Blog Tour: Dead End

So today is a super exciting day. I am, as you probably know if you hang round these parts on a regular basis, a lover of a good thriller and a lover of a good police procedural and a lover of a good story. I have a lot of love. With all that in mind, it took me approx.. 0.25 seconds to say that YES, I absolutely did want to share an extract of Rachel Lynch’s new novel Dead End with you all.

Review: A Little Life

Here’s the thing. I have absolutely no idea how to review A Little Life. No clue. I have feelings, lots of feelings, but I don’t really know exactly what I want to say.

I got lost in this book. That’s the first thing.

Review: New Boy

I love a good retelling. Love love love, and, I am especially fond of a good Shakespeare retelling. Have been, in fact since I first watched 10 Things I Hate About You about 20 years ago and wow I hate working that stuff out because it makes me feel old.

Anyhow. Hogarth have a Shakespeare series wherein famous writer type peeps pick one of his plays and put a new spin on it, so you’ve got Margaret Atwood doing The Tempest and Anne Tyler doing The Taming of the Shrew and, the one I am going to chat about now which is Tracy Chevalier (The Girl With the Pearl Earring) doing Othello.


A Little Summer Reading List

Last summer I did a post about books I’d already read that I thought would be fun to read on the beach (you can read that here if you missed it then).

Well, it’s summer again now, kind of – although it’s been ridiculously windy and glum today but we’re just calling it a blip, the blue skies will return; I have faith – and I’ve booked two trips this week, one with my BFF and one with My Best Guy and it got me thinking as most things do, about books.

I’m not going to throw a load of books off my shelf at you this time, because books are heavy and they hurt, but instead we’ll chat about the new and forthcoming books this summer that I think would make nice holiday reads (although this has got me thinking about all the books I own and haven’t read and perhaps THAT could be a post also but I digress…)

Summer lends itself to a certain kind of read for me – I like a thriller in the summer more than at any other time I think – give me some sunshine and a good psychological mystery. I also feel like summer lends itself perfectly to romance or a good coming of age story. And if it has a road trip theme then I am SO THERE. A light easy read I can fly through and get lost in whilst I sip a gin and tonic. That’s what I want from my summer reads; we’ll save the deeper stuff for when the nights are drawing in, thank you.

So, if you want to spend your hard-earned cash on shiny new releases this summer and are looking for some pointers then these are the ones I have my eyes on.

Disclaimer: I haven’t read a single one of these so if they don’t float your boat then I AM VERY SORRY.

Blog Tour: Alone Time

I don’t mind telling you that this book took me right outside of my comfort zone.

Not in a bad way. More in a ‘my comfort zone is a very fictional story and this is not that’ kind of way. I made a little promise to myself at the start if this year though, that I was going to try and read more of books that are not novels – more non-fiction, more memoirs, more poetry, more short stories – and so when I was offered the chance to have a read of this one, I shrugged my shoulders and thought ‘why the hell not.’

And here we are.

Rosenbloom is a travel columnist for the New York Times. In this book she’s visiting 4 cities in 4 seasons. On her own.

All by herself.


As a girl who really wishes she were brave enough to date herself and is endlessly envious of those who can sit at a bar on their own with a gin and be perfectly content in their own skin; who can go to the cinema and not flinch at ordering just one ticket; who will happily sit in a coffee shop and not be hiding behind a book or endlessly scrolling through Instagram, the idea of this really appealed to me.

I think there’s a part of all of us that in some ways yearns for solitude and there’s a lot to be said I think, for the kind of experience you could get of a place if you explored it on your own, in your own time and on your own terms. It helped that the cities Rosenbloom was visiting were cities I was keen to know more about. I already love New York (no other city ever made me glad) and Istanbul, Florence and Paris are all on my list.

Really, this book had my name all over it. Apart from it actually has Stephanie Rosenbloom’s name all over it cos she wrote it, but you know what I mean.

Quick May Wrap Up

Ah May. How I have enjoyed you.

May is a smashing month isn’t it – spring has actually definitely sprung, usually, and is even sometimes even edging into summer and everything is colourful and joyful and lovely. I have loved this May loved loved loved.

I think mostly because I’ve spent so much time with so many of my faves and the sun has shone and it’s just been fabulous. Everything seems brighter in the summer amirite?

What I did:


Helen and I took Molly for her first afternoon tea for my birthday. She was excellent value with her cheeky smile and her ‘more jam please’ – kid loves scones. Like with most months I try to squeeze as much Molly-time in as I possibly can so we also spent an afternoon in and out of the paddling pool on her decking and went out for breakfast and a play on the park. She’s at a really excellent age at the moment – nearly 3 – and just makes me laugh.

