Books for the mind

Book reviews and some personal bits and bobs of writing



Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

A short story like The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is always pleasant to read. Likely due to the overall shortness of it. The plot doesn't drag on and nothing is left unsaid at the end. The... Continue Reading →


Dracula – Bram Stoker

Oh my this book took forever. Dracula seemed to take me a fair bit of time to read, let's face it, there is only so many vampire books that I can read in a year. Also, it is not the... Continue Reading →

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

I was in the cinema a while back and the trailer for this film came up. I immediately knew I needed to see it at some point, but felt it necessary to read the novel that it is based on.... Continue Reading →

1Q84 – Haruki Murakami

When I announced that this was going to be the next book I read, a friends of mine said “a tough start you found yourself”. I’m not quite sure why they said this, as it wasn’t especially challenging. I found... Continue Reading →

The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith

I had previously read The Cuckoo’s Calling and when I heard this book was coming out, I was very excited to pick it up and get engrossed by the fascinating language and descriptions the author feeds you through the chapters.... Continue Reading →

The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

I believe that this book was written by someone who is undergoing a kind of therapy. The book follows a 17 year old protagonist named Holden on his three day journey home from school. It’s reasonably obvious that he’s in... Continue Reading →

Smart – Kim Slater

Smart was not quite the book that I was expecting when I first picked it up, nonetheless it was still intriguing. The book follows the protagonist Kieran, a 15 year old with special needs. Hence one can say this was... Continue Reading →

The Watcher in the Shadows – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

I will never pass up an opportunity to read or buy a book by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, which is exactly how I came by The Watcher in the Shadows. Not going to lie, I have read this before but in... Continue Reading →

Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer truly did not really appeal to me all that much. It had two plots basically, they didn’t clash, however did not make it very easy to read or follow along closely. Firstly, the... 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 →

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