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May 2, 2020

  Something I adore about books and reading is the opportunity it gives you to travel to new places without ever leaving the comfort of your preferred reading spot of choice (which for me, is my old squishy green armchair, a cup of tea by the side and maybe a biscuit t...

October 20, 2019

  Little Crab and Very Big Crab live happily in their tiny rock pool by the sea. One day, Very Big Crab takes Little Crab to the sea. Little Crab, understandably, is very excited, exclaiming "I can go ANYWHERE!"

  But when they reach the big and scary seeming sea,...

April 29, 2019

 For Castle 'Ghost' Cranshaw, running is everything. Ever since an incident with his dad resulted in running saving his life, it has been the one thing he can count on getting right. He can't get in trouble for running like he does for being angry at school, or be pick...

April 22, 2019

  In a first attempt to review Heartstopper, I had written:

  - Charlie Spring

  - Nick Nelson

  - Soft fluffy boys (+ pup)

  - I CRY

and to be completely honest, I'm not sure if I can beat that description of this wonderful and heartwarming graphic novel, but let's tr...

March 2, 2019

  When a chocolate cake theft tragedy befalls new girl Effie Kostas, she doesn't realise that the conversation that follows with Aaron Davis, aka most popular boy in school, aka chocolate cake thief, would result in her deciding to run for Student Council Pre...

October 22, 2018

   "It was a winter they would tell tales about... A winter that came and never left."

  It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Kiran Millwood Hargrave's writing (see my gushing review of The Island at the End of Everything here), and it is also no...

October 22, 2018

  It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jacqueline Wilson is a staple within children's fiction. With a plethora of books to her name, I often think of her fondly, as someone who is just as much a part of childhoods these days as she was a part of mine. So when I...

September 11, 2018

  As a bookworm (and I presume that you, dear reader, are one too), it has long been a dream of mine to be able to meet some of my favourite characters from books. I'd love to eat waffles with Nina Zenik (from Six of Crows), find butterflies with Ami (from The Isl...

August 30, 2018

  "Dear You, Whoever You Are, Who Lives on the Other Side of the Horizon,

  I am Giraffe. I live in Africa. I'm famous for my long neck. Please tell me all about yourself.

  Yours sincerely,


  One day, out on the African savanna, a giraffe is going about his da...

July 11, 2018

  Bluebell loves her food. Whether it be crumpets oozing butter, caramel waffles melting over hot drinks, pomegranates, noodles, fruit salads, chocolate cornflake cakes, toast; Bluebell loves it. So when she's instructed to keep a food diary and join the gym, she's not...

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