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Tender Is The Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica

Image of the front cover of the ebook version of Tender Is The Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica. The front cover is displayed on a Kindle Paperwhite which is laid on a dark blue background printed with bundles of herbs tied together. The front cover features the author's name and the book title alongside an image of a swirling red fabric that looks like a gush of blood. To the left is a title that reads 'Review, Tender is the flesh by Agustina Bazterrica, www.chatterfox.co.uk'

Excuse me whilst I collect my jaw up off the floor. Never ever has a book ending made me feel so utterly enraged, thoroughly deceived and unexpectedly shocked as this one has.
Imagine a world in which animal meat is no longer fit for human consumption. Where do we turn for our meat fix? I'll give you a clue-it's not plant based. Humans are bred for consumption. Raised like cattle with no rights. 

Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi

Image of the front cover of the ebook version of Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi. The front cover is displayed on a Kindle Paperwhite which is laid on a brightly coloured background that looks like a bookcase with the spines facing towards the viewer. The front cover features the author's name and the book title alongside an image of a fountain pen and some circles that are reminiscent of ink blobs. To the left is a title that reads 'Review, Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi, www.chatterfox.co.uk'

Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi is unlike anything I've ever read before. It's a book within a book. There's a collection of individual and stand alone murder short stories collectively known as The White Murders that are interspersed throughout the main book, Eight Detectives in such a unique way. Eight Detectives focuses on publisher, Julia and the illusive and socially withdrawn author Grant as they discuss the upcoming publication of Grant's iconic work "The White Murders". As a reader we get a short story from The White Murders followed by a chapter that involves Julia interviewing Grant discussing the short story, how we wrote it and what it meant to him at the time. It's a fantastic format and not nearly as complicated as I've made it sound.

Haven't They Grown by Sophie Hannah

Image of the front cover of the ebook version of Haven't They Grown by Sophie Hannah. The front cover is displayed on a Kindle Paperwhite which is laid on a stone coloured background printed with cactus plants. The front cover features the author's name and the book title alongside an image of some ornate front gates leading to a house. To the left is a title that reads 'Review, Haven't They Grown by Sophie Hannah, www.chatterfox.co.uk'

Beth and Flora haven't spoken in years, not since their children were little. Now the children are all grown up, well, some of them are.... Haven't They Grown by Sophie Hannah follows Beth as she attempts to unravel how and why her former best friend's children haven't aged in twelve years. Is it a web of lies and deceit? Is Beth slowly losing her sanity or are unaging children merely the tip of the iceberg? 

Review | Things In Jars by Jess Kidd

Image of the ebook kindle edition of the book things in jars by jess kidd. The front cover features the title and the author alongside an image of a large drip of water and inside the drip is the silhouette of a girl. The book cover is displayed on a kindle paperwhite and it is laid on a pastel coloured background paper that looks like vintage drawers. To the left of the image is a title that reads ' Review Things In Jars by Jess Kidd, www.chatterfox.co.uk'

This book isn't what I expected it to be. I was under the impression Things In Jars by Jess Kidd was a dystopian, science fiction novel but it's actually a victorian crime novel mixed with historical fiction and a hefty dose of science fiction and fact. 

Books I Want To Read In 2022

At the beginning of 2021 I made a list of the books I wanted to read throughout the year and I found it really helpful having a list to guide me. It helped me avoid becoming overwhelmed by choice and helped me to read 14 out of the 17 books on the list. Throughout the year I've been taking note of any books that have piqued my interest and have therefore created a list of books I want to read this year.

Books I Read In 2021

Image of lots of books laid out in a row with a translucent title reading 'Books I Read In 2021, www.chatterfox.co.uk'

At the beginning of 2021 I had rekindled my love of reading and through my love of Bookstagram my TBR (to be read) list had grown exponentially, I keep a list on my phone notes of all the books I like the sound of and keep an eye out for them at the local library and via the library's ebook lending service. I also like to save up any vouchers I get from my side hustles to use towards buying books. In order to keep some kind of order and to avoid being overwhelmed with choice I wrote down a list of Books I Wanted To Read In 2021 to help keep me focused and I think it worked rather well, so well in fact I've written a list of Books I Want To Read In 2022. Here's the books (and links to my reviews) for the books I read throughout 2021.

