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“I just wanted to read my lesbian detectives novel in peace!” is not a sentence I would have happily said to my mum a year ago

Or, Calendar Girl by Stella Duffy

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Stand-up comic Maggie has fallen for “the girl with the Kelly McGillis body”, a mysterious woman who can’t commit herself. Meanwhile, South London detective Saz is hot on the trail of a woman known only as “September”, who commutes between London and New York in a whirlwind of drug smuggling, gambling, and high-class prostitution. A murder brings Saz and Maggie and their respective mysteries together. Smart and sexy, Calendar Girl is a thriller high on attitude and eroticism. Continue reading ““I just wanted to read my lesbian detectives novel in peace!” is not a sentence I would have happily said to my mum a year ago”

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The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting – Holly Bourne

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I’ve been following Holly Bourne on twitter for months, so she was an obvious choice for something to take home for half term. It probably helped that it’s bright orange, and has a weird title. Also, I didn’t actually read it over half term (I barely read anything over half term), and it turned out that my work ID badge had slipped inside it, which led to quite a lot of panic. Continue reading “The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting – Holly Bourne”

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Book challenge #33: A book you started but never finished

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A Room Of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf

“But, you may say, we asked you to speak about women and fiction – what has that got to do with a room of one’s own? I will try to explain.” Continue reading “Book challenge #33: A book you started but never finished”

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Book challenge #31: A book set during Christmas

Landline, Rainbow Rowell

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and he still loves her – but that almost seems besides the point now.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells him that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her – he is always a little upset with her – but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts…

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened? Continue reading “Book challenge #31: A book set during Christmas”

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Book challenge #29: A book that made you cry

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Sins Of The Mother, Irene Kelly

I was sent a review copy of The Sins Of The Mother by Katy Weitz, the book’s ghostwriter. This post contains reference to child abuse, and the book contains graphic descriptions of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Continue reading “Book challenge #29: A book that made you cry”

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Book challenge #28: A book by an author under 30

Vivian Versus The Apocalypse, Katie Coyle

Vivian Apple never believed in the Church of America – unlike her fanatical parents. As for the so-called impending ‘Rapture’, she knew she’d believe that when she saw it. But then Vivian wakes one day to a New World, and all that’s left of her parents are two empty spaces. The Believers have been taken, it seems. And for those left behind, the world is a desolate and eerie place. All Vivian has now are her memories and her volatile friend Harp. 

Faced with society on the brink of collapse, Vivian and Harp embark on a journey across America, in search of any family they have left, and determined to expose the truth about the Rapture. Three thousand miles through floors, fog and heat waves, Harp and Vivian and a boy with the bluest eyes and the kindest heart and driving on to their future.

But will this be a coming-of-age road trip with no return? Continue reading “Book challenge #28: A book by an author under 30”

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Book challenge #27: A nonfiction book

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Kitchen, Nigella Lawson

I have a bit of a thing for cookbooks. I had to put myself on a cookbook ban, and the only new ones I’ve had since I put myself on it have been gifts from other people. But last week, I went into Foyles in Stratford, and I had a bit of an accident. As well as buying myself a couple of novels, and The Art of Fielding for my auntie (to make sure that she reads it, because it’s wonderful), and then I slipped and fell into the cookbook section. Whoops. I even got my brother to get two cookbooks, as well – another student one so that he maybe gets some variety in his diet, and a Mexican one, so that he can make me nice dinners. It was a good day. Continue reading “Book challenge #27: A nonfiction book”

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Book challenge #25: A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet

How To Be Bad, E Lockhart, Lauren Myracle, Sarah Mlynowski

Vicks is the wild child whose boyfriend has gone suspiciously quiet since he left for college; Mel is the newcomer desperate to be liked; and Jesse will do anything to avoid a life-altering secret. Each one has her own reason for wanting to get the heck out of their nowheresville town, even just for the weekend. So they climb into Jesse’s mom’s “borrowed” station wagon and head south. Hearts will be broken, friendships will be tested, and a ridiculously hot stranger could change the course of everything. Continue reading “Book challenge #25: A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet”

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Book challenge #18: A book based entirely on its cover

Dead Star Island, Andrew Shantos

I was sent a review copy of Dead Star Island by the author’s publicist, ahead of its release later this month (25/6/15).

Sixteen superstars the world thinks are dead.

One killer, determined to finish the job.

When I was at school, for reasons since lost to the mists of time, my English teacher lent me a few Christopher Brookmyre novels. Be My Enemy (or: Fuck This For A Game Of Soldiers) stuck with me in particular – a corporate paintballing retreat goes horribly wrong.

Almost immediately, reading Dead Star Island, I was reminded of Brookmyre’s novels. It’s been a long time since I read any of them, but there was definitely something there. And then, later on, I decided it was also quite like the BBC show Death In Paradise, but less… well, annoying. And a with hefty dose of wacky conspiracy theory. Continue reading “Book challenge #18: A book based entirely on its cover”

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Book challenge #17: A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

The first I heard of this book must have been four or five years ago, when a friend at university was reading it, and enjoying it. But that was when I wasn’t reading much for fun, so I didn’t make much of it. Then, last month, I went to visit Megan, and gave back the last book she lent me, and she gave me this. “You’ll love it,” she said. And I did. Continue reading “Book challenge #17: A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit”