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Book Review: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie 

Published: 1938

Pages: 256

Rating: 5/5

Sypnosis From Goodreads:

Motives for Murder: A fortune in uncut diamonds, hidden by an eccentric old man A woman’s love, too freely given A business empire built on ruthlessness Each of them may have been a motive for the brutal slaying of wealthy old Simeon Lee. Coupled with Lee’s family, each member of which hated him and wished to see him dead, they presented Hercule Poirot with a baffling challenge–one which the astute detective solved only through his uncanny ability to see “the little things.”

My Thoughts:

My third read of this gem by Dame Agatha Christie, one of my favourite festive season reads and one of my favourite books of hers. She’s my favourite author and I’ll never tire of re reading her books. 

Old Simeon Lee has gathered his family around for a Christmas together; but on Christmas Eve, everyone hears loud screaming and wailing from the patriarch’s room. But the door is bolted from the inside; after breaking it down, they find masses of furniture overturned and the elderly man dead, his throat slit. 

What ensues is a mystery like no other; though I read this twice before, so I knew what was coming, it was an utter delight reading as everything unfolded once more. 

The characters are all mostly likeable; the Lee sons, i couldn’t hate any of them and I felt for them having been subjected to such a sadistic parent as Mr Lee (you’ll find a similar theme in Agatha Christie’s Crooked House and Appointment with Death). 

In terms of couples; Alfred and Lydia remain my favourite. The most loyal of Simeon’s sons, he can’t find fault with his father and will always defend him no matter what; Lydia is slightly more scathing when it comes to Mr Lee, but at the same time she loves her husband and isn’t too hurtful to him. I think she appreciates him and while she didn’t care for her father in law; her love for her husband was triumphant over all. 

Pilar and Stephen’s relationship was adorable, reading about how it blossomed from their first initial meeting on a train, where initially neither knew that the other was headed to the same destination. From the word go, there’s lots of mystery surrounding her character, and it’s not until the surprising revelation at the end where everything well and truly comes together with her character. 

Poirot, although he doesn’t make an appearance until the first quarter is over, shines as usual. I do adore the little Belgian with his egg shaped head; and his constructing of the case’s results are immaculate as his moustache. 

When I initially started re reading this, I was listening along to the audiobook too, narrated by nonr other than Poirot regular, Hugh Fraser. He did a fantastic job, reading all the characters lines perfectly.

Favourite quotes:

“I believe the present matters — not the past! The past muust go. If we seek to keep the past alive, we end, I think, by distorting it. We see it in exaggerated terms — a false perspective.”

“In conversation, points arise! If a human being converses much, it is impossible for him to avoid the truth!”


Book Review : The Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

Book one in the Tiger Saga Quartet

Published: 2011 by Hodder and Stoughton

Pages: 501

Rating: 5/5

Sypnosis From Goodreads:

Passion. Fate. Loyalty.

Would you risk it all to change your destiny?
The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.
Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.
My Thoughts:

Wow. What an agonising roller coaster of feelings. That was one beautiful and wild ride.

From the first page, reading Houck’s beautiful writing; I could tell I had found a winner of a read here. It was marvellous, and so refreshing! I haven’t read anything like it before. An instant favourite; firstly, the settings. The circus; who hasn’t dreamt of running away and joining the circus, or at least, like our protagonist gets to, work for the circus. I felt like I was there: seeing all the animals do their tricks and soaking up the carnival atmosphere. 

Then we meet the tiger, Ren, as he’s nicknamed. I utterly adore big cats; so as soon as I met Ren, there was nothing but instant wow there. The tiger was written so majestically, and I instantly fell deep for the bond that he and Kelsey soon forged. She even read poetry and Shakespeare to him, bless. 

The setting soon changes to India, and that’s where it all starts happening and things start coming together. I’m purposely being vague because I don’t believe in spoilers; but gosh; from here on in it was a ride of mystery, intrigue, love and absolute fantasy and magic; where Kelsey must risk all to put together a prophecy that will break the Tiger’s Curse forever. All throughout the story, I felt as if I was right there with her; seeing what she could see and feeling what she felt.

