Book review: Cracked up to Be by Courtney Summers

4/5 stars After having read and fallen in love with Sadie by Courtney Summers, it’s safe to say that I had pretty high expectations of this novel, though I knew it was Summers’s first, so I couldn’t reasonably expect it to be as well polished, plotted and written as Sadie. And it isn’t, but it…

Book review: Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

3/5 stars Audible version, narrated by Stephanie Racine. This was a well-written book, and should by all rights be a 4 star review, but for me personally it just wasn’t that engaging, which is a personal preference thing, but that’s what I’m writing about – so it only gets a 3. A very brief summary…

Book review: You Are Not You by Simon Rosenberg

2/5 stars So… Thanks to Netgalley and the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. And unfortunately, because I’m being honest, my review of this particular book is not very positive. I very nearly gave up on this one several times, and ended up skimming through…

Book review: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

4/5 stars Audible version, narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaal. Partly because of the sheer volume of this book and partly because I have a bit of a hard time with Russian authors, I’ve been putting off Anna Karenina for a long time, knowing that somewhere down the line I’d simply have to give it a try….

Edinburgh Fringe Festival day 1

Every other year I go to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh with my mum (and I used to go by myself before that), as one of the passions we share is theatre/performing arts, and there’s no better place to indulge that than at the Fringe. I feel extremely grateful that I am allowed to just…

Book review: The Map of Us by Jules Preston

4/5 stars This was a free review copy from Netgalley. The book loosely follows the history of the North family through several generations and from the POV of quite a lot of people. It’s a story of kindness, extreme violence, hope and grief.  It’s a story of charts, numbers and indexes, of a turquoise blue…

Book review: Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland

4/5 stars Audible version, narrated by Imogen Church Trigger warning: domestic abuse We follow Loveday Cardew, who has worked in the Lost for Words second-hand bookshop since she was 15, and full time since she left school. She is a tough, pierced and tattooed book lover, who is determined to make it on her own…