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

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Our House by Louise Candlish

XX by Angela Chadwick

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke

The Other Things by Jonathan Dransfield

Me Mam. Me Dad. Me. by Malcolm Duffy

Inheritance by Jenny Eclair

Old Baggage by Lissa Evans

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

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

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Paper Towns by John Green

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

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Everything Under by Daisy Johnson

The Rumour by Lesley Kara

The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami

The Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Asylum by Patrick McGrath

While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt

Circe by Madeline Miller

The Light Keeper by Cole Moreton

The Girl Next Door by Phoebe Morgan

Train Man by Andrew Mulligan

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

The Distance Between Us by Maggie O’Farrell

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

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

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

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

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 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

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

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

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

Timekeepers by Simon Garfield

Eat, Drink, Run by Bryony Gordon

Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story by Leah Hazard

Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham

Aunt Branwell and the Brontë Legacy by Nick Holland

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle

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

Defeating the Ministers of Death by David Isaacs

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

Critical by Matt Morgan

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

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

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

Jane Austen at Home: A Biography by Lucy Worsley

Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah



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

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

Battle of the classics!

Elmer is 30! [Elmer Day 2019]

Famous fictional hats

Spaceship, sieve, peach? Fictional transport

Pumpkins, portkeys and polar bears: Fictional transport again

Where I get my books from

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,

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,


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