Book review: Echo Boy by Matt Haig

4/5 stars. Audible version, narrated by Jane Collingwood and Thomas Judd. This story is set in an imagined not too distant future, in the year 2115. A lot of scientific advancements have been made, including ECHOs. ECHO stands for Enhanced Computerised Humanoid Organism, and they’re essentially very advanced androids. They look human, they are built…

Book review: The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas by Carole Matthews

3/5 stars Audible version, narrated by Lucy Price-Lewis I jumped into book 3 of this series without reading any of the previous books, frankly because it was Christmas themed and I thought it would be nice to read (listen to) something seasonal and festive. And it was, to a certain extent. You do get allusions…

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…

Book review: Faking Friends by Jane Fallon

3/5 stars. Audible version, narrated by Sally Scott and Kristin Atherton. To be fair to the author, this book is not really my style. If you enjoy chick-lit and revenge stories you’ll probably enjoy it more than I did. It’s not badly written, I just personally didn’t connect with the material. I picked this up…

Book review: The Break by Marian Keyes

4/5 stars. Audible version, narrated by Aoife McMahon. It’s already been months since I finished this read – or rather, listen – I’m so behind on my reviewing! I’m going to try and keep some of them a little shorter so I don’t feel completely daunted by the mere idea of reviewing the backlog. So…

Book review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

3/5 stars. Audible version, narrated by – a whole bunch of people. This is a difficult one to review, and it’s impossible to give my reasons for the rating without spoiling the ending, so I’ll add a warning before I get to that point. What I can say without spoiling anything: This is the story…

Book review: How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

About the troubles of rating books: I’ve always had a bit of trouble with expressing judgement. I think it boils down to self-confidence issues. I am not sure that my opinion is worthy of being expressed, and who am I to judge others? And what if they get upset? What if everyone else disagrees with…