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Book Review: Franklin's Flying Bookshop

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Let us not pretend here guys, that picture books are the type of book I review often on this blog.
They’re not.
Let us not also pretend though, that I don’t read them.
I do. I totally read them. I love a good picture book.
I don’t even have children. In fact you know what, screw that statement and the very assumption that picture books are just for children because I totally disagree with that sentiment. Picture books are for everybody, aren’t they? They’re works of art more often than not, with their lush illustrations and there’s something about the words in them (often words that rhyme which hello intro to poetry or that are totally bonkers or totally gorgeous) that often carry more than just a story that you can’t help but be enamoured by. I’ve got a lot of children in my life and discovering books with them when they’re tiny is of of my fave things ever, but, do I enjoy looking at a gorgeous gorgeous picture book all by myself, away from sticky fingers?

Hell yes I do.
Do I …

Quick August Wrap-Up

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September already though.
Holy and also Moly, goodness and also gracious. LET’S DO A WRAP UP. Let’s do a wrap up, mostly because August was a fun fun month and I had a nice nice time and I want to get that written down for posterity so that in one hundred years where some future person from the future stumbles across this blog they can say ‘wow she had a really nice time in August 2017.’ That and the fact that when I have lots of talking to do it makes sense to put it all in one post. Lazy blogging is lazy but whatever.

So, what did I read?
A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Shwab which I loved. It’s the first in a series and it’s fits right in with the kind of books I seem to be loving right now. It’s about this guy called Kell (who I might be in love with a little bit) who is one of the last magicians alive with the ability to move from London to London to London because there isn’t just 1 London. There’s 4. (I know, right) – he’s like an Ambassador between Red, White and Grey London (…

Author Visit: Dawn Barker

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Fun times, peeps, fun times! Grab yourself a glass of something bubbly – because the sun is shining where I am and it’s a Bank Holiday weekend so why would you not; I’ve already been on the bucks fizz this morning – and make yourself comfortable because today I’m chatting with the lovely Dawn Barker about her novel Let Her Go, and writing in general.



Before we get started, let’s warm up with a quick fire round. This is always my favourite part.
Ready, steady, GO:
Coffee, tea or…? Gin (Hendricks) and tonic (elderflower!) [a woman after my own heart!]Favourite film?          The English PatientFavourite book?        We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel ShriverSummer or winter? Winter (I live in Australia – summer is too hot for my Scottish skin!)Favourite Colour?    BlueLast thing you ate? Ciabatta with vegemite for breakfast Dream holiday destination? An Antarctica cruiseIf you could jump to any point in history, who would you…

Blog Tour: True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop

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Exciting times here today guys! The lovely True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop was released earlier this month and to celebrate I get to share a fun little extract with you. 
Also if you want to know more about this book then the Blog Tour is going on til the end of the month:




I read True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop when I was on holiday at the beginning of July and I don’t mind telling you that it’s a fab holiday read that also happens to be full of things I approve of: a main character that reminds me a little of my own self; a bookshop; lots of references to Pride and Prejudice; and a cat. Oh and a love story, obvs (the clue is totally in the title here guys, this is not a spoiler) which is reminiscent of The Proposal. You’ve seen that film right? With Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds? LOVE IT. Anyhow, I digress. Basically, Verity Love is single and actually quite happy that way. The problem is her friends and family are less happy and so, to get them off her back Veri…

Review: One of Us is Lying

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This is the kind of book you’d binge watch. I mean seriously, it’s like everything you spend your hangover watching on a Sunday. If its not adapted then I’ll be the most surprised ever and I never say this because THE BOOK IS BETTER but this is crying out to be dramatized and that, it’s a compliment, it really is. I’ve seen it likened to The Breakfast Club and Pretty Little Liars and Riverdale and YES. Also Gossip Girl and maybe a little bit Nancy Drew and Poirot – that’s just me though. Also, considering the The Breakfast Club is well, The Breakfast Club and PLL and Riverdale are both Netflix shows that I binge watched like a pro, it was probably a given that this book was going to tick all the boxes for me.
It did.
I loved it.
I also don’t think I’m going to be the only one. This book, I think, is going to go places. It’s going to be one of the hits of the year and if it isn’t – well, then you may colour me confused because it totally should because it’s not often that a book br…

Quickfire Reviews: Beach Edition

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It’s time for a little bookish catch up, mostly because I want to talk about the books I read when I was away last weekend because that is what I do when I am placed on a beach for 4 days with nothing to worry about and no place to be: I read. I didn’t read as much as I thought I was going too actually, because it was hot, man. The kind of hot that leaves you unable to do little more than lie with your eyes closed and dip in and out of the sea. What I did read, though, was pretty good, which – well that’s excellent isn’t it, because nobody wants to read something shit on holiday (or ever).
So, quickfire reviews. Here we go.
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan is about a teenager called Joe. Joe hasn’t seen his brother for ten years because his brother is on Death Row or a crime he claims he is innocent of. His execution date has been set.
What I liked: I love Sarah Crossan’s writing style. I’ve said that before. It’s prose poetry (I think?) and I’m not going to sound at all knowledgeable about …

The Mid Year Freakout Tag

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So a thing that happened is that I realised that it’s almost August and I hadn’t done any kind of halfway-through-the-year-recap because I am apparently the most tardy ever. So I thought ‘hmm yes best get on that because better late than never, right’ and figured I’d do it now, and then I've seen this post doing the rounds and decided it was a tag I was just going to steal because it’s a fun twist on my usual Top 5 Books Jan-June. So pull up a chair and grab a cup of tea (or a gin if you’re that way inclined which I absolutely am) and let’s chat about the first half of the year in regards to all things bookish. What fun.
THE MID YEAR FREAKOUT TAG (and how I wish I could make the pretty graphics that all the other blogs have but whatever I can’t so let’s just move on).


THE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR SO FAR Sometimes (99% of the times) I struggle with this and want to just run for the hills because isn’t it just the question you dread?
Jo, what is your favourite book?
Nope no not a cha…