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If you’ve just landed upon my blog a big warm welcome, thank you for stopping by.  If you want to read more about books, reading, and great places to sit and read a book, in Cornwall and Devon, you’ve come to the right place! If your a fanatic bookworm, like myself, or just started to get the reading bug, get yourself a cuppa, and pull up a seat!  Your find lots of blog posts to read through, all about great books, author events I’ve attended and wonderful places I’ve discovered for reading.  If you scroll down, you will discover separate blog posts to click on, or go to ‘Home’ and you will be able to scroll through each individual blog.   Please feel free to leave any comments (just click on the title of the blog itself, and it will open in its own separate window, and down the bottom you will find a box for leaving comments). I love talking books with like minded people, please let me know what you are currently reading, and what you hope to pick up in the future, each comment and like is very much appreciated….

Summer Time Reading!

Summer Reading Ideas with a difference!

Well, I call this post summer reading with a difference, because I feel people expect books which involve ‘boy meeting girl’ on a beach, lots of sun, lots of sea, ice cream…you know the jam! 

A feast of great summer reads!

My first recommendation is probably the nearest match to your ‘A’ typical recommendation!

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

So I think most of us know why I have chosen this as a summer recommendation, this book is based near the sea, and involves siblings who love to surf, this book has the perfect summer feel, to be read out in the shade of the sun, on a hot summer’s day.

I gave this book a 4.5 stars, when I read it back in July of 2021!

This book follows the Riva Siblings, Nina, Jay, Hudd and Kit.  We dip in and out of their lives on various timelines, and that of their famous father.  The book is a complete countdown to a massive, annual party at Nina’s house, which ends with flames, love and secrets being exposed!

A summer vibe cover!

We Were Liars & Family of Liars by E.Lockhart

My second choice are two YA books, featuring the Sinclair family, and their holiday island Beechwood.  

This book involves very long hot summers, surrounded by the sea, watched by the sun, and eating lots of barbecues.

We Were Liars and Family of Liars, both have a very similar summery vibe, and also a certain eeriness, the family have issues, issues that cause a lot of problems, and resentments. There is a little romance under the sun, and lots of twists and turns, I thoroughly enjoyed both these books, though I really didn’t expect to.

At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie.

I was thinking the obvious summer Agatha Christie read would be Evil Under The Sun, or Death on the Nile, but I’ve broken the tradition, I decided to go with a more sun-free solution!  I often associate summer holidays with charming hotels, and afternoon tea, and Bertrams Hotel definitely serves this up!  There is danger lurking around every corner at this hotel, and things are just not what they seem.  Miss Marple seems to be the only person who can see things for what they are.

I have read this book three times, and it is a definite favourite of mine, with a very deserved five stars in my opinion.

The Lost Whale by Hannah Gold

This is my middle grade/child’s recommendation for summer reading, though any age could definitely enjoy this book, I have read Hannah Gold’s other book, The Last Bear, and they are both absolutely wonderful, and can be loved by everyone.

In this story we journey to California with Rio, whilst spending time with his grandmother, he discovers new friends, and new interests, which include being on the ocean with the whales.  

A great read for all ages.

Adrift by Tracey Williams

You can’t have a recommended book list without including a non fiction read.  This book talks about beaches, and the wonderful ocean, so makes for a wonderful summer read.  This is one of my all time favourite books, which I will keep rambling on about for years to come.  

In 1997 there was a terrible storm, not far off the shores of Cornwall, two containers fell off the Tokio Express, one of which contained millions of Lego pieces.  Today we are still finding these pieces on our sandy beaches.

Gorgeous beaches, and marine themed Lego pieces, makes for an interesting read, and inspiring, to not only get out onto our local beaches to find some, but to also help collect up all the plastic we are finding on our beaches today.

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

A summer must include the sun, sun that shines in through our windows and revitalises our bodies, and our moods. In this book Klara was intrigued by the sun, the world and the people around her.  Klara is an artificial friend, and she is waiting for a family to come and invite her into their home.  This book looks at the question ‘What does it mean to love?’  I enjoyed this book, it was well written, and had some memorable moments. 

