• Letterbox Love

    Letterbox Love (#84)

    Letterbox Love is a weekly feature that is hosted by Lynsey at Narratively Speaking and is a way for us to share the books that come through our letterbox, galleys and e-books (through our electronic letterbox) and any other bookish goodies that we want to tell you about. This weeks books are awesome, especially when put with my lovely new Ruin & Rising Tote Bag! For Review: Zom-B Clans – Darren Shan (Unsolicited)  This just arrived on my doorstep out of the blue this week, as some things occasionally do from Simon & Schuster, but thank you whoever it is there that is sending me stuff! Its the eighth book in the…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Kate Dicamillo & Bagram Ibatoulline

    “Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a rabbit who was made almost entirely of china. He had china arms and china legs, china paws and a china head, a china torso and a china nose. His arms and legs were jointed and joined by wire so that his china elbows and china knees could be bent, giving him much freedom of movement.” Edward Tulane’s life was pretty good. He was loved and looked after by a little girl who lived in a nice house on Egypt Street. He was adored, but he felt very highly of himself and didn’t show as much love back to the little…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Flora & Ulysses – Kate DiCamillo & KG Campbell

    “Flora Belle Buckman was in her room at her desk. She was very busy. She was doing two things at once. She was ignoring her mother, and she was also reading a comic book entitled The Illuminated Adventures of the Amazing Incandesto!” Flora’s mother doesn’t like her reading comics, she is a romance novelist and feels comics are not appropriate literature for Flora. Then an unfortunate incident leads to Flora witnessing the birth of a superhero. It begins with a vacuum cleaner, and a squirrel who never saw it coming. The squirrel wouldn’t have stood a chance really, if Flora wasn’t around. Having read every issue of Terrible Things Can…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    The Tale of Despereaux – Kate DiCamillo

    “This story begins within the walls of a castle, with the birth of a mouse. A small mouse. The last mouse born to his parents and the only one of his litter to be born alive.  ‘Where are my babies?’ said the exhausted mother when the ordeal was over. ‘Show me my babies.’  The father mouse held the one small mouse up high.”  Here, reader, is the tale of a tiny sickly mouse with unusually large ears; a mouse who takes his fate into his own hands.  It is the tale of a beautiful flaxen-haired princess, who laughs often and makes everything around her seem brighter. It is the tale…

  • Discussion Post

    Favourite books of 2013 so far (January to June)

    So its that time of the year, we’ve hit the halfway point and so far (at the time of writing this post) I have  read 88 books. I am on track to hit my target of 175 but I’m not overly confident I will get there because of certain things going on in my personal life (nothing bad, I’m just trying to concentrate on other things as well as books!) Of these 88 books, I have read some fantastic stories and I thought I’d do a post about my favourites of the year so far. These are not necessarily books that were published this year but many of them will…