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Month: December 2014


Top of the Books 2014

It’s that time again to shout about the best books I read this year. I’ve split my lists into adult and young adult, not because I think one can’t stand up to the other, but it’s an excuse to include more books! Don’t forget to…

Young Adult

The Door That Led to Where

AJ’s failed all his GCSEs except one; English. He loves disappearing into worlds other than his own. His mother, the Red Lizard, couldn’t care less about him unless he’s bringing money in. When AJ lands an interview at a top law firm, he can’t believe…

Books In

Incoming: Christmas Edition

AKA Showcase Sunday I hope everyone’s been enjoying the holidays! I’m half-way through my time off and have been reading like a demon to meet my goal for 2014. I’m nearly there! Amongst my presents from Josh were some books, of course, and I got…

Young Adult

Love Letters to the Dead

When Laurel receives an English assignment to write a letter to a dead person, she chooses Kurt Cobain. He was her sister’s favourite musician and they both died young. When it comes time to hand it in, Laurel suddenly finds it’s all too personal but…

Classics, Uncategorized

A Christmas Carol

There’s more of gravy than of the grave about you! A Christmas Carol needs no introduction. Having watched many an adaptation every Christmas, this is the first year I’ve actually got round to reading the book. It’s novella length and pretty easy going, so I…

Young Adult

An English Boy in New York

An English Boy in New York is the sequel to Boys Don’t Knit and therefore this review may contain spoilers for the previous book. Ben had almost forgot his prize included a trip to KnitFair USA in New York. Now he only needs to decide…


The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Returning to his childhood home for a funeral, a man’s memories are stirred by the farm at the end of the lane. A place with a pond that the youngest Hempstock swore was an ocean. He remembers the three women who lived there all those…

Crime Fiction, Translation

The Islanders

Following the death of his mother, Olivier is stranded in a snowy Versailles over Christmas. When he goes to ask his neighbour for the phonebook, an old flame opens the door. He hasn’t seen his high school love Jeanne in twenty years. But their past…

Science Fiction, Young Adult

A Thousand Pieces of You

Marguerite’s parents are the physicists behind the Firebird; a device that makes travel between dimensions possible. When her father is murdered and the prime suspect disappears, Marguerite doesn’t hesitate to track him down. The only problem is, he’s no longer in their dimension. I liked…