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Month: December 2017

List, Top Ten

Top Ten 2017

Drumroll please! I’m sure this isn’t the moment you’ve all been waiting for, but I am pleased to reveal my top ten books read in 2017. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor Nevernight by Jay Kristoff The Real-Town Murders by Adam Roberts The Fifth Season…

General Fiction

Seven Days of Us

I try and read at least one festive book in December and this year I chose Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak. It’s not the usual upbeat novel I would choose and it does have some sadness to it. Olivia has been in Liberia…

New Releases

2018 Books on my Radar

My 2018 wishlist has been growing and growing despite my pledges to read more backlist titles. I obviously can’t keep up so I am sharing them here in order to tempt you instead. What books are you looking forward to next year?   January The…


The Lost Plot

The Lost Plot is the fourth book in Genevieve Cogman’s excellent Invisible Library series and therefore this review may contain spoilers for the previous books. To be honest, she was having fun being Jeanette Smith, Crime Boss. It was much less nerve-racking than being Irene…

5 Star, Fantasy

The Obelisk Gate

The Obelisk Gate is the second book in the Broken Earth trilogy and therefore this review may contain spoilers for The Fifth Season. After devouring The Fifth Season I was eager to continue Essen’s story and when The Obelisk Gate dropped into my lap via…

Graphic Novel, Translation

Freedom Hospital

Read the World: Syria Freedom Hospital is a mix of fact and fiction, based around an underground Syrian hospital which tends to injured rebels. At the start of the book, it feels like the rebels wanted a peaceful solution to the country’s problems. As time…

5 Star, Science Fiction


If you’ve spent any time around the YA community you’ll have heard of Illuminae. Why did I take so long to read it? I honestly don’t know because it is perfect for me. If you’re not aware, it’s a sort of futuristic epistolary novel, told…


A Gathering of Challenges

Read at Midnight hosts the cutest of reading challenges (remember The Reading Quest?) and this December brings a casual Animal Crossing themed one. I have not been playing the game because I know what a time suck it will be if I start, but that…