you can join me.

This month, the featured book we shall be reading is A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I have been really excited to read this book especially having watched some of the new tv series that is based upon it.

Diana and Matthew – the forbidden love at the heart of it.

When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it’s an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she’s kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires.

Sensing the significance of Diana’s discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire genticist.

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August’s Novel Kicks Book Club: Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey

Whistle in the dark

Viking, May 2018

Welcome to August everyone. 

For this month’s book club, I chose something that has definitely been on my TBR pile for weeks and that is Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey.

As usual, our book club is open to anyone who fancies talking about it. I’ve posted a question to kick things off.

About Whistle in the Dark:

Jen’s fifteen-year-old daughter goes missing for four agonizing days.

When Lana is found, unharmed, in the middle of the desolate countryside, everyone thinks the worst is over.

But Lana refuses to tell anyone what happened, and the police think the case is closed.

The once-happy, loving family returns to London, where things start to fall apart.

Lana begins acting strangely: refusing to go to school, and sleeping with the light on.

With her daughter increasingly becoming a stranger, Jen is sure the answer lies in those four missing days. But will Lana ever reveal what happened?

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July’s Novel Kicks Book Club: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

eleanor oliphantIt’s July and summer is officially here.

I am loving this beautiful weather and the many chances to read in the sunshine.

This month, I’ve picked a book I’ve heard great things about and have been wanted to read for a while.

I’ve picked Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. 

As usual, I’ve added a question below to kick off the discussion. Anyone is welcome to join in and it can be from the comfort of your sofa, armchair, bed.

About the book: 

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.

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June’s Novel Kicks Book Club: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Eligible Curtis sittenfeld

Borough Press, 2016

June is here. Was May a long month or was it just me? 

With June comes exceptional weather (so far) and the official longest day. I am loving the lighter evenings and more excuses to curl up in the sunshine with a book.

This month’s title is a modern reworking of Pride & Prejudice.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. 

About the novel…

As usual, I have posted a question to get the discussion going and the great thing about our book club is that anyone can take part and being online, you can do so from the comfort of your own armchair/lounger/bed. 

For sisters Liz and Jane, coming home to suburban Cincinnati means being paraded at the Lucas family’s BBQ, where burgers are served alongside the eligible men.

But it’s difficult to focus on re-booting their love lives when the family’s mock-Tudor house starts to crumble around them.

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May’s Novel Kicks Book Club: You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac

Simon & Schuster, April 2018

Simon & Schuster, April 2018

Hello May. I hope you bring the nice weather with you. I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to be able to sit out in the garden in the sunshine.

As it’s a new month, that means a new featured book. For our book club this month, I have chosen You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac.

You Me Everything is a heartfelt and unforgettable story about the lengths we are prepared to go to for those we love. Guaranteed to make you laugh and cry, this is novel you will never forget.

You and me, we have history.
We have a child together.
We have kept secrets from each other for far too long.
This summer, in the beautiful hills of the Dordogne, it is time for everything to change.

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April’s Novel Kicks Book Club: Together by Julie Cohen

Together‘Drip, drip drop, little April shower, beating a tune as you fall all around.’

How can it be April already? The clocks have gone forward, the nights are longer, the promise of summer is in the air but the rain (and snow) is still falling.

A perfect excuse to be snuggled up inside with a book. Like we need an excuse though! One of my favourite things to do is to curl up with a book, a blanket and a cup of tea – the sound of the rain from outside.

This month, our book title is Together by the brilliant Julie Cohen. 

Robbie and Emily they have been together for decades. Now, their joints are creaking and their eyesight is failing – but their love for each other is as fresh and fierce as the day they first met. They have had children and grandchildren, lived full and happy and intimate lives.

But they have been keeping a secret since the day they met, when their lives changed forever. Over the years, the sacrifices and choices they made have sealed their fates together.

Did they do the right thing? Read their story, and you decide.

Our book club is completely online, anyone can take part and it can be done in the comfort of your armchair.

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February’s Novel Kicks Book Club: Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher

dream a little dream

Penguin, June 2015

Well hello to you February. It’s good to see you.

I don’t know about you but I found January seemed to go on forever!

February is finally here. I always feel that February is quite a romantic month because of Valentine’s Day.

This month, I have chosen a book that has romance galore and it’s Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher. Even the cover is romantic. Aww, I love it.

Sarah is doing just fine. Sure she’s been single for the last five years, and has to spend an uncomfortable amount of time around her ex-boyfriend, his perfect new girlfriend and all their mutual friends. And yes, her job as a PA to one of the most disgusting men in London is mind-numbingly tedious and her career is a constant disappointment to her mother. But it’s really okay. She’s happy (ish).

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January’s Book Club: Blackbird by ND Gomes

HQ Young Adult, November 2017

HQ Young Adult, November 2017

Hello January. 

