The top 5 best-selling books of 2017

If you have chosen to read this blog chances are you love to read a delightful book and whether you are a book enthusiast or you just read for fun when you are on holiday or when you just need some down time soaking in the tub, we will find you a book that you will love to read. Here are some of the best- selling books of 2017 to keep you going throughout this year:

No Middle Name. By Lee Child

‘The complete Jack Reacher short story collection, from the number one bestseller Lee Child.

Jack Reacher, lone wolf, knight errant, ex-military cop, lover of women, scourge of the wicked and righter of wrongs, is the most iconic hero for our age. This is the first time all Lee Child’s shorter fiction featuring Jack Reacher has been collected into one volume.’

When I began to read ‘No Middle Name’ I couldn’t put this book down. It was an addictive read and has made me want to buy more of Lee Childs’ books. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good thriller.

Into the Water. By Paula Hawkins

‘A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

Beware a calm surface you never know what lies beneath.’

‘Into the Water’ is certainly one of my favourite reads this year. Each chapter keeps you on the edge of your seat and wanting to read more. I struggled to
put this book down and I really do think if you love a good crime- thriller you will be the same.

A dog’s purpose. By W. Bruce Cameron

‘This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog’s Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life’s most basic question: Why are we here?

Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey’s search for his new life’s meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog.

But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey’s journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders—will he ever find his purpose?’

This heart-warming and hilarious book is a must-read. If you are a dog lover you will also love this book and it may give you an insight to how your pet feels about you. The story is moving and is written beautifully ensuring that you will love this book.

Big Little Lies. By Liane Moriarty

‘‘I guess it started with the mothers.’

‘It was all just a terrible misunderstanding.’

‘I’ll tell you exactly why it happened.’

Pirriwee Public’s annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. A parent is dead.

Parents behaving badly…a tragic accident…or murder? What isn’t in doubt is that someone is dead…

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with: witty, noisy and passionate. She remembers everything and forgives no one.

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. But perfection is often an illusion.

Jane is a single mum with a mysterious past who carries a sadness beyond her years.

These three women, all with children starting at the same school, are about to tell the little lies that can turn lethal…’

This is another of my favourite books of this year and yet another book that I didn’t want to put down. It is a page turner and will keep you on the edge of your seat as it is tense and scary at times. Another brilliant book from Moriarty and another one that you need to add to your list of books.

The Dry. By Jane Harper

‘A desperate act in a small town with big secrets.

Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well…

When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge.

And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds start bleeding into fresh ones. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret… A secret Falk thought long-buried… A secret which Luke’s death starts to bring to the surface…’

This must be up there with the best read of 2017, it is gripping and the author has done an amazing job of writing this novel. If you enjoy reading a good crime fiction then this is the book for you. I assure you that you won’t want this book to end and you’ll be on the edge of your seat throughout.

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3 of the Best Baby Books

Babies just like our older children will also benefit from reading books whether its a longer one or just a picture book that we read to our little ones, this will benefit them in their development and help with their speech as they grow older. It is scientifically proven that the more we read to our babies and children the more that they will learn. Here are a few of our top picks of books to read to you baby:

Peek-a-boo Forest by Lamaze

Lamaze as an author of children’s books understands fully the developmental characteristics of our infants. This book already has close to 2000 positive reviews allowing you to get feedback from other parents to whether this book will be a positive for your little one. The Peek-a-Boo Forest is a great first book for your baby and is made from durable colourful cloth which allows your baby to not only have visual stimulation but also stimulation through the softness and smoothness of the fabric. This book boost 6-pages of inspiring rhymes that you will enjoy reading to your little one

First 100 Animals by Roger Priddy 

First 100 Animals is a great book to teach your little one about different animals that they may encounter in their lives. Although you may have already been to the safari parks or zoos and showed your child the animals at them this can be a constant reminder of what they have seen before. This highly colourful book will capture your child’s book will capture your childs attention but don’t forget its you who has to teach your child the sounds that these animals make, so get practicing!

First Sounds Book Set and Cube by Sassy

The First Sounds Book Set and Cube has been designed to be your baby’s first book. Each page has a different sound that your baby will make as he/she is growing and learning to speak and a picture to go with each of the sounds. The book is made of foam covered in safe fabric making it idea for little ones who tend to put everything into their mouth. The cube can be used as game when your little one is slightly older, role the cube and make the noise, hours of endless fun with your child.

Do you Love a Romance Novel? Here are two of the Best.

Here is one for the ladies (and sometimes the men although they may not like to admit it). Romance novels are one of the most popular genre of books and this shows no chance of slowing down, romance novels always grace the best seller list. Here are just a few of the best romance novels released in 2017 that we think that you should give a go:

See Me by Nicholas Sparks 

‘At twenty-eight, he’s focused on getting his teaching degree and avoiding all the places and people that proved so destructive in his past. The last thing he’s looking for is a serious relationship. But when he crosses paths with Maria Sanchez one rainswept night, his carefully structured life is turned upside down. And when Maria, a hardworking lawyer, meets Colin she begins to question every notion she has ever had about herself and her future – and what truly makes her happy.