The list of wonderful books, to be read on a beach, beside a pool on holiday, or under the shade of a tree, in the summer heat, could be endless, these are just a few to give you the holiday, and sunny vibe.  

Thanks so much for reading, enjoy your books, and until I blog again….keep reading!!

Leila and the Blue Fox.

Leila & The Blue Fox

By Kiran Millwood Hargrave and illustrated by Tom de Freston.

Available: 29th Sept 2022.

Thank you very much to the publishers for sending me an advanced readers copy of Leila and the Blue Fox, which I finished reading today, and just had to get my thoughts and feelings out into the open world.  

I love it when you read a book that fills you with so much emotion, that you can’t wait to share it, that you want everyone to read it, and experience what you have, from in between the pages of a book.  These books are always there to remind us of why we read.

I loved each and every moment I spent with Leila, her Mum, their friends and Miso the fox in this wonderful adventure.  

This book is beautifully written, and the blending of Leila reflecting back on her past, along with her current adventures with the fox is mesmerising. Also seeing certain parts of the books from the eyes of the fox works so very well,  and it’s executed seamlessly.   The story explores serious issues such as the environment, migration, family dynamics, and mental health. 

 The fact also, that this book is based upon an actual fox that really did walk from Norway to Canada in seventy-six days, covering a distance two thousand miles, is mind blowing, and really adds to the reading experience.

I have read Julia and the Shark, and it wasn’t exactly what I expected, but I did still very much enjoy it, and hope to re read it again soon, without my expectation on board.  This book, hands down, is what I wanted, and I love it so very much.  

I cannot wait to see the final copy of this book hit our shelves on September 29th!  My copy has black and white illustrations, but I know that the final book will have blue and grey images, reflecting the colour of the fox, and the imagery used within this book.  There will also be tracing paper pages, like in Julia and Shark-I thought the execution of these in their previous book was very clever.  I also know that Waterstone’s will be stocking a signed exclusive copy, which will have a sprayed edge of little paw prints, and bonus content. Definitely not to be missed, and would make a fab Christmas present for the bookworm in your life.  

This photo shows the inside of Julia and the Shark, and use of tracing paper.

I can highly recommend this book to anyone who loves books about nature and our environment. It is a fantastic read, which brought a tear to my eye, and will leave me talking about it until the author and illustrator release their next wonderful book together. A massive five stars from me! 

My July Wrap Up!

My July Wrap Up!

July was a fantastic reading month!

This month, I decided not to write multiple book reviews, but instead write one large wrap up.  Whether this is something I will continue, only time will tell.  I am still trying to work out what format I would like my blog to take. Some of these books definitely deserve their own review, and that I will give them during August! 

In the month of July I read 11 books:-

3 Graphic Novels, 2 YA books, 1 middle grade, 4 adult books, and 1 Poetry book.  

Lore Olympus Vol 1 (re-read) by Rachel Smthye

Lore Olympus Vol 2 by Rachel Smthye

Family of Liars by E. Lockhart

The Lifeguard by Richie Tankersley Cusick

The School for Good and Evil book 1 by S. Chainani

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Life Ceremony by Sayaka Murata

The Birds and other stories by Daphne Du Maurier

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

The Lost Spells by Robert Macfarlane

July was a wonderful reading month!  I started my long summer holiday, so I had a couple of weeks mid July to really put some extra time into reading, something that I hope will continue into August.  

Firstly we have seen the release of the next physical copy of Lore Olympus.  I randomly picked up the first volume at the end of last year, not realising just how much I was going to love it.  I was itching for a reread right after finishing it, but decided to wait until the second volume was ready for release, which is what I did.  They are both brilliant books, and now that I have got my head around who all the characters are, I am flying through these books!  I can definitely recommend these graphic novels to everyone!  These books both receive five stars from me!

