Mars evacuees by Sophia McDougall

Mars Evacuees signed front page

I was lucky enough recently to win a signed copy of Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall. It’s not just signed though, it’s doodled in. Isn’t this just fab? Amazon The fact that someone had decided I’d be safer on Mars, where you could still only SORT OF breathe the air and SORT OF not get […]

Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger’s Syndrome – expanded edition.


Yesterday’s book-on-a-train was Pretending to be Normal, Living with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) by Liane Holliday Willer – the new expanded edition. The original book came out in 1999 so there’s an additional 15 years of reflection on AS life to be added. Compelling and witty, Liane Holliday Willey’s account of growing to adulthood […]

The Giver by Lois Lowry

the giver lois lowry

I’m not quite sure why I haven’t read the Giver before now. And I’m not quite sure why I really wanted to read it now. Someone recommended it, but I can’t remember who. Thank you, anyway. The Giver is dystopian fiction. Without guns. Without violence. The main character is 12 (looking at the film publicity […]

Red Leaves by Sita Brahmachari

Red Leaves Sita Brahmachari

Aisha is a thirteen-year-old refugee living in London. Happy for the first time since leaving her war-torn home, she is devastated when her foster mother announces that a new family has been found for her and she will be moving on. Feeling rejected and abandoned, Aisha packs her bags and runs away, seeking shelter in […]

John Scalzi’s Lock In

Lock In John Scalzi

I’ve read quite a bit of Scalzi’s work over the last year or so. Starting with Old Man’s War and the rest of the series. I loved it, particularly Zoe’s Tale. So when I found Unlocked, the prequel to Lock In free online, I devoured it. And couldn’t wait to get my hands on the […]

Nerdy, shy and socially inappropriate. By Cynthia Kim


Station Eleven. Survival is insufficient.


Buy at hive Buy at amazon Buy on Kindle An explosion of Georgia Flu sweeps across the globe, with a mortality rate of 99%. What happens next? I’ve read a lot of post apocalyptic dystopian fiction. It might even be my favourite subset of my favourite genre in fact. Most of it is action packed, […]

Queen of the Tearling

queen of the tearling

Buy at hive Buy at Amazon Buy on Kindle I’ve been trying to work my way through my (embarrassing) backlog of books for review. I tend to neglect the netgalley ones because I can’t actually see them (or fall over them, or have them fall on me (and oh how I wish I was kidding)) […]

Rereading Enid Blyton

The secret island Enid blyton

Buy at Amazon I ordered myself a copy of The Secret Island from ebay. It was always one of my most favourite Blytons – the independent children, running away and living their little self sufficient life on an idyllic island in the middle of a lake. I’ve started reading it out loud to Smallest, but […]

Reading in the garden – Earth Flight.

earth flight janet edwards

I have a lot on my todo list. order paperback| order kindle | order at Hive So obviously, what I did yesterday, was sit in the garden and read a book. I’ve already read and reviewed Earth Girl and Earth Star by Janet Edwards, so I was desperate to get my hands on book 3 […]

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