Double Book Review: Truth or Dare by Non Pratt & I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson

The YA genre can be a bit hit-and-miss for me. I’m now 25 and some YA novels that I might have obsessed about 10 years ago now seem twee, slushy and/or overly predictable. However, recently I read two British YA contemporaries that were hard-hitting, completely unpatronising and that dealt with serious issues in a mature and thoroughly compelling way. Continue reading “Double Book Review: Truth or Dare by Non Pratt & I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson”

This Bookseller Recommends… Title recommendations for fans of The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

MiniaturistI remember The Miniaturist being absolutely huge when it came out. The combination of a richly imagined and evoked city, a cast of complex, flawed and mysterious characters, along with a hint of magical realism and plenty of intrigue, all combined to create a darkly atmospheric historical novel that people are still talking about today. Continue reading “This Bookseller Recommends… Title recommendations for fans of The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton”

Book Review: The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Power

Well. Usually I have no trouble categorising books into genres, but this one has me slightly flummoxed. Part sci-fi, part dystopia, part social commentary, The Power is pretty unique, and makes a bold statement about sexism and gender roles in contemporary society. It’s certainly not one that the marketing team could tout as “The next [insert popular and over-hyped book here]”. Continue reading “Book Review: The Power by Naomi Alderman”

Welcome to my blog!

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a bookcase never has enough space.

I can’t remember a time that I didn’t read. One of my earliest memories is of sitting on my bed on a school morning, one sock on and one abandoned on the floor, with a book in my hand and my mind anywhere but on getting ready for school. I drove my poor mum to distraction as she spent most of her waking hours trying to chivvy me from my book into the real world. I wasn’t particularly impressed by this; living in the real world (which involved going to school) was definitely overrated when there were far more interesting worlds to explore in books (which frequently involved magic, swordfights and other exciting shenanigans). Continue reading “Welcome to my blog!”