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

Professional Reader Member of The Write Reads

Here are my blog posts about books and reading:


Book Reviews – Fiction

Dare Me by Megan Abbott

The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

Foundation by Isaac Asimov

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

Transcription by Kate Atkinson

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Life Seemed Good, But…. by Richard Bell

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Our House by Louise Candlish

XX by Angela Chadwick

The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Short Stories from the 19th Century selected by David Stuart Davies

Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke

The Seven Sisters by Margaret Drabble

The Other Things by Jonathan Dransfield

Me Mam. Me Dad. Me. by Malcolm Duffy

Sofa Surfer by Malcolm Duffy

The Doll: Short Stories by Daphne du Maurier

Inheritance by Jenny Eclair

Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis

Old Baggage by Lissa Evans

Eight Princesses and a Magic Mirror by Natasha Farrant, illustrated by Lydia Corry

The Woman in the Window by A J Finn

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet

House of Glass by Susan Fletcher

Timothy Mean and the Time Machine by William A E Ford

The Temp by Michelle Frances

Five Days of Fog by Anna Freeman

Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller

An Unreliable Man by Jostein Gaarder

Invisible in a Bright Light by Sally Gardner

The Beach by Alex Garland

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

The Bachelor by Stella Gibbons

The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Paper Towns by John Green

The Diary of a Nobody by George & Weedon Grossmith

The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis

Haverscroft by S A Harris

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

A Different Time by Michael K Hill [Write Reads blog tour]

The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Everything Under by Daisy Johnson

Four by Andy Jones

The Trouble with Henry and Zoe by Andy Jones

Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

The Rumour by Lesley Kara

Who Did You Tell? by Lesley Kara

The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami

He Said / She Said by Erin Kelly

The Burning Air by Erin Kelly

The Sick Rose by Erin Kelly

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

The Shining by Stephen King

The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw

Reality, and Other Stories by John Lanchester

The Wall by John Lanchester

The Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

The White Road by Sarah Lotz

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

Women of the Dunes by Sarah Maine

The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp by Sarra Manning

The One by John Marrs

The Passengers by John Marrs

Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Asylum by Patrick McGrath

Hopeful Monsters by Roger McKnight

While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Circe by Madeline Miller

The Light Keeper by Cole Moreton

The Girl Next Door by Phoebe Morgan

Train Man by Andrew Mulligan

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

My Lover’s Lover by Maggie O’Farrell

The Distance Between Us by Maggie O’Farrell

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

The Switch by Beth O’Leary

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake

Titus Alone by Mervyn Peake

Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake

After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry

Remember Me by Christopher Pike

The Starlight Crystal by Christopher Pike

In the Sun by Mixie Plum

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman

Station Zero by Philip Reeve

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Normal People by Sally Rooney

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

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: The Original Screenplay by J K Rowling

The Exploding Book by Mike Russell

Magic by Mike Russell

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield

The Last Man by Mary Shelley

The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories edited by Tom Shippey

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner by Alan Sillitoe

A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark

Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis

Ten Thousand Light-Years from Home by James Tiptree Jr

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Plague by Jean Ure

Blackberry and Wild Rose by Sonia Velton

After the Green Withered by Kristin Ward [first chapter review – Write Reads blog tour]

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

The Food of the Gods by H G Wells

The Time Machine by H G Wells

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Way Inn by Will Wiles

Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams

Much Obliged, Jeeves by P G Wodehouse

The Waves by Virginia Woolf

Loner by Georgina Young

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin


Book Reviews – Non-Fiction

James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes by James Acaster

Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon by Buzz Aldrin

Unicorn: the Memoir of a Muslim Drag Queen by Amrou Al-Kadhi

Visit Sunny Chernobyl by Andrew Blackwell

One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time by Craig Brown

The Apple Orchard by Pete Brown

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

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

Look Up: Our Story with the Stars by Sarah Cruddas

Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri

How to Fail by Elizabeth Day

Island Dreams: Mapping an Obsession by Gavin Francis

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

Mauve by Simon Garfield

Timekeepers by Simon Garfield

Eat, Drink, Run by Bryony Gordon

The Lost City of Z by David Grann

Peggy and Me by Miranda Hart

Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story by Leah Hazard

Handle With Care: True Confessions of an NHS Health Visitor by Rachael Hearson

Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham

Aunt Branwell and the Brontë Legacy by Nick Holland

Threads of Life by Clare Hunter

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle

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

Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium by Lucy Inglis

Defeating the Ministers of Death by David Isaacs

Me by Elton John

Sweet Dreams: The Story of the New Romantics by Dylan Jones

Bohemian Rhapsody: The Definitive Biography of Freddie Mercury by Lesley-Ann Jones

Toymaker by Tom Karen

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

The Hats That Made Britain by David Long

Weeds: The Story of Outlaw Plants by Richard Mabey

The Address Book by Deirdre Mask

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

Critical by Matt Morgan

A Sound Mind by Paul Morley

The Moon: A History for the Future by Oliver Morton

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

Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down by Nicey and Wifey

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

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean

Don’t Need the Sunshine by John Osborne

Help Me! by Marianne Power

Don’t Look Back in Anger by Daniel Rachel

Crossroads: In Search of the Moments that Changed Music by Mark Radcliffe

Around the World in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh

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

Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books by Cathy Rentzenbrink

In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Fiona Sampson

Strangeways: A Prison Officer’s Story by Neil Samworth

Who Dares Wins: Britain, 1979-1982 by Dominic Sandbrook

Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium by Lucy Jane Santos

Unnatural Causes by Richard Shepherd

The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History by Kassia St Clair

The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair

Can Jane Eyre Be Happy? More Puzzles in Classic Fiction by John Sutherland

Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L Trump

Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense by Jenny Uglow

Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge by Lindy Woodhead

Jane Austen at Home: A Biography by Lucy Worsley

Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow by Lucy Worsley

Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah

The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah by Benjamin Zephaniah



5 classic books which should be adapted for the screen

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]

10 bookish turn-offs

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]

Books I’ve abandoned this year [2020]

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

Paperback writers and neverending stories: books in songs!

Authors I want to re-read – and some I don’t

10 writers I’d love to have coffee with

10 writers I’d love to have coffee with – time travel edition

Fictional presents I’ll never get for Christmas

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

My mum’s favourite books [a Mother’s Day post]

Battle of the classics!

Elmer is 30! [Elmer Day 2019]

Famous fictional hats

Fictional holidays from hell!

Insects in books, films and music

Spaceship, sieve, peach? Fictional transport

Memoirs vs. biographies

Pumpkins, portkeys and polar bears: Fictional transport again

The ugliest book covers I own

What are ‘classic’ books?

What happened when I used a random generator to choose my re-reads

Where I get my books from

Why I use a random number generator to choose my next read

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

The time travelling bookworm: rebooted series! Voyage in the Dark, The Yearbook, Red Velvet, The Midwich Cuckoos, Zarconi’s Magic Flying Fish, The Story of an African Farm, Northern Lights, Point Horror Collection 1, South Riding, Three of Diamonds, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Dreamweaver, Ethan Frome, Not Dressed Like That, You Don’t!, Mutant 59: The Plastic Eater, Wuthering Heights,

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

The character of the month series: Lucy Snowe, Moist von Lipwig, Mr Darcy, Harry Potter, Beth March, Marvin the Paranoid Android, Bertie Wooster, Ebenezer Scrooge


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