books

Arcadia is bamboozling me

See this book? Arcadia by Iain Pears so many booktubers have read or hauled this recently so I had to give it a go right? I mean, just look at how bloody gorgeous that cover is! Its a 9 out of 10 for sure (it would have been a 10 out of 10 but for the fact that the first…

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3 Books that have let me down

Now I don’t expect to like every book i buy or receive for review, its a rare person that does in my opinion but there have been 3 books recently which I felt certain I would love, not like, love. Sadly that didnt happen. What books were they? After buying and adoring her first book, In a dark dark wood…

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poems, poetry

Why I said YES YES to poetry

Sorry about the title of this post, its a bit punny but what the heck eh? With my newly rediscovered love of poetry i’ve been watching a lot of booktuber videos for good recommendations. One of them who give THE best advice on poetry is of course Jen Campbell   @aeroplanegirl on Twitter. I recently saw her talking about a book…

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poems, poetry

Review: Ten War Poems edited by Andrew Motion

I saw this on a friends Twitter feed and immediately contacted Candlestick Press to see if they had a spare copy, and they very kindly sent me one. It is a small poetry pamphlet which is designed to be something you could send as a card to someone. It comes with an envelope for posting and a stylish bookmark too.…

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poems, poetry

How I found poetry again

35 or more years ago I discovered and fell in love with poetry. I was a young teenager and the television adaptation of Testament of Youth came on the box. I had not heard of the book before but I just fell in love with Vera Brittain’s story and began reading more about World War One and the incredibly moving…

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Book Blog Tour – The Museum of Heartbreak

Today on Book Magpie I am lucky enough to be the second stop on Meg Leder’s ‘The Museum of Heartbreak’ tour. and I have not one but two exciting things for you in this post! Yes! am i spoiling you or what? “the Museum of Heartbreak explores the giddy confusion, inevitable sadness and sheer joy of growing up and falling…

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book wish list

4 books coming in June that I NEED in my life

June, it has occurred to me is going to be a bumper book publishing month. Top titles by top authors will pour into bookshops in just a few short weeks time, in fact some of them in less than a week. But, there are 4 books which I really, really, really, really want in my life, on my shelves and…

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giveaway

UK ONLY Giveaway – The Museum of You by Carys Bray

I am giving away this… Yes, you saw it right, I am giving away a brand spanking new hardback copy of The Museum of You by Carys Bray. Clover Quinn was a surprise. She used to imagine she was the good kind, now she’s not sure. She’d like to ask Dad about it, but growing up in the saddest chapter…

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Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

I did not know of Kent Haruf until I read about his passing recently. This made me check out some of his books and i ended up buying this, partly on so many recommendations and partly on it sounding such a lovely story. What an incredibly moving story, and i’m sure a fitting tribute to Kent Haruf as this was…

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Thank go to Becky at Penguin Random House for this early copy, and as you can see from the top photo it came wrapped up in a sort of spoof newspaper featuring parts of the novel. Such a clever idea!  I tell you those publicity folk know their onions. They make getting a proof such an exciting thing for us.…

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