Book Reviews

Review policy: I will read pretty much anything and everything but my favourite genres are children’s picture books, MG and YA fiction, fantasy and science-fiction. I also read historical and literary fiction as well as a variety of non-fiction on science, languages and linguistics, history and archaeology, etc. The only genre I tend not to read much of is crime, although I have enjoyed the odd crime novel.

I will not review everything I read because reviews are time-consuming and I would (usually!) rather spend that time reading more.

I do review all ARCs I receive on my blog, Goodreads and Netgalley (if applicable), generally from the perspective of an educator.

As a teacher, there are certain times during the year when I am simply overwhelmed with my day job so I cannot guarantee a quick turnaround on reviews – I will get there in the end! During the holidays, I read, review and blog much more frequently.

My ratings :

1 star – not for me, disliked it

2 stars – okay, feel quite indifferent about it

3 stars – good, liked it

4 stars – excellent, loved it

5 stars – exceptionally good, love it and will be racing out to purchase my own copy if I haven’t already.

I rarely review books in detail if I rate them two stars or below, unless it is an ARC in which case I attempt to provide useful feedback to explain the low rating.

Picture books

A Different Pond
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Argyle Fox
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Cinderella and the Furry Slippers
I Will Love You Forever
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The Last Tree
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MG books

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Ban This Book

YA books

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A Skinful of Shadows (sampler)
27 days
In 27 Days
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On the Spectrum
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The Circus