Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

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This book was interesting. I was nervous about picking this up, I didn’t really know how the story and vintage pictures were going to work together, I wasn’t entirely certain how the plot was going to unfold but it wasn’t all that bad! It wasn’t what I was expecting, but that seems to be a recurring theme with books I read lately! There were flaws, of course, which I will expand on, but overall…

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Review: The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

Review: The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

womaninwhiteThis is a review of the absolutely beautiful Penguin English Library edition. At 702 pages it was quite a beast to read but it had me at the start and, while difficult to keep plodding through I feel it was totally worth it.

It wasn’t at all what I was expecting, I’ll be honest about that. I was expecting more ‘ghosty’ and less crime! Truly, I thought this was a ghostly story but it was really…

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Review: The Bookshop Book - Jen Campbell

bookshopbookThis book is a book for all those people who love bookshops. I hope that is all of you. It is a book whose pages are filled with the sheer joy of a bookshop – from the new to those that date back to the 1700s.

Bookshops are my safe place, whenever I feel sad or lonely, I go to a bookshop. Over the last few months I have discovered a multitude of beautiful shops that just make me feel warm and…

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Review: How to be Both - Ali Smith

how-to-be-bothAs always with Ali Smith, this book had me a little conflicted. Once I was in to it, I absolutely adored it. That much is certain. My main wish is that I, personally, had more time to read this over 1 or 2 sittings opposed to 4 or 5 days which it did take. Her writing is something that has to absolutely be consumed, it’s something that has to be done on binge setting, it’s not as easy dipping in…

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Review: We Were Liars - E. Lockhart

we were liarsThis is a book I’m really struggling to review. Most people say go in to this blind – know nothing – so I’m going to stick to that and not spoil it for anyone.

I’m in a minority, I didn’t find it lived up to the hype. I read and listened to so many reviews of this book, I was told it was amazing and the plot twist was just ‘so surprising’ but I just didn’t feel it. I found the plot twist a…

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October TBR

So, October is upon us. YAY! October is probably my favourite month, I hope I’m still saying that by the end of it!

With uni having started up again, October is probably going to be a slower month on the reading front, so I wasn’t going to set myself any enormous targets. That turned out to be a silly thing to say as I’ve got a pile of ‘spooky’ books that I planned to read this month. I didn’t…

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September Wrap-Up

Just a brief overview of what I’ve read this month and where I’m standing with my reading challenge!

September has been a profitable month on the page-count. I’ve read 2734 pages this month, 7 books (one of which was a re-read of Rebecca). But that’s surpassed even my expectations!

So this month I read:

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte
Notes on a Scandal - Zoe Heller
Kafka on the Shore–…

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The Book Haul to End All Book Hauls || Book Haul III

I may have gone a little crazy this month. Between meeting Sar, going on holiday and discovering a couple of beautiful little bookshops, I may have bought too many books. 39 actually. Or 41 if I include the two textbooks I bought and nearly 50 if you include the few cook books I picked up. Oops? So this is a post in which I go through them quickly. I’m not going to include too many pictures as I…

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Review: I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith

i-capture-the-castleThis book opens with the line ‘I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.  That is, my feet are in it; the rest of me is on the draining board…’ and I thought to myself “yes, I’m going to like this”, I just wish I could say that the book as a whole matched up to that. To be honest, that opening line was my favourite part of the whole book!

The premise is good but the book itself wasn’t what I was…

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Review: Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier

RebeccaWords can never quite express the love I feel for this book. I first discovered du Maurier when I was 16, one of my best friends suggested it to me after she loved it. It’s since been one of my favourite books. I genuinely cannot put in to words how much I adore this book. It’s now one of those books that I read more slowly to just savour, to find new things in because I just don’t want to let it…

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