REVIEW: Bitter Eden by Tatamkhulu Afrika

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Bitter Eden is different to most books set during WWI or WWII that I have read. Of those books, the majority were set in Europe, mostly France and often from the perspective of a young British soldier. While these stories were poignant and offered an insight into parts of history the textbooks don’t feature, Bitter Eden felt like a new side to the story. Explicitly describing the experiences in a prisoner of war camp, Afrika’s novel explores the effects long-term imprisonment has on a person. Social dynamics and close relationships develop under this unique set of circumstances. Continue reading “REVIEW: Bitter Eden by Tatamkhulu Afrika”

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WWW Wednesday- 18th October 2017

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WWW is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Each Wednesday book enthusiasts share their reads by answering three questions:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

It’s been a lovely relaxing week at home, and it’s meant I finally got round to doing some serious reading, amongst the other hectic packing and organising activities. I’ve finished a book that took me a while to get through because I had so much stuff to do recently and I’m hoping I can manage to squeeze in another read before I start my internship next week. Continue reading “WWW Wednesday- 18th October 2017”

TOP TEN TUESDAY – 17th October 2017

21392715_10156067143295681_1299199898_oTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a different topic that one of their bloggers answers, and they invite others to join in, by posting their answers as a comment of by creating their own blog post.

I didn’t get to do last week’s Top Ten Tuesday, and I was a bit stuck on this week’s topic, so I decided to cheat a little and use last week’s instead. So, I’m looking at Books with Autumn covers. I’m going to look through all the books that I want to read that have lovely fiery reds and warm oranges, that make me thing they are perfect Autumn covers. Continue reading “TOP TEN TUESDAY – 17th October 2017”

Down The TBR Hole #11

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I moved all my books home this week from my sister’s house, because I’m moving again on the weekend to start my internship. There are a lot of books I still haven’t read in those boxes and it made me realise how many books there are I still want to read! So having a look at the books I still haven’t bought and want to read seemed like a good idea this week!

Lia at Lost In A Story started this weekly post to trim down the Goodreads to-read list.

The rules are simple:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Continue reading “Down The TBR Hole #11”

REVIEW: Exquisite by Sarah Stovell

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The relationship between mentor and protégé is often a complex one, founded at least in part on mutual respect and admiration for the other’s work, but it can quickly sour when personal feelings become intertwined. In Sarah Stovell’s Exquisite, successful author Bo Luxton sees the potential in young writer Alice Dark, and recommends her for a full scholarship at a writing retreat. When the two meet they are drawn to each other, and find their fascination with each other goes deeper than the writing itself. Continue reading “REVIEW: Exquisite by Sarah Stovell”

MISC: 100 Followers Giveaway

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100 followers to me is a very big milestone, and to celebrate I wanted to give back to all the lovely people who have read my posts, liked them, commented on them or just had a little poke around. I did think about doing this over on my Twitter, but it seemed more appropriate to do it here. So, I’m giving away a copy of my favourite book The Perks of Being a Wallflower and my favourite read of 2017 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

How do I enter you ask? Well here are the rules:

  • You have to comment on this post and tell me what your favourite book is and why
  • You must comment on this post on or before the 17th October 2017. Late entries won’t be accepted.
  • Only one entry will be accepted per person.
  • You don’t need to be a follower of the blog, but feel free to follow if you like what you see!
  • You must be a UK resident over the age of 16
  • You must be happy to provide a shipping address if successful.
  • Only one entrant will be selected to win both books (I wish I had more, I’m sorry)

I’ll announce the winner on the 18th October 2017 and once I’ve got the shipping address I will send out the copies ASAP. I am moving next week so I’ve timed this wonderfully (not) but I will let the winner know when I’ve sent the books so they know when to expect them!

So what’s your favourite book and why?

Down The TBR Hole #10

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I’ve actually done a pretty good job of not buying more books this month, and I don’t think I’ve added many to by Goodreads list, so it feels like the perfect time to get rid of a few books from my list. I’m starting my internship in a few weeks too, so I don’t think I’ll have much time to read, which means sticking to the books I really want to get through!

Lia at Lost In A Story started this weekly post to trim down the Goodreads to-read list.

The rules are simple:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Continue reading “Down The TBR Hole #10”