The Language of Spells – Sarah Painter- 07.02.22  The Secrets of Ghosts – Sarah Painter – 11.02.22

I love Sarah Painter’s Crow Investigations books – an urban fantasy series up there with Ben Aaronovitch’s novels in my opinion, so I gave these earlier books by her a go. These are kind of urban fantasy, but much more cosy mystery/romance in feel. I thought the heroines were all obsessed with men and theirContinue reading “The Language of Spells – Sarah Painter- 07.02.22  The Secrets of Ghosts – Sarah Painter – 11.02.22”

The Nothing Man (Audiobook) – Catherine Ryan Howard (Author), Alana Kerr Collins (Narrator), John Keating (Narrator) – 04.02.22

Covid hit me really hard – there were three weeks when I could barely get up from the sofa and during that time I spent a lot of hours listening to audiobooks (and sewing a felt Christmas wreath for my daughter that I started over a year ago and never got around to finishing untilContinue reading “The Nothing Man (Audiobook) – Catherine Ryan Howard (Author), Alana Kerr Collins (Narrator), John Keating (Narrator) – 04.02.22”

The Fowl Twins – Eoin Colfer (AUDIOBOOK) – 01.02.22

After listening to Nomadlands I wanted something light and fun (also because I was ill with Covid at the time and not concentrating super well) and this kids book was perfect. I’m a fan of Eoin Colfer of old – my favourite of his books (and one of my favourite books ever) is the lessContinue reading “The Fowl Twins – Eoin Colfer (AUDIOBOOK) – 01.02.22”

The Fine Art of Invisible Detection – Robert Goddard – 04.02.22

From the title and the book cover design, I was expecting a sort of Urban Fantasy, Magical Realism type of book, but it really isn’t – it’s just a thriller. Saying that, I really enjoyed this book. The main character is a middle aged widowed Japanese woman who finds herself embroiled in a big criminalContinue reading “The Fine Art of Invisible Detection – Robert Goddard – 04.02.22”

A Night in the Lonesome October – Roger Zelazny (illustrator – Gahan Wilson) – 29.01.22

Wow – this book was really strange and I’m not quite sure what I made of it (and I have a high threshold for strangeness!). The story is narrated from the point of view of a dog who is the ‘familiar’ to a dark and shady character and his group of animal friends and acquaintancesContinue reading “A Night in the Lonesome October – Roger Zelazny (illustrator – Gahan Wilson) – 29.01.22”

Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century (AUDIOBOOK) – Jessica Bruder, Karen White, et al. – 27.01.22

I loved the film adaptation of this book, and since the audiobook was going cheap, and usually books give more insight than movies, I gave it a go. I think what the book lacked over the film was the gorgeous cinematography – the film was just so visually stunning and showed the vast expanse ofContinue reading “Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century (AUDIOBOOK) – Jessica Bruder, Karen White, et al. – 27.01.22”

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises – Fredrik Backman – 25.01.22

This book is written by Fredrik Backman, who wrote A Man Called Ove, which I read a couple of years ago and loved. It was a news story in my Facebook feed about the American remake of the Swedish film adaptation of A Man Called Ove that led me to both watch the Swedish filmContinue reading “My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises – Fredrik Backman – 25.01.22”

The Wish List (Audiobook) – Ruby Hummingbird (Author), Lucy Paterson (Narrator) – 24.01.22

I wanted to like this book – I’ve read a few others with similar premises which I have liked, even loved, but this one not so much. A sad old lady, Maria, meets a sad old man, Alfie, once a week for tea and cake in a local café until one day he doesn’t showContinue reading “The Wish List (Audiobook) – Ruby Hummingbird (Author), Lucy Paterson (Narrator) – 24.01.22”

Random Sh*t Flying Through the Air (The Frost Files Book 2) – Jackson Ford – 24.01.22

I find this kind of urban fantasy really fun if its done well, and so far I’m enjoying this series very much. The main character, Teagan Frost, has powers of telekinesis thanks to genetic modification work carried out on her and her two siblings by her parents. As far as she knows, the rest ofContinue reading “Random Sh*t Flying Through the Air (The Frost Files Book 2) – Jackson Ford – 24.01.22”

Snow – John Banville (AUDIOBOOK) – 21.01.22

I found this book quite unsettling and disturbing as well as, I’m afraid, quite dull. Set in an Irish stately home during the 1950s a policeman is called in to investigate after a priest is found dead at the bottom of the stairs. Did he fall or was he pushed? I thought the characters wereContinue reading “Snow – John Banville (AUDIOBOOK) – 21.01.22”