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Monthly Wrap Up: May 2020

This month - or last month since I'm writing this in June - I prioritised reading books by Muslim authors due to Ramadan and I took part in my first readathon, which was the Ramadan Readathon run by Nadia aka Headscarves & Hardbacks. I really enjoyed taking part in the readathon and more consciously picking… Continue reading Monthly Wrap Up: May 2020

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The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey

A terrible secret lies buried at the heart of this house. August 1939. As the world goes to war, Hetty Cartwright arrives at Lockwood Manor, to take up her new post for the duration of the war, as safekeeper of the natural history museum’s most treasured animal collection, recently evacuated from London. Yet life at… Continue reading The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey

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The Stray Cats of Homs by Eva Nour

‘A cat has seven souls in Arabic. In English cats have nine lives. You probably have both nine lives and seven souls, because otherwise I don’t know how you’ve made it this far.' Sami’s childhood is much like any other - an innocent blend of family and school, of friends and relations and pets (including… Continue reading The Stray Cats of Homs by Eva Nour

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The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

After a storm has killed off all the island's men, two women in a 1600s Norwegian coastal village struggle to survive against both natural forces and the men who have been sent to rid the community of alleged witchcraft. Finnmark, Norway, 1617. Twenty-year-old Maren Bergensdatter stands on the craggy coast, watching the sea break into… Continue reading The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

Oliver Marks has just served ten years in jail - for a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day he's released, he's greeted by the man who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, but before he does, he wants to know what really happened a decade ago. As one… Continue reading If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

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My Year In Books: 2019!

2019 has been an incredible year in regards to all things bookish with some brilliant new releases as well as continuations in some well loved series. If 2018 was the year I was able to really get back to reading and finding my place in the book blogging world then 2019 was the year that… Continue reading My Year In Books: 2019!

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The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and… Continue reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense… Continue reading The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

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You, Me and the Movies by Fiona Collins

Arden has just started university when she meets Mac – and quickly falls head over heels for the handsome, charismatic film lecturer. Their love affair is dramatic, exciting and all-consuming; the sort of thing you only see in the movies. It couldn’t last. But thirty years later, leading a very different life, Arden is visiting… Continue reading You, Me and the Movies by Fiona Collins

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A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie

July 1914. Young Englishwoman Vivian Rose Spencer is running up a mountainside in an ancient land, surrounded by figs and cypresses. Soon she will discover the Temple of Zeus, the call of adventure, and the ecstasy of love. Thousands of miles away a twenty-year old Pathan, Qayyum Gul, is learning about brotherhood and loyalty in… Continue reading A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie