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7.7/10
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (Gail Honeyman)

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life. Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine? An astonishing story that powerfully depicts the loneliness of life, and the simple power of a little kindness    Support this site by buying the book through the links below. Thank you very much!    Buy now on eBay    Buy now on Amazon

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8.7/10
The French Adventure (Lucy Coleman)

Suddenly unemployed and single, Anna escapes to her parents’ beautiful house in France for a much needed recharge – and to work out what she wants to do next with her life now her carefully mapped out plan has gone out the window. Anna gives herself 6 months to recuperate, all the while helping renovate her parents’ adjoining gites into picturesque B&Bs. But working alongside the ruggedly handsome Sam on the renovation project, she didn’t expect for life to take an unexpected, if not unwelcome, twist…    Support this site by buying the book through the links below. Thank you very much!    Buy now on eBay    Buy now on Amazon

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7.5/10
Becoming (Michelle Obama)

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America – the first African-American to serve in that role – she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her – from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring…

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6.6/10
The Keeper of Lost Things (Ruth Hogan)

Meet the ‘Keeper of Lost Things’… Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners. But the final wishes of the ‘Keeper of Lost Things’ have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters… ‘The first book I read in 2017 – and if another as good comes along in the next 12 months, I’ll eat my special gold reviewing spectacles’ Daily Mail This book has been published with two different covers and may be delivered with either a blue or a yellow cover. Please rest assured that regardless of the cover, the content of the book is the same.    Support this site by buying the book through the links below. Thank you very much!    Buy now on eBay    Buy now on Amazon

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7.8/10
Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World (William H. McRaven)

Make Your Bed is an incredible gem packaged tightly into a small book that lends itself well to an easy and quick read. This book offers tidbits that are simplistic yet powerful. Each chapter highlights a little thing that can make great change in one’s life which then can change the world. The statement “change the world” may seem pompous and easily blown off as unrealistic, but really, each of us do indeed make decisions on a daily basis that can affect others. The question is do we want to make change within ourselves which then has the potential to impact others? This may sound like a boring book, but it’s far from boring. Admiral William H. McRaven wrote each chapter with a tone of humility, as evident of how he concisely told personal stories and stories of others to show how the little things in life have the potential to make a huge impact on your life. These stories are real and down to earth. None of them highlight a “super hero” moment but rather the daily and seemingly unimportant. Make Your Bed is packed with small, very real, doable, and applicable life gems regardless of a person’s station…

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8.1/10
The Ginger Tree (Oswald Wynd)

An indefinable flavor, sweet and pungent at the same time. Like ginger, Mary’s character oscillates between opposites. Sent to China to marry a notable English, she immediately reveals his rebellious temperament in his diary. In this distant East, the intoxicating scents combined with the sensuality of a Japanese officer will eventually turn his head. When the story ends, it’s an intense life in vicissitudes that closes. Far from the boring fate of a housewife who had been reserved for her!    Support this site by buying the book through the links below. Thank you very much!    Buy now on eBay    Buy now on Amazon

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8.2/10
Secrets of Power Negotiating: Inside Secrets from a Master Negotiator (Roger Dawson)

Secrets to Power Negotiation has a simple philosophy: Create a win-win solution out of every negotiation so that all parties involved feel good afterwards. The negotiation process should be fun, like a game of chess. After this game, both players are happy about the fair outcome. They even would like to play again (not out of revenge), but to experience the fun. But just like a game of chess, you need to learn the techniques with which to play the game. The book offers many techniques which you can practice and master that helps you gain what you need from a negotiation at work, home, etc. While the philosophy states that everyone should feel like a winner after a negotiation, it is naive to think that someone is going to simply hand this over to you. You need to learn the techniques to protect yourself and gain what is your right. Of course not all of the techniques will always have the intended outcome (just like a game of chess). But by practicing them in real life you can make sure more often than not you will get what you desire. Moreover, the sense of confidence you gain by having…

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8.1/10
Running With Lions (Julian Winters)

Running With Lions is a coming-of-age novel following bisexual rising senior Sebastian Hughes who’s eagerly anticipating his last summer at soccer training camp and settling into his role of team captain. His plan, however, quickly loses its footing when Emir Shah, a Muslim British-Pakistani new recruit and Sebastian’s former best friend, unexpectedly arrives – partly because of Emir’s impressive bad attitude and his insistence on keeping his teammates at arm’s lengh, and more than partly because of the long, lean shadow of his and Sebastian’s sour parting. Sebastian is left with the responsibility of bringing his team together while feeling the caution of wondering if his attraction for Emir would bloom into something more. First of all, I’m one of those people who are so full of love they could explode: you could casually mention something or someone I love and it would take every ounce of my self-control not to propel myself into the stars and scream for the rest of eternity about how much I love them. But also, I’m one of those people who hate showing affection and cringe internally anytime someone else does. I’m basically half an unrelenting cynic, half a hopeless romantic and the two…

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8.4/10
The Republic of Tea: The Story of the Creation of a Business, as Told Through the Personal Letters of Its Founders (Mel Ziegler, Patricia Ziegler, Bill Rosenzweig)

A business book in the form of letter is pretty unique. The downside is that the narrative dragged at times. There were enough insights throughout to make it worthwhile. Here are a few: “Ultimate success in business will depend on whether the business person is yielding and flexible and responsive enough to go with the unknowns as they present themselves, day by day.” “Practice not-doing, and everything will fall into place…“Not-doing,” I discovered, was not at all about whether I worked or did not work, but it did have something to do with what is behind the work, the motive. If I worked for a selfish result, something that would benefit me, that was “doing.” But if I worked for the work itself, totally absorbed myself in the means and gave no thought to the end, that was “not-doing. […]“Not-doing,” I learned, was listening to what wants to happen of itself, not forcing it, not attempting to control, but only serving it by helping to remove the obstacles that are keeping it from happening.”    Support this site by buying the book through the links below. Thank you very much!    Buy now on eBay    Buy now on Amazon

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8.5/10
My Husband’s Lies (Caroline England)

On the afternoon of Nick and Lisa’s wedding, their close friend is found poised on a hotel window ledge, ready to jump. As the shock hits their friendship group, they soon realise that none of them are being as honest with themselves – or with each other – as they think. And there are secrets lurking that could destroy everything. Tense, disturbing and clever, My Husband’s Lies is a breath-taking read, perfect for fans of Lucy Clarke and Erin Kelly.    Support this site by buying the book through the links below. Thank you very much!    Buy now on eBay    Buy now on Amazon