Monthly Archives: April 2018

My Blog’s name in Books

Last week I participated in a fun meme called the  “I Spy Book Challenge”.  It was SO enjoyable to compose that I thought I’d start one myself. Rules:  1.  Spell out your blog’s name. (this is where you wish your … Continue reading

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“Up-Lit” – What is it? and why do we like it?

‘Up Lit’ is the new literary buzz word, described as a trend for books with an emphasis on empathy, books that are uplifting and life-affirming, and which explore themes of family bonds and the human spirit. These types of novels … Continue reading

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“Before the storm” by Leslie Tentler – Book Review

I am reviewing this title as part of the Mystery/Thriller Week 2018 event. “Before the storm” is the first novel I’ve read by this author, and is also the first in her Rarity Cove series.  My thanks to Leslie Tentler … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday April 12, 2018

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “Weathering” by Lucy Wood for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published January 15th 2015 by Bloomsbury Publishing and was, for me, a 5 … Continue reading

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Tom Gauld’s bookish art

There is nothing more entertaining for a bookworm than humour about their favourite pastime. Scottish artist/illustrator Tom Gauld has created many pieces of art with bookish themes. I’ll share one of my favourites here: He is featured often in The Guardian, … Continue reading

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I Spy Book Challenge

I rarely take part in blog memes or tags but when I saw this one it looked like so much fun! Cleo from Cleopatra Loves Books and Nicki from The Secret Library did a great job with it, so I … Continue reading

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“The broken girls” by Simone St. James – Book Review

“Idlewild was an old place, and the fear here was old fear.” “Idlewild was the boarding school of last resort, where parents stashed their embarrassments, their failures, and their recalcitrant girls.” Idlewild is an old, abandoned boarding school in rural … Continue reading

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The weird side of famous writers

It is common knowledge that athletes and sports fans have some odd rituals, some would say quirks. I’m thinking of fans who always wear the same shirt to watch a game, athletes who carry a personal talisman with them on … Continue reading

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“The Madwoman Upstairs” by Catherine Lowell – Book Review

The classic novels written by the Brontë sisters have long been among my favorites. For this reason I was curious to read “The madwoman upstairs“. From the publisher:  As the last living descendant of the Brontës, Samantha Whipple is accustomed … Continue reading

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Lesley Thomson’s “The death chamber” (#blogtour & #extract)

The Death Chamber  Lesley Thomson Publication Date: April 5th 2018 Lesley Thomson‘s “Detective’s Daughter” series has been on my radar for a few years now.  I will be reading and reviewing the first novel in the series this month.  I have a … Continue reading

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