I like to read a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, both physical and e-books.

Professional Reader 10 Book Reviews

Here are my blog posts about books and reading:


Book Reviews – Fiction

Dare Me by Megan Abbott

Transcription by Kate Atkinson

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Me Mam. Me Dad. Me. by Malcolm Duffy

The Temp by Michelle Frances

Five Days of Fog by Anna Freeman

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Paper Towns by John Green

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

Everything Under by Daisy Johnson

The Rumour by Lesley Kara

The Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt

Asylum by Patrick McGrath

Circe by Madeline Miller

The Girl Next Door by Phoebe Morgan

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J K Rowling

Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield

A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Waves by Virginia Woolf


Book Reviews – Non-Fiction

What the Hell Just Happened?! by Richy K. Chandler

In Miniature: How Small Things Illuminate the World by Simon Garfield

Aunt Branwell and the Brontë Legacy by Nick Holland

Women in Sport: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win by Rachel Ignotofsky

Into the Fire: My Life as a London Firefighter by Edric Kennedy-Macfoy

Weeds: The Story of Outlaw Plants by Richard Mabey

Mail Obsession: A Journey Round Britain by Postcode by Mark Mason

The Story of NOW That’s What I Call Music in 100 Artists by Michael Mulligan

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death by Maggie O’Farrell

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Step by Step: The Life in My Journeys by Simon Reeve

Strangeways: A Prison Officer’s Story by Neil Samworth

The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair

Jane Austen at Home: A Biography by Lucy Worsley



It’s my 30th birthday! Here are my top 30 books…

A long time ago in a library far away: 6 weeks of summer reading magic

Money, sex, death and… sunshine [the poetry of Philip Larkin]

Poetry is all around us [written on National Poetry Day 2018]

This book seems familiar! Have I read it before? Let me check the spreadsheet…

The 5 themes of Roald Dahl [in honour of Roald Dahl Day 2018]

Cats, cats and more cats: 5 books from my early years

‘DNF guilt’ – 3 books I did not finish and why

Pineapples and toilets: Weird books from my shelf

10 writers I’d love to have coffee with

Fictional presents I’ll never get for Christmas

5 books which are literally about hearts: an alternative Valentine’s Day post

The time-travelling bookworm series: adventures into my reading past! Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5,

The recommended authors series: Daphne du MaurierStella GibbonsSue Townsend, David Wiesner, Terry Pratchett, J K Rowling


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