Author Interview: James Bailey

‘One coin, one year and one new shot at love. It’s New Year’s Eve and Josh has a high-flying proposal planned. An exclusive pod on the London Eye, with champagne, truffles and the ring.It’s perfect. Until she says no. And they have to spend the next 29 excruciating minutes alone together. By the time Josh is […]

Book Review: This Ragged, Wastrel Thing by Tomas Marcantonio

Rating: 5/5 “The Rivers. A spiderweb of alleys for the drunk and destitute, weaved together from stones and shadow. Winding backstreets forking off like rotten veins plunging into every shady corner. The greasy smell of glass noodles and exhaust fumes from late night scooters. Neon blinking on every grimy surface and crooked alleys disappearing into […]

Book Review: Very Nearly Normal by Hannah Sunderland

Rating: 5/5 Many thanks to Avon and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Very Nearly Normal follows the story of Effie Heaton, a young woman who is completely unhappy with how her life has panned out; she lives at home with her parents, is completely […]

Book Review: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Rating: 3/5 “All he did was fall in love with me and the world turned him into a monster” This is one of the most jarring, disconcerting yet nonetheless striking novels I have ever read, and I have really mixed feelings about it. My Dark Vanessa follows the life of Vanessa Wye, switching between her […]

Author Interview: Hannah Mary McKinnon

Recently, I read and reviewed Sister Dear, the ground-breaking new thriller by Hannah Mary McKinnon, and I loved it SO much, that I reached out to Hannah to ask some questions, which she kindly agreed to! What inspired you to write Sister Dear? I distinctly remember listening to a radio segment about a woman who’d […]

Book Review: Sister Dear by Hannah Mary Mckinnon

Rating: 5/5 Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for an Advanced Reader Copy of Sister Dear in exchange for an honest review. “Beauty. Wealth. Success. She’s got it all. And it should’ve been mine.” Sister Dear is written from the perspective of Eleanor Hardwicke, a young web designer with her own business, who has […]

Book Review: The Love Square by Laura Jane Williams

Rating 4/5 Thank you to Netgalley and Avon Books for the Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review. The Love Square follows the story of Penny Bridge, a bubbly and friendly woman who runs a successful café in London, is an incredible chef, and seems to have everything going for her; after a […]

My Antique/Vintage Book Collection

I have always found myself drawn to antique and vintage books; I love the covers, the spines, the inside pages citing the initials of previous owners, old library inserts and the original publisher/publication date of the particular edition. I am fascinated as to how and why each book ended up in the charity shop, second-hand […]

Book Review: Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

Rating: 5/5 “Alison has it all. A loving family and a career on the rise – she’s just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems…” Published last year, Blood Orange is the debut novel by Harriet Tyce, and is one of the most disturbing, compelling, and captivating […]

Book Review: The Chain by Adrian McKinty

Rating: 5/5 “VICTIM. SURVIVOR. ABDUCTOR. CRIMINAL. YOU WILL BECOME EACH ONE.” Right from the very start, Adrian McKinty’s The Chain plunges you straight into a nightmarish world, that is built on a premise that is so chilling and unique, that you cannot help but read on. We are introduced to Rachel, who is a divorced […]


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Book Review: Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Rating 2/5 I really wanted to enjoy Queenie, but unfortunately, I just didn’t. Queenie is the debut novel by Candice Carty-Williams, that was published last year, and it has seen a lot of praise, which is why I was initially so intrigued and excited to read it. From the start, the reader is thrown into […]


Welcome to On the Book Shelf, a bookish blog run by me, Hollie! I look forward to creating various posts such as book reviews, thoughts and other book related content! But first, here are some facts about me: “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit […]