One by Sarah Crossan


Just finished One by @SarahCrossan and now want to read everything else she's ever written. But not shopping lists. Cos that would be weird. — Jax Blunt (@liveotherwise) July 3, 2015 I read One in one sitting I think. It’s that kind of book. It wraps around you and carries you along, though it’s not […]

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code name Verity Elizabeth Wein

buy at Amazon Only in wartime could a stalwart lass from Manchester rub shoulders with a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a special operations executive. When a vital mission goes wrong, and one of the friends has to bail out of a faulty plane over France, she is captured by the Gestapo and […]

Saturday 30th May 2015

tigerboy as tiger

{watching} Bandits (amazon link). We had dinner before film, and the little ones went to bed, so we could watch something a bit more adventurous. Bruce Willis is usually a good sign that an action movie will at least be fun, although it turned out that this wasn’t really an action movie. The humour went […]

An interview with Kate Atkinson, and some thoughts on A God in Ruins.

Kate Atkinson (c) Euan Myles

affiliate links – thanks for your support! Buy at| Buy at I have a confession to make – I am a bad book blogger. (Quiet at the back there!) No, seriously, in this particular case I have let you down. I have had A God in Ruins sitting here waiting for review, and […]

Angelina Ballerina – breaking the fourth wall in picture books


The Angelina Ballerina books form a series of stories about the heroine, Angelina (a mouse) and her friends and family (also, unsurprisingly, mice). Although ballet is an important interest, it’s not a feature of every story and in fact is barely mentioned in Angelina’s Birthday by Katharine Holabird (Author) and Helen Craig (Illustrator) (affiliate link). […]

Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell

last leaves falling

Buy at Amazon And these are they. My final moments. They say a warrior must always be mindful of death, but I never imagined that it would find me like this . . . Japanese teenager Sora is diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Lonely and isolated, Sora turns to the ancient wisdom of the […]

Nerdy, shy and socially inappropriate. By Cynthia Kim

Nerdy, shy and socially unacceptable - Shorts.

Read 52: Playing Tyler

There are perks to being a book blogger. One of those is getting access to proofs before publication. There’s a site called NetGalley which does this with e-arcs (advanced reading copies) which is even better, because it means no hard copy of a not quite finished book lying around. Playing Tyler by T L Costa […]

Walkers Hoops and Crosses – sponsored review.

56% wholewheat

Home educating four children means that from time to time we Go Out. On days out I have to do packed lunches for 4no 5 people now. That means two types of bread, three types of fillings, and assorted snacks. Finding snacks that everyone will eat is challenging enough, so I’m always on the hunt […]

Quick test on blogging from HTC One X

When I do phone reviews, I have a number of little tests I like to do. One of them is blogging from it. Right at the moment I’m trying google voice input which is surprisingly good. Can’t work out how you delete though. Now I’ve found the Swype equivalent. It’s called HTC trace and is […]

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