The ABC Murders - Agatha Christie


"When Alice Ascher is murdered in Andover, Hercule Poirot is already on to the clues. Alphabetically speaking, it's one down, twenty-five to go.

There's a serial killer on the loose. His macabre calling card is to leave the ABC Railway guide beside each victim's body. But if A is for Alice Asher, bludgeoned to death in Andover; and B is for Betty Bernard, strangled with her belt on the beach at Bexhill; then who will Victim C be?"

This is apparently number 13 in the Poirot Series but happens to be the first EVER Agatha Christie novel I've read. I know, I know - how have I managed to get to the grand old age 25 and not read a Christie? Well, now I have...
I was expecting Agatha's writing to be more difficult to read and digest than it was, i'm not sure why, just a presumption i'd wrongly made. 
The ABC Murder's was an incredibly easy book to read and I really enjoyed it. I particularly enjoyed getting to know the main characters and trying…

One Hundred Names - Cecelia Ahern


"Scandal has derailed journalist Kitty Logan's career, a setback that is soon compounded by an even more devastating loss. Constance, the woman who taught Kitty everything she knew, is dying. At her mentor's bedside, Kitty asks her, "What is the one story you always wanted to write?"

The answer lies in a single sheet of paper buried in Constance's office—a list of one hundred names—with no notes or explanation. But before Kitty can ask her friend, it is too late.

Determined to unlock the mystery and rebuild her own shaky confidence, Kitty throws herself into the investigation, tracking down each of the names on the list and uncovering their connection. Meeting these ordinary people and learning their stories, Kitty begins to piece together an unexpected portrait of Constance's life... and starts to understand her own."

I read P.S I Love You when it first came out but this is the only book of Cecelia's I've read since being a little old…

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass - Lewis Carroll

I got gifted the beautiful penguin cloth bound classics version of this book for my 25th birthday from my boyfriend. Swiftly afterwards in May I buddy read it with a friend on Instragram. I rated the read 4 stars out of 5.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a more famous story than it's sequel due to the Disney Adaptation. It follows a young girl who falls down a rabbit hole and enters a fantasy world and goes on a whole host of adventures. I hadn't read the book before and was surprised by the additions of little poems and beautiful illustrations. The book has some amazing and elaborate characters and you can see why it is so well renowned as a classic.

Through the Looking-Glass:
Through the Looking-Glass is the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which I was much less familiar with the story. Alice enters a fantasy world through the mirror, in which everything is reserved from her previous adventures in wonderland (much like…

Wilde About The Girl - Louise Pentland


"After the year from hell, she's pulled herself up and out of the Emptiness, her love life is ticking along nicely, single motherhood is actually quite fun and she is ready for whatever life throws at her. When a thrilling opportunity at work arises, Robin is more than excited to step up and show everyone, including herself, what she's made of. 

But her best friend Lacey is increasingly broken-hearted about struggling to conceive, and her daughter Lyla is starting to come out with some horrible attitudes she's learning from someone at school. Is Auntie Kath hiding loneliness under her bubbly, loving veneer? And can Robin definitely trust the people she must depend on in her fab new role?

But Robin has her girls. And her girls have got her. Together they can handle any crisis. Can't they?

Life is about to throw quite the curve ball at Robin Wilde, and she'll need to make some pretty brave choices if she's going to stop everything she cares about falli…

The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini


"Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir's choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

A sweeping story of fam…

The Origin of Species - Charles Darwin

"Darwin's theory of natural selection issued a profound challenge to orthodox thought and belief: no being or species has been specifically created; all are locked into a pitiless struggle for existence, with extinction looming for those not fitted for the task. 

Yet The Origin of Species (1859) is also a humane and inspirational vision of ecological interrelatedness, revealing the complex mutual interdependencies between animal and plant life, climate and physical environment, and - by implication - within the human world. 
Written for the general reader, in a style which combines the rigour of science with the subtlety of literature, The Origin of Species remains one of the founding documents of the modern age."

Aside from fiction books I particularly enjoy non-fiction science books. I purchased this old 3rd edition copy of The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin on Ebay for an absolute steal. 
It took a little courage to pick it up and give it a read considering…

The Marriage Pact - Michelle Richmond


"Newlyweds Alice and Jake are a picture-perfect couple. Alice, once a singer in a well-known rock band, is now a successful lawyer. Jake is a partner in an up-and-coming psychology practice. Their life together holds endless possibilities. After receiving an enticing wedding gift from one of Alice’s prominent clients, they decide to join an exclusive and mysterious group known only as The Pact.

The goal of The Pact seems simple: to keep marriages happy and intact, and most of its rules make sense: Always answer the phone when your spouse calls. Exchange thoughtful gifts monthly. Plan a trip together once per quarter. . . .

Never mention The Pact to anyone.

Alice and Jake are initially seduced by the glamorous parties, the sense of community, their widening social circle of like-minded couples--and then one of them breaks the rules. The young lovers are about to discover that for adherents to The Pact, membership, like marriage, is for life, and The Pact will go to any lengt…