Booky Update

When I went on holiday I fell into a bit of a reading slump. Corralling an enthusiastic toddler in an unusual environment is hard work, and then in the evenings and at nap times I had people to talk to, so no reading really took place. Since coming home I’ve been trying to pick up…

Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

I got a copy of this book from the publisher in the run up and to the release of the paperback version. I was really intrigued by the concept and really enjoyed reading the book. Essentially the story of four siblings who meet a fortune teller as kids and she tells them all the dates…

Books!

What am I reading at the moment? I have two books on the go. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin from Caitlin Raynor at Headline Publishing Group, and I’m so glad. I’m about half way through now, and it’s keeping me well and truly…

Review: Am I Ugly? by Michelle Elman

As some of my recent posts have indicated, I have a bit of a body positivity journey under way. So, when I noticed that Net Galley had Michelle Elman’s book available, I had to request it right away, and thank goodness the request was accepted. It’s easy to think about body positivity as entirely about…

Review: Confessions of a First Time Mum by Poppy Dolan

My most recent Net Galley read has been this new book, Confessions of a First Time Mum by Poppy Dolan. And I love it. Especially for the truths it tells about parenthood. How difficult it is to admit you’re struggling without feeling guilty and somehow like you don’t deserve your kids. How hard it is…

Books I Finished in April

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan – I loved this. It was warm and cosy, mysterious and slightly creepy. I loved the characters (at least the ones I was supposed to love!) and enjoyed the way things tied up and the story finished. I’ll definitely be looking out for more books by Ruth…

Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Well. This book has been everywhere and much lauded and now I know why. It’s just… go out and read it, if you haven’t already! Admittedly it deals with some tricky concepts and that may be triggering to some. I wouldn’t be surprised, I found it upsetting at points. But the characters are so finely…

Review: My Box-Shaped Heart by Rachael Lucas

I heard about Rachael Lucas through an A Playful Day podcast, in which Kate and Rachael talked about working class writers and books with working class settings. So when I saw her new book was available through Net Galley, I was keen to read it! It’s a Young Adult book, focussing on 16 year old…

Review: Hold by Michael Donkor

This book is officially my best book of 2018. So far. It manages to explore experiences that are completely unknown to me alongside others that are familiar. Primarily it is a book about relationships. Different types of friendship, relationships of obligation, romantic relationships, family relationships. It looks at how lines can blur, how secrets and…

Review: The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

This is one of the books I acquired through Net Galley, and it is, quite frankly, a read it at your earliest convenience. It’s the first of what I believe will be a trilogy and concerns the intersecting lives and adventures of four teenagers. It is one of those books that you never want to…