Hey readers, I’ve got something a little different for you today – a few people have asked to see my bookshelves and as I live to please you all, I’ve created a whole post about my shelves.
Be careful what you wish for. Like a lot of bookworms, I’m still dreaming of having a library, while having to make do with 2 bookcases. They are mostly always organised but the issue is, they are full and so I have those annoying book stacks that are slowly claiming my front room floor. I have books in boxes, books in cupboards, books in non-visible places in my house, but for the purpose of this post, we’ll focus on those on display. The majority of the books on my shelves are unread for the simple fact that if I cannot see them, I’m likely to forget I own them and thus, never read them.
Now, that’s enough rambling, this was the state of affairs before I worked my magic. Continue reading “A Keeper of Pages Bookshelf Reorganisation and Tour”
Welcome to my first non-fiction blog tour of the year, and it’s for a book I highly recommend, Veronica’s Bird, I’m delighted to be sharing my review with you today.
Veronica Bird was one of nine children living in a tiny house in Barnsley with a brutal coal miner for a father. Life was a despairing time in the 1950s, as Veronica sought desperately to keep away from his cruelty.
Astonishingly, to her and her mother, she won a scholarship to Ackworth Boarding School where she began to shine above her class-mates. A champion in all sports, Veronica at last found some happiness until her brother-in-law came into her life. It was as if she had stepped from the frying pan into the re: he took over control of her life removing her from the school she adored, two terms before she was due to take her GCEs, so he could put her to work as a cheap option on his market stall.
Abused for many years by these two men, Veronica eventually ran away and applied to the Prison Service, knowing it was the only safe place she could trust.
This is the astonishing, and true story of Veronica Bird who rose to become a Governor of Armley prison. Given a ‘basket case’ in another prison, contrary to all expectations, she turned it around within a year, to become an example for others to match. During her life inside, her ‘bird’, she met many Home Secretaries, was honoured by the Queen and was asked to help improve conditions in Russian Prisons. A deeply poignant story of eventual triumph against a staggeringly high series of setbacks, her story is filled with humour and compassion for those inside. Continue reading “#Nonfiction Blog Tour | Book Review: Veronica’s Bird by Veronica Bird & Richard Newman (@Authoright)”
Happy publication day to Lisa Regan, Vanishing Girls is out today!
The little girl curled into a tiny ball as the chamber grew colder around her. “Please,” she whispered, rocking back and forth. “I want to go home.”
When Isabelle Coleman, a blonde, beautiful young girl goes missing, everyone from the small town of Denton joins the search. They can find no trace of the town’s darling, but Detective Josie Quinn finds another girl they didn’t even know was missing.
Mute and unresponsive, it’s clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Josie can get from her is the name of a third girl and a flash of a neon tongue piercing that matches Isabelle’s.
The race is on to find Isabelle alive, and Josie fears there may be other girls in terrible danger. When the trail leads her to a cold case labelled a hoax by authorities, Josie begins to wonder is there anyone left she can trust?
Someone in this close-knit town is committing unspeakable crimes. Can Josie catch the killer before another victim loses their life? Continue reading “Book Review: Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan (Detective Josie Quinn #1)”
“A family massacre. A deluded murderess. Five witnesses. Six Stories. Which one is true?”
Welcome to my stop on the Hydra blog tour, I’ve been [not so] patiently waiting to share my review of this brilliant book with you. Before we even get to the book description and my review, you may as well know, you need this book in your life! Could it be possible, that in the first month of this year, we’ve already found the best book of 2018!?!
One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the northwest of England, 21-year-old Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, stepfather and younger sister to death with a hammer, in an unprovoked attack known as the Macleod Massacre. Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an internet sensation.
King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five key witnesses and Arla herself, as he questions whether Arla’s responsibility for the massacre was as diminished as her legal team made out. As he unpicks the stories, he finds himself thrust into a world of deadly forbidden ‘games’, online trolls, and the mysterious black-eyed kids, whose presence seems to extend far beyond the delusions of a murderess… Dark, chilling and gripping, Hydra is both a classic murder mystery and an up-to-the-minute, startling thriller that shines light in places you may never, ever want to see again. Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: Hydra by Matt Wesolowski #SixStories #Hydra”
When I published my top books of 2017 earlier this month, it was surprisingly easy to pick my top 3 non-fiction books because I only read 7 in total – I couldn’t have done a top ten if I wanted to. I was quite disappointed when I realised how much non-fiction I’d read; I honest thought I’d read a lot more. I often space out my non-fiction reads because the majority of the books I pick up are harrowing reads and I need to lose myself in many fictional titles to comes to terms with the horror I read about in the world.
My goal is to be able to do a 2018 top ten non-fiction books post at the end of the year. While I’m building my collection of non-fiction reviews, you can always pop over to What’s Nonfiction? – a fantastic blog for keeping up to date with all things non-fiction.
So the idea for today’s post is to showcase some of the non-fiction books on my unread shelf, and hopefully interest you in some of these titles. There’s a few I’m hoping to read that haven’t been published yet. And please, do let me know some of the non-fiction titles you recommend.
A Long Way Gone: The True Story of a Child Solider by Ishmael Beah Continue reading “From the Unread Shelf: Non-Fiction”