What we’ve been reading in July #CoffeeWorkRead

This month has been a much better month reading wise. Having lots of park and beach days has meant I’ve been able to read while the girls have been playing. I’ve also been enjoying curling up with a book in the evenings rather than watching television, or if I’ve drawn the short straw and had to take N to her evening swim training sessions at least I’ve got an hours worth of reading time! I must mention that Amazon have an offer on at the moment, which I of course took advantage of, they are doing 3 for £10 on selected paperbacks! Definitely worth checking out to make sure you’re stocked up on summer reads.

Strictly Between Us


Strictly Between Us by Jane Fallon

If you’re looking for an easy summer read then this is a good shout. I’d not read any Jane Fallon books before but I wasn’t surprised when I read that she did the screen play for the hit 90s TV show Teachers. The way she writes the dialogue and creates characters lends itself so well to television. The premise is simple two best friends, one cheating husband and many plots to catch him out. Of course there are intricacies to the story line and a few cheeky twists, so it makes an easy but fun read.


While My Eyes Were Closed


While My Eyes Were Closed by Linda Green 

I devoured this book in two days, it had me completely gripped! Despite the fairly grim subject of child abduction it isn’t a heavy or dark book. While playing hide and seek in the park Lisa’s daughter disappears without a trace – every parents nightmare. Such a page turner that’s full of suspense. It’s very character driven with little twists and turns in the plot development. I definitely recommend it!

The Girls


The Girls by Lisa Jewell

Aimee of Pass the Gin mentioned this book a while ago in one of her blog posts so when I spotted it on Amazon I thought I’d give it a try. I’ve not read any Lisa Jewell books before and I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It kept me guessing all the way through and I was really surprised at the ending, though I can imagine it being disappointing for some. Set in London we get to know families and teenagers that live around a large communal garden, the perfect summer hang out for kids and teens. Things take a dark turn when 13 year old Grace is found by her younger sister, unconscious and partly undressed one night after a party. We follow the events leading up to that night giving clues about what could have happened.

What my girls have been reading


My two have definitely read less recently, first crashing out early because of school and now going to bed late without reading due to the holidays! I’m trying to get them to have quiet time in the afternoons for puzzles, games or reading so we’ll see how successful I am at convincing them it’s a good idea!


The Dumb Bunnies Go To The Zoo


The Dumb Bunnies Go To The Zoo by Dav Pilkey

Oh man, this book had both my girls in giggling fits. E chose it on a recent library trip and she’s requested it a whole lot since then! It is a very, very silly book and one that all kids will love.

Famous Five On A Treasure Island

20160729_150000462_iOSFamous Five On A Treasure Island by Enid Blyton

What a classic, eh? This is the old school version so all the children have their original names 😉 I’ve been pestering N to read Famous Five books for ages, I just knew she’d love them as much as I did at her age. She finally relented a couple of weeks ago and thankfully she loved it. The first of the Famous Five books it introduces the characters and you follow them on their first adventure together.

They’ve got a few more on the go from our recent library trip, but I’ll save them for next month.

Have you or your children read any of these books?

What did you think of them? I’d love to know!





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  • Stacie - July 31, 2016 reply

    Great reads this month! I love that your girls are old enough to be interested and encouraged to read. Parker always has books around him and loves looking and pointing out the pictures. I can’t wait for him to really enjoy reading (fingers crossed) so that we can read together properly xx

  • Hayley @hayleyfromhome - July 31, 2016 reply

    Oh I used to like my Famous Five books, have they really changed the names in new versions?! I wasn’t sure they’d have quite the same appeal to kids these days so lovely to hear she is enjoying them. I quite fancy trying The Girls, as if I haven’t got enough to read! xx
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