Rachel Read it

Book reviews and creative discussion

Castle Rock ReRead-athon


Every now and again I will go back to a certain series of books and take a look at them with fresh eyes.

Having so many around the house, in every room and on shelves(as well as things that shouldn’t be shelves but end up being, hello stairs!)I tend to not so much focus my reading but wildly flail and end up with 5 books on the go, doing justice to none.

Being a HUGE Stephen King fan, I have pretty much all his books (I had them all but some have gone wandering since my eldest went to uni…coincidence? I think not!).

And there is this cool new show out in America based on the town of Castle Rock which uses the over arcing mythology of Castle Rock, as it pops up or centrally features in a lot of King’s work.


Graphic Novel reviews-‘Redlands’ and ‘Wytches’

So I thought to myself, it is nearly midnight, I don’t really want to jump into a new book, I’ll grab a couple of graphic novels which I can start and finish before going to sleep…..

Big mistake. HUGE mistake. The above books were both in my to-read pile, I had read Scott Snyder’s ‘American Vampire’ and Jordie Bellaire was new to be but then I never considered myself a wuss until last night…



Grist Mill Road Blog Tour

Hi! I am super thrilled to be asked to contribute to the ‘Grist Mill Road’ Blog tour….perfect day for anyone thinking of something for the weekend to consider this book, TGIF!

In ‘Grist Mill Road’, Christopher J Yates takes 3 childhood friends, puts them -and you as the reader-through a trauma that resonates throughout the rest of their lives.



‘Vox’ by Christina Dalcher



I have read some really wonderful books this year but ‘Vox’ has topped them all.
It’s not too hard to envisage a world where America has a president who is seen a joke by the rest of the world,yet manages to systematically take away the rights of the female population.
It starts slowly with the focus on the main character,Jean, a well regarded scientist who was advancing disoveries into cures for a particular strain of dementia. Since the ‘Pure’ movement,however,women have been stripped of their jobs,their roles and their words.



Blog Tour News!!!

So this is my first blog tour!!! I am incredibly excited to have been asked by Headline to promote this amazing novel that is out on the 9th August.

‘Grist Mill Road’ will have a full review , posted here, on the 10th August, until then I will just say this….if you are going to read one book this month, make it this one. You won’t regret it.

It will stay with you long after the final page and I can guarantee you will want to start reading it all over again.

Catch you guys on Friday, hope you’ll join me and if you have any questions about this book or any others, any recommendations or just fancy chatting books, please comment and I’ll get back to you!


Weekend Reads

Any plans for reading something this weekend? Perfect weather for lazing around on a beach….in a park…in the garden …or if you are like me, and hate the sun, hoping for thunder and rain 🤣
At the moment, I am knee deep in Jennifer Hillier’s ‘Freak’, which apart from adoring the noirish, rainy cover, is also scaring my socks off.



League of extraordinary Gentlewomen!


So I have just finished what is possibly my favourite book of the year so far, ‘The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter’ by Theodora Goss.

This is the first in a trilogy which is wonderful but also doesn’t seem enough room to explore the stories of these extraordinary women.

The story is told as a narrative by Catherine Moreau with interspersed comments from the main characters , adding snippets on how they feel the book is progressing.



Netgalley Latest Review-Riley Sager

Early last year the first book by Riley Sager, ‘Final Girls’ was heralded by no less than my all time favourite writer, Stephen King. This made it an automatic must read and I was not disappointed. The follow up, ‘Last Time I lied’, again takes liberties with the rope of the unreliable narrator and places it in a well known horror destination , the haunted summer camp by the lake…but this is no derivative tale but rather a sneaky, twisty, turny thriller that keeps the pulse pounding till the very last page.

Available from all good bookshops in hardback from the 12/07/2018, this is definitely one to watch or pack for your summer holiday reading!




Lovereading4kids Review

I gratefully received a copy of this book courtesy of Lovereading4kids in return for an honest review.

Here is the link for the review in full


Here is the link to buy it


My next Lovereading4kids is the already making me cry ‘Tender’ by Eve Ainsworth…watch this space for reviews!

If you have read it please comment down below 🙂


New Book Post!

Book post is almost always the best post (my husband might disagree but currently we are at an impasse…)

Latest arrival chez moi is the new book by Madeline Miller, author of ‘Song of Achilles’, this time she tackles the story of the goddess ‘Circe’, most often known through her role in ‘The Odyssey’ by Homer.

I was lucky enough to study a diploma in Classics at the Open University when my children were younger and one of the modules focussed on the ancient art of storytelling. A life long passion with the classics fully came alive through reading the Odyssey and The Illiad therefore anything concerning Greece or Rome has my antenna twitching.

It’s amazing how she manages to write prose so lyrically it is as though you are reading an epic poem, very easy to get lost in her words and world so definitely a book to pick up whilst there are hours to spare in the day (not just before bed….will never learn not to start a new book at bedtime! Zero self control!)

Here’s my link to my Instagram page and a link to buy the book;