Review: Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

Challenge criteria: A book about feminism.


In a world in which baby girls are no longer born naturally, women are bred in schools, trained in the arts of pleasing men until they are ready for the outside world. At graduation, the most highly rated girls become “companions”, permitted to live with their husbands and breed sons until they are no longer useful.

For the girls left behind, the future – as a concubine or a teacher – is grim.

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Review: The Cows by Dawn O’Porter

Challenge criteria: A book with an anti-hero/villain


COW n. /ka?/

A piece of meat; born to breed; past its sell-by-date; one of the herd.

Women don’t have to fall into a stereotype.

The Cows is a powerful novel about three women. In all the noise of modern life, each needs to find their own voice.

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Book Twitter chats to watch out for

Twitter is one of the best tools a blogger has at their disposal. You can connect with so many other bloggers from across the globe, at any time of the day, and chat about some of the things you have in common.

For bloggers, Twitter chats are the best way to get together and natter on for an hour about things they love most. Book bloggers also get a look in, with plenty of options to get chatting. While there are some chats that occasionally have questions about books, there are some that focus mainly on reading.

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Review: How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne

Challenge criteria: A book you should have read in school.


All Amber wants is a little bit of love. Her mum has never been the caring type, even before she moved to California, got remarried and had a personality transplant. But Amber’s hoping that spending the summer with her can change all that.

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