Review: The Toy Makers by Robert Dinsdale

Blurb: Do you remember when you believed in magic? It is 1917, and while war wages across Europe, in the heart of London, there is a place of hope and enchantment. The Emporium sells toys that capture the imagination of children and adults alike: patchwork dogs that seem alive, toy boxes that are bigger on […]

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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

I have seen this tag circulating online and thought it looked like a fun way to recap on my reading 6 months into the year.

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June reading wrap-up

I can’t believe we are already halfway through the year. There are still so many books I want to finish but I am on track to reach my goal of 50 books in 2019.

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Review: Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Blurb: They were the new icons of rock and roll, fated to burn bright and not fade away.  But on 12 July 1979, it all came crashing down.  There was Daisy, rock and roll force of nature, brilliant songwriter and unapologetic drug addict, the half-feral child who rose to superstardom.  There was Camila, the frontman’s wife, too […]

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Review: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Blurb: Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. It’s hard to get your come up, though, when you’re labelled “trouble” at school and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. But Bri’s success is all that stands between her family and homelessness, so she doesn’t […]

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Review: The Rumour by Lesley Kara

Blurb:  When single mum Joanna hears a rumour at the school gates, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another and now there’s no going back… Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-on-Sea. Sally McGowan […]

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Review: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Blurb: Most people dismissed the reports on the news. But they became too frequent; they became too real. And soon it was happening to people we knew. Then the Internet died. The televisions and radios went silent. The phones stopped ringing And we couldn’t look outside anymore. Review: There is something frightening and yet ever […]

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Review: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Blurb: When two English brothers take the helm of a Barbados sugar plantation, nervousness and fear run high. Washington Black – an eleven year-old field slave who has known no other life – is aghast to find himself selected as personal servant to one of these men. His new master is the eccentric Christopher Wilde […]

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