Reading This Week: 20 May 2019

So I only finished three books last week, but I’m not sure what took up all of my time (other than watching Eurovision).

This week I’m planning on reading the books I didn’t get to last week, and making a start on my stack of library books. These are all of the books I currently have out from the library, and it’s starting to get out of hand.

Looking at this picture, I’ve realised that I’m only supposed to have 12 books from the library, so two of these haven’t been scanned out properly. Oops.

I haven’t read any library books in the last couple of weeks. Where I live the mobile library comes once a week, but I’m out of the office several days in June so I’m going to miss three weeks. So I’m hoping to read as many as I can in the next week so I can return them before the end of June.

What are you reading this week? Have you read any of these books? Do you have any recommendations on what I should start with?

Review: Space Opera


After years a war the galaxy finally came up with a solution to decide which species were sentient and deserved to live. A singing contest. Humanity are invited to join this contest for the first time, to prove their sentience. If they don’t compete, or finish last, they will be destroyed.
Welcome to the Metagalatic Grand Prix

Let me start my review by saying I wanted to like this book. I love Eurovision (as anyone who follows me on twitter will have noticed), so when I saw a book that was Eurovision in space I was so excited to read it. This book did not live up to my expectations, it didn’t even come close.

The writing style tried too hard to be Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, with long, wordy, rambling sentences and tangents that didn’t add to the story. Most of this book was filler, not furthering the plot in any way.

I didn’t find the main characters to be particularly likeable, and the book didn’t spend enough time with them to change my opinion. There were more chapters and scenes that didn’t feature the main characters than did, but these didn’t introduce any other characters in the book.

I think the author had spent too much time world building for this book, and wanted to show that off, with all of the different planets and alien species. Unfortunately the book didn’t have a strong enough plot to support this, the actual singing competition was only twenty pages.

I hard to force myself to finish this book. If I hadn’t been so excited (and paid £12) I probably would have DNF’d it within the first hundred pages.

Reading This Week: 13 May 2019

It’s Eurovision!!!

This week is Eurovision and I am ridiculously excited. Eurovision is possibly my favourite event of the entire year. I cannot wait. I’ve been excited for the last two months, and am already listening to the songs for this year. Which brings me onto the first book I’m planning to read this week.


I first saw this book back in March, and the basic premise is Eurovision in space. That was the only thing I needed to know before ordering this book, but I wanted to wait until Eurovision to read it. Hopefully this will live up to my expectations (by which I mean be completely ridiculous like actual Eurovision).

As well as Space Opera, I have a really exciting reading week planned.


I ordered I Know Who You Are back in 2017, and managed to get one of the slots on The Pigeonhole, that meant I could start reading it a week early, so I have the final few sections to read this week.

Lost Daughter is another pre-order that I’m really excited to read. I wanted to start reading this straight away, not realising that I’d have to wait for two months, so I’m thrilled that it will be downloading this week.

I’m a huge Hannibal Lecter fan, so I had to order Thomas Harris’s new novel. I didn’t even read the blurb before ordering this, so I have no idea what it’s about.


My final two books for the week are the first books I’ve been approved for on NetGalley. I’m starting to feel like a proper book blogger now, and I can’t wait to get started on these two. The Honeymoon and The Face in the Crowd are both thrillers, so exactly the type of book I love to curl up with of an evening.

This feels like an ambitious week, particularly as I’ll be spending three evenings watch Eurovision. I have more of a desire than usual to not go to work, and instead spend all day reading.

What are you reading this week? Have you read any of the books on my TBR for this week? Most importantly, will you be watching Eurovision?

Review: The Rumour

The Rumour by Lesley Kara

Joanna just wants her son to fit in when they move to a new town. So if passing on a rumour to the other mums gets him invited to parties, and the babysitting club, it isn’t really hurting anyone. It’s just a rumour.

Residents of Flinstead-on-sea don’t take kindly to the suggestion that someone among them could be a child killer. Joanna can’t stop the events that follow as tensions rise, and fingers are pointed. Joanna doesn’t know who she can trust anymore, as she tries to protect her son.

This was a really interesting book. The story is told from Joanna’s point of view and this gives a fascinating insight into the mind of a mother.

One of the most striking things about this book is how well Lesley Kara describes how the residents of the town react to the rumour. The reaction is very realistic, and it’s easy to imagine how quickly this situation would reach boiling point in real life. Kara also manages to create sympathy for many of the characters, even when we suspect them of being the murderer.

I did see the twist coming but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story. I’ll be keeping an eye out for future releases by Lesley Kara.

