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An Interview with Sophie Anderson – with Children’s Books North

Welcome to Children's Books North's Autumn Highlights – celebrating new books from CBN members with a tour of Northern and Scottish book blogs. I am so excited to be a part of this, especially getting to host an interview with the incredible Sophie Anderson. I read The Girl Who Speaks Bear a few months ago… Continue reading An Interview with Sophie Anderson – with Children’s Books North

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The Pretenders | Blog Tour | Arc Review

Title: The Pretenders Author: Agatha Zaza Publisher: Agora Books Genre: Family Drama Published: 3rd December (paperback); ebook out now The Pretenders is a darkly disturbing examination of family secrets, lies and the lengths people will go to to hide the truth. It is an interesting exploration of family dynamics, abuse and mental health. SPOILER LEVEL:… Continue reading The Pretenders | Blog Tour | Arc Review

a bookish life · books

10 Books I Will Read by the End of 2020

The end of 2020 is a scary phrase, a combination of the mind-boggling fact that it's already mid-October and I can in fact think about the end of the year and the tiny niggling part of my mind that is a tad concerned that 2020 just won't end. I've read a lot of amazing books… Continue reading 10 Books I Will Read by the End of 2020

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Blog Tour | When Life Gives You Mangoes

Title: When Life Gives You Mangoes Author: Kereen Getten Publisher: Pushkin Press Genre: Middle-grade Mystery Rating: ★★★★ Published: 1st October 2020 When Life Gives You Mangoes is an incredible middle-grade contemporary mystery novel that weaves together secrets, mysteries and rule-breaking to create a fast-paced and gripping book with a twist you won’t see coming.  SPOILER LEVEL:… Continue reading Blog Tour | When Life Gives You Mangoes

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The Night Circus | Review

Title: The Night Circus Author: Erin Morgenstern Publisher: Harvill Secker Genre: Fantasy, fabulism Rating: ★★★★★ The Night Circus is pure magic. It is a whimsy, lyrical, and atmospheric tale of magic and illusion, romance and betrayal, and spectacular storytelling. SPOILER LEVEL: LOW | This review contains minor details about the characters and plot of this… Continue reading The Night Circus | Review

a bookish life · books · readathons

I Read 7 Books in 7 Days | A Reading Challenge

In the last week of August, I took part in (and somehow completed) a 7 day reading challenge with some of the editorial committee for my university's student newspaper. There were 7 prompts to complete and the aim was to read 7 books and fulfil all the prompts. I really thought I'd fail this–I originally… Continue reading I Read 7 Books in 7 Days | A Reading Challenge

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Firefly Lane | Review

Title: Firefly Lane Author: Kristin Hannah Publisher: Pan Macmillan Genre: Family Saga Rating: ★★★★★ Firefly Lane is a stunning and heartbreaking novel that chronicles a tale of lifelong female friendship and the intricacies of day-to-day life. SPOILER LEVEL: LOW | This review contains minor details about the characters and plot of this novel that can… Continue reading Firefly Lane | Review