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

Reading Wrap Ups

January 2020 Reading Wrap Up Part Two

  The second half of January saw me do something I have never before felt comfortable doing during my reading journey - I DNFd a book. In the past, I have struggled so intensely with the concept of not finishing books, that I simply have refused to do it. However, this year I felt I… Continue reading January 2020 Reading Wrap Up Part Two

Reimagining the Women's Prize

Orange Prize for Fiction Longlist 1996

Unfortunately, after posting for nineteen consecutive days, my goal of posting every day during the month of January has failed. However, it is only because I was accompanying a resident to hospital last night that I didn't manage to post, so I cannot be upset that I didn't quite reach my goal. The resident is… Continue reading Orange Prize for Fiction Longlist 1996

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

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

End of the Year Lists

10 Favourite Books of 2019

I read eighty four books in 2019, which is a great deal more than I have read in years previous, so I had a lot more contenders for my top ten favourites list. However, I have managed to whittle it down and these are the ones that I still think about now regardless of when… Continue reading 10 Favourite Books of 2019

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

Blog Tours

Blog Tour Review – Skin

  Publisher: Legend Press Format: E-arc Release Date: 01/05/2019 Rating: 4/5 Book Depository: Paperback   Humans have become allergic to each other in this dystopian world. Families must live in isolation from one another, and Angela's family is no exception. Her husband Colin, daughter Amber and son Charlie mean everything to her, but does she really know them? After becoming… Continue reading Blog Tour Review – Skin

Readthon TBRs

OWLs Magical Readathon TBR

  This will be my first time participating in the OWLs Magical Readathon, and to say I am excited would be an understatement. G from Book Roast on Youtube has created this readathon with meticulous care and tonnes of effort, and has this year, even created a booklet full of potential careers for us all, which you… Continue reading OWLs Magical Readathon TBR