Book Review | Fevre Dream by George RR Martin

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I don’t know what I expected, but it wasn’t this! This novel follows Abner Marsh, a captain on the Mississippi, who is approached by the strange Joshua York with a request: to build a boat. However, as the boat starts to sail, things don’t seem right. Joshua is disappearing for days, returning with blood on his hands… something isn’t right, and Abner will have to stare down his friend and discover who he really is.

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Vouching For More Tech in Books

I am all for having the 21st century reflecting in our literature, but I feel like it’s rarely done – or should I say, rarely done well. Aside from being patronising or “omigod i am such a 20-year-old adult who hates facebook hahahhaah lol” “relatable”, there are few books that, I believe, actually reflect our use of technology in real life.

So hello, this is me vouching for using technology in literature.

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Book Review | All Fall Down by Sally Nicholls

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It’s 1349, and something has come to England. People are dying – but that’s happening far away, right? Isabel never dreams that the Black Death will come to her little village… until it does. Now she has only her wits, her courage, and hope to survive.

I was pretty disappointed by the start of this book, however it did finish by picking up and becoming engrossing.

All Fall Down follows the story of Isabel, a child during the Black Death in a little village near York in 1349. Considering the terror nowadays about all sorts of diseases (swine flu, bird flu, ebola, coronavirus…) this book is really interesting to read. It really puts into perspective how many people really did die of the Black Death, and what life would’ve been like when you lost basically everyone you’ve ever known.

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Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Book Lovers | #AD

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and even if you are beau-less (like me) you can either treat your mates, treat your family, or treat yourself! I’m a firm believer that Valentine’s is about love in general as well as romantic love, but whoever you’re celebrating Valentine’s with might appreciate something off this bookish gift-guide!

I have been sent some of these products for free; they will have an asterisk (*) by them. I receive no monetary compensation for any clicks.

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Book Review | The Bees by Carol Ann Duffy

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The Bees is a collection of poetry by Carol Ann Duffy writing as Poet Laureate. It’s a collection about politics, war, and, of course, bees.

Nowadays, bees are becoming a symbol of global warming. The threats of them dying out and their genocide destroying our planet is very real, and I think that Duffy really evokes this idea of death and the destruction death can bring in this novel.

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January 2020 Book Haul

I rarely do book hauls – in fact, my last one was 2018 – but I thought I’d share with you which books I’ve bought so far in 2020 for two reasons: 1) that I’ve bought A LOT of books, and 2) because I think that some of the books I’ve bought are really cool!

Before I begin, I just want to say that I rarely buy this many books a month, so this is truly excessive. Ah well, right?!

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Book Review | The Janus Stone (Dr Ruth Galloway #2) by Elly Griffiths

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After the terrifying events a few months ago on the saltmarshes, Dr Ruth Galloway is enjoying her pregnancy and her work when she is called to a medieval site. The constructos are building new flats over the area, but want archaeologists to dig it up first. Then, a skeleton of a young child is found – missing its head. Another murder is here…

The second novel in the Dr Ruth Galloway Series, The Janus Stone was exciting, but also really rather confusing, not something you often see in cosy crime.

I really love the idea of the Ruth Galloway series. The first book, The Crossing Places was one of my favourite books for the plot, but I just could not stand the author. The novels are incredibly close-minded, including pretty much fatphobia and xenophobia on every single page. The reason I decided to pick up the next one is, simply, because I love the idea of an archaeologist getting involved in crime, and I also love unsolved murders getting solved, and this is probably, sadly, the only book series out there that does that.

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Book Review | Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini

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Ada, the only legitimate child of the poet Lord Byron, was destined for fame before she was born. Chiaverini explores Ada’s life, from birth, her introduction into London society, and her exciting friendship with renowned inventor Charles Babbage.

I didn’t know much about Ada Lovelace before I read this book, and whilst I know that a lot of this was fiction, I do feel like I know her a lot better. Jennifer Chiaverini has brought this wonderful woman to life completely vividly.

I’ll admit that the first 100-or-so pages were a little dull, considering the fact they either didn’t have Ada in it, or she was a baby. The only thing that kept me reading was Chiaverini’s wondrous prose – it was like music being played in my mind with every word I read.

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