Reading This Week: 6 May 2019

We’re into the first full week of May, it’s a bank holiday in the UK, and the weather is miserable (as is standard for all bank holidays in the UK). This does give me a great excuse to stay inside reading all day though.

I only finished two books last week, not as many as I had hoped. I need to try and set aside more time for reading during the week.

Cover of Exile by Glynn Stewart
Cover of the house wife by Valerie Keogh
Cover of Ink

I only read one book for the Avengers Readathon last week, so I need to read a lot more this week if I’m going to finish on time. These three books are the ones I’m most looking forward to reading from that list.


I’ve seen quite a few posts about Envy recently, and the kindle version was on sale so I’m hoping it will live up to my expectations. I’ve ended up with too many books from the library, and The Humans cannot be renewed so I’m moving that to the top of my library pile.

I’m behind on my books from The Pigeonhole, so I’m hoping to finish at least one of those this week, and A Good Enough Mother has been there the longest (and is possibly due to expire soon).

Dominick opening his presents from Mummy
Dominick making sure there’s nothing left in the gift bag

It was also my cat’s birthday on Wednesday, and because I am insane a wonderful mother, he got presents, a cake and a balloon. Dominick also got a present from my friends cat Lily, they’ve never actually met but they have an adorable pen pal relationship in which they send each other cards and presents. I have never written a Thank You card for a human, but I have now given one to a cat (from Dominick of course).

What are you reading this week? Have you read any of the books on my TBR, and what did you think?

April 2019 Round-Up

It doesn’t feel like it’s been a month since I was last doing this, yet here we are in May. I finished twenty books in April, not as many as I hoped, and I didn’t manage to complete either readathon, but twice as many as March.

Books Read in April


The Passengers – John Marrs

Nine Perfect Strangers – Liane Moriarty

A Whole New World – Liz Braswell

We Were Liars – E. Lockhart


Murder Games – James Patterson & Howard Roughan

Pet Sematary – Stephen King

As Old As Time – Liz Braswell

Twisted – Steve Cavanagh

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

The Humid – Russell Cordner

Circe – Madeline Miller

The Chalk Man – C. J. Tudor

The Hunting Party – Lucy Foley

Quality DNA by [Martin, Beth]

Quality DNA – Beth Martin

The Lights – Nathan Kuzack

The Rumour – Lesley Kara

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare


Demon Seed – Dean Koontz


The Bad Mother

I Am Not a Serial Killer

I still have reviews for some of these to be published over the next week or so. I’m also still trying to decide the best way to do my monthly round-up.

May Goals

I haven’t finished any of the books from the Avengers Readathon yet, and there are a couple of books that I’m really excited to read this month. Otherwise I’m planning on having a less structured month and reading whatever I’m in the mood for.

I’m only 20 books away from my Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2019, so I’m hoping I might be able to complete that this month.

What did you read in April? What are your reading goals for May?

Review: The Lights ★★★★

Thank you to the author for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review


The Lights are all over the Earth. Is it the rapture, or an alien invasion? Steven and his father have a plan for when the Lights come, but when someone needs Steven’s help will he stick to the plan, or abandon it to save her?

I really liked this book, there were a couple of points in the first few chapters when I thought the writing was a bit jarring, but after that I was enjoying the book so much that I didn’t notice any more.

This book was really interesting in the way it considered both science and religion as an explanation for the lights. Usually in these books one option is right, and people who believe the other are seen as crazy, but in this both options are seen as valid and we don’t know which is correct. We see good and bad from both sides, and the reader interprets which option they choose to believe.

One of the things I loved about this book was Steven and his father’s reaction to the Lights. In some ways it reminded me of The War of the Worlds in the lack of urgency and the very British way of reacting to things. Steven and his father have a plan to escape, but are waiting until the Lights actually come to their town to escape. This was very similar to The War of the Worlds in which people are unconcerned until the aliens are actively attacking them. Aliens two miles down the road is fine.

After the Lights arrive the story follows a more traditional plot, trying to stay out of the path of the Lights as they face more challenges to survive. Even though this follows a familiar plot I was still engrossed in the book and it didn’t detract from my enjoyment. Nathan Kuzack creates characters that you come to care about very quickly.

This book feels like a traditional sci-fi and I’d recommend it to both fans of YA, and those who prefer more adult books. This was a unique take on possible aliens and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I’m definitely going to be reading more books by this author.

Let me know if you read this book because I’d love to talk about it.

Reading The Lights at 37,000 feet