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 with kids at school who taunted and bullied her, she was so at ease in…

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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 are already published in hardback but I prefer to wait for the paperback if possible…

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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 was kindly sent by publishers Stevie over at Gollancz kindly contacted me to see if…

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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 Maggie Nelson and they kindly sent them to me. They are both published tomorrow 1st…

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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 confident of success but I found me a Mary Berry Recipe. I mean she is…

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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 Boy by Tracy Chevalier as its part of the Hogarth Shakespeare re-imagined series. I now…

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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 look at the cover, especially the quote on the top right. Yes! Benedict Cumberbatch says…

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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 of the characters, they were all 1 dimensional and boring. The plot was hard to…

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The Female Man by Joanna Russ

I got fed up waiting for a special book to arrive (which should be here today) yesterday and began reading this instead Its one of three books from the SF Masterworks collection of classic Science Fiction that i was uber kindly sent by Stevie over at Orion/Gollancz books. This was first published in 1975 and i just adore the old style, almost cheesy covers of all the books in this set. Its about 4 different…

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5 books i’m eagerly anticipating this year

There is so much buzz about this right now and i cant wait to get a copy and dive in Published in hardback 9th March 2017 This is such a clever idea to have two stories and make it a flip book. Anything a bit out of the norm and i am hooked. Published in paperback 6th April 2017 What a cool concept this sounds and that cover is stonkingly beautiful too. Published in paperback…

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