I read two YA books this month, though I say that loosely, I don’t really know if Point Horror is now classed as YA or not.  I originally read these books back in the 90’s when I was a teen, they are a very light read, and don’t feel half as scary as when I was younger!  They are still a lot of fun to read, and I really enjoy being a part of the point horror book club!  This month we read The Lifeguard! I have always wanted to read this one, but I think when I was younger, the cover just looked a little too Baywatch!! It wasn’t a favourite, but I still enjoyed it, teenagers falling in love in seconds, no parents about, and an ending I am still trying to figure out!! 

Family of Liars by E. Lockhart was a completely different kettle of fish!  This book married up so beautifully with We Were Liars.  I really enjoyed returning to the Island, and watching the Sinclair family.  With these books I always feel like I am a fly on the wall, watching and waiting for something to happen! And something always happens! This book is a prequel, so we learn a lot more about the family, when they were younger, and understand more about ‘the way they think’.    I love the writing style in these books, it just seems to flow throughout, lapping up every moment!  If you loved We Were Liars I am sure you will enjoy this too.  Return to the Sinclair family, what are you waiting for!

I was keen to get started on the series The School of Good and Evil this month, as in October Netflix sees the release of the long awaited movie adaptation.  My daughter read this book several years ago, and this and the second book have been sitting under her bed for quite some time. Finally I opened the cover, and immersed myself in a whole new world full of fairy tales, princes, princesses and villains.  I absolutely adore fantasy, so the world building was right up my street.  The characters were brilliant, all very different, and written so well.  I loved Sophie and Agatha, though at times I did get frustrated with them both!  

Out of the four adult books I read this month, Life Ceremony was unfortunately my least favourite.  I knew what to expect from this book, stories involving furniture made from body parts, and jumpers made from human hair, but after a while I just got a little bored with it, and a couple of the stories, I couldn’t find the energy to finish, though I will at some point.  I don’t know how I felt about the writing style either, and wondered if some of it was lost in translation.  That being said, I am still keen on reading more books by Sayaka Murata.  Another short story read was The Birds and other stories by Daphne Du Maurier.  This was my first experience of her works, and I have to say I can see why she is so popular!  Her writing is exquisite!  It has to be one of the best writing styles I have ever come across. I loved the story of The Birds, and now I am very keen to watch the film!  I also loved The Apple Tree, and it still plays on my mind!  If you haven’t read this book, definitely pick it up!! I have already picked up Jamaica Inn, and I hope to read this very soon.  The final two adult books I read were The Miniaturist and This is Going to Hurt, two completely different books.  I expected to enjoy the latter, my background is in health care, and a lot of what Adam Kay talked about I could relate to.  His book is important in highlighting just how much pressure our doctors, nurses, health care staff and NHS  are currently under.  It’s a very interesting and thought provoking read, with a splash of humour thrown in.  The surprise was The Miniaturist!  I’ve been eyeing this book for a long time, as I’ve always had a fascination with doll’s houses, and anything miniature.  I also always seem to enjoy historical fiction!  Starting off I nearly DNFed this book twice.  I couldn’t connect with the characters, and I was disappointed by the lack of involvement with the cabinet.  But once I was a quarter in, the book really picked up, and couldn’t stop!!  I was invested in the characters, and the second book was out and it needed to be reserved immediately!! I gave this book 4.5 stars out of 5!

So surprised by just how much I fell in love with this wonderful book of poems.

Lastly, I read The Lost Spells.  This book blew me away, the poetry is gorgeous and the illustrations stunning.  To add to the experience, I read this book outside, near the seafront, and amongst nature, where the trees were swaying amongst the wind.  I cannot highlight how much I enjoy this wonderful book, and I will not stop talking about this for years to come.  I hope to read this each and every year. No more need to be said, other than this was my favourite read of July 2022.  

Thank you so much for reading about the books I was so lucky to read in July 2002.

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Until I blog again…keep reading!

My Favourite Books of 2022 so far!

My Favourite Books of 2022 so far!

Well, it’s now the end of July, and we find ourselves well and truly halfway into 2022!  It’s time to talk about the books I have thoroughly enjoyed so far! It has been a great year for reading, purchasing books, and new releases so far.  My TBR shelf seems to get more and more full, and there never seems to be enough hours in the day to get the reading done that I intend, like today for example, I sit here now thinking, what have I exactly done today, where does the time go!!  

