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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

I hadn’t heard of this book before Penguin invited me, on a balmy summer evening in London, to attend a cocktail party with its author. They were giving out free copies of the book when I arrived, and I took it home and read it that night.

It was good.  Continue reading “The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert”

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The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

I was pretty sure I’d love this book, because I grew up in a cult and as an adult I’ve done some work in counter terror. The story focuses on Phoebe, a Korean-American college student who becomes enraptured by the magnetic personality of John Leal, who runs an exclusive cult. The cult members all live together in a big house, and Phoebe ends up moving in with them. Leal has ties to North Korea, which intrigues Phoebe too.  Continue reading “The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon”

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Some books I liked, and some books I wanted to like

Most of my novel reading is crime / psychological thrillers, with a hefty dose of chick lit, plus what I guess you’d call drama / literature thrown in. However I think it’s good to read a range of books, including some from outside your comfort zone. I also try to vary my books by country and continent, making sure to read things that are outside of my own personal experience.

Sometimes this works really well and I find new books to love. Sometimes it works less well and I find myself trying very hard to like a book that just doesn’t speak to me.  Continue reading “Some books I liked, and some books I wanted to like”

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Young Adult Novels: A Few Recommendations

Part of me doesn’t really get why YA is a thing. I think the categorisation can put some people off, because they look at the books and decide they’re for teenagers, and therefore not relevant or of interest to adults. I disagree.

I enjoy reading a good YA novel as much as I enjoy reading a novel written for an adult audience, and I’ve read a few recently so I thought I’d give a run-down and a couple of recommendations.  Continue reading “Young Adult Novels: A Few Recommendations”

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More Summer Reads

I read a load of books when I was in South Carolina and I’m still catching up with posting them. Here’s the latest instalment featuring Neil Gaiman, Jane Green, Caz Frear and Louise Penny.  Continue reading “More Summer Reads”

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Summer Reads

I went to South Carolina recently (oh, did I mention that already?) and I spent some much-needed time lying on the beach. Naturally a lot of this beach time was spent curled up with a novel or six.

Here are a few of the ones I read while I was there.  Continue reading “Summer Reads”

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Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

Rarely do I read a book that talks about mental illness in a way that’s both accurate and relatable. Am I Normal Yet? is such a book.

It’s about a girl with OCD. Her name is Evie and she just wants to be normal, whatever that means. She’s been working towards it with her therapist and making good progress since being discharged from hospital, where she’d stayed for a while due to her mental health problems.  Continue reading “Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne”