Showing posts with label adult. Show all posts
Showing posts with label adult. Show all posts

Q by Christina Dalcher

image of the front cover of the book Q by Christina Dalcher displayed on a Kindle Paperwhite and laid on a faux bright background that has been brightly painted. The cover features a simple half black, half white design with a large letter Q in the centre. The authors name Christina Dalcher is displayed as well as an emblem indicating the author also wrote 'Vox'.

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?

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.


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

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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.

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

Katrina Over 30s UK blogger talking about parenting, autism, mental health, books and coeliac disease. Books To Read In 2021.


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. 

Books I Read In 2020

Book Review Into The Water by Paula Hawkins Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel The Holiday by T.M Logan The Need by Helen Philips A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R Carey The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris Cilka's Journey by Heather Morris The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard


Reading has always been a passion of mine. Since a very young age I was reading independently and disappearing into worlds of fantasy and wonder. Books were an escape from my sometimes scary, often confusing reality. As I got older I began to read less, not because I didn't want to, it was more that as I got older, life got fuller and things such as 'self care' and reading for pleasure took a back seat. One positive of the Coronavirus pandemic is that it allowed me to prioritise myself a little bit more and perhaps I needed to escape reality again. I've spent the last six months reading a few chapters before going to sleep and it has been so beneficial. When I read I sleep better, feel more relaxed and have something to get excited about. Nothing beats going to bed on 'new book day'. The joy of perusing my virtual collection and choosing a new adventure is so exciting. My enthusiasm also leads me to talk more. Seems silly but I find talking about books to be therapeutic. If i'm struggling with my mood you can ask me what i'm reading and i'll instantly come alive. It's been a real pleasure rediscovering my love of reading and I wanted to share with you the books I've discovered throughout 2020.

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