So here are the books that so far have reached out and touched my heart….and why you should consider adding these to your tbr.

Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo. A new manga series that was released in print to the UK in 2020, now finds us up to volume 7.  This series is about a spy who needs to create a family, to accomplish his latest mission.  Unknown to the master spy, his ‘daughter’ is a telepath, and his ‘wife’ is an assassin-also throw in a dog who can see the future, and it gives you a recipe for a great mission with the Forger family!  This is a brilliant manga.  New characters are introduced slowly, and it’s just a fun time, especially great for those new to manga.

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber.  I hadn’t read any books by this author before, I suspect I should have read the three Caraval books first, but my gosh, I loved this book so much.  I bought it, and it sat on my shelf for a while, little did I know, it was trying to shine out like a diamond, beckoning me in!  The world building is so beautiful, and the story is wonderful. For me, it’s one of those books that flows like honey, and before you know it, it’s finished and you’re crying for more!  I adore a book that you can slip on like a glove, that the writing style suits your tastes so well, you haven’t really noticed you got to the end.  My husband got told each night before bed, I love this book, whilst I sat there holding it my chest.  I am happy I only have to wait another two month’s for the next book.  

The Southern’s Guide to Vampire Slaying by Grady Hendrix.  Now this book was a shocker! It wasn’t what I expected at all, and the story is still very much alive in my brain.  It’s a book I look at with a lot of respect, because it wasn’t afraid to do what it wanted.  If you want something different, and a little unusual, with not your usual vampire activity, I can highly recommend it, just be ready for ‘different at times’!

Ghosted by Emily Barr- Now this was another book that I didn’t really expect to like.  Let me explain.  I have a rule, I TRY and attend all the book events my local Waterstones runs. I like to support the bookshop, and I think it’s a good way to learn about books you wouldn’t normally read.  This was the case with Ghosted (if you want to know all about the wonderful evening, you can find more info about it further down in this blog.)  I looked at this book on the shelf, and I was convinced it was a romance book, a genre I barely, if ever read! But, after I heard Emily Barr talking about her book, and its connections to Devon, I had to give it a read, and I’m so pleased I did, it was absolutely amazing, and so well executed, that now I have four other of Emily’s book sat on my bookshelf, waiting to be read!

Adrift byTracey Williams.  This book literally hit me in the face, when I walked in my local Waterstones one day.  It was sat on a table next to the door, and my eye kept going back to it, it was calling my name!  Before I knew it the book was in my bag, and travelling home! I started reading it immediately, and I haven’t shut up about it since.  I found the whole story about lego lost at sea completely mesmerising, and also the importance of removing plastic from our beaches and ocean.  It is hands down a book we should all be reading.

We Were Liars by E.Lockhart.  I really do love buying a book that you didn’t expect to buy, which actually seems to be the case with a lot of the books on this list.  E Lockhart’s new book Family of Liars caught my eye, and I thought I really should read We Were Liars first, it again wasn’t the type of book I would pick up, but once I got home and started reading it, I was reserving myself a copy of Family of Liars.  I loved the idea behind this one, yes there is a little romance in this book, but it isn’t the main focus.  This book to me, gives the feel of people watching, and being really really nosy into life of an entire family and their private island.  The twists in this book are great, and Family of Liars is a great read too. 

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. I had looked at this book often, the front cover appealed as I have always had a love for dolls houses.  I delayed and delayed reading this book though, I was really worried, for some reason, I wouldn’t understand it, which is very silly really as I have read, and do enjoy historical fiction.  When I saw the second book had been released, it kicked me into reading this.  The book started slow, and I initially thought I was going to DNF it, but after reading about a quarter, I discovered that I had become mesmerised by the family, and the things that were happening in their home, and that of the cabinet! 

