force of nature by jane harper
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Book review: Force of Nature by Jane Harper

It can be hard to live up to the success of a multi-award-winning debut novel but Jane Harper has certainly met, if not exceeded, expectations with Force of Nature. Fans of The Dry will be pleased to see the return of not only Harper but also Federal Agent Aaron Falk. Six months on from the… Continue reading Book review: Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Book review: I'd Rather Be Reading by Guinevere De La Mare
Books

Book review: I’d Rather Be Reading by Guinevere De La Mare

To say I'm a bit of a bookworm would be a massive understatement. I always carry a book with me, I average a book a week, my bookshelves are overflowing and I can spend an hour just browsing a bookstore. And I'm pleased to say that I've found the perfect gift for the bookworm in… Continue reading Book review: I’d Rather Be Reading by Guinevere De La Mare

oh yeah, audrey by Tucker Shaw
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Book review: Oh Yeah, Audrey! by Tucker Shaw

Just before I started my A Levels I watched my first Audrey Hepburn film and I was instantly hooked. I devoured every film, bought every biography, posters adorned my walls and, eventually, I began to write about her life and career - first for my Film Studies essays and later for a couple of websites… Continue reading Book review: Oh Yeah, Audrey! by Tucker Shaw

living the dream by lauren berry
Books

Book review: Living the Dream by Lauren Berry

I love the realism of Lauren Berry's Living the Dream*. Until recently most young people assumed that they'd be in their dream job, a homeowner, married and thinking about a family by the age of 30. These days it's highly likely that you'll move back in with your parents for some time after graduation if… Continue reading Book review: Living the Dream by Lauren Berry

emma by jane austen
Books

Introducing young readers to classics

I've been a bookworm for as long as I can remember. As soon as I could read to myself I was straight down the library every week borrowing as many books as I could carry. I started with Enid Blyton and Jacqueline Wilson, moving on to the Babysitters Club, Goosebumps, Sweet Valley High and then… Continue reading Introducing young readers to classics

creative pep talk by andy j. miller
blogging, Books

12 things I’ve learned in 12 years of blogging

Last week I blogged about the 12th anniversary of my very first blog post. I'm by no means a professional blogger but I've picked up a few tips over the last decade that I thought I'd share. 1. Be inspired. I'm inspired as a writer, and to produce content, by magazines, podcasts, other blogs, TV… Continue reading 12 things I’ve learned in 12 years of blogging

why i march from abrams and chronicle
Books, Lifestyle

Why politics matters to me – and why it should matter to you #BloggersWhoVote

Growing up I didn't really care/know much about politics. All I knew was that my dad would watch a lot of news and Prime Ministers Questions, etc, and it looked really boring. People kept talking over each other yet no-one was really saying much of anything. What was it all about? Fast forward to the… Continue reading Why politics matters to me – and why it should matter to you #BloggersWhoVote

the elephant of frimley blog tour
Books, Parenthood

Book review: The Elephant of Frimley by Nicholas Rawls

The Elephant of Frimley* by Nicholas Rawls is a love story - between two sisters and the elephant they discover in their back garden and also between a father and the daughters he wrote this story for. Rawls' story, illustrated by Louise Jewell, started as a bedtime story for his children and I love that… Continue reading Book review: The Elephant of Frimley by Nicholas Rawls

spandex and the city
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Book review: Spandex and the City by Jenny T. Colgan

I like to think I'm pretty widely read. My Goodreads Challenge for the year so far includes a range of children's books (Roald Dahl - I'm not 'cheating' and including the books I read with Jenson), young adult, thrillers, autobiographies and poetry - surprisingly there's no chick lit and just one comic book thus far.… Continue reading Book review: Spandex and the City by Jenny T. Colgan

nosy crow book review
Books, Jenson, Parenthood

Book review: New releases from Nosy Crow

Jenson and I were sent the cutest book as an early Mother's Day present a couple of weeks ago.  I tell him I love him countless times a day and I'm looking forward to the day he says it back. How adorable is this cover? I love that it's about a mummy, daddy and baby… Continue reading Book review: New releases from Nosy Crow