Sometimes it is just too easy to get distracted by emails and social media notifications to really settle down with a good book. I am guilty of this and if I do pick up a book my phone starts pinging at me just to show off and whine for my attention. I still think there is nothing better than losing yourself in a great story, turning the pages with urgency to find out what happens next. A long train journey is the perfect opportunity to devour a novel, which  Emma King knows only too well as she travels the arduous journey from Essex to West London every day but says it is worth it to work for her dream company, Cath Kidston.

 Emma passes the time by reading two or three novels a week and is never without her trusty kindle (encased in the latest Cath Kidston print of course). So when I thought about adding book recommendations and reviews to this blog Emma was the first person I thought of to let us know her top five favourite reads.


1. You had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane 

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2. Bookends by Jane Green – first published in 2000 but it’s always one of my go to books

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3. Between you and me by Lisa Hall – just read it, don’t read any reviews or be tempted to have a sneak peek

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4. I let you go by Clare Mackintosh – really gets you thinking and will stay with you once you’ve finished it

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5. The Letter by Kathryn Hughes – Lovely read set in the 1940s and 1970s

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You can find Emma’s book recommendations and others in the series on the Three Shots Ahead Pinterest page. Don’t forget to support your local library as it is a great place to find all these books and more for free. You can usually find a library close to your place of work and they should let you join to borrow books if you can prove you work locally, plus many libraries now offer ebooks.  If you would like to share your top five books, get in touch. (Top photo taken at my local library, The Idea Store).