The Mystery Blogger Award

Thanks to Natalie at Bookographic for tagging me in this! This award is named after its creator and was formed to give smaller blogs and bloggers recognition. The Rules: Put the award logo/image on your blog List the rules. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog. Mention the creator of the … Continue reading The Mystery Blogger Award

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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton Review

Rating: ❶❷❸❹⑤ Seventeenth-century Amsterdam has never looked more exciting and terrifying than in Jessie Burton's 2014 novel The Miniaturist. Set during the Dutch Golden Age, the story follows Nella Oortman after she moves to the city following her marriage to a wealthy merchant, Johannes Brandt. As a wedding gift, Johannes offers Nella a dollhouse imitation of … Continue reading The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton Review

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Rating: ❶❷❸❹❺ This is the story of Starr, a 16-year-old African-American girl, who is the only witness to her best friend, Khalil, being shot by a white police officer. The shooting suddenly merges Starr’s two worlds of her black-majority neighbourhood and her white-majority high school, as Starr struggles to keep the two different versions from … Continue reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Topping & Company Bookshop + Book Haul

Despite the unassuming store front and the slightly cluttered display, Topping & Company of Ely is no ordinary bookshop. Take a closer look, and you will see the posters advertising several events with high-profile authors and public figures, such as Matt Lucas, Nigella Lawson, and Susan Hill. Dare to step inside, and you will see the … Continue reading Topping & Company Bookshop + Book Haul

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Rating: ❶❷❸❹❺ Like all good stories, Sarah Perry's second novel begins with a funeral and a widow. Except, while most stories with this beginning may follow a grievous tale of loss and healing, The Essex Serpent decides to follow Cora Seaborne, who, after barely any mourning for her late husband, relocates from high-society London to the Blackwater estuary … Continue reading The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry