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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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The PWB Codex

I always think it’s far fetched in crime shows and books where they find some hidden code that the victim has written and it leads them to the murderer. However today I had a look through the notes section on my iPhone. I wasn’t aware…

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30 Minute Meals

I am slowly working my way through Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals and I felt it might be appropriate to share my experiences as the recipes are coming out of a book. They are possible in half an hour but don’t expect to get the…

Fantasy, Young Adult

Night World

As someone about to leave their twenties behind, I’m not the target audience for young adult books. Even though I enjoyed the Twilight Saga, I didn’t rate it particularly highly and am not searching for a substitute. I do however think there are some quality…

Books In

Incoming!

Gah, I though I’d had a fairly restrained week on the old book front but it appears a few have snuck in whilst my back was turned… I have set myself a vague rule that I’ll only accept swaps for wishlisted books. Now I have…

Crime Fiction

Nemesis

Jo Nesbo has been heralded as the next Stieg Larsson, except he’s not Swedish, is very much alive and also proclaims that his writing style just isn’t the same. His crime series is set is Oslo (that’s in Norway) and features down and out detective,…

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Moochin’

So all the recent discussions over on BookMooch have made me feel a bit guilty about not adding my books there any more. So I looked out 15 sticky books off my ReadItSwapIt list and added them to my BookMooch inventory. I’m probably one of…

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What’s in a Name?

When I decided I wanted to start a blog, I was determined to find a name that no one else was using, at least in blog circles. This is my excuse for my rather random title as there are a lot of blogs out there…

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Love is a Pygmy Mouse Lemur

Whilst I think up a topic for today’s post, I’ll leave you with one of my favourite passages out of The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson: Love is not a steadfast dog at all; love is more like a pygmy mouse lemur. Yes, that’s exactly what…

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Racing Against The Film Industry

It seems the film industry has tapped into my TBR in order to find material for scripts. Looking at my bookshelves, there are many books that didn’t exist on film when I obtained them but have since been adapted. This year there’s Never Let Me…

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Genesis

One of the less mentioned aspects of Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper is the inclusion of a variety of creation myths and theories. I liked the idea that Prometheus made man out of the leftovers and therefore had to give us fire to make up…

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