Mini-Reviews: Japanese fiction in translation

Mini-Reviews: Japanese fiction in translation   When I have the choice between reading another book or reviewing the one I have just read, I usually choose to read another one. As much as I adore shouting about books on my blog, reading is, after all, my first love! Therefore, I have decided to do some…

Library Loot: Non-fiction galore!

Library Loot: Non-fiction galore! Wow, it’s been an age since I posted one of these, despite the fact that I have been borrowing tonnes of books from the library, as always. I’m there at least once a week to pick up reservations and grab books from the ‘Recent Arrivals’ section, plus buy books in the…

Waiting on Wednesday: The Last Paper Crane

Waiting on Wednesday: The Last Paper Crane   The Last Paper Crane Written by Kerry Drewery pages Published by Hot Key Books Publication date: April 2020 Summary (from Goodreads): One thousand paper cranes to achieve your heart’s desire. 1945, Hiroshima: Ichiro is a teenage boy relaxing at home with his friend Hiro. Moments later there…

Waiting on Wednesday: Seven Deadly Shadows

Waiting on Wednesday: Seven Deadly Shadows   Seven Deadly Shadows Written by Courtney Alameda and Valynne E. Maetani ? pages Published by Harper Collins Publication date: 28th January 2020 Summary (from Goodreads): Kira Fujikawa has always been a girl on the fringe. Bullied by her peers and ignored by her parents, the only place Kira’s…

Library Loot: Society, Magic and Warriors

Library Loot: Society, Magic and Warriors This week has been half-term so I have been to my local library twice and the library in the next town across once…what can I say? I love my libraries! My local librarians commented on how ‘active’ I have been with making reservations…so many great books that I need…

Six for Sunday: Books I want to reread

Six for Sunday: Books I want to reread The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle When Fionn Boyle sets foot on Arranmore Island, it begins to stir beneath his feet … Once in a generation, Arranmore Island chooses a new Storm Keeper to wield its power and keep its magic safe from enemies. The time…

Six for Sunday: Favourite series/trilogies

Six for Sunday: Favourite series/ trilogies This is a cruel prompt this week – only choose six series or trilogies that are favourites?! Six?! This is tough! Could you narrow down your favourites to just six? I have gone for a few which are longstanding favourites, as well as several that you will have heard…

Nerd Poured Candle Crate: Dreaming of Ghibli

NPCC: Dreaming of Ghibli This is the second month that I have ordered this new candle subscription box from Geeky Clean, with three candles, a bookmark and an enamel pin delivered to your door every month. I previously bought the theme for July – For the Love of Books. The website describes the crate like…

Waiting on Wednesday: Empress of All Seasons

Empress of All Seasons Written by Emiko Jean 384 pages Published by HMH Children’s Book Group Publication date: 6th November 2018 Genre: YA, Fantasy Summary (from Goodreads): In a palace of illusions, nothing is what it seems. Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive…

Book Review: Starfish

Starfish Written by Akemi Dawn Bowman 340 pages Published by: Black and White Publishing (Ink Road) Publication date: 5th April 2018 Summary (from Goodreads): Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers…

Waiting on Wednesday: Starfish

Starfish Written by Akemi Dawn Bowman 340 pages Published by: Black and White Publishing (Ink Road) Publication date: 5th April 2018 Summary (from Goodreads): Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers…

Book Review: I will love you forever

I will love you forever Written and illustrated by Tatsuya Miyanashi 40 pages Published by Museyon Publication date: 1st June 2017 Age range: In Japan from age 3, for this particular book maybe 5+ Summary: (from Goodreads) A female Maiasaura finds a lost egg in the forest and decides to look after it with her…