Quick Update

Hello all,

Sorry I have just been busy with Wedding Related matters so have not had much time to read much or indeed blog about it. A normal service should resume shortly, but in the mean time why not tell me what you’ve been reading?


Quick Commute Read – Book Review – The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

I’m currently working through a couple of books at the moment, but one is easier to read on my laptop and another is a bulky hardcover which is not ideal to lug around on the commute to work. So I’ve been relying heavily on short stories to entertain me on my way to work.

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams.


This was the latest offering for a short read and I have to say, I found it so warming. Perhaps the wind and the rain pelting the side of the train as I travelled home contributed to the cosiness of the book, but there was something so simple and magic about the story.

After initially being discarded into the toy cupboard for a short time, the Rabbit is reunited with the Boy and soon is a constant companion in all his adventures. But when the boy grows sick with Scarlet Fever, the little Rabbit is discarded and it’s easy to imagine that this is where the story ends, however we see more magic and a happy ending.

I don’t want to divulge too much in case you choose to read it, but it’s a delight and is a warm tale with plenty of lessons for both children and adults. I’d recommend this if you have children, or are looking to ignite the feeling of childlike innocence and imagination within yourself.

Star Rating out of 5: 5

‘Once you are real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.’


Until next time fellow bookworms.


Book Review – We Were Liars by E.Lockhart

What to say about We Were Liars? If you’ve looked into the book, you’ll have noticed that it’s difficult to talk about without giving away the story, but I’ll try my best.


The novel centres on the Sinclair family, a rich All American family with the looks and stock much desired by others. Every summer they meet on their own private island and pass the days with swimming, games and family meals. It all sounds ideal but if the thoughts of Cady, Gat, Johnny and Mirren are anything to go by the family isn’t as perfect as perceived.

I really loved the style of writing, with E.Lockhart making each chapter feel more like the passage of a poem. It’s thought provoking and romantic at the same time as focusing on characters that are materialistic, narrow minded, tragic and vitriolic.

There’s an incredible twist that I didn’t seem coming, but this only added to my enjoyment of the book. You may feel that it’s a bit flaky but please do stick with it as it’s worth it. I think the book could have been wrapped up a lot sooner, instead of overdoing it and providing some kind of resolve or closure at the end but it’s a small grumble about an otherwise great novel. I’d recommend this if you were looking for something a little different.

Star Rating out of 5: 4

‘He was contemplation and enthusiasm. Ambition and strong coffee. I could have looked at him forever.’


Happy reading.


Next Up

Next up for my Kindle Reads is this piece of work, which I have heard nothing but good things about.

We Were Liars by E.Lockhart.


I’m reading another book as well at the moment, but as I’m reviewing it for a website I review books for, I cannot list it here. But as soon as the review goes live for that, I will let you know. In the meantime, why not get in touch and let me know what you’re reading at the moment? Or what book releases are coming up that are getting you excited?

Also if you’re an author and have a book you’d like me to review, then please do get in touch. You can reach me on here or on Twitter, just click on the icons to the right of the page.

Thanks lovely people, and until next time, happy reading fellow bookworms.


Incensed – Why Return of Kings has made my blood boil

It’s very rare that I digress from my usual blog posts, which are always about books, but I recently saw an article, which not only enraged me but also made me once again question if any form of intelligible evolution exists amongst certain people in the world.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, there is an absolute troll of a website called Return of Kings – which is all about ‘the return of masculinity’ That’s right ladies and gentlemen, on this one website you can read, what I can only describe as ignorant, sickening, misinformed drivel, about how disgusting women are! According to this website any woman with any kind of body modification whether it be a tattoo or a piercing is basically the following things;

  1. Sluts
  2. Lacking in foresight
  3. Selfish
  4. Boring
  5. Mentally ill

But it wasn’t the article itself that made me literally shake with anger, but the comments that followed the post too. It really shames and sickens me to say this, but it appears that there are a group of people who agree with the nonsense being spouted by the writer (and the website in general) Reading the article, although incredibly difficult, gave me the impression that the author had one bad experience with a girl with piercings, so he seems to have categorized an entire sex. Perhaps he had trouble with numerous ex girlfriends, which doesn’t surprise me as he strikes me as the kind of person who expects women to stay quiet and know their place – a misogynistic bully.

