• Blogger Book Nook #2: Spooktacular

    October 4, 2017 Hels

    The lovely Abbey and Tabitha started the Blogger Book Nook (a bloggers reading group) last month, and I was really excited to have a little extra motivation for reading. I adore reading but with Dougie, I don’t get as much time any more, however, in the spirit of October and Halloween, this months reading prompt was about all things spooky. I didn’t get time to take part last month so I knew I wanted to make time this month for…

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  • The Circle – Dave Eggers

    March 11, 2017 Hels

    I’m a huge fan of dystopian novels, and I read The Circle (2013) by Dave Eggers a couple of years ago. I recently saw the trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of it, starring Emma Watson (yay!) and so thought I’d reread it and post my thoughts on here… Imagine a world where everything you do is being watched, where everyone is connected and secrets are considered lies… Dave Eggers The Circle is a novel based on a world like…

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  • My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante

    June 4, 2016 Hels

    Poignant, intense and beautifully written, My Brilliant Friend is written by Italian author Elena Ferrante. First published in 2012, it has been translated by Ann Goldstein.

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  • The Throwaway Children – Diney Costeloe

    May 7, 2016 Hels

    The Throwaway Children (Diney Costeloe, 2015) caught my eye when I was looking for something new to read. I love books set in the war, and although this was set just after, a key focus in the story is the effect the war had on Britain, and Britain’s children.

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  • Toby’s Room – Pat Barker

    April 30, 2016 Hels

    Pat Barker’s Regeneration was the book that got me interested in war literature. It was part of a trilogy known as the Regeneration Trilogy and I absolutely loved all three of the novels. I had been meaning to read Toby’s Room (2012) for a while, and was pleased when I finally had the time to do so.

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