A Moment’s Worth by Lauren Lola

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Hellllo readers, today’s review comes with a very big apology. I’ve had this book lurking on my kindle since before I can remember and then I got it read but didn’t get it reviewed and then I completely forgot about it. This probably makes me the worst blogger and there’s no excuse. Lauren wrote me a really wonderful guest post yesterday and I promised I would get this done and up for her and I have – eventually. I do just want to apologise to Lauren for the terrible delay, but there is a review today and a pretty good one at that.


Is the interconnectivity of the human race more than just the fundamentals of the Chinese tale of the red thread? Is the line between what’s real and what’s not as fine as we’ve been led to believe? How do narratives intersect each other without colliding and clashing? What can be uncovered, discovered, and even learned in a short period of time?

So the blurb doesn’t really give a lot of away about the book so I’ll expand a little. The book is a collection of characters who go about their daily lives, but not always in the stereotypical way that you would expect a book to take. The characters mingle with one another, some will never meet, some we won’t get to know the name of. There are relationships built but it’s more about the stories and the ways that they connect. The book is meant to open our eyes to the relationships we build and then let go every single day, it’s a wonderful way of presenting such an abstract idea.


I liked the way the author made it feel like many of the situations that occur could have easily happened to you, due to the use of both main and secondary characters, especially the stories including strangers. I also liked that the link between the characters wasn’t explored until deeper into the story as this helped to draw in and engage the reader; it feels a little delayed in their connection which allows the reader space to create their own thought process as to the connections and also later in the book we learn more about characters earlier in the book. At times it can be a little confusing but the author really works to contain all the characters.

I should really talk about the characters; there is a real array, there’s Nick who although struggling in his songwriting career might have finally found his break and there is also Baleia a masseuse with an interesting tale and finally Melanie (who I thought was delightful) who can hear heartbeats; there is such a wealth of characters all mixed up and added together. In terms of the writing style it has a very modern and contemporary feel with lots of references to the modern day which I really like in books as it allows us to relate more closely to the characters and the story as a whole.

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I guess the only wobble would be that because we don’t quite get to know any of the character, it does make you wonder if the author could have lengthened the stories a little more, or delved a little deeper. For me I was trying to create links and at first it was a difficult read as with each chapter introducing some new we might not really find anything significant about them, but soon I understood the concept of the book more and more and found it easier to just relax and read. There are a few grammatical errors, but not so many that it becomes a distraction; another edit and that could be tightened up easily.

The best way to sum up this book is to think of yourself people watching on the outside of a beautiful café, with a cappuccino and a newspaper, just sat in the sunshine and making little connections between the people you see wandering by. If you’re looking for a book with a really sturdy plot line and character build up then you won’t find it here. What you will find is a really intricate tale that just languidly lets the reader into the lives of numerous different people. It felt fresh and exciting and I’m glad to have read it.






A thank you from mylittlebookblog

So, it’s Sunday and the end of this celebration of mylittlebookbookblog. I’m going to keep it short because I’ve waffled enough this week.

I’ve learnt a lot blogging and I’ve learn a lot about myself in doing so and to be honest with you, I think that this blog has ultimately saved me from a number of cripplingly scary moments. My life right now is a little in limbo and it’s terrifying. I’m not sure what I want to do let alone where I want to be and in the last ten months I’ve seen the worst of myself and the panic that comes from graduating and feeling a little lost. But this blog has brought out the best of me. 

I have felt so wonderfully supported and this blog has been a life saver and I just wanted to really say thank you. From my mushy emotional and slightly whimsical heart. Because you are the best people that I could have ever wished for. All the authors, the bloggers, the tweeters, the likers the commenters and the emailers (these are not words) but all of you. Thank you. Thank you so much and here’s to another year of this pretty goddamn wonderful tiny space of the internet that I have found I’m able to call home.


Two Year Anniversary of mylittlebookblog!

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Afternoon readers, a little news from my little book blog. On the 29th of April 2015 I will be celebrating the two year official anniversary of mylittlebookblog.com. I can not believe how much this blog has given me in terms of confidence in my writing and reviewing, the sheer number of authors, readers, publishers and book bloggers I have met who have been such a joy to get to know and the number of books I’ve read and been introduced to. I will be celebrating the two years blogging between the dates of the 29th of April and the 3rd of May and would love as many of you to get involved as possible. Whether that’s a guest post, helping me with a give-away in terms of prizes or just sharing my blog posts on the day. If you would like to get in touch please comment or email me at mylittlebookblog2014@gmail.com

Thank you


Piano from a 4th storey window: Jenny Morton Potts

Good evening readers, hope you’re all well unlike me, a little sick bunny. It seems I have caught a tummy bug which left me rendered completely useless yesterday. After being rudely awakened by my housemate, I heaved myself out of bed to go and purchase whatever it was she was complaining about. Hauling a sick ridden body out of bed dressing it in patterned black, red and white leggings, an orange t-shirt and a pair of blue fabric pumps and a massive coat with a fur hood I must have looked comical. I cannot wait to move away from the drama of where I live. Before I get too off topic there are a number of reviews that were supposed to be posted days ago but I’ve been so sick I haven’t had any time to sort them and amongst packing for the move last week. I’m hoping to get them written up ASAP so if you’re waiting for a review it’s on its way I promise. So, without further delay onto today’s review.

Lawrence Fyre and Marin Strang aren’t like other people. He is the eccentric owner of failing Sargasso Books in the Brighton Lanes. She is an ex-Jehovah’s Witness and isolated Spanish teacher. If they live together in his illegal, beautiful, rope laddered lock-up; can their love overcome their losses?  Original, sexy, very funny and deeply moving. An author in complete control of a number of unforgettable characters and emotional highs and lows, Jenny Morton Potts leaves the reader breathless, and wanting more.

So as the blurb suggests Marin Strang is a Spanish teacher whose life hasn’t quite gone the way she wanted it to; having to live on a wage from numerous temporary teaching contracts and coming out of a rather painful breakup she’s in a bit of a sticking point; in limbo as to what she should do next. An ex-Jehovah’s witness but with ties to her father who remains a loyal member, Marin finds her days wandering The Lanes in Brighton a shopping spot and ends up in the a café named Number 8. Here she meets Lawrence Fyre, the owner of the (failing) store Sargasso Books. The two, after a number of chance meetings enter into an intense relationship but a number of hiccups including his sister and the intriguing Nina could force their relationship to fail. Will their relationship rise or flounder? You’ll have to get hold of a copy to find out!

So, there’s the book in a nutshell; now you could be forgiven for thinking that this is a rather stereotypical boy meets girl style plot-line but it’s more than that. Firstly I have to commend the author for getting the feel of Brighton down so very well. I could feel the blustery wind and see the cobbled lanes full of brightly painted houses, it’s incredibly evocative of the little seaside town. The writing style is wonderful although a little difficult to get into to start with. It reads almost like a stream of consciousness, which we don’t experience all too often as a reader and when mixed with dialogue and narrative it was a little different at the start. However as you get more stuck in the words rise and fall in a very smooth almost lyrical prose which I thoroughly enjoyed.

In terms of plot line it is the perfect mix of both tragedy and love story and the whirlwind mix throughout is both tender and comedic. The two main characters are wonderfully written both quirky in their own rights but written with a real feel of human warmth and understanding. They come alive with each other and the conviction of their relationship is maddeningly exciting and euphoric. The pace is fast and forward thinking, it ricochets off with such breath taking speed that I found myself reading chapter after chapter without noticing.

I think what makes this book is the style; it is a unique and unforgettable writing quality that is both quirky and gripping. It also allows for the highs and the lows of the novel to really come alive and punch the reader in the jaw which is exactly what I wanted from this novel. It is a love story but it also intertwines personal growth, the pressure to conform to society or religion and trust in the relationships we have. It really made me sit up and listen and made me think about my own place in the world that I find myself in.  Overall a stylish and quirky read that was a wonderful mix; thoroughly enjoyable.


A lovely little book market in London


“If you take a book with you on a journey,” Mo had said when he put the first one in her box, “an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it… yes, books are like flypaper—memories cling to the printed page better than anything else.”
Cornelia Funke, Inkheart

Blind Book Date

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Last weekend I had the sheer delight of visiting my two lovely sisters, (one true sister, one that I truly wish was,) up in Hull. My little sister Char and her housemate Kathryn have just moved into a delightful flat up in Hull where they will be entering their second year of university! These two lovely people never fail to put a smile on my face, and seeing them was the perfect weekend away from the daily grind of working a full time job. I must admit the 5am start, snuggled in my big winter coat and fur boots was less than lovely, but sleeping on the train is always a good way to counter the effects of very little sleep. I also had the joy of seeing my poor parents who had spent the last few days desperately trying to pack up all the bits and bobs that were apparently vital to my sister surviving the year ahead. (How does one person accumulate so much stuff?!)

Once we had dropped the two slightly hungover ladies to their music rehearsal Sunday morning (Margaritas in a Jamaican bar can lead to slightly fuzzy heads the next morning,) myself and the parents wandered over to the marina to seek out the museums. However on our way there I spotted these.

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Read me,

How far would you go to find the man of your dreams? Sometimes love happens when you least expect it. Make sure you pour yourself a glass of wine or three!

Each of these lovely books had a handwritten tease to tempt you into picking up a copy. A mystery blind date with a book, it’s pretty special isn’t it! I wish I’d had time to pick one of them up and reviewed in however we were in a bit of a rush and I quickly too a snap. One of my things on my list to do is to leave a book somewhere with a note inside. I’m tempted to cover the book like this and leave a note inside explaining why; I think that could just make someones day.

Thoughful Thursdays



Hello readers, a very happy Lizzy today, it’s been a very good week, and I am feeling pretty happy this morning. As it is Thursday, I have another question for you! Today’s question is:

What is a genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)

Mine are biographies. I rarely read them but almost always enjoy them when I do. I love reading into other people’s life however I never really have the time. Onto you readers!