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Reviews of first time reads.



“As in life, so in a game of hazard, skill will make something of the worst of throws.” Treasure Island. Heard of it? Of course you have. Read it? Quite possibly. But have you read Moonfleet? Possibly not. And that’s a damn shame. The gist The story revolves around John Trenchard, an orphan living in the village of Moonfleet on the…

The Last Slice of Rainbow

I was given Joan Aiken’s The Last Slice of Rainbow when I was probably around eight. I loved it before I even read it. Something about the title, the pictures, the names of the stories – they’re all the exact formula to appeal to an eight year old booklover. I remember almost not wanting to read it, for fear that…

East of Eden by John Steinbeck with quote and apples

East of Eden

“Now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” This quote from Steinbeck’s East of Eden has been hanging on my wall for the last five years. I came across it on Ebay, or Etsy or somewhere else, and being both a Steinbeck fan and a hopeless perfectionist, it speaks volumes to me. I am always putting…