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June Book Club Discussion: WIDE SARGASSO SEA

This month we picked WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys as our June book for the Hot Key Book Club. To find out what we thought, watch the video below (featuring Monique, Livs, Sanne and Sarah Odedina). The prequel to Charlotte Bronte’s literary classic, JANE EYRE, author Jean Rhys attempts…

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June Book Club Pick: WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys

YAY! It’s my turn to pick the book for this month’s Hot Key Book Club. For June we’ll be reading… WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys When I came across this book I instantly wanted to read it as it is considered the prequel to one of my favorite classics,…

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Top Ten Books I'd Gladly Take On Holiday This Year

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday was written by our intern, Kunmi. Have you booked your summer trips yet? I’ve been thinking about which books I want to take on holiday with me. So here are just a few of my not-particularly-cheery, but ‘I-love-them-and-you-just-might-too’ books that I would take on holiday…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Rebels in Literature

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is Rebels in Literature. Here’s a list of rebellious characters, who all go against the norm to fight for what they love and what they believe in, and most of time, managing to do this in a pretty cool, inspiring, sometimes completely dangerous way… 1. Antoinette…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books that should be films

It’s movie awards season! And I’ve got films on the brain…so this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a list of books that we think should be films. 1. THE GOLDFINCH – Donna Tartt Will it make a good film? I don’t know. But it has a cracking plot so far…

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January Book Club pick: NO & ME by Delphine de Vigan

It’s time to stir yourself from any residual Christmas-pudding induced lassitude (I confess!) and spring into the Happy New Year Book Club book. I’ve chosen NO & ME by Delphine de Vigan – a French novel that I completely fell in love with when I first read it.  There are…

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Top Ten Tuesday: The Books We Want For Christmas

Christmas is looming, and it’s easy to get lost in the stress of getting all your Christmas shopping done. So we thought we would help you along by telling you what books we want for Christmas – we hope you’ll be inspired! 1. For Livs, it’s DIANA VREELAND MEMOS: THE…

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The 50 Book Challenge

It is the second week of December and the end of the year is coming closer and closer. Am I stressed out about cooking a Christmas dinner or buying my last presents? No. The thing that preoccupies my mind at the end of every year is: how many books do…

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Writing Advice from YOU!

It’s time for another round of writing advice from YOU! We all know that writing can be quite a challenge from time to time, so we love collecting advice and sharing it with you. This week we have a great list of writing tips. Here’s what our Twitter followers and…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Superpowers!

Ever found yourself in an awkward or sticky situation, cornered by a bully or embarrassed to the point where all you wanted to do was disappear? Well, one of the many wonders of fiction is that anything is possible. For this week’s Top Ten we are listing our favourite characters…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite First Lines

In this week’s Top Ten Tuesday post, we want to share our favourite first sentences of books with you. These are the sentences that pulled us into the books we love most. Some of us even have our favourites sentence memorised! And who knows, maybe one of these lines will…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Fictional Pets

Since I’ve never had a pet of my own, I’ve always been envious of characters in children’s books who have cute, funny and extraordinary pets. Here are my top 10 favourite pets: 1) Hedwig (Harry Potter Series – by J.K Rowling) Hedwig is Harry Potter’s pet owl, a gift from…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Unusual Character Names

What’s in a name? This week we look at the ten most unique and unusual character names we’ve come across and see whether a name ever reflects its owner. 1. Veruca Salt (CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY by Roald Dahl) Veruca Salt is the most poisonous of Roald Dahl’s four…

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What's on YOUR shelves?

Yesterday Kate gave you a tour of her beautiful bookshelves and you responded with lots and lots of pictures! Curious about what the shelves of our Twitter followers look like? Here are some gorgeous examples.   I know how you feel Avani, because all my books (and bookshelves) are currently…

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