My book blogging days are over

After careful consideration I’ve decided to give up blogging about books. Ive enjoyed it for the most part but it takes up a lot of time and i want that time back basically so I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all the publishers and their hard working publicists who have sent me…

Six books by non British authors

This year one of my reading resolutions was to read more books by Japanese authors. I find them to be – the ones I’ve read anyway – gentle, fascinating and beautifully written and I wanted more of the same. In this round up I have included four books by Japanese authors and I’ve also added…

February book haul

Yes, its happened again. Proof that i have no control when it comes to buying books. I also now have a very messy bookcase which needs sorting, badly! Right lets get down to this shall we? No your eyes don’t deceive you and yes, that is a book series. The Broken Earth series by N.K….

Poems for a world gone to sh*t – Review

This was lovely surprise bookmail from Quercus a few days ago.  They are a fabulous publisher who have been very kind to me over the years, so a big thank you to them. Poetry is something I really enjoy and a little book like this to dip in and out of is always welcome. Hey…

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

This was kindly sent me for review by Two Roads books, so a huge thank you to them. Hey you have a book to review! Whats it called? The Cactus   Who wrote it? Sarah Haywood   Whats it about?  A woman called Susan Green. At 45 she thinks her life is perfect. She has…

These dolls are Monstrous!!!

If you’ve read my blog over the years you’ll know that I just cant resist ‘rescuing’ lost and lonely dolls from boot fairs. I simply cant walk past a doll that seems unloved in a box or on the ground. Well, this weekend provided me with a massive rescue of five lovely ladies. I say…

Slow bullets by Alastair Reynolds

I began 2018 with the intention to read more Science Fiction This arrived yesterday from Gollancz/Orion. I began reading it almost as soon as it was out the package Today I finished reading it. Boom! mind blown! A fairly short (at 182 pages) novella written by Alastair Reynolds.  I have to admit I hadn’t heard…

Ollie gets a new hat

Someone on Instagram introduced me to loom knitting and now I’m hooked. (Pun intended) Equipment Process Result It’s quick, easy and very addictive. I made a small hat as a test piece but now I might go up in size and try something more exciting. Give it a go it’s great fun!

Edwardian postcards – FOR SALE!

I’ve decided to have a clear out of some of my postcards. I’ve been collecting Edwardian postcards for many years now.  I prefer them to have been written and posted because i love being nosy and reading the messages on the back! Scandalous I know! Occasionally I do research on them and try to find…

All my friends are superheroes by Andrew Kaufman

I began 2018 by reading this fabulous little book (and it is little at just 110 pages!). I had actually begun it last year but never finished it for some reason so I picked it on New Years Day and tore through the rest of it. I adored this book, its a gentle, clever, clean…