Throughout; there was so much wit and friendly banter between the two characters; I found myself laughing so loud at those times with this book, especially at these lines: 

“That was a pygmy marmoset by the way. Just in case you were wondering.”

I wheezed. “Thank you oh Walking Monkey Dictionary.” 
“Vampire sea horse monkeys? Are you serious?” 

They were just so fabulously weaved into the story and they just worked so well! I’m grinning even now; although:

The last few chapters were utterly gut wrenching, and I was shrieking at Kelsey and Ren for being so angsty. But gosh, I love them so. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for them in the next three books.

I loved the references throughout to Shakespeare and the Wizard of Oz, books being mentioned within books is always a happy thing. 

Favourite Quotes:

“Why does everything so bad for you always taste so dreamy?” 

“What is real and what is not is for your heart to decide and for your heart to know.” 

Book Review : The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory

Book 4 in The Cousin’s War series

Published; 2012 by Simon and Schuster

Pages: 427

Rating: 5/5

Sypnosis From Goodreads:

Spies, poison, and curses surround her…

Is there anyone she can trust? 

The Kingmaker’s Daughter is the gripping story of the daughters of the man known as the “Kingmaker,” Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick: the most powerful magnate in fifteenth-century England. Without a son and heir, he uses his daughters, Anne and Isabel as pawns in his political games, and they grow up to be influential players in their own right. In this novel, her first sister story since The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory explores the lives of two fascinating young women.
At the court of Edward IV and his beautiful queen, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne grows from a delightful child to become ever more fearful and desperate when her father makes war on his former friends. Married at age fourteen, she is soon left widowed and fatherless, her mother in sanctuary and her sister married to the enemy. Anne manages her own escape by marrying Richard, Duke of Gloucester, but her choice will set her on a collision course with the overwhelming power of the royal family and will cost the lives of those she loves most in the world, including her precious only son, Prince Edward. Ultimately, the kingmaker’s daughter will achieve her father’s greatest ambition.

My Thoughts:

What an utterly fantastic read. Philippa Gregory never disappoints. I enjoyed the first three books in her Cousin’s War series, this one however, may just be my favourite thus far. 

It tells the story of Anne and Isabel Neville, daughters of Warwick, the Kingmaker. They were pawns in their father’s quest for power; and were frequently used for their father’s gain. 

This book was so illumating and enjoyable; what sets Philippa Gregory apart from other authors of the historical fiction genre is that long before she wrote novels, she was an avid historian. She researches every novel immaculately; and I always feel like she breathes new life into these women of days gone by.

We’re with Anne and Isabel from 1465 to 1485, and so much happens! This novel was so fast paced and never dull; we see both Neville girls through their younger years, their sisterly banter, their marriages, their childbirths, and the tragedy of both women’s untimely passings, as well as that of Richard Neville and George Plantagenet. 

I have long admired and been interested in both Neville sisters, I feel like they are both under appreciated heroines from history. They are fierce, loyal, loving and were exploited by their family as many other girls were; merely used for the elevation of their father. I can’t wait to read more about them. 

This novel, although historical fiction, has many underlying, gripping themes; paranoia, romance, action and betrayal. It is truly every woman for themselves at Court. 

Gregory’s writing is so lush and majestic, as with other books I’ve read; I pictured myself there along with Izzy and Anne; I shared their feelings throughout and experienced what they were going through.

What else I deeply admire about Gregory is that she flipped history on its head with this book; making Elizabeth Woodville the primary enemy; it made for darker reading what with all the conspiracies that surrounded Lady Isabel and George Plantagenet’s death. 

Favourite Quotes:

“She has a smile that grows slowly and then shines, like an angel’s smile.”

