Melissa’s Reading Round Up

Reading has become a sneaky 3 minutes here and there thing since my second baby. Despite this, I have still managed to read the below four books in the past month. A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen, edited by Susannah Carson This was slow reading for me. Not because I [...]


The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult – a review by Melissa

I would follow Picoult anywhere, not literally, of course, but imaginatively. We have been to a school shooting, death row, a wolf pack in the wild, Nazi Germany - and she never lets me down. I wouldn’t ordinarily read about these things, but I know that in Picoult’s hands the subject matter will be dealt [...]

Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble – a review by Luke

(Disclaimer: The f-bomb—you know, the one that rhymes with duck—is present at some point in this review.) Plot It's been eight months since Nate and Adam started their relationship. But when Adam accepts a job opportunity all the way in New York, they face one of the toughest obstacles: distance. Through Skype calls, Nate catches glimpses of Adam's shirtless [...]

Roar by Cora Carmack – a review by Melissa

Aurora is a person with a lot of secrets. As the heir to a kingdom where ruling means protecting the people from violent magic-fuelled storms, she is supposed to be very powerful. But she isn't. So she has been secluded from everyone but her mother to hide this secret long enough for her to make [...]

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong – a review by Luke

A while ago, I finished reading all the books in the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. While I liked each of them, I enjoyed some more than I did others. But my absolute favourite entries were the ones that followed Elena Michaels. She was the main character in the first book, Bitten, as well as the second (Stolen), sixth [...]

The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After by Elizabeth Kantor – a review by Melissa

Jane Austen didn’t have to juggle a job, a company, a blog, several social media accounts, family, friends, church and a dog. However, I’d rather have these things than be cast in the role of an 18th Century writer who had to sneak in writing time around family commitments. She did juggle a fantastic cast [...]

Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern – a review by Luke

I have read a few Cecelia Ahern books: P.S. I Love You, How to Fall in Love, If You Could See Me Now, and Flawed. While I enjoyed each of them, my favourite remains to be the first book of hers that I read: Where Rainbows End—or, for those of you who live in the U.S., Love, Rosie.  The story follows the [...]