The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

This is slightly late! (My apologies, I’ve been working.)

However, I wanted to do to the Mid Year Freak Out Tag again for this year, so here it is! The answers to the questions are in bold 🙂

  1.  Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?
    For me, this has to be A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart. It was such a lovely, heartfelt father and son story as well as representing disability.
  2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017?
    I actually read the whole series this year so it’s got to be Inferno & Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle
  3.  New release you haven’t read yet but want to?
    Truth or Dare by Non Pratt
  4. Most anticipated release?
    I don’t know!
  5. Biggest disappointment?
    Looking for Alaska by John Green.
  6. Biggest surprise?
    Vendetta by Catherine Doyle
  7. Favourite new author (debut or new to you)
    Morgan Matson
  8. Newest fictional crush?
    Luca Falcone from the Blood for Blood trilogy by Catherine Doyle
  9. Newest favourite character?
    Kaz from Timebomb, mainly because he’s not your typical protagonist and he’s really down to earth!
  10. Book that made you cry?
    Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  11. Book that made you happy?
    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling
  12. Favourite book to film adaptation of this year?
    It didn’t come out this year so I’m swinging the question a little but I watched Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children on the plane when I went away and really enjoyed it!
  13. Favourite review you’ve written this year?
    It has to be my review for Les Miserables because of all the detail!
  14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year?
  15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?


Thanks for reading!
Hope you guys enjoyed this tag!


June Wrap-Up!

June has come and gone!
I feel like the month flew by, and I know it’s the fifth of July now but now I finally have time to write up my June Wrap Up!

I read four books this month, which is usual for me- so I’m reading at a steady pace, even if I am behind on my reading challenge!

I also read a LOT of crime/thrillers this month, so here are the four book I read in June:

  1. The Two O’Clock Boy by Mark Hill- Review can be found here: Book Review: The Two O’Clock Boy by Mark Hill
  2. Blood of the Rose by Kevin Murray- my review can be found here: Book Review: Blood of the Rose by Kevin Murray
  3. A Meditation on Murder by Robert Thorogood- review here:
  4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling (20th Anniversary- Hufflepuff edition). This book needs no review, of course 😉 I was great to re-read the book again for the anniversary!

My favourite book of the month, other than Harry Potter was probably ‘A Meditation on Murder’

What did you read in June?

Thanks for reading!


Book Review: A Meditation on Murder by Robert Thorogood

Previously read by the same author: The Killing of Polly Carter

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Read between: 22-26th June
Number of pages: 358
Published: January 2nd, 2015
Publisher: Mira
Synopsis: Aslan Kennedy has an idyllic life: Leader of a Spiritual Retreat for wealthy holidaymakers on one of the Caribbean’s most unspoilt islands, Saint Marie. Until he’s murdered, that is. The case seems open and shut: when Aslan was killed he was inside a locked room with only five other people, one of whom has already confessed to the murder.

Detective Inspector Richard Poole is hot, bothered, and fed up with talking to witnesses who’d rather discuss his ‘aura’ than their whereabouts at the time of the murder. But he also knows that the facts of the case don’t quite stack up. In fact, he’s convinced that the person who’s just confessed to the murder is the one person who couldn’t have done it. Determined to track down the real killer, DI Poole is soon on the trail, and no stone will be left unturned.


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Review: A health and lifestyle guru is murdered in broad daylight in a building made of paper- in front of witnesses. But something doesn’t add up- is Julia Higgins really the murderer?

D.I. Richard Poole doesn’t seem to think so- so he decided to take the case of Aslan Kennedy’s murder (along with trying to get rid of his lizard) whilst working out, out of the five people who were in the room- who actually committed the crime?

It was great to be back in the Caribbean- Death in Paradise is always entertaining- as are the novels! So many secrets are revealed and I was so intruiged! All the suspects have a motive. I made a guess as I was reading but I turned out to be completely wrong.

I’m never very good at solving the crime.

I preferred this to the other Death in Paradise novel I read- mainly because there was so much more background to the characters- including the victim!

Not everyone is who they seem.

It was a great read- when DI Poole solved the case, it was so clever how it was done that I felt a little silly for not working it out. I was also very impressed at the killer!

I really enjoyed this book and it’s very easy to follow. There’s funny moments amongst the crime- this made it more enjoyable and less of a drag. I’d definitely recommend it!

5/5 stars! A decent crime novel with added fun!

Thanks for reading!


Top Ten Best Books of 2017 So Far


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week, as the year is half way through, we’re looking at the Top Ten Best Books read this year. So I went on Goodreads and found  ten books that I’ve rated 5 or 4 stars.