The whole website is crass, sickening and worrying, with articles that say things like this;

‘Women are tiny. Almost any woman could be raped and killed by almost any man regardless of all the self-defence classes and jazzercise she does. ‘

And this;

‘By far the most terrible thing about being a woman is having a woman’s mind. Sure, they have better time-management skills, but that just means they’re wired for service. Women suck complete shit at objective reasoning. Why did you hate high school English? Because a woman taught it, and she told you that a poem can mean whatever you want it to. They couldn’t expect you to do something they could never figure out themselves.’

I think in this day and age women shouldn’t have to tolerate these kinds of things from chauvinistic morons. The same website that calls us callous words like ‘cunts’ and ‘sluts with mental issues’ – also gives these heterosexual, masculine men, tips on how to ‘get laid’ at Anime and Comic Book Conventions, who then make jokes and laugh about women who argue that they should give consent to be touched or groped by a man, as though our bodies are theirs to treat as they wish. I think the website is summed up by this ‘Community Belief’ and if this doesn’t make you angry, as a man or as a woman, then I don’t know what will;

‘A woman’s value significantly depends on her fertility and beauty. A man’s value significantly depends on his resources, intellect, and character.’

So please if you’re reading this and feel angry, please do me a favour – speak out on behalf of your mothers, sisters, aunts, grandma’s, cousins, girlfriends, wives and friends and let them know that they’re not lowlife beings whose only worth in life is their ability to have babies and their looks. Let them know that there ARE men out there who won’t use them for their bodies or call them by derogatory terms, men who WILL value their thoughts and opinions and intellect and treat them as equals.

And in closing, I must say that I pity the parents of these men, how ashamed you must be to have brought someone up with so much misplaced anger and uninformed, uneducated views of women, and if you’re not ashamed, you really should be. Please do me a favour, share this, hit like – just please get the message out there about this disgusting website with it’s callous views.




Quick Commute Read – Book Review – Where There’s Smoke by Jodi Picoult

I’ve never read anything by Jodi Picoult before but have heard great things about her. This morning on the way to work, I realised I hadn’t picked anything out of my TBR Jar so I turned to my trusty old Kindle for commuting solace. I scrolled through looking for something fairly short to read that would cover my journey from home to work and came across this 41 page of greatness.

Where There’s Smoke by Jodi Picoult.


Where There’s Smoke follows the story of Serenity, who from a young age appears to have a ‘gift’ – she is a psychic and can see spirits and communicate with them. After a brief introduction set in 1993 we’re bought to modern day where Serenity is the host of a successful TV show where she uses her gift to help people who are grieving, or who have loved ones missing. However during a routine show one day, Serenity gives information to the Widow of a soldier, live on air, which causes great controversy. Pretty soon Serenity’s life seems to take a massive turn and seems to go from one of great happiness and indulgence to soon wondering if she’ll have anything left.

Considering it’s such a short book, Jodi did a great job of bringing the characters to life and penned a storyline that left me wanting more. I’d recommend this to people who are looking for something quick, but entertaining to read. And also read this if you plan to purchase her new book, Leaving Time, which is out on November 4th, as Serenity is a character that features in her new work, so this works great as an introduction to her, and means the next book will, hopefully, give you some resolve as to what happened after ‘Where There’s Smoke’.

Star Rating out of 5: 4.5


‘I have spent a lifetime telling the living to appreciate the people you love, because you run out of time sooner thank you think.’


If you plan to read this, or have already read it, get in touch by commenting below and let me know your thoughts.


Book Review – Witch Hunt by Syd Moore

I was really keen to read this book, what with it being the month of October, I thought it would help set the scene for Halloween and get me in the mood. And don’t get me wrong, it did deliver some creepy moments but it quickly turned into something of a let down.


Sadie Asquith is a journalist who has always been fascinated by the Essex Witch Trials of the 16th Century, and as she lands a book deal she finds herself delving into the past much more. But sadly the book deal has come at a traumatic time for Sadie, whose mum has just passed away. It isn’t long before Sadie begins to experience strange things, from ghostly apparitions to eerie voices and soon she begins to feel that she is being warned to stop writing the book.

