Review: Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent

Challenge promptA book with a great first line.

Disclaimer: I read this book as part of a blog tour run by the publisher, Penguin Ireland. This has in no way impacted my opinion of the book, nor the outcome of this review.


Three brothers are at the funeral. One lies in the coffin.

Will, Brian and Luke grow up competing for their mother’s unequal love. As men, the competition continues – for status, money, fame, women …

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Favourite bookstagrammers

I set up my own Bookstagram account to keep my book habits away from my family and friends, and it’s (very) slowly starting to grow legs, thank you Instagram algorithm.

There are some places I go to instantly for inspiration, and to lust over their shelves. Funnily enough, the majority of them are Antipodean. You’d swear I live my life with one foot on a plane to Australia.

One day, my own little spot could turn out like one of these. Until then, I’ll just keep lusting.


(Psst – if you want to follow me too, that’s cool.)

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Fabulous Non Fiction

Like quite a lot of readers, I am an unashamed fan of fiction. I lose myself for hours in my latest reads, discovering new worlds and becoming acquainted with new characters. Or, at least I would, if my phone didn’t keep distracting me.

While I love fiction, there’s also a lot of love in my heart for non-fiction. There’s something special about reading people’s lives and stories that makes the book so lovely to read. There’s so many wonderful non-fiction books I’ve read that I love sharing with people.


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Why I Love Reading Contemporary YA

Around the bookverse, you often see readers berating and being berated for a number of things. Whether it’s for reading chick lit (which is apparently a book sin, something no one told me about) to enjoying the Twilight series (I was young.)

Something I see quite a lot is people bashing YA books. YA fiction can often be seen as “too youth-orientated, too simple, dealing with too superficial a topic” for adult readers to enjoy it. I am here to tell you that you are wrong.

With so much choice available in the vast realms of YA fiction, there really is something for everyone. Books dealing with issues such as race, sexuality, illness, bereavement and so, so many other aspects of daily life affect not just teens, but adults too. You never know what you’re missing out on.


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