Just Like You

The new Nick Hornby is not a romance. It’s a story about love, sure, but not a romance. The premise, two opposite people falling in love, poses a lot of interesting questions. However, I feel that Hornby failed to answer them on a deeper level. I really liked the opening of Just Like You, reading […]

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Top Five Ann Rule Books

You may have heard the name ‘Ann Rule’ when listening to true crime podcasts or perhaps she’s been recommended to you by another true crime fan. Maybe you haven’t heard of her at all but you were drawn here by a wild search for true crime books. Or perhaps you’re her biggest fan and you’re […]

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Yellow Jessamine

Caitlin Starling’s gothic horror Yellow Jasmine is atmospheric and page turning. In this gothic tale a mysterious affliction troubles the city of Delphinium. With a few more developments this could have been one of my favourites of 2020, but there were a few things that held it back. The Plot in a Nutshell Yellow Jessamine’s […]

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

There’s little doubt that Suzanne Collins is a terrific writer, but does the prequel stand up to the original trilogy? And how is it as a stand along novel? The Hunger Games Just in case you’ve been LIVING UNDER A ROCK, here’s what the Hunger Games is all about. The country of Panem was raged […]

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The Mystery of Henri Pick (Book Review)

This is a novel for book lovers. It is a book for anyone who needs to fall in love with reading again. It is a mystery for those who love to solve them and a comedy for anyone who needs a (Henri) Pick-me-up. Written by David Foenkinos, The Mystery of Henri Pick is a wonderful […]

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Bone Crier’s Moon

I dare you to read Bone Crier’s Moon and not be immediately obsessed. Having got a special signed edition with my latest OwlCrate, I put Bone Crier’s Moon (by Kathryn Purdie) right on top of my TBR pile and was glued to the fantasy world of the Lurress. The Plot in a Nutshell Sabine and […]

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Duncan Versus the Googleys

I wish I’d read this book sooner, it’s so full of weird and wonderful joy – something we all need right now. Duncan Versus the Googleys by Kate Milner is a middle-grade fun fest that I read in two sessions; Perfect for reading out loud to the kids (or big kids) who are currently stuck […]

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Lost

Having just seen Parasite, I was shocked by how much a children’s book could remind me of some of the themes. Lost deals with the issue of class divisions in a way that is both accessible and thoroughly moving. Lost is an adventure story, a coming of age tale, a book about family strife and […]

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Tender is the Flesh

With all the social media that I’ve seen about Tender is the Flesh, I went in expecting something great, and wanting to be able to criticise. However, on the last part, I was unsuccessful. This short novel by Agustina Bazterrica depicts Marcos, a man whose wife is “staying with her sister”, whose child has recently […]

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…Ten Novels of the Decade (one for each year)

This is a very personal list. It does not (by any means) fully represent my taste in books. I’m only including fiction books and they are ordered by publication year, not by the year I read them! Let me know in the comments of via Twitter if I’ve named any of your favourites! 2010 – […]

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