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2017 – WHOLE year without buying books



How would you use your 100 words?

‘Greetings, to all Pure Women.

You should all be fitted with your new wrist counters. A symbol of your purity and devotion to your family. Life is simpler now. Just 100 words a day.

Your role is in the house. Your husband takes care of everything else.

You’re free.

Instead, you should focus on values of modesty, submission, humility and purity. Love, honour and most importantly, obey. You know the rules. Just one word over 100 and your wrist counter will send 1,000 volts through your body. Choose your words carefully.

You have the right to remain silent’




BOOK FEELINGS:  I couldn’t put this down…equally I didn’t want too! Handmaid’s Tale, 1984 and one bad decision from a Trump-like government rolled into one, and you know this could be reality. It’s terrifying, addictive and so easy to read.

I was asked to review this for a local bookshop. I started at 5:30 pm and read until I was finished. I moved seats in a restaurant because the family next door were too loud and disturbing me. I didn’t watch a favourite show because this had its claws in me. i needed to finish it.

Jean is a Dr, a wife, a mother and now confined to 100 words per day. She always saves enough to say goodnight to her kids and whisper she loves them before going to sleep. Her 3 boys are growing, being Pure and changing too fast for her liking, her 5 year old daughter on the other hand is a different. She is just starting to understand, she is getting quieter and quieter and this, more than anything, scares Jean.

Everything changes when the President’s brother gets ill. Using her doctorate, skills and words can Jean save him? What does this mean for her family? What does this mean for the country?

As a debut ‘Vox’ by Christina Dalcher is amazing, well thought through and addictive. The characters have depth, the plot is fantastic without being fantastical and who gets a happy ending? I want more! I am rapidly finding its THE book I am recommending to my friends and family. The question is, will you see it coming?

I read this at the beginning of the month and had to wait to  tell you about it Dear Reader, that was the hardest bit about this review, well that and no spoilers!

Off to sit on a train for work with another book! Happy reading!

(305 words – that’s me shocked)

The boy on the other side of the creek and his missing father.


I got a book for Christmas, I got a book for Christmas, I got a book for Christmas, I got a book for Christmas, I got a book for Christmas, I got a book for Christmas!! Yeah, that’s right this book was one of my Christmas presents. christmas-book

I have read about this book online and how it helped John Green understand his own mental health, so I was really keen to get started. Ignoring that this review is coming out in ermmmm….march, I started reading this on Boxing Day!



Aza is different. She worries and panics and frets about a cut on her thumb. She struggles with life and a break from routine and she thinks she has a heart of gold.  Aza and her best friend Daisy want a real-life adventure.

Daisy’s world is mainly Star Wars fan-fic, her way of escaping feeling poor, feeling neglected and a having a best friend that is very hard work. Daisy and Aza use coupons to have dinner at the diner whilst doing homework and it is there, they discovered the local billionaire has gone missing!

The $100,000 reward catches Daisy’s attention and they are off, rowing the creek, searching for hidden cameras and reuniting with old friends. This tale involves lizards, Doctors and proper high school romances, add Aza’s ever-tightening spiral of thoughts and Davis’s star-gazing, we have the making of a true John Green classic.

I laughed and fell in love and gasped along with the characters, I worried about my own issues with things having a set place but most of all I was so pleased that it was a classic whodunnit with a teenage twist.

For the first book and review of the year, this made me remember why I love reading.

Happy reading!

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