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

Professional Reader Member of The Write Reads

Here is a selection of my blog posts about books and reading:


Book Reviews – Fiction

Dare Me by Megan Abbott

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

Beyond Time and Spaceworlds edited by Mike Ashley

Foundation and I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

Transcription by Kate Atkinson

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice and 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

The Actuality by Paul Braddon

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Evil Roots: Killer Tales of the Botanical Gothic edited by Daisy Butcher

Our House and The Heights by Louise Candlish

XX by Angela Chadwick

Monkey King: Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en

The Other Side of the Sky by Arthur C Clarke

The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins

Mrs Bridge and Mr Bridge by Evan S Connell

The Chalet by Catherine Cooper

Dark Matter and Recursion by Blake Crouch

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Girl A by Abigail Dean

Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke

The Other Things by Jonathan Dransfield

Me Mam. Me Dad. Me. and Sofa Surfer by Malcolm Duffy

The Doll: Short Stories by Daphne du Maurier

Inheritance by Jenny Eclair

Old Baggage by Lissa Evans

Mrs March by Virginia Feito

The Woman in the Window by A J Finn

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet

The Temp by Michelle Frances

Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller

An Unreliable Man by Jostein Gaarder

Invisible in a Bright Light by Sally Gardner

The Beach by Alex Garland

Cecily by Annie Garthwaite

The Bachelor, The Matchmaker, Cold Comfort Farm and My American by Stella Gibbons

The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Diary of a Nobody by George & Weedon Grossmith

The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis

Mrs England by Stacey Halls

Haverscroft by S A Harris

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

The Word is Murder, The Sentence is Death and A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz

We, Robots: Artificial Intelligence in 100 Stories edited by Simon Ings

Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka

Klara and the Sun and Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Daisy Jones & the Six and Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Everything Under by Daisy Johnson

Four by Andy Jones

Miss Benson’s Beetle and The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

The Dare, The Rumour and Who Did You Tell? by Lesley Kara

The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami

He Said / She Said, The Burning Air, The Sick Rose and Watch Her Fall by Erin Kelly

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Doctor Sleep and The Shining by Stephen King

Reality, and Other Stories and The Wall by John Lanchester

The Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski

Solaris by Stanisław Lem

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

The White Road by Sarah Lotz

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 and The Anniversary by Laura Marshall

Asylum by Patrick McGrath

While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

That Glimpse of Truth: 100 of the Finest Short Stories Ever Written chosen by David Miller

The Light Keeper by Cole Moreton

The Girl Next Door by Phoebe Morgan

Five Minds by Guy Morpuss

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

My Lover’s Lover and The Distance Between Us by Maggie O’Farrell

The Flatshare and The Switch by Beth O’Leary

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

The Gormenghast trilogy – Titus Groan, Gormenghast, Titus Alone – by Mervyn Peake

After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry

Magic Fire, Remember Me, Sati and The Starlight Crystal by Christopher Pike

Behind Her Eyes and Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

The Witches trilogy: Equal Rites, Wyrd Sisters and Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman

The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin

The Railhead series – Railhead, Black Light Express, Station Zero – by Philip Reeve

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Conversations with Friends and Normal People by Sally Rooney

Original screeenplays of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Crimes of Grindelwald by J K Rowling

Final Girls, Home Before Dark, Lock Every Door and Survive the Night by Riley Sager

Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield

The Speed of the Dark by Alex Shearer

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

The Edge Chronicles Beyond the Deepwoods, Stormchaser, Midnight Over Sanctaphrax, The Curse of the Gloamglozer, The Last of the Sky Pirates – by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Mockingbird and The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis

The Adrian Mole series – The Secret Diary, The Growing Pains, The True Confessions, The Wilderness Years, The Cappuccino Years by Sue Townsend

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Plague by Jean Ure

Blackberry and Wild Rose and The Image of Her by Sonia Velton

The Food of the Gods and The Time Machine 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

Loner by Georgina Young

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin


Book Reviews – Non-Fiction

James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes and Perfect Sound Whatever 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 Land Where Lemons Grow: The Story of Italy and Its Citrus Fruit by Helena Attlee

Visit Sunny Chernobyl by Andrew Blackwell

The Prison Doctor by Amanda Brown

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 and The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

The End of the Road by Jack Cooke

Look Up: Our Story with the Stars by Sarah Cruddas

How to Fail by Elizabeth Day

An Atlas of Extinct Countries by Gideon Defoe

Islands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-Human Landscape by Cal Flyn

In Miniature: How Small Things Illuminate the World, Mauve and 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

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle

Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium by Lucy Inglis

Defeating the Ministers of Death by David Isaacs

A Del of a Life by David Jason

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

Weeds: The Story of Outlaw Plants by Richard Mabey

Underland by Robert Macfarlane

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

Tunnel 29 by Helena Merriman

Stuff Matters and Liquid by Mark Miodownik

Murder: The Biography by Kate Morgan

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 and The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean

Don’t Need the Sunshine by John Osborne

Limitless by Tim Peake

Slow Rise: A Bread-Making Adventure and The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees by Robert Penn

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

The Lost Pianos of Siberia by Sophy Roberts

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

Unnatural Causes by Richard Shepherd

The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History and The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair

By the Light of Burning Dreams by David Talbot and Margaret Talbot

Uncrowned Queen by Nicola Tallis

Confident Women by Tori Telfer

The Courage to Care by Christie Watson

Caspar David Friedrich by Norbert Wolf

Jane Austen at Home: A Biography and 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 dates from hell!

Fictional holidays from hell!

Goodreads: a newbie’s perspective

Insects in books, films and music

Spaceship, sieve, peach? Fictional transport

Steam engines and sliding doors

Memoirs vs. biographies

My most-read authors

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

What is ‘literary fiction’ anyway?

Where I get my books from

Who will you invite to your fictional party?

Why do I read so much?

Why I re-read books

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! The Midwich Cuckoos, Northern Lights, Point Horror Collection 1, South Riding, Three of Diamonds, Ethan Frome, Not Dressed Like That, You Don’t!, Mutant 59: The Plastic Eater, Junk, The Parasites, 2061: Odyssey Three, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, Jo’s Boys

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