Book Review: Ink by Alice Broadway

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The most stunning cover I have seen in a long time, which actually really reflects the book’s story and message.

Before I start this review, can we just stop for a moment to appreciate how beautiful the cover of this book is? One of the things I enjoy most at work is unpacking new releases, and when I got my hands on this one, I knew I was going to buy it before I even knew what it was about. I am unashamed to admit that I definitely judge books by their covers and am often swayed into buying a book because of its design – although I usually read the description first. With Ink, I didn’t even bother to do that. As it turns out, I didn’t need to – it was right up my street. Continue reading “Book Review: Ink by Alice Broadway”

Six Incredible Children’s Books That Made Me Realise the Power of Reading

Everybody has memories of those books that shaped them as a reader. When I was younger, let’s just say that I read a fair few books (slight understatement). These are a just a small selection of some of those that stand out even 15 or so years later. They are books that introduced me to something new, books that I read and reread compulsively, books that made me understand what reading could be. I still remember the way I felt as I was reading them, perhaps more so than the stories themselves. Some of them are quite old, but they are all well worth seeking out. Happy reading! Continue reading “Six Incredible Children’s Books That Made Me Realise the Power of Reading”

February Book Club Part 2: The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

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There were several points of comparison between this and our first book club title, The Goldfish Boy. They both dealt with a missing person case and its impact on a close-knit community, and both impart a strong message about belonging and friendship. However, my book group felt that, despite being a children’s book, The Goldfish Boy had much more subtlety, pace and intrigue than the adult bestseller The Trouble With Goats and Sheep. Continue reading “February Book Club Part 2: The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon”

February Book Club Part 1: The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

I run a book club, and each month I will post a review to give you the lowdown on our two titles. I always find these interesting to write because they not only contain my opinions, but show how the book was received by a wider audience – and we sometimes have some real disagreements! Continue reading “February Book Club Part 1: The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson”

Book Review: Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

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I have had mixed experiences with prize-winning novels in the past; I sometimes feel that the qualities of these books so lauded by the critics differ to those that I might look for myself in a novel. I didn’t actually know that Days Without End had been nominated for the Costa Book Awards and was in fact halfway through reading it when it was announced. Continue reading “Book Review: Days Without End by Sebastian Barry”

Audiobook Review: The Dry by Jane Harper

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“Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral.”

After receiving this eight word message from Jerry Hadler, the father of his childhood friend Luke, Federal Agent Aaron Falk returns to his drought-stricken home town of Kiewarra in Australia to attend Luke’s funeral. The evidence is apparently incontrovertible: Luke, for no reason that anybody can fathom, has brutally murdered his wife and son before turning the shotgun upon himself. Continue reading “Audiobook Review: The Dry by Jane Harper”

Favourite Author of 2016: Fredrik Backman

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In June last year I took a book on holiday called A Man Called Ove. I’d heard that it was good and had read a few reviews but I was taken by surprise by quite how brilliant it really was. I fell in love with its wonderfully original style, its quirky cast of characters and a story that was both uproariously funny and achingly sad. I quickly followed with My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises and Britt-Marie Was Here, both of which I adored in equal measure. They are books that help us to see the extraordinary in the everyday and beauty in some unlikely places. Continue reading “Favourite Author of 2016: Fredrik Backman”