“I would carry myself with much more dignity than her. I wouldn’t whisper with the king and demean myself as she did. I wouldn’t send out dishes and wave to people like she did. I wouldn’t trail all my brothers and sisters into court like she did. I would be much more reserved and cold. I wouldn’t smile at anyone, I wouldn’t bow to anyone. I would be a true queen, a queen of ice, without family or friends.” 

And thus concludes another review, thanks for reading 🙂

Happy reading, Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett

Published: 2013 by Wheeler Books

Pages: 556

Rating: 5/5

Sypnosis From Goodreads:

A mysterious portrait ignites an antiquarian bookseller’s search through time and the works of Shakespeare for his lost love.

Hay-on-Wye, 1995. Peter Byerly isn’t sure what drew him into this particular bookshop. Nine months earlier, the death of his beloved wife, Amanda, had left him shattered. The young antiquarian bookseller relocated from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, Peter is shocked when a portrait of Amanda tumbles out of its pages. Of course, it isn’t really her. The watercolor is clearly Victorian. Yet the resemblance is uncanny, and Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture’s origins.
As he follows the trail back first to the Victorian era and then to Shakespeare’s time, Peter communes with Amanda’s spirit, learns the truth about his own past, and discovers a book that might definitively prove Shakespeare was, indeed, the author of all his plays.
Guaranteed to capture the hearts of everyone who truly loves books, The Bookman’s Tale is a former bookseller’s sparkling novel and a delightful exploration of one of literature’s most tantalizing mysteries, with echoes of Shadow of the Wind and A.S. Byatt’s Possession.
My Thoughts:

Oh golly gosh. This book just instantly warmed my heart and the backstory kinda shattered it at the same time. This was fascinating, illuminating and so richly written, even through the early stages of the book, I knew I had discovered a favourite. 

The character has my dream job; an antique bookseller. Peter was such a lovely protagonist, and he was never dull and I loved reading about his student days and his first meeting with the woman that would soon become his late wife. 

What made this book so endearing was that it was a book for book lovers; and I felt like I was in the bookstore and libraries where it was set. I could almost smell the musty pages and feel the covers of those beautiful old volumes. 

This also focuses on Shakespeare, with the main character Peter, discovering a volume of Shakespeare forgeries, which leads to the eternal question; did Shakespeare write his own work? I loved the constant debate throughout and the references to who might have actually written those plays, Sonnets and poems. 

The mystery was so rich too, Peter discovers within this book, a portrait of a lady who bares an uncanny resemblance to his beloved late wife, Amanda. Even until the end, I was itching to find out who this woman was. 

The time jump between Peter’s time with Amanda, from their first meeting, wedding and her death (which was so tragic), to Peter in the present day, to London in 1609 onwards, the writing was never dull and it combined murder, intrigue, secret tunnels and a love story; it made for a truly remarkable and memorable reading experience. 

Favourite quotes:

“That must be something to discover a book that nobody’s ever heard of or everybody thought was lost.”

“It’s every bibliophile’s dream,” said Francis, and Peter knew in a second that it was his own.” 

“The best way to learn about books,” he said, “is to spend time with them, talk about them, defend them.” 

Book Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows.

Published: 2016 by Walker Books

Pages: 414

Rating: 5/5

Sypnosis From Goodreads:

Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…

Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…
Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.
The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads? 
My Thoughts: 

Firstly, let me make it clear; I’m a massive history enthusiast and Lady Jane Grey is one of my favourite figures from history, a hero of mine, in fact. 

So when I started reading this book, I had so much trepidation going in; what if it made such a mockery of the times, and characters? 

Which of course, it did; but oh my goodness it was so well done! This was one of the most trippiest books that I’ve ever read; it’s so unique, and it was so entertaining. I laughed, large, snorting laughs so many times throughout. I loved the almost sarcastic narration from the authors throughout. 

I love how they portrayed the characters; if I wasn’t reading a satirical piece; I would’ve felt as if that they were writing the characters as they actually were in real life! 

