The Year In Books 2017: September.


Ok so we have reached September the relaxed summer vibes are over and it’s time to get a little routine back up and running. I was fully convinced I had written a July year in books post but as I look back I see I didn’t which to be honest is probably just as well because I basically took nearly the whole summer off from doing nearly everything including reading. Now that September has arrived that’s going to change and with the dark evenings getting closer we all need some good books to read.

My book choice for September is The Cows by Dawn O’ Porter, I have just started it and so far I am really enjoying it. When I had Snapchat I used to love watching her Snaps, she is very funny so when I saw this book I had to give it a go. The other thing that drew me to this book was the name, living on a farm sure I couldn’t but get it ( so far there has been no mention of actual four legged cows in the book) .

So far this year I have read eight books which might be a new record for me but doing this #theyearinbooks has really pushed me to read loads. Let me know in the comments below what you are reading at the moment? and If you would like to read more about The Year In Books project head over the Laura’s Blog to read all about how she started it and follow the hashtag on Instagram and twitter to see what everyone else is reading but be warned doing this has really grown my to read pile of books !

Happy reading for September.

The Year In Books: May 2017.


So last month I tried Hillbilly Elegy by J.D Vance, I enjoyed it to a point but I wouldn’t say this is a book that you should rush out and buy. JD gives us an insight into what life as an American Hillbilly is like but I don’t think it’s just America that has Hillbillies. From what he describes every community  in Ireland has them and I am sure every other country does as well.

This month I am reading The Zookeeper’s Wife and I am nearly half way already. It’s based on a true story about the life of a Polish zookeeper and his wife during World War two. This is a truly amazing story of the courage of a couple in such a tough time and one I think I might be saying go buy at the end of the month !.

What are you reading this month ? If you would like to join in with #theyearinbooks you can follow on twitter or Instagram. using the hashtag.

The Year In Books: February.


It feels like ages since I have been here or on any of my social media but I have a very good reason, my Dad passed away so I was just a little busy. Today is the first day I am back to my routine properly, I did the lessons this morning and it was nice to be back with my horses and now I want to tell you about my February book choice. 

The plan was to have my January book finished in the month but at 665 pages I knew I was pushing myself a little, so later than planned I finished it last night and I loved every minute of it.It was The shadow sister  by Lucinda Riley , the story revolves around Star who after her adoptive Dad dies goes on the search for her history and it’s a journey that takes in generations with lots of twists and turns. But this month I wanted a lot smaller book so I spotted this one then last time I was in the local book shop. As a child I never read any of the Famous Five books but this one looks like a fun take on being Gluten free and as a coeliac it should be an easy and short read. I had picked another book for February but after starting the year with such a big book I thought a shorter one would be good. 

What is everyone else reading at the minute ? 

If you would like to join in The Year In Books then you will find all the details over on Laura’s blog and the next #theyearinbooks twitter chat is on the 6th of March at 9pm. 

Elaine x