My Mr B’s Reading Subscription 2016-2017

Last year for my birthday, my sister and my mum bought me a reading subscription for Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights. This is a wonderful shop in Bath, which we’ve visited twice for a reading spa. Read about our experiences HERE and HERE.

Bath mr bs emporium of reading delights rainy day 97 large

Photo courtesy of http://www.coolplaces.co.uk

A reading subscription involves receiving 11 books hand-picked for you by a member of the bookselling team. After I received my little card informing me of my reading subscription I emailed Mr B’s and answered many questions about my bookish tastes and some random questions to go with it (to get to know me better!) I was able to name my sister as someone who would know if I had a book. She knows my reading tastes well! They emailed her every month to discuss books and quite often many emails would fly between them. Such dedication to finding the perfect book! Mr B’s do offer a 3, 6 or 11 month subscription (11 months due to a month off for Christmas!)

Each month, I received a beautifully wrapped book and bookmark for me to review the book and send back to Mr B’s.

Photo from Mr B’s website

I have attached my reviews to the books I’ve read from my reading year. 2 are to be reviewed and 2 need to be read. I shall edit the reviews in as and when I read/review them. For books not reviewed yet, I have added a Goodreads link to the book. 

Book 1- Early One Morning– Virginia Baily

Book 2- Infinite Sky– C. J Flood

Book 3- Disclaimer– Renee Knight

Book 4- Uprooted– Naomi Novik

Book 5- The One In A Million Boy– Monica Wood

Book 6- The Sudden Appearance of Hope– Claire North TO BE REVIEWED

Book 7- The Girl In The Red Coat– Kate Hamer TO BE REVIEWED

Book 8- Waking In Time- Angie Stanton

Book 9- Spontaneous– Aaron Starmer

Book 10- The Miracle Life Of Edgar Mint– Brady Udall  TO BE READ

Book 11- Fly On The Wall– E.Lockhart TO BE READ

I was a bit rubbish at sending the bookmarks back with my reviews, but I really did appreciate their pick books for me. I wouldn’t have picked some of them for myself but I ended up really enjoying them!

A big thank you to Beth and my mum for getting me this gift and for Mr B’s Emporium for selecting such a wonderful variety of books for me!

For more information, please check out their reading gifts on their website. It really is a perfect gift for a book lover!

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This Week In Books #69

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

The Last Days of Summer Waking in time The Nearest Faraway Place

NOW- The Last Days Of  Summer- Vanessa Ronan- I started this book late last night. I’m enjoying it so far. It feels different to books that I’ve read recently.

THEN- Waking In Time- Angie Stanton- I totally judged a book by its cover on this one. I thought it was going to be a New Adult read, but it wasn’t! It was a great time travel book with a touch of mystery.

NEXT- The Nearest Far Away Place- Hayley Long- I’ve read one book by Hayley Long before and enjoyed it. I’ve heard good things about this book, so fingers crossed!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post or a similar one and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading!

Waking In Time

Waking in time

How did I get it?:
I received it as a gift as part of my Mr B’s subscription!

Synopsis:

Falling through time and falling in love – neither is simple. Still mourning the loss of her beloved grandmother and shaken by her mysterious, dying request to “find the baby”, Abbi has arrived at uni to start her first year. But on her second day, she wakes up to a different world: 1983. That is just the first stop on Abbi’s journey backwards through time. Will is a charming student from 1927 who travels forwards through time. When Abbi and Will meet in the middle, love adds another complication to their lives. Communicating across time through a buried time capsule, they try to decode the mystery of their travel, find the lost baby and plead with their champion, a kindly physics tutor, to help them find each other again … even though the tutor gets younger each time Abbi meets him. This page-turning story full of romance, twists and delightful details about uni life then and now will stay with readers long after the book’s satisfying end.

Thoughts:

I have to admit, I didn’t know anything about this book prior to it arriving at my house! I’m pleased it was picked for me though as I thought it really was a hidden gem. I first thought it was going to be a New Adult romance book (don’t judge a book by its cover, people!) however, it was much more than that. It’s got time travel, mystery and romance. I was pleasantly surprised by this book.

It centres around a young woman named Abbi, she’s arrived at university to start her first year. Abbi has recently lost her grandmother who attended the same university. Abbi doesn’t expect to wake up to a different world. Each time she wakes up in the morning, Abbi finds herself trying to unravel a mystery surrounding her late grandmother. She’s determined to stick with a guy from her past as well, things aren’t easy for Abbi but she’s determined to sort out her future!

I really enjoyed the character of Abbi. I immediately connected to her. I loved her relationship with her grandmother and how she was determined to sort out her grandmother’s mystery. It was super interesting to see the different time periods through her eyes. Abbi’s relationships between Will and Professor Smith were just heartwarming.

I was gripped by the story. I wanted to know if Abbi would solve the mystery and how each character was linked. This book really was a pleasant surprise. I’m glad that it was picked for me!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A surprise! I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did!