The Secret Commonwealth

Philip Pullman’s The Secret Commonwealth is the second volume of the Book of Dust. Lyra Silvertongue has grown up and lost her sense of adventure and imagination, attributes that once defined her. La Belle Sauvage, the first volume of the Book of Dust, followed baby Lyra and young Malcolm. His Dark Materials – the original … Continue reading The Secret Commonwealth

What If It’s Us

Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera co-authored What If It’s Us; a cute, gay romance with some diverse and realistic characters bursting with personality. Ben is broken-hearted and stuck in summer school. Arthur is interning at his mother’s office and in love with everything New York. After a chance encounter at the post office the boys … Continue reading What If It’s Us


Eoin Colfer’s Highfire chronicles the hilarious and action-packed adventures of a well-intentioned but wild tearaway, a crooked constable, and a snarky, fire-breathing dragon. Vern may be the last dragon on Earth, but he hadn’t survived this long by causing a scene or getting caught up in human affairs. He had been quite content hiding out … Continue reading Highfire

The Starless Sea

Erin Morgenstern’s The Starless Sea is a magical, mythical, fantastical story about stories. As with her debut novel, The Night Circus, I was right there for every step of the journey, excited to see what wonder would come next. At a young age, Zachary Ezra Rawlins discovers a door painted on a wall behind his … Continue reading The Starless Sea

Reading round-up 2019

I get my book recommendations from all over the place: friends, bookstore staff picks, email newsletters, library displays, podcasts, tube station posters, or just snapping up the next release from a favourite author. My approach to most things is quite methodical, but when picking my next book it’s different every time. I definitely judge books … Continue reading Reading round-up 2019

Carry On and Wayward Son

Rainbow Rowell’s Simon Snow series is magical, charming, hilarious, heart-warming, and just tremendous fun. Now, I’m wary of spoilering so I won’t summarise the story, but instead present the blurb from Carry On – it sets the scene and the tone so well: Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen. That’s … Continue reading Carry On and Wayward Son