  1. A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart
  2. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  3. Doctor Who: The Deviant Strain by Justin Richards
  4. Watson and Holmes: A Study in Black by Karl Bollers
  5. Inferno by Catherine Doyle
  6. Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle
  7. A Meditation on Murder by Robert Thorogood.


  1. Timebomb by Scott. K. Andrews
  2. Vendetta by Catherine Doyle
  3. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

So those are a few of my favourite books.

Thanks for reading!


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: 20th Anniversary.

Today is the 20th Anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, published on the 26th June 1997- I was three.

However, the Harry Potter series has become one of the most important series I’ve read, and it all started with Philosopher’s Stone. Now, I didn’t read it when it first came out obviously- but after the release of the first film in 2001- I became hooked on the franchise.

My mum originally read them too me, and when I became a confident reader- I read them myself.

I was lucky enough to pick up a special edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone, and have started reading it again today to kick start the anniversary- but there’s so much more to it than just the story!

I’m a Hufflepuff, so I got the paperback edition in the Hufflepuff colours.


It’s very yellow! But that’s not all! It also has some wonderful illustrations!

Look how regal Helga Hufflepuff looks!

I can’t wait to re-live the adventure again. Who else is celebrating Harry Potter’s anniversary today?

Thanks for reading!
~ Katie

Book Review: Blood of the Rose by Kevin Murray

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Read between: 9th- 22nd June
Published: 9th June 2014
Publisher: Urbane Publications
Number of pages: 380
Format: Paperback
Synopsis: London, 1986. A newspaper editor is horrifically murdered, his death quickly followed by a series of more brutal, and often bizarre, slayings. The police are baffled, the only clear link between the murders being a single blood red rose left at the scene of every killing. Why? What does the rose mean? What connects the killer to each bloody corpse? Scotland Yard detective Alan Winters leads a hunt for the elusive prey. As the body count rises, Jennifer Chapman, renowned investigative journalist and daughter of the murdered newspaper editor, sets out on a personal quest for revenge. Drawn together in their pursuit of a deadly quarry, Winters and Jennifer unwittingly face a fatal surprise, for the killer is closer than they think. As they close in on the truth of the blood red rose, their unseen foe plots a shattering end to his reign of terror, and death awaits them all..

Rating: 3-5-stars

Review: I admit I would have given this book a higher rating if I had been able to get into it straight away- but for me, it started off slow – I think that was because it took me awhile to work out that the focus wasn’t on one character- but many!

Once I got over that I began to follow it better and the story started to flow.

It’s set in 1986- a year I’m not over familiar with being born in the 90s- and Detective Alan Winters is the main protagonist (although another detective is introduced first but that was just something the author did) and he is on the hunt for a serial killer known only as ‘The Rose’ who kills with a crossbow!

Then Alan meets Jennifer, the daughter of the first victim, a journalist who wants to avenge her father. Alan finds his loyalty slipping away from the police investigation and towards Jennifer and their could-be relationship…

A wrong decision.

The Rose is a very well written antagonist. He’s a psychopath- but I did work out who he was, although not until nearer the end. His diary entries are integrated throughout the novel, giving us an insight into his mind, and his life- past and present. This then allowed me to work out who it was.

It still came as a shock though!

There is plenty going on, which keeps the reader hooked. From the range of police officers, to the murders, to the victims, their families, and the aftermath. Everyone is important.

There is a slightly happy ending, in the sense that the killer is locked up and Jennifer and Alan end up happy together. They deserve it after all they’ve been through. However, who is the mystery woman with the gun in her handbag at the end? Jennifer’s mother? Who knows? But ending the book on a question leaves it open- and leaves the suspense.

A good read!

Thanks for reading!


June Book Haul! (aka, my book buying ban has gone out the window. Woops)


So it’s only the fourteenth of June but after this month I am definitely putting myself back ON a book buying ban because I have no room on my bookshelves :/

Anyway, I’ve bought five books this month. The first four I found in my local garden centre- they were 2 for £5, so I couldn’t pass up that deal and bought four….

The first three books I bought are books 1, 2 and 4 in the Poldark series by Winston Graham. I love the TV series so I had to pick them up. I’ll need to get book 3 eventually but I hope I can enjoy them!


The next book I got in the deal was The White Princess by Philippa Gregory- the last book I needed in The Cousin’s War series. Now I can binge read the series 😀


The final book is my favourite buy.
I popped into Waterstone’s today and couldn’t pass up buying the 20th Anniversary edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the Hufflepuff colours!


And that’s all the books!
Thanks for reading!