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Library Loans: September 2017

I managed to read some brilliant books from the library this month Firstly my reservation of The Lemon Tree Cafe by Cathy Bramley came in I only recently discovered Cathy's books this year since joining the library and I really love her stuff. It's pure comfort reading at its best and I always find myself sucked into the world of the characters and this book was no exception. I loved the characters and thoroughly enjoyed their story. I requested the first book in the Mirabelle Bevan Mystery series because I was looking for some modern historical fiction with an awesome female lead and I definitely got it in this book. I loved the story and cannot wait to get the rest of the series. Staying on a historical fiction theme I got this book. I loved the time period and I loved the characters and story. I can't say that I've come across the Mitford sisters before but I'm now intrigued to know more about the people who feature in this book I loved it so muc

Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Daughter of immortals. Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world. Daughter of death. Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. Together. Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of thei

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away? Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J. Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love. But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean? Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . . Woah it's good. I read this book in one sitting because I literally couldn't put it down. It's completely addictive and so tense all the way through. I l

Can't wait to read

As always I've got my eye on a few books this month which I can't wait to add to my TBR pile. Crosstalk by Connie Willis In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal - to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding. But things don't quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely - in a way far beyond what she signed up for. It is almost more than she can handle - especially when the stress of managing her all-too-eager-to-communicate-at-all-times family is already burdening her brain. But that's only the beginning. As things go from bad to worse, she begins to see the dark side of too much information, and to realize that love - and communicat

Things a Bright Girl can do Blog Tour: Guest Post from Sally Nichols

Today I am so excited to be hosting a stop on the Blog Tour for Things a Bright Girl can do by Sally Nichols. It's been no secret that I loved it and I'm pretty certain it's going to be my favourite read of the year. Over to Sally for a guest post full of books I now want to read too The Best Books I Read While Researching Things a Bright Girl Can Do Here’s a dirty secret – I hate research. I hate reading books that don’t have a story. I hate the way it takes over my reading-for-pleasure time, and I hate the way I can’t just give up halfway through if it’s boring-but-necessary-for-my-plot. It’s not that I’m not interested in what sort of underwear Edwardians wore or what they ate for breakfast, I just want that information downloaded straight to my brain so I don’t have to do the hard work and can go and read Harry Potter instead.             So when I say these were the best books, I mean, these were the fun ones. The fascinating ones. The ones I’m stil

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

'They think I hurt someone. But I didn't. You hear? Coz people are gonna be telling you all kinds of lies. I need you to know the truth.' From one-time winner and two-time Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this poignant, stirring, huge-hearted novel asks big questions. What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye? As expected from Sarah Crossan this book was beautiful and thoughtful and made me think. This is written in verse and done so beautifully that it just hooks you in from the first page and is one of those books that begs to be read in one sitting. I found myself completely drawn into the story of the brothers and it made my heart ache as I went through the rollercoaster ride of emotions with them.

The Mark of the Horse Lord by Rosemary Sutcliff: The Folio Society Edition

The Mark of the Horse Lord by Rosemary Sutcliff Introduced by Philip Reeve Illustrated by Felix Miall ‘Simply the best twentieth-century historical novelist to have written about early Britain’ Kevin Crossley-Holland Last week I received an exciting package from The Folio Society. Yesterday I showed you the edition of The Little Prince that I received in that parcel and today I'm pleased to share the edition of The Mark of the Horse Lord that I also received. Much like The Little Prince it is another stunning edition beautifully presented in its own slipcase. I have a real soft stop for vintage children's books and beautiful editions of classic children's books and this edition fits in wonderfully with the rest of my collection  In the cut-throat arena of second-century Corstopitum, Phaedrus, ex-slave and gladiator, wins his freedom in bloody combat. But he soon finds himself caught up in a battle even more fierce and vital. Assuming the identity of Mi