Although well written and providing plenty of atmosphere, there were moments when the book seemed to repeat itself a little bit and the moments that were created to conjure fear in the readers were too few for my liking. Saying that when there was a scenario where fear and tension were built, they were classics and delivered perfectly. For example a moment where Sadie goes up into her loft to investigate the sound of a heavy object scraping along the floor, or the moment she’s in the shower and finds herself being swarmed in lice. Both delightfully creepy and icky.

But sadly I saw what was meant to be the twist, way before the character did, which any book reader will admit is most disappointing. We want to be shocked by a good twist or horrified by a well timed surprise, but I’m afraid this was written in such a way that it was somewhat spoiled for me. It is a well-researched book, which if anything will probably encourage you to go and look into Witch Trials that took place in Britain and read up more on Matthew Hopkins. I’d recommend this to people who are interested in the history of Witch trials and for those looking for an easy Halloween read.

Star Rating out of 5: 3.5

‘And so I walked like a ghost through the memories of my afterlife.’


Happy reading fellow bookworms.


Book Review – Paper Towns by John Green

Since I read TFIOS (The Fault in Our Stars) by John Green I’ve become something of an admirer of his work. I think I was like everyone else when I realised that it was best to read the book in the privacy of my own home, the reason being all the ugly crying I did. That’s right folks; I’m an ugly crier. Afterwards I really wanted to read more of his work, so I went on to read Looking for Alaska, which took my breath away. It seemed so unfair and frustrating what happened in the book, but when you think about it, that’s the emotion John wanted us to feel, in order to fully empathise with Miles. So picking up Paper Towns, I was both excited and somewhat reluctant.


Quentin has lived next door to Margo Roth Spiegleman his whole life, and whilst they were close friends as children, growing up they seemed to grow distant. Q loves Margo, so when she stops by his bedroom one evening and the duo share a night of adventure, pranks and revenge, Q can’t help but feel he and Margo will once again be friends, and hopefully much more.

‘I mean, at some point, you gotta stop looking up at the sky, or one of these days you’ll look back down and see that you floated away too.’

But when Margo doesn’t show up for school and appears to be missing Q starts noticing clues that appear to have been left for him. It seems that Margo wants to be found, and she wants Quentin to be the one to find her. With the help of his lifelong friends Ben and Radar, and newbie friend Lacey, they venture into the world of Margo. A strange world with many layers and sides, which leaves Q questioning if he ever really knew the real Margo or just his version of her.

‘To find Margo Roth Spiegelman, you must become Margo Roth Spiegelman’

John Green helps build the tension as slowly but surely the clues are deciphered and the gang know where Margo is, but it’s at this point the book becomes quite convoluted and somewhat disappointing. It’s anti-climatic and it made me feel disappointed. It all seemed too cliché and easy, and did I mention disappointing, oh yes I did.

It’s a well-written book that provides plenty of food for thought, and it will introduce a whole new generation to the poetic beauty of Walt Whitman, but I felt it lacked the charm of his other work. I’d recommend this if you are a big John Green fan or are looking for something that wraps your time in school.

Star Rating out of 5: 3

‘This was the first time in my life that so many things would never happen again.’


Until next time, happy reading bookworms.


Unrelated to Books.

On an unrelated book note, I just wanted to share my excitement…My wedding is less than 2 months away now and I have my hair and make up trial today. I’ve never been one of those girls who goes to salons on a regular basis, and I’m not even someone who particularly makes a conscious effort to wear the latest fashion or groom myself. So I am both nervous and excited, wish me luck people.

Bring some literary magic into your life on 5th February 2015…

Anyone who has followed my blog knows that I’m a Potterhead, with that in mind, you won’t be surprised if I gush for a few moments about this lovely event, from Bloomsbury, which my older brother told me about. On February 5th 2015 will see the first ever Harry Potter Book Night.

The idea being that it allows new and existing fans an opportunity to come together and share in the magical world created by J.K. Rowling all those years ago. If you head on over to http://harrypotter.bloomsbury.com/uk/harry-potter-book-night/ you will get a much more thorough description than I can give. But I would implore with you to sign up and take part, I myself have subscribed/signed up for the Harry Potter Book Night Kit and intend to take part. Heck, I may even treat you to a rather lengthy blog post including photos of the event itself.

Even if you aren’t a Harry Potter fan please do get on board. I think spreading the magic of reading and the joy it can bring is a great gift to share and it may spark the same passion in others, so please consider taking part.

Until next time, happy reading.