Book Hauls

Book Haul – March 2020

Most of the books I've bought this month have been for the Women's Prize for Fiction longlist, as I would like to attempt to read all of the nominated books again this year. So far, I have read four of the longlisted books, and am part way through another, so I feel as though I'm… Continue reading Book Haul – March 2020

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

Reimagining the Women's Prize

Project Announcement – Reading the Women’s Prize Past to Present

Today I am announcing a long-term project for myself in an attempt to understand the passing changes in popular themes in fiction throughout the past twenty five years that the women's prize for fiction has been running. My aim will be to read the longlist from each year, review each book on here, and subsequently… Continue reading Project Announcement – Reading the Women’s Prize Past to Present

Book Reviews

Book Review – The Family Upstairs

Publisher: Arrow Cover Design: Ceara Elliot Format: Paperback Pages: 446 Rating: 4/5 Book Depository: Paperback//Hardback Content Warnings: Violence; child abuse; rape; kidnapping/imprisonment; abandonment Three people have been found dead in what appears to be a suicide pact as part of a mysterious cult in an unsuspecting mansion in Chelsea. The police find a baby upstairs, the only member of the household who… Continue reading Book Review – The Family Upstairs

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

Goals

Reading Goals for 2020

This year I have set my Goodreads goal to one hundred books, after slowly increasing my goals for three years and hitting the target each time. I managed to exceed my goal of seventy five books last year by nine, and that was with quite a few personal struggles occurring, so hopefully now my mind… Continue reading Reading Goals for 2020

Monthly TBRs

January 2020 TBR

  Each year, I have increased my Goodreads challenge little by little in the hopes of increasing my reading speed and consuming more fantastic books. Last year I managed to exceed my reading goal of seventy five by nine, and that was with neglecting my reading for significant portions throughout the year. Therefore, this year… Continue reading January 2020 TBR

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