Throwback Thursday! The Crimson Petal and The White by Michael Faber.

Today is my first Throwback Thursday post where I tell you about a book that’s already in my collection. It can’t always be about brand new books. Especially at a time when people are struggling financially. All of my Thursday books should be available in your local library or might be found in a secondContinue reading “Throwback Thursday! The Crimson Petal and The White by Michael Faber.”

My Ramblings on the Reading Year 2021

Hello Subscribers and Visitors. This is me. The person behind The Lotus Readers. This is last August, on the beach at Beadnell with my dog Rafferty, during a brief relaxation of lockdown rules. This first year of my blog has been a tough one and this space, where I write about books is an oasisContinue reading “My Ramblings on the Reading Year 2021”

Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2021 Part 2

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslion Charles. John Murray Press 9th Feb 2021. IN THE DARKNESS OF WAR, THE LIGHT OF BOOKSI’ve had a particular interest in WW2 fiction more recently, because it’s a subject I’m using for my MA portfolio in Writing and Well-being. PARIS, 1939Odile Souchet is obsessed with books, and her newContinue reading “Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2021 Part 2”

Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2021 Part 1

The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex. Pan Macmillan. 4th March 2021 They say we’ll never know what happened to those men. They say the sea keeps its secrets . . . Cornwall, 1972. Three keepers vanish from a remote lighthouse, miles from the shore. The entrance door is locked from the inside. The clocks have stopped.Continue reading “Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2021 Part 1”

Books That Give Me The Christmassy Feeling,

I went up to the bathroom and found my mother crying and running the turkey under the hot tap. She said, ‘The bloody thing won’t thaw out, Adrian. What am I going to do?’ I said, ‘Just bung it in the oven.’ So she did.” Everybody’s favourite misunderstood, totally intellectual, teenage diarist, Adrian Mole, hasContinue reading “Books That Give Me The Christmassy Feeling,”

Bloodstock by Rod Humphris

Publication: Rat Tales Ltd Published: 2nd November 2020 ISBN: 978-1999651725 When I was first offered this book by the publisher I didn’t know what to expect. I hadn’t read the earlier books in the series and had never come across Rod Humphris or his hero Simon Ellice before. Having been assured I could enjoy thisContinue reading “Bloodstock by Rod Humphris”

The Missing Pieces of Nancy Moon by Sarah Steele

I was lucky enough to be sent an ARC copy of this a little while ago, but have found it difficult to get enough time to read it. Within a few pages it was clear I’ve been missing a treat. I absolutely loved this novel about family secrets, growing up and dress-making. We follow ourContinue reading “The Missing Pieces of Nancy Moon by Sarah Steele”

Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton

Publisher: Penguin Date: 29th October 2020 Paperback ISBN: 0241374510 Wow! I sat and read this book in two days straight because I had to know what happened to everyone. The book is so relevant to today’s world in terms of politics and is just so gripping. Lupton manages to combine contemporary use of the internet,Continue reading “Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton”

Halloween Reads: The Gothic Romances of the Brontes and Du Maurier

When we talk about classic Halloween reads we tend to think of M.R. James, Dracula or Frankenstein and they’re all brilliant. Most people don’t automatically reach for the Brontes, but for me they were my first scary reads. I was ten when I first read an abridged version of Jane Eyre, closely followed by watchingContinue reading “Halloween Reads: The Gothic Romances of the Brontes and Du Maurier”