Book Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James ****

Book Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James ****

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J. Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their…

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Book Review: War and Turpentine – Stefan Hertmans ****

Book Review: War and Turpentine – Stefan Hertmans ****

“Il ne se passe toujours rien au front belge.” Shortly before his death in 1981, Stefan Hertmans’ grandfather gave him a couple of filled exercise books. Stories he’d heard as a child had led Hertmans to suspect that their contents might be disturbing, and for years he didn’t dare to open them. When he finally did, he discovered unexpected secrets. His grandfather’s life was marked by years of childhood poverty in late-nineteenth-century Belgium, by horrific experiences on the frontlines during…

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Book review: How to stop time – Matt Haig ****

Book review: How to stop time – Matt Haig ****

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover – working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and…

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Book Review: Trigger Warning – Neil Gaiman ****

Book Review: Trigger Warning – Neil Gaiman ****

“There are things that wait for us, patiently, in the dark corridors of our lives. We think we have moved on, put them out of mind, left them to desiccate and shrivel and blow away; but we are wrong. They have been waiting there in the darkness, working out, practicing their most vicious blows, their sharp hard thoughtless punches into the gut, killing time until we came back that way.”  TRIGGER WARNING is a cornucopia of storytelling: horror and ghost…

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Book Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan *****

Book Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan *****

Forever after, there were for them only two sorts of men: the men who were on the Line, and the rest of humanity, who were not. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever….

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Book Review: Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier **

Book Review: Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier **

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again… Working as a lady’s companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Her future looks bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Max de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his…

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Book Review: Ready Player One – Ernest Cline **

Book Review: Ready Player One – Ernest Cline **

“You were born at a pretty crappy time in history.And it looks like things are only gonna get worse from here on out.”  It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on…

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My 2019 Reading Goals

My 2019 Reading Goals

Because of the complete disaster that was 2017, I didn’t set myself any specific goals for this year. I put my Goodreads challenge at 30 and ended up reading 41(and I still have a week to go). Since I’m feeling a lot better now, I wanted to think of some challenges for 2019. Read 50 books I’m steadily getting bolder with my Goodreads Challenge 😉 I think 50 will be my limit, given that I need to balance my reading…

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