Re-discovering my love for reading….

Back In January 2017 I set a goal of reading 40 books throughout 2017.

Unfortunately at the close of the year I had only read 36.

I put a lot of pressure on myself to read a large amount of books to the point that I didn’t enjoy reading nearly as much as I usually do, It felt forced.

I was so intent on finishing a book that I didn’t enjoy the journey the book was taking me on.

So 2018 is going to be about enjoying the journey, and getting back to reading books for the right reason – to relax and escape into another world of my choosing.

I’m going to set realistic monthly goals and make sure that I set at least one hour aside each day to read books that I will enjoy.

We’re 3 weeks into the new year and already I’ve read some great books by Authors that I know and love.

None of the books have felt like a chore, infact I couldn’t put them down.

2018 is going to be my time to re-discover my love of reading


The Secret Girly Girl


January Book Reviews.

Hi There,

I just thought I’d publish a quick post on the books that I have read throughout January and what I thought of them. So here we are:

Night Music Nocturnes Volume 2 By John Connolly


I asked for this book for Christmas having been recommended it on my Amazon account. I have recently been into Horror/Ghost stories in a big way so this book really appealed to me.

The book is a compilation of thirteen short horror stories, which I really liked because every story was so different from the last.

It stands at 448 pages so it is a substantial book but I managed to read it in a couple of days because I just couldn’t put it down.

My favourite stories were ‘The blood of the lamb’ and ‘The Lamia’ as well as ‘Razorshins’.

The stories cover all aspects of horror from Ghosts, to terrifying predators. There truly is something in this book for all horror fans.

I loved this book so much that I have already purchased the first volume in the series. I could not recommend it more. 5/5

The House on Cold Hill – By Peter James


Peter James is famous for writing crime fiction but quite a while a go I read his Ghost story ‘Possession’ and I really enjoyed it. So when I saw that he had released this book in December I really wanted to read it.

Once again this was a book I read in a couple of days, as I could not put it down.

The book is about a couple that move to a large stately home called ‘Cold Hill House’. Before long they soon realize that the house is in a greater state of disrepair than they first thought. With all there money tied up in the house they are unable to move or sell the house and the couple soon realize that they are not alone.

The thing I loved about this book is that the social commentary is right up to date, with references to social media, music and attitudes.

While this is fine for anyone reading the book now I do feel that this book will soon become dated within a year or two. However it is a fantastic twist on the modern ghost story and is a really fantastic read! 5/5

Thirteen More Tales of Horror – Various


This is a compilation or horror stories. It is part of the Point Horror series of books (very popular in the 1990’s) and was a nice light read. Although aimed at teenagers I think there is plenty in this book for adults too.

A really great book 5/5.

Final Exam – Diane Hoh


Again, this book is part of the Point Horror collection. Set in America, it focuses on Kelly a car mechanic who is currently taking her Final exams at High School.

Soon strange things begin to happen to her and she soon realizes someone is out to get her, but who can it be? Her best friend? Her new love interest?

This is a great little horror/mystery and at around 200 pages it’s a nice quick read. Again aimed at a teenage audience but still a great read for any adult. 4/5

I managed to read four books in January which I am really happy about.

It means that I am now 1 or 2 books ahead of schedule on my reading goal for 2016, which is fantastic. I really enjoyed these books.

Have you read any of these books? What books did you read throughout January? Let me know.

The Secret Girly Girl


Good Reads Reading Challenge 2015!

Hi There,

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In 2015 I decided to take the Good Reads Reading Challenge. I simply went to and entered the amount of books I wanted to read in 2015. I personally chose to try and read 40 books. I ended surpassing my goal and reading 43 which I am really proud of.

Most of the books I read were supernatural/ghost stories but I did throw a few Non-fictions and chick-lit in along the way.

I am going to set another reading goal again this year and I think I’m going to aim for 40 books again. I’m not going to increase it purely because I know that I am going to be focusing a lot of time into expanding my business this year.

For anyone who is interested I will list the books I read this year along with their genre and the marks out of 5 that I awarded them below:


