Posted in Book Reviews

13 Minutes – A Teenager Thriller for Everyone

13 minutes by Sarah Pinborough is a young adult murder mystery thriller with a twist – the victim is still alive.  After being found floating in a river in the early hours of the morning and being clinically dead for 13 minutes, Tasha Howland is revived but has no memory of what happened to her.  Is there someone close to her who wants her dead?  Tasha decides to turn to an old friend for help.

13 minutes

I have to say, 13 minutes is currently winning as my favourite book of the year.  I really loved it.  It was sufficiently chilling and creepy while still somehow remaining a light and easy read.  None of the characters are particularly likeable which I normally struggle with but here it fitted with the development of the story and each of the characters had traits that made them feel like realistic teenagers.  There were temperaments and traits that seemed spookily familiar from when I was at school.

I am currently still in the thralls of this book and would heartily recommend it.  I give it 5 mobile phones out of 5


Posted in Cut and Stitch Corner, Random Thoughs

Post Exam Rewards!

About a week ago, I found out that I had passed my end of year Uni exam. Now this exam had gone so badly it was on the verge of being traumatic, so when I got the news, I was ridiculously pleased and decided to celebrate in the best way I know how.  I went book shopping! And here is the beauty that I bought myself:


I’m really excited about reading this.  I’ve read Jane Eyre a few times and my copy has since disintegrated.  The other two are books that have been on my to-read list for years now and I’ve just never got around to it.  Now, I no longer have an excuse.  🙂

I also got myself a new sewing pattern.  I’ve always been intrigued with vintage clothing but never really been brave enough to wear it.  So, I decided to try some vintage-inspired patterns on for size.


I plan to be very busy this summer!