Lanterns and Hardbacks

The reviews and musings of a twenty-something bibliophile


5 stars

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 →


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 →

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury (Green Town #1)

5 stars In discussions about books, one comes across the phrase 'a coming-of-age story' rather too frequently. However, this book is one of the best instances of this well-worn story pattern I've ever come across. The book's quasi-protagonist is Douglas... Continue Reading →

Eric by Terry Pratchett (Discworld #9)

5 stars Terry Pratchett is one of my all-time favourite authors and his death earlier this year [this was first published on goodreads in 2015] really saddened me, but I'm definitely not one to put him on a pedestal. I... Continue Reading →

Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks

5 stars First of all, let me just say that I could not put this book down. I read it in two sittings, which would have been one had it not got to around 5am at the end of the... Continue Reading →

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

5 stars I could talk all day about why this book was so wonderful, but I’ll do my best to condense it at least a little bit. One of my favourite things about this novel is the writing style Susanna... Continue Reading →

Worm Winds of Zanzibar by Martin Dukes (The Alex Trueman Chronicles #2)

5 stars Worm Winds of Zanzibar is the second book in the series following Alex Trueman and his friends. The first book in this series - Caught in a Moment - was fun, had some good characters and an interesting premise. This book, however,... Continue Reading →

The Book Thief by Markus Zusack

5 stars How do I even begin to describe my love for this book? I've read it twice now and each reading was just as incredible as the other. Markus Zusack has a wonderful way of combining the bleak and... Continue Reading →

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