10/28/2016

The Spring Book Haul, Part Two

As promised, here is part two of my two-part book haul from the last couple of months. This one's more novel-heavy, although there's also a cookbook and a memoir in there for good measure. You know I can't go long without mentioning a memoir right? Anyway, on with the books...

Life On The Edge* by Jay Jay Harvey-To my non-New Zealand readers, Jay Jay Harvey is a well-known and respected personality here. She's one of the hosts of the Edge's breakfast  radio show here in NZ and has been for a number of years now. She actually used to have her own blog, Radio Chick which I remember reading. Her second book, Life On The Edge is an in-depth collection of stories and memories from her time at The Edge. From her early days in New Plymouth, through to Hamilton and then Auckland, Jay Jay shares anecdotes about listeners, pranks The Edge have played, some of their awesome campaigns they've run and many more. It's a really interesting, unputdownable read. You will laugh, you will cry and you should gift this to the women in your life this Christmas.

Eat Smart* by Niomi Smart-Admittedly this was a bit of an out of character book request from me. In saying that, I was always quite intrigued by this book because I felt like it was going to be a lifestyle book with recipes I'd actually enjoy. Like Estee's book, I am saving this for a more appropriate post next month so I will keep you posted. That and I haven't actually got around to making anything from this yet. Whoops..

What's A Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne-The final book in The Spinster Club trilogy by Holly Bourne was released a couple of months back and I could not wait to read it. I have definitely drifted more from YA books in recent months but Bourne's writing is some I have a lot of time for. I think it's the fact she tackles heavier issues without romanticising them and she doesn't try to do anything flamboyant with her writing. It is what it is. I've not read this yet but from what I know, it deals more with the backlash of the internet age and the sometimes negative reaction feminist ideas generate. I'll definitely been reading this soon, well when I am in the mood for YA again.

The Sun Is Also A Star, available November 3rd* by Nicola Yoon-One of my favourite novels from the latter part of last year was Everything Everything, also by Yoon. This book explores the concepts of fate as it makes its way into the world of Natasha who is usually driven by science and fact. Twelve hours before her family is due to be deported to Jamaica she falls in love. "A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?" Now I've typed that blurb out it sounds like this may be a nauseatingly cute story but hey, lighthearted reads like this make a nice change.

Bridget Jones's Baby* by Helen Fielding-Last month saw the release of a new Bridget Jones film, the third in the series. This is actually the fourth book and in terms of timelines, this one sits between the third book and the second. Bridget becomes pregnant and of course diarises everything with the usual hilarity and relatable charm that Helen Fielding is known for instilling her with. It will differ from the film, in that Daniel Cleaver has more of a presence and I'm not sure if the Patrick Dempsey character makes it into the book. I've started this already and I am enjoying it so far but to be honest, the first and second Bridget Jones books are pretty hard to beat so they'll always be my favourite.

-Do any of these books take your fancy?

*Review copy

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