Autumn/Winter Reading List - United Cakedom

It's another one! I don't know if any of you are actually interested in what books I have lined up to read, but for me it helps me get through the pile if I have put it out there. It is a part of my personality that I do as I say I am going to do. So, I get away with stuff by not saying I will do anything. It takes a lot for me to commit to something. Hence the list's, I've committed to reading these books. 

However, I didn't quite manage to get all the books on my summer reading list read either - so they are still technically on the list too! Dead Zone by Stephen King and Happy by Ferne Cotton. However, when I do make these lists it tends to give me a bit of direction when it comes to tackling my huge pile of books! And narrows the "what to read next" question down!

When I was writing the summer list I was like "Yes, warm summer days to read outside in the park or if you're lucky by a beach!" Now I'm like "Nice rainy days are perfect for cuddling up with a cup of coffee or tea and a great book or if you're lucky by a roaring fire!" 

It just proves books are great for all seasons!! 



The Grisha Trilogy: by Leigh Bardugo
Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising 
synopsis - (from Shadow and Bone) The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, is slowly destroying the once great nation of Ravka. Allina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the world of the kingdom's magical elite - the Grisha. Could she be the key to setting Ravka free? The Darkling, a man of seductive charm and terrifying power. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him. But what of Mal, Alina's childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, what can't she ever quite forget him?

-I was suppose to give out copies of this book for World Book Night two years ago, but the copies never made it to my library pick up point. Ever since I have been intrigued and managed to pick up copies of book one and two at a charity shop and am keeping an eye out for the third. 


The Yorkshire Pudding Club by Milly Johnson
synopsis - Three South Yorkshire friends, all on the cusp of 40, fall pregnant at the same time following a visit to an ancient fertility symbol. For Helen, it's a dream come true, although her husband is not as thrilled about it as she had hoped. Not only wrestling with painful ghosts of the past, Helen has to deal with the fact that her outwardly perfect marriage is crumbling before her eyes. For Janey, it is an unmitigated disaster as she has just been offered the career break of a life-time. And she has no idea either how it could possibly have happened, seeing as she and her ecstatic husband George were always so careful over contraception. For Elizabeth, it is mind-numbing, because she knows people like her shouldn't have children. Damaged by her dysfunctional childhood and emotionally lost, she not only has to contend with carrying a child she doubts she can ever love, but she also has to deal with the return to her life of a man whose love she must deny herself.

- I was given a copy of this book in a book giveaway I managed to snag on twitter years ago. I have read The Teashop on the Corner by Milly Johnson and it was a light hearted easy read perfect for when life is just a little too much! 


A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
synopsis - A God in Ruins relates the life of Teddy Todd – would-be poet, heroic World War II bomber pilot, husband, father, and grandfather – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have. 

- A couple of summers ago I had Life after Life on my summer reading list and although it took a while to get into, I couldn't put it down so when I saw that there was a book following Ursula's brother I just had to get a copy! If you have never read anything by Kate Atkinson, I think you need to remedy that immediately starting with Scene's Behind the Museum or the Jackson Brodie novels!! 


The Good Psycopath's Guide to Success by Dr Kevin Dutton & Andy McNab
synopsis - How to use your inner psychopath to get the most out of life - Professor Kevin Dutton has spent a lifetime studying psychopaths. He first met SAS hero Andy McNab during a research project. What he found surprised him. McNab is a diagnosed psychopath but he is a GOOD PSYCHOPATH. Unlike a BAD PSYCHOPATH, he is able to dial up or down qualities such as ruthlessness, fearlessness, conscience and empathy to get the very best out of himself – and others – in a wide range of situations. Drawing on the combination of Andy McNab’s wild and various experiences and Professor Kevin Dutton’s expertise in analysing them, together they have explored the ways in which a good psychopath thinks differently and what that could mean for you. What do you really want from life, and how can you develop and use qualities such as charm, coolness under pressure, self-confidence and courage to get it? The Good Psychopath Manifesto gives you a unique and entertaining road-map to self-fulfillment both in your personal life and your career.

- To be honest I am not entirely sure what drew me to pick this book up, another charity find, I just thought that sounds interesting. 


How to Eat Better by James Wong
synopsis - Between the rush to keep up with the latest miracle ingredient, anxiety about E-numbers and demonization of gluten/dairy/sugar (or the next foodie villain du jour) many of us are left in a virtual panic in the supermarket aisle. Tabloid headlines, 'free-from' labels and judgemental Instagram hashtags hardly help matters - so what should we be buying? How to Eat Better strips away the fad diets, superfood fixations and Instagram hashtags to give you a straight-talking scientist's guide to making everyday foods far healthier (and tastier) simply by changing the way you select, store and cook them. No diets, no obscure ingredients, no damn spiralizer, just real food made better, based on the latest scientific evidence from around the world. With over 80 foolproof recipes to put the theory into practice, James Wong shows you how to make any food a superfood, every time you cook.

-There is so much out there these days on what's good for us and what's bad for us and they vary in extremes. James has taken years to write this book giving a clear and straight forward way to look at food and get the best out of it, I haven't read it through and that is why it's on my list as I must give it proper time and attention. 

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