A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night and The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness


I picked the first book up in a local bookshop as it sounded like a book I would enjoy. At the time I didn’t know it was the first book of a series. These are Deborah Harkness’ first novels and overall they make an interesting, intriguing, gripping read. Historical fiction with elements of supernatural and mystery.


A Discovery of Witches
The first book in the series and we meet Diana Read the rest of this entry

August Book Bag Bundles



I have been away from my blog the last few months due to my day job, catching up with family and friends and summer holidays. But the good news is that I am back and have been reading some great books while away that I can’t wait to review and share with you! I have also been keeping up to date Read the rest of this entry

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton


The Miniaturist was advertised everywhere at the end of 2014, a Sunday Times number 1 bestseller and Waterstones Book of the Year. So I was intrigued and had to add it to my reading list. Finally I have read it!

Set in the 1600’s in Amsterdam, we follow Nella who moves into her new husband, Johannes’ home. She meets his sister Marin, the maid Cornelia and the man servant Otto. Nella has to quickly fit into the household run by Marin, discover Johannes’ secret and Read the rest of this entry

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion


I loved The Rosie Project which I reviewed last year and was my top 5 reads of 2014. So when this book came out it was a must read for me and I was looking forward to finding out what Don Tillman was doing now.

Don has married Rosie and we follow their life in New York. They have settled into life well, compromised on some things like the food plans and have a social life too. But when Rosie gets pregnant, life changes for everyone.

Don is as sweet as ever, so caring in his own helpful way and as with The Rosie Project there are some classic funny moments in the story. He is shocked when Rosie springs her pregnancy on him and has what he calls a ‘meltdown’. But he deals with it in the way Read the rest of this entry

How Much Land Does A Man Need? By Leo Tolstoy


This is my second Penguin Little Black Classics book choice – my first book was A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Tree by Kenkō (read my review here) and I thought this was a great opportunity to read some of Leo Tolstoy’s work. Leo Tolstoy was a Russian writer in the 1800’s and is most famous for his book War and Peace and his other work Anna Karenina. This book has two stories from his original work titled, How Much Land Does a Man Need? and Other Stories published in 1836.

How Much Land Does a Man Need?
The first story is Tolstoy’s famous parable, How Much Land Does a Man Need? which tells the tale of a Russian peasant farmer who boasts a lot and becomes a little greedy. The beginning of the story Read the rest of this entry

A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Tree by Kenkō


This book is one of the 5 Penguin Little Black Classics I choose to read as covered in March Book Bag Bundles. These books are brilliant handbag sized reads and a chance to read something different.

Yoshida Kenkō was a Japanese monk who wrote Essay in Idleness in the 14th century. A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Tree is made up of extracts taken from it. This little book is Kenkō’s thoughts and observations and is a fascinating, interesting read. He really makes you think about life and Read the rest of this entry

Survivor by Lesley Pearse


Lesley Pearse is one of my favourite authors and Survivor is the follow up to her books Belle and The Promise. I loved those books and really enjoyed following Belle and Etienne’s stories and so Survivor was a must read for me.

In this book Belle, Etienne and Mog are minor characters as we are following the story of their daughter Mariette. Read the rest of this entry

The Girl with the Painted Face by Gabrielle Kimm


This book has been on my reading list for ages and finally I got around to reading it. The Girl with the Painted Face is a historical story set in Italy and the different theme of following an acting troupe intrigued me.

We follow primarily the story of Sofia who from the outset is in trouble and running away from it. She meets a troupe of travelling actors, joins them and later in the story trouble arises again. Read the rest of this entry

March Book Bag Bundles


February and March have been slow months for me in terms of reading as work has been extremely busy, and I have been getting over flu. But I am pleased to say I am back in a reading mood and the arrival of spring is an added bonus. Some highlights for me since the last Book Bag Bundles are:  Read the rest of this entry

Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts by Mary Gibson


Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts is Mary Gibson’s debut book and for me it was such an enjoyable read. We follow Nellie Clark in the lead up to the war in 1914 and afterwards. Nellie lives in the Bermondsey area of London where life is hard, everything is hand to mouth and working in factories is a way of life.  Read the rest of this entry