The first weekend in May was bank holiday. We’d briefly discussed going away for the weekend but ended up staying at home and I’m so glad we did because it was amazing. The weather was the hottest – like actually I think it broke May Day records – and it was pretty much what perfect weekends are made of: road trips with the roof down, paddling pools and brunch and badminton and prosecco and all the things I love with the people who make me smile. Heaven.

Blog Tour: Love and Ruin

I absolutely loved this book. Loved it. I knew I would: I also really loved The Paris Wife and I’m so there for largely fictionalised accounts of actual events. Like The Crown. That’s like a documentary in my head, you know?

Blog Tour: Days of Wonder

I read Keith Stuart’s debut novel A Boy Made of Blocks last year (I talk about it here) and I absolutely loved it, so when Sphere got in touch earlier this year and tempted me with a copy of his new book, Days of Wonder, I pretty much bit their hand off. This has been one of my most anticipated books of the year and you cannot imagine how happy I am to sit here and say it does not disappoint.

I loved it.

I loved it as much as I loved A Boy Made of Blocks.

I may have loved it more. I already want to read it again.

I’m going to tell you why.

Review: The Smoke Thieves

It continually surprises me, actually, how much of a little fantasy fan I’ve become. I can remember when I was growing up and my Dad used to read all these sci-fi and fantasy novels and I was all WHY WOULD I WANT TO READ BOOKS ABOUT DRAGONS AND MAGIC AND PLACES THAT AREN’T REAL AND THINGS THAT COULD NEVER EXIST and now I am all grabby hands for all of those things.

Anyhow. In that vein, let us talk today about the first in Sally Green’s new series The Smoke Thieves.
Sidenote: you may have heard of Sally from her Half Bad trilogy, and if you haven’t, well, you should get on that. S’good.

So The Smoke Thieves is new, and it’s about a princess preparing for a political marriage, the guard she’s in love with,  a servant hungry for revenge, a boy who isn’t sure what he wants to do with his life and steals things just because he can, and a thirteen year old girl who spends her life being bait for a demon hunter.


Quickfire Reviews

Quickfire Reviews is a thing I do very sporadically when there are books to talk about that I should have reviewed but haven’t. Sometimes I didn’t like these books enough to want to review them; sometimes I loved them but time got away from me; and sometimes, less is just more. Also it’s something a bit different which is what I am all about this year – being more than just review after review.

So here we have it, grab a KitKat and settle down.

Things I've Spent My Money on in May

Here is a new post which is a little twist on my things that I have seen and liked series (those are one of my fave kinds of post to do because it’s like shopping without the spending. Or without actually owning the thing so not like shopping at all but you know what I mean). This is different in in that this post, which may become a regular  thing*, is only things that I have actually put my hand into my pocket and purchased and which I think you should propbably purchase also.
*when I say ‘a regular thing’ I obviously mean as regular as anything ever is on this blog. Also, don’t hold your breath because I’m also trying to be thrifty which makes this the most ill-timed post in the history of posts.

So, here we are, 5 things I have spent my money on in May.

Repeal the 8th. #Together4Yes

Oh here I go, about to get not-bookish and a little bit opinionated. It happens sometimes but it’s fine – it helps keep things fresh and I kind of had to make this post because I’ve seen a lot in recent weeks about the Irish Referendum to repeal the 8th amendment and it’s really got me thinking because actually, it continually baffles me that this is even a thing.

I mean, having a baby changes your entire life, carrying a baby changes you in ways you cannot imagine and so the decision to become a parent or not is perhaps one of – if not the most – defining decisions a person can make don’t you think? How can it be fine to take that decision away? To make the making of that decision a criminal offence?

Review: A Thousand Perfect Notes

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music - because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.
When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?

Well then.

Here’s the thing and I’m going to be honest about it: I mainly wanted to read this book because I follow C.G Drews on Instagram and her page is the prettiest and that led me to her blog which is one of my faves, actually and that is that -  I wanted to read her book because I enjoy her online presence. That said, I was pretty sure she would be able to write – you can tell from her blog that she can write, I just didn’t quite expect…this.

Wow. This is not eloquent. This is why I have not written a book.

Review: I Was Born For This

This book fascinated me. Like actually. I was so invested and so interested, perhaps because parts of it felt really relatable and perhaps because it felt really relevant and was a really interesting take on a really interesting story. To be honest, anything to do with fandom always peaks my interest because it’s something that, to a degree, I am familiar with.

