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

The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

Transcription by Kate Atkinson

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

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

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

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

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

Invisible in a Bright Light by Sally Gardner

Cold Comfort Farm 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 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 Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

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 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 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

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

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

My Lover’s Lover by Maggie O’Farrell

The Distance Between Us by Maggie O’Farrell

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry

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

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

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner by Alan Sillitoe

A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark

Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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

The Food of the Gods by H G Wells

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Way Inn by Will Wiles

Much Obliged, Jeeves by P G Wodehouse

The Waves by Virginia Woolf

 

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

The Apple Orchard by Pete Brown

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte

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

Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri

How to Fail by Elizabeth Day

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

Peggy and Me by Miranda Hart

Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story by Leah Hazard

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

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

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

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

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

Don’t Look Back in Anger by Daniel Rachel

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

Strangeways: A Prison Officer’s Story by Neil Samworth

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

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

Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge by Lindy Woodhead

Jane Austen at Home: A Biography by Lucy Worsley

Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah

 

Reading

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

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

Insects in books, films and music

Spaceship, sieve, peach? Fictional transport

Pumpkins, portkeys and polar bears: Fictional transport again

What are ‘classic’ books?

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,

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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