As I have been writing this blog post, and creating the images, I finished the Lost Spells by Robert Macfarlane, only yesterday.  And I have to add that it has now entered the list….this poetry book is absolutely amazing and magical, and the whole world needs to know I LOVE and ADORE this book!!!! The poetry is so beautiful, and the illustrations of the animals are stunning.  Although this doesn’t take long to read, it is well worth it.  I think it might be a book that I shall reread every year, in fact I know it will be.

I’d love to know what your favourite books of 2022 are so far, and why.  Books are so magical, and to be shared with the world. 

Visiting Magical Fowey

Visiting Magical Fowey

When I began this blog, last month I promised that every once in a while I would recommend somewhere to find a wonderful spot to read.

The scenery from The Quay in Fowey, Cornwall.

Today I bring you my first recommendation!  From gorgeous Cornwall, where the sun has been shining non stop for the past week or so!  I say that with great surprise, as it can be quite wet down here, near Land’s End!  This week I visited Fowey… which if you don’t know, was the home of the very gifted writer Daphne Du Maurier for over thirty years of her life.  It’s so beautiful, running along the water, and harbour.  There are plenty of places to stop, where benches are laid out to sit and watch the boats, people and wildlife.  I find sitting at these venues so peaceful and tranquil.  The main town has a very thin, cornish road running through, which entails jumping into doorways, and other openings,  to allow cars through. The shops are quaint, and there is a wonderful little book shop, full to the ceiling with books for every avid reader, and no surprise here you will find lots of Daphne Du Maurier books!  I also heard that the owner is a very avid fan!  Down at the quay, in Fowey, a one minute walk from the bookshop, you are greeted by a large, impressive statue of a bird-holding a book in its claw.  On the front it adorns the title ‘The Birds’.  I was transfixed by this creation, it was absolutely magical!

The Birds statue in Fowey, was a massive highlight!

I took several photos-and found myself quickly marching back to the bookshop, to see if I could find a copy of The Birds for myself! Anyway, I diverse!  The quay is also a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the sights, and grab your book!  Alongside the quay, you will find  a large pub and restaurant called ‘The Gallon’, it has a fantastic sitting area outside, and one could put head in book, with a lovely beverage here, and even a delicious meal, if you so needed!  Fowey, also has a wonderful little beach called Readymoney cove.  If you feel like venturing here from the town, I would allow fifthteen to twenty minutes to stroll there, it’s definitely worth it, there are wonderful sights to see on route, and on arrival you will be greeted by another Daphne Du Maurier reference, Readymoney cottage, where she spent time renting the cottage in the 1940’s, and references to the areas can be seen in some of her books.  The cottage and beach is stunning, it’s cute, and has a real cornish feel about it.  This beach would make another wonderful spot to lay out your towel, and settle down for a few hours.  I thoroughly enjoyed my few hours spent in the wonderful small town of Fowey.  There are some many points of interest, and the scenery is breathtaking.  If you are ever venturing to Cornwall, do pay it a visit!

My copy of The Birds and Other Stories-and the background of this photo, you can Ferryside, Daphne Du Maurier’s first home in Fowey.

Most Anticipated Releases in July

New July Releases!

One of the great joys of being a reader, is eagerly awaiting that next special book to be sitting on the shelves of your local bookshop!  I have a list as long as my arm, of books I am currently waiting to be released, and an even longer one of books, I have yet to purchase, but are really pulling to be added to my collection!!  

What with the current rise in living, I have had to tell myself that in some cases I must be patient and wait for the paperback to come out instead, and not only that, they do take up a little less space on the bookshelf.  Saying that though, it is very lovely to treat myself to a hardback now and again, especially if it’s on special offer!

This month, my interests lie with four books, some of which have already been released since the publication of this post:-

Lore Olympus Vol 2: 5th July 2022

It’s Lore Olympus need I say more!  I loved and adored volume one, and ordering the next installment was a complete no brainer for me! The illustrations, and colours used are exceptional, and the story is brilliant-there are some trigger warnings, at the beginning of the book.