I can’t say that this is my favourite month of the year. Christmas is over, the decorations and music are gone and we’re left with the rain and wind and no money until the end of the month. Boo!

The silver lining to this time of year is that it is a chance to curl up when you can with a book and this month, I’ve chosen Blackbird by ND Gomes.

This YA novel is set at the beginning of 2016 around New Year and January so I thought it was appropriate for this month’s book club.

Come join me in discussing Blackbird and the great thing is, you don’t have to leave your sofa to join in.

Olivia disappeared the night the blackbird died.

It was New Years Eve the night that dead blackbirds descended, hours before fourteen year old Alex McCarthy’s sister Olivia went missing from a party.

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December’s 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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November’s Novel Kicks Book Club: The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Novel THE PRINCESS BRIDE Cover

Bloomsbury

For November’s book club, I’m focusing on one of my favourite stories, The Princess Bride. 

The film adaption of this book is probably one of the best films in my humble opinion. It so fabulous. However, I have only recently read the book which, instead of being a book I couldn’t read as I’d already seen the film, it gave me a deeper appreciation for the characters.

‘As You Wish,’ and ‘My name is Inigo Montoya, you kill my father, prepare to die,’ still hold as some of the best film quotes.

Beautiful, flaxen-haired Buttercup has fallen for Westley, the farm boy, and when he departs to make his fortune, she vows never to love another. So, when she hears that his ship has been captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts (no survivors) her heart is broken.

But her charms draw the attention of the relentless Prince Humperdinck who wants a wife and will go to any lengths to have Buttercup. So starts a fairy tale like no other, of fencing, poison, true love, hate, revenge, giants, bad men, good men, snakes, spiders, chases, escapes, lies, truths, passion and miracles, and a damn fine story.

I love books and I love chatting about them even more. Who wants to join me to chat about true love, secret identities and betrayal?

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October’s Novel Kicks Book Club: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

lion witchHappy October. It’s officially autumn. Halloween is almost here, the days have already become shorter (boo,) and shockingly, Christmas has already started to appear in shops.

As a kid, I always loved this time of year (October is my birthday month so I am a little biased.) I used to love getting home from school and stepping into the warmth of our house. I would make a cup of tea and toast and would sit and either read or catch Fun House or Finder’s Keepers on telly.

This month I wanted to pick a book that reminded me of the autumns of my childhood. For October, I’ve picked The Chronicles of Narnia; The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Hands up the people who remember the BBC adaptation. That theme tune that will now be worming its way into your head right?

I love books and I love chatting about them even more. Who wants to join me to chat about Lions, Witches and magical secrets worlds?

I have posted a question to kick things off in the comments box below.  The good thing about this book club is that everyone is welcome to take part. It’s open to all. You can read the book at any point in the month or if you’ve already read it, tell us what you think.

The best part… it’s all from the comfort of your armchair/sofa/bed/comfy place.

 

About the book:

Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie are sent to live with their reclusive Uncle in his mysterious country home. Lucy soon discovers a wardrobe that hides a doorway into the magical world of Narnia.

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September’s Novel Kicks Book Club: Ralph’s Party by Lisa Jewell

Penguin, 1999

Penguin, 1999

We are in September. How are we already in September? As we are moving closer to Autumn, this month I wanted to pick a book that I think is perfect to snuggle up with when it’s raining outside (or not.)

I love books and I love chatting about them even more. For September, the book I have chosen for us is one of my favourites, Ralph’s Party by Lisa Jewell. Who wants to join me?

I have posted a question to kick things off in the comments box below. A good thing about this book club is that everyone is welcome to take part. It’s open to all. You can read the book at any point in the month or if you’ve already read it, tell us what you think.

The best part… it’s all from the comfort of your armchair/sofa/bed/comfy place.

About Ralph’s Party: 

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August’s Novel Kicks Book Club: The Other Side of You by Amanda Craig

Abacus, February 2017

Abacus, February 2017

It’s August (although the weather doesn’t always want to catch up,) and it’s time for a new book club title. 

I love books and I love chatting about them even more. For August, the book I have chosen for us is The Other Side of You by Amanda Craig. Who wants to join me? This book is based on Beauty and The Beast (an updated version.)

I have posted a question to kick things off in the comments box below. A good thing about this book club is that everyone is welcome to take part. It’s open to all. You can read the book at any point in the month or if you’ve already read it, tell us what you think.

The best part… it’s all from the comfort of your armchair/sofa/bed/comfy place.

Will must run, or die. He’s seen a murder, and the gang on his estate are after him.

Hurt, hungry and afraid, he comes to an abandoned house in a different part of the city. Behind its high fences is a place of safety. Here, he can hide like a wounded beast. He can find food, and healing – and learn how to do more than survive.

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