Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz Some readers are pioneers. There’s nothing more boring for them than going back to stories they know. They delve into libraries and hunt through recent releases to find exciting new bookish experiences.  

Sadly, this isn’t me. Just as I have a favourite cup (seriously, it makes all hot drinks taste better) there are a few much-loved plots I wrap around myself like a warm quilt. The characters are old friends and turning the pages feels like coming home.

So, when wondering what to read this week, I opened Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe for the second time. OK, it’s not on my multiple rereads list yet but it’s a strong contender. Continue reading “Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz”

Top Ten Tuesday: More Please! Books That Need A Sequel

Top Ten TuesdayHello readers! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s theme is ‘standalone books that need a sequel’.

If you’d like to create your own list, give it a go. Top Ten Tuesday was launched by The Broke and the Bookish and has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl since January 2018. To find out more simply visit the host website by clicking here Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: More Please! Books That Need A Sequel”

Review: The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Book: The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky ChambersHave you heard of Marmite? This salty, yeasty sandwich spread is famous in the UK. It’s a source of national division, nearly on a par with Brexit: People either love it or hate it.

The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet is a Marmite book. Some readers say it’s the best thing ever, others want to spit it out.

I found this story, like Marmite, to be flavoursome and delicious. I’d be happy to spend the day reading it while eating spoonfuls of my favourite, sticky condiment straight from the jar. Continue reading “Review: The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers”

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Love To Swap Places With

Top Ten TuesdayHello readers! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s bookish theme is ‘characters I’d swap places with’ and it’s a tricky one.

From pirates to persecution, betrayal and bereavement, the protagonists I love have a lot thrown at them. Do I admire them? Yes. Would I want to be them? Absolutely not.

Today, I’m looking for heroines with happy endings and stories that only contain ‘mild peril’. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Love To Swap Places With”

Review: A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan

A House of Ghosts W.C. RyanThis book makes me want to spontaneously applaud. W.C. Ryan has managed to squeeze at least four genres into a single story. Somehow, he’s combined a spine-tingling supernatural tale with war-time espionage and romance, then plopped the entire plot into a country house murder mystery. Continue reading “Review: A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan”

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Places I’d Love To Visit

Top Ten TuesdayHello readers! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s theme is ‘places mentioned in books’. Participants have to pick literary locations they’d love to visit.

I’ve decided to add my own twist and will be looking at my favourite libraries in fiction. These wonderful spots would make any book-lover’s heart beat faster. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Places I’d Love To Visit”

Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad Colson WhiteheadOne of the best books I’ve read this year. Colson Whitehead takes readers through some of terrible injustices heaped upon slaves in America.

The Underground Railroad is a well-written mixture of history and magical realism. The violence, racism and murder mean it isn’t light reading but I’m glad I picked up this story. Continue reading “Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead”