Guest Post: Book Review: Kittyboy’s Christmas by Amy Ella Blanchard

Today I welcome the first ever bookish guest post on Literary Potpourri (we had a series of non-bookish ones, the Zodi-cat signs on kitty zodiac signs last year here, here, here, and here). And the post comes from my mother. Having read my Meowy Kitmas post on 'Kitty' Christmas reads a few days ago, she…

Book Review: Nature is Never Silent by Madlen Ziege

My thanks to Scribe UK, and NetGalley for a review copy of this book! In Nature is Never Silent: How Animals and Plants Communicate With Each Other, author Madlen Ziege takes us on a journey through the world of nature to acquaint us with the many fascinating ways in which different beings—from unicellular to complex…

Book Review: Thunderpaws and the Tower of London by Ben Housden

My thanks to High Gate Press/Victory Editing and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Thunderpaws and the Tower of London is an action-packed, imaginative and entertaining fantasy–adventure which takes us into some interesting realms—the past and the future! And what is most fun is that it is narrated in first person by our…

Book Review: Tintin and the Picaros by Hergé #1976Club

This is my first pick for the #1976Club hosted by Karen at Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings and Simon at Stuck in a Book. Politics and Conspiracy are at the heart of the twenty-third Tintin adventure (also the last one to be completed by Hergé), Tintin and the Picaros, which takes us to a fictional South American…

Book Review: How to Examine a Wolverine by Philipp Schott, DVM

My thanks to ECW Press and NetGalley for a review copy of the book. How to Examine a Wolverine is the memoirs/reminiscences of German-born, Canadian veterinary doctor, Dr Philipp Schott (this is his second book, the first being The Accidental Vet). In its various short chapters, Dr Schott relates different experiences from his over three-decade…

Book Review: The Hungry Ghost by H.S. Norup

My thanks to Pushkin Press/Steerforth Press and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. ‘Loss and grief is part of life…we cannot forget the dead’ The Hungry Ghost is a children’s/middle-grade story set in Singapore, and is a story of adventure and ghosts, of family and relationships, of remembering and forgetting, of the past…

Book Review: Light Rains Sometimes Fall by Lev Parikian

My thanks to Elliot and Thompson and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. ‘Stop and smell the roses’ we are sometimes told or tell ourselves. Slow down, look about, and take in the beauty and wonders of life around you at all times—it isn’t just flowers, but birds, insects, bees and butterflies, trees…

Dogs in Classic Mystery Fiction: International Dog Day Post

A bookmark I received with one of my many purchases of second-hand books online 26 August 2021 is International Dog Day 2021, and to celebrate man's best friend here on Literary Potpourri, I thought of taking a look at some dogs in classic mystery books. There are of course plenty of cute dogs in the…