Stephanie is reading…

(Diary of a bookworm)

The Story of You – Katy Regan

I do like a title that’s open to interpretation, and that’s kind of the case with The Story of You. Initially I thought the ‘you’ was one person, then I realised … Continue reading

January 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly – Sun-mi Hwang

Sprout is no ordinary hen. Confined to a coop and destined to never hatch the eggs she lays, Sprout is determined to change her lot. She dreams of exploring the … Continue reading

January 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Single Breath – Lucy Clarke

I read most of A Single Breath in one night, partly due to insomnia and partly due to its readability. It’s a little bit predictable, a little bit contrived, but it’s … Continue reading

January 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Me Without You – Kelly Rimmer

This is billed as one for fans of Me Before You and One Day, both of which I loved. I don’t think Me Without You is one I’ll read again and again and again … Continue reading

December 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

The View on the Way Down – Rebecca Wait

I find it astonishing that such an accomplished book is the debut novel from a 24 year old. The View on the Way Down is a stand-out book this year for … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Lemon Grove – Helen Walsh

If I had to sum The Lemon Grove up in a word, that word would be ‘gratuitous’. I bought this because it was included on a list of recommended summer reads … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Girl With All The Gifts – M.R. Carey

Sometimes, a book being a total surprise is a sheer joy; that’s the case with The Girl With All The Gifts. The blurb gives away very little, and I basically bought … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Daughter – Jane Shemilt

Part family drama, part crime novel, Daughter is a story that raises lots of questions to keep you reading, has an interesting structure and has some real merits. On the other hand, … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Little Mercies – Heather Gudenkauf

The main thing I took away from Little Mercies was a prompting to think about this question: does a momentary lapse in concentration deserve to be punished with the full force … Continue reading

August 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Rabbit Back Literature Society – Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen

I’ve had my eye on this book for a while, intrigued by the title and the cover that doesn’t give much away. Having finally read it, I wouldn’t say I loved … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Lie of You – Jane Lythell

The psychological thriller genre is a tough one to navigate: when it’s done well (Gillian Flynn, Sophie Hannah, SJ Watson and so on), it’s great, but there’s a lot of … Continue reading

August 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Night Rainbow – Claire King

The Night Rainbow is a charming and unpredictable book, narrated by the very sweet and imaginative Pea, ably assisted by her even more imaginative – and more than a little … Continue reading

June 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

This Song Will Save Your Life – Leila Sales

I loved this book, another Amazon Kindle Daily Deal gem. Leila Sales captures what it is to be a teenager in a book that is at once warm, funny, poignant and … Continue reading

June 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cry Baby – David Jackson

This is very peculiar book – it kept me reading, but for much of the book I was rather sceptical and unconvinced. It felt a bit contrived and not quite … Continue reading

June 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Finding Bliss – Dina Silver

Dina Silver’s debut, One Pink Line, was one of my favourite books last year, so I had high hopes for Finding Bliss. It wasn’t what I expected, and initially I was a … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Baby Trail – Sinead Moriarty

The title of The Baby Trail kind of says it all – this is a book about the trials and tribulations of a couple trying to get pregnant. It’s a very … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Allegiant – Veronica Roth

This is the third and final book in the Divergent trilogy. In case of any spoilers, don’t read this review until you’ve read Divergent and Insurgent, both of which I re-read just before reading … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park is one of the sweetest stories I’ve read in a long time. It’s a love story that’s largely set on a school bus in the 1980s, managing … Continue reading

March 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer

I’m not someone who always reads book prize winners, or necessarily enjoys them if I do; judges look for slightly different things than I do, I suppose. But Nathan Filer’s … Continue reading

March 24, 2014 · 1 Comment