The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Despite the name, this is not some kind of vampire fiction book. It is entirely true. So how can someone be immortal and this book be true, I hear you ask? Well, Henrietta Lacks is gone in soul, but her cancer cells live on, having been responsible for many advances in science. Little was known... Continue Reading →


The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton

First of all, I want to tell you that this book was sent to me by the author for review (thank you Rosy). I was pleased to see when I opened the package that Penny Vincenzi, one of my favourite authors, had given her praise for Rosy’s books. The cover of this book is so... Continue Reading →

The Ultimate Guide to Mad Men by Will Dean

This book offers excellent coverage of the first three series of Mad Men. It contains episode synopses, a review and critique by the author, followed by points to note (eg. pop culture, timelines) and comments from the ‘typing pool’. The typing pool are comments from the author’s blog (on the Guardian website) and are very... Continue Reading →

Book Blogger Hop 22-25/4

  Happy Easter everyone! As I've got a couple of days off, I thought I'd relax and join this week's Hop. This week's question comes from Christina who blogs at The Paperback Princesses.          "If you find a book you love, do you hunt down other books by the same author?"   Absolutely!... Continue Reading →

Room by Emma Donoghue

Room is one of those books where people ask you eagerly if you’ve read it. It’s a conversation starter, a breaking of the ice. Until recently, I wasn’t one of those people. It didn’t grab me when it was first released, but as more and more of my circle raved about this book, I thought... Continue Reading →

Mini Reviews: March 2010

Another month of my short reviews from before I started this blog. Hopefully they'll be able to give you an idea of what I thought of the book! So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading… by Sara Nelson I actually started this book years ago but didn't finish it. Looking for something... Continue Reading →

The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore

The Betrayal is a sequel of sorts to The Siege. You probably don’t need to have read it to understand the history and relationships of the characters, but it does help. The Betrayal takes place over ten years after The Siege under the last days of Stalin in Leningrad.  Andrei is now a doctor and... Continue Reading →

The Siege by Helen Dunmore

I came to read The Siege in rather a roundabout way. I bought the sequel, The Betrayal, at Singapore’s Changi airport with my last Singaporean dollars due to its interesting cover and its Stalinist Russia setting. Settling in to read this book at home the next day, my first thought was ‘Uh-oh! Sequel!’ Thanks to... Continue Reading →

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