Review: Boy by Roald Dahl

Opening sentence: “An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details.” As today would have been Roald Dahl’s 103rd birthday and it is officially Roald Dahl Day, I thought I’d share my review of his charming memoir, Boy: Tales of Childhood. […]

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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: The Go-Away Bird by Julia Donaldson

You’re reading quite the momentous blog post today; My first ever children’s book review! The Go-Away Bird is the brand new release by Julia Donaldson, who is pretty much a writing legend in our house (and in the general world: She was the 2011–2013 Children’s Laureate and has over 180 published works.) If you have […]

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Review: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Book One in the Chaos Walking Trilogy. Opening sentence: “The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say.” Published in 2008, quite a few people have recommended this book (the whole trilogy in fact) […]

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Review: The Girl of Ink and Stars

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave Opening sentence: “They say the day the Governor arrived, the ravens did too.” Set on the fictional island of Joya, this enticingΒ Young Adult book is told from the point of view of 13-year-old Isabella. It has had quite a lot of hype since its release […]

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Review: A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Opening sentence: “The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do.” This blog got its name from the place I do most of my reading – the 7:47am train on the way to work. One morning this week the trains gave me (what in the past would have […]

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