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

Our House by Louise Candlish

The Other Things by Jonathan Dransfield

Me Mam. Me Dad. Me. by Malcolm Duffy

Timothy Mean and the Time Machine by William A E Ford

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

The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

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

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

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

Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield

A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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

The Waves by Virginia Woolf


Book Reviews – Non-Fiction

James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes by James Acaster

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

Eat, Drink, Run by Bryony Gordon

Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story by Leah Hazard

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

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

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 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!

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

The character of the month series: Lucy Snowe,


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