Review: Talent by Juliet Lapidos

Opening sentence: “We met at the supermarket.” Although I devoured Talent over a sunny weekend, I found it to be a kind of slow burner – just as my mind started to wander though, it hooked me back in. It then had a perfectly pitched ending that was just the right level of ambiguous. My […]

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Review: The Truth Pixie by Matt Haig

I follow Matt Haig on Twitter and on there he is a huge advocate of mental health issues. He is very open about his own and has written two brilliant adult bestsellers on mental health: Reasons to Stay Alive and Notes on a Nervous Planet. He also writes fiction for both adults and children and […]

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Review: My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

Opening sentence: “Whenever I woke up, night or day, I’d shuffle through the bright marble foyer of my building and go up the block and around the corner where there was a bodega that never closed.”  Like your books deadpan, witty and satirical in tone? Then you’ll love My Year of Rest and Relaxation. Our […]

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What I’m Reading – WWW Wednesday: 17th July 2019

It’s July WWW Wednesday time! This is a weekly meme (I do it monthly though) hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. If you’re curious about what other people are reading right now too, join in! All you have to do is answer the three bookish questions below and pop your blog link […]

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Do you use reading as escapism?

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” – W. Somerset Maugham I recently came across this quote and it got me thinking. You often hear it said that reading is a great tool for escapism; just pick up a book and be […]

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Review: The Carer by Deborah Moggach

Opening sentence: “The first thing she noticed was her skin.” I knew nothing about this book when I started it, it popped through my letterbox just as I’d finished my current read, so it felt right to dive straight in. My other half saw the cover and said, “that looks a bit creepy” –  (apparently […]

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Review: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

Opening sentence: ‘The windows of a spaceship casually frame miracles.’ With this evocative opening sentence, Chris Hadfield begins his unique story. He was an astronaut for 21 years and has been into space three times; the final time for five months aboard the International Space Station, starting in December 2012. Space travel is something that […]

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