Books for the mind

Book reviews and some personal bits and bobs of writing



The Christmas Box – Richard Paul Evans

This is one of those books that can be a timeless Christmas classic, published in 1993 The Christmas Box was a satisfying read during this Christmas season. Eye opening, slightly, but definitely emotional. It conveys a cheerful message that is... Continue Reading →


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon

When I first heard of this book I was very much intrigued by it. Who killed the dog. Who was writing the story. And so on. My initial thought was "why are the chapters numbered like this?" but this was... Continue Reading →

Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan

My first question once I discovered that the two characters in Will Grayson, Will Grayson lived with their single mothers was "they must have the same father" but whether this is explained, one had to discover themselves. I received the... Continue Reading →

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

This book was quite enjoyable, despite taking me a long time to read (unfortunately). It’s one of those books that takes you a while to get into, but in the end is rewarding, especially once you discover all the secrets... Continue Reading →

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby is one of those novels that people either shelve, read out of interest, or are obligated to read. I was both interested in reading it as well as needing to read it for as an English class... Continue Reading →

The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling

The Casual Vacancy by definition occurs when a high council member drops his status or dies, and in this book, everyone wants that one council chair which was so casually vacated. It is the first book by J.K. Rowling written... Continue Reading →

The Maze Runner – James Dashner

The Maze Runner by James Dashner, the first book of the Maze Runner series of dystopian fiction genre. It’s not exactly relatable, due to being set in a world different to this, yet reading this book does not take long... Continue Reading →

Go Ask Alice – Anonymous

Go Ask Alice by an anonymous author is a peculiar book n in first person by a teenage girl of 15, at the start, writing in her diary. It goes through her almost daily struggles in life with school, boys,... Continue Reading →

The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield

This book is beautiful, and wonderfully written and the imagery descriptions are spot on, which is why I have only selected a small amount of quotes, there were many yet these stood out the most. The Thirteenth Tale is a... Continue Reading →

The Collector – John Fowles

This book is so messed up. I would not classify this book as a horror novel. The Collector is more of a traumatizing novel, fictional naturally, but really disturbing. Frederick, going by the name Ferdinand in the text, decides to... Continue Reading →

The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet in Heaven I must admit, I may have teared up a few times when reading this book. It really is something special and quite thought provoking. It is quite a quick read, not only because... Continue Reading →

A Caribbean Mystery – Agatha Christie

A Caribbean Mystery clearly a mystery by the ever so classic Agatha Christie - I do really recommend this book, or any other. It is one of the few Miss Marple Mysteries, who is the protagonist in the book. In... Continue Reading →

A Murder of Quality – John le Carré

A Murder of Quality - a murder mystery of sorts by John le Carré set in England some time after the Second World War. An interesting text, that really keeps you anticipating wanting to find put who the murderer actually... Continue Reading →

Consumer Kids – Ed Mayo & Agnes Nairn

Consumer Kids: How Big Business is Grooming Our Children for Profit an eye opening text full of statistics that do in fact shock the reader by Chief Executive of Consumer Focus Ed Mayo and academic researcher and writer Dr. Agnes... Continue Reading →

How to Fall in Love – Cecelia Ahern

How to Fall in Love truly is a heart warming book by Cecelia Ahern (also the author of P.S. I Love You). The title gives off the feeling that it will be one of those advice books, which it quite... Continue Reading →

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