Lanterns and Hardbacks

The reviews and musings of a twenty-something bibliophile


book reviews

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 →

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 →

Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

4 stars Spoilers, surrounded by * and written in white text, can be read by highlighting the relevant passage. Several different people have recommended Sarah Waters to me and, seeing as it’s her most famous work, I decided I should... Continue Reading →

Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton

4 stars I absolutely loved this book. I read it in one sitting, which is quite unusual for me. The characters were just so compelling and it was quite an easy read. The main character, Megan, has been mute ever... Continue Reading →

Miss Chopsticks by Xinran

4 stars *This book doesn't rely very heavily on plot, but here's a warning for potential spoilers just in case you mind* This is a wonderful book which was captivating from start to finish. It has no real plot, instead... Continue Reading →

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