Category Archives: Favorite books

“Breakers” by Doug Johnstone – Book Review #Orentober

Tyler lives in a tower block in Niddrie, one of Edinburgh’s impoverished neighbourhoods. He lives with his Mum and his little sister, Bethany (aka Bean). His Mum is an alcoholic/addict so the responsibility of caring for her and his sister … Continue reading

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“The bird tribunal” by Agnes Ravatn – #BookReview #Orentober

I thought I’d repost a review from 2017 in honour of Orentober. What is Orentober you ask? It is the October celebration of the books and authors represented by Orenda Publishing. “The Bird Tribunal” was my favourite read of 2017 … Continue reading

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“The Woman at Number 19” by J.A. Baker – Book Review

About the book: “Her thoughts are all she has. They are hers and hers alone.” Esther Nesbitt seems like an old woman, yet she is only 45 years old. A mere shadow of her former self, she has diminished since … Continue reading

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“Holy Island” by L.J. Ross – Book Review

“People kill each other all over the world.” “Sure, but Lindisfarne — it’s holy. It’s like killing someone in church.” “Holy Island” was the winner of a poll I created to let my fellow bloggers and followers vote on which … Continue reading

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“The Peacock Summer” by Hannah Richell – Book Review

Present day – Maggie Oberon has been living a rather hedonistic life in Australia for the past year. She fled England after breaking up with her fiance under a dark cloud. When she learns of her beloved grandmother’s health issues, … Continue reading

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“Things My Son Needs to Know About the World” by Fredrik Backman – Book Review

“Words matter” The short personal essays in this collection will tug at your heartstrings. They will make you laugh and cry, and, they will make you examine your own parenting strategies. With an essay devoted to ‘poop’ and another to … Continue reading

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“The things we keep” by Sally Hepworth – Book Review

“I like it when people remember that I’m a person, not just a person with Alzheimer’s.” Anna Forster, a vibrant woman in her mid thirties who works as a paramedic, rides motorcycles, and loves life, is diagnosed with early onset … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday – “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin – Book Review

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’m showcasing a novel that I read over five years ago. “The storied life of A.J. Fikry” was a title that I got from … Continue reading

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Older male protagonists? – I love them!

Someone asked me recently “What is your favourite book?” (I know right – it’s like picking a favourite child) Near the top of my list is “A man called Ove” by Fredrik Backman.  Then… I started thinking, and I discovered … Continue reading

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“Perfect Remains” by Helen Fields – Book Review

A while back, I polled my followers so that YOU could pick which police procedural series I should begin next. The first poll was a resounding success with the recommendation of “For Reasons Unknown” by Michael Wood. This second poll … Continue reading

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World Book Day 2019 #GreatReads

To celebrate this year’s World Book Day, I thought I’d share some of my favourite reads of the past ten years. Ten books that stand out in my memory as being truly great reads. I have entered them in the … Continue reading

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“Her Dark Retreat” by J.A. Baker – Book Review

For me, this novel was the perfect storm. Setting, characters, and plot converged into a stellar read! BLURB: The coastguard’s residence Chamber Cottage, which sits high up on the North Yorkshire cliffs, overlooking The North Sea, holds many dark secrets. … Continue reading

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“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens – Book Review

“abandoned, hungry and cold” North Carolina 1952 – We meet little six-year-old Kya Clark on the day her mother walks out of their marsh ‘shack’ for the last time. Covered in bruises, Kya’s mother has left her drunken, abusive husband … Continue reading

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“For Reasons Unknown” by Michael Wood – Book Review

BLURB: Two murders. Twenty years. Now the killer is back for more… DCI Matilda Darke has returned to work after a nine month absence. A shadow of her former self, she is tasked with re-opening a cold case: the terrifyingly … Continue reading

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Fictionophile’s Top Reads of 2018

As ever, I have a terribly difficult time compiling my ‘best of‘ post. Mostly because I read so many spectacular books that I’d hate to forget a true favourite of the year. In 2018 I read 103 books, not all … Continue reading

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