#EmptyShelf17 #1: Ink by @alicecrumbs

Ink, the first of a trilogy, is set in a world where every significant thing you do, whether good or bad, is tattooed on your skin for everyone to see. There are no secrets. When you die, if you are deemed worthy, your tattoos are made into a book and so you can live on for eternity. When Leora’s father dies, she discovers there’s something missing from his book – and her world starts to Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf2016 #60-62: The Gender Game @AShadeofVampire; The Last Girl @AuthorJoeHart

Although I already have PLENTY of books waiting to be read on my Kindle (and my physical bookshelves), I wasn’t feeling too well over Christmas, and an email came from Amazon offering The Gender Game and The Last Girl for 99p each – so I downloaded them … sold as ‘if you liked the Hunger Games, you’ll probably like these’, which is probably a fair analysis! Bella Forrest (who appears to be better known for Vampire novels Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf2016 #54-56: Emily of New Moon (trilogy)

Over the last few evenings I’ve been sending myself to sleep with this trilogy … now need something else to get me through to the end of term! Current read … A photo posted by Bex Lewis (@drbexl) on Dec 4, 2016 at 5:41am PST If you’ve read and enjoyed Anne of Green Gables, these are a later trilogy of novels from L.M.Montgomery, with another orphan (although she’s not at the start), starting with Emily of New Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf2016 #53: Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries

If you haven’t seen Bridget Jones’s Baby in the cinema, and you’re looking for some light-hearted entertainment – I recommend it! Four of us sat in a row – we’d all seen the previous films – and we proper LOL’d much of the way through – unlike many ‘third films’, this one seemed to wait until it was funny enough to be good on its own! Having enjoyed the film so much, I decided to Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #46-51: Anne of Green Gables by L.M.Montgomery

I’ve kept a handful of my classic books from childhood, and the Anne of Green Gables series is one I have read for a while, so whilst on leave I started re-reading them all, and last week finished the final one. Anne of Green Gables Anne of Avonlea Anne of the Island Anne of Windy Willows Anne’s House of Dreams Anne of Ingleside Next step will be the Emily of New Moon, and I’ve been Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #43/4/5: Novels by Georgette Heyer

If you’ve never read Georgette Heyer, can I just say that you may be missing out! Often confused with Mills & Boon, Heyer wrote these ‘regency romances’ 1920s onwards, the history in them is deeply researched, and the novels chuckle along without loads of random salaciousness that every M&B seems to feel the need to chuck in. Holidays are typically a time when I may pick a Heyer novel up, and I have been known Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #33-39: Harry Potter Series by @jk_rowling

Well, what does one say about the Harry Potter book series, except that I think I started when book 4 or 5 was out, as I was looking for something rewarding to read after my PhD upgrade viva … since then I have re-read them several times, and at the end of the first year at MMU, wanted that relaxing familiarity … and as always, find a few new things! Now it’s time to rewatch Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #28: The Falcons of Montabard by @Chadwickauthor (Time Warner, 2003)

As a long-term fan of Georgette Heyer, typically regency novels are more my type of historical novel, but I’ve been playing with a few others – another £1 charity shop buy – I enjoyed The Falcons of Montabard – I’ve got very little knowledge of that period, but judging by the extra-reading offered at the end, it seems well researched, and the story was well paced – giving insights into the brutal realities of living life in Continue Reading →