The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate – the Hazel Wood – Alice learns how bad…

The Childhood of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee

An astonishing new masterpiece from the Nobel and twice Booker Prize-winning author of Disgrace and Summertime After crossing oceans, a man and a boy – both strangers to each other – arrive in a new land. David, the boy, has lost his mother and Simón vows to look after him. In this strange new country, they are assigned…

Keeping On, Keeping On by Alan Bennett

‘I seem to have banged on this year rather more than usual. I make no apology for that, nor am I nervous that it will it make a jot of difference. I shall still be thought to be kindly, cosy and essentially harmless. I am in the pigeon-hole marked ‘no threat’ and did I stab…

Hookah (Insanity #4) by Cameron Jace

A Plague Scarier than Death  Alice and the Pillar have to stop a Wonderland Monster who’d lashed out an incurable disease onto the world. Their biggest challenge is that the world loves this monster so much. A Cure Larger than Life  The only way to save the world is to travel to the other side…

Boardwalk Empire by Nelson Johnson

Providing the inspiration and source material for the upcoming HBO series produced by Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese and Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Terence Winter, this riveting and wide-reaching history explores the sordid past of Atlantic City-forever a freewheeling town long-dedicated to the fast buck-from the city’s heyday as a Prohibition-era mecca of lawlessness to its…

Ariel by Sylvia Plath

The poems in Sylvia Plath’s Ariel, including many of her best-known such as ‘Lady Lazarus’, ‘Daddy’, ‘Edge’ and ‘Paralytic’, were all written between the publication in 1960 of Plath’s first book, The Colossus, and her death in 1963. ‘If the poems are despairing, vengeful and destructive, they are at the same time tender, open to…

In Search of Solace by Emily Mackie

Jacob Little is in trouble – existential trouble. Ten years ago, in pursuit of a philosophical theory, he ditched his girlfriend Solace and took to the road, adopting a series of personae and obsessions: he’s been Keith, the archaeologist, Otto, the purple-bearded pagan, Isaac, the gardener, and many more. Now, with no sense of who…

Find Me by J.S. Monroe

Five years ago, Rosa walked to the end of the pier in the dead of night. She looked into the swirling water, and jumped. She was a brilliant young Cambridge student who had just lost her father. Her death was tragic, but not unexpected. Was that what really happened? The coroner says it was. But…

The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin

The year is 1831 Down the murky alleyways of London, acts of unspeakable wickedness are taking place and no one is willing to speak out on behalf of the city’s vulnerable poor as they disappear from the streets. Out of these shadows comes Hester White, a bright young woman who is desperate to escape the…

The Martian by Andy Weir

I’m stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Earth. I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days. If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually…

My Books Of The Year

In 2017, I read 353. I chose one book each month that I enjoyed the most. Here they are below, in reading order from January. Click on the image to read my review:           I loved all of these books. After careful deliberation my book of the year is: I chose…

My 2017 In Books

I read 353 books in 2017. I’m rather stunned. This is the most books I’ve read in a year since I started this blog in 2012. I have done little pie charts to illustrate how this is brown down across the year and where my books were sourced from: TOTAL NUMBER OF BOOKS READ SOURCE…