February Round Up – The Books I Read In February 2016

In February I read six books, all of them fiction: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon (Borough Press) – A wonderful debut novel and one of my favourites of the year so far. Ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly turn detective to find out the whereabouts of Mrs Creasy, a resident of The Avenue …

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The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The book that I read this month as selected by my book club was The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, the first in the ‘Wayfarer’ series. Although I am open to reading most books I must admit to not being a big reader of science fiction novels. However, I had …

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The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

Back in January, Frances Hardinge became only the second children’s author to win the Costa Book Award. Her wonderful mystery novel, The Lie Tree, claimed the overall prize alongside its success in the children’s category. The premise of the story intrigued me and the more I heard about this book, the more I wanted to …

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Illumicrate Unboxing – February 2016

This month I was excited to receive my first Illumicrate subscription box through the post. For those of you who are not aware, Illumicrate is a new, quarterly subscription box service for book lovers with boxes arriving in February, May, August and November. Illumicrate costs £29.99 per box which includes free shipping in the UK. …

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Wilful Disregard by Lena Andersson

Wilful Disregard is Lena Andersson’s fifth novel and winner of the prestigious August Prize in Sweden in 2013. On the 28th January this year it was published in the UK by Picador, translated by Sarah Death. Its tagline is ‘A Novel About Love’ and with it Andersson has produced a fascinating mediation on love and …

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The Butcher’s Hook by Janet Ellis

As a fan of historical fiction I was eagerly anticipating the arrival of The Butcher’s Hook, the debut novel from Janet Ellis. Early reviews promised a historical novel like no other and as I got lost within its pages I met a surprising heroine, a protagonist not like any other I had encountered before... ‘This …

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The Noise Of Time by Julian Barnes

Arguably one of the most anticipated novels of 2016, The Noise of Time is the twelfth novel from Julian Barnes. It is the second of his novels I have read having previously read and enjoyed his 2011 Man Booker Prize winning novel, The Sense Of An Ending.  His latest work is a fictionalised retelling of …

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