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Bookish Firsts / August 15, 2014

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On today’s Bookish Firsts, we have awesome debut author and real life Sesame Seade, Robin Stevens! Her book Murder Most Unladylike is simply wonderful (also called Murder is Bad Manners in the US). If you need convincing, just gaze at the pretty covers!


Bookish Firsts

With author Robin Stevens

What is the first book you ever read/remember reading?
It took quite a while for me to read confidently – so long that my teacher actually told my mother she was worried that my American accent might be causing problems. But then something just clicked in my head, and there was no holding me back. I’m sure this isn’t really the first book I read, but I have a very clear memory of reading The Hobbit and feeling so proud that I was finally reading on my own. I was amazed by the story – I hadn’t come across that kind of epic adventure before – and in love with the riddles Tolkien wove into the story. I was very angry about what happened to those ponies in the mine, though. I’m actually not sure I’ve forgiven him for it to this day.
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By: Daphne
Middle Grade, Review / July 21, 2014
Murder Most Unladylike by Robin StevensMurder Most Unladylike
Author: Robin Stevens
Series: Wells and Wong #1
Publisher: Corgi Childrens, Random House Children's Publishers
Date: June 2014
324 pages
Source: Review copy from author
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Deepdean School for Girls, 1934. When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia's missing tie. Which they don't, really.)

But then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She thinks it must all have been a terrible accident - but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now the girls know a murder must have taken place . . . and there's more than one person at Deepdean with a motive.

Now Hazel and Daisy not only have a murder to solve: they have to prove a murder happened in the first place. Determined to get to the bottom of the crime before the killer strikes again (and before the police can get there first, naturally), Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects and use all the cunning, scheming and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test?

If you put Nancy Drew in a boarding school, set it in the 1930s and sprinkle heavily with Sherlock references, bunbreaks and Cluedo, you’re getting close to describing the sheer charm that is Murder Most Unladylike. I absolutely adored Robin Stevens’ debut novel featuring the first case of the Wells & Wong Detective Society. As a warning, you will definitely want to read this book with a cup of tea and baked goods within arm’s reach. read more

By: Daphne
Top Ten Tuesday / June 17, 2014

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish to show off our book-related lists!

I know this isn’t the topic you expected this week (sorry I’m a week late), but I can never pass up the opportunity to highlight my top reads of the year so far. So much so that I’ve had to cheat a little and grouped several series in here as one pick. So here you have my top ten fourteen books for 2014 so far (which by the way, just made total sense):
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By: Daphne
Top Ten Tuesday / December 3, 2013

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish to show off our book-related lists.

There are so many amazing books to be published next year, this list was extremely difficult to narrow down. I’ve tried to include mostly UKYA (that I haven’t had a chance to read yet) with a couple of sequels that I couldn’t NOT add to the list! read more

By: Daphne