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…

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…

We Went to Center Parcs

Last week we went on holiday! We’d never been to Center Parcs before, or to anywhere like it, but we had a big birthday to celebrate and so we thought “Why not?” We originally planned to go this week, but as parents of a pre-schooler we had forgotten about the school holidays. The price quoted…

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…

Big Bones

My current book for the middle of the night is Big Bones by Laura Dockrill. I have an e copy through Net Galley and requested it after seeing it mentioned on several YouTube channels. I wanted to read it and I wanted to love it. But for about the first half of the book, I…