So it is officially Booktober! I am going to join the lovely Miss Carrie Hope Fletcher in reading one book each week for the duration of October.
My choice for week 1 is:
The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan
As dawn breaks over the Pont Neuf, and the cobbled alleyways of Paris come to life, Anna Trentham is already awake and at work, mixing and stirring the finest, smoothest, richest chocolate; made entirely by hand, it is sold to the grandes dames of Paris.
It's a huge shift from the chocolate factory she worked in at home in the north of England. But when an accident changed everything, Anna was thrown back in touch with her French teacher, Claire, who offered her the chance of a lifetime - to work in Paris with her former sweetheart Thierry, a master chocolatier.
With old wounds about to be uncovered and healed, Anna is set to discover more about real chocolate - and herself - than she ever dreamed.
My choice for week 2 is:
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Erik, the Phantom of the Paris Opera House, is one of he great icons of horror literature. This tormented and disfigured creature has made his home in the labyrinthine cellars of this opulent building where he can indulge in his great passion for music, which is a substitute for the love and emotion denied him because of his ghastly appearance.
It is in the Opera House that he encounters Christine Daae whom he trains in secret to become a great singer. Erik's passionate obsession with a beautiful woman beyond his reach is doomed and leads to a tragic finale.
My choice for week 3 is:
Don't Tell the Groom by Anna Bell
Penny has big dreams for her wedding day. She wants an unforgettable celebration, perfect down to the last detail, and has been saving for ages to make her dream a reality. When Mark finally pops the question, it's the bet moment of her life.
Until Penny checks her wedding fund and is horrified to discover that something has gone terribly wrong. There's far less money there than she'd thought... and it's all her fault. She can't tell Mark the truth about what she's done, or admit how much time she spends gambling online. Her only choice is to seek help for her addiction and get married on a drastically smaller budget.
Working under the pretense of surprising Mark with her plans on the big day, operation 'Don't Tell the Groom' rolls into action, with surprising, hilarious and often moving results.
My choice for week 4 is:
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
When Andrea first sets foot in the plush Manhattan offices of Runway she knows nothing. She's never heard of the world's most fashionable magazine, or its feared and fawned-over editor, Miranda Priestly - her new boss.
A year later, she knows altogether too much.
That it's a sacking offence to wear anything lower than a three-inch heel to work.
That you can charge anything at all to the Runway account, but you must never, ever, leave your desk, or let Miranda's coffee get cold.
And that at 3 a.m. on a Sunday, when your boyfriend's dumping you because you're always at work, if Miranda phones, you jump.
But this is Andrea's big break - it's going to be worth it in the end.
So those are the books that I intend to read over the course of Booktober. Are any of you taking part? Let me know in the comments if you are. If you have read any of these books before, let me know what you thought of them!