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Book Review: The Five by Hallie Rubenfold

What do you know about Jack the Ripper?  Famous murderer, stalked the streets of London in the late 19th century, brutally murdered 5 women? But what do you know about those five women? Probably the only thing you know is that they were prostitutes, or were they?  That is the intriguing angle Hallie Rubenhold takes in her book ‘The… Continue reading Book Review: The Five by Hallie Rubenfold

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Reading Rush 2020: Day 7 (Final Day)

This years Reading rush is officially over, and I finished . . . ALL of my books!! My read for today was 'Reef' by Romesh Gunesekera, for the prompt 'Read a book with a cover that matches the colour of your birthstone' This is an evocative piece of writing about a young Sri-Lankan boy called… Continue reading Reading Rush 2020: Day 7 (Final Day)

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Reading Rush 2020: day 6

Praise be to wet weather and mandatory face coverings. A slow day at work means I'm now back on track! I had 'The Communist Manifesto' as my prompt for 'a book beginning with the word The' It's a short read so I had planned to read it today anyway as I knew I wouldn't have… Continue reading Reading Rush 2020: day 6

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Reading Rush 2020: Day 5

Officially it's day 5, in my mind it's day 4.5 as I finally finished yesterdays goal. I finished 'Frankenstein' today, but due to social engagements I didn't get a chance to start any other books, as a result I am now a day behind schedule. So, today no little anecdotes, or interesting little factoids, just… Continue reading Reading Rush 2020: Day 5

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Reading Rush 2020: Day 4

Today was not a good day, full of good intentions, but not good enough. It was another day off, so potentially another day to devote to reading. I do volunteer in a charity shop in the morning and deliver books to people self isolating afterwards, but all that is usually done by 12 so still… Continue reading Reading Rush 2020: Day 4

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Reading Rush 2020: Day 3

Had a day off today, so it was well and truly a day dedicated to The Reading Rush. Managed to participate in a couple of Twitter Sprints, one of them led by the lovely Claire Fenby. I first encountered her during a Twitter Sprint last year, and subscribed to her Youtube channel. I later found… Continue reading Reading Rush 2020: Day 3

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Reading Rush 2020: Day 2

Another work day for me, so all spare time devoted to reading and Instagram challenges. No Social Media play today. I've got tomorrow off though so hopefully can join in some Twitter sprints then. Day Two's book was 'The Snows of Kilimanjaro' by Ernest Hemingway. I've read a few of Hemingway before, so I think… Continue reading Reading Rush 2020: Day 2

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Reading Rush 2020: Day 1

Off to a very good start. My first book of the challenge was 'A Country to Call Home' an anthology edited by Lucy Popescu. It's a collection of Poems, stories and essays based on the experiences of young refugees. I used this book for the 'Genre I want to read more of' prompt because I… Continue reading Reading Rush 2020: Day 1

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The Reading Rush 2020

It’s that time of year again! It’s Reading Rush time! I know I’ve only joined in this once before, but I enjoyed myself so much last year I have literally been looking forward to this all year. Add to this the fact that The Reading Rush team have gone all out this year, and I’m… Continue reading The Reading Rush 2020

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Popsugar Summer Reading Challenge 2020

It’s mid July we’re over halfway through the year, so how about a reading challenge update? I’m quite happy to report that I’m on track with the challenge. By the end of June I had read 30 books and completed 25 out of 50 prompts. It’s my first time doing a journal for these challenges,… Continue reading Popsugar Summer Reading Challenge 2020