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“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” ― Stephen King

  • Hazel Butterfield
  • 17 September 2021

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”  ― Stephen King


Her New Best Friend - Penny Batchelor

I loved her first novel ‘The Perfect Sister’, as did so many others and I stormed my way through ‘Her New Best Friend’, which did not disappoint giving my many secrets, lies and lots of twists! Her New Best Friend is a chilling tale of a woman’s worst nightmare, having an outsider infiltrate your life in a bid to take what someone deems to be theirs. All masked by friendship. We can’t be suspicious of everyone, or should we?

Also, check out Penny’s collaboration with author EC scullion on Thriller Women.




How To Kill Your Family - Bella Mackie

Dry, poignant, quick witted and a hilarious take down of what so many deem to be necessary to prove we are important, what we need to feed our #LifeGoals. How our lives are so documented and connected that we are so open to be infiltrated.

When someone has wronged you and they’re going around causing constant misery to so many people, how far do you go to rectify the situation? Revenge is so all consuming, it tastes sweet but how far is too far? Killing your whole family is definitely a level.


Finding My Right Mind - Vanessa Potter

Author Vanessa Potter woke up one day to find herself blind and paralysed. As she recovered, she was stunned to discover that it was meditating, not drugs, that saved her mind. Finding my right mind as a story detailing the process, the experiment undertaken using EEG, a diary of the process, the pitfalls, the highs lows and realisations. Described as a ‘consciousness road trip’. From mindfulness to psychedelics… The theory is great, but how did it actually work out? Such a great documented journey. 

Finding My Right Mind: One Woman's Experiment to Put Meditation to the Test


Blood Orange - Harriet Tyce

I have been dying to read this for ages after seeing how bloggers online were waxing lyrical about it and I finally saw it on special offer via Kindle at the same time as getting my TBR’s under control!

Just wow, it was completely unpredictable, scarily poignant and very eye-opening to the required constant reminder that you don’t always know what is going on in somebody else’s world, what makes them behave a certain way. How sometimes our lives are scarily similar to others but it’s not always that easy to see.

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“Think before you speak. Read before you think.” - Fran Lebowitz