  1. The Ghost Hunters – Neil Spring (Ghost story) 4/5
  2. The Evil inside (Horror) 4/5
  3. Hell House – Richard Matheson (ghost story) 3.5/5
  4. What’s your number? (chick-lit) 4.5/5
  5. Accidentally Demonic – Dakota Cassidy (supernatural) 3.5/5
  6. 50 ways to hex your lover – Linda Wisdom (supernatural) 3/5
  7. Roald Dahl’s book of ghost stories – Various (ghost stories) 3/5
  8. Three winter ghosts – Gary sargent (ghost story) 3/5
  9. The woman in Black – Angel of death – Martyn Waites (ghost story) 4.5/5
  10. The wrong knickers – Bryony Gordon (Chick-Lit) 5/5
  11. Apartment 16 – Adam Neville (Horror) 3.5
  12. Forensics: The anatomy of crime – Val McDermid (Non-Fiction) 5/5
  13. Finger Lickin’ Dead – Riley Adams (Crime) 4/5
  14. Working Stiff – Rachel Caine (Supernatural) 4.5/5
  15. The haunting of hill house – Shirley Jackson 3/5
  16. Bellman & Black – Diane Setterfield (Victorian) 3/5
  17. Agatha Raisin and the vicious vet – M.C Beaton (Crime) 4/5
  18. No one gets out alive – Adam Neville (Horror) 4.5/5
  19. House of small shadows – Adam Neville (horror) 3.5/5
  20. The call of the weird – Louis Theroux (Non-Fiction) 4.5/5
  21. Fools Rush in – Various (Chick-lit) 4/5
  22. You’re making me hate you – Corey Taylor (Non-Fiction) 5/5
  23. Bunny Tales: Behind closed doors at the playboy mansion – Izabella st James (Non-Fiction) 4/5
  24. Down the Rabbit hole – Holly Madison (Non-Fiction) 5/5
  25. Hex Hall – Rachel Hawkins (Supernatural) 5/5
  26. Ash – Malinda Lo (fairytale) 4.5/5
  27. The Harrowing – Alexandra Sokoloff (Supernatural) 5/5
  28. Whispers in the dark – Jonathan Aycliffe (Supernatural) 4.5/5
  29. The Lost – Jonathan Aycliffe (supernatural) 4.5/5
  30. Naomi’s room – Jonathan Aycliffe (Ghost story) 5/5
  31. I’m not a serial killer – Dan Wells (Thriller) 5/5
  32. Grayson Manor Haunting – Cheryl Bradshaw (ghost story) 4/5
  33. The Hunting Ground – Cliff McNish (Ghost story) 4/5
  34. Omen 4 Armageddon 2000 – Gordon McGill (Possession) 3/5
  35. The mist in the mirror – Susan Hill (ghost story) 3/5
  36. The drowning pool – Syd Moore (Witchcraft) 2/5
  37. Immortal Remains – Rook Hastings (Ghost story) 4/5
  38. A sincere warning about the entity in your house – Jason Arnopp (ghost story) 2/5
  39. The haunting of Highdown Hall – Shani Struthers (ghost story) 3.5/5
  40. The Bedwetter: stories of courage, redemption and pee – Sarah Silverman (Humour) 4/5
  41. Dolly – Susan Hill (Ghost story) 2.5/5
  42. The visitors book – Sophie Hannah (ghost stories) 4/5
  43. Gifted: Out of sight out of mind – Marilyn Kaye (supernatural) 4.5/5

As you can see I fell in love with two authors in particular this year, Adam Neville and Jonathan Aycliffe, both of who I highly recommend checking out.

Do you currently have a reading goal for 2015? Did you reach it? What were your favourite books? Let me know!

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl


August Favourites!

This month I have had quite a lot of Non-Beauty Favourites that I have been loving.

If you follow my blog on a regular basis you will know that I love Books & reading.

I would go as far as saying I prefer reading a book to watching TV, so this brings me onto my first to favourites this month which are both Book based websites.


I love using kindle it’s a great way to take large amounts of books away with you but my true love are paperbacks.

Normally when I finish reading one I will give it to a friend or take it to a charity shop but now I’ve fallen in love with

This is a website where you swap your unwanted books with other users. All it costs is the shipping cost for you to send your swapped book to another member.

It’s a fantastic and environmentally sound way to get new books and get rid of any unwanted reads.

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My second website & App is which is a website where you can track all the books you have read and get great book recommendations.

They also have a reading challenge where you can enter how many books you want to read in 2015 & it tracks your progress to let you know if you are on schedule to meet your goal or not. I entered that I wanted to read 40 books in 2015! I am currently ahead of schedule, which is good to know. The app is available for free from the app store.


Following on in the book theme, another august favourite has been the Author Jonathan Aycliffe. I only recently heard of him but I have been enjoying his books throughout August – A great author for anyone interested in Ghost story/ Supernatural books.

I only have two beauty favourites this month. The first was the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette that was released this month I’ve already blogged about it, so I wont repeat myself but this is a fantastically versatile palette with something for everyone.


My second Beauty Favourite is the Almond & Milk Hand Cream by Burt’s Bees. This is quite a thick greasy formulae s it wont be to everyone’s liking but I apply it first thing in the morning. I don’t tend to reapply throughout the day because it is so greasy but it leaves my hands feeling really soft and smells so good!!!


My final favourite is another App. Ever since I was a child I have always found the noise of a vacuum cleaner really relaxing, same with a hairdryer or fan. This is because these sounds are white noise and mimic the sound of the womb.

Recently I’ve had trouble switching off at bed time and relaxing enough to fall asleep so I downloaded an app called ‘White Noise’ and you can set it on a timer so that once you fall asleep it turns itself off. These kinds of apps are usually targeted at Babies but they really work and I really recommend them for anyone struggling to sleep.

That concludes my favourites for August. What are your favourites? Let me know.

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl