Lanterns and Hardbacks

The reviews and musings of a twenty-something bibliophile

Joan Baez: Fare Thee Well Tour

When I learned that Joan Baez was touring the UK, I knew I had to see her, as I hadn’t been able to the last time she visited. Excited for months, I was expecting to be wowed, to be satisfied,... Continue Reading →


Unearthing the Scattered Memories: The Detectorists

It is a rare thing to come across a work of fiction which is completely perfect, and yet Mackenzie Crook seems to have created The Detectorists with ease. I’m sure it is not so and that many hours were spent honing... Continue Reading →

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

I’ve been watching the YouTube channel John Green shares with his brother Hank, Vlogbrothers, for about six years now. It’s a channel I would recommend to almost anyone, provided they have a sense of humour, a desire to make the... Continue Reading →

The Charioteer by Mary Renault

4.5 stars Spoiler warning: this review contains spoilers; if you wish to avoid them, please return to this review once you have finished the book. In the days since I finished this book I have wondered how on earth I... Continue Reading →

The Ten-Year Habit

It’s hard to keep anything up for ten years, especially when those ten years span a period as full of change as between the ages of eleven and twenty-one. And yet, as of today, I have been keeping my Book... Continue Reading →

Being Billy by Phil Earle

4 stars I don't remember where or when I acquired my copy of Being Billy. It was one of those books I picked up on a whim from my overflowing second bookcase (I have three), seemingly magically deposited there. Presumably... Continue Reading →

My Cousin Rachel

5 stars I went into this book knowing absolutely nothing about it, which I am so glad of because I would have had a very different reading experience otherwise. If, therefore, you value the spoiler-free reading experience like I do,... Continue Reading →

Dune by Frank Herbert (Dune #1)

3.5 stars Warning for spoilers ahead! Dune is one of those books I’ve been meaning to read for a long time. As its back cover proudly proclaims, it shares the same legendary status as – and even predates – Star... Continue Reading →

Paradox Lost by George Mann (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #48)

2.5 stars Spoilers, surrounded by * and written in white text, can be read by highlighting the relevant passage. It took me quite a long time to get through this book. Despite its interesting premise involving creatures that come through... Continue Reading →

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