Thursday, 24 December 2015


Synopsis: You are about to read the true story of Father Christmas.
It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible.
If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. It is most certainly not for you.
Because this book is FULL of impossible things.

Are you still reading?


Then let us begin . . .

A Boy Called Christmas is a tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow, and an eleven-year-old boy called Nikolas, who isn't afraid to believe in magic.

Review: It really doesn't matter how young or old you are there is nothing better than a Christmas story. A Boy Called Christmas is perfect for the holidays. Not only does this story feature Christmas but it reminds us to be kind, loving, giving beings. 

We all have those classic stories that are a part of Christmas, reading this new book felt just like reading an old favourite. So easy and simple to read, yet it didn't feel like a children's book. 

I love the fact this story gives a reason for everything we know and love about Father Christmas from how he got his name, why he wears red and most importantly just how does he get down the chimney? I now have the answers to life's most difficult questions! 

Right from the little ones to the big ones everyone needs a little bit of magic, this is the perfect book for that this Christmas. 

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not I wish you all happy holidays lovely readers!

Tuesday, 15 December 2015


Synopsis: Wayward daughters. Missing Husbands. Philandering partners. Curious conmen. If you’ve got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s only – and finest – female private detective.
Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple, but she’s got warmth, wit and canny intuition on her side, not to mention Mr J. L. B. Matekoni, the charming proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. And Precious is going to need them all as she sets out on the trail of a missing child, a case that tumbles our heroine into a hotbed of strange situations and more than a little danger . . .

Review: I've heard a lot about these books so I thought I'd give them a go. Must say, although I enjoyed this one, I don't think I'll be running out to buy every single one of them.

The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency wasn't what I expected. Less crime solving, and more finding out about the past of the main character. Most cases were started and solved within the space of one chapter, and the running theme seemed to be dropped so fast. It felt like somewhat of an anticlimax. It would have been really nice to have a bigger storyline running through the book.

Having said that, the book was a lovely easy read. It made for a nice fast read for those days when you just don't want to think too much about life. It was lovely to read about Botswana — so many books are USA or UK based, and it's refreshing to read about another culture. 

I might give the second in the series a go another time and see if I enjoy that more. Maybe I judged them too fast!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Top Books I Need to Buy!

The down side of working in a bookshop that stocks just under a 1/4 of a million books? Every time you go to work you find another book that you really, really want to buy! It's so easy to spend all your money as soon as you get paid. 

So which books are on the top of my must buy list at the moment? 

Having read other books from this series I can't wait to read this one. Who doesn't love Terry Pratchett?!

 I might have to buy A Boy Called Christmas to read over the holidays!  

Look how beautiful this book looks! The Marvels looks and sounds amazing.

The Tea Planter's Wife isn't one I would normally go for, but so many people are telling me how good it is. It's nice to read something different every now and again.

I've always loved books with a little bit of magic. Witch Hunter sounds just the right mix of magic and darkness to get you hooked.