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Hot Dog Girl, Jennifer Dugan (REVIEW)

Posted in Books
on 08/05/2019

I’ve been waiting for Hot Dog Girl for SO LONG. So much so, it was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019.

Good job that publication week also falls on a bank holiday in the UK because you bet I just sat and read it pretty much in one day… Except for the 70ish pages I read during my lunch breaks because I couldn’t wait.

Was my excitement rightly placed? Keep reading to find out… Continue reading

Don’t You Forget About Me, Mhairi McFarlane

Posted in Books
on 14/04/2019

Books on sale in supermarkets always get me. Whether it’s the 2 for £7 deals or the £4 paperbacks, it’s rare I leave a supermarket without a new book to work through. This book, however, is a little different. I spotted it in Tesco. It’s a pretty bright cover so you can’t really miss it.

I knew immediately I wanted it but, as I found out when I got home, this wasn’t the first time I’d thought the book looked good…

Thank you to Harper Collins for an advanced e-copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, also, to my awful memory and my bank account for forgetting all about it.

This is your warning: spoilers ahead. I tried to make this spoiler free but I just can’t. The ending made me cry happy tears. I can’t ignore it. Continue reading

TAG: Unpopular opinions

Posted in Books
on 18/02/2019

Unpopular opinion posts are some of my favourite posts to read. Writing one was a completely different experience.

Thank you to lovely Vicky at The Roaring Bookworm for the tag – if you do not follow her blog, you need to go do that right now. Her reviews are an absolute delight!

I can’t procrastinate any longer. Here we gooooo…

A popular book or book series that you didn’t like.

Eeek. Starting as we mean to go on, I see. Continue reading

February 2019 TBR

Posted in Books
on 13/02/2019
There should be more anti-hero characters in books. The Ruin of Kings is going to be so much fun.

After a pretty good reading month, I can feel myself slipping into a bit of a slump so my February TBR is a little lighter on books – I’m currently flip-flopping on books literally every day so my wrap up might not match this! That being said, there are SO MANY good books coming out this month that I cannot wait for, fingers crossed my slump comes to an end.

So, let’s jump into this. Continue reading

January 2019 TBR

Posted in Books
on 06/01/2019

I’ve got to be tactical with my TBR’s this year as, for some crazy idea, I’ve set my GoodReads Challenge for 100 books! I’m feeling the regret but considering the amazing books coming out this year I’m slightly hopeful I can at least get close! So, my January TBR looks a little something like this.

A quick heads up for you, there are affiliate links within this post that, should you purchase anything through them, I will earn commission. This is at no extra charge to you. I also received some of these books for free via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

A geek, a jock, a criminal, a princess, a murder. Who would you believe?

Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive. Continue reading

The Proposal, S. E. Lynes

Posted in Books
on 08/10/2018

I love a good thriller, especially the ones that keep you guessing. The Proposal by S.E Lynnes is absolutely one of those books.

Thank you to Bookouture for a free e-copy of this book via NetGalley. For complete transparency, there are affiliate links within this post.

As you were.

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Title: The Proposal

Author: S. E. Lynes

Page count: 324

The first thing you should know, dear reader, is that I am dead.

And so The Proposal begins. Continue reading

How to create the cosiest reading nook for autumn

Posted in Books
on 02/10/2018

Wow, I made it to day 2 of #Blogtober – who saw that coming?!

After yesterday’s TBR, it’s only right to discuss how to create the cosiest reading nook for the shorter days that come with the autumn and winter seasons. I haven’t created my dream nook yet – I will do once we’ve completed on our house – so this is going to be a mixture of what I’m hoping to buy and what I think would be perfect to settle down at the end of a long week and bury myself in another world.

First up, you need pillows. Lots of pillows.

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Vox, Christina Dalcher

Posted in Books
on 03/09/2018

“I don’t think I really believed it would happen. I don’t think any of us did.”

IMG_0193Title: Vox

Author: Christina Dalcher

Page count: 326 (hardcover edition)

Imagine a world where women have a 100-word allowance each day. Go over that number, and you’ll wish you hadn’t.

That’s the reality for Dr, no, Mrs Jean McClellan, and all girls & women over 3 months old. No title, other than the one of ownership; no voting; no work but housework; no words, no signing, no gestures; no privacy. Not even any mail. The band around their wrist, calibrated to their voice, counts upwards throughout the day, enforcing quietness and submission to male dominance. And then, as if by total irony, the research Jean had been working on (until she couldn’t) was needed, beginning the fight for the right to have a voice.

Dalcher has created a masterful piece of literature, which uniquely combines the politics and turbulence of external factors, with family dynamics, not all of them good. Jean has to raise four kids, three boys and a girl, whilst adjusting to life within this new, intolerant country. Her husband, Patrick, works in the White House and is so wonderfully complex as a character, I could write a whole post on the mastery of it. It would, however, give away some major spoilers so I will save that for a time when people know how this book ends.

Add into this, Dalcher’s fantastic use of intersectional politics and identities, and there’s an element of this novel that makes you terrified for the future. The hints of Bible Belt religionism, nuclear family discourse, and corrupt politics make this book incredibly exciting and fast-paced. My one criticism – stylistically, it might have been a bit more impactful for each chapter to be 100 words or less.

That doesn’t really limit my love for this book, though.

Have you read Vox? What did you think? If you haven’t got a copy yet, you can pick one up here (not an affiliated link – I just love people buying books!)