The Tin Ring by Zdenka Fantlova

Image of the front cover of the paperback version of The Tin Ring by Zdenka Fantlova. The cover looks like it's made of cheap brown paper and has a font that looks like a typewriter. The design is simple having only the book title and author alongside an image of a dull tin ring that looks aged. To the left of the image is a title that reads 'Review The Tin Ring by Zdenka Fantlova www.chatterfox.co.uk'

Having read the Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilka's Journey last year I was recommended this book by a friend. I borrowed her copy and it is the only physical book I've read this year. I really love my Kindle but it was wonderful to hold a physical book, there is something about well thumbed pages and that unique paper smell that makes my heart soar. It's like holding history in your hands (so thank you Susan for the experience ❤️) 

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

Image of the front cover of the kindle ebook version of The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley. The cover shows the book title and the author's name alongside the silhouette of a stag's head. To the left is a title that reads 'Review The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley'

The Hunting Party is set in the Scottish wilderness. A group of thirty somethings have booked the entire lodge for their annual New Year's Eve getaway. There's the 'perfect couple' with their new baby, the 'university sweethearts' that have been together since forever and the 'new couple' that are eager to please. Then there's the eternally single one. Factor in a perky hostess and a surly groundskeeper an you've got everything you need for a classic 'whodunnit'

The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Image of the front cover of the ebook version of The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. The book cover features the book title in bold and a floral pattern surrounding it. The ebook is displayed on a Amazon Kindle Paperwhite that is laid on a pastel coloured background that features small drawers. Alongside the image is a title that reads 'Review, The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave www.chatterfox.co.uk'

The Mercies is the tale of a small coastal fishing village that suffers a great tragedy, one that disrupts the entire nature of the people that live there. An almighty storm killing almost all the men and leaving the women behind to grieve, strive and ultimately aim to survive the harsh realities of their new lives. Help arrives from foreign shores, shores that are ran by patriarchies and religious zealots. What will happen to the women of Vardo? 

Review | The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

Image of the front cover of the ebook version of the boy in the striped pyjamas by John Boyne. The front cover is displayed on a Kindle Paperwhite which is laid on a white washed wooden background. The front cover features the author's name and the book title on a background of stripes. To the left is a title that reads 'Review, The boy in the striped pyjamas by John Boyne www.chatterfox.co.uk'

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas is a classic must read novel so it's hard to believe that this is the first time I've read it at the grand old age of 33! I think a lot of people read this book at school alongside other classics such as Of Mice and Men, The Diary of Anne Frank and To Kill A Mockingbird- can you believe I've never read any of those? I'm starting to understand why the secondary school I attended was closed down after my year group left and ultimately demolished. The reading list seems to be severely lacking but secondary school gripes aside- is this book as powerful as I've been led to believe?

Review | Blue Ticket by Sophie MacKintosh

Image of the front cover of the ebook version of Blue Ticket by Sophie MacKintosh. The front cover is displayed on a Kindle Paperwhite which is laid on a white washed wood effect background. The front cover features the author's name and the book title alongside an image of a women looking into a mirror. To the left is a title that reads 'Review, Blue Ticket by Sophie MacKintosh, www.chatterfox.co.uk'

Blue Ticket by Sophie MacKintosh imagines a world in which your parental destiny is decided by the luck of the draw, I suppose in the real world whether we are able to have children is predetermined by genetics, health and personal fertility but imagine if it was decided literally by a draw. White ticket means your future includes children. Blue ticket means it does not. No questions, no re-draws just blind acceptance of your fate depending on the ticket drawn. What ticket would you wish to be?

29 Seconds by T M Logan

Image of the front cover of T M Logan's novel 29 Seconds. The image is of a silhouette of a person stood in the background with the books title in large print and the tagline 'how much can you lose in 29 seconds' written beneath it. There is also an emblem indicating that this book is from the same writer that wrote Lies. To the right is a title that reads 'Review, 29 seconds by T M Logan, www.chatterfox.co.uk'


Regular readers of the blog will know that I love T M Logan novels. I've read The Holiday, Lies, The Catch and now 29 seconds. This book is the second book that T M Logan wrote but each book is standalone and unrelated to the others so the order in which you read them doesn't really matter though a word of warning- don't read this one first. If I'd have read this one first I would have been significantly less likely to read any of the others. It pains me to say this but this is the one and only T. M Logan book that I've not enjoyed- so much so I almost gave up reading it!

Q by Christina Dalcher

Image of the front cover of Q by Christina Dalcher ebook Version displayed on a Kindle Paperwhite. The cover is simple with just a large Q and the authors name. The paperwhite is laid on a background of bright multicoloured brickwork. To the right of the image is a title that reads 'Review, Q by Christina Dalcher, www.chatterfox.co.uk'

Imagine a world where everyone was perfect. A world where everyone is equal in terms of intellect. A school system with ample time for students because they'd be no 'dunces' to take up the teachers time. No genetic abnormalities or predisposition to certain illnesses. Constant screening and testing to ensure your 'Q' score remains within an appropriate range. No divorce, no rule breaking, no freedom. A world of fear where every choice you make can effect your score and cost you your place in society. Sounds...perfect, doesn't it?

Review | Two Of Us Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus

Image of the front cover of Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus. This is the Kindle Ebook version of the novel displayed on a kindle paperwhite and laid on a rich coloured background that looks like a bookshelf holding vintage books. The ebook cover features the title and author as well as two pairs of legs that resemble the legs of teenage girls. To the left is a title that reads 'review, Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus, www.chatterfox.co.uk'

Having read 'One Of Us Is Lying' by Karen McManus I was under the impression that this is the second book in a series but it's actually an entirely separate story. Two Of Us Can Keep A Secret focuses on a pair of twins sent to live with their grandmother in the eerie town of Echo Ridge. A town famous for disappearing teens and dead homecoming queens. Will history repeat itself or will Ellery and Ezra's arrival unveil the secrets this town has kept hidden all these years? 

