#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…

#EmptyShelf 2016 #8: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (via @TansyJTweets)

Thanks Tansy for buying this for my birthday last year ... get me reading it before the next birthday has rolled around :-) Another book that may have taken me into another early morning read on the second night of reading!! Harold Fry, retired but 6 months, receives a letter from a friend (who he hasn't seen for 20 years, and who he feels he has wronged) who is dying from cancer. He decides to…

#EmptyShelf 2016 #5 #6 #7: The Jewel, The House of the Stone, The White Rose @amyewingbooks

I spoke at an event for children's librarians a couple of year's ago, and one of the perks was getting copies of books that were recently, or shortly to be, published. When I'm tired I get particular joy out of reading teenage fiction - it's generally got quite an inspirational, moral line but accompanied by easy reading. The Hunger Games and Divergent are both on the list of series I've enjoyed - ones that have worlds that…

#EmptyShelf 2016 #4: The Perfect Sinner by Will Davenport

So, it's full on into a new term, so light-weight fiction is generally what I'm looking forward to at the end of the day to send me off to sleep... although I seem to keep picking ones that I want to know so much more about. The Perfect Sinner was a slow starter for me .. it starts with Sir Guy de Bryan (one of the First Knights of the Garter) watching his Chantry being built as…