A Book and a Beverage: May 2018 with Just Another Day

Welcome to May’s second A Book and a Beverage post! Last week, I shared my current favourite book but this week I am joined by one of my favourite bloggers (and one of my best blogging friends), Hannah from Just Another Day is here to share what she is reading and drinking at the moment! I was so excited when she agreed to do this as we have quite similar tastes in books, and I have absolutely loved every book that she has recommended to me. (I’ve already requested the book below from the library, and can’t wait to start it!) So without further adieu, here is Hannah!

A Book and a Beverage__May 2018 with Just Another Day

Heading in to summer is a great time for reading. Sitting in the sun with a book is a great way to soak up some vitamin D as well as pass some time. This time of year is great too because so many new chick lit books are coming out for the summer.

Chick lit and romance are incredibly underrated book genres if you ask me. They so often get overlooked as easy and cheesy reads but they aren’t. I love chick lit books, in fact I think there are so many life lessons to learn from them. Relationships, family, friends and just life in general are all covered in them making them so easy to relate to in one way or another.

My book that I’ve loved this month is Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses by Carole Matthews. I’ve had this book sat on my shelf for around a year now but for some reason I hadn’t yet picked it up. Now I’ve read it I regret that I left it alone for so long! This chick lit book is set just north of London where we join Christie Chapman and her son Finn as they face various life struggles. Christie is a single parent who is doing her best to raise her teenage boy Finn. Commuting 2 hours each way to work and working a difficult job just to keep a roof over their heads Christie does her best, until Finn falls ill and her whole world comes crashing down around her. Desperate to make a living Christie’s parents help her set up her own business doing what she loves. All the characters in this book are fantastic and so easy to relate to, plus it is a realistic storyline which kept me worming through the book. The thing I most loved about Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses was how it portrayed family. It shows how family are always there for you and always have your back. It also particularly related to me how parents love you and will do anything to help you when times are hard. I absolutely adored this book and was gutted when I came to the end of it! I really hope that one day Carole Matthews will write a sequel as I’m desperate to know more about what Christie and Finn get up to!

If you love Chick lit books and want similar books to this I recommend anything by Lucy Diamond and Carole Matthews. Particular recommendations would be The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews and The Beach Café by Lucy Diamond.

Carole Matthews' Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses with smoothie

My beverage: Mixed berry smoothie

Now our weather has turned warmer and the sun is out, tea and hot drinks will rarely pass my lips. I love making smoothies in the summer as they are filling (when you start to get a bit peckish between lunch and dinner) but they also feel energising. The hot weather can make me feel pretty lethargic so a smoothie does the trick!

Do you have certain genres of books that you read in certain seasons?

And as always, if you are interested in writing a guest post for A Book and a Beverage, email me at Anhistorianabouttown@gmail.com!

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!
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2 thoughts on “A Book and a Beverage: May 2018 with Just Another Day

  1. Gary May 13, 2018 / 1:08 pm

    Love this way of doing a book review Jessica. Very well presented and I have to agree chick lit isn’t all Mills and Boon. Not that I’ve much against those I hasten to add. Just not really my reading material. Might well join in on this shortly. I’ve read quite a few divergent books recently.

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    • anhistorianabouttown May 13, 2018 / 8:12 am

      Oh, that would be fantastic Gary, I would love to hear your recommendations!! I worked at a bookstore for 3 years, and although I don’t typically read a lot of romance or erotica for example, if that is what people want to read and they enjoy it more power to them 🙂 I find that a lot of chick lit is kind of like a cozy mystery for me- it’s a comfortable and cozy afternoon for me to enjoy a pleasant and wonderful book 😊

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