20/04/2015

Submissions for Fiery Fabulous Summer Reading List' open

FIERY, FABULOUS SUMMER READING LIST.

From May 9th, I am beginning my Fiery Fabulous Summer Reading List where I put up and review, host special Summery features and giveaways for loads of sunny books for readers to enjoy these hot days ahead.

Whether funny, intriguing, suspenseful, or just fabulously beachy, book agents, publicists, publishing houses, authors and other workaholics can email me about SUMMER 2015 titles they would like me to include in this feature.

Last year, the following Summery Books won my heart:















And so much more!

Happy approaching summer with lots of natural tan and so much weight-gain in all the right places. Remember, look healthy, feel good, read a book!

Ground-Breaking Titles of 2014: Books That Changed The Face of Chick-lit

I had been meaning to post this way back when I had too much time on my hands but never got around to. So as I have taken a mini-blogging break, I would leave you with my list of:

GROUND-BREAKING Books of 2014: BOOKS THAT CHANGED THE FACE OF CHICK-LIT.

(Not listed in any order)

The List by Joanna Bolouri.

Following the adventures of one shy girl with a naughty list, this book has a plot that sets it apart from all other chick-lit titles you’ve ever read. Told in the form of a diary, this book has lots to keep you engaged and SO MUCH MORE TO KEEP YOU GASPING FOR SHOCK! Not to mention it’s funny as hell, and of course sexy as Helen Mirren.  PURCHASE| READ REVIEW

An Open Marriage by Tess Stimson.

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I love Tess Stimson because she’s not afraid to use the letters on her keyboard to talk about issues a lot of society frowns upon (except for the old who are now embracing a YOLO approach to life). Focusing on the much hush-hushed swinging life of older marriages, Tess Stimson pens an emotionally steamy novel stacked with lots of lessons to learn from in our rapidly-changing society blurring the lines between adultery and fidelity as well as morality and immorality.  PURCHASE| READ REVIEW

Christmas In The Snow by Karen Swan.

This book puts down the notion that Chick-lit cannot be fast-paced and very intriguing without guns and women sleuths. Karen Swan speaks on issues of feminism and women in high-ranking positions where male-domination is the opposite of what’s said in a BeyoncĂ© track. Now, a book about ‘dark family secrets’ with dark, twisted family secrets! Absolutely ground-breaking! .  PURCHASE| READ REVIEW

A Husband’s  Confession by Zoe Miller.

This is not your ordinary infidelity book! I never thought the main issue behind a book about infidelity could be something besides the ‘Oh, well, he cheated’ fact. Laced with family rivalry, intrigue, suspense and lots of ‘when the fuck is he going to cheat?’ moments, this book is told in present day and past day narratives that gives it a hallmark character! .  PURCHASE| READ REVIEW

Courting Trouble by Kathy Lette.
Courting Trouble by Kathy Lette


Listed as the funniest book of 2014, Kathy Lette’s latest release isn’t all about one big book with so much chemistry between the protagonists and too much to laugh at. Putting across issues such as battling rape and its repercussions for feminists and rape-haters all-alike, Kathy Lette tells a remarkable story laden with suspense and so many issues of sexism swept under the carpet. .  PURCHASE| READ REVIEW

So there you have it. And you can vouch that as it appears on this blog, these books have NEVER, EVER, EVER BEEN DONE in chick-lit/women’s fiction. These titles demonstrate chick-lit is not all about ‘That Pink Book’! And by these titles, CHICK-LIT WOULD NEVER, EVER, EVER BE THE SAME AGAIN!


Mini Blogging Break.

Hello Everyone,

As you’ve noticed, for some time now I haven’t been regular with my reviews.
No, this is not a short of books on my part (fortunately), it’s that I have been trying hard to balance education with blogging and the result: One book review per week. Sad, I know.

One book per week has now evolved to no-book per week thanks to the motherfucker called examination. (No need to excuse my French because it isn’t French at all!). As much as I hate examinations and everything about formal education (you would find out here——although if I were you, a consistent reader of my blog, I wouldn’t click the link because I would be aware of the misleading nature of the owner of this blog and his love for very NFSW material), I have to put away fiction to read more painful Thomas Hardy. (Fiction should be entertaining, thank you).

Long story short, it’s recess from blogging till May 9th.

Summer Reading awaits! Christ, I am announcing my desire for a very sunny shelf this 

May(!) so feel free book agents, publicists, authors, and other workaholics to email me about Summer 2015 titles!

Thank you for understanding.
Kobby.


04/04/2015

Book Review: How Do You Know by Meredith Schorr.



What if you were approaching the end of your thirties and all of the life milestones you took for granted in your youth suddenly seemed out of reach?

On the eve of her thirty-ninth birthday, Maggie Piper doesn't look, act, or feel much different than she did at twenty-nine, but with her fortieth birthday speeding towards her like a freight train, she wonders if she should. The fear of a slowing metabolism, wrinkling of her skin, and the ticking of her biological clock leaves Maggie torn between a desire to settle down like most of her similarly-aged peers and concern that all is not perfect in her existing relationship. When a spontaneous request for a temporary "break" from her live-in boyfriend results in a "break-up," Maggie finds herself single once again and only twelve months from the big 4.0. In the profound yet bumpy year that follows, Maggie will learn, sometimes painfully, that life doesn't always happen on a schedule, there are no deadlines in love, and age really is just a number.


MY REVIEW
If you’ve read previous titles of Meredith Schorr, and you loved them, there would be no need to read the blurb of her every new book before jumping into it. I didn’t consider the blurb.

The storyline is everyday mainstream women’s fiction. Girl approaching her forties, Girl not considering marriage with a man she has no spark with, Girl wondering if there’s more to love than good company.

Just like every tale set in New York, there’s a mix of friends in the city who go on and on about relationships, ageing, babies in later years. An insightful title for anyone approaching their forties with style or with dread (much like our main character).

The main character, is lovely. Very relatable to all women hitting their forties. Other characters you would also enjoy are, an Aunt with conventional values about marriage who loves to put pressure on our main character, an understanding mother who’s surprisingly calm that her daughter might be breaking up with her best man yet, Phillip—an ageing hottie boss in our lead’s workplace, Ben—a laidback guy our lead encounters.

Having read all three of Meredith Schorr titles, I really, really had hopes for this one. I did like it. But it was just a normal read, nothing I would gush heavily about. I felt I needed more. I wished it wasn’t too conventional women’s fiction.

My rating: Three /five stars (3/5 stars)

How Do You Know is available on amazon


My work not done here. Off to post my review on Goodreads.