Fuzzy Mud – Louis Sachar (AUDIOBOOK) – 24.03.22

Louis Sacher’s book, Holes is one of my favourite books ever – a masterpiece of structure that doesn’t sacrifice story and character. I’ve tried a few other of his kids books and been underwhelmed, but I liked the sound of this one so I gave it a go. I didn’t hate it. It’s quite American,Continue reading “Fuzzy Mud – Louis Sachar (AUDIOBOOK) – 24.03.22”

Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo – 17.03.22

This is an interesting Urban Fantasy novel set in America’s Yale University. The main character Galaxy (goes by Alex) is given a scholarship to Yale when leaders of its secret magical societies discover she has the rare ability to see dead people (move over Sixth Sense!). She gets help with her classes in exchange forContinue reading “Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo – 17.03.22”

The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust, Volume Two – Philip Pullman – 28.02.22

I went to see the National Theatre Live recording of The Belle Sauvage which is the stage play adaptation of the Book of Dust Volume one, and it made me want to re-read volume two. I just love the whole world of Lyra and Pantalaimon as told in Philip Pullman’s books and I especially loveContinue reading “The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust, Volume Two – Philip Pullman – 28.02.22”

This Charming Man: Stranger Times, Book 2 (AUDIOBOOK) – C. K. McDonnell – 25.02.22

I loved the first book in this series ‘The Stranger Times’ so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the sequel, which I used my audible credit to buy as an audiobook. Strangely I think I would have preferred to have had it as a kindle book, as there were a couple of aspectsContinue reading “This Charming Man: Stranger Times, Book 2 (AUDIOBOOK) – C. K. McDonnell – 25.02.22”

The Toast of Time – Jodi Taylor – 17.02.22

Somehow this year I missed Jodi Taylors Christmas Day short story release – I did look for it and thought for some reason she didn’t do one this year! Silly me. Found it now, and after the previous book I read: the beautiful but kind of harrowing ‘The Stranding’ a bit of light silliness andContinue reading “The Toast of Time – Jodi Taylor – 17.02.22”

The Stranding – Kate Sawyer – 15.02.22

Wow – I thought this book was just gorgeous. A young British woman finds herself on a beach in Australia on the brink of global disaster. She tries to save a beached blue whale in the pathetic but well meaning action of running back and forth from the sea scooping up small bag fulls ofContinue reading “The Stranding – Kate Sawyer – 15.02.22”

The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep (Audiobook) – H. G. Parry (Author), Calum Gittens (Narrator) – 09.02.22

I loved this book! I listened to the audiobook, and I really liked the New Zealand accent of the narrator. When I was sixteen my family had a year in California, and my best friend was the daughter of a family who moved there from New Zealand just after we arrived. I haven’t seen herContinue reading “The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep (Audiobook) – H. G. Parry (Author), Calum Gittens (Narrator) – 09.02.22”

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”