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Mini Review: Our Endless Numbered Days

October 21, 2016 in Book Reviews, General fiction

Mini Review: Our Endless Numbered DaysOur Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of The Railway Children and listening to her mother's grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change.

Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared.

Her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is Everything.

I picked up this book having heard various people rave about it, so I guess I probably had fairly high hopes when I started it. I enjoyed it, just didn’t love it. So, Peggy is 8 when her father takes her away to live in a cabin in the woods. He tells her that they are the only two people still living in the world, and together they live in the small wooden cabin, die Hutte, living off the resources in the forest. She lives there for 9 years. We flit back and forth between Peggy’s time in the forest from 1976 and her return to civilisation in 1985. We slowly uncover her story and fill in the gaps.

Honestly, I didn’t enjoy the first half of this book much. It dragged somewhat and I just couldn’t get into the story. I definitely preferred the second half of the book, or perhaps even the final third. I felt that’s when things started to happen and I finally became absorbed in the story.

The writing in this book is undoubtedly beautiful, but for me beautiful writing doesn’t capture and hold my attention, it’s the storyline that does and I just wasn’t that invested in this. All-in-all, this book didn’t live up to my expectations. I’m glad I finished it and I enjoyed it in the end, but it isn’t a book I would thrust into a fellow bookworm’s hands.



Mini Review: Crooked Kingdom

October 17, 2016 in Book Reviews, Fantasy, YA Fantasy

Mini Review: Crooked KingdomCrooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #2
Published by Orion on 27th September 2016
Genres: Fantasy, YA Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off the most daring heist imaginable.
But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're fighting for their lives.
Double-crossed and badly weakened, they're low on resources, allies and hope.
While a war rages on the city's streets, the team's fragile loyalties are stretched to breaking point.
Kaz and his crew will have to make sure they're on the winning side... no matter what the cost.

Crooked Kingdom was one of my most-anticipated releases of the year. I adored Six of Crows and couldn’t wait for the second book in this duology. I’ve long been a fan of Bardugo; her Grisha trilogy was outstanding and I find myself frequently recommending it to readers young and old alike. So would Crooked Kingdom live up to my high expectations?

The simple answer is YES. A slightly longer answer is that it’s absolute perfection! No, seriously, it’s bloody brilliant.

If you haven’t read Six of Crows then you should really stop reading here and go pick up a copy (or check out my review from last year). Although I won’t be posting any Crooked Kingdom spoilers, there will be Six of Crows spoilers, so, fair warning!

At the end of Six of Crows, we left our favourite gang missing one key, kidnapped member of the troop. Having been played by Van Eck, they were a team member down and 30 million kruge light. In Crooked Kingdom, we see the crew fighting for their lives, seeking revenge and scheming like there’s no tomorrow!

So what can I say about this book?

The writing? Beautiful.

The characters? Better than ever.

The plot? Fast paced, twisty and action packed.

The conclusion to this duology? EPIC!

Need I say more?

I’ve genuinely no idea what I’m going to read next. How on earth am I going to find a book to follow this? If you have Crooked Kingdom sitting in your TBR pile, drop whatever you’re reading and pick it up. You won’t be disappointed!

What’s next Leigh Bardugo? I can’t wait to find out!


5 Anticipated Releases For Autumn / Winter 2016

October 14, 2016 in Bookish Posts

I actually meant to do this sooner and I had LOADS of books on my list, but actually the majority are out now. I also realised that a bunch of them come out in January. So this is a bit of a short list, but I believe it has some beauties on it.



To celebrate the 20th anniversary of A Game of Thrones, this beautiful illustrated edition is to be released on the 18th October. I love this series, and somehow this makes the loooooong wait for The Winds of Winter more bearable!




Sticking with illustrated editions… I’ve been wanting to read The Lie Tree for a while so when I saw that this stunning illustrated edition is to be released on 20th October I decided to hold off. What’s more, the illustrations are by the incredible Chris Riddell!




I couldn’t write about Autumn/Winter releases and not mention Gemina, the second book in The Illuminae Files series. If you haven’t read the first book, Illuminae, then I highly recommend doing so. I was lucky enough to be sent an ARC for Gemina and, basically, it is brilliant! You can find my review here. Gemina is out on 20th October in the UK (18th for US I believe).




The Diabolic is a title I just happened across recently. I’ve seen great ARC reviews for it so far and it sounds right up my street. Rather than trying to describe it, here’s a link to the Goodreads synopsis. It’s released on the 1st November.




I feel like I’ve been waiting FOREVER for this book, the final instalment in The Queen of the Tearling series. I actually have reviews of the first two books, The Queen of the Tearling and The Invasion of the Tearling on the blog so I won’t go into any detail here. Suffice to say I can’t wait for publication on the 1st December! If you’re in the US the publication date is 29th November.



I felt that I couldn’t do a most anticipated Autumn / Winter 2016 post without also mentioning Heartless by Marissa Meyer. However, it’s not out in the UK until February 2017 so this is really just a mention for any US readers. So, US friends mark your diaries for the 8th November! UK pals, we have to wait until February but you could use the time to reread The Lunar Chronicles?

