August Round-Up – The Books I Read In August 2016

In August I read seven books: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Windmill) – My first read of the month told the story of an unconventional marriage. After years of lurching from one lover to another, Lotto decides to settle down when he meets Mathilde, whom he marries having only known her for a couple …

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The Dumb House by John Burnside

The Dumb House was a book I had had on my TBR since January which I finally got round to reading at the weekend on my train journey to Scotland. Originally published in 1997, it was reissued by Vintage in 2015 as part of a collection of Scottish classics. On its reissue it caused quite …

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If I Forget You by T.C. Greene

T.C. Greene was an author I had heard of but was yet to read before I picked up his latest novel, If I Forget You. This was something different for me as whilst I am not averse to romantic sub-plots in novels it is very rare I will pick up a book billed as being …

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The Girl From The Savoy by Hazel Gaynor

I enjoy reading historical fiction and one of my favourite eras to read about is the 1920’s. This was a period of much change, particularly in the aftermath of the war as people begun to look to the future, whilst coming to terms with a difficult past that's hard to leave behind. This is a …

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Nerdy Bookworm Box Unboxing – August 2016

This month I received my third Nerdy Bookworm Box through the post. Nerdy Bookworm is a monthly subscription box service for book lovers specialising in science fiction and fantasy YA titles. The Nerdy Bookworm Box costs £29.99 per box as a single purchase which includes free shipping in the UK and is also available as …

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Blog Tour – Secrets In The Stones by Tessa Harris

I really enjoy historical and mystery novels so one book I am looking forward to reading is Tessa Harris' Secrets In The Stones, the sixth novel in the Dr Thomas Silkstone series. As part of the blog tour Tessa has joined me on my blog to write about the challenges of writing historical fiction... From …

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The Witch’s Kiss by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

Last month I received the Nerdy Bookworm Box ‘Book Boyfriends’ box. The book included was a Young Adult fantasy, The Witch’s Kiss, co-written by sisters Katharine and Elizabeth Corr. ‘Witches do not kneel. They do not grovel. They do not beg favours from any creature, mortal or immortal. At the most, they bargain.’ I was …

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