The House of Fortune by Jessie Burton: 7th July 2022

I think a lot of people are looking forward to this one, the first book ‘The Miniaturist’, was very popular, I suspect readers are keen to see where the story goes next!  I have always been very curious about the first book, and I thought with The House of Fortune coming out this month-with that gorgeous Waterstones Edition, with sprayed edge, I thought it was time to answer that itch and get reading.  I have now purchased The House of Fortune, so I will let you guess how I felt about The Miniaturist! Lol!

Life Ceremony by Sayata Murata: 14th July 2022

This is a collection of short stories, by an author I have been interested in for quite some time now, though I have yet to try any of her books. I have read snippets of The Convenience Store Woman, and Earthlings, but for some reason, have yet to make a purchase.  They all sound fantastic.  This book includes stories about a fiance’s dislike of objects made from human remains and someone with a human pet-I felt the stories sounded quirky and a little different, so I am also very excited for this, and I am hoping I can then pick up some more books by this author.

And finally

Her Majesty’s Royal Coven by Juno Dawson: 21st July 2022

I know very little about this title, but the premise sounds like it could be a very good read!  This book is the first in a series-how many there will be finally be, I have no idea, do drop me a comment if you know.  

This book follows a government secret department run by witches, which must protect the crown and country at all costs, even if that involves the problems coming from within the coven itself.

There are so many wonderful books being released this month, which books are you waiting for?  Will you purchase day one, or wait for the paperback copies to adorn our shelves?

June Wrap Up!

My June Wrap Up

Well, here we are, another month has flown by, and that means another stack of books have been read.  If you have been following my blog, you would have noticed that I reviewed a lot of the books I read for the month, especially those that I were sent by publishers.  I am not going to go into any real detail about these books,please scroll through my blog if you wish to know more about those titles.

In the month of June I read 9 books:-

2 Manga, 4 YA books, and 3 middle grade books.  

The Double Trouble Society by Carrie Hope Fletcher

Demon Slayer Vol 1 by Koyoharu Gotouge

Loveless by Alice Oseman

While the Storm Rages by Phil Earl

The Ancient Magus Bride by Kore Yamazaki

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Julia and the Shark by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Phantom by Barbara Steiner

A Scatter of Light by Malinda Lo

It wasn’t the bestest reading month in terms of enjoyment this month, I gave several books 4 stars, though in my opinion they were low 4 stars, as in, I did enjoy them, but I don’t know if I would read them again.  The Phantom gave me a surprise, this book was selected by the Point Horror Reading group, and it has a person on the front cover, dressed in a football outfit-I’m really not into sports, so I didn’t expect to enjoy it, but I did…and gave it a strong 3.5.  My other shock of the month was A Scatter of Light by Malinda Lo, I was so excited to read this, but unfortunately I struggled getting through this one until I reached around 70%.  

 With the book Julia and the Shark, I thought the reader would get a lot more information about sharks, and conservation, however the books main focus, I felt was mental illness-though I still very much enjoyed the book.  I feel I may appreciate it more, now that I know what to expect, and will certainly be giving this another read through.

 I could say my favourite read was Aristotle and Dante, this month, and although I found it an amazing read-the winners of this month’s best book award goes to Demon Slayer, and The Ancient Magus Bride.  I just knew knew knew if I started reading Demon Slayer it would be a down hill slide into needing to purchase the rest of the Demon Slayer manga, did I really want to do this too myself!?  I was hoping I wouldn’t really go for it, but it was fantastic, and I definitely need to pick up a few more volumes.  I hadn’t heard of the Ancient Magus Bride, until my husband started watching it one day, and He recommended it to me.  I got the first manga, as I don’t watch a lot of telly, and would rather have a book… I loved it!  The story involves magic, fantasy and love!  I am now slowly collecting the rest of the manga to read soon! 

 I would love to know what you have read this month, and what ended up being your favourite.  What are you hoping to read in the month of July?

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Until I blog again…keep reading

Waterstones Event!

The Island House

By Mary Considine

On one drizzly, but close, warm day, in June, I was lucky enough to have an evening at my local Waterstones, in the company of Mary Considine.  The event was attended by just a handful of people, and a couple of the Waterstones staff.  It was a small affair, but as always, in true Waterstones style, a great evening! 

