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September Update

Another good and productive month, my reading plan is a minimum of six books a month and again I’ve achieved that though I stalled a bit at the end of the month and just couldn’t get into anything for over a week, so rather than beating myself up about this I just did other blogging …

Mudlarking
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Mudlarking

Lara Maiklem. Bloomsbury. (336p) ISBN 9781408889237 I’ve always been fascinated by finding things on the shoreline whether they be old things discarded by humans, natural objects shaped by the sea, or evidence of past life in the form of fossils. When the opportunity came along to get a copy of Mudlarking I jumped at it. …

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Dune Saga

After watching that brilliant trailer for Villeneuve’s adaptation of the Dune saga by Frank Herbert I felt that I should really read the whole saga including non-Frank additions before I see the film. I’ve been reading the original saga since the late 70s and it was one of the first series of books that I …

My Sister, the Serial Killer
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My Sister, the Serial Killer

Oyinkan Braithwaite. Atlantic Books. (240p) ISBN 9781786495983 I’m not usually a thriller/crime reader but I was persuaded to read this as I was told the audiobook was excellent and since I was walking a lot right now during furlough why not give it a try? I used the library service to download it, RB Digital, …

Autumn Leaves
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14 Golden and Autumnal picture books

I love this time of year, I love that definite signing of the changes of the seasons. I do love Spring as well, that freshness, that boundless potential, all that growth… But I’m a real September baby! Over on Twitter I asked people for their recommendations for beautiful autumnal picture books and got a great …

Dead Girls
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Dead Girls

Selva Almada. Charco Press. (170p) ISBN 9781916277847 How do you review a book so hauntingly horrific dealing with such a violent subject, do we talk about content, writing style, translation, presentation? I think we should just start at the beginning, what is the book about? In essence it is about the killings of three young …