Reviews

Review – Picnic in the Storm

  Publisher: Corsair Books Translated by: Asa Yoneda Cover Art: Nico Taylor and Isabel Reitemeyer Format: Hardback Pages: 209 Rating: 4/5 Book Depository: Paperback // Hardback Content Warnings: Incest; violence; mistreatment of animals   Motoya's eccentric short story collection steeped in the ever so slightly out of the ordinary is unique and provides subtle commentaries on society and societal concepts such as marriage. What initially… Continue reading Review – Picnic in the Storm

Currently Reading

Currently Reading – The Truth of Climate Change and How We Can Change in Response

The government is extremely talented at keeping things from laypeople and brushing things that will be of detriment to them financially under the carpet. One such thing is climate change. Does the reduction of emissions negatively affect big corporations? Yes. Therefore, it has been swept aside and laughed about for decades. Countless numbers of scientists… Continue reading Currently Reading – The Truth of Climate Change and How We Can Change in Response

Reviews

Review – Cygnet

  Publisher: Dialogue Books Cover Art: Nico Taylor and Neil Gower Format: Hardback Pages: 244 Rating: 4/5 Book Depository: Hardback Content Warnings: Self harm; child abuse; bullying; dementia; drugs   The Kid lives on an island which doubles up as a retirement village. She does not live there by choice, but rather was left there by her parents when… Continue reading Review – Cygnet

Ramblings

Where Have I Been?

Recently I have been completely absent from the book community, and having spent some time away, am ready to immerse myself back into this wonderful thing that I love to do. We lost our dog Ruby, after which I took a short break, because I wasn't reading anything, nor did I have the drive to… Continue reading Where Have I Been?

Women's Prize Longlist 2019 Reviews

Women’s Prize Longlist Review – An American Marriage

  Publisher: Oneworld Publications Format: Paperback Pages: 306 Rating: 2/5 Book Depository: Paperback Content Warnings: Institutional racism; abuse; violence   Celestial and Roy have not been married long before Roy is arrested and jailed for a rape he did not commit. He is sentenced to twelve years in prison, which for an already struggling couple, is an eternity. The question… Continue reading Women’s Prize Longlist Review – An American Marriage

Women's Prize Longlist 2019 Reviews

Women’s Prize Longlist Review – Number One Chinese Restaurant

  Publisher: ONE Format: Hardback Pages: 329 Rating: 3/5 Book Depository: Paperback // Hardback   Beneath the everyday comings and goings of the Beijing Duck House in Maryland, there is a web of complex family relationships and messy feelings. When Johnny Han decides to take drastic measures to open his own fusion restaurant and turn his back on his late father's… Continue reading Women’s Prize Longlist Review – Number One Chinese Restaurant

Man Booker International Shortlist Reviews

Man Booker International Shortlist Review – The Pine Islands

  Publisher: Serpent's Tail Format: Hardback Pages: 180 Rating: 3/5 Book Depository: Hardback   Gilbert Silvester dreams about his wife cheating on him one night and immediately launches himself on a trip to Japan. He discovers the writings of Bashō and attempts to embark on a similar journey. Along the way he takes a young, suicidal student under his… Continue reading Man Booker International Shortlist Review – The Pine Islands