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It’s impossible to hone your skills as a writer or editor or proofreader without first being a keen reader. Being a YA author, I do still read a lot of teenage fiction and also enjoy children’s fiction for the same reason…and that’s despite having left that phase of my own life a long, long time ago! But the key is to try a lot of different genres. You might surprise yourself. Belonging to a book club is a great way to force yourself to read outside of your own tastes.

Off the Shelf for August is Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center. Checkout the book review here!

Off The Shelf for April is CS Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters: Letters from a Senior to a Junior Devil. Checkout the book review here!

A Few More Books Taken Off The Shelf This Year….

Lanny by Max Porter…lyrical, wonderful, magical. The tale of a village and its inhabitants, dead and alive. I am so now a Max Porter fan!

Snap by Belinda Bauer…a thrilling crime novel set in the West Country following the lives of the Bright children, who have been left on the side of the M5 by their mother. When her body is found, and their father disappears, it is up to the eldest, Jack, to keep his broken family together. This he does largely by honing his skills as a burglar, but he also leads the police to uncover who murdered his mother three years previously. Absolutely gripping!

Blind by Rachel DeWoskin…a coming of age YA novel, where the protagonist is dealing with the suicide of a classmate, first loves and most importantly, her own blindness after a fireworks accident. A great read.

Someone We Know by Shari Lapena. A good easy whodunnit that will make you look at your neighbours a little more closely!

Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes. American YA…championing the non-mainstream teen.

Awakening by Sharon Bolton…hate snakes? Love a good mystery? Then be prepared to be thrilled and creeped out in equal measure. This one will keep you guessing and feeling on edge the whole way through. Recommended.

Stand By Me by Wendell Berry….a wonderful collection of stories from Port William: a small farming community in Kentucky, tracing the intertwined lives of those who lived there from 1888 to 1981. By the time you finish, you’ll feel that you live there too. Wonderful.

The Sisterhood by Emily Barr…a dark take of love and loss and family secrets, which is always a good combo if you ask me!

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler…another family drama, though one with a bit of a twist!

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres…an epic tale of a small Greek island and its inhabitants during the Second World War. Highly recommended!

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