I especially loved the chapters that the young, sick, Prince Edward, narrated. I had always wondered what would be going on in his mind, as a teriminally ill boy, who was King of England no less, and in a sense, this made me sympathise with him more.

Guildford Dudley, or Gifford as he’s called; now, I would be fibbing if I didn’t say that I slightly crushed on him throughout. His and Jane’s relationship with one another made me majorly swoon; they’re both precious. 

I loved the take on Bess, Queen Elizabeth I, and the supporting character, Gracie. They were both brilliant characters; strong willed, fierce ladies; and I totally shipped Gracie with Edward. I felt the portrayal of Mary I was quite cruel, I mean, I’ve never been her number one fan, but she was always so strict and blinded by her faith to see anything other than what she wanted to see. 

Jane was the hero of this book for me; she was portrayed just as I picture her in history, minus the fact that she could turn into a ferret in this book (yes, you so read that right!). I always love a character that loves reading books! And Jane loves her books. 

I must say also that I thought the concept of these people being able to turn into animals was quite wickedly clever;it added a lot of comic relief throughout the story and resulted in those laughs from me. 

In all it’s whackinesd, this book became a fast favourite and I’d definitley read it again.

I really hope The Lady Janies, the three authors, collaborate more on books like these. I’d love to read their takes on other historical figures. 

Favourite quotes:

‘Books were Jane’s great love: history and philosophy and religion, mostly; but anything she could get her hands on.’

‘Who on earth could feel comfortable enough to sleep in a room with no books?’
And thus concludes my review, thanks for reading, 

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Book 3 in the Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children series. 

Published: 2015 by Quirk Books

Pages: 458

Rating: 5/5

Sypnosis From Goodreads:

A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.

The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.
They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.
My Thoughts:

I truly didn’t want this series to end, I would happily read 100 books about everything Peculiar. I just love this book world so much. It’s definitely been a one of a kind trilogy, and I daresay nothing would be able to match up with its level of both peculiarity and awesomeness. 

This third instalment was by far my favourite in the series; it had me even further on the edge of my seat than the previous two books, and my heart was racing as I kept reading. I was so nervous for our Peculiar friends, would they find each other once again? Would Jacob have to make a life altering decision? Read the book and find out 😉

There were so many twists and turns throughout; and Riggs’ captures the eras perfectly. I felt like I was travelling along with my Peculiar friends; speaking of which, Emma and Jacob were both badass in this book! There were definitley no dull moments where they were concerned; around the  75% mark especially, I was screaming and gasping in shock as to what was happening. 

Through the first third of this book also, I missed characters such as Bronwyn, Olive and even grumpy Enoch; not all was lost though, they all made reappearances – as did our favourite ymbrene, Miss Alma Le Fay Peregrine and our new furry friend, Addison, the talking dog. All these characters were utterly brilliant and endearing in their own way; I’ll definitely miss reading about their adventures. 

I’m officially in awe of Ransom Riggs and his wonderful, magical writing style. It really was all the genres rolled into one epic trilogy that definitley stands as one of my all time favourites. 

I loved the moment when the meaning of the title of the book came to light. It was horrifically perfect; and the library of souls itself was utterly nightmare inducing. The book, like its others, were so atmospheric, you really feel like you can picture what your reading play out in your head as a movie. 

Thank you Mr Riggs, for writing such a wonderful series. 

And thus ends another review. I hope you’re all having a great weekend and happy reading 🙂 

Book Review: Forever Autumn by Mark Morris

A Doctor Who New Adventure novel featuring The Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones. 

Published: 2005 by BBC Books

Pages: 244

Rating: 5/5

Sypnosis From Goodreads:

It is almost Halloween in the sleepy New England town of Blackwood Falls. Autumn leaves litter lawns and sidewalks, paper skeletons hang in windows, and carved pumpkins leer from stoops and front porches.