Mary Considine, is the author of the newly published book ‘The Island House’-this book is all about Looe Island in Cornwall, and how they came to purchase a house there.  It also talks about the history of the island, and some of the previous occupants.

We spent the evening, listening to Mary read some extracts from the book, and talking about the island, and how it was difficult to get their furniture across by boat, and how sometimes they were cut off from humanity, from time to time during the winter.  It was definitely a very different life from time to time!

At the end of the evening, I did decide to purchase the book, I’ve recently made a pact with myself to read more non fiction, I think mostly I wish to read books about Cornwall, and also wildlife, plants, the world around us, that type of thing!  So, this book hit the spot!  I got the book signed, and as I was the last person left in the cafe, we ended up having a wonderful chat, Mary was such a down to earth person, feeling like an old friend, that you hadn’t seen for a few years, it felt almost as you wanted to pull up a chair and get out the teapot.  It was such a lovely chilled evening, I’m so looking forward to the next event, which is only a week away! Thank you once again Waterstones, for a wonderful event!

A Scatter of Light by Malinda Lo

A Scatter of Light by Malinda Lo

Publishing date: 6th Oct 2022 (UK)

Pages:336

Pre-order from: Waterstones, Amazon, Barnes & Noble etc

Thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for sending me a digital arc copy in return for an honest review.

I have very mixed feelings about this book, and I never want my reviews to give away too much information, and definitely no spoilers, so I feel this is going to be a little difficult. 

I gave this book ⅗ stars.  

I felt the book was very well written, it flowed well, and it was comfortable to read.  I do love a book that is comfortable to read, if that makes sense!  

The book started off strong for me, the main character (Aria) was introduced well, and she was off to spend the summer holiday with her wonderful grandmother, following an event beyond her control, fortunately our main character seemed to be ok with this, and didn’t give her grandmother grieve, I really don’t like books where the majority of the story, the main character spends it in a mood!  I was very happy Aria had a good relationship with her gran.  The book, soon after this, once all our other characters were introduced, started to get a little boring for me, and a little repetitive.  Normally, I probably would have put this book aside, I’m sorry to say, but because I wanted to review this for the publisher I continued.  It wasn’t until around the 65/70 percent mark, that I actually started to really enjoy the book, and I started to get into the flow of things, that’s where I thought, things started to really happen.

I so wished that the book started to get a lot more ‘action’ earlier on.

I didn’t agree with some of the things Aria did in the book, so by the end of the story she started to anger me a little.

I know a lot of people will really enjoy this, and if someone read the back and wanted to give it a go, I would not stop them from purchasing this. I would love to hear what others think of this book.

Until I blog again….keep reading.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

By Benjamin Alire Saenz

Published: 27th May 2021

Pages: 368

Available from Waterstones, Amazon, WHSmiths etc

I have had this book on my shelf for a while, it was a Christmas pressie, and I thought there was no better time to pick it up and read it then during pride month.  The writing in this book was beautiful, very descriptive, and a joy to read.  This book follows two boys, Aristotle and Dante, they meet at a swimming pool, and soon become the best of friends.  The book follows them through the ups and downs of life, Aristotle has his secrets locked away, in fact his whole family has, and He finds it difficult to talk about the worries in his head.  Dante is the talker, and tries his very hardest to get Aristotle to open up.  I found this book a bit like riding a rollercoaster, the story would be on a high and then it would come crashing down.  There were many twists and turns!

Both boys, and their families were incredibly loveable, in fact the book was ablaze with love, I thought it might start shining out of the book! The parents coped well with their teenage sons, and were so supportive of them.  

The author included some super quotes, and would definitely be a wonderful book to annotate, if that’s what you enjoy doing as a reader.  The only criticism I would have is that there is a lot of dialogue between Ari and Dante, and at times, I would have to go back through the conversation to work out who said what, I couldn’t quite keep up at times.  

I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars.  It definitely lives up to the hype, as I know this is a very much loved book, and I can definitely see why.

Thanks for reading and until I blog again….keep reading.