The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
The Heavenly Italian Ice Cream Shop by Abby Clements
Vivian's Heavenly Ice Cream Shop, in January 2014 and was pleased to see this book on NetGalley so I requested it. It follows on with sisters Imogen and Anna, who have revived the ice cream shop in Brighton they inherited from their grandmother. Anna feels settled with her Italian husband Matteo and their daughter Isabella but Matteo is itching to go back to Italy. Eventually Anna agrees and they take on the lease of an ice cream shop. But Matteo's mother can't help but butt in and have criticism of everything Anna does. Imogen meanwhile is settled with her boyfriend Finn but gets itchy feet and wants to travel again. The book was an enjoyable read, it didn't suffer from second book syndrome that I get a lot from book series like this. The cover is beautiful, it perfectly fits the great summery vibe of the book!
Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
Little Beach Street Bakery, set in a little seaside resort where Polly set up an artisanal bakery after her life fell apart. Things are going well for Polly, work wise, friends wise and relationship wise until the owner of the bakery she is leasing dies. In steps the greedy relatives and things begin to fall apart. Polly needs to find a new way to keep her business going as well as deal it with issues in her relationship, This book almost fell into second book syndrome (which is where the relationship set up in book one begins to go tits up for some reason) but it managed to just about stay afloat. I still LOVE the setting of this book, as for all Colgan's settings there is something cosy, inviting and idyllic. I just want to jump into the book!
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
The Girl Who Wasn't There by Ferdinand von Schirach
Number of books read- 5
Ratio fiction to non-fiction- 4:1
Male to Female authors- 3:2
Number of eBooks- 2 (The Girl Who Wasn't There and The Heavenly Italian Ice Cream Shop)
Number of books borrowed from library- 0
Reading Challenge Completed
A Book Based on a True Story- Burial Rites
Yay! All done with July. Pretty short month but some nice reads in there. August will be on the site in a few days.