• A book titled The Guilty Feminist by Deborah Frances-White, on a wooden background
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    The Guilty Feminist – Deborah Frances-White

    It makes me sad that the majority of people won’t read this book because they think it’s ‘just about feminism’ or that feminism ‘isn’t on their agenda’. This book is not about feminism, it’s about privilege and using any level of privilege you have to help those without. Regardless of whether that privilege is to do with gender, skin colour, sexuality or ability.  I have listened to the early ‘The Guilty Feminist‘ Podcasts and loved them which is why my partner bought my this book for Christmas. He thought it would make a great gift, and it did. Not only did it entertain, but it taught me so much about…

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    Stardust – Neil Gaiman

    Did you know, when your partner suddenly starts reading books by an author you have loved and read in the past it makes you remember you have more books by said author lying unread on your shelf. It also gives you a boot up the bum to read them as you know they will be worth every minute. That said, when they are as short but fantastic as Stardust, you regret the fact you haven’t read them before quite quickly.  I have had Stardust sat unloved for a number of years now. I think I remember buying it shortly after watching the movie and not wanting to read it because…

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    One Wish – Michelle Harrison

    It’s probably a crime how long this book has been sat unread on my shelves. I was sent it as a proof copy by Simon and Schuster in 2014 and it has taken until now to finally read it, despite me wanting to read it ever since. I’ve heard of Michelle Harrison and followed her on social media for a very long time. I knew her books are aimed at middle grade and often involve the fairy world. Everything about this book is just up my street. But I think at the time there was a lot of fey stories out and I knew that this deserved my full attention.…

  • His dark materials series of books by Philip Pullman
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    His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

    “Your death taps you on the shoulder, or takes your hand, and says, ‘Come along o’ me, it’s time.” – The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman  I have had my copy of His Dark Materials for years. I read the first book, Northern Lights just before the movie of the series came out. Then the move was slated by the critics and I didn’t bother picking the rest up.  I’d been meaning to return to the books for years but something was putting me off. I remembered finding the narrative a little confusing towards the end of book one and I remember thinking it was a series I’d have to work…

  • The Incredibly Nosy Cat Flap Pony
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    The Incredibly Nosey Cat Flap Pony – Libby Lake & Nick Roberts

    A book with incredible storyline, the Incredibly Nosey Cat Flap Pony was unlike anything me and Spike had read before. With illustrations on every page bringing the story to life, this book rhymes and rhythms its way to finding a solution to a teeny weeny flying pony finding its way into the narrators house.  Spike thought this book was hilarious and thats the main thing I look for. Anything that keeps her interest and makes her laugh is a winner for me.  The Incredibly Nosy Cat Flap Pony followed the story of a teeny tiny pony flying though the cat flap and wanting to explore the narrators whole house.  We…

  • Mortlock by Jon Mayhew
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    Mortlock – Jon Mayhew

    Josie is a knife thrower. Alfie is an undertakers assistant, They are both orphans and they have never met, but their lives are about to collide. They are about to be given a secret to their shared past, and someone is after what they know about it. While they flee for their lives, they must unravel the truth.  I wanted to read spooky books, and only spooky books during October. This was to get me in the mood for Halloween. And in the mood I got!  Mortlock was spooky, and at times downright terrifying. The bad guys were evil and disgusting and the whole setting was often creepy. Set in…

  • The Alphabet for Life - Fran Norris
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    Book Tour – Review: The Alphabet for Life – Fran Norris

    An alphabet book with a difference, The Alphabet for Life is an a-z featuring words designed to empower and inspire its readers. Parked with amazing illustrations, quotes for inspirational individuals and themes that the whole family should life life by, this book is mindfulness at its best.  I was intrigued when I read about The Alphabet For Life as I love the idea of mindfulness and inspiring children at a young age to understand their feelings and surroundings and be grateful for their lives. This Alphabet book works in that exact way, inspiring while making children think. Myself and Spike sat down to read the book together. Spike has just…

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    Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds – Illustrated by Chris Priestley 

    Will knows The Rules. He knows that when someone you love gets shot there are three simple rules to get through the days. So when his brother Shawn is shot and killed, Will gets on them straight away.  Rule number 1 – no crying. Not a single tear. Rule number 2 – No Snitching. Not to the police, your mum or anyone. Rule number three – Get Revenge. Find the one who pulled the trigger and pull one right back at them.  So will jumps in the elevator and presses L. L for Loser. L for Lobby. L for a Long Way Down. Can Will’s journey to street level change…

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    The Shiverton Hall Series – Emerald Fennell

    Shiverton Hall is a school with a sinister reputation, as its newest pupil, Arthur Bannister is about to find out. But the spine-chilling tales, evil spirits and unearthly noises are the least of Arthur’s worries. It’s his friends he need to watch out for…  *** The Shiverton Hall series is currently made up of 2 books, set around Arthur Bannister and his move into Shiverton Hall school. He gets a scholarship there having never heard of the school and gets an odd feeling about it right from the start.  The ghost stories start from his very first night and he is, at first, sceptical to say the least. But as…

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    Good Omens – Terry Prachett and Neil Gaiman

    “It was a nice day.  All the days had been nice. There had been rather more than seven of them so far, and rain hadn’t been invented yet. But clouds massing east of Eden suggested that the first thunderstorm was on its way, and it was going to be a big one.”  According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Anges Nutter – the world’s only totally reliable guide to the future – the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea….  *** With the TV show of Good Omens airing recently, I knew the time had come to read this book. I’ve been meaning…