Review: Monkey: Vol 2: edited by Ted Goossen, Motoyuki Shibata, and Meg Taylor

My thanks to Stonebridge Press and Netgalley for a review copy of this magazine. Monkey is a literary magazine that showcases a wide range of Japanese writing translated into English. This, the second volume, edited by Ted Goossen, Motoyuki Shibata, and Meg Taylor focuses on ‘travel’. What I loved about this was its very wide…

Book Review: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis #Narniathon21

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952) is the third of C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books, and I reread this (a little late) for #Narniathon21 hosted by Chris at Calmgrove. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader opens with Edmund and Lucy visiting their rather obnoxious cousin Eustace (and likewise obnoxious aunt and uncle Harold and Alberta…

Book Review: The Unofficial Guide to the Ancient Egyptian Afterlife by Bastet the Cat, Sophe Berger, and Laura Winstone

My thanks to Cicada Books and Edelweiss for a review copy of this book The Unofficial Guide to the Ancient Egyptian Afterlife is a simple, informative, entertaining and colourful picture book, introducing readers to Ancient Egyptian beliefs regarding death and what followed in terms of rituals and observances. Our ‘guide' is a cat, Bastet—a pharaoh’s…

Book Review: The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa

The Cat Who Saved Books is a story of books and reading, but also of family, friends and relationships—the things that make life worth living and as well as a comment on the state of the wider world. I was very excited to read this book (because—a cat and books) but was wondering what I’d…

Shelf Control #173: The Yellow Room by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Wednesday, the 23rd of February, and time for Shelf Control once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it--what…

Book Review: Voting Day by Clare O’Dea

My thanks to Fairlight books and NetGalley for a review copy of the book. Voting Day tells the stories of four different women in Switzerland whose lives are intertwined in known and unknown ways, and whom we follow on one day, 1 February 1959. This was the day when Switzerland, or rather, its men voted…

Book Review: Fear Stalks the Village by Ethel Lina White

You look at these scattered houses, and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them, and the only thought that comes to me is a feeling of their isolation and of the impunity with which crime may be committed there.--Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘The Adventure of the Copper Beeches' These words of Sherlock…

Book Review: Diary of a Buddhist Cat by Julian Worker

My thanks to BooksGoSocial and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Diary of a Buddhist Cat is a delightful, humorous and entertaining read which I absolutely loved. This was the second of my recent reads to be narrated by a cat! Freddie is a three-year-old black-and-white tom who is adopted from a shelter…

Shelf Control #172: The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson

Wednesday, the 16th of February, and time for Shelf Control once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it--what…

Book Review: The King of the Copper Mountains by Paul Biegel

My thanks to Pushkin Press and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. I’ve been enjoying exploring Pushkin Press' children’s titles from different parts of the world which has led me to discover several enjoyable titles, and which would have thrilled me even more had I had a chance to read them as a…