Book Reviews

Book Review – Things We Say in the Dark

  Publisher: Harvill Secker Cover Design: Julia Connolly and Alamy Format: Hardback Pages: 222 Rating: 5/5 Book Depository: Hardback Content Warnings: Horror themes; pregnancy; misogyny; sexual violence   Kirsty Logan delivers a sucker punch straight to the core of her audience with this meandering, often horrifying short story collection that explores our deepest, darkest fears. Blurring the boundaries between fairytales, body horror… Continue reading Book Review – Things We Say in the Dark

End of the Year Lists

Series 2019 – Started, Finished or Abandoned?

In 2019, I read a total of twenty two books that were either the start, continuation or end of a series. This is quite a lot for me, as usually I prefer standalone novels. I'll let you know in this post whether it was the beginning of a series, the end or a continuation and… Continue reading Series 2019 – Started, Finished or Abandoned?

Book Reviews

Book Review – Her Body and Other Parties

Publisher: Serpent's Tail Cover Design: gray318 Format: Paperback Pages: 241 Rating: 4/5 Book Depository: Paperback Content Warnings: Rape; sexual assault; horror themes; violence Carmen Maria Machado has taken everything that could possibly keep a woman awake at night and woven it all into a collection of dark contemporary fairy tales that oozes with horror and… Continue reading Book Review – Her Body and Other Parties

Book Hauls

Book Haul – January 2020 Part One

Fun Fact: This is my first book haul of the year, but I have still not bought a single book this year yet and I'm definitely proud of myself for showing more restraint than I did last year. Four of the books on this list were purchased on Boxing Day in the Verso and Waterstones… Continue reading Book Haul – January 2020 Part One

Book Reviews

Book Review – Such a Fun Age

  Publisher: Bloomsbury Cover Design: Greg Heinimann Format: Hardback Pages: 305 Rating: 3/5 Book Depository: Hardback Content Warnings: Racism Emira Tucker is astounded when she is apprehended at a supermarket one night, accused of kidnapping the young child she is employed to babysit. Her employer, feminist blogger and professional letter writer Alix attempts to fix the situation, but are her supposedly well… Continue reading Book Review – Such a Fun Age

Book Reviews

Book Review – By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept

Publisher: Fourth Estate Cover Image: Hal Morey/Getty Images Format: Paperback Pages: 134 Rating: 2/5 Content Warnings: Violent imagery; cheating in a relationship Having not read a great deal of prose poetry in the past, I was utterly intrigued by the concept, especially when I read the synopsis. I thought it might be reminiscent of the… Continue reading Book Review – By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept

Reviews

Review – Convenience Store Woman

Publisher: Granta Translated by: Ginny Tapley Takemori Cover Art: Luke Bird & Emmanuel LATTES/Alamy Format: Paperback Pages: 163 Rating: 4/5 Book Depository: Paperback* Content Warnings: Violence; disturbing thoughts   Keiko has struggled to fit in with the society around her from a young age, and now she is not your 'average' thirty six year old woman. She has never had a boyfriend… Continue reading Review – Convenience Store Woman

Reviews

Review – The Fifth Child

  Publisher: Harper Perennial  Cover Art: Henri Bureau/Corbis Format: Paperback Pages: 159 Rating: 2/5 Book Depository: Paperback* Content Warnings: Violence; animal cruelty; disability discrimination; neglect   Harriet and David pride themselves on their normality, choosing to actively reject anything extraordinary around them. Meeting in a period of time when everyone else is obsessed with sex, drugs and counterculture, Harriet and David… Continue reading Review – The Fifth Child

Reviews

Review – Water Shall Refuse Them

  Publisher: Dead Ink  Cover Art: Luke Bird and Tiffany Combs Format: Paperback Pages: 257 Rating: 4/5 Book Depository: Paperback* Content Warnings: Extreme violence; murder; animal cruelty; fat shaming   During the heatwave of 1976, Nif and her family move to the Welsh borders to heal as a family following a tragic incident involving Nif's younger sister, Petra. Instead of bringing relief… Continue reading Review – Water Shall Refuse Them

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