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Image of the front cover of The Guest List By Lucy Foley. The cover has the title and author name alongside an emblem saying 'author of The Hunting Party'. There is an image of an island in the centre of the cover and beneath is the tagline 'a remote island, an invitation to die for' The book cover is presented on a kindle paperwhite e reader that is placed on a dark blue background with green foliage. To the right of the image is a title that reads 'Review, The Guest List by Lucy Foley, www.chatterfox.co.uk'




I've heard so many good things about The Guest List by Lucy Foley so I was eager to dive in. Set on a now uninhabited Irish island the novel focuses on the upcoming nuptials of successful online magazine editor Jules and the suave, charming and privately educated Will.  Bride and groom must face some unexpected truths as  family and friends disembark onto the mysterious island bringing with them more baggage than expected. The exclusive wedding, the first of its kind on this island, may bring more attention than originally planned.

Review | The Catch by T. M Logan

image title reads review the catch by t m logan www.chatterfox.co.uk the image to the right shows the front cover of the ebook kindle edition

T. M Logan has quickly become one of my favourite authors. I came across his work by chance in the first lockdown. The library ebook lending service had barely anything available except The Holiday. I judged a book by it's cover and thought it perhaps looked a little cheesy but I couldn't have been more wrong. This is my third T. M Logan book and every one has kept me up later than I wanted reading 'just one more chapter'. Here's what I thought about The Catch.

Review | 1984 By George Orwell

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Title: 1984, Author: George Orwell,  Pages: 384, ISBN: 9780141187761, First Published on: 8th June 1949

1984 by George Orwell is a dystopian classic. In fact it's THE dystopian classic. Even if you've not actually read it  you will have more than likely heard of Big Brother, The Thought Police and Room 101. 1984 was incredibly ahead of it's time, so much so that modern life shares many parallels with this book that was written in 1948.It's a book that everyone quotes but I  think very few have read.

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus

Image of the front cover of the kindle ebook edition of One of Us Is Lying by Karen M McManus. The cover features the title and authors name and also the tag line 'a geek, a jock, a criminal and a princess. Who Would You Believe?' in a handwritten font. At the top of the cover is a pencil drawing of four teenagers from the waist down. To the left is a title that reads 'review, One of us is lying by Karen M McManus, www.chatterfox.co.uk

I'd heard a lot of glowing reviews for Karen McManus' work and downloaded the first one, One Of Us Is Lying eager to begin. Upon seeing the front cover and the tagline 'A Geek. A Jock. A Criminal. A Princess. Who Would You Believe?' I thought it sounded like a cheesy American teen novel so I left it for the best part of a year before picking it up again to read and I am so pleased that I got over the somewhat trashy front cover as this book is actually a very well written and cleverly thought out murder mystery.  So good in fact that a television series is currently in production. So what made this teen fiction such a good read?

The Doll Factory By Elizabeth MacNeal

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Title: The Doll Factory, Author: Elizabeth MacNeal, Pages: 384, Published by: Picador, Publication Date: 2nd May 2019, ISBN: 978-1529002393

Iris and Rose spend their days creating dolls for the oppressive and most often comatose, Mrs Salter. Though fortunate to be employed, the passionate and creative Iris longs for more than the monotonous life she currently leads. Iris yearns to escape, to paint more than doll faces. She wishes to paint freely and with no constraints- to be an artist in her own right.

Could a chance encounter with Silas Reed, collector, taxidermist and prop creator for the Pre-Raphealite Brotherhood set Iris on the path to freedom? Will love, life and art blossom? Or is death and decay the only fate for those that wander the dark, dank streets of Victorian London?

Books To Read in 2021

Image of the front cover of the book 1984 by George Orwell Kindle Edition. It has the title 1984 in bold type and a large eye in the centre of the book cover. To the right of the image is a title that reads 'books, what I want to read in 2021, www.chatterfox.co.uk'


When I look back on 2020 it's a bit of a struggle to find positives but one of the best things to come out of 2020 was I rediscovered my love of reading- I say rediscovered but in reality it never really left- I just stopped 'allowing' myself time to read. It got pushed to the back of my mind whilst the worries and anxieties of adult life took centre stage. I have always read to my daughter, from the moment she was born, in the hospital I didn't have any books so I read her a catalogue! I've instilled my love of books into my daughter but I'd somehow managed to stop giving myself that same 'treat'. Now I've started reading again I don't want to stop. Here are a few of the books that have made it on to my 'to be read' list for 2021. If you follow me on Instagram you'll know that I favour dystopian fiction and thrillers but there's some historical fiction mixed in too and some classics as well. I also want to re-read my favourite ever book 1984. I usually revisit it ever few years but this year I think it will be all the more poignant. 

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