End of the year Book Tag

The last 3rd of 2017 has begun so lets answer these questions Q1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish? A. Oh baby what a question! Yes there certainly are: Enjoying all of these books a lot! but things just keep getting in the way (damn you real life) and I keep putting them down again. Q2. Do you have an Autumnal book to transition into the end of the year? A. (See answer above)  Autumn by Ali Smith is the most autumnal sounding book i’ve ever owned but isn’t so much about the

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September Book Haul

Yes its happened again! Yes I have more books! Get over it! Lets get to the books shall we? I dont usually follow book awards especially not The Man Booker. All the books chosen are usually far too ‘high falutin’ for me but I have been eagerly waiting for Autumn by Ali Smith to come out and Elmet sounds really good so I had to get them. UPDATE and WARNING: Just begun reading Elmet and this is why i hate books long or shortlisted for awards. Its really beautifully written and nicely descriptive but in just over 30 pages there

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August Book Haul

Have i got a stash to show you this month? Well yes, i darn well have and its gorgeousness personified! Lets begin with a couple of books sent for review, i’ve decided to add them here rather than give them their own Book Mail this time but it will return. A huge, huge thank you to Abrams & Chronicle Books and Simon & Schuster for these beauties. Odd & True by Cat Winters Sit back and admire this cover design! and its a floppy, i adore floppies! The History of Bees by Maja Lunde BOOM! this is a stunner of

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mini book reviews – ARC’s i didnt like

It is a truth universally acknowledged that we cant like ALL the books we are sent or buy for ourselves right? I hate it when this happens but i’d rather be honest with the publishers who have sent them to me and maybe pass the ARC (advanced review copy) onto someone else who will love it and want to review it fully. So here are the latest batch of books I did not like… The hanging tree by Ben Aaronovitch Its not the first book in this series that I couldnt get on with but i had hoped that as

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Ruler of Books Tag

I saw this the other day on Charlotte’s lovely blog Bookmarks and Blogging but she got it from the wonderful Ariel Bissetts channel on You Tube. It basically says if you ruled your own world what would it look like bookwise. Let’s get to it! If you were the ruler of books… Question 1. What book would you make everyone read? A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens of course. My favourite book of all time! But I suspect that seeing as it was published over 170 years ago most people, may have read it anyway. The book shows that its

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Book Mail #2

Well i never expected Book Mail #2 to be written so quickly but today this beauty came through my door A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge I was so thrilled! Frances Hardinge is an award winning writer and to get a proof of her latest book is such an honour.  Its published on 21st September by Pan Macmillan.  I’ve been lucky enough to receive ARC’s from publishers for over 3 years now but each one is still as much as a thrill as my first one. Whats been your most exciting book this week?   Save Save

Book Mail #1

Welcome to the first post of my new series Book Mail!  *Imagine cheering and a tickertape parade sort of thing* This is a new thing on the blog whereby i share with you the excitement of any book post as it arrives, literally minutes after postie delivers it through my letterbox and as soon as i’ve picked myself up from the floor after passing out with happiness, you will know about it. Not at the end of the month in one big haul along with other books i may have been tempted to buy myself! Okay, enough of the waffle

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A Change is Gonna Come – Book Review

This ARC was sent to me by Stripes Publishing – @StripesBooks in return for an honest review so thank you very much guys! This is a book of short stories and poetry by 12 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers. For someone who doesn’t often read books of short stories/poetry this was a real treat and totally hit the spot for me. The diverse range of genres in this book is amazing. There are contemporary, dystopian, magical realism, time slip and historical tales all under one gorgeous cover, designed by Lucy Banaji, her cover design is so striking. As with

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#ChangeBook Photo Challenge

                                      I absolutely loved it so look out for my review which will be up tomorrow (10th August) on publication day!  But for now I thought i’d share with you my entries for a Photo Challenge based on the book thats currently on Instagram.                                                 I love the colour yellow, dont you? Its so happy and jolly and cosy

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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 3 and here they are. I’m so looking forward to the 2nd half of 2017’s books but for now these are my top choices. Have you read any of these? What have been the stand out books for you so

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