Introducing – Magpie Mail

I have an idea for a new weekly column about all things book related; Magpie Mail I’ll be aiming to share my week with you and provide updates on books received, read, DNF’d (did not finish) as well as bookish tweets or Instagram posts that I think are share worthy. I’m going to write it daily but only publish every Friday. That way you can see my week growing organically instead of one big round up every Friday morning. I hope you enjoy this new format. Please let me know either way using the comment box below or email me 

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I have bookmail!

This absolutely beautiful book arrived today from Hodder Childrens. I saw it on Twitter the other day and couldn’t resist requesting a copy to review. Its called The Survival Game and its written by Nicky Singer. Its a paperback proof but it has the most original vellum like cover or dust jacket! look here it is without the cover and the back is just as lovely Its published in UK on 28th July by Hodder It not only wins in the looks department but the synopsis and a few paragraphs i have read of it make it a likely winner

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Books they made me buy

I want to do a kind of books that BookTube made me buy or just books that I had to have because of all the hype around them and I didn’t wanna miss out! Phew, what a mouthful! I’ll split it into several posts as there are loads over the months/years but I’ll stick to the best and most exciting ones. There’s quite a mix of genres here. I felt compelled to buy Circe by Madeline Miller because I enjoyed what I’ve read so far of The Song of Achilles. I actually requested proof copies no less than 4 times

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An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim

I was kindly sent this by Quercus books after I requested a copy in exchange for an honest review. The premise sounds so original and fantastic and i couldnt wait to get round to reading it. Oh how disappointed I was though. She has come up with such a cool and novel storyline. I just adore anything with time travel in and initially it did feel a bit like the Time Travellers Wife but she makes it very hard going trying to understand her concept. Its really not explained very clearly at all. Its very airy fairy in its writing

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May Book Haul Part 1 – Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018

I may have mentioned it before but I’m not a huge fan of book prizes. I mean, why do women need their own prize for goodness sake? If there is a real bias in the publishing world for featuring male writers over female then this needs rooting out and destroying, otherwise if its just women whingeing because their books never win the big prizes then maybe its because their books aren’t good enough? Whatever, thats not my problem but having said that I cant sometimes resist looking at the longlist and shortlist plus this prize is slighty more accessible to

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David Levithan rocks!

Happy May Day everyone! *dances round maypole with bells on my legs* Today I bring you nine books all written or co-written by David Levithan who is my all time favourite YA author. Out of this nine though I have only read 3 books so far. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily Everyday I just love the covers of these too, they are such bright, neon colours which make my heart sing. I don’t have them all yet, I still need to get Another Day plus a few more but… He has a

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Currently reading – Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

This is the first in a new series of blog posts I am going to try out, sharing with you all the book I am currently reading and what I think of it so far. I treated myself to this the other day in the local supermarket and thus far I am loving it. So much so that I tweeted this Imagine my excitement when the author Anthony Horowitz himself replied with this How flippin’ brilliant is that? At the next re-printing of this book please feel free to use it Anthony – Hah!        

Choose Your Own Adventure books

I remember reading a ‘choose your own adventure’ book many years ago and loving the way you can interact with a book. I couldn’t resist getting The Gates of Death and seeing what it was about after all this time.  Then the other day I saw that they actually have a romance one now where you can fall in love rather than fight orcs and watch your planet be destroyed. They’re a good laugh and its cool to make decisions as you read for a change. I guess they’re good for when you don’t have time or inclination to read

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April mini book haul – for review

I’ve been really lucky so far this month in getting three very different and very intriguing books sent from publishers for me to review.  I may get more as the month goes on but its easier to do them in small doses. This is what i’ve hauled The Electrical Venus by Julie Mayhew The Last Children of Tokyo by Yoko Tawada How to Love a Jamaican by Alexia Arthurs Book 1 – The Electrical Venus To be honest, I really don’t like this cover, its too garish for me but i’m sure it serves a purpose in the story. It

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