Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Illustrated Edition)

I’ve read Harry Potter so many times that more reviews kind of seem pointless now. Each re-read brings me a new bit of joy, combined with a hefty amount of nostalgia. But this is the first time that I’ve ever read the illustrated editions and wow they’re beautiful. My colleagues bought me the first two for my birthday and when I flipped through I thought the illustrations were gorgeous, but now having read it properly...

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Lindsey Kelk – In Case You Missed It

This was the perfect antidote to The Shelf, leaving me feeling warm and fuzzy with a big smile on my face. Our main character, Ros, has just come back from America. She won’t tell anyone why she’s back when she supposedly had her dream job out there, but we know that something must have gone wrong because no-one comes back from America to live in a (literal) shed at the bottom of their parents garden unless something bad has...

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Frank Cottrell-Boyce – The Unforgotten Coat

The final audiobook I listened to while decorating my spare room (yes…it took a long time). I think this book like the previous one may have been better to read rather than listen to as it seems like I missed out on extras like photographs again, but even so, it was a fabulous book. Julie is a normal year six kid, but life changes for her when two new people start in her class – Chingis and Negrui. They’re immigrants from...

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Helly Acton – The Shelf

I downloaded this as an audio book as something to keep me entertained for the many hours of decorating I’ve done over the last few weeks. What I didn’t expect was for the book to leave me feeling as irritated as it did. I completely understand that it was the point of the book, but the constant irritation really detracted from being able to enjoy the book and the (mostly) lovely characters inside. We start off with our main...

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Milly Johnson – My One True North

What a start to a book! 3 pages in and my heart was broken already. I don’t think that’s ever happened so early in a book before, but then we returned to the teashop on the corner and all was well in the world (well, kind of). Both Pete and Laurie have lost their partners in tragic circumstances, and neither of them are coping well with the grief, they are both lost and unable to find their way forward. They meet at...

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Louise Candlish – Those People

I always forget how much I love a good mystery thriller, and this was just what I needed to entertain me on a rainy saturday afternoon. So fast-paced that I couldn’t put it down and enough twists and turns that it wasn’t predictable (which I hate). In fact, it was quite the opposite of predictable, the main twist coming about half way through the book and catching me completely by surprise. The book centers around a hoity-toity...

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Jaimie Admans – The Little Bookshop of Love Stories

This book was requested as an advance reading copy from NetGalley in exchange for this review. I have to say that honestly, I have kinda mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, the plot line sounds heavenly (a woman wins a bookshop and gets to make it her own), but on the other hand, there was a lot of times in the book where it felt a little cliche’d to me. The main character Hallie was pretty likeable, but sometimes I found...

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Malorie Blackman – Knife Edge

I’ve just finished reading this book and I’m seriously in shock. It’s not okay to finish a book like that! I’m only glad that I’m so late to the party that the next 3 books are already released and I don’t have to wait, because the waiting would be unbearable. This book was pretty much the polar opposite of Noughts and Crosses, which was basically the story of Callum and Sephy’s love. In contrast...

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Giovanna & Tom Fletcher – The Eve Illusion

Following the cliffhanger at the end of Eve of Man, I’ve been waiting with baited breath for this to be released as I really needed to know what happened to Eve and Bram. I was not disappointed, devouring this book in 2 sittings, unable to put it down as I was pulled into the dramatically unfolding story of Eve’s escape. So Eve is free, but what is she going to do with her freedom? And what about all the people still looking...

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Malorie Blackman – Noughts and Crosses

It’s not often a book leaves you heartbroken – most books I read tend to have a fluffy ending where everyone lives happily ever after, but hopefully it’s not too much of a spoiler to say that I wanted to throw this book across the room and cry when I finished reading. I’ve obviously heard of this book a lot in the past, but never really looked into what it’s about, I think I found this copy in a charity shop...

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Graeme Simsion – The Rosie Result

In a complete coincidence, I managed to finish reading this book 7 years to the day that I finished reading The Rosie Project (or so Facebook memories tells me). I still remember being given an advanced reading copy of that first book and loving it so so much. And here we are, the third and final book in the series, and I have to say, it did not disappoint! We join Don more than 10 years after the conclusion of The Rosie Effect, and his...

