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The Toymakers – Robert Dinsdale

Blurb: ‘It is 1917, and London has spent years in the shadow of the First World War. In the heart of Mayfair, though, there is a place of hope. A place where children’s dreams can come true, where the impossible becomes possible – that place is Papa Jack’s Toy Emporium. For years Papa Jack has… Continue reading The Toymakers – Robert Dinsdale

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Top 5 Tuesday – Favourite Book Covers

So, it’s Tuesday again which means that it’s time for Top 5 Tuesday. This is a feature hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm. This week, the topic is Top 5 Favourite Book Covers. I thought this was going to be hard for me because I tend to remember the stories more than the covers, however,… Continue reading Top 5 Tuesday – Favourite Book Covers

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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain – John Boyne

★★★★ This is another book from John Boyne, author of ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’. My friend bought me this for my birthday and after reading Edward Rutherford’s ‘New York’, I wanted to read a book that I knew wouldn’t take me ages. Personally, I didn’t enjoy ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’. So,… Continue reading The Boy at the Top of the Mountain – John Boyne

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New York – Edward Rutherford

★★★ New York will be one of those cities that will always fascinate me. Which is why I picked this book up at a charity shop. However, I feel that this book would have been better as a series. That way Edward Rutherford could have concentrated more on character development as this is something I… Continue reading New York – Edward Rutherford

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Empress Orchid – Anchee Min

★★★★ Okay, I’ll be honest. I can completed understand why this book might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But, for me, I loved it. Chinese history has fascinated me ever since I was little. After graduating from university, I buggered off out of the UK and lived in China and worked as an English… Continue reading Empress Orchid – Anchee Min

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All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

★★★   I started this book on our flight to Rome, which was at the start of June and I only finished the book this week. So, that shows you how long it took me to read it! But in my defence, I have a good reason. While we were in Rome, my gorgeous boyfriend… Continue reading All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

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A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

★★★★★ Well done Khaled Hosseini, you have done it again. You have crushed my heart with an amazing, yet heart-breaking story. I read The Kite Runner last year and it is honestly one of the best books I have ever read. I recommended it to my Mum and she also loved it. She kept on… Continue reading A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini