Medical MondaysFriendship Guest Post #4

This week’s post has been written by avid reader Maggie; Maggie suffers with bipolar 2OS, generalised anxiety, body dysmorphia, an eating disorder, OCD & boderline personality disorder so this post will of course contain discussions of these issues & things related to them.

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Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen

Orphan Monster SpyI’ve been putting off writing this review for a while now as I just don’t know what to say; Orphan Monster Spy was so captivating that I never wanted to put it down & was so heart-wrenching that I was left short of breath & desperate for more. Orphan Monster Spy will definitely be one of the best books of 2018, not just for me, but for the whole YA historical fiction community.

I was sent a copy of this book by Usborne Publishing in return for an honest review.

This book contains anti-Semitic slurs, ableist slurs, extreme violence & war-related themes.


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Throwback Thursday

TouchedRowena Crale and her family have moved from London.

They now live in a small English village in a cottage which seems to be resisting all attempts at renovation.
Walls ooze damp, stains come through layers of wallpaper, celings sag.
And strange noises – voices – emanate from empty rooms.
As Rowena struggles with the upheaval of builders while trying to be a dutiful wife and a good mother to her young children, her life starts to disintegrate.
And then, one by one, her daughters go missing …


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Medical MondaysFriendship Guest Post #3

This is the third instalment of my mini series of guest posts on how friendship can be affected by being sick; during the first post Megz wrote about how her type 2 bipolar disorder has affected her friendships throughout her life & last week Roxanne spoke about how her friendships have been affected by her generalised anxiety. This week Angela‘s post will be about how her collection of illness affects the ways she is able to socialise & how they affect her friendships.

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Caterpillars Can’t Swim by Liane Shaw

Caterpillars Can't Swim

Caterpillars Can’t Swim was one of my most highly anticipated releases of 2018; the book is about disability & escapism via swimming – two topics which are very important to me. The book is also about learning about marginalisation & about your own worth. It’s a beautiful book & one that I wish I’d had when I first became sick with syringomyelia.

I was sent an e-copy of this book by Second Story Press in return for an honest review.


This book includes an attempted suicide, as well as ableist & homophobic attitudes from characters,
including a negative reaction from a parent in a “coming out” scene.

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Throwback Thursday

YouCecilia is obsessively in love with her teacher, the older, married Mr. Dahl. She plots and speculates, yet she never guesses that what she dreams of could actually happen. Is it her imagination, or is the high-minded Mr. Dahl responding to her?

Cecilia’s mother Dora wants the good life. She and her husband moved to Dartmoor so their children could run wild, free to make their own choices and mistakes. But Dora discovers that there is more to the countryside idyll, and indeed to her own marriage, than she assumed, when she finds herself fascinated by the very last, the very worst person she could fall for: the elegant and dangerous Elisabeth Dahl.

Now, after twenty years, Cecilia is coming home, to face Dora, and to face her past. But the excitement and pain she had thought were buried cannot be buried. The past is a dangerous place.

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Down The TBR Hole #3

Down the TBR Hole

Down The TBR Hole is a meme set up by Lia at LostInAStory & involves deciding whether to keep or remove certain books from your TBR list. The meme works by going to your GoodReads to-read shelf, selecting “ascending” on date added, taking the first 5 (or how many you would like) books, reading their synopsis & then deciding whether to keep them on your TBR or to get rid of them. I’ll be doing this meme using my to-buy list, as my to-read list only includes books that I already own; after my second attempt I was left with 263 books on my to-buy list – that number how now gone up to 276 books 🤦‍♀️ I really am useless.

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