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    The Rise And Fall Of Great Powers by Tom Rachman

    Rating: 5 / 5 starsFormat: PaperbackPublished: 9th April 2015Amazon | Goodreads Tooly Zylberberg tells a story: as a child, she was stolen from home, stashed at a den of thieves, then adopted by crooks there, who ended up raising her and even using the little girl in capers around the globe. But Tooly understands only fragments of what happened in Thailand, Italy, New York and beyond. Then, a desperate message reaches her musty bookshop in Wales, and she is lured into a journey that will reveal the secret of her childhood. I really enjoyed this book. I found the characters so interesting. I’ve spent days trying to decide if I…

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    [AD] The Mountain Can Wait by Sarah Leipciger

    The Mountain Can Wait is a stunning debut novel by Sarah Leipciger. Set in British Columbia it is the story of relationship between a father and his son. Please note Tinder Press sent me a copy of this book in exchange for a review. THE MOUNTAIN CAN WAIT Tom Berry has always been a loner, a man content to live out his days in the wilderness with just enough ammunition and kerosene to last out the winter. A single father, he has raised his children with the same quiet and absolute dedication he brings to his forestry business, but now he’s discovering that might not have been enough. When his…

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    Review | Soil by Jamie Kornegay

    Rating: 4 / 5 starsFormat: HardbackPublished: 12th March 2015Amazon | Goodreads It begins as a simple dream. An idealistic environmental scientist moves his wife and young son off the grid, to a stretch of river bottom farmland in the Mississippi hills, hoping to position himself at the forefront of a revolution in agriculture. Within a year, he is ruined. When a corpse appears on his family’s property, the farmer is convinced he’s being set up. And so begins a journey into a maze of misperceptions and personal obsessions, as the farmer, his now-estranged wife, a predatory deputy, and a backwoods wanderer, all try to uphold a personal sense of honour.…

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    The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

    Rating: 5 / 5 starsFormat: ebookPublished: 28th October 2014Amazon | Goodreads It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC. His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter’s teachings—his Bible is their “book of strange new things.” But Peter is rattled when Bea’s letters from home become increasingly desperate: typhoons and earthquakes are devastating whole countries, and governments are…

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    My All Time Favourite Books

    Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. This week we are looking at my top ten all time favourite books from the last 3 years (some of these were not published in the last 3 years but don’t tell anyone). My All Time Favourite Books 1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I am literally incapable of talking about my favourite books without mentioning Ready Player One. Its about gaming and pop culture, what’s not to live? 2. World War Z by Max Brooks. I was five pages into…