REVIEW: A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (or my first audiobook)

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I am massively behind the times. I know there’s a point in your life when technology does something crazy and you decide it’s too much and then you lie down and let society advance without you, but I think I may have given up a little prematurely. It’s like I’m not even trying to keep up which, given my inherent laziness, seems unsurprising, but this year has been a revelation. I am still a fan of DVDs and CDs, you’ll never be able to pry my hands away from those shiny technicolour discs, but I have decided to be more open to trying new things that for a long time I have labelled ‘Absolutely not’. Continue reading “REVIEW: A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (or my first audiobook)”

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REVIEWS: Reading Round-Up

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I’ve been a bit behind in my reviews recently so I thought I’d do a round-up of all the books I’ve read and what I thought about them. If I don’t write my review of a book before I start on the next one I find that the details get a little hazy, in order to make room for the new story. I am the world’s worst note-taker as well, and abandon them completely once I’m past the halfway point. So here are some short, snappy reviews of the books I’ve read: Continue reading “REVIEWS: Reading Round-Up”

REVIEW: Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

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I know very little about love. Most of the time I feel like I know very little about anything. I don’t know if I’ll ever have a career, or be able to afford my own home, or have a long-term relationship. Being a millennial seems to be largely about trying to figure it all out and when you’ve think you have someone’s gone and moved the goal posts. The comforting thing about reading Dolly Alderton’s memoir Everything I Know About Love is that I’m not alone in feeling this.It’s a memoir that covers a broad spectrum of topics, from friendships to relationships, from the perfect mac and cheese to Rod Stewart themed parties, from grief to hope. Continue reading “REVIEW: Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton”

REVIEWS: Release by Patrick Ness

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Adam is preparing for Enzo’s leaving party and he has mixed feelings about it. They’ve drifted apart but Adam can’t forget what they once were to each other, no matter what Enzo says. For Adam their relationship was more than just messing around and he suspects it was the same for Enzo too, but now Enzo is moving away and any possibility that they might restart what was so abruptly finished seems less and less likely.  Continue reading “REVIEWS: Release by Patrick Ness”

REVIEW: Wonder by R J Palacio

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Auggie has been through more in his first few years on the planet than most people do in an entire lifetime. Born with a facial difference, he has had to endure endless surgeries and hospital stays. Up until now he has been home-schooled by his mother but things are about to change. Auggie is going to Beacher Prep and starting the 5th Grade. He’s wary of meeting his new classmates but Wonder shows that while children can be cruel they can also be encouragingly compassionate when adults aren’t. Continue reading “REVIEW: Wonder by R J Palacio”

REVIEW: Sal by Mick Kitson

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Sal is like a Wes Anderson film but with more grit. It has all of the quirkiness and off beat humour, but it also has a serious edge and emotional depth. Sal takes her younger sister Peppa out into the Scottish wilderness not for an adventure but to escape. There is a novelty to their life among the trees – no school, no teachers, no rules – but there’s a gravity to it as well. For Sal, survival is her top priority and she achieves it will a practicality and focus that most adults lack. Continue reading “REVIEW: Sal by Mick Kitson”

REVIEW: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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Ancient history has always fascinated me, particularly relationships to the Gods. In Greek mythology the Gods were definitely the interfering type, not satisfied with watching the mortal world they often chose sides in wars and tried to swing things in their favour, or had brief romances with warriors or beautiful women that caught their eye. If you spurned them then things went south for you pretty quickly. It didn’t matter who you were. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller”