My Goodreads Challenge – update: 6 months in

Here's a 6 month update on how I'm doing with my Goodreads Reading Challenge! I have read 54 of 90 books in 2017, and apparently I'm 16 books ahead of schedule! Books I've Read So Far This Year: (click the cover to go to view the book on Goodreads) Are you doing a Goodreads challenge this year?… Continue reading My Goodreads Challenge – update: 6 months in


The Last Days of Summer [review]

The Last Days of Summer by Vanessa Ronan

[Synopsis]   She can forgive. They can't forget. After ten years in the Huntsville State Penitentiary, Jasper Curtis returns home to live with his sister and her two daughters. Lizzie does not know who she's letting into her home: the brother she grew up loving or the monster he became. Teenage Katie distrusts this strange… Continue reading The Last Days of Summer [review]

The Life And Death of Sophie Stark [review]

[Synopsis] Gripping and provocative, The Life and Death of Sophie Stark tells a story of fame, love, and legacy through the propulsive rise of an iconoclastic artist. “It’s hard for me to talk about love. I think movies are the way I do that,” says Sophie Stark, a visionary and unapologetic filmmaker. She uses stories… Continue reading The Life And Death of Sophie Stark [review]

The Hiding House [review]

[Synopsis] When their beloved grandmother dies, siblings Sebastian and Elise find themselves suddenly alone. Fearing foster care and separation, the children seek refuge in their isolated woodland home, hoping the outside world will pass them by. But the outside world is the least of their concerns. Nana May's body still sits out in the garden,… Continue reading The Hiding House [review]

A Spool Of Blue Thread [review]

[Synopsis] ‘It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon…’ This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love that summer’s day in 1959. The whole family on the porch, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. From that porch… Continue reading A Spool Of Blue Thread [review]

How Travelling Solo Has Made Me A Better Person

Not book related as such but great article; this only makes me more excited for my solo trip to Thailand in January!
Hopefully the first of many too (shame I have a job that I don’t really want to give up so really limited on holiday!)

This article appeared on Thought Catalog on February 9th 2014.

I was eighteen the first time I set out on my own. I did it again when I was twenty. And a third time when I was twenty-one. I am a self-confessed airport crier, last-minute packer, document misplacer and chronic over-thinker who finds leaving anyone and anywhere a huge deal. Yet I have never once regretted going. I have missed things (people, birthdays, my graduation, homecooked meals, etc) but I have never once thought “I should never have gotten on that plane.”

Travelling solo is the best thing I have ever done. It is when I feel that I am more than just alive; I am living. It makes me feel present and proactive and strong. It provides a unique combination of control and freedom that I have yet to find anywhere else. Every time I arrive in a new place I…

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What Should I Read Next?

Find your next brilliant read! I tend to look for my next book recommendation from friends, Goodreads, or (most often) book blogs. But if you want to find a book that's based on what you've previously read and enjoyed, this website is for you! I only discovered this the other day and felt I had… Continue reading What Should I Read Next?

Go Set a Watchman

Interesting thoughts on Go Set A Watchman from The Readers Room!

The Reader's Room


Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably seen some of the controversy surrounding Go Set a Watchman. The “sequel,” released last week, was actually written prior to To Kill A Mockingbird and focuses on Scout as an adult. Harper Lee’s editor liked the childhood flashbacks in Go Set a Watchman and encouraged Lee to rewrite the book focusing on Scout as a child and, thus, To Kill A Mockingbird was born.

Rumors and speculation abound around the “newer” novel. The timing of the book’s release along with information about Lee’s ability to provide informed consent — a drastic shift in position after years of stating she never wanted to publish again — is shady to say the least. You can read more about that here. Lack of informed consent in publishing is not new. Kafka requested that his works be destroyed after his death and he was clear…

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Book Club: Philip Pullman’s ‘The Good Man Jesus…’

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman

Hello all. Time for another Reading group post (sorry it's been a while to post!) June's book club choice was: The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ - Philip Pullman I've never read any Pullman before, and my friend who picked this one said she didn't go for any of the 'His Dark Materials'… Continue reading Book Club: Philip Pullman’s ‘The Good Man Jesus…’

The Bones of You – Debbie Howells

Check out Cleopatra Loves Books’ review of The Bones Of You, which I’ll also be reviewing on my blog- it will go up in about a week’s time so look out for it!
Great review, I think you’ll agree!

Cleopatra Loves Books

Psychological Thriller 4*s Psychological Thriller

I have to admit when I first started this book I wasn’t too keen at all, but once I adjusted to the slow pace, I was hooked! All that despite some supernatural elements which would normally have me closing the book in disbelief.

One day Kate, mother to Grace, gets a phone call that Rosie Anderson has gone missing. Eighteen year old Rosie is nowhere near as socially confident as Grace and in the small Sussex town everyone hopes that she will return home unharmed.

Told from Kate’s and Rosie’s perspectives this book is a slow-burner but no less gripping for that. Kate has got to know Rosie as she was keen on Kate’s horses and she befriends her mother Jo through the search for Rosie.

Before Rosie’s disappearance Jo and Neale appeared to have an enviable life. A large house decorated to perfection with a garden…

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