Reviews
August 10th, 2016

REVIEW – Watching Edie by Camilla Way

Watching Edie

Watching Edie is a fast-paced, intriguing psychological thriller. I’d already heard great things about it so jumped at the opportunity to review it.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Beautiful, creative, a little wild… Edie was the kind of girl who immediately caused a stir when she walked into your life. And she had dreams back then—but it didn’t take long for her to learn that things don’t always turn out the way you want them to.

Now, at thirty-three, Edie is working as a waitress, pregnant and alone. And when she becomes overwhelmed by the needs of her new baby and sinks into a bleak despair, she thinks that there’s no one to turn to…

But someone’s been watching Edie, waiting for the chance to prove once again what a perfect friend she can be. It’s no coincidence that Heather shows up on Edie’s doorstep, just when Edie needs her the most. So much has passed between them—so much envy, longing, and betrayal. And Edie’s about to learn a new lesson: those who have hurt us deeply—or who we have hurt—never let us go, not entirely…

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Book Hauls
August 5th, 2016

July Book Haul!

July book haul

This month was a good month for new books!

Fiction

The Muse by Jessie Burton – I loved The Miniaturist so I’m really excited to read this. And oh my gosh, how pretty is the book? This novel follows two stories, one in London and one in Spain, linked by a mystery masterpiece. Reviews for this have been great and I can’t wait to get stuck in.

The Muse

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – I’d heard so many good things about this book and just had to pick it up. This follows a grumpy old man called Ove and, having just finished an ARC of The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen (83 1/4 Years Old), which I loved, it sounded like the perfect follow up.

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Reviews
August 1st, 2016

REVIEW – The Fire Child by SK Tremayne

The Fire Child

As a huge Fan of SK Tremayne’s The Ice Twins, I jumped at the chance to review his new book: The Fire Child.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall into place. Swept from single life in London to the beautiful Carnhallow House in Cornwall, she gains wealth, love, and an affectionate stepson, Jamie.

But then Jamie’s behaviour changes, and Rachel’s perfect life begins to unravel. He makes disturbing predictions, claiming to be haunted by the spectre of his late mother – David’s previous wife. Is this Jamie’s way of punishing Rachel, or is he far more traumatized than she thought?

As Rachel starts digging into the past, she begins to grow suspicious of her husband. Why is he so reluctant to discuss Jamie’s outbursts? And what exactly happened to cause his ex-wife’s untimely death, less than two years ago? As summer slips away and December looms, Rachel begins to fear there might be truth in Jamie’s words:

‘You will be dead by Christmas.’

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Reviews, Round ups, Zoella Book Club
July 28th, 2016

Zoella Book Club Review – Part 1!

zoellabookclub review
zoellabookclub review

Weirdly I’m not a huge fan of her channel but as soon as I heard Zoella was bringing out a book club I couldn’t resist buying the full set. I think I just bloody love book clubs. And it’s excuse to buy a ton more books (I have a problem).

I am a fan of Zoella herself though. We’re the same age (she’s a week older than me) and I admire the huge empire she’s built in the last few years.

Instead of writing individual reviews I thought I’d do a round up of the Zoella Book Club books I’ve read so far. It was originally going to be a halfway review but I’ve since read another… so here’s a 5/8 book round up! Continue Reading

Reviews
July 25th, 2016

REVIEW – Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

I have to say, I think Under Rose-Tainted Skies is the first book I’ve had where I found myself constantly turning the corners of pages over because there were just so many beautiful quotes I wanted to save. At first I worried it would be very similar to Everything, Everything as the concept is similar – girl can’t leave her house but then meets a boy and her life changes. But they really are very different books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.

Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so screwed up.

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Reviews
July 14th, 2016

REVIEW – Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh

Fermat's Last Theorem book review

Originally published in 1997, Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh has been on my TBR list for a while. I picked it up last week while visiting a glorious second hand bookshop in Edinburgh (thank you Armchair Books!).

I love a good popular science book and this is probably the first ‘popular maths’ book I’ve read. It’s absolutely accessible for readers with little or no mathematical knowledge – there’s a reason this book hit the bestseller list when it was released.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

xn + yn = zn, where n represents 3, 4, 5, …no solution

“I have discovered a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain.”

With these words, the seventeenth-century French mathematician Pierre de Fermat threw down the gauntlet to future generations. What came to be known as Fermat’s Last Theorem looked simple; proving it, however, became the Holy Grail of mathematics, baffling its finest minds for more than 350 years. In Fermat’s Enigma–based on the author’s award-winning documentary film, which aired on PBS’s “Nova”–Simon Singh tells the astonishingly entertaining story of the pursuit of that grail, and the lives that were devoted to, sacrificed for, and saved by it. Here is a mesmerizing tale of heartbreak and mastery that will forever change your feelings about mathematics.

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Random Witterings
July 9th, 2016

Things I use as a bookmark

books as bookmarks

… Instead of just using an ‘actual’ bookmark.

Does anyone else do this? I have plenty of ‘actual’ bookmarks I could use but I never seem to be able to find one when I need it.

After reaching a new level of desperation yesterday and using a sweet wrapper (yes, really), I decided to list out my top 5 ‘non-bookmark bookmarks’. Continue Reading

Round ups
July 6th, 2016

Round up – Books I’ve read so far in 2016 

I thought writing about the books I’ve read so far in 2016 would be a good introduction to the types of books I usually read (and my thoughts on them).

Autobiographies / memoirs

I started the year reading Alan Sugar’s autobiography What You See is What You Get. I don’t read a great deal of memoir-style books, however having just finished watching The Apprentice UK, I was intrigued to read more about Sir Alan. I’d previously read his side-kick Karren Brady’s book Strong Woman – both were great books which I rated 4/5. A few months later I ended up reading his book Unscripted – mostly about his time working on the Apprentice which, as a huge fan, I really enjoyed (4/5).

Throughout the first few months of the year I read a few other autobiographies – Sue Perkin’s Spectacles (brilliant book) and Ma book for herary Berry’s A Recipe for Life (both 5/5). I also read Gloria Steinem’s My Life on the Road as part of Emma Watson’s book club, which I also gave full marks. Another great feminist read was Bridget Christie’s A Book for Her – it was a bit of a slow burner for me but it ended up being a fantastically funny read about her journey into the male-dominated world of comedy (another 5/5). Continue Reading