Review: Cross Her Heart

Promises only last if you trust each other, but what if one of you is hiding something?
A secret no one could ever guess.
Someone is living a lie.
Is it Lisa?
Maybe it’s her daughter, Ava.
Or could it be her best friend, Marilyn?
Cross Her Heart publishes 17th May 2018. You’ll just have to wait to find out…

Blog Tour: If He Wakes

I love a book that I can pick up and that has me turn turn turning the pages til I’m done, especially when, like over the last couple of months, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump. If He Wakes, the debut novel from Zoe Lea is that book. I read it a while ago but I’ve been holding off on reviewing because, well, because today is my spot on the blog tour and it would have been a little but counter-productive to post about it before then.

Quick April Wrap Up

Well. This bank holiday weekend has just been brill and marv. There are no words to express quite how much I love it when the sun is shining.

However, I am not here to talk about that today. I am here to talk about April.

The Wrong Man: Author Visit

Guess what guys! Today I’ve got the lovely Kate White here to talk about her new novel The Wrong Man and all things writing! Grab a cup of tea and get cosy!

35 Facts About A 35 Year Old

Apparently I’m middle-aged now. So I’ve been told. Which, well it seems like a pretty harsh thing to tell me but I guess that makes it no less true. The truth hurts and all that. Anyhow, let’s celebrate my middle-agedom with a list of things about me that you may or may not be aware of.

Also, here I am in Monaco last summer when I was still youthful. 

Blog Tour: The Leavers

I am a little bit in love with The Leavers, the debut novel from Lisa Ko. Seriously, a little bit in love. This book has wriggled under my skin and stopped there. I couldn’t stop reading it, and when I had to, I could think of little else but getting back to it. It’s quiet this book, quiet but wow so powerful and I am super excited to tell you all about it today so MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE.

Things That I Have Seen and Liked: Cacti!!

It’s that time again, whereby I browse the internet and add a load of things to my virtual shopping basket and pretend I have more disposable income than I actually do. Which, actually, is one of my favourite things to do. Also, I’ve been on holiday for the first part of April and read not as much as I would like due to the high levels of activity that were part and parcel of said holiday and as such this blog has taken a little bit of a backseat. Fret not though as there is LOTS of bookish stuff on the horizon and until then here’s a fun fact about me: I’m a bit of a crazy cactus lady at the moment I won’t lie. I cannot stop buying them. I have cacti on my desk at work and in my house and I’ve bought them as gifts for My Best Guy and I just love their little prickly selves and you know what, the internet is FULL of cactus related goodies that you (I) can fill your (my) house with and here is a list of my faves.

Quick March Wrap-Up

March. We’re a quarter of the way into 2018 and so far I don’t love it.

I absolutely definitely spoke too soon back in January when I was all YEAH 2018 because let me tell you a thing – so far this year has sucked. Still, it does not do to dwell on these things does it, and in amongst the days when I just wanted to curl up in bed and cuddle and pretend life wasn’t happening, I still squeezed in a fair amount of smile-worthy adventures. 

Book Haul: March 2018

Oooh, I haven’t done a book haul for AGES. But I also haven’t done much reading so instead of talking about what I have read I figured I may as well talk about all the books I’ve bought to add to the piles of books I haven’t read. Ha. Also I like a list.

What's In My Make-Up Bag

 It was a conversation with my bestie actually, a couple of weeks ago, about foundation, that left me thinking about how I often see posts on blogs I follow and on Instagram that are all about beauty products and stuff that people use and how even though I’m not really a make-up kind of girl I always find them really interesting. I really do, I lap it up, all the things that these Beautiful People That I Want to Be When I Grow Up recommend. I’m so here for all of those posts. So. Wouldn’t it be excellent, I thought, if I – a book blogger with no idea about beauty or makeup or fashion or any of that stuff -  did a whole blog post dedicated to the beauty products I use. Wouldn’t that be brill and marv.

My Spring TBR

There’s this feature hosted over at The Artsy Reader Girl called Top Ten Tuesday where by a prompt is posted every Tuesday to blog about and I think it’s excellent and I take part in it VERY SPORADICALLY (because actually I’m a little bit rubbish). Anyhow, the prompt this week is Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR and I thought YES, I have a spring TBR and I am in need of blog inspiration and I’M GETTING INVOLVED.

I don’t have a particular reading mojo for the spring (I don’t have a reading mojo at all right now HELP ME), it’s not like winter, or summer when there are books I yearn to re-read or genres I feel weirdly drawn to, but I do, as it happens have a small list of books that I would like to read before my birthday at the end of April and this is that list.