Book Review: Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

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 →

Book Review: In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

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 →

Book Review: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

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 →

Book Review: The Songs of Us by Emma Cooper

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 →

Book Review: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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 →

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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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