It has been a rather long time since I posted anything on my blog. This absence was not planned, but has been the result of a combination of things such as working on my thesis, DIY projects, and other 'life' stuff. But, I haven't abandoned reviewing, and I certainly haven't abandoned reading, I've just had… Continue reading An Unexpected Hiatus
Keep telling yourself – it’s just a game…it’s just a game.Playing Tyler has such a great premise. As soon as I read the back of the book blurb I was desperate to read the story. Tyler is having a very difficult time; his teenage years are not at all filled fun and laughter. His talented… Continue reading Playing Tyler by T.L. Costa
Things are going to be very quiet here for the next couple of weeks while I concentrate on some thesis writing. So, I thought I'd share some of the gorgeous new books coming out over the next couple of months that I am very excited about.That's a lot of lovely books! I'll be back soon… Continue reading Coming Soon…
Welcome 2013! Let's hope you're a fun and healthy one.I rather liked 2012. We had some good times. The Olympics were brilliant. I saw the 8-hour play Gatz, and Vincent and Flavia's Midnight Tango show. My sister and I went to see Strictly Come Dancing being filmed - we've applied every year and 2012 was… Continue reading Happy New Year!
I heard some very exciting news that will be of great interest to all YA addicts in Canada and the USA. I am VERY jealous right now...Have you ever wished that a big YA book tour would make a stop in your hometown? Well, here's your chance for that wish to come true! YA2U is… Continue reading Exciting YA Book Tour News
I just wanted to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas!...And to apologise for the slight delay in reviews. I do have plenty to catch up on, but it's been a busy few weeks. I have another couple of very busy weeks ahead, then it's all change for me. My branch of Waterstones is closing tomorrow,… Continue reading Merry Christmas
Just in case you have not seen the previous Carol Ann Duffy Christmas poems, here they are.This is the one my poetry-loving niece CJ has in her possession!
I am so excited about the new imprint from Headline Publishing Group. Tinder Press launch early next year with a new Maggie O'Farrell, Instructions for a Heatwave. I loved The Hand That First Held Mine so I'm looking forward to the new one a great deal. They have a great line-up, including a novel called… Continue reading Hooray for Tinder Press!
This evening I was in illustrious company. I was lucky enough to be at Waterstones Covent Garden, who played host to Ned Beauman and Jake Arnott. Both authors treated us to a reading from their latest novels, answered questions and signed books.Ned (I'm going with first names now!) read from his Booker long-listed second novel,… Continue reading An Evening With Ned Beauman and Jake Arnott
Today's the day. The Man Booker Prize Longlist has been announced and it is looking pretty good. At first glance there are several I'm very excited about, a couple I have already read and a couple I didn't know about at all. Next week I shall meet up with some friends to discuss the list… Continue reading Booker Prize Longlist Day