The Five Star Reads of 2021

My Goodreads Reading Challenge aim for 2021 was to read 200 books, having missed that number by four in 2020. It was a fairly lofty target, given that I’d closed my business down for a couple of months in 2021 due to Covid-19, which gave me so much more time to curl up with a…… Continue reading The Five Star Reads of 2021

January Releases

Wow, January. 2022. You know you’re getting old when time passes too quickly for you to reliably remember what year it is. I generally try to do these ‘end of month/looking forward to next month’ things before, as seems logical, the end of the month, but everything’s been crazy over the last few weeks, and…… Continue reading January Releases

Seasonal Reading Suggestions

Yule blessings, merry Christmas, happy holidays – basically, whatever flavour your late December may be, have a good one. If you’re looking for something seasonal to read, then I humbly recommend the following mixed bag of offerings. The Christmas ThingyF. Paul Wilson Eight-year-old Jessica Atkins wants a monster for Christmas. Not a big, mean monster;…… Continue reading Seasonal Reading Suggestions

December Releases

November has been a relatively slow month on the book front, probably because at this time of year my day job begins to intrude more on my precious reading time. I run a small business, Dragonrat Jewellery, and while I’d usually be knee-deep in Christmas fairs by now Covid-19 has meant sticking to online events…… Continue reading December Releases

September Releases

Ah, August, where did you go – hard to believe that a bit of pottering in the garden and a couple of trips out have made the month fly by so quickly. With only a couple of days to go, here are my choices for September. My first pick is the fourth and final part…… Continue reading September Releases

The Man Who Died Twice

Richard Osman ★★★★★ It’s not every day that one receives an invitation from a dead man. When a blast from her mysterious past turns up asking for help, she has to hear him out. After twenty million pounds-worth of uncut diamonds went missing during an operation involving the middleman for various international crime syndicates, he’s…… Continue reading The Man Who Died Twice

The Passengers

John Marrs  ★★★★★ Eight driverless cars have been set on a high-speed collision course, and all those inside will be killed. One passenger can be saved, but only one. Which of the eight passengers is most worthy of living? Which seven will you condemn to die? Do you rank by age? By gender? Race? Religion?…… Continue reading The Passengers

August Releases

So, that was July. I seem to have spent most of the last month wishing I was holed up in a little cabin somewhere in the Arctic Circle with some good books and a bottomless mug of hot chocolate. I hate summer. I suppose there is an upside of it being too hot to sleep…… Continue reading August Releases

The Doll [Children’s House 5]

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir  ★★★★ When Disa and her daughter Rósa go on a fishing trip, the most Disa expects to bring home is a couple of fish. Instead, they net a doll, one-eyed and encrusted in barnacles and worms, a hideous, broken thing that Disa wants to throw back, but Rósa insists on keeping. By morning,…… Continue reading The Doll [Children’s House 5]

July Releases

Wow, what happened to June? How are we at the end of the month already? Most of my reads this month have been about catching up with ongoing and TBR series. I’ve finished the Percy Jackson series, but also discovered that there’s a secondary series which is now added to the list I was supposed…… Continue reading July Releases