'Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.'- Angela Carter

Friday, 16 February 2018

BLOG TOUR: The Toy Makers by Robert Dinsdale

Hello everyone!

Today I have the talented Robert Dinsdale on the blog answering a couple of questions about his latest novel, The Toy Makers. This magical tale is completely breathtaking and not one to miss.


The Emporium opens with the first frost of winter. It is the same every year. Across the city, when children wake to see ferns of white stretched across their windows, or walk to school to hear ice crackling underfoot, the whispers begin: the Emporium is open! Christmas is coming, and the goose is getting fat…

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 created and sold his famous magical toys: hobby horses, patchwork dogs and bears that seem alive, toy boxes bigger on the inside than out, ‘instant trees’ that sprout from boxes, tin soldiers that can fight battles on their own. Now his sons, Kaspar and Emil, are just old enough to join the family trade. Into this family comes a young Cathy Wray – homeless and vulnerable. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own. But Cathy is about to discover that while all toy shops are places of wonder, only one is truly magical...


Friday, 26 January 2018

2018 Anticipated Reads: Part 4

Hi everyone, here is my fourth and final post on my most anticipated reads of 2018!

Let me know what titles you are most looking forward to in 2018 in the comments or over on Twitter at @_LeahReads_

Monday, 22 January 2018

REVIEWS: State of Sorrow, The Treatment, Clean

Hello everyone!

I haven't reviewed a book in what feels like a very long time, but it's something that I would love to start up again. Writing full length reviews wasn't working for me anymore, particularly working in the publishing industry. I have decided to do short and snappy reviews instead featuring a few books that I have read lately.

Today's include State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury, The Treatment by C. L. Taylor and Clean by Juno Dawson.

Friday, 19 January 2018

8th Annual End of Year Survey 2017



 Hey everyone!

I'm a little late to the party this year since we're already half way through January, but I love doing this survey hosted by Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner and didn't want to miss it! 2017 was a huge whirlwind and disaster zone for me so it's nice to have this survey to reflect back on and look over all the wonderful books I read and hope to read in 2018!

I decided to skip the 'Your Blogging/ Bookish Life' section this year because I really haven't been all that present here and didn't have much to say.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

2018 Anticipated Reads: Part 3

Happy New Year!

There's been a bit of a delay in part 3 of my 2018 anticipated reads but I started a new publishing job last week so everything has been a bit of a whirlwind! It's all very exciting and I feel like I've finally settled into what I want and the company I work for seems absolutely perfect.

Anyway, on to my next three anticipated 2018 releases: