Midnight Blue by Simone Van Der Vlugt

  I couldn’t quite put my finger on what Midnight Blue reminded me of, and then it hit me: waiting rooms. I know that sounds like an awful thing to say and a damning summary of the book, but let me explain. I’m in my late forties and, in an era before phones, you might […]

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

This week a friend of mine posted a question to Facebook, asking what the first thing we would like to do is when the quarantine is over might be? I’m notoriously bad about responding to such things, but it did make me think. I know that I want to go out with friends and eat […]

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

Sometimes I can’t help but pause and wonder whether, as a reader, the books we read find us, rather than vice versa? This idea has been playing around in my brain over the last few days, as I finished two of the loveliest books, both of which provided much needed respite from the pandemic that […]

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

It took me a couple of months of dallying in front of the top picks table at Bookshop Santa Cruz, before I finally picked up The Great Alone and walked it to the counter.  I had been wooed by the cover, tempted by the author, moved by the remote setting and yet, a book about […]

When You Read This – Mary Adkins

I have always had a soft spot for novels that use a variety of formats to tell their story. When You Read This by Mary Adkins, is one such novel, with the narrative divided between emails and blog posts. I read this novel just before the COVID-19 outbreak, back in the days when life was […]

The Ten Thousand Doors of January – Alix E. Harrow

Every now and then you read a book that you just love so much, that you wish you could move inside it, inhabiting the very world in which it is set. This is how I felt as I read The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow. I actually don’t really know how […]

An American Story by Christopher Priest

My twelve year old son loves a good conspiracy theory and, whilst I like to listen to him share whatever ‘story’ he has found online or heard at school, I suppose that I have always been pretty dismissive of such things and the adults who propound them. The events of 9/11 are never far from […]

The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

There’s a fighting chance that this week’s book review should actually be part of last week’s because they’re by the same writer and I read them in quick succession. Please don’t worry, I’ve now read everything Abbi Waxman has written, so there won’t be a follow up (although secretly, or not, I really wish that […]

Meet Me At The Museum by Anne Youngson

Dear Reader, I’m a total softie when it comes to books written in letter format.  I don’t know what it is, but I just love them. Isn’t everything softer and easier in a letter?  It’s a gentler pace, the waiting or even yearning for a response. They take a level of consideration, of planning out, […]

Providence by Caroline Kepnes

Caroline Kepnes can write, but you’ve probably already read You, so you don’t need me to tell you that. If you haven’t yet discovered You, go immediately to your local bookstore or library and obtain a copy. Your only regret will be not having read it sooner. I remember when I discovered You, I really […]