Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Jan10

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

I haven’t shared any book reviews on the blog for a while, partly because it’s been Christmas and new year, but mainly because I haven’t read many books. After reading the brilliant Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, I planned to read a few easy thrillers before tackling the sequel, Booker Prize-winning Bring Up the Bodies. But as soon as I held that book in my hand, I knew I had to dive straight back into Tudor England and...

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What I read in 2019
Jan08

What I read in 2019

Reading is pretty much my absolute favourite thing to do. If I’m left to my own devices, I will never switch the TV on, but I will always read. You hear a lot these days about ‘self-care’. I don’t go in for the whole bath and hot chocolate and blanket thing, reading is my self-care. I have a book with me wherever I go, because how would I cope if I was left with nothing to do for five minutes? I read with my...

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Unexpected by Greg Rutherford
Dec06

Unexpected by Greg Rutherford

Greg Rutherford is something of a hero in our house. Because he is an Olympic long jump gold medallist and my son is a long jumper of course. Unexpected is actually my son’s book and the first book he has read for pleasure since Year 7 (he’s in Year 11 now). I wanted to read it too, because I was interested to find out more about Greg Rutherford’s career, but also to see how my son’s life could go if things...

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The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
Nov29

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

I saw a review of The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley on the Waterstones email and I knew I had to read it, so I ordered it straightaway. (I actually have to avoid reading the Waterstones email too often, because I always end up ordering books.) The email said the book had a classic Agatha Christie-locked room feel to it, which appealed to me. I actually started reading Agatha Christie books when I was at primary school and had read...

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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Nov22

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Wolf Hall is the Booker Prize winning novel about the rise of Thomas Cromwell. Now I don’t shy away from a literary novel, but did I ever think I would read a 650 page book about the Tudors? No, I didn’t. But this year I have been enjoying the Shardlake detective novels by C J Sansom. Thomas Cromwell appears in those novels. One of my oldest friends, who is a huge reader and reads far better quality books than me, said...

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The Incredible Teenage Brain by Bettina Hohnen
Nov15

The Incredible Teenage Brain by Bettina Hohnen

These books were sent to me for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own #ad #gifted Teenagers are a funny thing, aren’t they? If you haven’t been blessed with any yet, just you wait! I know there are a lot of people who find teenagers harder work than toddlers, although that hasn’t been the case for me. But they are complex characters – both wonderful and frustrating, both child and adult. And...

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