Friday, March 29, 2013

Perfect Books for Mothers - Quick Reads - Review & (UK) Giveaway Competition

There's this thing I've done since becoming a mom. It really started after my second daughter was born, when those moments of quiet when my only child was sleeping and I still had time to myself became a distant memory. When I could sit, nourishing my child by my breast and while she nursed I would read.

When my second child came along, my attention was no longer focused... ever. I discovered a way to keep a grasp on my love of books; to continue feeding my own desire to devour the written word. I call it, "Toothbrush Reading."

No matter how crazy the household is, or how many times I hear, "Mom!" from the kids or "Babe!" from the hubs, there are 3 minutes every morning and every evening that I can almost always claim for myself: when I'm brushing my teeth. Add a thorough floss and we're up to 5 or so! Woo hoo! There is no mommy-guilt attached to brushing one's teeth. It has to be done!

Some books take longer than others to ready by this method of mine. When I was offered the opportunity to read and review 3 Quick Reads, I jumped at the opportunity because they are perfect for my Toothbrush Reading time! The longest of the 3 is a mere 125 pages and the author wastes no time! The story starts right where it should, grasping the readers attention from the very first words.

Quick Reads is a UK literary charity that has been providing short, fast-paced, exciting books to encourage reading for pleasure for people who otherwise might not take (or have) the time for leisurely reading (like mums/moms). They also aim to improve literacy among the one in six adults in the UK who struggle with reading. Not only are they easy to read, but they cost a mere £1 - something any of us can swing now and again. 

I have to admit, the books were so engaging that they extended beyond my Toothbrush Reading. A Sea Change by Veronica Henry was light and breezy, with a moral dilemma that most of us can identify with. A Dreadful Murder by  Minette Walters, a bestselling author, pulled me in immediately and I found myself playing detective, trying to solve a true, still un-solved, murder. Finally, Wrong Time, Wrong Place by Simon Kernick had me on the edge of my seat. My teeth got very clean whilst reading this book! I read it in less than an hour!

Now you UK residents have the opportunity to win one of the four following books:
  • Wrong Time, Wrong Place by Simon Kernick (Arrow)
  • A Dreadful Murder by Minette Walters (Pan)
  • A Sea Change by Veronica Henry (Orion)
  • Love is Blind by Kathy Lette (Black Swan)
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  1. That picture sums it up. I love that you are able to find moments where you can. You gotta take what you can get sometimes! :)

  2. i would love to read A Dreadful Murder by Minette Walters


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