Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Challenge criteria: A book that takes place in a single day.


Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

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Review: The Importance of Being Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

Challenge criteria: A book written by two female authors


Aisling is 29 and she’s still a complete Aisling.

After a tough year, things between herself and John are back on track, and life with Sadhbh and Elaine in their notiony Dublin apartment is more craic than ever.

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Review: Best Foot Forward by Adam Hills

This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.


Adam Hills was a quiet primary school kid with a prosthetic foot, who did all his homework and only spoke when spoken to. His dad sparked in him a love of comedy and together they’d spend hours watching and listening to the greats like Peter Sellers and Mel Brooks, so, when it was Adam’s turn to speak, he made sure he was funny.

Once he hit high school, comedy was Adam’s obsession (along with a deep love for the South Sydney Rabbitohs). While his mates were listening to Iron Maiden and AC/DC, he was listening to Kenny Everett and Billy Connolly. And when a report card came home with a comment praising his sense of humour, he was far prouder of that than his grades (his mum not so much).

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Review: My Name Is Anna by Lizzy Barber

2018 challenge criteria: A book that was nominated for an award in 2018

Disclaimer: This review is part of a blog tour run by the publisher, Penguin Random House. I was given a free copy of this book for my part in this tour. This has in no way affected my opinion of this book, nor the outcome of this review.


Two women – desperate to unlock the truth.
How far will they go to lay the past to rest?

ANNA has been taught that virtue is the path to God. But on her eighteenth birthday she defies her Mamma’s rules and visits Florida’s biggest theme park.

She has never been allowed to go – so why, when she arrives, does everything seem so familiar? And is there a connection to the mysterious letter she receives on the same day?

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My favourite bookmarks

Ask any bookworm in your life and they’ll tell you the same thing – to travel anywhere without a bookmark is just sacrilege, and an insult to the tree who gave his life so you may read.


You can use anything as a bookmark. I’ve been known to use a receipt, a train ticket or even a photo of one of my cats when in a bind. But, if there’s one thing I love, it’s a really beautiful bookmark. I zone in on bookmarks in shops like a woman possessed.

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