30 Day Book Challenge: Day 14!

Heading towards the half way point. Slowly. I’m aiming to finish by Christmas, possibly on Christmas Day which gives me 20 days in which to complete the final 16. Still a little bit of leeway! Anyway, today’s challenge is A fairytale retelling. And there are a lot of these to choose from, even if we…

30 Day Book Challenge: Day Nine!

Today’s category – I’m going to be upfront and honest – is one I don’t understand and I am confused by. The category is Favourite book to give as a gift. And I do give books as gifts. Frequently.  I’ve given Eleanor Oliphant is Perfectly Fine by Gail Honeyman, Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda…

30 Day Book Challenge: Day Seven!

Okay, day seven and I’ve managed not to miss any yet! The joys of having almost a whole week off work because the heating there packed up! God bless the Health and Safety gremlins! So today’s category is Best audiobook to listen to on a road trip. Fortunately, I do listen to audiobooks, almost on…

30 Day Book Challenge: Day Three!

Today’s challenge is a little easier because there is less competition! A book you did not finish I generally finish my books! Not all. Not always. More often because of time pressures than choice. And I am taking this challenge to be a book that I chose not to finish. Books still to be started…

Weekly Round Up: 10th July 2018

This week sees a coupe of books finished and taken from my TBR pile! Jessie Burton’s The Muse grew on me as I reached the final sections and anticipated some of the revelations. I did find her language to be beautiful and sensual but her more contemplative moments a little awkward. I was, though, sad to…

The Sleeper and the Spindle, Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

There are times when I love my job. Some. On rare occasions. One of those times came today when I spotted a copy of The Sleeper and the Spindle on the side in the library and I was asked to have a read of it over night and see whether I thought it was suitable….

Tinder, Sally Gardner

This is the first of my reviews of this year’s CILIP Carnegie Medal nominees. Well, my second. Patrick Ness’ More Than This I read back in August – see here for my review – six months before the shortlist was announced. And to be honest, it will take some beating! Anyway, this is my first knowing CILIP Carnegie…

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs

Woohoo my first finished novel of 2015 and a start to my Reading Challenge! This book was not what I expected. There was something very evocative and intriguing about both the title and cover – as well as the photographs inside. Almost all of which, according to the note appended to the novel, are genuine…

Neil Gaiman and mothers

What is it with Neil Gaiman and mothers? I am in the midst of listening to the wonderful The Ocean at the End of the Lane – personally, I think that this book is going to be a clear favourite from Gaiman who is already one of my favourite authors! – read by Gaiman himself….

Maurice Sendak RIP

It is with genuine sadness that I learn of Maurice Sendak’s death today. This man will have the status of icon, myth, legend and inspiration for all time. I feel it wouldn’t be right, as a reader, not to mark his life in some way. He was the one man whose story, Where The Wild…