genre(s): (cosy) crime audience: adult readers read it for: an intricately plotted and satisfying mystery tucked into a delightful and affectionately presented ‘sneak peek’ at the home life of HM The first book in a highly original and delightfully clever crime series in which Queen Elizabeth II secretly solves crimes while carrying out her royal duties.… More Review: The Windsor Knot, S J Bennett
I’ve struggled with reading recently. In lockdown, when I should have been able to give my TBR pile a good bashing, I’ve barely read anything, discarding several things after not being able to get started properly. I’m not naming them, because it’s definitely me, not them. Apparently, quite a lot of people have had similar… More Reading guilt
So, I’m not a young adult. I haven’t been for a while now. What I am, though, is a fan of young adult fiction (which, by the way is NOT a genre). Research tells us that many buyers and borrowers of YA do not, in fact, fit within that age bracket themselves. This is not,… More Young Adult fiction: not just for young adults…
genre(s): contemporary representation notes: LGBT (m/m) read it for: a great combination of a well-written gay romance and a thriller/mystery, bundled with realistic and easy-to-relate-to explorations of YA relationships with friends and family Dylan is forced to come out after his secret relationship with Ellis is exposed on social media, but to his surprise, everyone is… More YA Review: Hideous Beauty by William Hussey
genre(s): fantasy read it for: hilarious monster hi-jinks, and a lovely warm story of self-discovery and found family This book STINKS . . . of monsters! A hilariously funny debut, perfect for fans of Pamela Butchart and David Solomons. When Alice is sent to stay with her Uncle Magnus, she soon realises that his job… More MG Review: Help! I Smell a Monster, Justin Davies
I’m often asked how I read so much – or people say ‘oh I wish I had time to read’ (often in that passive aggressive way that implies that they’re just doing much more important things, actually – but that’s a different issue). Firstly: I don’t read that much. I average about 50-60 books a… More But how do you read so much?
This is a post I’ve wanted – and hesitated – to write for some time. Like many readers (and writers), I worry about representation, about #ownvoices, about the balance between books showing diversity and getting that diversity right. Clearly, there’s a world of difference between wanting to reflect the world around you with a diverse… More Problematic texts and reader-writer-text relationships