Book Review: The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard by Robert Bryndza

Coco Pinchard always dreamed of being a successful writer, but then life got in the way. She married young, had a son, and put her dreams on hold... But now she's forty, and her first novel is about to be published! Her husband Daniel has greyed nicely into a silver fox, and her son Rosencrantz is all grown up. Shouldn't it be time to enjoy life?

That is, until the annual family Christmas when her hideous in-laws come to stay, and Coco opens her gift from Daniel. It's not the jewellery she chose, but an iPhone. This marks the start of Daniel's mid-life crisis and Coco catches him in bed with a younger woman.

The iPhone becomes a confessional, and as Coco's life unravels, she documents her seemingly endless (and often entertaining) run of bad luck through emails to loyal friends Christopher, an ageing trustafarian, and Marika, a slightly alcoholic schoolteacher.

Then Coco meets the hunky Adam and she's back in the world of dating as a single forty-something. 


Book Review: Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles

Bennett's Bookshop has always been a haven for sixteen-year-old Paige Turner. It's a place where she can escape from her sleepy hometown, hang out with her best friend, Holly, and also earn some money.

But, like so many bookshops, Bennett's has become a 'casualty of the high street' - it's strapped for cash and going to be torn down. Paige is determined to save it but mobilising a small town like Greysworth is no mean feat.

Time is ticking - but that's not the only problem Paige has. How is she going to fend off the attractions of beautiful fellow artist, Blaine? And, more importantly, will his anarchist ways make or break her bookshop campaign?


5 Things I have learnt from working in a library...

This week is one of my favourite calendar weeks of the whole year. (After Christmas week and my Birthday week, which just happen to be the same...) Why, I hear you ask...What could possibly be so special about this pretty nondescript week during October? I have one word for you: LIBRARIES.

The 8th-14th October is National Libraries Week. A whole week dedicated to the bookish buildings of wonderfulness that are our local libraries. Apart from spending this week championing libraries and spreading the word about all of the fantastic services they offer, it also occurred to me that as of next month I will have been working in a public library for ten years. This evoked many thoughts and feelings (the main one being, OMG I AM OLD.)
I love libraries, both as a place of work and a service which I use in my personal life. But having spent a whole decade of my working life surrounded by wonderful books, this got me thinking about some of the things I have learnt in my role. A LOT had changed during the past ten years (including my position, job title and location) but there are some things which will always stay the same...(My library card will probably always be maxed out, there's no other way round it...)

I thought it would be a nice way to celebrate this wonderful week of the bookish year by sharing five of the most important things I have learnt during the last ten years. If I could grab my eighteen year old self as she was on her way to her interview for the post of Library Assistant all those years ago, then this is what I would tell her...