The last few books I’ve read have really not captured my attention, so much so, that I’ve already DNF’d 3 books this year. Happily, Lisa Ko’s The Leavers has been an exception, which is pretty lucky because I’m part of the blog tour. Check out the banner below to see other blogger’s reviews! One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He…

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Drinks in hand, a group of neighbourhood women gather around a fire pit to enjoy a rare child-less Saturday night. Giddy with freedom, they drink too much, share secrets they wish, perhaps, they hadn’t, and enjoy getting to know each other better. The single newcomer. The imperfect mom. The new-born parents. The military wife. The almost divorcee. Come Monday morning, one of them is gone. As a police investigation launches, the women will band together and ask whether they should have noticed that something was amiss. But how well can you really know your neighbours, when appearances can be so…

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Up until a few years ago I was one of those people who always said ‘I love reading but I can never find the time.’ And now I’m one of those people who is constantly asked ‘how do you find the time to read?’ Firstly I made reading a priority. There are lots of things I like doing but I LOVE reading so it was time to make time, instead of being too busy. Now I read every single day, sometimes it’s a few pages but when I have a full free day I’ll often devour a whole book with…

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This year my reading goal was 52 books, which I managed to smash by mid-November (Woo go me!). I absolutely love non-fiction books and I’ve got so many I could choose to write about for this year’s round-up. However I’ve picked my five favourites of this year. The Time in Between: A Memoir of Hunger and Hope I read this book earlier in the year as the basis for an essay on the lived experience of mental health. I read the book through once and then went over and over it analysing it for my essay, and I can honestly…

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I could sum up this post in a word and simply say ‘no’, but that wouldn’t make for a very good blog post, would it? So instead I’m going to draw it out and say no in a much more convoluted fashion. If you don’t already know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it takes place in November each year. You win by writing 50,000 words towards a novel or any other creative writing project during the month. This month I planned a little in advance. I had characters, a setting, a general plot and I was feeling…

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My recent reads have been very much thriller based, which probably isn’t a surprise to anyway, seeing as it’s always my favourite genre. Good Me, Bad Me | Ali Land This book was going to end up in my hands before I’d even read the blurb. I first read that Ali Land was previously a mental health nurse so I knew I had to give the novel a whirl and I was so not disappointed. Good Me, Bad Me is a compelling read about Annie, a young girl whose mother is a serial killer. Given a new name and moving…

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