Rapid Reviews #1

Welcome to my first instalment of Rapid Reviews. As the title suggests, you’ll find rapid reviews for books I’ve read recently, but for one reason or another decided against writing a full review. These reviews vary in length but they will all be rapid! And to make things easier, you can see if I’ve enjoyed a book, or not, at a glance – next to titles I’ve enjoyed, you’ll find a ✔️ and for those that didn’t work for me, you’ll see a ✖️.

On today’s rapid reviews:

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#24in48 Readathon, 2018

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The 24in48 readathon is back this weekend (21st-22nd July), and I’m so ready for it! The aim is simple – read for 24 of the 48 hours or as the website states:

“If you’re new to 24in48, this is the basic gist: beginning at 12:01am on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, participants read for 24 hours out of that 48-hour period. You can split that up however you’d like: 20 hours on Saturday, four hours on Sunday; 12 hours each day; six four-hour sessions with four hour breaks in between, whatever you’d like.”

I participated last year, and managed to read for a full 24 hours (and 4 minutes, to be exact), so I’m hoping for a repeat of that. I also plan to learn from last years mistakes, and do the majority of my reading at the start of the ‘thon, rather than at the end. Towards the end of the last ‘thon, I was so tired, I’m pretty sure I became the slowest reader known to mankind, so this year I’m prepared with an audiobook on standby, just in case.

The hosts of the readathon are in the US, however, for the sake of my sanity (and work on Monday) I’m sticking to UK clock, so I’ll be starting and ending my readathon earlier than those stateside.

24in48 TBR: Continue reading “#24in48 Readathon, 2018”

Blog Tour | Book Review: The Woolgrower’s Companion by Joy Rhoades #WoolgrowersCompanion

Woolgrowers Companion

I’m delighted to be a part of the blog tour for The Woolgrower’s Companion, and sharing my review with you today. This title publishes in paperback tomorrow and needs to be a part of your summer reading list.

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Australia 1945. Until now Kate Dowd has led a sheltered life on her family’s sprawling sheep station but, with her father’s health in decline, the management of the farm is increasingly falling to her.

Kate is rising to the challenge when the arrival of two Italian POW labourers disrupts everything – especially when Kate finds herself drawn to the enigmatic Luca Canali.

Then she receives devastating news. The farm is near bankrupt and the bank is set to repossess. Given just eight weeks to pay the debt, Kate is now in a race to save everything she holds dear. Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: The Woolgrower’s Companion by Joy Rhoades #WoolgrowersCompanion”

Book Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

This is the third book I have buddy read with Beth @ Bibliobeth, she’s my reading good luck charm because each of the three books we have read together, I have awarded the highest praise, aka five stars. This month we chose to read The Nightingale, and I’m sure Beth will agree, this is a book that stays with you long after you have turned the last page!

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Bravery, courage, fear and love in a time of war. 

Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.

As the war progresses, the sisters’ relationship and strength is tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Vianne and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions. Continue reading “Book Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah”

Book Box Unboxing: Ninja Book Box (Conspiracy by Candlelight) #ninjabookbox

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It’s time for another Ninja Book Box unboxing. Ninja Book Box features books from indie publishers across a variety of genres, and source their bookish items from small businesses. This month, the genre was historical fiction, and I love how the book and items have been tailored to the theme of the box. This is a quarterly box, and the only book box I regularly buy*, and I’m always amazed at the creativity that goes into it.

*I received 50% off this box as I am a Ninja Reader (I read a small selection of titles to help decide which books are suitable for the book box and/or book club.)

The theme for May’s box was: Conspiracy by Candlelight

So what was inside: Continue reading “Book Box Unboxing: Ninja Book Box (Conspiracy by Candlelight) #ninjabookbox”