#24in48 Readathon

The 24in48 readathon is back this weekend (22nd-23rd July). I was working the weekend of the last one so I’m super excited to be taking part this time! 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.”

Now you all know I’m a rebel so I’m bending the time frame slightly as I have an early start Monday morning [I asked the hosts, they said it’s fine haha]. So my 24in48 will officially start today at 6.01pm and finish Sunday evening at 5.59pm. Continue reading “#24in48 Readathon”

Book Review: Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge

Another Day in the Death of America

“24 hours. 8 states. 10 young lives lost to gun violence.”

From the back cover:

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013. It was just another day in America. And as befits an unremarkable day, ten children and teens were killed by gunfire. Far from being considered newsworthy, these everyday fatalities are a simple banal fact.

The youngest was nine; the oldest nineteen. None made the news. There was no outrage at their passing. It was simply a day like any other day. Gary Younge picked it at random, searched for the families of these children and here, tells their stories and explores the way they lived and lost their short lives. Continue reading “Book Review: Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge”

Book Review: Walk in Silence by J. G. Sinclair

Walk in Silence J. G. Sinclair

Immediately after finishing this book, I had three thoughts: 1 – this is a very good book. 2 – why did I leave it on my shelf for so long before reading it? 3 – how did I not know there were two books that came before it!?

From the back cover:

Find the boy. Bring him home. Keep him safe.

Keira Lynch is a lawyer who’s no stranger to trouble; but having only just landed in Albania, she’s already up to her neck in it. She thought money would help her find the boy, but in a brutal underworld where anything can be bartered – trust, loyalty, even lives – his kidnappers have other ideas.

They want the freedom of one of their gang members. A man Keira is about to help bring to trial back in the UK; a man who once put three bullets in her chest.

Can she walk away in silence, and save the boy? Or will she have to play the game, fight and risk losing everything? Continue reading “Book Review: Walk in Silence by J. G. Sinclair”

Book Review: The Woman in the Wood by Lesley Pearse

The Woman in the Wood - Lesley Pearse

I’ve been wanting to read a book by Lesley Pearse for ages, she’s penned so many books and a few have caught my attention (namely, Dead to Me); when I read the synopsis for The Woman in the Wood, I knew it would finally be my first Lesley Pearse book!

Book Description:

Fifteen-year-old Maisy Mitcham and her twin brother Duncan lose their mother to an asylum one night in 1960. The twins are sent to their grandmother’s country house, Nightingales. Cold and distant, she leaves them to their own devices, to explore and to grow. That is until the day Duncan doesn’t come home from the woods. With their grandmother seeming to have little interest in her grandson’s disappearance, and the police soon giving up hope, it is left to Maisy to discover the truth. And she will start with Grace Deville. A woman who lives alone in the wood, about whom rumours abound . . . Continue reading “Book Review: The Woman in the Wood by Lesley Pearse”

Book Review: Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

Here and Gone - Haylen Beck

This fast-paced thrill ride is my first five star read of July!

Book Description:

Here and Gone is a gripping, wonderfully tense suspense thriller about a mother’s desperate fight to recover her stolen children from corrupt authorities.

It begins with a woman fleeing through Arizona with her kids in tow, trying to escape an abusive marriage. When she’s pulled over by an unsettling local sheriff, things soon go awry and she is taken into custody. Only when she gets to the station, her kids are gone. And then the cops start saying they never saw any kids with her, that if they’re gone than she must have done something with them…

Meanwhile, halfway across the country a man hears the frenzied news reports about the missing kids, which are eerily similar to events in his own past. As the clock ticks down on the search for the lost children, he too is drawn into the desperate fight for their return. Continue reading “Book Review: Here and Gone by Haylen Beck”