book review

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Original Heartbreaking Uplifting Beautiful My feelings on this book are best summed up by the words above. I dont read a lot of Middle Grade books but I find it hard to believe that the plot of this book has been done before. Fostering and very young teenage pregnancy is not something you hear much about in books at all…

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books, half year round up

Top books read in 2017 – so far….

It being July already (how?) I thought it was time to stop and have a look back at some of the books i’ve read in 2017. It’s not been the best reading year for me if i’m honest. We’ve been really busy DIY-ing among other things but I have managed to read some cracking books, so I’ve chosen my Top…

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book review

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

This is about three friends, Dill, Lydia and Travis who live in a small town in Tennessee. The book begins in their final year of school before graduation. They all have incredibly different backgrounds, stories and lives but have become close and firm friends. Of the three characters Lydia quickly became my favourite. I loved the way she handled herself…

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anticipated reads

5 books i’m uber excited for

So half of 2017 has virtually gone already! How? Where? What have i done with my life? (apart from bought books of course) *Cries all the tears and designs a time machine to go back* But on a positive note here are the Top 5 books I am hugely anticipating for the second half of the year, 3 of them…

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book hauls, books

June book haul

Yes, its happened again! I appear to have accumulated a few more books *sighs loudly with head in hands* But hey, its cool and I am NOT sorry and this is why! Now you cant tell me thats doesnt get your blood pumping with excitement, can you? anyway lets just do this thing shall we? Here are the books I…

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books

June (proof copies) TBR

I’m going against type here by choosing a TBR coz by nature im a mood reader but I badly need to read some of the gorgeous proofs I get sent and these five are making my mouth water in a BIG way! I asked those gorgeous folk at Vintage Books for a copy of Bluets and The Red Parts by…

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baking

Victoria sponge holds no fears for me now!

I asked my son what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday and he chose a Victoria sponge! I was all ready to bake a sticky ginger cake or a lemon drizzle both of which he loves so when he asked for this i was like I’m an average baker with many failed bakes behind me so I wasnt…

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book hauls, books

A book haul did you say? dont mind if i do!

Just a quick post to share with you some of the splendiferous books that I appear to have acquired recently. They seem to magnetically attach to my hands! No idea how it happens but hey, whos complaining? First we have some rather lovely books i was sent by those splendid folk called publishers I am especially excited to have New…

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currently reading

A Life Discarded – I wish i’d found them

This is my current read Its about 148 diaries found thrown away in a skip back in 2001 i think it was.  How i’d love to have found those!  Its my dream to find old diaries, documents, journals and photos at bootfairs and the like.  I am such a nosy parker into the past and peoples lives, its true. But…

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book review

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Well i finally finished it! Anyone would think it was a 400 page chunker not an 80 page novella its taken me so long but, the truth is… I didnt really enjoy it! It was fascinating from the African/Namibian heritage side of Binti’s character but the actual plot in space with the aliens was PANTS!  I never cared about any…

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