In My Mailbox

It’s not often that I enjoy being woken up before my alarm but when it’s the postman baring a parcel for me I make an exception.  Turns out it was a set of Mary Hooper’s historical fiction novels that I’d won as part of a giveaway Jenny over at WondrousReads.com ran last month.  Behold! And what good timing – I …

Review: Delirum by Lauren Oliver

Delirium by Lauren Oliver Published in the UK in February 2011 (Hardback) and August 2011 (paperback) Set in a world where love is considered a disease and the population are cured of it when they reach adulthood, Lena is counting down the days until she is cured and will forget the pain of her mother’s …

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen (review)

I’ve been reading Sarah Dessen books for a while, but for some reason Along for the Ride passed me by.  It’s pretty standard Dessen, in so far as a slightly awkward teenage girl who is a bit of an outsider spends a summer learning about herself and falls in love along the way.  But why …

Birmingham Book Bloggers and Tweeters

Just over a couple of weeks ago I attended a meet up for Birmingham Book Bloggers (#brumbookmeet), hosted by the lovely Jen (@BhamLibrarian) and Zoe (playingbythebook) at Cafe Blend. The basic idea was a loose one – a meet up for people who are interested in books and bookish things who blog, tweet or review …

Infiltrating another book group

Not quite as exciting as the title makes it out to be, but earlier in the week I attended another book club other than the one I currently run.  I’ve attended two book clubs a month before, which is a bit of a struggle reading two books chosen for you, rather than the ones you …

UrbanCoffeeCo bookclub: The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft (review and book club questions)

Call it pathetic fallacy, but sat enjoying a warm coffee on a cold, dark night was the perfect setting to discuss this month’s book club choice; H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories. Even though most people struggled to read more than a few of the short stories, the discussion was lively and …