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General Fiction

Lullaby

What if words could kill? Chuck Palahniuk starts off Lullaby with a fantastic concept but somehow gets lost along the way. The narrator is a journalist that starts digging deeper into the cases of Sudden Infant Death he’s sent to report on. He comes to…

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Spot The Difference

I’ve asked Snowbooks about this on Twitter as it could just be that the self published author picked the same stock image but I find it unlikely as they are SO similar. Even if they are both stock images, I don’t think it’s good taste…

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Frequent Commenter Award

Gabe over at Gabriel Reads awarded me with this Frequent Commenter Award. To accept this award I’ve got to pass it onto two of you lovely people so it can spread like those friendly bacteria Yakult keep harping on about. I would like to pass…

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A New Arrival

I’d just like to share…I finally got myself a Kindle! I think Amazon should get an award for easiest straight out the box experience. It had managed to sync my existing purchases even before I’d got to the home page. It will not be replacing…

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Book Group: Room

We had a bit of drama at book group tonight. Half way through a discussion a man walks up to us and asks if we’re the book group and then states that we’ve just lost two members, they were waiting outside, got angry and stomped…

Fantasy, Young Adult

The Gathering

Bitten was the book that got me hooked on urban fantasy, so I love reading anything Kelley Armstrong writes. The Gathering is the first in a new young adult trilogy set in the same universe as Women of the Otherworld and is similar her The…

Fantasy

The Damned Busters

“It turns out that sinning is what makes the world go round.” The story starts off when Chesney accidentally summons a demon; it could happen to anyone. But Chesney doesn’t want to sell his soul to the devil and his choice has disastrous consequences. What…

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YA Goodies @ The Book People

If you’re reading this from the UK and like young adult fantasy series you might be interested in some of the bargain prices over at The Book People. I don’t have a current free postage code but one set will qualify for the single book…

Books In

Incoming!

So the post arrived… I’d forgotten about most of the books that were inside those packages, the only was I was expecting was the one from Australia. Four packages, five books plus those already here… The Hurricane Party, Binu and Lion’s Honey are all Canongate…

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Waiting for the Postie

I’m sat here waiting for the post to arrive. Normally I don’t mind this but it’s glorious weather outside and I want to get to the beach (OK I live one minute walk away from the beach but still). I requested a redelivery so I…

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Pre-Loved Giveaway

I know it’s normal for bloggers to give away new books provided by publishers but I love sharing books and need a way to help reduce my TBR. So every Friday, I’ll be digging through my books to find a pre-loved (that means second hand)…

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Free Graze Box

I’ve really enjoyed my free and half price graze boxes this week. I’d seen them around before and thought they were a good idea but a bit pricey. However they’ve stopped me spending money in the work canteen on food that’s really unhealthy and one…

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Left on the Shelf

I knew I wouldn’t have time to write a post this Thursday so I put together this draft…then still forgot to publish! Check back later for the first of my Pre-Loved Giveaways and some thoughts on Murakami. This is a set of photos taken by…

Crime Fiction

Random

Random by name, random by nature, this debut novel by Glaswegian journalist, Craig Robertson, was a bit of a random purchase. However I’m glad I bought it and read it promptly. This crime “thriller” is told in first person narrative from the point of the…

Fantasy, Young Adult

The Iron Witch

Whilst I don’t want my blog to fill up with young adult book reviews (doesn’t the blogisphere seem full enough of them already?), I did want to share a few thoughts about The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney. Karen’s a British author so I was…

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On My Wishlist

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. A long term resident of my wishlist is Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. I don’t know why I haven’t given in and bought…

Books In

Incoming!

It was payday this week so I treated myself to four trolley jumpers from Tesco. Blue Eyed Boy by Joanne Harris: I didn’t hugely love Chocolat like other people so I’m looking forward to seeing her other style of writing. Random by Craig Robertson: A…

Non-Fiction

Amore and Amaretti

AT A GLANCE: Genre: Non Fiction — Food — Memoir Setting: Florence, Italy 2/5 Stars (OK) Victoria Cosford is an Australian food writer who also teaches Italian cookery classes. Amore and Amaretti is a memoir of her time spent in Tuscany and is a recent…

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Favourite Fool

It’s from a few years ago but for a moment I actually believed this. I was a little sad when it dawned on my coffee deprived braincells that it wasn’t real. I’ve stopped watching the news in the morning now so there’s no risk of…

General Fiction

The Help

It’s always difficult trying to write a review on such a popular book; pre-blog I’d post a brief opinion on my Goodreads review and leave it at that. In the spirit of trying to write more, I will try and expand on those thoughts or…

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Invasion of the Trolley* Jumpers

In supermarkets across Britain, the trolley jumper is becoming well known as an invasive species. If you’ve ever starting unpacking groceries only to find books nestled amongst the vegetables, you know you’ve been a victim. These books have developed a buddy system. It’s generally considered…

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