Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Apr07

Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan

As part of my job, I read a lot of children’s books. And every now and then I stumble across one that is really special. Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan is one of those books. Julia Marks is very small for her age. But don’t ever call her ‘short’. She prefers ‘not tall’. Still grieving over the death of her beloved dog, Ramon, Julia’s plans for the long summer holidays include not worrying about...

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Why Did You Lie? by Yrsa Sigurdadottir
Mar31

Why Did You Lie? by Yrsa Sigurdadottir

I was lent Why Did You Lie? by a friend who shares a very similar taste in books to me. She told me it was one of the best thrillers she’d ever read, so I had very high expectations. And I wasn’t disappointed. Why Did You Lie? is set in Iceland (and translated from Icelandic) and tells three seemingly unconnected stories. There’s the four strangers stranded in a small lighthouse on a rock, running out of food and not...

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The Stranger in my Home by Adele Parks
Mar17

The Stranger in my Home by Adele Parks

I was still reading a lot of books I didn’t enjoy earlier this year when I saw a review for The Stranger in my Home by Adele Parks. It sounded very interesting, so I went and bought it! I’d read a couple of Adele Parks books back in the day and they’d left me underwhelmed. They were very chick-lit, very forgettable. But chick-lit authors mature. They stop writing about PR girls in London meeting unsuitable dashing...

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Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Mar10

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

I’ve been searching for a book to really blow me away for the whole of 2017, but I’ve been pretty underwhelmed by everything I’ve read so. But finally, FINALLY, I have found a book to really love – Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. I was a huge Jodi Picoult fan going back eight or 10 years. I read every new book as soon as it came out and worked my through her back catalogue too. Her novels were well written...

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Look at Me by Sarah Duguid
Mar03

Look at Me by Sarah Duguid

I read lots of amazing books last year. There were so few of them that disappointed me, yet this year I have felt very underwhelmed by everything I have read so far. Look at Me by Sarah Duguid was the fourth book I read in 2017. Would it be the one to blow me away? The premise sounded good – certainly good enough for me to pick it up and then buy it – Lizzy has a sister. She just hasn’t met her yet. The blurb...

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The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink
Feb24

The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink

Last year, I read some amazing books, but I must say that I haven’t been blown away by anything I’ve read so far this year. Where have I been going wrong? I think I decided to think outside the box. I love psychological thrillers, but rather than just buy all thrillers, I decided to buy a selection of books in different genres. But nothing has really excited me all that much. So would The Last Act of Love by Cathy...

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