The Doctor and Martha soon discover that something long-dormant has awoken in the town, and this will be no ordinary Halloween. What is the secret of the ancient chestnut tree and the mysterious book discovered tangled in its roots? What rises from the local churchyard in the dead of night, sealing up the lips of the only witness? And why are the harmless trappings of Halloween suddenly taking on a creepy new life of their own?
As nightmarish creatures prowl the streets, the Doctor and Martha must battle to prevent both the townspeople and themselves from suffering a grisly fate…
Featuring the Tenth Doctor and Martha as played by David Tennant and Freema Agyeman in the hit sci-fi series from BBC Television. 
My Thoughts:

Now this is how a Doctor Who novel should be written; it was an utterly brilliant read and I could see everything play out in my mind as I read it; it was simply just like watching an episode as I read; I could even hear the characters read the lines!

The setting was initially so spooky and atmospheric; I loved the continuing mist throughout the book, and it maintained its spooky theme throughout the story. I mean, who doesn’t love a good story where monsters rise from the grave? I was even so spooked initially that I would only read it when the sun was still out! 

The plot was genius too; I felt like it kept Martha and myself guessing and intrigued, with only The Doctor to guide us through the story. I also loved that a book itself (yes, a book within a book, of sorts) was so integral to the story. A magic book, nonetheless; one that had its own powers and a mind of its own. 

The characters were written so well! Ten especially; he’s one of my favourite Doctors, and I found myself laughing out loud at so many of his lines and quirky actions; I loved the constant references to the Doctor’s past adventures (eg, the cats dressed as Nuns). It was also so entertaining to picture him scoff down that ice cream sundaes, as well as hearing him speak in his usual rapid pace when trying to avoid a sticky situation. 

Martha was for once, written as she should be; I adore her, and feel she’s vastly underrated in the Doctor Who fandom; she’s intelligent and more than able to adequately hold her own, which we saw in this novel. 

The supporting characters were great too; and I loved the elderly lady with her cluster of cats – when I first met them earlier on in the book; the cats caught me by such shock that I wasn’t able to look at my own the same for the rest of that day (they were demonic, and I often joke about my own cat being a little demon!).

This book was packed to the brim with amazing quotes, here I will list my favourites; 

“Old enough to make my teeth itch. And my palms…maybe I’m allergic.”

“You’d better avoid Keith Richards then,” said Martha. “He’d bring you out in hives.”

“That’s what I love about you, Martha Jones! You use your brain!”
“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.”

“Fear is a sign of intelligence.”

“Forward, backward, sideways. Half the time I don’t know whether I’m coming or going.”

And finally, one that resonated strongly with me, and I feel the rest of you will enjoy; 

“Never underestimate the power of the printed word. End of story.”

Thanks for reading my review, guys. Until next time, happy reading, Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

The second novel of Miss Peculiar’s Home For Peculiar Children:

Published: 2014 by Quirk Books

Pages: 394

Rating: 5/5

Sypnosis From Goodreads:

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2)

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Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2)

by Ransom Riggs

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.
Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.
My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this one even more than book 2! When I started it; I had left a small period of time between the first and the second book, but it definitley felt like I had not at all been away from Jacob and the other Peculiars! 

This was an utterly enthralling page turner if there ever was one; I was constantly on the edge of my seat throughout as I was reading. 

There were many surprises and shocks in store for our Peculiar friends here; and I loved meeting all the new characters; and learning more about the current characters and their backstories; I really in particularly enjoyed Emma’s back story, as it made me sympathise with her more (I found her slightly tiresome at the start of the novel, same with Jacob, but they both quickly redeemed themselves in this book even more. 

Having read Riggs’ “Tales of a The Peculiar”, I was so excited to hear it mentioned throughout the book; it was so fascinating how the characters drew on the stories for more than just comfort; the stories themselves actually helped our characters outside of the book. 

