A Different Time – Michael K. Hill


Hello, and welcome to my stop on the WriteReads Ultimate blog tour for A Different Time, by Michael K. Hill.

‘Keith Nolan falls in love with a remarkable young woman from the past, talking to him on a home video she recorded in 1989. To keep their conversation going, he must find more of her tapes – while forces work against them both, and time is running out.’

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June Wrap-up


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So I kind of forgot to do monthly wrap up posts for April and May, but not this month! This month I am on it! Most of my reads this month were for book tours, only two of them were from my TBR pile – I think I’ve become a bit addicted to tours! I think it’s quite a good mix of books though – some thrillers, a heartbreaker, and one quite controversial one…

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Two For Tuesday


Welcome to this week’s ‘Two For Tuesday’, a weekly post hosted by myself, The Reading Nook, where each week I pick a bookish topic and discuss two of my favourite (or least favourite) things about that topic! If you feel like joining in, feel free to use the above picture, and don’t forget to link back to the post so everyone can see!

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I was lucky enough to receive an extra copy of Ponti by Sharlene Teo, via the very kind Alice at Pan Macmillan, so, with her permission, I’ve decided to do a little giveaway! All you have to do to enter is :

-Follow this blog

-Follow me on Twitter @TheReadingNook1

-Like and share my giveaway post over there.


A little bit about the book

‘It is 2003, and in the sweltering heat of Singapore sixteen-year-olds Szu and Circe develop an intense friendship. For Szu it offers an escape from Amisa, her beautiful, cruel mother – once an actress and now the silent occupant of their rusty house. But for Circe, their friendship does the opposite, bringing her one step closer to the fascinating, unknowable Amisa.

Seventeen years later, Circe finds herself adrift and alone. And then a project comes up at work, a remake of the cult seventies horror film series ‘Ponti’, the same series that defined Amisa’s short-lived film career. Suddenly Circe is knocked off balance : by memories of the two women she once knew, by guilt, and by a lost friendship that threatens her conscience…’

About the author

‘Sharlene Teo was born in Singapore in 1987. She has an LLB in Law from the University of Warwick and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, where she received the Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship and the David TK Wong Creative Writing Award. She was shortlisted for the Berlin Writing Prize and holds fellowships from the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation and the University of Iowa International Writing Program. In 2016 she won the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writer’s Award for Ponti, her first novel.’ – taken from the press release

This is an ARC of the novel, which is due to be published on the 18th of April 2019. If you’d like to be in with a chance to read this, please follow the steps above!

Good luck!

Let’s hear it for the girls!


The longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019 has just been announced. I like to think of myself as the yaaass queen, let’s hear it for the girls, beyonce type of feminist, singing the praises of women, but I’m ashamed to say that I don’t think I’ve read any of the books on this list. Which not only makes me a shabby feminist, but a not so great book blogger either – something which I intend to remedy in the coming year, by ticking off as many of the following books as I can. The list for Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019 is as follows –

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
Remembered by Yvonne Battle-Felton
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
The Pisces by Melissa Broder
Milkman by Anna Burns
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
Ordinary People by Diana Evans
Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li
Bottled Goods by Sophie van Llewyn
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
Praise Song for the Butterflies by Bernice L. McFadden
Circe by Madeline Miller
Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
Normal People by Sally Rooney

Have you read any of these? Where do you recommend I begin?

I’ve just finished my 10th book of 2019, John Boyne’s ‘The Hearst’s Invisible Furies’ – I’ll post a review later but needless to say, it was amazing.

I’m well on my way to hitting my 50 book target for this year!