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The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Book Review

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

I initially found the point of view and voice that The Reluctant Fundamentalist was written in extremely difficult to get into, the first few chapters were hard going, but it was so worth the effort in perseverance. Written from the view of a stranger talking to a stranger at a Lahore café, we explore causes, …

When Breath Becomes Air
Apple and Knife
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Books for December 2018

A monthly feature where I do a round up of the books I’m most excited to read (or have already read and think you should be excited for). Fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books are all included. Fiction North of Dawn (9780735214231) by Naruddin Farah The premise is interesting and very apt, I really want to …

The Snow Spider
Book Review

The Snow Spider

It is on Gwyn’s ninth birthday when his Grandmother gives him an assortment of strange objects and tells him he could be a magician. It was on Gwyn’s fifth birthday when his sister, Bethan, went missing. For those four years his father has blamed Gwyn for Bethan’s disappearance, but so has Gwyn. Jenny Nimmo’s classic, …

Tilly and the Bookwanderers
Book Review

Tilly And The Bookwanderers

I’ve got to be absolutely honest and say I really wanted this book as it looked so nice, and it is a beautiful book with a stunning red finish. Pure avarice aside though, this is a book lovers dream, the first couple of chapters were spent describing every booksellers dream bookshop, all higgledy with nooks …

Writing Tips

Behind Blue Eyes

Eyes are the door to the soul it has been said. So let us use these adjectives to describe eyes more fully to appreciate that. ablaze affixed all-knowing alluring almond-shaped amazed beady beautiful bewitching blank blind blinking bloodshot blue blue-eyed bright brooding brown brown-eyed bu-eyed bulging burning cat-like close close-set cloudy commanding compassionate cross-eyed dancing …

Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball
Book Review

Amelia Fang And The Barbaric Ball

This is the first in the Amelia Fang series by Laura Ellen Anderson, and with a beautifully illustrated cover (shiny!) and orange sprayed edges to match the orange theme on the cover it really makes you want to own it as an object in itself. Then you get to the story and follow the adventure …

Bernard the Book Buddy Bear

Favourite Childhood Books

Across on we have just run a competition to win a BookBuddy pin and postcard, all people had to do was let us know what their favourite childhood book was in a comment on the post. We had a great response, with over 200 retweets and over 200 comments. Most people chose a single …