What books are you most looking forward to this Autumn/Winter?


Top Ten Tuesday #48: Books I Read Because of Bloggers

October 11, 2016 in Bookish Posts, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. If you’d like to participate too, see here.

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This week the topic is…

10 Books I Read Because of Bloggers / BookTube

I was actually looking through my Goodreads “read” list and realised that I didn’t actually review a lot of these, which is weird because these are all books I enjoyed / loved. So, yeah, apologies for the lack of reviews, but where I have posted about a book I’ll link it up.


When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Paul Kalanithi was just 36 and in his final years of his neurology surgery residency when he was diagnosed with cancer. This is his story. It’s truly beautiful, heart breaking yet life affirming. It’s one of those books that I will be recommending to everyone. I wanted to review it, but I didn’t think anything I could say would do it justice. So please, just read it.

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Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

A compilation of two graphic novels, this tells the story of Satrapi’s childhood in Iran, her schooling in Vienna and her return to her home country. It’s insightful, eye-opening, heart-breaking and very readable.


Furiously Happy

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

This book by Jenny Lawson aka The Bloggess had me laughing out loud – and that is rare. I was actually driving my husband mad laughing while reading this book. The cat rodeo is a chapter I have tabbed for easy access on bad days!


Salt To The Sea

Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys

I actually have a review of this one here. This is a stunning book that creates a fictional story around the worst disaster in maritime history, the sinking of the Wilheim Gustloff. The German ship was full of refugees when it was torpedoed by a Russian submarine during WW2 resulting in a loss of over 9000 lives. Sepetys conveys the historical facts through the perspectives of 4 fictional young people.



The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

This series really requires no introduction, but it was fellow bloggers and posts like Top Ten Tuesday that finally made me pick up this series. I AM SO GLAD I DID! See my Worth The Hype? post here.


Red Rising

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I freely admit that I was skeptical about Red Rising – I didn’t think I liked science fiction. I was wrong! I saw many bloggers and BookTubers talk about this series and I finally succumbed when I found the kindle copy for 99p. Best 99p I’ve ever spent! This series turned into one of my absolute favourites. I have a review of Red Rising here if you are yet to be convinced of its awesomeness!


The Winner's Curse

The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

This is another series that kept cropping up over and over in Top Ten Tuesdays and across my favourite blogs. It was one of those series that I knew I should read but I worried wouldn’t live up to the hype. It absolutely did, it was fantastic. I have reviews of all three books, but if you’re still to read the trilogy, here’s my review for The Winner’s Curse.


In Order To Live

In Order To Live by Yeonmi Park

This is one of the books I really wish I’d reviewed. It’s the story of Yeonmi’s life in North Korea, her escape from the country and everything she had to do to stay alive. It’s an eye-opening, thought-provoking account that I encourage everyone to read. 9

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I don’t know why it took me so long to read this novel, but I was definitely encouraged by bloggers and BookTubers to finally pick it up and I’m so glad I did. Margaret Atwood is, well she’s Margaret Atwood, she’s incredible. I did write a post about this book so if you’re interested you can find it here.


The Sleeper and the Spindle

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman.

Illustrated by Chris Riddell.

This book kept cropping up again and again on blogs and BookTube. It looked so beautiful on the screen but it’s even more stunning in real life. The storytelling of Neil Gaiman with the incredible artwork of Chris Riddell, it’s a beauty. I have a post on this book with a couple of photos to try (I failed) and capture the beauty.

So there we have it – ten books I read because of bloggers and BookTubers. Honestly, this list could’ve been a LOT longer.

What books have you read because of bloggers/BookTubers?



October 7, 2016 in Bookish Posts, Events


We book lovers don’t exactly need an excuse to go book shopping however tomorrow (8th October) is actually the perfect time to wander your local bookshop and pick up some new titles. Why? It’s BOOKSHOP DAY!!




A totally legitimate reason to spend your day mooching through bookshops, perusing the shelves, supporting a bookshop coffee shop and adding to your own reading collection!

As always, Books Are My Bag have released some gorgeous limited edition tote bags that will be available from participating bookshops on the day. Personally, I love this one designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith.




But the Winnie-the-Pooh 90th anniversary bag from Egmont is equally gorgeous!


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If you are in Ireland or Wales make sure you look out for these exclusive bags too.


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Images from @booksaremybag


BUT WAIT! There’s more! As well as giving you the perfect excuse to spend your Saturday wandering bookshops, Books Are My Bag are also giving you the chance to win National Book Tokens.




They have launched a unique set of awards called The Books Are My Bag Readers Awards, where the shortlist of books have been curated by bookshops. Voting is open now and if you vote you’ll be entered into one of 10 prize draws to win a £100 National Book Token!

To get the full details on Bookshop Day, to find your nearest participating bookshop or to find out more about the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards make you visit


Happy book buying!!