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Andrzej Sapkowski – The Last Wish (The Witcher #1)

To be honest, I’m a bit conflicted about this book. Even calling it a book feels weird, because it’s not a novel, it’s a collection of short stories. And that’s the main reason I’m conflicted. I loved Geralt, the main character (aka The Witcher), his sense of humour and his unique perspective on the world are definitely going to make this series an interesting read. But it was really hard to get to know him when...

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Milly Johnson – The Little Dreams of Lara Cliffe

Lara Cliffe has had a rocky road to get to this week – her hen do on a cruise to Amsterdam and back. Her love life has not been plain sailing (no pun intended), but she’s finally happy and more than ready to settle down. But when, on the first night of the cruise, she comes face to face with the guy who broke her heart into pieces, and it seems like he might be truly sorry, what will Lara do? Was it fate that brought them back...

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Beth O’Leary – The Flat Share

I’ve wanted to read this book since it first came out, but since I’m not a lover of hardback books, I had a long wait for it to come out in paperback! I also reserved it in audio format on my library app when I found out it was being narrated by Carrie Hope Fletcher, and as luck would have it, the day after I bought the paperback, I finally got to the top of the list for the audio loan! I was torn between getting lost in the...

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Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice

It’s been way too long since I read Pride and Prejudice so I was overdue for a re-read. And having it read to me by Rosamund Pike – simply fantastic. There’s not much I can say about this book that I haven’t said before – I just can’t find fault in it, there’s a reason it’s my favourite book of all time because it just brings me so much joy! I think Rosamund Pike was the perfect choice of...

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Mhairi McFarlane – Don’t You Forget About Me

New year, new me? Nope. In typical Louise fashion, I spent new year’s day sick on the sofa instead of at my brother in law’s new years party. The only consolation? This delightful book which completely transported me away from my living room and into Georgina’s world. Georgina doesn’t seem to be having the best luck – she’s just lost her job through no fault of her own, she’s just walked in on her...

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Ewa Jozefkowicz – Girl 38

At the start of this book, we’re introduced to Kat, a young girl who loves nothing more than to draw her comic books. Her parents work long hours and she’s often alone, and she’s feeling out of touch with her childhood best friend Gem, who is becoming more and more like a tyrant than a friend. So when Kat gets talking to the old lady next door, it seems like a world will be opened to her that will make her feel less lonely...

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Kevin Murphy & Laurence O’Keefe – Heathers: The Musical

I went to see Heathers last year when it was in the west end – mainly because one of my favourite actresses (Carrie Hope Fletcher) was in it, but it turned out to be one of the best musicals I’ve seen – and completely not what I expected. While I was there, I picked up this script as a memento of what I’d seen, and today I spent a fabulous couple of hours reading through the script while listening to the soundtrack. It...

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Ele Fountain – Boy 87

Oh. Em. Gee. This book was filed in the children’s book section of my library app, so I didn’t quite expect what was coming. Not an easy read, for sure, but definitely one that was worth reading. I started this when I got into bed at 10.30pm on boxing day and basically stayed awake til after 2pm because I simply couldn’t put it down. We start the book with a ship capsizing in the middle of the ocean and a boy struggling to...

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Julie Murphy – Dumplin’

Before I read this, I’d watched it on Netflix, not realising it was based on a book. I thought the Netflix show was great, the cast was fantastic and the story was captivating. I’m happy (but not surprised) to say the book was even better – I read it in one sitting! Willowdean Dickson is the daughter of a former small-town pageant queen. Despite never quite living up to the daughter that her mother had in mind (her mother...

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Sophie Kinsella – I Owe You One

Fixie Farr has a reputation for always needing to fix things. Whether it’s just something out of place in her family shop, or something much bigger, she just can’t help herself. But most of the time, she ends up just causing more trouble by trying to make everything perfect. When she saves a stranger’s laptop from imminent doom, he tells her he owes her one, and so begins a long line of favours back and forth between Seb and...

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