'Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.'- Angela Carter

Friday, 16 February 2018

BLOG TOUR: The Toy Makers by Robert Dinsdale

Hello everyone!

Today I have the talented Robert Dinsdale on the blog answering a couple of questions about his latest novel, The Toy Makers. This magical tale is completely breathtaking and not one to miss.

The Emporium opens with the first frost of winter. It is the same every year. Across the city, when children wake to see ferns of white stretched across their windows, or walk to school to hear ice crackling underfoot, the whispers begin: the Emporium is open! Christmas is coming, and the goose is getting fat…

It is 1917, and London has spent years in the shadow of the First World War. In the heart of Mayfair, though, there is a place of hope. A place where children’s dreams can come true, where the impossible becomes possible – that place is Papa Jack’s Toy Emporium.

For years Papa Jack has created and sold his famous magical toys: hobby horses, patchwork dogs and bears that seem alive, toy boxes bigger on the inside than out, ‘instant trees’ that sprout from boxes, tin soldiers that can fight battles on their own. Now his sons, Kaspar and Emil, are just old enough to join the family trade. Into this family comes a young Cathy Wray – homeless and vulnerable. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own. But Cathy is about to discover that while all toy shops are places of wonder, only one is truly magical...

Friday, 26 January 2018

2018 Anticipated Reads: Part 4

Hi everyone, here is my fourth and final post on my most anticipated reads of 2018!

Let me know what titles you are most looking forward to in 2018 in the comments or over on Twitter at @_LeahReads_

Monday, 22 January 2018

REVIEWS: State of Sorrow, The Treatment, Clean

Hello everyone!

I haven't reviewed a book in what feels like a very long time, but it's something that I would love to start up again. Writing full length reviews wasn't working for me anymore, particularly working in the publishing industry. I have decided to do short and snappy reviews instead featuring a few books that I have read lately.

Today's include State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury, The Treatment by C. L. Taylor and Clean by Juno Dawson.

Friday, 19 January 2018

8th Annual End of Year Survey 2017

 Hey everyone!

I'm a little late to the party this year since we're already half way through January, but I love doing this survey hosted by Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner and didn't want to miss it! 2017 was a huge whirlwind and disaster zone for me so it's nice to have this survey to reflect back on and look over all the wonderful books I read and hope to read in 2018!

I decided to skip the 'Your Blogging/ Bookish Life' section this year because I really haven't been all that present here and didn't have much to say.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

2018 Anticipated Reads: Part 3

Happy New Year!

There's been a bit of a delay in part 3 of my 2018 anticipated reads but I started a new publishing job last week so everything has been a bit of a whirlwind! It's all very exciting and I feel like I've finally settled into what I want and the company I work for seems absolutely perfect.

Anyway, on to my next three anticipated 2018 releases:

Thursday, 30 November 2017

2018 Anticipated Reads: Part 2

Hello everyone! I'm back with round 2 in my most anticipated 2018 reads. I love the chance to lose myself in new worlds and 2018 promises to be a corker. Here are another three books that I am looking forward to next year:

Everless by Sara Holland

I am a sucker for YA fantasy so when the cover alone popped up on my radar I was intrigued. Set in the land of Sempera, the rich control everything including time. Hours are bound in iron coins and allowing the rich to live for centuries and the poor to bleed themselves dry. It sounds like Red Queen meets In Time and I can't wait to sink into this world.

How Do You Like Me Now?
How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne

I would read Holly Bourne's shopping list, so when it was announced that she would be releasing her first adult book I knew it was going to be something that was going to be shooting to the top of my TBR pile. Pitched as 'a blisteringly funny, honest and moving exploration of love, friendship and navigating the emotional rollercoaster of your thirties' it sounds like a book that is right up my street. Although not quite 30, all of my friends are starting to get married or have babies so this sounds like a refreshing and hilarious book that will resonate with many of us!

The Queens of Innis LearThe Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

It's a fantasy retelling of King Lear and that is literally all I needed to know. King Lear is my all time favourite Shakespeare play and when I stumbled across this book there was no hesitation in my mind about needing it in my life. The erratic decisions of a prophecy obsessed king leaves the Innis Lear without its magic. The islands only chance is the realm has of survival is the crowning of a new monarch to resurrect magic and to defend the land. With the king refusing to crown an heir until the longest night of the year, the sisters prepare for war. How good does this sound?!


Thursday, 16 November 2017

2018 Anticipated Reads: Part 1

Hello everyone! With 2018 just around the corner, I thought I would start compiling my most anticipated reads that are coming in 2018. This next year promises a wealth of wonderful books and I can't wait to get my hands on them!