Blog tour alert! To celebrate the release of Celeste Ng’s new book Little Fires Everywhere I am part of the blog tour arranged by the publishers, Little Brown. I have read the book, loved the book and reviewed it below.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned — from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules…

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Kate Shackleton is back! She is one of my favourite book detectives and in Death in the Stars she is solving the murder of comic Billy Moffat. It’s 1927 and eclipse fever has taken over the country. Kate is asked to arrange a flight for a music hall star, Selina Fellini and Billy from Leeds to Giggleswick School. The school happens to be one of the best places to view the eclipse. Two things stuck me about this:

  • Why would anyone hire a private detective to sort out travel arrangements for them? There has to be something more.
  • Someone called a school ‘Giggleswick’ and thought it was a good idea.

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I am part of a book blog tour! I love these because a) I get to read a book well before publication, and b) well, I get to read a book well before publication.  Initially I wasn’t sent an actual copy of a The House. I was sent an envelope with a set of keys and a clue to unlocking a website….

Once I managed to solve that clue I was sent a copy of this book. It arrived almost perfectly as my holiday to Canada began so into my hand luggage it went. Enter stage left my mum who decided that she wanted to travel to Canada without hand luggage. I don’t know what her plan was – to survive a ten hour flight on wishful thinking and glitter? – but she lasted about three minutes after take-off before asking me if she could read The House. Since I am The Best Daughter In The World, I gave her the book and then spent a sizeable amount of time watching her plough through it, trying not to scream at one more exclamation of shock.

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Yesterday marked 20 years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling and almost 20 years since I started reading these books. I remember the moment my Dad picked up books one and two and insisted that Sister and I try reading something different. I remember him then reading the books to us every night and how both Sister and I had to finish them faster than bedtime stories would allow.

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Yesterday’s blog tour obviously wasn’t enough because here is another blog tour alert! It also has to be one of the biggest blog tours I have ever been involved with. 52 bloggers are taking part. 52. How crazy is that? Today’s blog tour features All The Good Things by Clare Fisher.

Twenty-one year old Beth is in prison. The thing she did is so bad she doesn’t deserve ever to feel good again.

But her counsellor, Erika, won’t give up on her. She asks Beth to make a list of all the good things in her life. So Beth starts to write down her story, from sharing silences with Foster Dad No. 1, to flirting in the Odeon on Orange Wednesdays, to the very first time she sniffed her baby’s head.

But at the end of her story, Beth must confront the bad thing.

What is the truth hiding behind her crime? And does anyone – even a 100% bad person – deserve a chance to be good?

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