Lanterns and Hardbacks

The reviews and musings of a twenty-something bibliophile

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 →

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (War Horse #1)

3 stars I found this book very difficult to get into. It’s quite short and so it shouldn’t have taken as long to read as it did, but it was difficult to motivate myself to carry on as dull scenario... Continue Reading →

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

5 stars This is the first book in quite a while that made me properly cry, by which I mean I was in public desperately trying to hide my face and surreptitiously wipe away tears. This alone is enough for... Continue Reading →

A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

4 stars A Street Cat Named Bob is the true story of how a recovering drug addict in sheltered accommodation and a stray cat came together just when they each needed the other most. As others have noted, this is... Continue Reading →

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird #2)

3.5 stars I haven’t marked spoilers in this review because this isn’t a book that relies on plot, but I do discuss the things that happen at the end, so avoid this review if you would prefer not to hear... Continue Reading →

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

1.5 stars Spoilers have been written in white text which can be read by highlighting the relevant passage. The Penelopiad is quite a strange book and I’m still not entirely sure what I think of it. Told by both Penelope... Continue Reading →

The Price of Salt (Carol) by Patricia Highsmith

4.5 stars Spoilers have been written in white text which can be read by highlighting the relevant passage. A beautiful book about love, infatuation and growing up. Therese is a likeable character from the start, sweet and yet quite gutsy... Continue Reading →

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