Posts from ‘October, 2014’

Mice by Gordon Reece

Five words from the blurb: bullying, women, timid, shattered, control Ignore the weird romance-like cover, this book is a dark, fast-paced thriller. Many bloggers raved about Mice on its release four years ago, but I never got around to reading it. Then last week I was looking for a light, but gripping read and stumbled […]

Black Rainbow by Rachel Kelly

Five words from the blurb: depression, world, collapses, poetry, recovery I hadn’t heard of this book until an unsolicited review copy popped through my letterbox, but I started reading and couldn’t put it down. Black Rainbow describes one woman’s decent into depression and how she recovered by using poetry and other literature. The emotional power […]

The Stand by Stephen King

Five words from the blurb: plague, death, dreams, Apocalypse, grows I had never read any Stephen King (I was too scared), but then Sandy persuaded me that I’d be OK with this one, despite the apocalyptic premise. She was right, but I’m afraid I read this about 15 years too late. I think I’d have […]

Which books should be in the perfect junior school library?

My sons’ school recently converted from an infant school into a full primary. They have a good selection of books for younger children, but their library hasn’t quite developed a full range for junior school children (aged 7-11). Keen to ensure my boys and their friends have a good mixture of books to read I […]

Alive by Piers Paul Read

Five words from the blurb: plane, crash, survivors, unthinkable, truth After giving myself permission to read a book which mentioned a plane crash I decided that I might as well go the whole hog and read Alive, a book which gives a detailed account of one. In 1972 a Uraguayan plane crashed into a remote […]

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

  Five words from the blurb: marriage, irrational, challenge, life, disgrace I LOVED The Rosie Project so was very excited about trying the sequel. Unfortunately the two books were very different and The Rosie Effect failed to repeat the magic of the first. The Rosie Project was special because it was the only novel I’d […]