Before the couple has a chance to envision a life together, menacing reminders from events in Maria’s past start to surface. And as the threat of violence begins to shadow her every step, she and Colin will be pushed to breaking point.’

Nicholas Sparks novel is a beautiful love story about a love that defies all expectations. The story is beautifully written and will pull on your heart strings. A gorgeous romance novel which is a must read for all you romantic people out there.

The Hating Game: A novel by sally Thorne

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

This romantic novel is not only a beautiful love story but is also hilariously funny.  With most rom-coms the outcome of the two main characters falling in love is obviously expected but it does not sway away from what a great read this novel is.

3 of the best Children’s Books available in 2017

As parents, we are aware how much reading to our children and when they are old enough encouraging our children to read is important to our child’s development. It stimulates the brain, helps with speech progress, builds better communication skills, it helps to build a stronger relationship between you and your children and most importantly reading is fun!  Here we bring you some of the best children’s book for you and your children to enjoy:

Minecraft: Guide to creative by monjang

Get into Creative Mode with this official Minecraft book from Mojang. Learn the finer points of architecture, art and other creative disciplines with Minecraft Guide to Creative, and put theory into practice to build incredible constructions in Minecraft. Find out how to combine colours and textures to create different themes, devise intricate plans for complex builds, and discover secret hacks to use blocks in clever ways. With insider info and tips from the experts at Mojang, this is the definitive guide to creating in Minecraft. Perfect for Minecraft fans 8+.

Now it is fair to say if you have boys over the age of 5 the likely hood is that they LOVE Minecraft and could spend hours and hours on the computer building different things in their worlds. I find that this book is a great solution to get them off of the computers and get their heads into a book. This book gives your children the best of both worlds by stimulating their brain, letting them read about something they love and they are also getting tips on their favourite game, what more can they ask for?

Family Friends and Furry Creatures by Liz Pichon

In the next hilarious instalment of Tom Gates, Mr Fullerman has a class assignment: a family tree! Tom’s ready to learn all about the Gates family, his friends and a furry creature (or two!). But just what *is* that squeaking sound coming from Tom’s shoes?

 

 

 

If you want something light-hearted and funny to read to you children then Liz Pichon is the author you might just be looking for. This story is easy to read and will have you and your children in stitches. The story is full of doodles which will capture the attention of the younger children who are just learning to read. It is one of the most family friendly books on our list and rest assured you and the children will love it.

The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary by Jeff Kinney

Go on a movie-making journey of epic proportions in The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter Making a movie is a lot like going on a road trip. There are twists and turns and lots of surprises along the way. Hit the road with author and illustrator Jeff Kinney and get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the latest 20th Century Fox movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. Find out what it takes to film a flock of seagulls invading a mini-van. Learn about a robot pig and an animatronic three-year-old. And discover everything that goes into making a feature film. Complete with exclusive set photos, storyboards and original cartoons by Jeff Kinney. The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: the Next Chapter is the perfect book for anyone who’s ever wondered how a movie gets made. But buckle up: You’re in for a wild ride.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid novels are a series of books and it is likely if your child has read one they have wanted to read them all. This will be no exception and your child will love this book to add to his/her collection. One for the older kids though as it makes some jokes about bodily functions ect.

Amazing eBooks to read!

Now we all know that nowadays everything is technological and the same can be said for how we read our books. More and more people are opting to read their books on their tablets and phones by downloading the book (eBook) instead of buying a hard copy from the shops. Now this advancement is a great idea seeing as we always have our phones and tablets to hand so even if you only have a five minute break you don’t need to go searching for your book you can get it in an instant. Now if this is your style of reading then here are a couple books we suggest that you download to keep you going throughout the year so that you never struggle to find something good to read.

The Good Widow: A Novel by Liz Fenton & Lisa Seinke

‘Elementary school teacher Jacqueline “Jacks” Morales’s marriage was far from perfect, but even in its ups and downs it was predictable, familiar. Or at least she thought it was…until two police officers showed up at her door with devastating news. Her husband of eight years, the one who should have been on a business trip to Kansas, had suffered a fatal car accident in Hawaii. And he wasn’t alone.

For Jacks, laying her husband to rest was hard. But it was even harder to think that his final moments belonged to another woman—one who had left behind her own grieving and bewildered fiancé. Nick, just as blindsided by the affair, wants answers. So he suggests that he and Jacks search for the truth together, retracing the doomed lovers’ last days in paradise.

Now, following the twisting path of that fateful road, Jacks is learning that nothing is ever as it seems. Not her marriage. Not her husband. And most certainly not his death…’

This eBook is an excellent story of love and loss and will keep you entertained till the very end. You will be unable to put this book down and if you love to read a good romance thriller then this book is the choice for you.

The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney 

When a woman’s body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It’s clear the pair are connected, but how?

As Lottie begins to link the current victims to unsolved murders decades old, two teenage boys go missing. She must close in on the killer before they strike again, but in doing so is she putting her own children in terrifying danger?

This debut novel from Patricia Gibney is fantastic. It is a gripping read and is very well written. Whilst reading at times i didn’t even realise how much time had went by thats how much i enjoyed it.  If you love a good crime novel then this is one for you. I assure you that you will not be disappointed.