Andrea Gonzales & Sophie House – Girl Code

I stumbled across this book when looking for any coding books on my library app – turns out there aren’t that many.  But actually, I’m really glad I ran across it as I found it such a relateable story. Sophie and Andy were two teenage girls who found themselves at a coding camp together and through that camp, they built a game called ‘Tampon Run’ which was intended to challenge the taboo of talking about...

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George R. R. Martin – A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow

Our holiday to the caravan was the perfect opportunity to sit down and make some good progress through this series. I really just want to get to the end so that I can finally start to watch the TV series and talk to my best friend about it all without telling her off all the time to try and avoid spoilers. This book had way more twists and turns than the last one, there were so many times when I was completely shocked that something was about to...

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Review: J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban

I seemed to remember this book much more than the others, whether it’s because I’ve read it more often or if I’ve just seen the film a lot, but the book felt extremely familiar. The thing I love the most about this book is that it is the first time that Harry feels like he has an actual family (I don’t think the Dursleys count as a normal loving family), and even though Harry’s dreams of living with Sirius are...

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Review: J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets

I was always under the impression that this was my least favourite of all the books, but I think it’s actually the film which I disliked, because the book was excellent. I think I must have seen the film about 15 times with all the times it’s been shown on TV at Christmas, so I think it’s overwatching that’s made me not like it. First of all, I just want to say how awesome the cover is for this book, very sinisterly...

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Review: J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone

I’ve been wanting to re-read these books since I went to the Harry Potter museum in July, and my lovely parents bought me the full boxset for Christmas, with the gorgeous new covers. I couldn’t wait to start, but I managed to hold back until I’d finished reading Death Comes to Pemberley. It’s actually been a surprisingly long time since I read the books, I re-read the last 3 when the final book came out, but it’s...

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Review: P.D. James – Death Comes to Pemberley

Well I had very high hopes for this book, but I should have known that I was never going to enjoy it. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite books of all time, and as promising as a sequel sounds, it was never going to live up to the brilliance of Austen. But not only did this book not live up to expectations, it also made me shake my head in disapproval at some of the things that were happening or supposed to have happened in the six year...

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Review: Milly Johnson – A Spring Affair

I’m a self confessed lover of Milly Johnson. What’s not to like, a down to earth Yorkshire lass who writes fantastic books. I’ve actually never read her spring/summer/autumn/winter books, so when I was at Barter Books in Alnwick and I saw the Spring and Autumn ones, I couldn’t resist. I’ll have to hunt down the Summer and Winter ones very very soon! The story begins with lovely Lou Winters in a dentist’s...

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Review: Mary Berry – Recipe for Life

Mary Berry. What can you say? When you see her on TV, she’s exactly like your grandma. And her autobiography was less like a book and more like sitting in your granny’s kitchen with a cup of tea and a cream scone and listening to her reminiscing about the old times. I have to be honest, I’d never heard of Mary Berry until the Great British Bake Off started, but I can see now that she’d actually done a lot before then...

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Review: J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

I really don’t have words for how much I loved this book. Definitely the most fast-paced of the three, I was hooked from beginning to end, unable to stop reading (even when I should probably have been doing other more important things, like working or sleeping). Many times when I was reading, I was so engrossed that I felt like I was travelling along with the hobbits, feeling every bit of peril and hopelessness that they too must have been...

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Review: J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Why oh why oh why didn’t I read Lord of the Rings before now?! I was gripped from the first word (‘Aragorn sped on up the hill’) to the last (‘Frodo was alive but taken by the enemy’). I found The Two Towers much more fast-paced than The Fellowship of the Ring, filled with much more action and intensity. I loved the switch between the different character groups, it always happened in a very natural place and...

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Review: Helen Fielding – Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

I had extremely high hopes for this book after having loved the first two Bridget Jones books, but I’ve left this book with a bad taste in my mouth, a taste of disappointment and things not quite going my way. I think part of it was probably that in the first two books, Bridget is about 30, much closer to my age. But in Mad About the Boy, Bridget is the other side of fifty, with two children, suddenly a (SPOILER ALERT) single parent, and...

