Birthday Book Haul (March 2018)

Birthday cardIt’s my birthday and I’ll buy books if I want to! And I want to, so I did. I did all my book buying online at the beginning of the month so they’d all arrive in time for my birthday so I could wrap them up – to me, you’re the greatest, with love, from me. All but one arrived, so yay for me!

Compared to last year, I reigned it in quite a bit this year, buying some of the pricier books I’ve been wanting to read for ages – books that I’d usually keep checking on multiple websites, hoping the price has dropped, but alas, it never does. And I also bought a few decent priced books that, you know, I just really want to keep on my shelf for months before I finally read them read. so, without further ado…

Birthday Book Haul

They Can’t Kill Us All: The Story of Black Lives Matter by Wesley Lowery Continue reading “Birthday Book Haul (March 2018)”


January 2018: #WrapUp

How time flies! We’ve reached the end of January already, and what a busy month it’s been. I’ve had nowhere near as much free time as I’m used to but I read all 6 books listed in my January TBR, plus a few others, so I call that a successful reading month. February is going to be even more hectic for me so I doubt I’ll manage 12 books again, so I have to be super picky with what I chose to read next month. How has your first month of 2018 been?

I’ve has some real reading highs and lows this month, so let’s get to the books…

The Books:

The standout books of the month were: Continue reading “January 2018: #WrapUp”

#Nonfiction Blog Tour | Book Review: Veronica’s Bird by Veronica Bird & Richard Newman (@Authoright)

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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.

Book Description:

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)”

Looking Ahead – This Month’s TBR List (January 2018)

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I’m linking up again with Tina @ Reading Between the Pages to look ahead at the books I’d like to read in January. My TBR won’t be as ambitious this month as I’ve got an exam I need to revise for and two pieces of coursework I really need to make a start on. Also I’m reading a massive King book, so massive it, in my opinion, counts as three books! Anyway, here’s the hopefuls that may finally make the move from the unread shelf to the read.

Currently Reading…

Under the Dome by Stephen King

under-the-dome-stephen-kingIn UNDER THE DOME, King has produced another riveting masterpiece. The end of every chapter hooks you into the next, drawing you inside a psychological drama that is so rich, you don’t read it, you live it.

It is the story of the small town of Chester’s Mill, Maine which is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. No one can get in and no one can get out.

The normal rules of society are suddenly changed and when food, electricity and water run short, the community begins to crumble. As a new and more sinister social order develops, Dale Barbara, Iraq veteran, teams up with a handful of intrepid citizens to fight against the corruption that is sweeping through the town and to try to discover the source of the Dome before it is too late . . .

Continue reading “Looking Ahead – This Month’s TBR List (January 2018)”