Monthly Round Up – November 2015

It’s that time again! Check out what I’ve been up to in November 2015.

New Books – received, bought & won

1.         The Jazz Files by Fiona Veitch Smith

2.         The Winter Wedding by Abby Clements
3.         The Silvered Heart by Katherine Clements
4.         The One-in-a-million Boy by Monica Wood
5.         The Killing of Polly Carter by Robert Thorogood

6.         #PleaseRetweet by Emily Benet
7.         A Cottage in the Country by Linn B. Halton
8.         Apricot Kisses by Claudia Winter
9.         Conditional Love by Cathy Bramley
10.       From Paris With Love This Christmas by Jules Wake
11.       I’ll Take New York by Miranda Dickinson
12.       The Best Thing I Never Had by Erin Lawless
13.       To Catch a Butterfly by T.M. Payne
14.       The Lobster Boy and the Fat Lady’s Daughter by Charles Kriel
15.       Three Sisters by Helen Smith

Books I’ve Read

1.         Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin
2.         Holy Cow by David Duchovny
3.         In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
4.         Lost Girls by Angela Marsons
5.         Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper by Debbie Johnson
6.         Spellbound by Laurie Elizabeth Ashcroft
7.         The Cherry Tree Café by Heidi Swain
8.         The Widow by Fiona Barton
9.         The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
10.       Into Dust and Other Strange Talesby B.M. Keeling

Summary of Reviews, Blog Tours & Cover Reveals 


1.         Review – The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton

2.         Review – The Damascus Cover by Howard Kaplan
3.         Review – Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen
4.         Review – Blurring the Line by Kierney Scott
5.         Review – Don’t Turn Around by Caroline Mitchell
6.         Author Q&A – Howard Kaplan
7.         Blog Tour – Straight from the Heart by Breigh Forstner
8.         Blog Tour & Review – The Jazz Files by Fiona Veitch Smith
Other Blog Posts
9.         Travel Report – The Netherlands: Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Delft
10.       Product Review – Playster – the digital library

Things I’ve Done

After a very busy year, I actually have nothing interesting to tell you about November. It’s been a particularly quiet month as we have been saving up our pennies ready for Christmas. Plus, the husband and I have also been a bit under-the-weather with the general aches, pains and colds that go around at this time of year.
I have made a bigger effort than usual this month to catch up with all of my friends this month. It’s so easy to let time slip by, however I always like to ensure that I make time to see everyone before the Christmas holidays arrive.
Work has been hectic, in addition to which the government have announced some changes that, if implemented, will hugely impact the face of personal injury law and not in a good way. As such, I’m preparing (along with thousands of other lawyers & legal staff throughout the UK) for the possibility that we may all be out of work by mid-2016. The proposed changes will result in removal of access to justice for the public, the closure of many law firms, unemployment for thousands of lawyers and legal staff and a huge increase in benefit claims for jobseekers allowance and retraining. Basically, it’s a lose-lose situation for pretty much everyone! However, there is a plus point, whilst the public, lawyers and the government will all massively lose out, already hugely profitable insurance companies will benefit by reaping even bigger profits. The chance of them passing that profit on to the public by way of lower premiums is, quite frankly, laughable. Particularly as those same insurance companies, rather than dealing with solicitors who know the process, will have to deal with litigants-in-person or case management companies directly. I imagine any savings made will need to be re-invested towards employment of more staff, thereby negating any savings for their customers. So, anyway, rant over! However, it does mean that difficult times may be coming ahead, which has understandably occupied my thoughts a lot this month.

Planned reading for December

1.         24 Hours by Claire Seeber
2.         The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies
3.         The Dress by Kate Kerrigan
4.         Death by Dangerous by Olly Jarvis

5.         The Killing of Polly Carter by Robert Thorogood
6.         The Winter Wedding by Abby Clements      
7.         Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson
8.         Chance by Peter Dudgeon
9.         A Question of Betrayal by Zoe Miller
10.       Storm Rising by Rachael Richey


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