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Thoughts on… Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë

Title: Agnes Grey Author: Anne Brontë Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2010 (1846) Summary: Agnes Grey looks at childhood from nursery to adolescence, and it also charts the frustrations of romantic love, as Agnes starts to nurse warmer feelings towards the local curate, Mr. Weston. Sally Shuttleworth’s fascinating introduction considers the book’s fictional and narrative qualities, its relationship with… Continue reading Thoughts on… Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë

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Thoughts on… The Big Four by Agatha Christie

Title: The Big Four Author: Agatha Christie Publisher: HarperCollins Date: 2016 (1927) Summary: Framed in the doorway of Poirot’s bedroom stood an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust. The man’s gaunt face stared for a moment, then he swayed and fell. Who was he? Was he suffering from shock or just exhaustion? Above all, what… Continue reading Thoughts on… The Big Four by Agatha Christie

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Thoughts on… The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Title: The Hidden Oracle Author: Rick Riordan Publisher: Puffin Date: 2016 Summary: My name is Apollo. I used to be a god. But that was before I was cast down from Olympus (a terrible misunderstanding) and woke up in a New York dumpster. I persuaded Percy Jackson to give me a lift to Camp Half-Blood. But the place is in chaos.… Continue reading Thoughts on… The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

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Thoughts on… The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Title: The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus #4) Author: Rick Riordan Publisher: Puffin Books Date: 2013 Summary: If Percy Jackson and Annabeth fail in their quest, there’ll be hell on Earth. Literally. Wandering the deadly realm of Tartarus, every step leads them further into danger. And, if by some miracle they do make it to the Doors… Continue reading Thoughts on… The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

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Book Review: Vox by Christina Dalcher

Title: Vox Author: Christina Dalcher Genre: Science Fiction / Dystopian Fiction Date: 2018 Publisher: HQ Pages: 400 Started: 29th March 2019 Completed: 29th March 2019 Rating: 3.5/5 Summary: On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed to speak more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial—this can’t happen here.… Continue reading Book Review: Vox by Christina Dalcher

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Mini Book Review: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Title: The Hobbit Author: J. R. R. Tolkien Genre: Fantasy / Classics Date: 2011 (1937) Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 276 Started: 10th May 2018 Completed: 9th July 2018 Rating: 4.5/5 Summary: Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf,… Continue reading Mini Book Review: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

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ARC Book Review: Firefly by Henry Porter

Title: Firefly Author: Henry Porter Genre: Thriller Publication Date: 19th June 2018 Publisher: Quercus Books ISBN 13: 9781787470491 Pages: 480 Started: 22nd June 2018 Completed: 27th June 2018 Rating: 4/5 Summary: From the refugee camps of Greece to the mountains of Macedonia, a thirteen-year-old boy is making his way to Germany and safety. Codenamed ‘Firefly’, he holds vital intelligence: unparalleled insight into a vicious… Continue reading ARC Book Review: Firefly by Henry Porter

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ARC Book Review: Sleeper 13 by Rob Sinclair

Title: Sleeper 13 Author: Rob Sinclair Genre: Thriller Date: 28th June 2018 Publisher: Orion ISBN 13: 9781409175933 Pages: 432 Started: 18th June 2018 Completed: 20th June 2018 Rating: 4/5 Summary: As a child he was smuggled to the Middle East from his London home, to be trained as one of the most elite insurgent soldiers of his generation. For years he… Continue reading ARC Book Review: Sleeper 13 by Rob Sinclair

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Mini Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Title: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Author: Gail Honeyman Genre: Literary Fiction / Contemporary Date: 2017 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 386 Started: 6th June 2018 Completed: 10th June 2018 Rating: 3/5 Summary: Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same… Continue reading Mini Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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Mini Book Review: If on a winter’s night a traveller by Italo Calvino

Title: If on a winter’s night a traveller Author: Italo Calvino Genre: Classics / Literary Fiction Date:1992 (1979) Publisher: Vintage Classics Pages: 272 Started: 30th April 2018 Completed: 10th May 2018 Rating: 4.5/5 Summary: Based on a witty analogy between the reader’s desire to finish the story and the lover’s desire to consummate his or her passion, If On A Winter’s Night… Continue reading Mini Book Review: If on a winter’s night a traveller by Italo Calvino