Talking about Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

I’ve heard so many myths and tales about Frankenstein, so many people praising this book as one of the greats; in fact, I’d heard so much about this book, I could probably have held a conversation as though I’d read it. This year, I finally read it, and the long and short of it is…. I loved it! I read this book in October, and have struggled to write a review, struggled to follow my usual book review format, so I’ve decided to do what the title of this post says, just talk about this book, some bookish conversational chatter about Frankenstein.


Now a Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition with an introduction by Elizabeth Kostova and cover art by Ghost World creator Daniel Clowes, Mary Shelley’s timeless gothic novel presents the epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror. Continue reading “Talking about Frankenstein by Mary Shelley”


Books & Baubles: Celebrating Orion’s 2019 Highlights #BooksAndBaubles

Books and Baubles

Doesn’t it feel like Christmas? It certainly does, and Christmas came early for me this year, as I was in invited to Orion’s Books & Baubles event. Champagne, afternoon tea, a chance to chat with authors, and the Orion staff team, and the icing on the cake, taking home some very exciting books, that are set to be HUGE in 2019! I’ll never get over how welcoming and friendly people who work in publishing are; the Orion team are wonderfully kind, and passionate about books! And it’s always nice to be able to put a face to a name after talking on social media for ages. I also got to catch up with a few fellow bloggers, some I’ve met before and some I met for the first time – I’ve probably said it a million times, but book people really are the best people!

The event was held at the Covent Garden Hotel, that is one fancy hotel!!! Luckily, I came dressed for the occasion: black boots, black leggings, long black top, black jacket, all black everything is suitable for any occasion! Let me not digress, the room where the event was held was festively decorated and full of Christmas book cheer. Look at this tree; in a battle of Christmas decorations Orion wins! Continue reading “Books & Baubles: Celebrating Orion’s 2019 Highlights #BooksAndBaubles”

Ramblings from my pages… #9

Welcome to the ninth instalment of Ramblings from my pages… Let’s skip over the fact that I didn’t post a rambling last Sunday, one day, I’m going to get it together enough to post this rambling every Sunday as was the intention, but that day has not come yet! This post was inspired by It’s Book Talk’s “5 on Friday: Things I’m Loving Lately” – it differs slightly, similar in that it will feature bookish and non-bookish topics, but different in that I will ramble about things I’m loving, hating, wishing for, links I’ve enjoyed, life updates – you name it, I may just ramble about it. The only staple feature of this post will be concluding it with a cool link I found around the web.

Today’s rambling topics: The Happiness Planner, Bookishly editions, HarperCollins wins, and King readalongs. Whether you read the entire post or jump to the section(s) you’re interested in, I hope you enjoy my ramblings. Note: if it’s green, it’s a link, click it! Continue reading “Ramblings from my pages… #9”

#BookHaul: November 2018

The last day of November is upon us, so what better way to end the month than with a look at all the new additions to my shelves. Sit back, relax, and enjoy…


From Publishers:

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley (HarperCollins)

The Hunting Party - Lucy Foley

In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather for New Year.

The beautiful one
The golden couple
The volatile one
The new parents
The quiet one
The city boy
The outsider

The victim.

Not an accident – a murder among friends.

Fade to Grey by John Lincoln (No Exit Press) Continue reading “#BookHaul: November 2018”

Book Review: Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak

Before We Were Strangers - Brenda Novak

Brenda Novak is a name you’ll have seen on my blog before, I’m a huge fan of her Evelyn Talbot chronicles, so I jumped at the chance to read her latest standalone novel, Before We Were Strangers, which is publishing on 4th December.


Something happened to her mother that night. Something no one wants to talk about. But she’s determined to uncover her family’s dark secrets, even if they bury her.

Five-year-old Sloane McBride couldn’t sleep that night. Her parents were arguing again, their harsh words heating the cool, autumn air. And then there’d been that other sound—the ominous thump before all went quiet.

In the morning, her mother was gone.

The official story was that she left. Her loving, devoted mother! That hadn’t sat any better at the time than it did when Sloane moved out at eighteen, anxious to leave her small, Texas hometown in search of anywhere else. But not even a fresh start working as a model in New York could keep the nightmares at bay. Or her fears that the domineering father she grew up with wasn’t just difficult—he was deadly.

Now, another traumatic loss forces Sloane to realize she owes it to her mother to find out the truth, even if that means returning to a small town full of secrets and lies, a jilted ex-boyfriend, and a father and brother who’d rather see her silenced. But as Sloane starts digging into the past, the question isn’t whether she can uncover what really happened that night…it’s what will remain of her family if she does? Continue reading “Book Review: Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak”