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JUDGE A BOOK BY IT’S COVER

I always choose books to read by the design of the cover, which you might say is a bad idea.. Below are some of the books I have read this year, and I have to say that so far my method seems to be working as they have all been great reads!

The Rosie effect

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The Rosie Effect is the sequel to The Rosie Project, and both are my absolute favorite books this year. After reading the first book I was so sad it was over, but recently discovered the second one in a book store and had to buy and read it straight away! Without telling you too much, this is about the unforgettable & extraordinary character Don Tillman & his relationship with Rosie. They meet through Don’s Wife Project, his attempt to meet the perfect partner through a detailed questionnaire. It is a very different, charming & hilarious take on a love story, written in a clever way. I recommend reading both of these amazing books, but have to warn you that you will not want to put them down..

“Squelch your inner cynic: the hype is justified. Australian Graeme Simsion has written a genuinely funny novel…This is classic rom-com” – The Washington Post

 

The state we're in

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The State We’re In was a very interesting & deep read, with great characters that you end up empathizing with the more you get to know them. The story is very gripping with a lot of unexpected twists and turns along the way. A must-read but when you’ve finished it; remember to #KeepTheSecret..

“Sweet, sharp and simply unforgettable” – Lisa Jewell

 

Summer at the lake

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I read Summer at the Lake on holiday in Italy this summer, which was very fitting as most of the story is set in my favorite place in Italy; beautiful Lake Como. The book is about three very unlikely friends who meet by accident when the main character Floriana is knocked over by a car. Property developer Adam Strong & 80 year old Esme Silcox helps her, and they end up forming a special bond which takes them on a life changing trip to Lake Como. As a reader you end up falling in love with all three characters as well as the stunning surroundings and gripping story.

“A big hug of a novel that leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy” – WOMAN

 

The time of their lives

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The Time of Their Lives was another book I read at the beach this summer, a little bit of a cliche at times but an enjoyable and good book to bring along on holiday. The book is about a group of four best friends who after 45 years of friendship know each other inside out until each of them experience things they had not planned for. It is an honest and well written novel about the generation that wanted to change the world but didn’t bargain on getting old.

 

The fault in our stars

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I have never cried as much as I did while reading The Fault in Our Stars but even though it is a sad story, it is not depressing. It is a cute and addictive read about the serious topic of terminal illness and how it effect the victims and those close to them. John Green did a good job pulling off this emotional but yet entertaining book, and I recommend anyone to read it.

“A novel of life and death and the people caught in between, The Fault in Our Stars is John Green at his best. You laugh, you cry, and then you come back for more” – Markus Zusak

 

Finding Colin Firth

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The last book on my list is the heartwarming and fun Finding Colin Firth. It is about three women in a small town who comes together because of their joint love of Colin Firth. It challenges topics such as adoption, teenage pregnancy and the women’s search for happiness. To find out if they find happiness (and Colin Firth) you have to read the book..

“March writes poignantly and beautifully to give real meaning to the dramatic moments as well as lighthearted witty moments of humor. This one’s a true pleasure to read” – Romantic Times

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HOW TO MAKE BANANA CARAMEL MILKSHAKE

I love this super easy & delicious take on milkshake, especially since the key ingredient is banana. It is perfect for a snack, or even breakfast as it is just the right amount of sweet!

Banana caramel milkshake

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INGREDIENTS:
1 large banana (about 300g)
300ml milk
3 tbsp of caramel syrup
1 pinch of sea salt
1 crushed chocolate digestive biscuit

Banana caramel milkshake ingredients

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RECIPE:
#1 Peel & slice the banana, then freeze for at least 2 hours.
#2 When the banana pieces are frozen, take them out and place them into the blender.
#3 Pour the the milk & caramel syrup in along with the sea salt.
#4 Mix everything until there are no lumps left.
#5 Pour into a glass and decorate with a sprinkle of the crushed chocolate digestive biscuit and a drizzle of caramel syrup on top.
#6 Enjoy!

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