One thing that remains for me to mention is that I love that these Peculiars stand together, no matter what. It’s amazing, even though they banter between one another, their loyalties lie to one another and of course to their beloved ymbrene, Alma Le Fay Peregrine.

There was so much heart pumping angst in this book, towards the end, especially. After shouting briefly at Jacob and Emma (you’ll understand when you read it) I raced on, and was gasping by the very last few pages. I never would’ve guessed that it could have gone that way; what a brilliant plot device! I can’t wait to start book 3, though I’ll be going into it wearily, knowing that it will see yet another favourite series of mine come to a close. 

Favourite Quotes:

“Strange, I thought, how you can be living your dreams and your nightmares at the very same time.” 

“Some truths are expressed best in the form of myth.”

“I liked this idea: that peculiarness wasn’t a deficiency, but an abundance; that it wasn’t we who lacked something normals had, but they who lacked peculiarness. That we were more, not 

Book Tag

Book Tag: This is My Genre; Tell me Yours: Book Tag.I was tagged to do this delicious bookish blog tag by , thank you 🙂 and thank you to Drew over at for creating such a tag 🙂
The Rules:
• Tag Drew as the creator of the tag and link to his blog

• Answer the questions

• Tag as many people as you like

1. What is your favourite genre?
I have two. I can’t bring myself to choose, so I’ll mention both. Historical fiction and fantasy are my all time favourite genres. I tend to read more Young Adult Fantasy, but I still adore and read Adult Fantasy too. In terms of Historical Fiction: I tend to read those that are set during The Wars of The Roses and The Tudor Court. 
2. Who is your favourite author from that genre?
I have many favourite fantasy authors; JK Rowling will have to be the one that I choose here though, because she was the one that pulled me into the genre at such a young age; opening my eyes up to all the magic and wonder that was and still is the Harry Potter series. My favourite historian and historical fiction author is Philippa Gregory, hands down. I discovered her books in my late teens, and I cannot get enough of them. She writes her characters so well, so much so that I feel like I’m talking to people from the past.
3. What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?
Because what’s not to love about fantasy? It’s so easy to fall into the book and get transported to its world; whether it be mythology or set in a mystical kingdom, I can easily transport myself into any fantasy book world and lose myself in its pages. Same with historical fiction, when I read it I feel like I’ve been transported back to the time of the books’ setting.
4. What is the book that started your love for your favourite genre?
For fantasy, it is absolutely The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, and for historical fiction, it would have to be The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory.
4. If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non reader/ someone looking to start that genre, what book would you choose and why?
For historical fiction, I would recommend The White Queen by Philippa Gregory, purely because it has everything in it! Even though it’s historical fiction, it has a lot of lovely romance in it (Elizabeth Woodville and Edward The Fourth are one of the greatest royal love stories, I think) and also within the book, there are mystical undertones.
For fantasy, I would recommend “A Great and Terrible Beauty” by Libba Bray, it’s set in India, initially, and then we get transported to Victorian London, and then to a boarding school where our Gemma finds life as she knows it will change forever.
5. Why do you read?
Because reading is everything! It’s always been my hobby and passion, and of course to escape reality and be transported to places where everything and anything is possible! And the feeling: I am most happiest with a book in my hand; pages open and revealing all their wondrous wonders.
And there you have, another book tag. I had a lot of fun doing this, and I tag Lauren over at to do this! 
Until next time, Happy Reading, Brooklyn 🙂



My mum and I collect Santas’ – it was great going through various thrift / second hand stores and finding different ones. The coffee table now provides a festive seasonal backdrop for my bookmail post. Now, I’m still waiting on various other books, but I got these three from the Bargain section on The Book Depository. I’m obsessed with The Plantagenets and The Tudors; I can’t wait to read these and get novel inspiration. I’m currently writing a novel about George and Isabel, the Duke and Duchess of Clarence. 

And there you have another post; I’m hoping to catch up on some fabulous blog tags later in the week. 

Have a great day and happy reading 🙂