Sometimes the blurb of a book can be a tad off putting. I remember when I first became aware of Wild : a journey from lost to found a few years ago. It became very popular at the library and we had a fair few requests for it. But the description did absolutely nothing for […]
A book in the The Universe of Xuya I do love the idea of ships as people. I really enjoyed Anne McCaffrey’s The Ship Who series way back in the way off times when I read it. It’s just a fascinating idea, a space ship with all the computing power of an AI, but still […]
This month I’ve added 6 titles to my TBR list: Adeyemi, Tomi – Children of Blood and Bone rec’d by Ana @booksmugglers “a superb, exciting, astonishing mix of Avatar: the Last Airbender and Black Panther.” Ng, Jeanette – Under the pendulum sun rec’d by Smart Bitches “If JANE EYRE, JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORREL, LABYRINTH, […]
The Steerswoman series ; book 3 Last year I read and really enjoyed the first two books in this series, but for some reason it has taken me almost a year to get around to book 3. This series all follows the same story, so you’ll need to read them in order. I really enjoyed […]
Read it online at Tor.
reread in April, 2018 and loved it just as much.
A long time ago in Japan, when cats were new there, an earthquake shook Small Cat’s home, and her city caught fire. In escaping the fire she ran too far from her home and her fudoki. “The fudoki was the collection of stories about all the cats who had lived in a place. It described what made it a home, and what made the cats a family.” In fleeing the fire the Small Cat gets lost in the city but decides to follow the story of her aunts, The Cat Who Came From the North. And so she heads North. But she goes too far and soon is so far from home that she thinks she will never find her way to her fudoki again.
In this book Robert Macfarlane sets out to find the wild places of Britain and Ireland, if there are any left. He believes that somewhere on these islands there must be places far from the reach of humanity where the wilderness still exists, and he sets out to discover them, to create a word map […]
In March I read 8 books, 2 by men (yearly total 7) and 6 by women (yearly total 16). 1 was a non-fiction title, 1 was a children’s picture book. And I’m finding it every difficult to pick just one to recommend. Mayhem by Sigrid Rausing was a fascinating look at the impact of drug […]
translated by Diane Oatley Bees are pretty cool insects. They are also pretty damn important. Insects in general are essential to the world we know, so maybe think twice before spraying those insecticides and getting rid of all the dandelions in your lawn. We need insects1 so we should be paying more attention to their […]
I read this because it was my bookclub selection for March. I am afraid that it certainly was not my cup of tea. It appeared to be set in modern times, but the attitudes of the people seemed to belong in the fifties. Or maybe little England really is like that? If so I despair […]
A really entertaining book that explains all the work that goes into creating a picture book, and all things that went wrong when Ahlberg tried to create his book about crocodiles attacking. The illustrations are perfect, and really help the story. Really lovely book.
The Winnowing Flame trilogy ; book 2 Have you read this first book in this series? If not then go read it. It is awesome and action packed with great characters and a story that’ll keep you turning pages long after you promised yourself you’d stop. If you have read it, well The Bitter Twins […]
Mollie Carberry ; book 2 I quite enjoyed the first book in this series, The Making of Mollie, and this second book picks up pretty much where that one left off. Mollie is learning more about the suffragette movement and getting more involved, she also learns more about the dangers involved. If you enjoyed the […]