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Review: Malala Yousafzai (with Christina Lamb) – I Am Malala

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably heard about Malala last year. She was shot in the head by the Taliban on the way home from school, and was flown to the UK to be treated in Birmingham. But until I read this book, I didn’t really know the details of what had happened, or quite how seriously she was injured. When she was shot, the bullet entered through her left eye, and ended up in her left shoulder. The bullet...

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Review: J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

I’ve been meaning to read this book for a long time, but when it came to it last year I decided that with my challenge to read 100 books in a year, something as long as this wouldn’t be wise. Although to be honest, if family problems hadn’t stopped me from reading, I would have been finished in about 4 days. I absolutely loved the book, the world that Tolkien creates is so vividly real that I was completely absorbed by it, even...

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Review: Beth Labonte – What Stays in Vegas

I seem to be getting through Kindle books faster than regular books recently, mostly because I can read them on my lunch break at work without getting a million questions about what I’m reading and suggestions for what I should read next. Don’t get me wrong, I love finding new books, but my ‘to-read’ list is longer than I care to admit to. Tessa is having a bad day. Sent to deliver some documents and an hour away from the...

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Review: Susan Willis – The Bake Off

This book was a hastily downloaded free kindle book to fill up an empty lunch break, although I didn’t quite expect it to be short enough to read entirely in an hour! I was most disappointed that the last 25% of the book was actually a teaser for another one of the author’s books, I was expecting much more when I got to what turned out to be the end. The book was short, but not particularly sweet. The premise of the book was...

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Review: F. R. Tallis – The Sleep Room

Wow! This book was so far out of my comfort zone, I was in two minds whether to buy it. But I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the suspense and the characters. One thing that did disappoint me slightly was that I didn’t find it quite as thrilling as I could tell I was supposed to, but I think I must have quite a low tolerance for that sort of thing, because I never do. The book is about a promising young psychiatrist called James Richardson...

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Review: Milly Johnson – It’s Raining Men

It’s been some time since I last read a Milly Johnson book, but I recently started following her on Twitter and I found out that her latest book came out on the 1st August (with a launch at Meadowhall which I really wish I could have gone to). I’d usually wait and go out to buy it in paperback, but this weekend the kindle version was discounted to 99p on Amazon, so I decided to buy it there and then and cracked on with reading it. I...

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Review: Miranda Hart – Is It Just Me?

Anyone who knows me will know that Miranda is my favourite comedian. I can’t watch her show without laughing hysterically, and it doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen it, it’s still the same. So it was kind of surprising that I waited so long after this book came out to actually read it. I had it on my Christmas list last year, but when no-one bought me it, I didn’t fancy paying hardback prices and so I waited...

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Review: Jane Costello – All The Single Ladies

This book was read in Kindle format over many quick lunch breaks at work, usually during the 20 minutes it takes me to eat my lunch before I’m back at work again. As you can probably tell from the title, it’s typical chick-lit, but I can’t seem to help myself. Samantha Brook’s boyfriend Jamie has just decided that he’s booked a one way flight to South America, leaving their relationship behind because he needs some...

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Review: Liam Perrin – Sir Thomas the Hesitant and the Table of Less Valued Knights

This book was won through the Goodreads First Reads program. I have to say when I entered it, I was unsure whether I would like it or not. The title seemed odd to me, most likely because I’d never read anything King Arthur-ish before. I’d even steered clear of the program called Merlin when it was on BBC, convinced that I wouldn’t like it. So I started this book with a completely blank slate, not knowing what to expect, but...

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Review: Maureen Nicholl – Into The Darkness

I won this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads giveaways and before I started reading I already knew I was going to be disappointed with it. It’s a novella, meaning that it’s only 57 pages long. So either the story was going to be terrible and I’d hate it, or the story would be amazing and I’d be disappointed that it was so short. And yep, the story was great, but I got to the end wanting so much more. The story...

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