Our local libraries (Wirral Libraries) are now offering an order-and-collect service, which is fantastic for our book loving family and also the bank balance! Raise your hand if, like me, you spent all the money saved from staying home during lockdown on books!? Too tempting wasn’t it? Not to mention absolutely necessary of course! But… Continue Reading →
Rating: 5/5 I definitely recommend this book to all Middle Grade readers -whether you fall into the age bracket or not (like me!) – particularly those who like a little heart felt fantasy. It’s a real page turner and beautifully told. Blurb (from Good Reads): All 12-year-old Marinka wants is a friend. A real friend…. Continue Reading →
Rating: 5/5 Blurb (from goodreads): On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child…. Continue Reading →
Rating 5/5 I’m writing this having just put the book down and therefore with a swelling heart, which is often (though not always) the case in the moments after I finish a good book. Time usually makes me a little more critical, but I’ll honour this book with a review from within its beautiful presence…. Continue Reading →
Rating: 3/5 I got really excited about In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan, when I stumbled across it on Goodreads. After deciding it was clearly a must-read YA fantasy and something I should read for research and for fun, I bought a second hand copy immediately. Sadly, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations,… Continue Reading →
RATING: 5/5 Margaret Atwood can do no wrong in my eyes. Perhaps it is a mistake to be so uncritical, but to me the scale of her contribution to literature, her years of experience and her dedication to producing intelligent, thought-provoking and culturally necessary stories means I’m not going to write a bad word about… Continue Reading →
RATING: 5/5 Oh my goodness…another book that had me welling up and smiling through life affirming heart surges! The Girl with the Dragon Heart is a truly magical book, in all senses of the word, and it caught me in its spell. BLURB: Once upon a time, in a beautiful city famous for chocolate and… Continue Reading →
RATING 4/5 This is one of those books that you can’t read in public without drawing attention to yourself. A bit like the main character Melody who involuntarily bursts into song at inappropriate moments, I had a fair few occasions of bursting into public laughter and a good few sniffles and sobs as well. BLURB:… Continue Reading →
Rating: 5/5 Oh my WOW. I was blown away by Melissa Albert’s debut YA novel, The Hazel Wood. It’s a fantastic debut full of dark imagination. BLURB: Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s… Continue Reading →
Rating 4/5 Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth is a beautiful book that kept me turning the pages without the overt use of cliffhangers and mystery. Not that it lacked these entirely. It was definitely full of action, adventure and uncertainty, it just didn’t require or position these in a manner… Continue Reading →
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Hi, I’m Anna. Previously a Performing Arts Professional, I returned to my writing practice in 2017, when I became a ‘work-at-home’ mum. We are a family buried in books and this blog is where I share lots of our reading joy and a little of my creative writing.
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