Things A Bright Girl Can Do – Sally Nicholls

In 1914 the fight for equality for women has been building momentum for quite some time. Evelyn wants to go to University but despite being wealthy and clever she finds her options are limited and do not include further education. She joins the suffragette movement to make a stand and almost ends up paying the ultimate price. May is working for equality in a more peaceful fashion, campaigning alongside the anti-violence suffragists. Nell is a poorer girl from the East End of London who gets more than she bargained for when she meets May at a talk being given by Sylvia Pankhurst and they fall in love. When the Great War begins all three women will see their lives changed around them. Just how much will they have to sacrifice?

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I Know What You’ve Done – Dorothy Koomson

Priscilla knows everything about the residents of Acacia Villas, all their little secrets and plots, and her life is now in danger because of it. From the outside it appears that nobody would have a motive to hurt her but she gave Rae her diary, her book of secrets, so now she knows what everyone has done too. Can she figure out what happened to Priscilla or is her life at risk too?

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Beyond Evil – Nathan Yates

On the evening of 4 August 2002, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman went out for a walk together in their home village of Soham. They never made it home. The world became aware of the girls as the two best friends wearing Manchester United shirts and smiling for the camera. A frantic search was started but it quickly became clear that they hadn’t gone missing of their volition and the families appealed to whoever may have taken their girls to return them safely. Sadly, it wasn’t to be and sadness turned to anger when Police charged Caretaker, Ian Huntley, with the murder of Holly and Jessica, and his girlfriend, Maxine Carr, who was a Teaching Assistant at their school, with attempting to help her boyfriend escape justice by providing him with a false alibi.

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July Round Up

Wow, feel like we’ve got to August really quickly but that could be because most of July was wiped out for me between my holiday and then having Covid.

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The Manningtree Witches – A. K. Blakemore

The women of Manningtree in 1643 have been left to their own devices since the Civil War took most of the men from their town. When Matthew Hopkins arrives, ostensibly as the new owner of the local tavern, he begins asking targeted questions and before long mistrust seeps into every corner of the town. Rebecca West is struggling with the daily grind and a difficult relationship with her Mother when she and several of the town’s women fall under the attention of the Witchfinder General. Will Rebecca choose loyalty or self-preservation?

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Not Safe for Work – Isabel Kaplan

Our unnamed protagonist is just starting out her working life in Los Angeles after graduating from college in Boston. She is desperate to get ahead whilst retaining her feminist ideals but is that really going to be possible in this pre-me too world? As rumours start to emerge of problematic behaviour at her company, with talk of sexual harassment and even rape being covered up and brushed under the carpet, she knows that she should say something but she also knows the dangers of speaking out. Will she put other people or her career first?

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The Eyes of the Dragon – Stephen King

The kingdom of Delain is ruled by King Roland, who has two sons, Peter and Thomas. As Roland advances in age, Peter is being readied to take his place as the next King, but someone isn’t happy with that idea. The King’s Magician, a man known only as Flagg, has been waiting for his moment and sees a way of getting rid of Roland and Peter at the same time to clear a path for Thomas, who is still just a child, to be King instead.

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The Final Girl Support Group – Grady Hendrix

In horror film terms the final girl is the one left standing at the end of the film having defeated whatever horrors have gone before, but if those horror films are based on true events what happens to the final girls after the media attention has gone away? How do they deal with the trauma they’ve gone through? Lynette Tarkington twice survived massacres 22 years ago and has spent every day since living in fear of it happening again. The only bright spot in her days are the times when she meets with her therapist and the five other final girls that form their support group but when one of the women misses a session Lynette realises her fears are coming true and someone is coming for them all over again.

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June Round Up

A very late round up post as I needed to wait til I got back from holiday to take the pic and I’ve been feeling so wiped out with covid the last couple of days it’s taken til now to motivate myself to take a pic and write this post.

Had a reasonably quiet reading month with finalising things for my holiday, seeing people before I went away and then actually being away so I ended up reading 4 books for a total of 1,403 pages but they were 4 excellent books! Here’s how they broke down.

Out of Office – Fiona Thomas ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The 13th Girl – Sarah Goodwin ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Detransition, Baby – Torrey Peters ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Billy Summers – Stephen King ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Yet again, thanks in part to my birthday and airport book shopping I started the month with 58 books on my tbr and ended it the same way.

I’ve had an absolutely amazing holiday and was sad to be home even before getting sick with covid. I’ve been struggling to really concentrate the last few days, covid has really wiped me out, so not exactly started the month strong from a reading point of view but hopefully I’ll be feeling better soon and be more up for a bit of reading. Not got much planned for this month, other than catching up with a few people once I’m better and boring everyone with my holiday pics!

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Mean Baby – Selma Blair

As a child, Selma Blair had been referred to as a mean baby and seemed to want to live up to that reputation, stealing Passover wine and developing a drink problem at an early age. As she got older she turned her attention to acting and successfully won several big parts, but she always felt that something wasn’t quite right. Diagnosed with MS in 2018 she finally had an answer for the problems she had been experiencing for most of her life.

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