Books About London.

I love London. It’s my favourite place to go for a long weekend or a day trip. There’s always something to do and yes, no one talks to you, but is there anything really so wrong with that? We’re book-lovers, so we’re mostly introverts.
Sure, lots of books are set in London, but this is a list of books where London has such presence that it’s almost another character.

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October Reads 2016.

How can it be November already?!

I had a good October overall (apart from failing yet another driving test) and because I went away to Cornwall for a week of it, I got a fair few books read. I’m especially happy though as I found some new favourites.


1. The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson.

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Book Review: ‘Labyrinth: One Classic Film, Fifty-Five Sonnets’ by A Corrigan.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of the book. Quotes below may differ in the final published version of the book.


I love me a bit of Labyrinth, so when I saw this book was available for immediate download, obviously I had to give it a go.

The book follows the story of the Jim Henson film, with each ‘chapter’ in the form of a sonnet (14 lines with an ABAB rhyme scheme, including a rhyming couplet at the end). If you’ve read a lot of traditional poetry, this may be a bit unsophisticated for you, but if it’s your first foray into poetry you might find it a fun read.

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Book Review: ‘Swing Time’ by Zadie Smith.

I received this ebook for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is no way affects my opinion of the book. Quotes in the following review may differ slightly from the final published version of the book.


I was excited to receive this book but unsure what to expect. I loved Smith’s White Teeth, but couldn’t get past the first chapter of On Beauty. I downloaded Swing Time with a butterflies in my stomach, hoping this would be something great.

It’s no White Teeth. The protagonist, whose name remains a mystery, is try-hard, selfish and unlikeable. She changes her personality depending on whom she is with, and shows little interest in anyone other than herself and her alleged friend Tracy, whom she is (often creepily) obsessed with. She’s uncaring towards her mother and behaves bafflingly towards the men in her life.

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Books from the Points of View of Animals.


I was going to do a top 5, but had too many books battling for places so decided to just do a list of books that I’ve enjoyed that feature animals as the main characters. So, in no particular order…


Bimbo & Topsy by Enid Blyton.

Blyton wrote hundreds of books about talking animals, and I can’t even remember this one that well, but I get a warm feeling whenever I think about it. It was about Bimbo, a naughty Siamese kitten, and Topsy, a somewhat stupid terrier who gets caught up in Bimbo’s mischief.

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How to Get Free Books.

We all love books, but they cost a bomb. Here’s some thrifty ways to curb your bookish spending habit and still read lots of books you haven’t read before.

1. Start a book blog.

If you have a blog, you can sign up to websites such as Netgalley and request a digital copy of a book before it’s published. I like this way of getting free books because it makes you feel like a member of an exclusive club, getting to read books before they hit the shelves, and generally most of the books I’ve gotten from it have been pretty good. You’re not always guaranteed to get the ebooks that you request, but the more you review, the more likely you are to be approved for the next one.

Also, I just checked my NetGalley and I’ve received a copy of Swing Time by Zadie Smith.


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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Took Ages to Finish.

 Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. Here’s the link to the Goodreads group.

I won’t be partaking every Wednesday – if I try to blog on a particular day each week, I always end up losing interest – but I thought it would be a fun meme to dip in and out of.

The Understudy by David Nicholls.

I read this shortly after reading One Day, one of my favourite books of all time, and Starter for Ten, both by David Nicholls, so obviously I was expecting great things. Unfortunately The Understudy just didn’t grip me as much and it took me ages to get through it.

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