The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins
Jul10

The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

As soon as I heard of The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins, I knew that I wanted to read it. I was actually surprised I’d never heard of it before, as it won the Best First Novel category at the Costa Book Awards 2019. So I was very grateful to Clare Mackintosh’s Facebook book club (which previously introduced me to I Am, I Am, I Am) for bringing it to my attention. Although I was slightly concerned by all...

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Jul03

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told You is the debut novel of Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere, which I read earlier this year. I loved Little Fires, so thought I  would give Everything I Never Told You a go. Set in the 1970s, and flashing back to the 1950s, it tells the story of the Lees – a Chinese-American family. It starts with the chilling words: Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet. Lydia is 16 and the...

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I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell
Jun26

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

I picked up I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell because it was the June read for Clare Mackintosh’s Facebook book club. I wouldn’t have ever considered reading it without that encouragement, but I’m so glad that I did. Regular readers of my book reviews will know that I LOVE Clare Mackintosh. I’ve been a member of her Facebook book club for a few months and had never joined in with the monthly read until...

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
Jun19

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is the new prequel to The Hunger Games trilogy. I read The Hunger Games books a few years ago, on the recommendation of my younger son (who hasn’t read a book since). I didn’t expect to enjoy them, but I loved them! The Hunger Games was actually one of my favourite reads of 2016. So I knew I had to read The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes as soon as it came out, even though it breaks my...

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Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
Jun12

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Britt-Marie Was Here is the third novel by Fredrik Backman and a sort of sequel to his My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises, which I read recently and really loved. Britt-Marie Was Here is another warm, quirky and humorous novel in Fredrik Backman’s unique style. Britt-Marie was one of an ensemble of characters in My Grandmother – the ‘nag bag’ that nobody really liked. In Britt-Marie Was Here she...

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My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman
Jun05

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman was one of my favourite reads of 2018. But it has taken until now for me to read another of his books. My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises is a quirky, humorous and moving book about love, friendship and grief. Elsa is seven. But she’s not very good at being seven. Luckily her beloved Granny isn’t very good at being 77 either. Granny is Elsa’s only friend and she is a...

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