Author Archives: shirl

giver December 20

The Giver.

The Giver by Lois Lowry. Post by Kyla. I read this a few weeks before reading Divergent by Veronica Roth and was struck by the parallels. It’s only when delving deeper did I learn that the award winning The Giver, written in 1993 and following the journey of young Jonas, set the tone for many […]

reluctantly charmed December 19

Reluctantly Charmed

Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O’Neill. Post by Kyla. When Kate McDaid has her birthday she finds she’s the beneficiary of a will that is over 100 years old.  To claim the inheritance she needs to follow a series of instructions which she hopes will go unnoticed by others. Quite the opposite occurs and Kate’s increasingly […]

depraved heart December 18

Depraved Heart

Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell. Post by Robyn55. It is no accident that my previous review was also a novel by a woman mystery writer, Robert Galbraith aka J. K. Rowling, as it is interesting to compare these two writers. Both are well established authors at the very top of the game. Both are about […]

ink & bone December 18

Ink and Bone

Ink and Bone: Volume One of the Great Library by Rachel Caine. Post by Kyla. As a librarian wandering the shelves in my local book store, it wasn’t remotely surprising that Ink and Bone: Volume One of the Great Library caught my attention. When I saw that the back cover included the magic phrases, to […]

book thief December 17

The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak Post by Jenni. Wow! I have enjoyed Markus Zusak before as a YA writer of light but significant reads, but this book is absolutely wonderful. The pinnacle of his career so far, this beautiful page turner is filled with the love of humanity whilst it tells the story of […]

career of evil December 16

Career Of Evil

Career Of Evil by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling) Post by Robyn55. Some writers just keep getting better and better and this is one of them! The third episode in the ‘Cormoran  Strike’ series is similar to the other two but strays into darker territory. Robert Galbraith, aka J. K. Rowling, has never been scared of […]

girl king sweden December 16

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

The girl who saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson. Post by Kyla. This book was bought on a whim based on its outstandingly bright cover design. As soon as the first page was turned I fell in love with its light humorous style that made the most dreadful situations experienced by the characters […]

small free kiss December 15

A Small Free Kiss in the Dark

A Small Free Kiss in the Dark by Glenda Millard. Post by Jenni. The best books take readers into the ordinary places and routines in the lives of ostensibly unexceptional characters, and transform their interactions into things of beauty and rarity. In many such novels, as this one, the writing style is unostentatious, not particularly […]

sugar book December 14

That Sugar Book

That Sugar Book by Damon Gameau. This book first caught my attention because it had a queue of people waiting to read it, so of course I had to find out why! The sub-title says ‘this book will change the way you think about ‘Healthy’ food‘, and it certainly did that for me. It blows the lid on […]

cousin rachel October 09

My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier. Post by Jenni. Deliciously suspenseful and ambiguous, this is a fabulous exercise in uncertainty, employing the unreliable narrator as a tool for our doubts. Philip is a limited, misogynistic, sheltered young man of 24 who has lived with his confirmed bachelor uncle, Ambrose, all through the life he remembers, […]


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