Wrap Ups

February 2020 Reading Wrap Up

Please ignore the fact that I've accidentally put The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali into this photo, when it was in fact part of my January 2020 Reading Wrap Up Part Two. I apparently cannot keep track of my reading properly! I read five physical books this month and one e-book, which is fairly good… Continue reading February 2020 Reading Wrap Up

Book Reviews

Book Review – A Touch of Death

Format: E-book Cover Design: Heather Maddalozzo & John McKeogh Pages: 305 Rating: 4/5 Book Depository: Paperback Content Warnings: Violence; kidnap; cruelty; murder Firstly, I would like to mention that I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, so thank you to Rebecca Crunden, and for remaining patient for my review. This is… Continue reading Book Review – A Touch of Death

Book Reviews

Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 – Dominicana Review

    Publisher: John Murray Cover Design: Adalis Martinez Format: Hardback Pages: 319 Rating: 5/5 Book Depository: Hardback Content Warnings: Rape - both statutory and marital; cheating; domestic violence; racism   The content warnings mentioned above give some clue as to how difficult Dominicana is to read, whether you are personally affected by these things or not. From child marriage… Continue reading Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 – Dominicana Review

Book Reviews

Book Review – Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Publisher: Picador Cover Design: Sunmark Publishing Inc. Format: Paperback Pages: 213 Rating: 5/5 Book Depository: Paperback Content Warnings: Dementia; death of a loved one Whilst I love to sample literature from all around the world, there is something about Japanese literature that particularly intrigues me, and I would love to visit the country one day. Before the Coffee Gets Cold was… Continue reading Book Review – Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Book Reviews

Romance Week Book Review – The Flatshare

Publisher: Quercus Cover Design: Ghost Design & Andy Bridge Format: Hardback Pages: 391 Rating: 4/5 Book Depository: Paperback//Hardback Content Warnings: Gaslighting; violence; emotional abuse; manipulation Romance has always been a genre I have given a wide berth, given the stereotype of it being somewhat cheesy and that I haven't always enjoyed romance elements in other types of literature. However, with the recent… Continue reading Romance Week Book Review – The Flatshare

Book Reviews

Book Review – The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

Publisher: Scholastic Cover Design: Maeve Norton Format: Paperback Pages: 332 Rating: 4/5 Book Depository: Paperback Content Warnings: Homophobia; arranged marriage; child abuse; xenophobia; murder   Rukhsana Ali has found a balance between most of the important aspects of her life - she has been accepted into Caltech, her first choice university, she has amazing friends and has a girlfriend she loves.… Continue reading Book Review – The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

Reimagining the Women's Prize

Orange Prize 1996 Book Review – The Book of Colour

Publisher: Vintage Cover Images: Alexandre-François Desportes & Phillipe Blackburn Format: Paperback Pages: 180 Rating: 3/5 Book Depository: Paperback Content Warnings: Racism; violence; abuse; scenes of a sexual nature Julia Blackburn writes a memoir on behalf of her father and grandfather, outlining their experiences in the Seychelles, Mauritius and England, where they have struggled to come… Continue reading Orange Prize 1996 Book Review – The Book of Colour